Twenty years

ago — 1997

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate a downward population trend in Buffalo and Chautauqua County’s cities and villages. In Chautauqua County, the cities of Dunkirk and Jamestown have each dropped roughly five percent. Smaller reductions are indicated for all villages in the county, with the exception of Bemus Point, Cherry Creek, Mayville and South Dayton, which have grown slightly since 1990. The rate of decline in Chautauqua County appears to have increased steadily over the five-year period.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Returning to visit Fredonia State University College was former president Dr. Oscar E. Lanford, who provided leadership from 1961 to 1971. During this timespan, course offerings were expanded, new departments were created, the number of teaching faculty tripled, and student enrollment increased from 1,243 to more than 3,000. During his presidency, additional acreage, comprising the current campus, was purchased and the internationally known firm of I.M. Pei & Associates was employed to design a master plan for the growing campus.

Forty years ago — 1977

Funeral services were held Dec. 3 for Roger K. Moore, 48, director of athletics and physical education at Fredonia Central School. He had served as Fredonia High School basketball coach for 20 seasons. He coached baseball from 1956-1972, with his teams being crowned champions in 1961 and 1972.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Gerald Surette, a former Roman Catholic priest and former assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Dunkirk, reportedly was married Nov. 18 in Buffalo to Mrs. Hideko Kuehn, 310 Swan St., Dunkirk. He is 38 years old. The new Mrs. Surette, who is Japanese, has two children from a previous marriage.