Twenty years ago — 1997

A front page AP photo shows the cremated remains of Eliot Ness, his wife Elisabeth and their adopted son Robert being dispersed by two Cleveland police officers into Wade Lake, a lagoon at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland. Ness, who died broke of a heart attack in 1957 at age 54 was Cleveland’s former public safety director, and later, federal agent who helped convict legendary Chicago gangster Al Capone on tax evasion charges. He raided Chicago speakeasies and smashed Capone’s liquor operations during Prohibition as a member of the U.S Prohibition Bureau and leader of “The Untouchables. More than a half century after he brought Capone to justice. Ness finally received a hero’s funeral.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The Dunkirk Lumber Company closed its doors forever on Sept. 5. Owner Laverne Hall said all retail sales will be conducted through Add Lumber which has purchased Dunkirk Lumber’s complete inventory. Dunkirk Lumber Co.’s mill will remain open to manufacture tables, steps and swings. Mr. Hall, a building contractor from Forestville, indicated, “For all practical purposes, it’s very possible we may relocate the construction company into the area in the near future. Over the past three years, Dunkirk Lumber totally renovated the mill area, installed new electrical equipment and renovated the office.

Forty years ago — 1977

John and Dorothy Favata would rather fight than switch. They own a house at 57 Lincoln Ave. that is in the path of a proposed new development in Dunkirk’s urban renewal program. Samuel Ricotta, a wholesale grocer in Dunkirk, has plans to erect a six-unit apartment complex near Lincoln Avenue and Wright Street. “Why should Mr. Ricotta get preference?” Mr. Favata asked the agency. “That’s my house you’re talking about. It’s an attractive house. It’s not a slum. It’s been our home for a long time and we don’t want to move.”

Fifty years ago — 1967

The Wheelock School PTA in Fredonia has received a letter of thanks for its recent gift of $56 to a Vietnamese mental hospital from Bien Hoa Air Force Base Chaplain Benis G. Carnes, who reported the hospital was very pleased with the gift.