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2017-10-11 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago
Oct. 13, 1892

One week from tomorrow ushers in the anniversary of one of the most notable events in history — the discovery of America by Columbus. The Williamsville Union School should not fall behind in this patriotic movement.

A dispatch from Coffeyville, Kansas, says that the infamous Dalton Gang is no more. Wednesday morning about 9 o’clock, six of them, all desperadoes and bandits, rode into town. After robbing several banks, the marshal’s posse took their positions in the square. All but one were killed and the bodies of the bandits were allowed to remain all day where they fell.

What good does fretting do? It deranges one’s temper, excites unpleasant feelings toward everybody and confuses the mind.

Undertaker C.F. Kauffman of Lovejoy Street called on friends at Cold Springs yesterday.

There is one infant American industry which will scarcely be represented at the Chicago fair. There must be 500 live ostriches in the United States at the present time, but the climate of Illinois would not suit the African bird at all.

100 Years Ago
Oct. 11, 1917

Mr. John E. Secrist has purchased the Iroquois property at Swormville, formerly the Ruck Hotel, and will occupy it as a home.

A special meeting of the Getzville Hose Company will be held at Cuttler’s Hall on Saturday evening for the purpose of considering buying or leasing property upon which to erect a building for storing the chemical [engine].

A dance and card party will be held at the Eggertsville Hose Company’s hall on Saturday evening, Oct. 13. Good music for dancing and prizes for card playing.

State Troopers were in Amherst the first of the week, being sent here to reduce reckless automobile speeding on the Niagara Falls Boulevard and the Main Road.

Mr. J.M. Lanigan of the Austin Company, contractors for the new Curtiss Aeroplane Plant in Buffalo, was the guest at dinner on Friday evening of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Rinewalt.

Many complaints are being made by residents of this village regarding fruit being stolen by young boys at night. A just punishment should be dealt out to these young miscreants if their identity is known.

75 Years Ago
Oct. 8, 1942

A thousand and one laughs are in store for all who attend the big free show to be held this Sunday afternoon at the Glen Park Casino for the benefit of the Amherst Bee Ambulance Fund. Headlining the mammoth variety show will be the Korn Kobblers, famed radio act.

The Eggertsville Exempt Firemen’s Association is making plans for a smoker on Oct. 28.

50 Years Ago
Oct. 11, 1967

The defeat of the $3,960,000 bond issue of the Williamsville School District last Saturday has led to further discussion on future actions. The proposal to build a new middle school on New Road was defeated by 1,300 votes. The proposal to buy a 21-acre site adjoining school-owned land on Paradise Road was rejected by four votes.

The Quota Club of Amherst has invited Mrs. Lucille M. Kinne to be luncheon speaker at the 24th annual conference of the 17th District of Quota International to be held Oct. 22 at the Charter House Motel.

Frank C. Scimia, 52, co-owner of the Clardon Restaurant on Transit Road, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 1967. He and his brother, Anthony, had operated the restaurant since 1959. Previously, he and his brother and their father, Enrico, operated the Scimia Tavern on Seneca Street, which the father founded in 1914.

25 Years Ago
Oct. 14, 1992

Enticed by the state early retirement incentive, Town Attorney James M. Nesper will leave the post he has held for nearly 35 years.

Beatrice “Bea” Massman, one of the most successful tennis and badminton players in the country, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 1992.

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