Stories of how Amherst weathered World War II, memories of Mischka’s Soda Shop, and tales of homes and businesses now long gone were shared Monday at an Amherst History Research Group “meeting of the minds.”
Nearly 50 people gathered at the Grange Hall on Milan Avenue for the event, which is held once or twice each year and features what historian Joan Rosenbusch called the “golden-agers” of Amherst reliving stories from their youth.
During an intermission, a birthday cake was presented in honor of Olive Bemis-Gerber, 97, and Lilly Krebs.
Bemis-Gerber was born in Amherst and her father owned William Guild’s Grocery Store in the building now occupied by Ziggy’s Pub and Restaurant. Krebs has been a member and volunteer of the Amherst Historical Society for many years.
Courtesy photos This photo was taken in 1914 at the Amherst Old Home Week parade and celebration. Olive Bemis-Gerber’s father can be seen driving the horse.