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A glance back at the 1905 German Day

The 2019 German Fest at GREGORY touched on how German-Ameri- After an afternoon consisting
Cheektowaga Town Park is WITUL cans had respect for the Father- of long high jumps, shot putting,
almost here! This is truly my land but love for America, a brief and hop, skip, and jumping, the

favorite annual event with the history of Germans in the New Buffalos took the day with 580

food, family, friends, World, and that “German-Amer- points to the Columbias 532.

flugelhorns, hefeweizen, flags, icans today represent the highest On the rest of the fairgrounds

and festive competitions. While type of American citizen. They the masses partook in food and

these days, cutest kinder, sauer- have divorced themselves from drink, played games, enjoyed

kraut eating contestants, and best what might be called Kaiserism tion including the sharp shooters amusements, and listened to a

yodelers take home top prizes, at Francis X. Schwab each serving and from empirical ideas. They of the Edelweiss Schutzengesell- children’s choir. As dusk turned
Buffalo’s 1905 German Day, on the board.
are republicans, not in the party, schaft, while members of the to twilight and then night Buffa-
shooters, singers, and shot put- That summer the committee but the national sense. In time of Buffalo and Columbia Turn Ver- lo’s Germans returned to their
ters contended for the crowd’s settled on three things, the first trouble they are to be found on eins took to the field.
admiration. was selecting a date – Sunday, the side of the country of their homes and apartments and

Planning for Buffalo’s sec- Aug. 13, the second was a loca- adoption being bound to the Old dreamed of next year’s German

ond annual German Day began tion – Teutonia Park on Fillmore World only by ties of tradition, Day.

in earnest in mid 1905. Orga- Avenue and the third was the of literature, science and wit.”
nized by the German Society of design for the attendees’ pins – With the event formally un-
Buffalo, a committee was crossed German and American derway the United Singing Soci-
formed of the German communi- flags.
eties of Buffalo consisting of
ty’s top men. Led by John B. In two short months all was members from the Orpheus,
Schasny as chairman, Charles H. ready and at 2 p.m. Aug. 13 a Saengerbund, Harugari, and the
Schwenk as treasurer, George F. crowd that would reach 8,000 Teutonia Liederkranz singers
Lehman as secretary with distill- paid their 10 cents and began gave renditions of “Bundeslied,”
er August Baetzhold Jr., Henry filtering onto the grounds. As "Es steht eine maechtige Linde,"
W. Brendel esq., Dr. William they entered, the guests were en- “Wacht am Rhein,” and the “Star
Gaertner president of the Ger- tertained by a concert performed Spangled Banner.”
man Society, coal dealer Alexan- by 74th Regiment and Germania Shortly after the concert, the
der Kercher, tobacconist Otto bands as preparations for the for- athletic competitions began.
Kiekebusch, director of the Buf- mal opening at 4 p.m. were un- Four Buffalo shooting clubs par-
falo Zither Club Joseph A. Koch, derway.
ticipated in the target competi-
conductor of the Liederkranz Dr. At the appropriate time, Pres-

Herman Schorcht, and brewer ident Gaertner took to the stage

and future mayor of Buffalo to give the welcoming address.

In his speech, Dr. Gaertner Rev. Herberger

seeks space to

display nativities

Rev. Roy Herberger is in
need of a permanent space to
display his nativity scenes from
around the world.

Herberger’s scenes depicting
the birth of Christ represent a
diversity of cultures from all six
of the inhabited continents. The
collection includes several
scenes from Germany as well as
Poland. For a number of years
the collection was displayed for
the public’s enjoyment from Ad-
vent to Epiphany at SS. Colum-
ba and Brigid R.C. Church while
he was its pastor.

Now that he is retired, he
still wants to display them but
before he can do that he needs to
find another venue.

He is looking for a handicap
accessible space at least as large
as 2,000 square feet as close to
downtown Buffalo as possible.
He also needs a parking lot that
would allow a tour bus to park or
at least drop people off.

While he wants to have reg-
ular hours during the Christmas
holiday season, he would like
the scenes to be available for
viewing upon request year
round.

He is looking for somebody
who can donate the space as a
tax write-off but he is also will-
ing to pay rent.

Anybody who has space that
he can use can contact him at
(716) 852-2076.
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