Thirty years ago – 1987
On March 26, Minnie Olmstead and her twin sister, Lena Olmstead Wagner, celebrated a special event together – their 80th birthday. The women, who currently live in the Charlotte Villa Senior Citizen Apartment Complex in Sinclairville, are marking the day with a party hosted by their children. The sisters, two of 12 children of Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Ornce, were raised on a farm in Randolph, married brothers, and between them raised 13 children. Both women lived on their respective family farms, Mrs. Olmstead in Pomfret and Mrs. Wagner in Charlotte Center, for 54 years before moving into their apartments within a week of each other seven years ago.
Forty years ago – 1977
An OBSERVER photo shows a bulldozer piling up the remains of the former Chautauqua Stamp and Coin Store at 429 Main St. in Dunkirk’s urban renewal area. Demolition by Ray Burgun Trucking of Brocton has resumed. Seven more buildings, including a complex at the northwest corner of Main and East Fourth streets, are scheduled to be removed in the next week. Chautauqua Stamp and Coin now is located at 115 Lake Shore Drive East.
Fifty years ago – 1967
The February issue of “Theatre USA” calls Stanley Fedyszyn Jr., managing director of the Norfolk, Va., Little Theater and a former Dunkirk resident, “one of the most exciting young directors in the American theater.”