2009-11-11 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago

Nov. 6, 1884

On election day, Messrs. Peter Bernhard and Emanuel Eshelman returned from a very successful hunting trip to Michigan. They succeeded in capturing nine fine deer, three of them weighing over two hundred pounds each. The editor of The Bee was kindly remembered by Mr. Bernhard with a liberal supply of venison.

During the past week, Mr. C.L. Haupt has received a fine stock of accordions.

President Chester A. Arthur has issued a proclamation designating Thursday, the 27th day of this present November, as Thanksgiving.

The average man during a lifetime sleeps and works 6,000 days each, eats 2,000, walks 800 and is ill 500.

Men digging trenches for sewers in Schenectady, N.Y. have found at a depth of 16 feet the old corduroy road which was laid in 1690. On another street, the hollow logs which were laid in 1806, and served as pipes for the city’s water supply, have been found in an excellent shape.

“‘You Americans, said an Englishman to a young lady, ‘have no ancestry to which you can point with pride.’ ‘That is very true,’ she assented. ‘Most of our ancestors came from England, you know.’”

“‘What does the minister say of our new burying ground?’ asked one woman of her neighbor. ‘He did not like it at all; he said he will never be buried there as long as he lives.’”

100 Years Ago

Nov. 4, 1909

Mrs. Charles Ingersoll of Beloit, Wisc. has purchased the Lehn farm of 120 acres. The property has always been renown for its powerful springs of clear water. Mrs. Ingersoll is one of the heirs of this valuable farm, which has been a family possession for over a century.

Messrs. Adam Hinkley, George L. Helfter, Adam Hinkley Jr. and Al Haskell have returned from a few days of hunting at Onovilla, Pa.

The annual entertainment for the children of the Assumption Church, Swormville, will be given on Nov. 21 and 22.

75 Years Ago

Nov. 8, 1934

A general appeal is being made to residents for cooperation in relief plans which must be formulated for the coming winter. There is no question that a number of our townspeople will need aid to tide them over.

The Williamsville High School Board of Education has voted to lease to the Alexander Hamilton Club, an organization of men interested in good government organized by Mr. Selby Parker, the old stone school house on Cayuga Street for meeting and recreation rooms, with the same privilege to the Bachelor Arms, a group of young men who have been functioning for several years. So many young men are without employment and do not know how to employ their time. They drift about, unhappy and aimless.

50 Years Ago

Nov. 13, 1959

One of the grand old ladies of Williamsville celebrated her 86th birthday last Thursday. Mrs. Margaret Renwick Jerrett left her native Scotland in 1905 with her husband to visit friends in this area and has been here ever since.

Best wishes to the Norman C. Vergils family as they make their new residence on Tonawanda Creek Road.

25 Years Ago

Nov. 14, 1984

The campaign trail that has led Edward A. Rath to a state supreme court seat in the 8th Judicial District was a tiring one that the Williamsville justice said he could not have done without the aid of his staff, family and friends.

Dr. Selig Adler, a distinguished professor history at the State University at Buffalo, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 1984. One of his best-known writings was “From Ararat to Suburbia: A History of the Jewish Community in Buffalo,” a book he co-authored with Thomas E. Connelly.

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