Weekly Feature

2007-02-21 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago

Feb. 23, 1882

Tuesday night a number of depredations were committed on the Transit (Road), among which were the breaking down of all the nice young maple trees along Mr. Jacob Fromwiller's farm. They also cut off the tail of a cow belonging to Mr. Andrew Metzinger, tore some boards off Henry Raquet's fence, and took a hive of bees of J. Whitnauer and emptied its contents of bees and honey. Two brothers living north of Williamsville who were known to have been returning from Swormville were later arrested and confessed.

Those in authority should see that our village fire engine is tested year-round.

Old newspapers for sale at the Bee office at twenty-five cents per hundred. Nothing cheaper or better for under carpets.

"Too much absorbed in his business," was the comment of a western newspaper on the death of a brewer who was found drowned in a tank of his own product.

100 Years Ago

Feb. 21, 1907

A party marked the opening of the newly decorated Williamsville Men's Club. The ladies were guests of honor. At cards, Mrs. John Braun and Mrs. George F. Grove won the top awards.

75 Years Ago

Feb. 25, 1932

Sentiment expressed at the meeting of the Town Board Wednesday afternoon showed that a curtailment of Amherst's lighting program seems to meet with general favor. The consensus of opinion was that Main Street should be continued to be lighted, also intersections and dangerous curves, but that many of the lights on the other highways should be discontinued.

Nicholas Horey died at his home in Appleton, N.Y., Monday morning, February 22, 1932. A member of a prominent Williamsville family, he assisted in the construction of the present bridge over Ellicott Creek on Main Street.

Pupils of Amherst School No. 18, Snyder, presented a very pleasing program in honor of George Washington at assembly last Friday afternoon.

Members and friends of the League of Women Voters are cordially invited to the home of Mrs. Edgar E. Mueller on the Getzville Road next Monday, February 29th at 3 p.m. The occasion is the leap year musicale and silver tea.

The extensive collection of coins, medals and currency belonging to Nelson S. Hopkins of Williamsville is being displayed this week in the Wm. Hengerer Co. window in connection with the George Washington celebration.

Hirsch Bros., 5479 Main Street, dealer for Buick, has also become the authorized representative here for Pontiac sales and service.

50 Years Ago

Feb. 21, 1957

Bitter opposition was voiced at Monday's meeting of the Amherst Town Board by residents of the North Forest Road and Union Road sections to the state's plan to widen Route 18-B from a two- to a four-lane highway. Route 18-B is known as North Union Road from Main Street until North Forest Road joins it opposite the elementary school.

The Parent Teacher Association of Harlem Road School paid tribute Tuesday to Mrs. Irma Mazzarella, who was awarded honorary life membership.

The death of a well-known resident, George A. Terhaar, 74, occurred on Monday, Feb. 18, 1957. Mr. Terhaar was superintendent of the Williamsville Branch Post Office from 1936-49.

25 Years Ago

Feb. 17, 1982

"How Can Buffalo and Amherst Cooperate Better in the 1980s?" will be the topic of Buffalo Mayor James D. Griffin when he addresses members of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Feb. 23 at the Lord Amherst Motor Hotel.

Timothy Fries and Wendy Ely were king and queen of the recent Amherst Winter Carnival.

Williamsville North freshman Ron Markezich has been chosen as one of the two best 14 and under male runners by Running Times magazine.

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