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2017-11-08 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago
Nov. 10, 1892

On Tuesday, Mr. L.F.W. Arend, president of the Buffalo and Williamsville Electric Railroad, and Mr. Charles Lantz and Capt. R.F. Parsons, of the executive committee, were in town, and in company with Mr. James Chalmers, vice president, looked the old paper mill over for the purchase of finding out the steps necessary to convert into a motor house. It will be used for that purpose.

A bad book, magazine or newspaper is as dangerous to your child as a vicious companion, and will as surely corrupt his morals and lead him away from the path of safety. There are now published scores of papers with attractive and sensuous illustrations. Trenching on the borders of indecency, they allure the weak and unguarded from the paths of innocence.

“‘This must be a fine stream for trout,’ said a pedestrian to a man who was fishing. ‘I think so, too,’ said the angler, ‘for I have been fishing here for an hour and get a single one to leave it.’”

100 Years Ago
Nov. 8, 1917

On Thursday evening, Nov. 1, a very pleasant birthday party was held in honor of Mrs. Katherine Bildstein, formerly of Swormville, at her home in Buffalo, the occasion being her 92nd birthday.

An unusually exciting election was held in Amherst on Tuesday, both tickets putting up a lively contest. The result proved a Republican landslide for both the town and county. Lee W. Britting was re-elected supervisor. Suffrage, which met victory in New York State, was defeated in Amherst by 222 votes. Mrs. Norman Whitehouse, chairman of the Suffrage Party, estimated that a majority of 15 percent in the state was for women’s suffrage. “We hardly expected such a landslide,” she said.

An attempt was made to rob the Bank of Williamsville last night. Yeggmen, supposedly three in number, made entry through a window in the rear of the building. Mr. G. H. Wilder was awakened when they were using explosives. Mr. Widler procured a shotgun and fired one shot at the bank, hitting near the door. The men escaped by running down Rock Street, where it presumed automobiles were awaiting them.

There is a curious irony in Thanksgiving festivities while a nation is at war. In almost every home, there will be at least one empty chair, but it is perhaps just this situation which will draw more closely together the ties of family affection.

75 Years Ago
Nov. 5, 1942

A large group of selectees will leave Williamsville for an Army reception center this Friday morning. They are home on furlough, given them to wind up business affairs.

Bernard L. Tepas of Eggertsville died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1942. Mr. Tepas, 78, was the oldest employee at the Curtiss plant.

50 Years Ago
Nov. 9, 1967

Publisher George J. Measer has announced the appointment today of Ken Barnette as editor of The Amherst Bee. He succeeds John R. Shearer, who resigned after his election as town clerk of the Town of Amherst. For the past 14 years, Mr. Barnette has been on the staff of The Buffalo Evening News, where he covered every general news beat in the city.

A concept for a master plan for the Amherst Campus of the State University of Buffalo has been formulated, Dr. Robert L. Ketter, vice president in charge of facilities planning, said Tuesday. Gordon Bunschaft, architect for the firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill planning the new UB campus, has called the proposal “The university of the 21st century.”

On Saturday, the sophomore class of Bishop Neumann High School is sponsoring a hayride as one of its first class activities.

25 Years Ago
Nov. 11, 1992

From the Blotter: It was reported that someone tried to put a washing machine into his car at a donation box at University Place.

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