Twenty years ago — 1998

OBSERVER sports columnist Jerry Reilly notes that Bill Munson, vice president of operations for the Buffalo Bills, was recently in Fredonia having lunch at the home of Fredonia State President Dennis Hefner. And while there’s nothing official to report just yet, Reilly said the Bills are pretty much a lock to use the campus as their training camp for the 18th straight summer. “It looks good,” said L. Michael Dimitri, Fredonia State’s vice president of student affairs. “The Bills are very fond of Fredonia.” It’s no secret Fredonia State sought a multi-year training camp deal with the Bills to replace the four-year pact which expired at the close of training camp last summer. But the Bills aren’t about to go for it, at least not now. They still have the not-so-small matter of a stadium lease to hammer out with Erie County.

Thirty years ago — 1988

After being associated with the business for 35 years, 22 of them as its owner, James Dengler of Dengler Chevrolet, 212-222 East Main St., Fredonia said the biggest thing he’ll miss now that he recently sold his business are the people and the customers. The business has been in operation for 52 years and previously was run by his father, Gerald “Jiggs” Dengler. Hank Bokman Oldsmobile, Buick, Cadillac Inc., Routes 20 and 60, Fredonia purchased the Dengler dealership and will now add it to its line of cars.

Forty years ago — 1978

Mayor Gilbert Snyder has named Joseph W. Anderson of Buffalo as director of the Dunkirk Department of Development. The salary is expected to be $20,000. The development department was formed in 1974 to administer the federally-funded community development program. One of the unsuccessful candidates for the job was Roger Reese, who has been acting director of urban renewal and development in Dunkirk for the past year.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Army Capt. Gary F. Koch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin A. Koch of Lotus Bay Road, Irving received the Bronze Star medal during ceremonies in Vietnam Jan. 8. The captain’s wife, Geraldine, lives at 62 Burgess St., Silver Creek.