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Cheektowaga in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

In Memory of the Fifteen Children

 
 
Cleveland Hill School Fire Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 13, 2022
1. Cleveland Hill School Fire Memorial
Inscription.  Cleveland Hill Union Free School District. In memory of the fifteen children who perished and the many others who suffer as a result of the tragic fire that occurred at this site on March 31, 1954.
 
Erected 2004 by Board of Education, Cleveland Hill School District.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersEducation. A significant historical date for this entry is March 31, 1954.
 
Location. 42° 56.484′ N, 78° 46.951′ W. Marker is in Cheektowaga, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Mapleview Road and Corey Court, on the right when traveling north on Mapleview Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 Mapleview Road, Buffalo NY 14225, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Earliest Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Former Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away); George Urban, Jr. Residence (approx. 2 miles away); A Tribute of Love (approx. 2 miles away); University Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); SS. Peter & Paul Church
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(approx. 2.2 miles away); Dedicated to the Men and Women (approx. 2.3 miles away); Parkside Candy / University Heights (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cheektowaga.
 
More about this marker. "Cleve-Hill" is a colloquial abreviation of the district name.
 
Also see . . .
1. 1954 Cleveland Hill School District Fire - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 13, 2022, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Jackson C. Frank - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 13, 2022, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. Marlene by Jackson C. Frank - You Tube. Of Marlene DuPont, his childhood girlfriend who perished in the fire; and of his trauma (Submitted on August 13, 2022, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 

4. A Forgotten Buffalo Legend: The Jackson C. Frank Story - You Tube. By Local TV News Channel WKBW (Submitted on August 13, 2022, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
Cleveland Hill School Fire Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 13, 2022
2. Cleveland Hill School Fire Memorial
Between the two potted plants in the background, there are five marble slabs. The names of the children who perished are on the three raised central slabs. The lower two slabs at the sides name the injured survivors.
Injured Survivors - left image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 13, 2022
3. Injured Survivors - left
Dennis Cervi; Michael Cody; Allen DeForest; Jackson Frank; Richard Hoff; Ann Iaeckle; Frances Kozlowska; Nancy Love; Melba Y. Siebold Music Teacher
Perished - left image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 13, 2022
4. Perished - left
Verna H. Bagley; Patricia Blendowski; Bruce Brand
Perished - center left image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 13, 2022
5. Perished - center left
Marlene DuPont; Michael W. Hause; George Hoffman
Perished - center image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 13, 2022
6. Perished - center
Suzanne Jors; Donald Kelleher; Elizabeth L. Lies
Perished - center right image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 13, 2022
7. Perished - center right
John T. Mendofik; Marlene Miller; Blaine Poss
Perished - right image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 13, 2022
8. Perished - right
Reba J. Smith; Patricia Steger; Barbara C. Watkins
Injured Survivors - right image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 13, 2022
9. Injured Survivors - right
James Luongo; Joseph Magistrale; Judith Marchese; Patricia Noel; Thomas F. Ray; Bonnie Rowland; Paul Seelau; Lawrence Wojtkowski; June Mahaney Student teacher
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 13, 2022, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 883 times since then and 359 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 13, 2022, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.

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