Sept. 16

Twenty years ago — 1997

The product is still cold, but sales have been red hot. Since Dunkirk Ice Cream became Fieldbrook Farms 14 months ago, sales have skyrocketed for the largest ice cream provider east of the Mississippi. Product sales for 1997 are up 30 percent from last year. Chief Executive Officer James Greco said one reason for the increase is the company’s focus on healthy desserts. Since last year’s acquisition, relations with the union have improved, as has the work atmosphere. Seasonal help hired for the summer has brought Fieldbrook Farms’ work force to a peak of 450. Overtime has also peaked in the summer months. In addition to growing internally, the company hopes to also enlarge through external means by acquiring smaller competitors.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The Dunkirk Common Council went on record in favor of the county consolidating its local offices and locating them in the city’s harborfront project area. Development Director Alex Pelinsky added that there was no question that having the county offices in the harborfront area would enhance the project and that some discussion has already been given to building a 30,000 square foot facility on the eastern end of the project area that would be developed under a plan that would keep the building on the tax roll.

Forty years ago — 1977

A new brewmaster has taken over at the Fred Koch Brewery. His name is Fred H. Thomasser and about his job he says, “I’ve gotten back to my first love.” Formerly associated with the Jacob Schmidt Brewery in St. Paul, Minn., Mr. Thomasser was a general manager of plant operations there before joining the brewery staff last December.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Fourteen Fredonia State University College students, including Sonia Boorady of Dunkirk, Kathleen and Thomas Murtaugh of Fredonia and Mrs. Ada C. Francis of Stockton have returned from a nine-week study of international organizations in Europe. The group, under the leadership of Dr. and Mrs. J. Murdoch Dawley, traveled under a project sponsored by the college and the Experiment in International Living.