Weekly Feature

2018-02-14 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago
Feb. 16, 1893

The furnace pipes at the Baptist church have been thoroughly cleaned so that the congregation will have no more annoyance from gas and smoke.

The man who has made the greatest impression on scientific thought in this century was born in England on Feb. 12, 1809. On the same day there was born in this country a man who has made on the world’s history the greatest impression of any American since Washington. The Englishman was Charles Darwin; the American was Abraham Lincoln.

What becomes of lead pencils is as unsolvable a problem as what becomes of pins. No one ever really uses up lead pencils, unless it is one of those admirable people who keep journals and cash accounts. Very few people ever get pencils worn down as far as a half. What do children do with them? Do they eat them? Probably.

“A new kind of flannel is called ‘tramp flannel.’ It shrinks from washing.”

100 Years Ago
Feb. 14, 1918

John R. Long announces that he has opened an office as a public stenographer at 5324 Main St., Williamsville. Both Bell and Federal phones.

The Town of Amherst is again under rigid quarantine for rabies, with the adjoining towns of Tonawanda, Pendleton and Wheatfield and the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. All owners who allow their dogs to be found in the street without muzzles will be arrested and fined, according to police.

Michael Burkhardt Sr., one of the oldest residents of this town, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. Schweitzer of Getzville, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 1918, in his 77th year.

Miss Olive Bars of Newstead was a guest of relatives and friends in Rapids.

There seems to be some controversy about the ground hog and his shadow. But never mind, Spring will come, shadows not withstanding.

The New York State Food Commission will conduct a tractor school for the study of farm tractors and tractor plows in Buffalo beginning Monday, March 4, and lasting six days. It will consist of lectures and the study of actual tractors supplied by various companies.

Buffalo announces a chance for a woman on its police force.

75 Years Ago
Feb. 11, 1943

Because the owner of the “Scott House” failed to make necessary repairs, condemnation proceedings will be inaugurated by the village. The house is located at the rear of the Read Motor Co. garage at Main and Oakgrove. It is the oldest house in this section.

50 Years Ago
Feb. 15, 1968

The Town Board Monday night lumbered through a three-hour meeting with the lion’s share of the time being occupied by three lively hearings on proposed rezonings. The first was for the northeast corner of Main and Maynard, Eggertsville, so that an Atlantic-Richfield gasoline station might be built there.

Mill Middle School’s annual Science Fair will be held in the gymnasium on Feb. 21.

Sally Work, “The first lady of Buffalo radio,” died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 1968. The former McCann of Toronto, she married the late newspaper radio executive W. Nelson Wilkinson when she was a staff member of the Toronto World. It was in 1912 when a Canadian wireless operator left his key open and the Wilkinsons, in the newspaper office, heard the distress signal from the sinking Titanic. They got out an extra edition of the paper, scooping the world on the disaster. Later, the Wilkinsons came to Buffalo to assume editorial posts with the old Buffalo Times. Last June, she came to live with her son in Snyder.

25 Years Ago
Feb. 17, 1993

Doris (Willert) Crooks, 56, a teacher in the Sweet Home School District for 20 years, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1993.

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