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2018-02-07 / Local News

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago
Feb. 9, 1893

Mr. and Mrs. Christian Leib of Clarence Center celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 2.

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Millard F. Tanner will sell on the Wilhelm farm one and one-half miles south of the Gunnville depot, five horses, three yearling Percheron colts and farming implements of every description.

An unbroken sheet of ice covers the sidewalks, and a great number of pedestrians take to the middle of the road.

No person should enter a sick room while in a state of perspiration, because in cooling off, the pores absorb freely.

It takes a long time for the coconut tree to attain its full growth — seven years — but when this time has passed, it is a mine of incredible wealth.

“‘Don’t you get tired answering fool questions?’ inquired a lounger at the railway station. ‘Awfully tired,’ replied the ticket seller with a dreary yawn. ‘I’ve answered that one more than 50 times this morning.’”

100 Years Ago
Feb. 7, 1918

Mrs. August Betcher, who up to about eight years ago was a resident of Wolcottsburg, died Feb. 2, 1918, in North Tonawanda.

The Clarence branch of the Red Cross made 101 hospital shirts, 170 rest pillows and 100 mouth wipes during the months of December and January.

The coldest snap of this winter — and no part of it has been mild — came Monday and Tuesday. Beginning Monday, the mercury in the thermometer kept going down and on Tuesday morning, the lowest recorded in this vicinity was 20 degrees below zero.

A sleighload of about twenty Epworth Leaguers attended the Methodist Episcopal social at Depew last Thursday night.

For Sale or Rent: “Farm of 125 acres known as the Bund farm, situated one-half mile east of Clarence Center on State Road, one-half mile to creamery or railroad station. Good buildings, good grain or dairy farm, mostly gravel soil. Windmill and running water on farm. David Wiedman, Pioneer phone 9-R-4.”

“Where there is happiness in our work, there is success.”

75 Years Ago
Feb. 4, 1943

Clarence men are enthusiastic over cookies — particularly the homemade kind which women of Clarence are sending to men now in the armed forces.

The annual meeting of the Rapids local of the Dairymen’s League Cooperative Association was held at the home of Mrs. Fredericka Cummings of Salt Road on Jan. 28.

50 Years Ago
Feb. 8, 1968

A solitary bandit entered the Household Finance office at 7117 Transit Road, Clarence, at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, and at gun point, handed a paper bag to a clerk and said, “fill it.” The girl stuffed the sack with approximately $1,382.

Clarence Central High School students Gerald Franz, June Mathais and Jeffrey Kline competed Saturday on “It’s Academic,” the new high school quiz show, a WBEN-TV presentation. Edward A. Schmidt is the team’s teacher-advisor. Van Miller is the program’s quizmaster.

Lawrence L. Schwartz of Harris Hill has been elected president of Babcock-Buffalo Lumber Corp., Walden Avenue, Lancaster.

Four Ledgeview Elementary School students have been selected for the Erie County Band and Orchestra. They are Dale Hughes, trumpet; Jay Jagusch, trombone; Mike Allen, baritone; and Dan Cunningham, bass viol. The four will be performing in a concert given on March 3 at Kleinhans Music Hall.

25 Years Ago
Feb. 10, 1993

Ed Beard of Kraus Road recently received a long-overdue award for “Conspicuous Service.” Beard was an engineer/gunner for 50 flights in the South Pacific during World War II.

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