Retrospective — Sept. 3

Twenty years ago — 1997

The Sheridan Fire Department has earned an honor for its fire prevention efforts. Fire Chief Joel R. Szymczak said the department’s fire prevention committee recently took first place in the fire prevention category at the Annual Western New York Firemen’s Convention held this summer in Falconer. Chief Szymczak also reported the department recently purchased an Amkus Power Ram to go along with a Combination Spreader Cutter Tool. The equipment will enable the fire department to extricate victims from motor vehicle accidents more effectively.

Thirty years ago — 1987

What was once the nation’s fourth largest carmaker officially ceased to exist after American Motors Corp. shareholder approved a historic $2 billion merger with Chrysler Corp. — the first merger in the U.S. auto industry in more than 30 years. The recent vote made it the last day of business for AMC as an independent auto company that really began with a one-cylinder Rambler in 1902 — more than half a century before it became known as American Motors. Under the merger, the AMC and Renault names will disappear entirely. The question of how many of AMC’s 5,800 employees will retain their jobs has yet to be resolved.

Forty years ago — 1977

Kristina Restivo, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Restivo of Hanover Road, Silver Creek has returned from the National All-American Tot Pageant in Memphis, Tenn., where she was awarded the trophy for the “National Outstanding Six-Year-Old Category” in the contest.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Hanover Hose No. 1 of the Silver Creek Fire Department at a special meeting passed a resolution to build a new fire hall in the Hanover Center area. Pledges of $25 each were made by 15 of the members present to kick off a drive for the project. Within the next week, a house-to-house canvass to obtain funds for the new hall will get under way.