Twenty years ago — 1997
An old-fashioned trolley which Fredonia plans to use to promote tourism in the area and shopping downtown should be on the road in about three weeks. The trolley has passed state inspection and is now approved for passengers. Exterior painting of the trolley will be completed in about a week. The interior will then be refurbished at BOCES which should take two more weeks. Former Tops Market owner Jerry Trindel sold the 12-passenger trolley to the village for $7,000 last year. The Fredonia Rotary and Kiwanis clubs each donated 1,750 to the trolley project. The trolley was previously used by the supermarket as a customer minibus and for promotional purposes. One of its uses during July and August will be to take visitors from the Buffalo Bills training camp at SUNY Fredonia to the downtown area.
Thirty years ago — 1987
Two area 4-H members will participate in a “Citizenship Washington Focus” award trip July 5-11. They are Kristen Skurcenski of the Puckrum Pushers 4-H Club, Cherry Creek and Dan Northrop of the Westfield Wonders 4-H Club. They will travel by bus with 24 other members and three chaperones from 11 Western New York counties and will stay at the National 4-H Center with members from several different states. Activities will include workshops and discussions relating to government at citizenship responsibilities as well as tours of historic significance. They will also visit with Rep. Amory Houghton and Sen. Alfonse D’Amato.
Forty years ago — 1977
After 19 1/2 years of business, Graf’s Kendall Station, 436 Central Ave., Dunkirk is closing down. David Graf Sr., owner of the station, announced the closing. The service station, the last one in the area, is apparently being forced out of business by the Kendall Oil Co. of Bradford, Pa. The company sold its remaining 46 stations to the United Oil Co.
Fifty years ago — 1967
Calendar Girl for the month of July is Linda Kilmer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kilmer of Main Road, Brocton. Linda, who will be a junior at Brocton Central High School in the fall, ranks first in her class and is a provisional member of the National Honor Society.