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Trico building is part of our history

After reading the recent editorial, “Preserving an icon,” I felt compelled to write. I, too, agree that the Trico building in the Buffalo Medical Corridor should not be demolished. It makes me smile. You may ask: Why? My mother worked at Plant 1 for many years. Working in a factory was hard work, though my mother never complained. She told me about John R. Oishei attending Mass at St. Louis Church on Main Street every day. He’d always have a positive greeting to his employees in the morning when he’d walk through the plant. She fondly remembers this still today.

Oishei’s generosity helped hundreds attend college. Scholarships were made available to employees’ offspring. I was lucky enough to be a recipient. I am truly grateful. Seeing the Trico plants in Buffalo, I am reminded about days gone by when my mother labored there. Hopefully, many years from now when I am gone, people will ask about Buffalo’s history and that Trico building.

What impact did the company have on Buffalo’s history? You’ll be able to show them – gone but not forgotten. An empty parking lot doesn’t speak and say what used to be there. This might be long overdue, but thank you, Mr. Oishei, and thank you, Mom.

Elaine Sztukowski Muchowski

Orchard Park