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2017-12-06 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago
Dec. 8, 1892

James F. Young, a native and life-long resident of Williamsville, died on the 15th of November, 1892, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Frank N. Hoffman of Buffalo. Mr. Young was born on the farm on which his seventy-five years of life were passed, in 1817. In the home of his daughters, where he has lived mostly of late, the chair now vacant will long be a painful sight.

A London paper has been awarded a hefty prize for the best definition of a baby. The lady who won the prize sent in this answer: “A tiny feather from the wing of love, dropped into the sacred lap of motherhood.”

“‘I can’t see why fish have to be cleaned,’ said Jimmy. ‘They’re in bathing all the time.’”

“The physician is the man who tells you that you need change, and then takes all you have.”

“‘Well,’ said Mabel, looking up from her history lesson, ‘what I don’t understand about the discovery of America is how Columbus knew it was America when he never saw it before.’”

100 Years Ago
Dec. 6, 1917

Wehrle and Beach is now selling the Clayola phonograph. Plays all records. Come in to hear them.

A jolly Thanksgiving was celebrated at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lavocat Sr. when they entertained their children, grand-children and great-grand-children in honor of their grandson, Eugene A. Metzinger, who arrived home on a two-day furlough from Company E, 309th Infantry, Camp Six, N.J. He has gained 4 pounds and appears to be in good health.

The Town Board approved a motion that in view of the fact that a large number of books are drawn from the Williamsville Free Library by residents of the Town of Amherst, it shall contribute one hundred dollars annually to the maintenance of the library.

The urgent call to America for 12 million surgical dressings to send to France before spring should set the women of our country to work. We who stay at home must battle as loyally as those in the trenches.

An effort will be made this winter to keep the Main Road open between the Buffalo city line and Clarence. Steam rollers, it is said, will be used for the project. Another movement is underway to keep the Transit Road from Lockport to the Main Road open to traffic.

75 Years Ago
Dec. 2, 1942

The government is asking American farmers to dedicate the remaining weeks of 1942 to an intensified scrap hunt. The steel mills need more heavy scrap and farmers are the best source of this metal.

A group of high school girls who have met in Snyder on Wednesdays since early September to read from “Wagon to the Star” by Mildred Foulke Meese assembled last evening at her Keswick Road home.

50 Years Ago
Dec. 6, 1967

Teachers and parents may view or participate in the Soviet education exhibit in Buffalo according to their own judgment of its potential value, Dr. William E. Keller, Williamsville superintendent of schools, said today. Some parents have voiced objections to their children being exposed to what they believe to be Russian propaganda.

Dr. Paul Kurtz of Snyder, a State University at Buffalo professor of philosophy, has been named editor of “The Humanist” magazine.

Mrs. Charlotte B. Mergenhagen, who died on Nov. 26, 1967, had been a bookkeeper at The Amherst Bee for the past 14 years.

25 Years Ago
Dec. 9, 1992

The Williamsville South and Williamsville East girls basketball teams were the first to play a basketball game at South’s new gymnasium as they tipped off their seasons on Dec. 4.

Kathleen Sweet has become associated with the Buffalo law firm of Damon and Morey.

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