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Cloverbank, circa 1950

Sixty-two years does make a difference. This is an aerial shot of the Cloverbank community just off Route 5 in 1950.

Your first impression will probably be that it was taken in the ‘30s or ‘40s. However, 1950 is the correct time frame. Apparently the building boom after World War II took a little longer in the Southtowns.

The main road at the bottom of the photo is Lakeshore Road (Route 5). The car moving north along Lakeshore is just about to pass Glendale Avenue on the right. The next intersection is Cloverbank Road with the Cloverbank Hotel on the corner, almost directly in the middle of the picture.

After decades at the site, the Cloverbank Hotel was recently demolished and the location is now home to a new building housing an EduKids Day Care business.

Cloverbank Road is shown running east to Mt. Vernon Boulevard at the top of the photo.

If you drive east on Cloverbank Road today you will find a far different scene than that which is depicted in this photo.

The open area on the left has been replaced by many well-kept homes on streets that have been constructed since 1950. Hall Drive and Stewart Parkway now run off Cloverbank Road on the left.

On the right, in back of the hotel, is Orchard Avenue and at the top of the photo on the right of the read, is the area used by the Frontier School District to build its Cloverbank Elementary School in 1959.

Directly across from the hotel on the west side of the Route 5, you can just see the gas pumps and the building that housed Ben Werner’s Service Station. Mr. Werner served as town councilman and supervisor for several years.

Jim Pelonero also operated a service station for about 10 years at this location. Today, the property houses a Stop and Gas facility.

The Airplanes Strut Bar at the left edge of the photo is shown running directly through the property that became home to the present Lake Shore Library

. The changes that occurred in Cloverbank in the 1950s were certainly no different from those taking place in other communities in Western New York after World War II.

From the Archives...

The Hamburg Sun

Oct.19, 1950 –

The school boards of Water Valley, Boston No. 4 and Lakeview Road ,at a meeting with the Hamburg School Board meeting Monday night in the High School Library, voted consolidation with Hamburg Village, subject to voter approval at special district elections.

Not joining were Pleasant Avenue District No. 9 and Armor. Those joining now will have a voice in the planning of the new grade school and high school.

Photo – Historian files from the late Dab Ejbisz.

This column is written each week by Hamburg Town Historian Jim Baker.

Anyone wanting to submit photographs and/or materials can call the Town Historian Jim Baker at the Hamburg Town Hall on either Wednesday or Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at 649-6111 ext. 2400.

Readers can also provide feedback by writing to The Sun and mailing it to The Sun, 141 Buffalo St., Hamburg, NY 14075.


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