Twenty years ago — 1993

Brocton’s industrial district remains “in the black” following the sale of a building at 115 Central Ave. Once the home of dark delectable chocolate products, the former site of Nog Inc. is now the site of Cal Graphics Inc. As its name suggests, the plant prepares and distributes graphite – a naturally occurring form of pure carbon, much like coal, yet softer. The Brocton site was chosen over a number of others because the size and configuration of the building best suited the company’s needs.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Rep. Stanley Lundine’s office has advised Dunkirk Mayor Edwin Gregoreski that efforts are continuing to find orders for the Plymouth Tube plant in Dunkirk in the hopes of finding enough work to justify keeping the plant open. A Lundine representative told the mayor she has made several contacts concerning the possibility of pursuing government or non-government contracts for Plymouth Tube.

Forty years ago – 1973

Enrollment for the spring semester at Fredonia State University College will be around the 5,000-student mark. The figure shows a decline from the 5,334 students registered last fall.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Church bells in Dunkirk and Fredonia will ring between 2 and 2:10 p.m. today to herald the start of the house-to-house drive to raise $500,000 locally for the purchase of the Alco Products Inc. real estate.

Twenty years ago — 1993

Two WNY Merchant Marine veterans were recently honored for their efforts during the Murmansk Run in World War II, delivering supplies to the Russian Front. More than 40 years after the war, Gowanda resident Joseph DeCarlo and Richard Stefanik Sr. of Leon were among 200 members of the U.S Merchant Marines who were recognized Dec. 8 at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. They received “40th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War” medals.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Dunkirk’s Lake Shore Savings and Loan Association was recently selected as one of America’s top “high performance thrift institutions” by National Thrift News. The bank was one of only seven such institutions in New York State to receive the distinction. Lake Shore Savings is the only independent community financial institution in Chautauqua County. It was organized in 1891.

Forty years ago – 1973

Dr. Henry Youngerman, professor of speech pathology and audiology at Fredonia State University College, has been elected a Fellow in the American Speech and Hearing Association.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Van Miller, WBEN radio and television personality and “The Voice of the Buffalo Bills,” will speak at the annual Dunkirk-Fredonia Junior Chamber of Commerce Bosses Night dinner at Rusch’s Restaurant in Dunkirk.

Twenty years ago — 1993

Twenty years ago – 1993

The real Elvis wasn’t spotted, but people lined up at the Dunkirk and Fredonia post offices to pick up a piece of history. The long-awaited commemorative stamp of the king of rock ‘n roll went on sale at noon on Jan. 9 and people began lining up as early as 11 a.m. for the chance to buy the special stamps. Both post offices received 16,000 Elvis stamps, which commemorated his 58th birthday. By the next day, Jerry Hall of the Dunkirk Post Office said they were almost all sold out. Tim Sullivan of the Fredonia Post Office said they had sold 30 percent of their stamps between noon and 5:30 p.m. the first day. In all, the Postal Service has printed 500 million of the commemorative stamps, the largest commemorative issue ever.

Thirty years ago – 1983

While AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. is taking a hard look at the future of its finishing operations in Dunkirk, there is no truth to the rumor that it plans to shut down its Dunkirk plant in April. That was the report today from Dr. Adolph J. Lena, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, who referred to the plant closing rumors as “simply unfounded,” adding that they may have originated with competitors out to scare off AL Tech’s customers.

Forty years ago – 1973

Scoutmaster James Merritt, along with Assistant Scoutmaster Harry Higgs, conducted the court of honor held at the regular meeting of Forestville Boy Scout Troop 18.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The Dunkirk Zoning Board of Appeals gave Nog Inc., 99 West Fourth St., permission to construct a 100- by 45-foot steel frame and concrete block building which would be attached to the existing structure.

Twenty years ago — 1993

The beauty and pageantry of the annual Rose Bowl Parade will long be remembered by Andrew and Virginia (Soule) Nichols of Fredonia, who traveled to Pasadena, Calif., with University of Michigan alumni for the New Year’s Day spectacular and the Michigan “Wolverines”/University of Washington football game that followed. The couple, who met while students at the university, described the festivities as “absolutely wonderful.”

Thirty years ago – 1983

Donald F. Higgs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Higgs of 8 Walnut St., Forestville is among the students named to the Dean’s List at Canton Agricultural and Technical College for the first semester. Enrolled in the mortuary science curriculum at Canton, the student earned a 4.0 average for the semester. When not attending school, Donald is employed part time at the Riles Funeral Home in Forestville.

Forty years ago – 1973

Dunkirk Elks Lodge 922 will host a “homecoming” to honor Claudius J. Hoefler, Southwestern District vice president of the New York State Elks Association. Music will be provided by the Tony DiRusso orchestra.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The senior class of Dunkirk High School will present a repeat performance of “Our Hearts Were Young and Gay,” a three-act comedy directed by Miss Patricia Ann Lynch.