Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo's First Ward

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Against the Grain tells the story of a group of mostly Irish immigrants who toiled in the hulls of grain ships and in other waterfront industries in an area called the First Ward of Buffalo, New York. The First Ward was a geographically isolated area of Buffalo primarily inhabited by settlers from the south and west of Ireland, but was also home to enough Germans, Poles, and Italians to make life even more interesting. This economically deprived area produced an abundance of historically important people ...
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Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo's First Ward

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Against the Grain tells the story of a group of mostly Irish immigrants who toiled in the hulls of grain ships and in other waterfront industries in an area called the First Ward of Buffalo, New York. The First Ward was a geographically isolated area of Buffalo primarily inhabited by settlers from the south and west of Ireland, but was also home to enough Germans, Poles, and Italians to make life even more interesting. This economically deprived area produced an abundance of historically important people including Fingy Conners, the largest private employer on the Great Lakes; Michael Shea, Buffalo’s greatest entertainment showman; “Wild Bill” Donovan, the founding father of what became the CIA; John Sheehan, one-time Tammany Hall boss; Jimmy Slattery, the Light Heavyweight Champion of the World; and Jimmy Griffin, the longest serving mayor in Buffalo history. The stories of other lesser-known but equally important Ward residents such as Mike Quinn, Jack White, Algie McGuire, Roggie Lavin, Father Thomas Conway, the McCarthy brothers, and even Rick James are also told. Readers will also learn about historical events that Ward residents were thrust into such as the Tidal Wave of 1844, the Fenian Raid, violent railroad strikes, the Great Strike of 1899, the Tewksbury Disaster, and the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway—the ultimate cause of the demise of Buffalo’s waterfront economy.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780615620527
  • Publisher: Western New York Wares
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Pages: 279
  • Sales rank: 191,390
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Timothy Bohen is a business professional and amateur historian who lives in the city of Buffalo with his wife Kimberly Blessing. Various members of his paternal family (the Bohens, Driscolls, Roches, Brinkworths, and Coughlins) lived in the First Ward of Buffalo from 1849 to 1949.
Bohen was born in Buffalo, and raised in Rockville, MD and East Aurora, NY. He graduated from East Aurora High School and then SUNY Geneseo. He later obtained an MBA from Canisius College.
Tim can be contacted via email at
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Very well written history of the Irish immigration into the 1st

    Very well written history of the Irish immigration into the 1st Ward of Buffalo, NY. Factual information of the struggles they encountered, among them being discrimination, disease, floods, poor working conditions and total poverty, just to name a few. But the highlight of this book, to me, is how the Irish overcame all of these obstacles and became a great part of America's history. History of the years between 1840's and 1940's. Large collection of photos.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    can you buy this in paperback

    can you buy this in paperback

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