Out of the Past
125 Years Ago
June 14, 1883
Butter and eggs went down with a vengeance in this village last Friday. It appears Albert Retzloff, a grocery keeper at Wolcottsburg, was en route to Buffalo driving horse attached to a spring wagon, the latter being loaded with 500 dozen eggs and 250 pounds of butter. Stopping in Deam's hotel shed to allow the beast to refresh, Mr. Retzloff repaired to the hotel. He was suddenly recalled by the noise of the horse backing out, and before he could reach the vehicle, the animal headed east on Main Street at a rapid rate. The wagon turned a complete somersault. For a space of twenty feet, the ground was literally covered with broken jars of butter and smashed eggs. Moral - always tie your horse.
The frequent and heavy rains of the past few weeks have made farmers very late with planting and other spring work.
Niagara Marble Works announces it no longer has any use for the windmill and derrick at the Youngs quarries, and will sell at a bargain. Inquire at 861 Main Street, Buffalo.
"A Chicago man insists he saw a red and black snake forty feet long, and as big around as a barrel of whiskey. We have no doubt that he did, but he unquestionably saw the barrel of whiskey before he saw the snake."
"'Heavens! What a cow!' was the approving remark of a teetotal judge from Vermont, after swallowing a potent punch which had been offered to him as a plain glass of milk."
100 Years Ago
June 11, 1908
The well-known brewery property at the corner of Main and Grove streets, which for some years past has been in the possession of Mr. J. Chalmers Sr., was sold recently to Mr. William Schellerman, a new resident. The deal, made by C.S. Burkhardt, includes the brewery and the building known as Calumet Hall.
A horse dealers convention will be held at Quinn's Hotel in Williamsville from July 25-27.
75 Years Ago
June 15, 1933
Mrs. Elizabeth Menig appeared before the Town Board Monday night to make an urgent request that two buses be operated by the Buffalo Transit Co. at the busy hour of 5:30. Mrs. Menig uses the bus daily, and practically every evening she is obliged to stand all of the way home, an ordeal for her after a busy day.
The 1933 edition of the Searchlight, the year book of the Williamsville High School, comes off the press today and is available at 75 cents per copy. The book is dedicated to Miss Isabelle Wetherbee, instructor in French for the past five years.
Into the annals of time this week goes the passing of Mrs. Lucy Huver. Just as a candle burns itself out after giving its kindly light, so did her benignant, gracious days come to an end on June 12, 1933.
50 Years Ago
June 12, 1958
Amherst Central Senior High School graduation exercises will be held on Friday evening, June 20, in the new gymnasium. The colonial facade of the Williamsville High School, with its white tower, will add to the impressiveness of this year's commencement program on the evening of June 20, for the exercises will be held for the first time in the courtyard in front of the school. Exercises for the Neumann Catholic High School will be in the school auditorium Sunday evening, June 22.
Two new parishes have been established in the Town of Amherst by the Most Rev. Joseph A. Burke, Bishop of the Buffalo Diocese. The Rev. Father Joseph L. Buchheit has been named pastor of the parish of St. Gregory the Great in East Amherst and the Rev. Father Joseph J. Weber has been assigned pastor of St. Pius X at Getzville.
For Sale: "SS. Peter & Paul school uniform with two Dacron blouses, size 8, $6.50. SP 4670."
25 Years Ago
June 8, 1983
Construction of a new Red Roof Inn will begin in July on the west side of the Flint Road extension and just north of the Marriott Inn.
Parishioners of Christ the King Church met at a brunch last Sunday to honor the 80th birthday of former pastor Monsignor John J. McMahon.