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2017-05-17 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago
May 19, 1892

At the Baptist church on Sabbath next, the pastor will have for his subject, “The wages which Satan pays to his laborers.”

Master Clarence Mauer is happy in the possession of a new velocipede.

An antelope is as curious as a woman. If the hunter will lie down in the grass and wave a red handkerchief, a band of antelope will keep circling around until within reasonable distance for a safe shot.

The chances for success in life are much greater for the boy who has grown up on the farm. The fact that his evenings were spent at home is what gives him the stamina which enables him to win in the battle of life.

“‘Is there much water in the cistern?’ inquired a gentleman of his wife as she came up from the cellar. ‘It is full on the bottom, but there’s none at all on the top.’”

100 Years Ago
May 17, 1917

A Cadillac car driven by a Lockport man collided with the rear of the spring wagon in which Mr. Anthony Zeitz was riding about 7:45 o’clock last evening. The accident happened in Main Street in front of Werstein’s barber shop.

The lockup in the Village of Williamsville was inspected April 18 and a report thereof recently reached The Bee. The village is complimented upon its fine municipal building but the lockup, which is in the basement, should be larger, according to the report of inspector Clifford M. Young. He also mentions the lack of toilet facilities and running water and inadequate heat supplied by gas in the winter. The whole interior should be painted a bright color, preferably enamel.

A class of eight girls will be graduated from the Williamsville High School in exercises to take place Monday evening, June 25, at the Village Hall.

At North Tonawanda, the Richardson Motor Boat Co. has launched the first of several 50-foot motor cruisers being built for the Coast Guard service.

75 Years Ago
May 21, 1942

Money to equip two station wagons as ambulances to be used in case of emergency was voted by the officers of the Williamsville branch of the American Red Cross on Monday. The total cost of the equipment is $54.40.

John Erskine, age 72 years, a familiar figure about town for the past 42 years, died suddenly on Sunday. When he first came to Williamsville, he was employed as a section hand on the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

50 Years Ago
May 18, 1967

Eggertsville and Snyder school district voters swarmed to the polls Monday and soundly trounced a proposition to centralize their three school districts. With 4,136 ballots cast, 2,542 were against centralization and 1,485 were in favor. There were 58 void ballots.

A single post office address for all Amherst residents was urged this week by Councilman John P. Lane, chairman of the town board’s Community Development Committee.

Fred W. Barndollar was honored recently by the Sunoco Oil Co. for thirty years of service to motorists as a Sunoco dealer. His station is at 4933 Main St. at Kensington.

Help Wanted: “Cleaning woman, steady work. Thursday preferred. $11 and lunch.”

25 Years Ago
May 20, 1992

Rich Hooper, Frank Klipstein and Joe Shifflet will join the Amherst “Avenue of Athletes” on May 21 at the 17th annual luncheon at the Ramada Inn on Transit Road.

Former Williamsville resident Edwin F. Jaeckle, 97, the driving force behind the political career of former New York governor and presidential candidate Thomas E. Dewey, died Thursday, May 14, 1992.

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