Weekly Feature

2018-02-07 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago
Feb. 9, 1893

On Sunday, Feb. 5, occurred the 67th birthday of Mr. Joseph Kuhn, whose home is about a mile northwest of this village. Nothing was left undone to make it a pleasant occasion for all participating.

An unbroken sheet of ice covers the sidewalks, and a great number of pedestrians take to the middle of the road.

No person should enter a sick room while in a state of perspiration, because in cooling off, the pores absorb freely.

It takes a long time for the coconut tree to attain its full growth — seven years — but when this time has passed, it is a mine of wealth.

“‘Don’t you get tired answering fool questions?’ inquired a lounger at the railway station. ‘Awfully tired,’ replied the ticket seller with a dreary yawn. ‘I’ve answered that one more than fifty times this morning.’”

100 Years Ago
Feb. 7, 1918

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Horner, well-known residents of Walnut Street, Williamsville, died within days of each other during the past week. Jacob Horner was born 71 years ago in Germany and came to this country in his youth. In the Civil War, he served his country faithfully. Margaret Noonan was born in Ireland.

On Saturday, March 2, E. Fleischman will sell his entire stock at auction at the Woodland farm on Ayer Road, about one mile north of Young’s lime kiln and about 2 miles northeast of Williamsville. Everything must be sold.

The coldest snap of this winter — and no part of it has been mild — came Monday and Tuesday. Beginning Monday, the mercury in the thermometer kept going down and on Tuesday morning, the lowest recorded in this vicinity was 20 degrees below zero.

A sleighload of about twenty Epworth Leaguers attended the Methodist Episcopal social at Depew last Thursday night.

Members of the Williamsville Rebekah Lodge, with their husbands and friends, enjoyed a sleighride to Clarence last Friday evening.

This is the last week for German subjects to register, which they must do in accordance with the law. Postmaster L.P. Snyder is in charge of the registration.

“Where there is happiness in our work, there is success.”

75 Years Ago
Feb. 4, 1943

Harry J. Green, a rural postman working out of the Williamsville branch, appeared before the Amherst Council and asked that one name be given to the highway known as Campbell Boulevard. At present, that highway is also called New Home Road and the Getzville Road, in addition to Campbell Boulevard.

50 Years Ago
Feb. 7, 1968

An Eggertsville woman lost her life in a fire that destroyed her home on Olney Drive, Eggertsville, early last Sunday morning, Feb. 4. A neighbor, roused by his wife, smelling smoke, saw it pouring from the house and called in the alarm.

The appointment of Larry S. Yuhasz as principal of the Country Parkway Elementary School, which is slated for September occupancy, has been announced by Dr. William E. Keller, Williamsville Schools superintendent.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard J. Baker were honored at a surprise 25th anniversary party on Sunday, Jan. 29, given by their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. McGee. Mr. Baker has been proprietor of the Baker Food Shop in Eggertsville for 20 years. The shop was founded by his grandfather and his mother, Mrs. Florence Baker, some 35 years ago.

25 Years Ago
Feb. 10, 1993

Dr. Howard E. Welker, superintendent of the Williamsville School District, will retire at the end of this school year, capping a career in education that spans almost 40 years.

Anthony J. Corpus, a member of the Hutchinson Hose Company for more than 50 years, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 1993.

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