Twenty years ago — 1997
Twelve antique Winton vehicles have set off to New York from Cleveland to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Winton Motor Carriage Co. The Winton Centennial Tour stopped at Joyce Johnson car sales in Dunkirk and included an 1899 Winton Motor Carriage. The caravan traveled through northern Chautauqua and Erie counties via Route 5. Winton was Cleveland’s first auto company and its founder, Alexander Winton, made similar 700-mile trips from Cleveland to New York City in 1897 and 1899 to prove his vehicles could travel long distances.
Thirty years ago — 1987
Ken Parks won a silver medal at the 30th National Wheelchair Games in Houston. Mr. Parks, 33, competed in the bench press and lifted 325 pounds on his second try. He missed on his one attempt to improve on his personal best of 341 pounds in competition. “This sport is really picking up,” said Parks, who is paralyzed from a motorcycle accident in 1982. Formerly of Fredonia and now residing on Swamp Road in Dunkirk, he will travel to London on July 22 as part of a five-member U.S. contingent entered in the Stoke Mandeville International Games.
Forty years ago — 1977
A faulty electrical fan has been listed as the probable cause of a fire which destroyed two businesses and the United States Post Office in Forestville. Damage estimates are as high as $80,000. The owner of the building at 17-23 Main St., Forestville Mayor John C. Dillenburg III, said plans are already being made to rebuild the leveled structure.
Fifty years ago — 1967
Pictured is a five-ton addition to the OBSERVER’s offset press, which will be mounted on top of a section of the existing press, allowing the OBSERVER to increase its capacity from 32 to 40 pages on a single press run and also increase the capability for printing process color.