Retrospective — Sept. 28

Twenty years ago — 1997

The Dunkirk Common Council has given local businessman Pat Bumpus the green light to operate an auction house in downtown Dunkirk. Mr. Bumpus, who owns Bum’s Bargains, has a lease with American Legion Post 62 to use the club’s Central Avenue facility for an auction house twice a month. It will operate the same as any other store, except there will be no prices on items. Instead, bids will be accepted. New and used items will be featured. Mr. Bumpus believes the auctions will bring in a couple hundred people who will eat at restaurants, shop at stores and buy gas.

Thirty years ago — 1987

From Just Between Us ….. Patrick Kern and Richard Kern and family, all of Chapel Hill, N.C., are still talking about their attendance at the Mass celebrates by Pope John Paul II in Columbus, S.C. Talking to their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kern of Dunkirk, they told of the 4 1/2 hour trip to South Carolina, a four-hour wait for the arrival of the Pontiff and uncomfortable hot weather. “When the Pope arrived, clouds passed over and the air cooled,” the brothers told their parents, “and the Mass and his homily were beautiful.”

Forty years ago — 1977

Newlyweds Joe and Patty Zanghi found that Dunkirk people receive the royal treatment in Dunkerque, France. Their honeymoon included a two-day stop in Dunkerque — Dunkirk’s sister city in France. Once there, they met with and received wedding presents from French officials, including Secretary General Pierre Grave, who visited Dunkirk last year during the nation’s bicentennial celebration.

Fifty years ago — 1967

A $100,000 addition to Mitchell Foods, 156 West Main St., Fredonia was approved without resolution by the Fredonia Village Board following a public hearing. There was no opposition voiced at the hearing on the proposed 50 by 100 foot structure which will be built on adjoining property at rear of the present Mitchell plant. Company owner Frank S. Mitchell said the new building will be used to enlarge his present food processing operations.