Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997

The Pomfret Town Board honored a former town official and a recent retiree during its regular monthly meeting. Pomfret Councilwoman Patricia Christina presented a color portrait for former Supervisor Larry McQuiggan in recognition of his 16 1/2 years of service to the town, including 11 1/2 years as a councilman. The portrait and plaque will be hung on the Wall of Fame in the town hall courtroom. Pomfret Supervisor Mark Thomas presented a plaque to former Town Constable and Court Officer Kenneth L. Snyder, who retired this year after 35 years of service.

Thirty years ago — 1987

A Vietnam veteran and Chautauqua County native who lost both legs after being struck by a Navy weapons train while protesting U.S. Arms shipments to Central America was praised by the president of Nicaragua who said his sacrifice “speaks loudly of the nobility of the American people.” The condition of Brian Willson was recently upgraded from critical to stable a day after he lost his legs after being hit by a train while standing on the tracks at the Concord (Calif.) Weapons Station. Mr. Willson was raised in Ashville and graduated from Chautauqua Central School and Jamestown Community College. He also ran for county sheriff in 1972 and is an attorney.

Forty years ago — 1977

The Lake Shore Savings and Loan Association has been authorized to go ahead with extensive development plans for property on the north side of East Fourth Street between Columbus and Deer streets. The Dunkirk Urban Renewal Agency named Lake Shore as the “preferred developer” for the site.

Fifty years ago — 1967

The Edie Smith Dance Studio, 330 Chestnut St., Fredonia, the first A-frame building in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area, opened recently. The dance studio includes a wall of mirrors, the newest and finest in equipment and the newest in musical accompaniment.

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