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2013-10-09 / Editorials

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago
Oct. 11, 1888

Dr. Frank M. Zug of Clarence is at present in Tonawanda, taking care of Dr. Wende’s veterinary business. The doctor is ill with typhoid fever.

The apprehension of a fatal termination of the illness of a well-known and highly-respected former resident of Clarence, Mr. H.S. Marsh, was realized by his death on Sept. 30, 1888, in Battle Creek, Mich.

There are two things which are extremely difficult to obtain: good cheese and good mutton. With the best cheese quoted at the New York markets at nine cents per pound, we cannot buy anything good for less than fourteen to eighteen cents. If sheep had no wool, we think more attention would be given to mutton.

There was a balloon ascension at Centerville, Mich., last week. An old man, as the balloon rose, became entangled in the ropes and was carried up, feet foremost. He finally got straightened and made the descent safely. The balloon went up about 1,000 feet.

“Mother (shuddering): ‘How the trees moan and sigh tonight.’ Son: ‘Well, I guess you’d moan and sigh too if you were as full of green apples as they be.’”

“‘I can carry in some kindling wood if you insist on me doing it, ma’am,’ said a tramp with a hurt look. ‘But it never did agree with me to take violent exercise just after eating.’”

100 Years Ago
Oct. 9, 1913

Mrs. John Dauman of Buffalo, who spent the last four weeks with Miss Lizzie Dauman, was happily surprised by about 25 relatives and friends on Monday evening in honor of her 80th birthday.

Mrs. Ursula Wohlers celebrated her 83rd birthday. Included in the celebration was a postal card shower from 130 relatives and friends.

Elias Witmer, twin brother of the late Tobias Witmer, celebrated his 97th birthday on Oct. 8 at his home at Niagara Falls, where he was born.

75 Years Ago
Oct. 13, 1938

Residents of Shisler Road have offered to dig ditches if the Republic Light, Heat and Power Company will install gas lines along the road into their homes.

The Clarence Grange, in paying a lasting tribute to the Constitution of the United States, which has reached its 150th anniversary, will plant a “Constitutional Tree” on Monday evening on the lawn in front of the Grange Hall.

Harris Hill Girl Scout Troop 229 has elected new leaders. They are Lorraine Knab, Marilyn Metke and Martha Jones. At the last meeting, Mrs. Carl Shisler talked about “A Day at the Grocery Store.”

50 Years Ago
Oct. 17, 1963

At its regular monthly business meeting on September 30, Mrs. Virginia Reich was elected to head the Alfred J. Jurek Auxiliary Unit of the American Legion.

The annual Punt, Pass & Kick contest sponsored by Al Maroone Ford will be held Saturday at the dealership, 4045 Transit Road, Clarence.

Paul F. Podzuweit, 63, of Transit Road, Clarence, died on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1963. Born in Frankfurt am-Main, West Germany, he married the former Magdalena S. Benz in April 1926.

For Sale: “Evergreens, pines up to 12 feet, yews, arborvitae, junipers. Sponsel’s Nursery, Strickler Road, Clarence Center.”

25 Years Ago
Oct. 12, 1988

A multiple-alarm fire Monday morning ravaged a historic Clarence Hollow restaurant, sent one firefighter to the hospital and left one man homeless. The Valley Inn, 10651 Main St., suffered extensive fire and water damage in the blaze, which was reported at 8:19 a.m.

An East Aurora man died Sunday when his single-engine Piper Super Cub crashed and burst into flames in the woods less than half a mile from the Akron Airport.

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