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2009-01-07 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago

Jan. 10, 1884

The ice gatherers have been rapidly filling their houses this week.

Mr. Amos Hinkley reports there were twenty burials in the Williamsville Cemetery in 1883.

Our townsman, W.G. Lee, purchased the first ticket that was used by the West Shore Rail Road from Buffalo to Akron.

The school at Millersport now numbers fifty-one scholars and more are expected soon.

The snowstorm which set in on Tuesday and continued all day, and more or less up until this morning, is the most extensive for the past two years. The side roads are all drifted.

"A considerable increase in lunacy has been noticed in France during the last fifteen years. Research has shown that men are cured on the average of 276 days and women in 295 days."

"There was an old farmer living about 108 miles from New York. He took forty pounds of dried apples to the village merchant, and was told the price was four cents per pound. 'I'll be hanged if I submit to this extortion any longer,' he exclaimed. 'Why, they are quoted in Horace Greeley's paper at seven cents.' The merchant replied, 'Hadn't you better take them to New York?' And he did. When he came home and figured up, he said to his wife, 'It cost me eight dollars to come and go, two dollars for a tavern bill and maybe a little extra for tobacco.'"

100 Years Ago

Jan. 7, 1909

The Hutchinson Hose Company held its 13th annual ball at the Mansion House on Thursday.

Officers of the Loyal Christian Benefit Association Branch 820 were installed at a meeting held on Wednesday afternoon.

The Old Eggertsville Singing Class held a reunion on New Year's Day at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Frick of Buffalo.

75 Years Ago

Jan. 11, 1934

Buffalo's 32nd annual auto show will be held at the 106th Armory starting Saturday night, January 13. The event will include Packard and Graham cars from Gus Burst Motor Sales, Cheektowaga.

Members of the Amherst Police Department are shortly to appear in their new uniforms, patterned after the State Police.

Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Yaeger of Indian Trail Road are motoring to their winter home in Florida.

Memories of bygone days when horse racing easily led other sports in this town, will come with the announcement of the passing of John C. Rupp of Cheektowaga. Mr. Rupp died January 6, 1934, after a brief illness. To the day of his death, he had more satisfaction sitting on a horse than in an automobile.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 8, 1959

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 7 in the Leo Sauer Funeral Home for an outstanding figure in the real estate business, William T.C. Suor of Snyder. He died Sunday, Jan. 4, 1959. Mr. Suor and his brother Arthur developed a large farm tract into an area of fine homes including Mount Vernon, Westmoreland, Kings Highway, Hancock Terrace, Chateau Terrace and Coolidge Drive.

A three-story addition to the rear of Adam, Meldrum & Anderson's University Plaza store will increase its floor space by 60 percent.

Williamsville's Glad Casino could become a year-round night club if attendance doesn't pick up at the Town Casino in downtown Buffalo.

Get well greetings are extended to Oscar Dabritz of Sweet Home Road.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 4, 1984

Mrs. Phyllis M. Kelly of Snyder has been elected president of the State University at Buffalo Community Advisory Council.

Arthur A. (Tip) Wolf, former Williamsville Public Works superintendent, died Friday, Dec. 30, 1983. He claimed to have been the youngest public works superintendent in Williamsville history at 37 and the oldest, at 64, when he retired.

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