Tag Archive: Gregory Witul

Babcia’s Closet: Markiewicz was one of many females running local gin mills

(by Gregory Witul) When people think of East Side gin mills in Buffalo, most people think of them as the men’s domain. They are perceived as ill-lit rooms, with a pool table or dartboard, three or four regulars smoking and drinking,…
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AM-POL Eagle: Babcia’s Closet, Casimir Pulaski Post served many purposes for many veterans

(by Gregory Witul) I was recently informed that I have been using coasters “backwards” my entire life. This according to a slightly inebriated man at a local Lovejoy watering hole a few friends and I were visiting. Curious as to…
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AM-POL Eagle: Walter’s Tavern – one of many – was a hub of activity

(by Gregory Witul, Babcia’s Closet) Polonia has had a number of Walter’s Taverns in its 163 year history. Walter Mentel ran his Walter’s Tavern out of 166 Detroit, one block from St. Stanislaus Church while Walter Leonarczyk had his at…
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AM-POL Eagle: Walkowiak’s wine was popular on Broadway in early 1900s

(by Gregory Witul • AM-POL Eagle) My friend Mary Lou stopped by the Am-Pol Eagle offices just before Easter with a very old and interesting relic of Buffalo’s early Polish community, a corkscrew advertising A. J. Walkowiak’s wine and liquor importing…
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AM-POL Eagle: The Polish Village was the hub for East Side “villagers”

(by Gregory Witul) The Easter season is full of wonderful traditions, from shopping at the Broadway Market, to visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday, to the blessing of the baskets, and Easter morning Mass, all celebrate who we are as Western…
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AM-POL Eagle: St. John Kanty’s Experiencing Renaissance

(Gregory Witul • Mon, Jun 30, 2014) In recent years, many of Buffalo’s Polish parishes have been on a bit of an upswing. St. Stanislaus Parish just celebrated its 140th anniversary; Corpus Christi has been working on replacing their towers;…
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AM-POL Eagle: A Saint In Our Midst – Cardinal Wojtyla’s 1969 Visit To Buffalo

(Gregory Witul • Fri, Apr 25, 2014) This weekend, Catholics the world over will be celebrating the canonization of Good Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul the Great. Here in Western New York there will be some grand celebrations…
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AM-POL Eagle: Eddie’s Grill Was The Place To Go For A Drink And A Fish Fry

(Gregory Witul • Sat, Apr 12, 2014) With Easter just a little over a week away, fish fry season is starting to wind down. Western New Yorkers are lucky in that we still have so many bars, grills, and restaurants…
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AM-POL EAGLE: Leonard’s Barber Shop, Styled The East Side For Over 50 Years

(Gregory Witul • Tue, Jun 11, 2013) The summer season is almost upon us, and with it will be the sweltering heat, humidity that keeps you up all night, and the small fortune spent on the AC to stay comfortable….
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