Twenty years ago — 1998

A new Cracker Barrel Old Country Store recently opened its doors at 3898 Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk. The restaurant will employ about 120 people from the community. Cracker Barrel is the embodiment of a turn-of-the-century country store. It uses only authentic country recipes in the preparation of its varied menu. For the past seven consecutive years, consumers in “Restaurants and Institutions” magazine’s national survey have named Cracker Barrel the best “family dining” chain in the United States. Management strives to give each guest the best possible “old country store experience.”

Thirty years ago — 1988

Roxanne Pulitzer, author of The Prize Pulitzer — the story of her marriage and heavily publicized divorce from publishing heir Herbert “Pete” Pulitzer, will be in Dunkirk for an autograph session at The Book Nook at the D & F Plaza. The former Roxanne Ulrich, a Cassadaga native, is on an 18-city tour to promote the book. Her schedule includes appearances on several TV talk shows, among them “Donahue” and “Larry King Live.”

Forty years ago — 1978

A feature UPI story describes the career of “Aggie May,” who wears a top hat and tails to work and doesn’t mind getting dirty on the job. The 5-foot-tall lass is one of only a half dozen female chimney sweeps in the country. Her real name is Mary Yarosh and she lives in Forestville. Aggie, who is 23 and has a degree in forestry from Paul Smith College, has been cleaning chimneys for less than a year. She can do about 12 chimneys a week and the basic charge is $40.

Fifty years ago — 1968

The Buffalo Bills are coming to Dunkirk — the basketball version of the professional football team, that is. Scheduled to take on the Dunkirk All-Stars in the Dunkirk High School gymnasium are Stew Barber, Al Bemiller, Ed Rutkowski, Paul Costa, Tom Day, Butch Byrd, Wray Carlton, Ron McDole and Joe O’Donnell. They are known as the Buffalo Pros. Proceeds will go to the St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church building fund for their new parish hall.