Retrospective — Aug. 31

Twenty years ago — 1997

An open house is being planned to honor Ripley’s senior town historian for her 40 years of service at the historic Hamilton Mansion in Ripley. A prolific writer, Marie McCutcheon is the author of two books, “Golden Glow of History Past” and “Echoes from the Past,” in addition to a multitude of stories about the area’s history and people published in a local periodical. There will be a book signing for anyone who would like to have a copy autographed by the author.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Joan M. Houck of Fredonia has been appointed to the newly created position of executive director of Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels. She will supervise the delivery of meals to homebound and incapacitated persons in the Dunkirk and Fredonia areas, ensuring that dietary, sanitation and health needs are being met in accordance with federal, state and local regulations. A five-year resident of Fredonia, Mrs. Houck previously was state president of Church Women United in Rhode Island. She is married to the Rev. Rodney E. Houck, pastor of the First Presybterian Church of Fredonia.

Forty years ago — 1977

A formal swearing-in ceremony was held recently for David M. Civilette of Dunkirk in the county legislature chambers. He has been appointed by Gov. Hugh Carey to fill the vacancy left by the death of Chautauqua County District Attorney Paul M. King in May. Mr. Civilette is the Democratic candidate for election to the office in a Nov. 8 special election. He is opposed by Assistant District Attorney John Ward.

Fifty years ago — 1967

The city of Dunkirk’s paid and volunteer firemen continue to press for the purchase of a new emergency truck and a new aerial ladder truck. Raymond Ogden, the city’s auto mechanic foreman, said the 1956 model emergency truck is no longer dependable. Also, the ladder and aerial truck being used now has seen 18 years of service and has 28,745 hours of use on its engine.