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YMCA Checker and Chess Club

YMCA Checker and Chess Club

In doing some research on the North Tonawanda YMCA, Ned Schimminger accidently discovered one of those photos published in that organization’s annual, circa 1900. While the individuals in the photo were not identified by name, we now know that the image is of the YMCA Checker and Chess Club and was taken at their facility at the corner of Main and Tremont Streets in North Tonawanda. Further research has determined that the club president at the time was J. R. Simson and M. L. Snyder served as secretary/ treasurer. The purpose of the club was predicated on the idea that mental training given by the games of checkers and chess was of practical value in everyday life.. Collection, Historical Society of the Tonawandas. © 2013 Written authorization required.

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