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2011-09-14 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago
Sept. 16, 1886

The recent change of weather caused considerable stoppage of the nasal passages.

Mr. J.L. Bucher has threshed, and Mr. Leonard Kenaline Sr., made one of the nicest straw stacks that can be seen in the north part of Amherst.

Mr. M. Urban has engaged John Helmer and his gang of carpenters to repair his dwelling house this week.

Last Friday, as Mr. Wm. Fritz, the able superintendent of the Williamsville Brewery, was about his duties, he severely scalded his right arm. The injury is very painful at present but is improving.

Mr. David Benzinger, in the employ of Mr. Henry Meyer Sr., shot a very large crane last week near Swormville. It measured six feet across the back from wing to wing.

Prospects are good for abundant grapes.

Buffalo is said to be the only professional baseball club that has escaped a whitewash this season.

San Francisco papers are advertising a rat and squirrel poison that is said to have the excellent qualities of killing the animal, drying up its insides and tanning the skin.

“Overheard in a bath house: ‘Here I say! There are no towels here.’ Replied the proprietor, ‘In one moment sir. The gentleman in No. 7 is nearly through with it.’”

100 Years Ago
Sept. 14, 1911

The Williamsville and Amherst Business Association has taken up the question of the lighting of Main Street in Amherst, not including the Village of Williamsville. The apparent need of well-lighted streets was pointed out. Named to the committee were president Chalmers, George C. Wolf, Michael Fischer, Arthur M. Suor and H.B. Long.

The Williamsville Study Club held its calendar tea in the orchard at the rear of the home of Miss Grace Witmer on Cayuga Road.

Deaths include Frederick Rudisile of Williamsville, Sept. 12, 1911.

75 Years Ago
Sept. 17, 1936

The last step in the beautification of Williamsville’s Main Street, aside from the paving, has begun — and soon the ugly telephone and electric poles will disappear from the fine, wide street, which replaces the brick pavement of a few years ago which, in turn, replaced the narrow dirt road of Williamsville’s earlier days.

Last Thursday afternoon at 5:00 o’clock, the faculty of Williamsville High School held a corn roast at Ellicott Creek Park. Following dinner, there were several games till darkness, when all returned home.

50 Years Ago
Sept. 14, 1961

County Executive Edward A. Rath presided over ground-breaking ceremonies of the new Amherst Mall Shopping Plaza on Wednesday morning. To be located on Niagara Falls Boulevard about 2,000 feet north of Sheridan Drive, the new plaza will house 60 stores and cost $10 million.

Clair Wiester has taken over the position as Sunday school superintendent of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Eagle and Ellicott streets, Williamsville. He succeeds Henry Schoelles, who held that position for the last three years.

“Mr. Bud” (Goettel), the Pick-Pocket Clown, will be at the Dodge Road Elementary School to help the youngsters have a wonderful time at “Circus Nite” on Friday, Sept. 15.

25 Years Ago
Sept. 17, 1986

Retired Amherst Central High School business teacher Lillian Harter, 89, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1986.

Bee Group editors were the first journalists from a non-daily newspaper invited to travel with the Buffalo Bills this year as part of a new program offered by the team. Jim Fink and Dave Sherman traveled to Cincinnati with the team last weekend, where the Bills lost in overtime, 36-33.

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