Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997

A People in Profile features Donna Rocque of Silver Creek. Mrs. Rocque and her husband, Gerard, have been married for 41 years, but she is also married to her community. In between raising six children, she has found time to start the Silver Creek Food Pantry, be the Silver Creek Blood Drive Chairwoman for the American Red Cross for the last 20 years, work with the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging, belong to the nutrition committee on the Chautauqua County Home Extension, now called the Home Bureau, and be a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Silver Creek.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The Forestville Baptist Church located at 5 Prospect St. celebrated 170 years of ministry to the village on Nov. 15. Forestville Baptist Church began its ministry on Nov. 15, 1817 when 29 men and women met at the home of James Bennett for the purpose of “uniting in church fellowship.” At that time it was known as the Second Baptist of Hanover. The church became officially known as Forestville Baptist Church on Feb. 4, 1834. The present church includes Forestville Christian Academy, a private Christian school.

Forty years ago — 1977

The Cassadaga Valley Central High School newspaper, “The Cougar Beat,” and the school’s literary magazine, “The Valley Echo,” both won first place ratings in a recent statewide competition conducted by the Empire State Press Association of Syracuse University.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Fredonia trustees recently approved a permit for a new $32,000 Iroquois Gas Corp. business office and showroom at 85 W. Main St. The structure will be the first of a complex planned for the site on the banks of the Canadaway Creek where the first gas well in the United States was discovered in 1821.

COMMENTS