Twenty years ago — 1998

Newly-elected Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas and Thomas Reed, chairman of the county’s Industrial Development Agency, are in agreement — economic development is of the highest priority. Mr. Thomas said he will “undertake an immediate and thorough review of the organization and approach to development” in Chautauqua County. Mr. Reed, who is the president and CEO of Dunkirk Radiator Corporation, agreed that “we must pursue better ways of reaching out to business and industry to create economic growth.” Mr. Thomas revealed that he has decided to seek a new county director of development.

Thirty years ago — 1988

The classic tale of a small-town girl making good in the big city could be the tale of Emma Bishop of Westfield, who is featured in People in Profile. After graduating from Westfield Academy and Central School, Mrs. Bishop moved to New York City and became a Radio City Music Hall Rockette. According to Mrs. Bishop, the Rockette management believed in the “old show must go on” bit, with between four and five shows a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, along with practices for new acts in between the shows. Of her three years as a Rockette, she commented, “I just loved it. I consider myself darn lucky to have been able to do it!” After raising her family in New Jersey, Mrs. Bishop moved back to Westfield last February when her husband surprised her with a condominium in Westfield as a wedding anniversary present.

Forty years ago — 1978

The Roblin Steel Co. plant in Dunkirk will achieve yet another “first” in the U.S. steel industry. Ground was recently broken for an $18 million expansion project. The highlight of the project will be the installation of a forge rolling machine, the first of its kind in the country.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller sounded like a presidential candidate as he warned the state and nation to hold the line on spending and strike a balance between “what is do-able and what is desirable.” The New York governor has repeatedly denied White House ambitions but his most recent annual message opening the 1968 state legislature gave all the signs of a man with an eye on the presidency.