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2016-08-24 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago

Aug. 27, 1891

It is reported that a man living near Angelica has applied for a pension on the grounds that he lost his voice reading war news to farmers who used to meet at night in the village grocery.

Edison is quoted as saying that ultimately, one’s home will be lighted and heated at a cost which will not exceed sixty cents per annum. If this be true, “ultimately” cannot make its appearance upon the horizon of life too soon.

The National Economist thinks that Indiana and New York have had the call long enough and that the next president ought to come from the breezy state of Kansas or the soughing pines of North Carolina. (Editor’s note: The next president to be elected was Grover Cleveland, a native of New Jersey who later lived in East Aurora.)

“Mother: ‘What in the world did you do during that terrible thunderstorm?’ Son: ‘I went under a tree.’ Mother: ‘Don’t you know a tree is the most dangerous place in a thunderstorm?’ Son: ‘Oh, I jumped out every time it thundered.’”

100 Years Ago
Aug. 24, 1916

Mrs. Stanley H. Fox of Rochester, whose husband was lost on the Titanic, will receive $2,500 in settlement of her $50,000 claim against the owners of the liner.

Wehrle & Beach, the well-known undertakers of Williamsville, have further increased the facilities of their business by purchasing a combination automobile hearse and ambulance.

The barn on the property of Mr. George Fox Sr., at the foot of Mill Street, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground during the thunderstorm Tuesday night.

A burglar entered the convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph at Swormville on Sunday morning and made quite a raid. Entrance was gained through the cutting of a window screen sometime during services when the sisters were at church. The thief escaped with $88.

The passing away of Mrs. Emily Muegel of East Amherst is a deep sorrow which many relatives and friends have been called upon to suffer. On the quiet Sabbath day, Aug. 20, 1916, her spirit returned to her maker, leaving in sadness those who dearly loved her cheerful presence. Her age was 58 years.

Samuel Shisler and Willard Tillman spent last Wednesday at Crystal Beach.

For Sale: Will sacrifice my 1914 model touring car for $250. Good reason for selling. Edw. Landow, Clarence Center.”

75 Years Ago
Aug. 28, 1941

Buffalo Bisons pitching has been tops with Fred Hutchinson, Virgil Trucks, Hal White and Floyd Giebell turning in steady performances.

Approximately 4,000 Amherst boys and girls are preparing to end their summer vacation and return to school next week.

50 Years Ago
Aug. 25, 1966

Arthur E. Landel, 74, of Williamsville, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 1966. Mr. Landel’s roots in Williamsville include a grocery store at Main and Mill streets, now Rogers Market; followed by a dairy and ice cream business at the rear of 5516 Main St.

Jo and Bob Esmond cordially invite their friends to join with them in celebrating the nineteenth anniversary of the opening of the now-famous Esmond’s restaurant on Wehrle Drive at Union Road.

For Sale: 1959 Triumph TR3, bright red with black leather interior. Radio. Owner leaving for school. $750.”

25 Years Ago
Aug. 28, 1991

Robert E. Eck has been elected chairman of the board of trustees of Daemen College; Peter F. Hunt, vice chairman; and Caroline Hassett Buerk, secretary-treasurer.

Arthur W. Harris, 71, a square dance caller for 42 years who served during World War II with the “Flying Tigers,” died Saturday, Aug. 24, 1991.

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