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2018-07-12 / Editorial

Out of the Past


BLUE PLATE SPECIALS — G.C. Murphy Co. Variety Store quickly became a staple in the Lancaster community when it opened in 1928. Locals feeling the effects of the Great Depression found that shopping at Murphy’s was a good way to save money, and the lunch counter, offering up “blue plate specials,” had the perfect quick bite before heading back to work. Residents were sad to see it go in 1994. Dick Young, founder of Performance Advantage Co., bought the property and brought back the old charm of the building. It is now the Greater Lancaster Museum of Firefighting. 
Photo from “Lancaster Memories: A Pictorial History”and Courtesy of Mary Jo Monnin and Dick Young. BLUE PLATE SPECIALS — G.C. Murphy Co. Variety Store quickly became a staple in the Lancaster community when it opened in 1928. Locals feeling the effects of the Great Depression found that shopping at Murphy’s was a good way to save money, and the lunch counter, offering up “blue plate specials,” had the perfect quick bite before heading back to work. Residents were sad to see it go in 1994. Dick Young, founder of Performance Advantage Co., bought the property and brought back the old charm of the building. It is now the Greater Lancaster Museum of Firefighting. Photo from “Lancaster Memories: A Pictorial History”and Courtesy of Mary Jo Monnin and Dick Young. 125 Years Ago
July 13, 1893

• It is a burning shame that the citizens of this village have to stand the foul odors from “Plum Bottom Canal.” The whole thing is a rotten mass of refuse. It is well understood from what source the trouble comes. If the village board of health are afraid to notify and prosecute the parties, then someone should apply to the state board, who will at once take immediate steps to abate this shameful nuisance.

• Trolley parties are all the rage now. A jolly party chaperoned by one of our leading society women had a thrilling experience on Friday evening on board the private car “Electrica.” The good-looking fellow at the motor understood the situation fully. The trip to the “Burning Mine” and return to the power house will long be remembered by the fortunate few who were asked to join in the sport.

• The first popular excursion on the Erie to Chicago will start on Monday, July 24. The rate will be one fare for the round trip. Tickets good for 10 days.

• The old Sandel building just south of Plum Bottom Creek on Central Avenue has been moved back about 150 feet, and Mr. J.N. Maute, who recently purchased the lot, will soon erect a large hardware store on its site.

• Mr. J.H. Stock of Cheektowaga has just contracted with the Depew Water-Works Company to drill four more wells at their supply plant at East Lancaster.

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