A website primarily — but not exclusively — about the extended family
of Stanley Major and Helen Smolinski (above) who married in 1929
and remained in Solvay, their Central New York hometown.
Three students dead;
Skaneateles mourns
Finds brother who was
missing for 19 years
In 1931, Tony Kane's
luck finally ran out
Central New York's, big
bang occurred in 1918
The 1943 sludge flood
that spoiled Thanksgving
Remembering those who
fought in World War Two
The Stooges: There was
Method to their Madness
Betty White's career
was just starting
My ignorance was
Gypsy's bliss
He went from star
athlete to village mayor
Adversity met its
match in Oel Johnson
McLaughlins: Have
teasels, will travel
Sister Antonia: From
convent to conflict
In Skaneateles, everyone
knows Charlie Major
Liz Major: Poet
and family historian
Bill Smolinsk: Our
family movie maker
Some of my sister's
friends were invisible
The French Fort: Gone
but not forgotten
Solvay Mayor Stanley "Buster" Major and Trustee John Nozynski pose aboard the driver's seat of a donkey-pulled wagon as part of a publicity staged by their campaign manager, Al Nowakowski (in the street just off Major's right shoulder). Others in the photo are Police Justice Donald Salvetti and Gerald Blair, local chairman of the Democratic Party. The photo was taken by Syracuse Herald-Journal photographer Louis Raczkowski, in front of the Solvay Village Hall several days before the 1951 village election.