Retrospective — July 15

Twenty years ago — 1997

Twenty-eight excited youngsters from Brooklyn, Queen and the Bronx arrived by bus in Westfield the evening of July 10. The children are participants in The Fresh Air Fund Friendly Town Program and they will spend between two and four weeks living with host families throughout Chautauqua County and North East, Pa. Many of the children have never been out of the city before and others were returning to the same host family for the second, third or fourth time.

Thirty years ago — 1987

A slate of candidates calling themselves the Dunkirk Taxpayers Party have begun circulating petitions to run as independents in the November election. Former First Ward Councilman Florian “Tup” Wlodarek announced that the slate includes himself as a candidate for mayor. Other candidates on the slate include Adolph Wojnarowski for councilman-at-large; Lawrence Chaffee for first ward councilman; former Second Ward Councilman Thomas Tofil for second ward councilman and William Reardon for third ward councilman. The party does not yet have a candidate for fourth ward councilman, but it is possible one may be added at a later date.

Forty years ago — 1977

Stephen E. Cobb, 31, of Fredonia has been recommended for the Army Commendation Medal as well as the New York State Commendation Medal for his fast action which saved the life of the former mayor of Silver Creek, Donald Studd. The incident took place June 14 at Camp Drum.

Fifty years ago — 1967

A “Do You Remember?” photo shows Jean Webster, the writer of a number of books for girls, who was born in Fredonia in 1867. She was the daughter of Charles Webster, a young civil engineer and surveyor who married Ann Moffett, daughter of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain’s) sister, Pamela Clemens Moffett.