German Immigrant Ancestors
in Syracuse and Onondaga County, New York

Buffalo, New York Postcards from the
Elleanor "Nellie" Roberts Kreischer LaClair collection
circa 1907-1920's

In 1910 the Kreischers and their young children moved from Nellie's hometown of Watertown (where they lived at 550 Coffeen Street) to Buffalo, New York. Carl had been working as a brakeman and a conductor for a railroad and it seems, from the postcards, that his work had led him to relocate to Buffalo, where he would still occasionally see his two younger brothers, Otto and Alfred, passing through town (they worked for the New York Central Railroad and the routes ran between Syracuse, Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, etc.).

On 23 April 1910 when the census-taker showed up, Carl, Nellie, five-year-old Alfred and three-year-old Clara were living at 586 Swan Street in Buffalo, with Carl's occupation listed as "switchman" for the "railroad" (probably the New York Central). By June the family had moved again to 965 Fillmore Avenue (near C Street). Their youngest child, Charles Robert, was born in Buffalo on 9 August 1911. By the end of 1911 they had moved again to 519 Riley Street in Buffalo. Nellie was evidently homesick and missed her family and friends, but even as a busy young mother, managed to get out for the occasional sightseeing excursion in her new hometown.

Their time in Buffalo proved to be brief. By the end of 1912 they had moved back to Onondaga County and were living on the farm owned by Carl's parents outside North Syracuse in Onondaga County. In May 1914 Carl joined the Taft Settlement Grange, listing his occupation as "Farmer."

Buffalo, NY postcard 1910
Caption: "Steamer 'Americana,' Buffalo, N.Y." [postcard no. M66, Published by
The Buffalo News Company]. No postmark [circa 1910].

Buffalo, NY postcard 1910
Caption: "William Street, showing Siegrist & Fraley Department Store. Buffalo, N.Y."
[postcard no. 1448]. Postmarked 13 January 1910.

Buffalo, NY postcard 1910
Caption: "Shelton Square and St. Paul's Cathedral, Buffalo, N.Y."
[postcard no. 1440]. Postmarked 25 January 1910.

Buffalo, NY postcard no date
Caption: "Corner of Delaware and North Streets, Buffalo, N.Y."
[postcard no. C13197]. No date [c.1910?].

Buffalo, NY postcard 1910
Caption: "Lafayette Square, Buffalo, N.Y." [postcard no. 110,
H. L. Woehler, Buffalo, N.Y. / "Woehler's Hand Colored
Post card" printed in Germany].
Postmarked 25 January 1910.

Buffalo, NY postcard 1910
Caption: "Steamer 'Eastern States,' Buffalo and Detroit" [postcard no. 60300].
Postmarked 28 October 1910.

Buffalo, NY postcard 1911
Caption: "McKinley Monument, Buffalo, N. Y." [postcard no. A-9334].
No postmark [cira 1911].

Buffalo, NY postcard 1911
Caption: "Humboldt Park Wading Pool, Buffalo, N. Y." [postcard no. 60715].
Postmarked 2 April 1911.

Buffalo, NY postcard 1912
Caption: "South Park Conservatory, Buffalo, N. Y." [postcard no. A-6214].
No postmark; handwritten note on reverse reads "Jan 3rd 1912"

Buffalo, NY postcard 1912
Caption: "Train Shed, N.Y. Central, Buffalo, N. Y." [postcard no. A-6198].
Postmarked 18 June 1912.

Buffalo, NY postcard 1918
Caption: "Wilcox House, Buffalo, N. Y. Where Pres. Roosevelt
took the oath of office after McKinley's Death" [postcard no. A-9336].
Postmarked 3 October 1918.

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