The Buffalo Volksfreund [The Buffalo People's Friend], a German newspaper published from 1868 until 1982. Microfilm coverage begins at January 2, 1891.

Thursday, January 22, 1891 - Page 2, column 4 top

Fifty Years Old
The German Young Men's Association will celebrate its 50 year existence.

The German Young Men's Association held another meeting yesterday, which was chaired by the Vice-President, Henry Schmidt.

At the last meeting a committee was appointed, consisting of Messrs. J. Adam Lautz, Georger, Schmidt, Curtiss amd Allgewähr, to take appropriated steps towards the celebration of the association's 50th birthday. After Mr. Schmidt asked Dr. Hauenstein to take over the chairmanship, he reported the committee business. Of interest to all was the decision to not celebrate the 50th birthday on Sunday, May 10th but rather on the following two days.

It was decided to hold a concert on Monday and to give a banquet followed by a ball on Tuesday. The Buffalo Orchestra would give the concert; the best soloists and some of the various German singing societies would participate. A prologue would be recited in English as well as German.

The celebration is naturally only for the members and their invited guests.

The Association acknowledged with thanks the donation of $100 from Mrs. Sarah Dahlman of Franklin Street for the Library Fund.

Thursday, January 22, 1891 - Page 2, column 2 bottom

Local News Items

—An elderly woman, who gave her name as Bowers, was thrown to the ground this morning on Allen Street by a wagon owned by a painter named Bandercoy. She was not injured.
—In December 1890 Pension Agent Schenkelberger paid out $1,151,183.35 in Army Pension money, $120,624 more than December 1889. This amount is the result of monies paid for graves.
—A committee of the Directors of the Lockport and Buffalo Railroad has been established in New York to collect $40,000, which the Erie Railroad Line of the City of Lockport owes the Railroad.
—The warehouse of the Cooperative Ice Co. in Lime Lake will be full today and the warehouse of Webster & Co. is nearly two-thirds filled. The ice is the most beautiful and pure that has ever been stored.
—The 47-year-old horse of pottery shop owner Wm. Braun of Seneca St. died on Tuesday. It may have been the oldest horse in the world and it was owned by Mr. Braun for 40 years.
—Mr. Chas. Lautz of the firm Lautz Bros. & Co. purchased the old Hirsch Farm in Williamsville a while back and plans many improvements. It will be a first class livestock farm.
—The Hornung Beneficiary Association has passed resolutions in which they acknowledge their gratitude to the following people for monetary donations: Mrs. Thomas Chester, $25; Jacob Durrenberger, $10; Mrs. George A. Potter, $5; Lucas Chester, $5.
—This evening Frederick A. Vogt will give his second lecture on elementary botany under the auspices of the Field Club in the rooms of the Natural Science Society in the Buffalo Library Building. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited.

Thursday, January 22, 1891 - Page 2, column 3 bottom

A Pleasant Affair

Such was the large family festival held last evening by the Harmonia Singing Society for its members and some invited guests at the Harmonia Hall. Around 9 o'clock Miller's Orchestra played a Polonaise and the evening's entertainment began.

After the Polonaise the Harmonia Singing Society took to the stage under the worthy direction of its conductor, Professor Karl Mischka, and performed a song. The singers reaped the well-deserved applause of the audience for its fine rendition of the song.The society performed more pieces later in the evening and its accomplishments showed unmistakable signs of progress.

The President of the society, Mr. Richard Thomas, gave a marvelous speech in which he fluently stated the purpose of the festival, that being none other than a pleasant reunion of the membership and its families. At the end of his speech the orator received vigorous applause.

At 11 PM the doors of the great room next to the hall were opened and two long rows of tables bedecked with delicious food invited the participants of the festival to supper. The scrumptious fare was the product of the culinary mastery of Mr. Miller and his wife and they received the full gratitude of their guests.

After the supper the young peole amused themselves with dance rounds and the older people contentedly sat for a few hours with a glass of magnificent barley brew procured from the Clinton Brewery. It was in the early hours of the morning when the family festival came to an end and all participants will have fond memories of it for a long time.

Thursday, January 23, 1891 - Page 2, column 4 middle

The First Annual Reception

The Sprudel Fishing Club held its first annual reception along with a dance last evening in the Broadway Hall. The hall was tastefully decorated for the occasion. This was the work of decorator J.G. Williams and he received well-deserved praise from all for his efforts.

At 9 o'clock the first notes of Miller's Orchestra echoed and soon after dance enthusiasts in colorful regale reeled around the hall. The arrangements for this festival had been placed in capable hands and were carried out in a thorough fashion so that the affair was a great success. Everything went according to plan and everyone amused himself to his heart's content. The arrangement committee was made up of the following men: H. Schwabl, Chairman; A. Klugherz, W. Droeght, S. Kaderabeck, L. Faude and P. Drexelius.

At this annual reception the new brew of Mr. Lang was tapped and its excellence could not have been more highly proclaimed by the consumers. It is a Special Beer, which Mr. Lang intents to carry permanently in his warehouse in the future and which he will sell for $9 a barrel. It is a marvelous potable which had much to do with the heightened gaiety and humor of the festivities of the Sprudel Fishing Club. Last evening the club dubbed it "Sprudel Beer" and this designation will be the trade name.



And so they say on this day Mr. John Speidel, second oldest son of Widow Speidel of Sycamore Street, quietly retired from bachelor life. Last Thursday he married Miss Josephina Ochs at St. Joseph's Church in Freemont, Ohio.

We have received further word that the wedding feast caused quiet a bit of sensation in the town with its imposing character. The young bridal couple returned to our midst the evening before last and will honeymoon here. May we be permitted to offer the couple our warmest wishes for happiness in their union.

Susan Kriegbaum-Hanks
November 2, 2003