Twenty years ago — 1997

More than 50 years ago, Herman A. Jakubiec, known to many as Sam Jackson, was fighting his way across Europe during World War II. Last month, the Dunkirk resident received a medal honoring some of his efforts. It was for his service liberating France during the Invasion of Normandy that he recently received the Normandy Liberation Medal from the French government. Although the Normandy Liberation Medal came 50 years late, Mr. Jakubiec said it still holds a great deal of meaning. “It’s just like any other medal and honor,” he said. “France thanked us for being there.” Mr. Jakubiec was also remembered by the French by having his name inscribed on the Wall of Liberty, which commemorates the Invasion of Normandy.

Thirty years ago — 1987

A plaque containing the names of those involved in the development of the Dunkirk Volunteer Firemen’s Training Grounds was unveiled during a ceremony at the Dunkirk Fire Department’s annual hose race competition on Aug. 29. The grounds were established in 1955. James “Turk” Murphy accepted the memorial plaque on behalf of the committee responsible for founding and developing the grounds. Other names on the plaque are Jack Oliver, Porter Cook, Anthony Banach, Dick Ebert and Walter Welka.

Forty years ago — 1977

After 16 years in business, McCroskey’s Inc. at 310 Central Ave., Dunkirk will close its doors following a “quitting business” sale. Newell M. McCroskey founded the men’s wear company in 1961 at the Hotel Dunkirk following the closing of the Safe Store. He worked for the Safe Store as a men’s wear salesman for 29 years.

Fifty years ago — 1967

In recognition of continuous service of 35 years, Anthony Tenamore was recently awarded under the True Temper Corp. service awards program, a gold watch with the appropriate True Temper hallmark embellished with diamonds and rubies. He retired from active employment Aug. 1, 1967 after having started with the company on April 28, 1931.