Weekly Feature



2017-08-09 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago
Aug. 11, 1892

Miss Emma Kummel is enjoying a two-week vacation for her duties as book-keeper of the Dodge Roller Mills.

Miss Margie Hartman had a severe dunking in the Ellicott Creek on Saturday, falling from Mr. John Grove’s boat.

There are 963 miles of tramways open for passengers in Great Britain. The working stock consists of 4,067 cars, and animal traction is still the favorite method.

Michigan has an excellent law encouraging the planting of trees along the roadside. It provides that a man shall be credited twenty five cents each, on his road tax, for every tree he plants along the road.

A drawing teacher asked his class for the definition of symmetry. “It be the place where they bury dead people,” said a young boy.

100 Years Ago
Aug. 9, 1917

The Getzville Volunteer Fire Department will be organized Tuesday night, August 14, at 8 o’clock at Cutler’s Hall. Every man in the vicinity is urged to attend.

Mrs. Mary Ann Morningstar entered into the higher life on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 1917, aged 81 years.

The annual school meeting of Williamsville was held on Tuesday afternoon at the stone school house in Cayuga Street. Messrs. H.J. Longnecker and A.S. Joslyn, whose terms expired, were re-elected for three-year terms.

Miss Alice Morley, who has been in Chicago the past six weeks, returned home yesterday via boat.

About fifty elected officials and business men were guests on Tuesday at an acquaintance banquet given by Messrs. Sev. Lazarus and William Sommer of the new Rotisserie [restaurant] corner Main and Transit Road. The Rotisserie, which opened one day last week, is unique in its construction and architecture and is a most delightful place to stop for a well-cooked meal at reasonable prices.

Jamestown complains of beggars.

Northwest of Bixschoote, which lies north of Ypres, the French are following up their successes of last week.

75 Years Ago
Aug. 6, 1942

Sometime between Aug. 10 and 15, all of Erie County will have its first unannounced practice blackout. Amherst is well prepared to meet any emergency, real or simulated.

The finest array of pictures ever to be played at a drive-in theatre is now current at the Niagara Drive-In on the Niagara Falls Boulevard one mile north of Sheridan Drive.

50 Years Ago
Aug. 9, 1967

James Breen, parade marshal, says he knows everyone loves a parade — and he is looking for participants for the parade that will start Williamsville’s Old Home Day on Wednesday, Aug. 23. This will be the first celebration since 1941, when it was cancelled because of the war.

The Golden Nugget Can-Can Dancers will be featured next Tuesday evening at the 21st annual party sponsored by the Amherst Republican Town Committee.

Members of the Golden Age Club held a surprise luncheon on Monday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Basnet, who are observing their golden wedding anniversary on Aug. 11.

Howard C. Hoffman, 53, a past president of the Amherst Kiwanis Club, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 1967.

25 Years Ago
Aug. 12, 1992

Morton H. Etkin, 78, a funeral director in Amherst for more than 50 years, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 1992. Mr. Etkin and his father, Charles, entered the business in 1936.

Marie T. DeGasper, co-founder of Buffalo’s Riviera Restaurant, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1992.

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