Out of the Past
125 Years Ago
July 10, 1884
There was a splendid shower of rain on the glorious Fourth, which was very acceptable.
The Board of Directors of the Erie and Niagara Counties Farmers Association held their regular meeting at the office at Swormville on the 8th. Losses were presented to the board by the appraiser of Charles Schrake (in terms of) barns, sheds, produce, etc. of $455.50. Benj. W. Lewis of Newstead, two cows killed by lightning, $105.
Wanted: brick and stone masons at $3.00 per day. Non-union preferred. J. Beyer & Son, No. 28 Board and Trade Building, Buffalo.
General Grant will get about $40,000 a year from his testimonial fund and his pension as a general on the retired list.
In a dispute about dancing privileges about a picnic in Hulton, Pa., James Graham shot and killed John Lynch. Graham escaped.
Little Pearl, the six-year-old daughter of P.W. Bemis of Westfield, N.Y., though she has never been to school a day in her life, spelled correctly ninety of the one hundred words given at the Regents examination at that place. She is also a fluent reader.
"A woman ought to be a good example for every other woman; and thus there would soon be none but good women in America. Good faithful women always get married as soon as they can find a first-rate young man who is willing to marry."
100 Years Ago
July 8, 1909
A fine pacer horse belonging to Edward Helfter of Snyder was stolen from the George Helfter Sr. barn. The animal was recovered the same day in Buffalo.
The Village Board accepted the deed for Howard Avenue.
75 Years Ago
July 12, 1934
A roof overhead and plenty of household possessions — and the next hour to be entirely wiped out of home and everything in it — that was the reckoning of the severe electrical storm which swept this section last Friday. The house of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dietrich of South Forest Road near Wehrle Drive was entirely destroyed. A bolt struck the roof and almost immediately tongues of flame lept out from all sides. Neighbors formed a bucket brigade until the arrival of the Snyder Hose Co., which made a record run to the place.
Beginning Wednesday of this week, proprietors of grocery stores and meat markets have decided to observe a half-day holiday on Wednesdays during the summer. Consequently on Wednesdays, from noon on, these stores will be closed during the hot months. Shoppers will govern themselves accordingly.
50 Years Ago
July 9, 1959
The sudden death of Ed Sturm of Dodge Road came as a distinct shock to this community and sincerest sympathy goes out to his wife, the former Virginia Regnet, and their three children. Ironically, his death on July 4th occurred on the day that gave him so much pleasure every year.
If the Amherst Town Board grants the necessary rezoning, Amherst will have a handsome new hotel and homeowners will benefit taxwise. The proposed motel would be located on property owned by J. Harold and Willard Genrich on the north side of Main Street, west of the quarry.
Art classes for children 7-14 years of age will be held by Ruth Lex and John Whalen at Island Park on Thursday and Saturday afternoons.
25 Years Ago
July 11, 1984
Fears for the safety of a missing Amherst girl continued to mount this week. Missing is Nancy J. Scamurra, who was last seen Sunday, July 1.
Richard F. Rebadow, longtime manager of the Buffalo Airport, will be honored posthumously at this year's WNY Air Show at Niagara Falls.
Kenyon's Variety Store, Main and Garrison, opened last Monday with nine gas pumps and a deli with fresh sandwiches. It is open 24 hours.