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2015-05-13 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago
May 15, 1890

Ladies refusing to tell their ages to the census enumerators in June will be subject to a fine of $30.

Mrs. Mary Shuler has moved from Buffalo to about a mile west of this village, near Valentine Schaeffer’s. She is in poor circumstances and any charitable person that will contribute something, in money or produce, to her support, can leave the same at her home of the Bee office.

Last Sunday evening, Rev. Sage preached an excellent sermon at the Baptist church.

Mr. Louis Abbott, former proprietor of the Red House Hotel, is quite low with consumption.

Unusually active has the vigilant Reaper been among our old residents lately. One by one they are passing away. Although our streets no more will echo their footsteps, and we shall not again see their faces, yet the good deeds they have done will live after them, and there will be that sad, sweet memory — gone but not forgotten.

A terrible explosion occurred Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, involving the loss of two lives on Lehigh Valley engine No. 261.

“A minister recently told his neighbor that he spoke two hours and a half the Sunday previous. ‘Why minister, were you not tired to death?’ he asked. ‘No,’ he said, ‘I was as fresh as a rose; but it would have done your heart good to see how tired the congregation was.’”

100 Years Ago
May 13, 1915

The Lusitania’s death list is reported at 1,149. The ship was en route from England to New York. The ship was blown up by a German submarine en route home.

Bishop Charles Henry Colton of Buffalo died May 9, 1915. (Editor’s note: Bishop Colton was the fourth bishop of Buffalo, serving from 1903 until his death. His body lies in the crypt of St. Joseph’s Cathedral.)

Louis Conschafter will open the picturesque Glen Park to the public on May 15.

Deaths include Delia Trabert, May 11, 1915.

75 Years Ago
May 16, 1940

The third annual Lower Lakes Archers Federation Tournament will be held Sunday, May 19, at Island Park. Mrs. E.E. Hummel will serve as Lady Paramount and D.B. Niederlander as Captain of the Green, assisted by John Byrne.

All Girl Scouts are invited to attend the Play Day at Amherst Central High School on May 25.

State Senator Arthur L. Swartz, 52, who spent many summer vacations in Williamsville, died Tuesday, May 14, 1940. Death was caused by a heart attack, which was brought on by over-work.

50 Years Ago
May 13, 1965

Otto H. Peters, a former Williamsville mayor and an outspoken foe of high district school taxes in the Village of Williamsville, suffered a fatal heart attack Tuesday evening, May 11, 1965. Mr. Peters, 80, was stricken while speaking at the Erie County Conservation Society’s “Old Timers Night” dinner at the Leonard Post Jr. VFW Post 6231 in Cheektowaga.

The official opening of the new Acme market at Maple and North Forest roads will be observed on Tuesday, May 18.

Comedian Dick Gregory and folk-singer Anita Shear will highlight the State University at Buffalo’s first Senior Weekend on Friday through Sunday, May 28-30.

25 Years Ago
May 16, 1990

Guess who’s coming for coffee? At village resident Peggy Santillo’s house, it will be former vice presidential candidate Geraldine A. Ferraro. Democratic women active in local politics and environmental activists have been invited to attend.

Retired sportscaster Rick Azar and Don Gilbert, pioneer of Amherst youth soccer, will be inducted into the Amherst Avenue of Athletes on May 22.

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