Out of the Past
125 Years Ago
March 31, 1881
The Amherst Bee has entered upon its third year, and the outlook is as bright as the smile on a baby's face.
Mr. Lucius G. Snearly has our thanks for a splendid wild duck, which he shot in the vicinity of his store at Snearly's Corners.
The Buffalo Evening News, so bold in some things, is as mum as an oyster when attacked by the Buffalo Evening Telegraph. What is the matter, News? Are ye afraid to take up the hatchet?
The duty of the season is to attend to the removal of filth that lies in the streets, yards, cellars and gardens.
"We hear of a man who justifies his meanness toward his wife by asserting that he and she are one, and therefore to refuse to furnish her with money, he practices the heroic virtue of self-denial."
"A photographer acted as master of ceremonies at a friend's funeral. As he lifted the coffin lid for the mourners to view the remains, he whispered to the corpse, 'Now, look natural' by force of habit."
100 Years Ago
April 5, 1906 Contracts are being let for the Buffalo, Batavia and Rochester electric railroad that is to connect Buffalo, Williamsville, Clarence and other towns with Rochester. It is expected most, if not all of the road will be constructed this summer. The running time from Rochester to Buffalo will equal that of the New York Central.
The Buffalo Times building on Main Street, Buffalo, was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning. The Times is being issued from the office of the Buffalo Express.
75 Years Ago
April 9, 1931
Albert J. Michael, superintendent of highways in Amherst, received unqualified approval for his program of maintaining the roads at a public meeting held Monday. There was not one criticism or suggestion offered.
Another birthday has rolled around for C.F. Witmer. This year it is his 91st, to be celebrated on Saturday, April 11.
The North Amherst Chemical Co. will hold a card party and social at the Mohawk Hotel, Wendelville, on April 11. Another treat is announced in the form of a chicken dinner to be held at the Good Shepherd Church on Wednesday, April 29.
Organization of the Erie County Volunteer Firemen's Association is being planned. Eugene Braun, president of the Eggertsville Hose Co., has sent out a call for a meeting on April 19 at the Exempt Volunteer Firemen's Associations rooms on Ellicott and Goodell streets, Buffalo.
Real Estate: "Choice building lot on Berryman Drive, first block. Phone 70 or 96."
50 Years Ago
April 5, 1956
The annual school elections in the Town of Amherst will be held on Tuesday, May 1.
The Williamsville 4H Club attended the District Homemaking demonstration on March 24 at the Sweet Home Road School. The Blue Ribbon winner was Maureen Young, who showed how to set a table properly.
Pfc. Gordon S. Oswald, of 23 Howard Ave., has just completed a trip throughout Italy. "In the ten days I was gone, I had spaghetti twenty times and ravioli once," he wrote.
25 Years Ago
April 8, 1981
Amherst's new Marriott Inn on Millersport Highway officially opened its doors yesterday at a noontime ceremony in which football great Sam Huff, vice president of Marriott Hotels, was master of ceremonies.
Coach Pat Rimar has reason to be proud. The Amherst Major Pee Wee hockey team took the national title over the weekend in East Lansing, Mich.