(and I'm sure most of you are aware of him, but in case you're not: you're welcome) @rustanddirt covers all things Erie/Crawford history be it anecdotal, obscure, creative, or interesting. I always learn something I didn't know from his posts or from his insightful pieces in the @eriereader. So if you haven't yet, check him out. This is his post about the old Bank of Erie, a building that I wish still existed.
This undated photo of the Bank of Erie (also called the Bank of Erie Trust Co) on 12th and Parade St. comes from the Indiana Limestone Photograph Collection. One of the initiators of the bank was a man named Francis Thomas Nagorski (b. 1879) who came to the U.S. from Poland when he was 11 years old.
He quit the prep school that he was attending at the age of 16 when he father was paralyzed while doing construction on St. Stanislaus' Church—but Thomas was then able to enroll at Central High School, graduating with the class of 1898. By 1904, he had graduated from law school and was admitted to the Erie County bar.
According to the History of Erie County (1925), Thomas “became interested from the very beginning of his legal career, in the material, economical and moral improvement of the Polish immigrant” and “defended the Polish people from unjust attacks, and ... written illuminating articles in the press, dispelling prejudice and disseminating truthful information.” Does anybody know/remember when this building was demolished?