Twenty years ago — 1997

Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun revered for her tireless dedication to the world’s most wretched, died Sept. 5 surrounded by grieving sisters of her order. She was 87. Pope John Paul II, President Clinton and other world leaders praised Mother Teresa and her commitment to the poor. Working in the slums of Calcutta, India 50 years ago, Mother Teresa started taking in the destitute dying in gutters, sheltering infants abandoned in trash heaps, soothing the ulcers of lepers and helping the insane. Her work spread around the globe, with more than 500 missions in 100 countries by mid-1990, from the hovels of Third World nations to the ghettos of New York. Her order opened one of the first homes for AIDS victims. Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace prize in 1979.

Thirty years ago — 1987

An OBSERVER photo shows four heroic Lake Erie rescuers. Four Pittsburgh area men — Len Murray, Richard Courtney, Dean Murray and Andy Prokop — rescued three local men from Lake Erie. The Pittsburgh men and the three local fishermen — Howard Freyer of Portland, Donald Freyer of Fredonia and Larry Tyszko of Sheridan — were all taking part in a fishing derby off Barcelona Harbor in Westfield when the Freyer boat capsized in the stormy waters.

Forty years ago — 1977

The Dunkirk Hose Co. No. 4 Murraymen hit its target at the New York State Firemen’s Convention in Syracuse by capturing the state title as the best firemen’s drum corps. They were also judged best overall music unit in the 12-division parade.

Fifty years ago — 1967

A request for the earliest possible meeting with board of supervisors representatives was made in a letter from Peter J. Zanghi, district executive staff director, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO. A 5 percent across-the-board increase effective next Jan. 1 is inadequate as far as county highway employees are concerned, Mr. Zanghi said.