Retrospective — Sept. 24

Twenty years ago — 1997

Dedicating Better Baked Foods’ new bakery facility and all of his accomplishments to Josephine and Henry Miller, his late mother and father, founder and chairman Robert S. Miller addressed about 200 company associates and invited guests at a ceremony held recently in Westfield. The bakery expansion is the result of a one-year, $10 million project to increase the capacity of the existing facility at the corner of Jefferson and Franklin streets in Westfield. Mr. Miller said his decision to expand in Westfield rather than elsewhere was in large part due to constant lobbying by Westfield resident and County Legislator Richard Davies.

Thirty years ago — 1987

A Veterans Administration study found 58 percent more lung cancer among Vietnam Marine veterans than among Marines who did not go into the war, providing what a veterans group called “the very first clear scientific data” implicating Agent Orange. The rate was even higher, 110 percent more than expected, for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a category of several types of cancers of the lymph system other than Hodgin’s disease. Both excess rates were termed statistically significant and Agent Orange may be suspected as the cause, according to researchers.

Forty years ago — 1977

The Medicine Shoppe, a new store which officially opened Sept. 19 at 77 East Fifth St., Dunkirk is one of a chain of stores located throughout the country, which deal mainly with prescriptions. David G. Corter, a Fredonia native, is the managing pharmacist. The store shies away from the usual inventory sold in drugstores such as cosmetics, school supplies, candy, jewelry etc. Instead, it will offer a variety of free medical screenings to the public.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Fredonia State University College senior Gary Derwick has converted a beat-up bread truck into a traveling pizza shop, called “Papa Leone’s Pizza.” During its first night of business, it sold 80 pizzas in four hours.