Richard M. "Richie" Boser was born March 20, 1919. He enlisted as a Private in the regular army on September 9, 1940 at the age of 21, and was shipped overseas in August of 1942. He participated in the invation of North Africa on November 8, 1942, served through the Tunisian campaign, and was part of the invasion of Sicily on July 23, 1943. He was a part of the second wave that landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. After a furlough home, he returned to Germany to take part in the final battles of the war in Europe.
From the Jamestown Post-Journal, Saturday Evening Edition: February 19, 1944. Author: Asahel Bush. Similar articles also written by Bush appeared in the Saturday, February 19, 1944 Edition of the Salamanca Republican-Press, and the Saturday, February 19, 1944 edition of The Citizen-Adviser out of Auburn, N.Y.
From Francie Potter, President of the Allegany Area Historical Association: "When my daughter, Linda Potter, was a grad student at the University of Michigan, she participated in a Media History seminar that focused on creating an oral history of the 'home front" during World War II. She interviewed her father, Bob Potter, for the project. We think you might enjoy it and it might also bring back some memories for our older members."
George W. Woodruff was born and raised in East Otto, Cattaraugus County, NY, and was an active participant in WWI. He was reported killed in action, but it wasn’t meant to be. So, how did that come about?
Mr. Lorenzo Stratton, of Little Valley, has been experimenting for a few years past, with a view to test the practicability of domesticating elk; and for this purpose encloseda tract of hilly land, well wooded for ranging and browsing.
From The Randolph Register, Vol. 39, No.49 Randolph, N. Y. April 17, 1903 One Great Industry That has Been Instrumental in Building Up a Village. The Commercial Life Blood Of Little Valley Drawn from the Cutlery Works How Knives are Made by Ingenious Men and Machines.