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2018-03-14 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago
March 16, 1893

The first week of the new administration [in Washington] has been much like the first week of other administrations: crowding, bustle and more or less confusion everywhere.

Nearly a year ago, the Chicago Common Council gave an order that the garbage in that city should be disposed of by cremation. If Chicago gets her crematories in successful operation before May, it will be an additional inducement for outsiders to visit the World’s Fair.

Seeing Europe is part of the duty of every civilized American. They will be improved and cultivated immeasurably even by a few months tour of Europe.

“‘What are the principal products of the Sandwich Islands?’ asked the teacher. ‘Bread, ham and mustard,’ answered the pupil.”

100 Years Ago
March 14, 1918

Tuesday was the annual election of Williamsville village officials. With the exception of A.H. Herman, the village will be represented by entirely new members as trustees. The proposition of installing a heating system in the Village Hall won out by eight votes. A total of 251 ballots were cast, of which 47 are credited to the women voters of the village.

A bill has been introduced in Albany by Senator Robert Lawson, and if passed as presented, will allow baseball after two o’clock on Sundays. (Editor’s note: Sunday baseball became a reality in New York State on May 4, 1919, after a follow-up bill was passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Al Smith.)

The death of Mrs. Otillia Koch, aged 90 years, occurred early Sunday morning, March 10, 1918. Spring was just about to come over the land when her spirit took flight to bask in the eternal sunshine beyond.

Lima’s milk man has quit his route and the housewives there are in a quandary.

Women voted for the first time last week in Jamestown’s Republican primary for the nomination of city officers. Out of a total vote of 3,228, about a third were cast by women.

For Sale: “Turkeys. will sell gobbler and two hens for $25. Here is a chance for you to raise turkeys. Apply J.A. Cramer farm, Main Road, Clarence, near Auto Club.”

75 Years Ago
March 11, 1943

Franklin Hibschweiler, proprietor of the Amherst Appliance Shop, 5559 Main St., in the Widler building, has been called into Army service. He is closing his store on April 1.

Peter Nicolson, 48, of Williamsville, died Monday, March 1, 1943, following a month’s illness. He was born in Scotland and served in the Canadian Army during World War I.

50 Years Ago
March 14, 1968

Word has been received of the death in Vietnam of a former Snyder resident on March 1, 1968. Second Lt. Richard J. Petrie was killed in action in the Mekong Delta.

“We’ve got the town; we’ve got the talent,” was the catch phrase Harold D. Farber, Amherst sesqui chairman, used in touting the Sesqui Committee’s efforts to mount a successful celebration.

The Junior Class at Amherst Central Senior High School has chosen the comedy, “You Can’t Take It With You” as the Junior Play. Members of the cast include Jim Spindelman and Melanie Kirkpatrick. The play is under the direction of speech and drama teacher Mr. David Cronk.

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Christy of Main Street, Clarence, owners of Christy’s Restaurant, are just back from a fun cruise to Nassau aboard the S.S. Bahama Star.

25 Years Ago
March 17, 1993

If a third indoor ice rink is built at the Audubon Recreation Center, it might very well be with corporate and private donations, breaking for the first time with the tradition of relying on town financing.

Dr. Herbert C. Klipfel, a retired dentist from Snyder, died Sunday, March 14, 1993.

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