Out of the Past
125 Years Ago
March 25, 1886
On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Jefferson Hartel of Sweet Home and Miss Lena Baker were united in the holy bonds of matrimony by the Rev. Junk. Mr. and Mrs. Hartel will spend a short time in the Pickard’s Bridge neighborhood before starting for their future home in Dakota.
H.W. Dodge, Geo. Sivyer, Chas. Gotwalt, Ed. Crocker, Matt Wagner and Ed Voss were named by the Rough and Ready Fire Company as pall bearers for the funeral of fellow member Jerry Diller.
All who visit the Washington Market in Buffalo can save money by buying the fresh, salt, smoked and dried meats of John Zent.
Mr. Martin Frey of Georgia tried a new way of catching rats. He took a large keg and filled it about half full with water, and placed cotton seed on top of the water, which floated on the surface. He then sprinkled meal on top of the cotton seed and placed the keg in his barn. The next morning he emptied the keg of one hundred and ninety drowned rats.
“A wife returned home very late from shopping. Her husband asked, ‘What would become of the little children of the world if the dry goods and millinery shops were kept open as late as the beer saloons.’”
“Wanted: A Frenchman, who understands English and speaks a little, wants a place to work on a farm. Inquire at Bee office.”
100 Years Ago
March 23, 1911
Williamsville High School has organized a baseball team for the coming season, Ray Herman being elected manager. He has Parker High School on his schedule for the opening game on April 21.
Village Clerk Henry L. Reist and Assessor William Burt will make a canvass of the Village to ascertain the exact number of feet frontage of Main Street property owners, in accordance with the paving proposition.
Charles S. Burkhardt reports the sale of the Miller homestead, consisting of 15 acres on the Transit Road, to Andrew Lang of Buffalo.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Dirstein entertained the Civic Guards and guests at their home.
75 Years Ago
March 26, 1936
An early-morning blaze Wednesday gutted the interior of a home occupied by the Martin Gassman family at 192 South Union Road.
The Bachelor Arms Spring Frolic and Dance, scheduled for Friday evening, has been postponed until April 3 due to the bad weather last week.
The death of James C. Fell, more affectionately known as “Daddy,” occurred on Sunday, March 22, 1936. He joined the Nickel Plate Railroad in 1883 and retired after 41 years at age 70.
50 Years Ago
March 23, 1961
The six o’clock period on Monday evening was a busy one for members of the Snyder Fire Department, for within minutes they answered a first aid alarm and almost simultaneously were summoned to extinguish a $5,000 home fire at 265 Berryman Drive.
Williamsville residents reaffirmed the administration given the village by the Civic Pride Party by re-electing that party’s three candidates at the annual village election on Tuesday. Returned to office were Mayor Howard F. Tatu and Trustees Curtis F. Deming and Stanley P. Jones. Mayor Tatu had no competition.
Baseball movies, including World Series pictures, will be shown at the Williamsville Junior High School on Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m.
25 Years Ago
March 26, 1986
A grand jury will study charges against a man accused of shooting an Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Friday afternoon while attempting to serve a warrant at the suspect’s home on Callodine Avenue.
A memorial Mass was offered March 26 for Mary Loos Wincenc, mother of Dr. Joseph Wincenc, founder of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra.