Lovering Avenue is a street in North Buffalo, running between Hertel Avenue and Taunton Place. The street is named after Sarah Lovering Truscott as well as her niece and daughter. The three Lovering women were influential women of their time in Buffalo.
Sarah Mitchell Lovering Truscott was born in September 1828 and came to Buffalo as a young child with her family from Boston, Massachusetts. The family traveled to Buffalo via the Erie Canal and lived at 37 Eagle Street, which was one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in the City at the time. In 1851, Sarah married George Truscott, a banker with Manufactures & Traders Bank (now M&T) who also served as water commissioner.
Mrs. Truscott was considered to be an efficient executive and was very involved in leading numerous charitable causes. She was a member of the women’s board of Buffalo General Hospital and promoted the nursing school, which was Buffalo’s first training school for nurses. She helped to organize and was president of the board of Children’s Hospital.
The Truscott family lived at 340 Delaware Avenue until 1918, when they moved to 335 Delaware Avenue. The family was active in First Unitarian Church, which was located at the corner of Franklin and Eagle Streets. The building was remodeled to add a third floor after it ceased to be used for church purposes and still stands, one of the oldest buildings in Buffalo. The church congregation still exists, having merged with the Universalist Church, worshiping on Elmwood Avenue. Sarah passed away in 1918 at the age of 90.
Sarah’s niece, Mary Lovering, was considered to be one of the first local gentlewomen to earn her living outside the house – she conducted a dancing school.
Sarah’s daughter, also named Sarah Lovering Truscott, was born in 1857. Sarah Lovering Truscott was one of the city’s pioneer women in the real estate business. Sarah was often see riding her bicycle to make a sale. At the time, bicycles were just coming into fashion, mostly for men. Many women began to ride bicycles as well, which many men scoffed at. However, bicycles allowed women a greater freedom and mobility to travel outside their homes and outside their neighborhoods. Sarah was involved in many causes including: assistant treasurer of Woman Suffrage headquarters, member of Buffalo Political Equality Club, member of the Equal Franchise League, president of Woman’s Civil Service Reform Association of Buffalo, member of the Executive Committee of the Neighborhood House ( a settlement house), and member of the Peace and arbitration Society of Buffalo. She was also a member of the Twentieth Century Club. Sarah Lovering Truscott died in November 1943 at age 88.
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- “Few Streets Named by City Government” Courier Express, February 26, 1954.
- “Lovering Avenue Memorial Early Woman Philanthropist”. Courier-Express, June 23, 1940, p. 3.