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2015-02-11 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago
Feb. 13, 1890

Poor old Barney has passed into eternity.

Mrs. Charles Wiede was agreeably surprised last Thursday evening by a party of friends. All enjoyed a pleasant social time.

Dr. John Wende, the well-known veterinary surgeon of Cold Springs, has had a new metallic circuit telephone put in his office. It works like a charm and will prove a great convenience. Anyone wishing to call Dr. Wende at any time may do so at the Bee office telephone. (Editor’s note: the first telephone in the Town of Amherst was installed in the offices of The Amherst Bee.)

The house, barn and farm on Main Street, Eggertsville, belonging to the Monnen estate, is available for rent at a low rate.

Messrs. John Eggert, Eugene Englehart, Henry Litz, John Wendler and Lewis Arence of East Amherst are in the employ of Mr. Michael Wambach, building merry-go-rounds for Armitage and Herschell at Tonawanda.

“Never wait for anything to turn up. Go and turn it up yourself. It takes less time and is sure to be done.”

“Don’t be ashamed of your double chin if you have one. It denotes character.”

“‘George, before we were married, you always insisted on carrying my packages for me.’ He replied, ‘Yes, but I did not have to pay for them then.’”

100 Years Ago
Feb. 11, 1915

A fastnacht party is scheduled for Louis Witnauer’s hall at East Amherst on Feb. 15.

Eleven farm auctions were listed in Amherst and Clarence.

Rev. Charles H. Fry of Snyder has gone to Mount Holly, Vt., to become pastor of the Baptist Church in that town.

Howard G. Britting announced the opening of a real estate office in Williamsville.

Deaths included Miss Jane Fogelsonger, 74, of Buffalo, formerly of Williamsville, on Feb. 9, 1915.

75 Years Ago
Feb. 15, 1940

The Amelia Earhart Youth Temperance Council will meet Wednesday evening, February 21, at 7:30 o’clock in the home of Willard Strobel, 206 Capen Boulevard, Amherst. Jimmy Sharp will lead a forum titled, “The Evil of Marijuana.”

Mrs. Bertha Drews was appointed attendance officer of the Amherst Central High School District at the board of education’s meeting on Monday night.

A license fee of $25 will be paid annually for each pinball machine and other coin machines in Amherst with the exception of musical devices.

50 Years Ago
Feb. 11, 1965

Fire did an estimated $75,000 damage to an Eggertsville house last Friday afternoon. The house, on Greenaway Road, is owned by Dr. Samuel Militello. Eggertsville, Snyder and Williamsville firefighters responded with North Bailey reporting to the Eggertsville hall.

The 80-year-old pipe organ at St. Mary’s Church in Swormville is in need of remodeling and renovation to the “tune” of $8,000. To finance the project, a house-to-house collection among parishioners will be conducted on Sunday, Feb. 28. Please remain at home until the collector calls.

Taylor Travel Service advertises that customers can pick up their airline tickets at either their Amherst or Kenmore locations, “and save a trip to the Statler or the airport.”

A retired Courier-Express printer, Mervyn O’Grady, 78, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1965.

25 Years Ago
Feb. 14, 1990

He calls Mill Middle School his second home and is the only original staff member remaining at the building since it opened 31 years ago. Next week, that attachment will end as science teacher Anthony DiQuilo retires from the Williamsville Central School District.

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