Out of the Past
125 Years Ago
Dec. 30, 1886
There will be an enjoyable New Year’s party held under the auspices of the Rough and Ready Fire Company at the Roller Rink on Friday evening, Dec. 31. Good music in attendance. Dancing tickets, fifty cents. Dancing tickets, including supper at the Eagle Hotel, $1.25.
The employees of the Reist Milling Co. presented their foreman, Mr. Frank Vogel, with an elegant gold pen and case.
A good horse blanket, found by C.H. Gotwalt last night, awaits an owner at Gotwalt’s store.
Miss Nellie Reid of Buffalo spent Christmas in this village, the guest of Miss Mary E. Wolfe.
Mr. Peter Groh of Clarence informed a reporter of The Bee that a contagious disease is prevailing among the horses of Clarence. It seems to be something like the mange and is very hard to cure. People who have horses afflicted with the disease should keep them isolated, and by doing so, they will greatly prevent its spread.
Santa Claus made his appearance in bodily form to some of the families here.
This is the season for doughnuts.
Emperor William of Germany celebrates on Jan. 1 next, the eightieth anniversary of his entry into the German army.
“Cattle are dumb animals, but by gathering themselves together, they can make themselves ‘herd.’”
100 Years Ago
Dec. 28, 1911
Many are planning on attending the annual Ball of the Hutchinson Hose Company to be held at the Village Hall on January 1. Late cars have been arranged for the convenience of out-of-town guests.
Austin Simmonds was elected president of the Pendleton Athletic Club.
Lemuel V. Youngs was severely injured while cutting feed at Frank Herberger’s last Friday.
County Tax Appraiser Hull yesterday valued the estate of the late John Blocher, founder of the Williamsville Blocher Homes, at $160,280.
Deaths included George Frankhauser of Eggertsville, Dec. 21, 1911.
75 Years Ago
Dec. 31, 1936
The new electric light standards are being placed this week.
Two new members of the Amherst police force are beginning their duties this evening. Paul T. Morris will go on patrol duty at 10 o’clock and Edward B. Schultz will start an hour later.
With the death of Arthur Brisbane on Christmas morning in New York City, the world lost its most widely-known and most read newspaper writer and editor.
50 Years Ago
Dec. 28, 1961
In a surprise announcement, Dr. Olin B. Tracy, pastor of the Amherst Community Church, told his congregation at the close of last Sunday’s services that he is planning to retire late in 1962.
A beautiful new supermarket will be erected on the northeast corner of Sheridan Drive and Bailey Avenue as the result of action taken by the Amherst Town Board at its regular weekly meeting on Tuesday evening. Louis F. Szeglowski and Ted Shelly, owners of Bell’s Sav-Cash Market, plan to erect a new building directly behind their present store. The older store will be demolished.
A member of one of Williamsville’s older families and a retired engineer of the New York Telephone Co. with whom he was associated for 39 years, Henry E. Brelos, 77, died on Dec. 22, 1961.
25 Years Ago
Dec. 31, 1986
Approval was given to a $3 million tax-exempt Industrial Revenue Bond for Independent Health Associates at the monthly board meeting of the Amherst IDA. The company is planning a 30,000-square-foot building on International Drive.
Sue Wardynski has been named president of the Park School Foundation.