Retrospective — July 7

Twenty years ago — 1997

Geophysics major Martin J. Terrell of Fredonia, a senior this fall at Fredonia State University College, is one of 28 students selected from around the world to participate in the Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience. Mr. Terrell’s experience is taking place in the Rio Grande Rift in Los Alamos, N.M. His group is using seismic, gravity and magnetotelluric methods to map the earth’s crust and mantle. It is anticipated the results of the study will be published in geophysical journals. Mr. Terrell, a 1995 graduate of Fredonia Central High School, is the son of Joe and Kathleen Terrell of Fredonia. He was the recipient of the Walther Barnard Scholarship in 1996.

Thirty years ago — 1987

From City Shorts … The widow of a Michigan man who drowned last summer off Wright Park has reportedly filed a $6.7 million wrongful death suit against the city in federal court in Buffalo. Constance Skrzypek claims that the city was negligent in its operation of the beachat the time her husband, Edward, drowned while rescuing one of their children from a swift current coming from a storm sewer west of the beach. The drowning occurred on Aug. 1 following a period of heavy rain. … The Dunkirk Common Council will consider a resolution to hire Ron Morse Trucking and Excavating for $6,800 to demolish the former city Youth Bureau building on Washington Avenue to provide for additional parking in the city’s downtown area.

Forty years ago — 1977

Representatives of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. of Akron, Ohio, visited Dunkirk recently to gather information and photographs that will be used to publicize the city’s rubber tire breakwall. Dunkirk’s floating breakwall is the longest in the world and the first on the Great Lakes.

Fifty years ago — 1967

The piano wizardry of Mrs. Lois Richter of Fredonia and the banjo-strumming artistry of Walter Hanselmann of Westfield set the background for the block party held on Curtis Place in Fredonia. A buffet supper was provided by the women of the block, under the direction of Mrs. Julian McQuiston and Mrs. Samuel Kingsley.