Weekly Feature



2018-05-16 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago
May 18, 1893

Rev. J.W. Gage, who held a quarterly meeting at Harris Hill on Sunday, was summoned home to Sugar Grove by the announcement that his wife had been shot.

Miss Suzie Sivyer is in Buffalo at present visiting her sister, Hattie.

“People leave town in the summer and get so tired that they come home to rest.”

100 Years Ago
May 16, 1918

Mrs. Lydia M. Britting (nee Abbe) of this village passed away on Monday morning, May 13, 1918. Mrs. Britting was of an old Connecticut family. While a young girl, she moved with her parents to Benzie County, Michigan, as pioneer settlers, her mother being the second white woman to move into that county, and with her parents and eight brothers and sisters, lived in a bark hut for about a year and afterwards in one of the little log cabins such as were commonly used by early settlers.

Potato prices are on the decline.

The Red Cross Flying Squadron from Buffalo will visit Williamsville Saturday evening to help open the local drive to raise $1,500 in Erie County so that the humanitarian work of the organization can be carried on without interruption.

All women qualified to vote in Amherst must enroll so as to be able to vote at the fall primaries.

Strawberry plants are in great demand this spring. Mr. E. Frick, after refusing several customers, finds he still has a few hundred left after filling out his own plot at Harris Hill.

Mrs. Louise Smith said she sniffed some flowers on a train in Buffalo, went to sleep, and when she awoke, had been robbed of a diamond brooch and $900.

Buffalo saloon keepers are showing concern over the law which prevents them from selling to drafted men who have been called.

75 Years Ago
May 20, 1943

Technical Sgt. William Meares, for three years employed at the M. Fagan Beauty Shop, is reported by the War Department as “missing in action after air operations over enemy territor y.” Stationed in North Africa, he was assigned to the crew of a Flying Fortress which has bombed Italy repeatedly. (Editor’s note: Meares was killed in action and is buried in Toscana, Italy. He was awarded an Air Medal and two Oak Leaf Clusters and a Purple Heart.)

The Amherst Auxiliary Police will assist in the loading of approximately 60,000 pounds of tin cans this Sunday at the Lehigh Valley train depot in a salvage drive staged in the town and village.

50 Years Ago
May 15, 1968

New York State weekly newspaper editors picked Gov. Nelson Rockefeller as the man most likely to move into the White House in 1969 in an editors’ opinion poll conducted by the New York Press Association.

Dr. John G. Scheller, supervising principal of the Amherst Central School District since 1961, will retire effective Feb. 1, 1969.

Duke McGuire had three hits in Amherst Central’s 3-1 win over the Billies. He allowed only two hits in the win.

John W. Henry of Eggertsville was recently presented an autographed picture of President Lyndon B. Johnson in honor of his 90th birthday.

Mrs. Hattie May Evans Britting, 89, whose late brother Edwin Evans served as chief of the Amherst police, died May 6, 1968.

25 Years Ago
May 19, 1993

Doris Ives has been named “Zontonian of the Year” by the Amherst Zonta Club.

Dick Baldwin, Dick Banaszak and Bob Schintzius will be inducted into the Amherst Avenue of Athletes on Tuesday, May 25.

Walter N. Kunz has been named director of development for athletics at the State University at Buffalo.

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