Out of the Past
125 Years Ago
April 21, 1892
Williamsville’s churches stand with open doors. All newcomers will be welcomed.
Yesterday, Mr. and Mrs. John Blocher of Buffalo celebrated their forty-sixth anniversary of married life by a visit to their beautiful country home here.
Mr. August Fiegl of Harris Hill has purchased of Mr. Chas. Lautz of Williamsville a fine span of bay horses.
A Pennsylvania man has been added to the large number of those who have had lizards grow in their stomachs.
“Doctor: ‘There is one thing more. Your wife must not speak a word today. Please tell her that.’ Patient’s husband: ‘Tell her yourself.’”
“‘Ladies and gentlemen,’ roared the temperance lecturer, ‘what has filled more graves than whiskey?’ ‘Doctors,’ squeaked a small voice from the back of the room.”
100 Years Ago
April 19, 1917
Mr. Russell Hoffman has been elected recording secretary of the Hutchinson Hose Company to succeed Mr. Daniel Niederlander, who resigned his office owing to the national crisis. He is a member of the U.S. Third Field Artillery.
Mrs. Martha M. Lapp finished the course on the morning of April 6, 1917, having completed her eighty-fourth year last December. She was one of the pioneer school teachers of sixty-five years ago. At the age of twenty, she married Isaac Lapp and they made their home where their oldest son, Charles H. Lapp, now resides in West Clarence. Mrs. Lapp came from “Mayflower stock,” being a direct descendant of Stephen Hopkins, who landed with the Pilgrim fathers at Plymouth Rock in 1620. Formerly a member of the First Baptist Church at Hunt’s Corners, of late years her membership was with the Baptist Church at Williamsville.
Chicken thieves have entered some of the hen houses in Swormville the past week.
Harry Wilson, a reporter on a Hornell newspaper, was sent to the U.S. Recruiting Office to get a story on enlistments. Half an hour later he telephoned the city editor: “I won’t be back, boss; I have enlisted in the army.”
75 Years Ago
April 23, 1942
After years of controversy, the Amherst Council has voted to purchase a motorcycle for the use of the Amherst Police Dept. The action followed complaints of excessive speed.
The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. L.F. Hillman of Park Drive extend congratulations to them on their sixtieth wedding anniversary.
50 Years Ago
April 20, 1967
The Amherst Town Democratic Committee has endorsed Frank Pleto for town supervisor. Other endorsements are Howard Popkin and Joseph Niland, councilmen; Albert Vosseler, incumbent for town clerk; Richard Summers, highway superintendent; and Edward L. Robinson, incumbent for justice of the peace.
Mrs. Reginald B. Taylor will be the guest lecturer when members of the Williamsville Art Society meet as guests of the Senior Citizens Center, 24 South Cayuga Road, on April 21.
The school building program was a major part of the discussion during the Williamsville Board of Education meeting on April 13. Superintendent of Schools Dr. William E. Keller recommended that future construction be built on a campus site with sufficient space for three separate school buildings. One district-owned site is south of Schoelles Road and the other is on the east side of Paradise Road.
25 Years Ago
April 22, 1992
Pro-choice advocates took a stand Monday at the office of Dr. Shalom Press on Sweet Home Road and were joined by pro-life demonstrators in Project Rescue’s “Spring of Life” effort.