Weekly Feature



Amherst Bicentennial Edition

Bicentennial Committee slates year of special events

The following is a listing of bicentennial themed events, some of which will be held at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst:  March 5-10: Williamsville School District art show at BNHV  March 24-25: Maple We More...

‘Constables’ protected community from earliest days

In 1819, Timothy S. Hopkins was elected the first supervisor for the Town of Amherst. He appointed two constables, Joseph Hershey and Palmer Cleveland. More...

Early surveyors realized community’s potential

(Editor’s note: The following article is condensed from the 1950 Williamsville Sesquicentennial Book.)  W hen Joseph Ellicott, chief surveyor for the  More...

Community service vital part of newspaper effort

From dirt roads to paved expressways, from farmers selling their products at home to overflowing supermarkets, from local news in the printed form to still local news in the printed form and the internet, the Measer family has seen it all.  More...

James Whitmore left mark on American theater

One of the best known American actors had his roots in Amherst.  James Whitmore attended Amherst Central High School for three years before accepting a football scholarship to Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut.  He studied pre-law a More...

HELP FROM WASHINGTON

HELP FROM WASHINGTON — Rep. Jack Kemp served Amherst constituents in Congress from 1971 to 1989 after a stellar pro football career with the Buffalo Bills. More...

ASTRONAUT REMEMBERED

ASTRONAUT REMEMBERED — Marcia Jarvis, right, widow of space shuttle Challenger crew member Gregory Jarvis, presents a University at Buffalo flag that was flown on the fateful flight to UB President Steven Sample at the dedication of Jarvis Hall More...

Celebration of history, culture at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village was established in 1972 as the Amherst Museum. As a department of the Town of Amherst, the museum focused on the history of the town and its impact on the Buffalo Niagara region in the 19th century.  More...

Amherst Symphony still thriving after more than 70 years

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra was founded in September 1946 by Joseph Wincenc as part of the Adult Education program of the Amherst Central school system.  More...

First Sweet Home High graduation held in 1960

(Editor’s note: The following article was published by The Amherst Bee on June 4, 1975.)  O n June 30, 1950, a group of citizens representing four country-type common school districts joined together, and the Sweet Home Central School Dist More...

AT THE BRICKYARD

AT THE BRICKYARD — Artha “Deacon” Litz started racing with his own homemade car on dirt tracks just after World War I in county fairs before moving up to more competitive events, often in his own creations. More...

BADMINTON QUEEN

BADMINTON QUEEN — Bea Massman won 14 U.S. titles in badminton and was the first woman coach of a boys tennis team at Amherst Central High School. The team went undefeated in league play for 16 consecutive years. More...

Hardy/Groll family steeped in local history

I n celebration of the 200th anniversary of Amherst, I would like to represent the Hardy family, including my sisters Phyllis Hardy Wesolek and Elma Hardy Metzloff, in remembering some of the early settlers of Amherst, specifically our great-grandpar More...

First woman town supervisor devotes life to improving Amherst

In the early 1980s, Amherst parents were looking to make roads safer for their children. Traffic had increased on roads north of Sheridan Drive where many, at the time, lacked shoulders and sidewalks. More...

PROTECTING LIFE, PROPERTY

PROTECTING LIFE, PROPERTY — The first organized fire company in the Town of Amherst was Rough and Ready Fire Engine Company 1, founded in 1856. It was renamed the Hutchinson Hose Company in 1908 and still serves the Williamsville community. More...

CELEBRATION BEGINS

CELEBRATION BEGINS — The Amherst bicentennial flag is raised for the first time by Brian Kulpa, left, town supervisor; Herbert Schmitt, executive director of Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village; and David Sherman, town historian. More...

SUPERSTAR

SUPERSTAR — Rob Gronkowski was a standout football player at Williamsville North High School before he reached the National Football League. More...

PLAZA REMODELING

PLAZA REMODELING — Workmen removed the steel framework and lettering from atop the eastern building complex at the University Plaza in 1981. Amherst Supervisor Howard G. More...

Amherst library system expanded by energetic leader

Mary F. Bobinski is regarded as the pillar of the Amherst Public Libraries. More...

SS. Peter & Paul founded by man who became a saint

On July 12, 1836, a 25-year-old recently ordained priest arrived in Buffalo. More...

Rockefeller saw UB Amherst Campus as dream fulfilled

(Editor’s note: The following article was published by The Amherst Bee on Nov. More...

Website has link to elected, appointed officials

A s part of the Amherst bicentennial celebration, a workgroup led by Council Member Deborah Bruch Bucki has assembled information that includes elected officials and appointed positions as well as facts about the town’s formation and important More...

LOCAL LANDMARK

LOCAL LANDMARK — The Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home, established in 1848, still operates from the same location at Main Street and South Cayuga Road. The firm was initially a furniture factory operated by Demeter Wehrle. His grandson, L. More...

HISTORY BEGAN HERE

HISTORY BEGAN HERE — The first house built by the Holland Land Co. in the Amherst area was known as the “Evans House.” Erected in 1799, it stood at what is now the southwest corner of Main Street and Oakgrove Drive. Lewis E. More...

WILLIAMSVILLE ATTRACTION

WILLIAMSVILLE ATTRACTION — Glen Park featured rides and attractions and drew big crowds to the area around Glen Falls. Managed by Harry Altman, the adjacent Glen Casino brought in national acts. More...

Eggertsville museum is one of a kind

Established in 1998, the Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., is the only museum of its kind in the U.S.  More...

Amherst High School teacher instilled love of literature

Students remember Mildred Foulke Meese as a classic teacher at Amherst High School through the late 1950s and ’60s, wearing satiny dresses and pearl necklaces.  Most of her students were not aware that the person who stood in front of them More...

First senior citizen director was pioneer in field

Members of the Amherst Senior Center wouldn’t have a facility if it weren’t for one determined woman: Lucile M. More...

Jolly Boys began as means to raise funds for parish youth

Four men took turns standing guard outside a trailer home on Island Park for a weekend in the summer of 1972.  George Klein, Jean Gaulin and Charlie Klaffka, the three original Jolly Boys, along with Bob Rost, watched over their tents and materi More...

Other resources

We hope you enjoy reading this Amherst Bicentennial section. While it features information on notable residents and significant events, it is by no means meant to be a comprehensive history of the town. More...

Dr. Edmond Gicewicz

From a humble background to great accomplishments

His words were simple and directly to the point.  “The great Bulls are a bunch of geysers,” Dr. More...

Joyce Carol Oates

Award-winning author had roots in Amherst

(Editor’s note: The following article was published by The Amherst Bee on Feb. 2, 2011.)  “I t is writers who create history.”  More...

‘Cap’ Herrington inspired Williamsville district’s growth

I n the early 1920s, booze was not the only thing holding court in basements.  In Williamsville, secondary education was sometimes relegated to the basement.  According to an account in The Bee from 1949, prior to 1924, the area’s hi More...

GOLDEN ARCHES

GOLDEN ARCHES — Jerry Brownrout opened the first McDonald’s restaurant in New York State in 1959 on Niagara Falls Boulevard just north of Maple Road in Amherst. More...

EGGERTSVILLE MARKET

EGGERTSVILLE MARKET — Elizabeth and Michael Rotola, above, opened the E & M Fruit Market at the eastern end of the University Plaza in 1941. More...