Retrospective — Oct. 9

Twenty years ago — 1997

Gowanda’s Business and Professional Women announced that Dale Koch is the organization’s 1997 Woman of the Year. Co-owner of Johnson’s Plumbing and Heating Inc., Gowanda with husband Charles, Ms. Koch is vice president and office manager of the company previously owned by her father. A Gowanda hairdresser for about 20 years prior to the transition, Ms. Koch met many challenges in the business world and her accomplishments have earned her respect in the male-dominated plumbing industry.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The general manager for the Houston Oilers, in Cheektowaga this weekend for a game against the Buffalo Bills, is free on bail after brawling at a hotel wedding reception and allegedly dropping his pants before the guests, police said. Police charged Ladd Herzeg, 41, with third-degree assault in the Saturday night incident at the Ramada Renaissance Hotel. Herzeg, wearing grey sweatclothes and no shoes, was removed from the reception room and taken to the hotel lobby by police and team personnel. The bride, Aileen Stewart, said, “I wouldn’t have believed it was the general manager of the Houston Oilers. He came in and mooned the reception twice, after complaining about loud music from the band. After a band member made a crack about the Oilers, I saw arms swinging, my brother on the floor and that big guy (Herzeg) hitting my husband.” Herzeg denied dropping his pants.

Forty years ago — 1977

William Schlichter is going to be taking on a somewhat different role from what he normally performs as councilman at large. Mr. Schlichter has been named the Republican City Committee’s entrant in a pancake eating contest. He is to take on the pancake-consuming champ of the Jamestown Republican City Committee, as yet unnamed. Mayor Gilbert Snyder is chairman of the fund-raising event.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Marlin R. Hemphill, general manager of the bar products division of Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., was re-elected president of the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce during a recent meeting held at the Dunkirk Club. Also re-elected were Anthony Maltese of Kraft Foods as first vice president; David J. Doino of Marine Midland Chautauqua National Bank as second vice president; and Carl VandeVelde of Marine Midland Chautauqua National Bank as treasurer for the coming year.