Twenty years ago — 1998

The former Putnam home at 286 Central Ave. in Fredonia is currently being converted into a new alumni house and conference center for Fredonia State University College. Last June, the Faculty Student Association agreed to purchase the home from Daniel Putnam for $195,000. Mr. Putnam, a local insurance company executive who is also very active in the community, had owned the home since 1972. The idea for the relocation came about last spring when Mr. Putnam approached the college administration about purchasing the house. Built in the 1930s, the Putnam home — also known as the Ruth Lambert Miller home — is considered Old Greek Revival, a type of architecture more prevalent in the South.

Thirty years ago — 1988

The Peter Cooper factory buildings on Palmer Street will be housing a new business venture. Dill’s Contracting Inc. was granted a permit to pursue a railroad locomotive dismantling and salvage operation. James and Carol Dill head the company, which recently purchased the former glue factory. The couple said the proposed operation would not “present a junkyard appearance.” All dismantling of locomotives and railroad cars would be done within the building. All salvaged parts are to be stored within a warehouse setting and discarded materials will not remain on the premises.

Forty years ago — 1978

Penford Projects, a student-run career education project of the fifth grades at School 4, recently held their first banquet at the Holiday Inn. The students run the entire business of purchasing ice cream, selling during lunch time, writing checks and ordering materials while teacher Bruce Ford, Jean Pendl and Sally Newell act as advisors.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Pictured in today’s OBSERVER are the new officers of the St. Hedwig’s School Civics Club. They are Lorraine Gornikiewicz, secretary; Jane Nalepa, treasurer; Carol Mikula, adviser; David Przybyla, vice president’ Robert Gestwicki, president; and Daniel Drozdiel, adviser.