Twenty years ago — 1997

The Fredonia State College Faculty Student Association purchased the Daniel Putnam house for $195,000, according to records in the Chautauqua County clerk’s office. The Central Avenue house is next to the main entrance of the college (north side) and will be converted into a conference center. The association must apply for tax exempt status for the building by March 1, 1998. Taxes will need to be paid on the property for the 1997 school taxes and 1998 town, county and village taxes. The property is assessed at $57,330.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The annual Collins Pumpkin Festival has succumbed to the financial stress of liability insurance coverage. There will be no festival events on the Waterman’s Restaurant grounds this October, as in previous years. The pumpkin festival and the world weigh-off of mammoth pumpkins will take place this year at the Buffalo Convention Center. The celebration at the convention center will continue the traditions established by the Collins Pumpkin Festival. The featured event will be the pumpkin weigh-off in world competition. The Collins area celebration began in 1980 as a small gathering of local folks. Each year it grew by leaps and bounds, finally putting Collins in the international limelight.

Forty years ago — 1977

President Carter’s son Jack, 29, left the law firm of his father-in-law, State Sen. Beverly Langford, in February to be a grain dealer. Construction of seven grain silos on his five acres should be completed next week and he hopes to buy his first load of corn shortly thereafter. Asked in a telephone interview how he financed the business, Carter said, “That kind of borderlines on being my business …. and it’s not yours.”

Fifty years ago — 1967

Pictured is Howard Ruge as he gets ready to work with his pen with Joseph Andrejszewski supplying the answers for a Dunkirk Teen-Age Republican conducted opinion poll in Dunkirk. Other teen-agers in the background prepare to take part in the poll. The youngsters talked to 250 people, including 108 Democrats, 98 Republicans and 44 Independent voters. People were questioned about urban renewal, city streets, a dog leash ordinance, a recreation center and city water.