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2018-09-12 / Editorial

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago
Sept. 14, 1893

Frederick Knab, aged 69 years, died at his residence at Eggertsville this morning.

One hundred years ago this Sept. 18, 1893, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the vast and beautiful Capitol Building at Washington.

Experts state the average depth on an Irish bog is 26 feet.

100 Years Ago
Sept. 12, 1918

The public school at Snyder is making arrangements to conduct a kindergarten class for two hours in the afternoon of each regular school day. The sessions will be held at the Amherst Community Church.

Gasless Sunday had no issues for Justice Joseph J. Morgot. The hack and donkey that were disposed of by the Getzville Fire County at its recent picnic fortunately fell into his hands and his better half was able to enjoy the pleasant day without disobeying any travel restrictions.

Grocer Lee W. Britting advertises sticky fly paper, three double sheets for 5 cents.

David I. Scott, father of Mrs. Charles Rupp, a former resident of Williamsville, died Aug. 15, 1918. He had spent his entire life in Newport except when serving in the Civil War.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stockman of East Amherst spent Sunday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barry.

In view of the fact that whooping cough is becoming prevalent, immediate efforts must be directed toward its control. The period of isolation for a child with whooping cough is eight weeks from the date of onset or one week after the characteristic “whoop” is heard.

The tank allows for surprise attacks and can cut barbed wire and wipe out machine gun nests. Probably no offensive of the war has been carried on so economically as the recent counter-blow by Foch. Less than 30 miles of the old Hindenberg line remains intact.

75 Years Ago
Sept. 16, 1943

Ignatz Oechsner, well-known masonry contractor and owner of the nationally known “Dream Island” on Oakgrove Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 1943. His Dream Island, visited by thousands of persons since he started its construction 23 years ago, was designed along the lines of old German castles he had visited in the Rhineland during his youth.

Wednesday morning, the job of blacktopping Main Street was started.

50 Years Ago
Sept. 12, 1968

Education is definitely a flourishing business in Amherst. Increases range from Amherst Central’s modest 130 and Sweet Home’s 302 to Williamsville’s substantial 1,041.

Charles Herschlag was recently installed as commander of the George F. Lamm Post.

The organ in the century-old interdenominational church on Skinnersville Road was stolen last Wednesday after the front door of the church had been forced open, police report. Records show that the church’s Ladies Aid purchased the oak organ in 1932 for $70.

Earl Hochdanner has been elected second vice president of the Empire State Rescue and First Aid Association. Emil E. Koepcke was elected executive secretary.

Construction is under way for Amherst’s newest apartment complex. Known as the Boulevard Towers, the site is located at 120 Meyer Road.

25 Years Ago
Sept. 15, 1993

McMahon’s Restaurant, 4529 Main St., will close its doors permanently tonight as a result of a purchasing agreement between its owners and the Snyder Fire Department next door. Within five years, the fire department plans to construct a more modern station on the expanded lot.

Louis L. Clare, a Williamsville real estate developer, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1993. At one time, he owned the Eagle House.

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