Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

The oldest store in Western New York, H.C. Ehlers Co. in Dunkirk has a longstanding tradition of offering the finest in home furnishings and decor. Founded in 1872, the business marked its 125th anniversary last year with the city proclaiming “H.C. Ehlers Co. Week” in September. The business was originally located on Main Street and included a funeral home as well as a furniture store. In 1882, Ehlers moved to its current location at 400 Central Ave. and in 1927, the funeral home was moved to a separate location. The store is well known for Lemoline, its own brand of furniture polish, which was first marketed in 1915. The business was purchased by Nancy Morey and her late husband Russ, in 1982.

Thirty years ago — 1988

The Dunkirk Common Council unanimously approved a resolution recommending that the city’s harborfront project area be used as the site for a proposed north county office building. The recommendation — coupled with an informal show of support for the site by the county legislature earlier this week — prompted County Executive John Glenzer to direct the county law department to immediately begin negotiations with the city for the land needed for the project. The council supports the site for the office building because Wilmorite Inc. of Rochester, the upland developer for the project, feels it will help the harborfront project succeed.

Forty years ago — 1978

Bill Diederich, producer of “Action News” on Cable TV Channel 11 (WPIX) in New York City, won an Emmy for his coverage of “The Blackout.”Introduced as Action News with Patty Harper and Steve Bosch, the news show is seen at 7:30 p.m. every weekday. Mr. Diederich, who had a second nomination for coverage of “Son of Sam” murders, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Diederich, 613 Main St., Dunkirk. He is an alumnus of Cardinal Mindszenty High School and Fredonia State University College. He began his work in television with the David Frost Show.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Officials of the Fredonia Central School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that Richard H. McKelvey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry McKelvey, 138 Lambert Ave., Fredonia has been awarded a $1,000 National Merit Scholarship. Richard is a state Regents scholarship winner and received the second highest score in the county. A senior at Fredonia Central School, he also has been given the Rensselaer Mathematics and Science Award. He plans to continue his education at Case Western Reserve University in the mathematics field.

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