Out of the Past
125 Years Ago
July 14, 1881
President Garfield's condition continues to improve. Monday night there were symptoms that created uneasiness, but these passed away and since that time, there has been a steady improvement noted. The first announcement that the President is actually out of danger will be hailed with joy and general thanksgiving. May the glad tidings soon come.
Robert Merkle of Clarence is the agent for the Gould Manufacturing Company's pumps.
Dr. H.H. Gantz of Clarence Center returned from Ohio on Monday last and will be joined by his wife in a day or two.
Mr. Daniel Blocher has just received another lot of buggies. Those in need of a cheap buggy should buy at once, as they are in great demand. They are of superior finish from the general run.
Barnum's show in Buffalo last Saturday was well attended.
The canning of peas and string beans is one of the pastimes now-a-days.
"Everyone has to pay sometime; even the little chicken have to shell out."
"'That's what I like; good country board,' said the tramp as he laid himself down on the floor of a barn."
"How to prevent snoring: go to bed at half past twelve o'clock, and get up thirty minutes before one."
100 Years Ago
July 12, 1906
Msgr. Adolph of SS. Peter and Paul Church, who has been afflicted with rheumatism, is taking treatments at Mt. Clemens, Mich.
Two big Lockport trolley cars running at a high speed for Buffalo, ran into an open switch at Martinsville. The first car of the passenger train crashed into an electric engine backed into the siding. Five persons were killed and at least 15 injured. Among the doctors responding for aid was Dr. Baker from Williamsville.
75 Years Ago
July 16, 1931
Gov. Franklin Roosevelt last Thursday stepped into the picture concerning Amherst's financial affairs, when he ordered the state audit recently completed be investigated by Attorney General John J. Bennett Jr. The goal is to determine whether any funds of the town have been illegally disposed of.
Williamsville's Old Home Day celebration will be held next week Saturday, July 25.
In the early annals of Amherst's history, the name "Gotwalt" is frequently found. So in chronicling today the passing of Charles Henry Gotwalt, the community acknowledges with sorrow the loss of another who has assisted in forming its rich, historical background. The end came Tuesday, July 7, 1931 at his home in Florida.
50 Years Ago
July 12, 1956
The goal of an equitable assessment of all property in the Town of Amherst has been achieved.
Herbert J. Mols, director of physical education at the Park School of Snyder, was elected chairman of the new Amherst Recreation Committee.
The Williamsville Central School Board will discuss the methods of selling the former school house No. 17 and property at Maple and North Forest roads on Saturday, July 21.
25 Years Ago
July 15, 1981
Bullets, one of which felled a fugitive in a field, whistled across Millersport Highway north of the Youngmann Highway Monday afternoon as Buffalo and Amherst police cornered and apprehended a kidnapping suspect following a high speed chase.
The Amherst Central Board of Education last week re-elected Margaret S. Mugel as president and Michael F. Ellis Jr., vice president.
Edward L. Robinson III has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander, U.S. Navy.