Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

The dedication of a granite monument in memory of brothers Bret and Brian Smith was held at Smith Field in Westfield. The Rev. David Lubba, the former First United Methodist Church of Westfield minister who officiated at the funerals for the two young men, gave the benediction and invocation at the ceremony. The two Smith brothers died tragically in the late 1970s. Smith Field, located off North Portage Street near Hawley Street, was established several years ago as a softball field to honor the Smiths. Besides being class leaders, the Smith brothers were known for their sportsmanship, integrity and honesty.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Daniel E. Miga, a 1980 graduate of Fredonia High School, has received his doctor of medicine degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. He is now beginning his pediatric residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. While at medical school, he served as youth minister at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church in Buffalo. He received the “Ciba-GEIGY” Award from the university for community service and the “For God and Youth” Award from the Buffalo Diocese in recognition of his ministry work.

Forty years ago — 1978

The subject of this week’s People in Profile is Frank J. “Frankie” Kye. The 52-year-old lifelong Dunkirk resident has been the twirler for the Hose Co. No. 4 Murraymen for 41 years now. He has won numerous awards for his twirling ability, including New York State Champion for five years, Pennsylvania State Champion for one year, and Western New York – Williamsville Convention Champion in 1977. According to Mr. Kye, he has never had a twirling lesson in his life. “My dad cut a broomstick and put a rubber ball on the end of it and that’s what I used to learn,” he said. Mr. Kye is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kye, who reside at 223 Nevins St., Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago — 1968

An 8-year-old Dunkirk youngster picked up $5,000 in the June drawing of the NYS lottery. Mark Foto, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Foti, 15 Willowbrook Ave., Dunkirk held the lucky ticket. Mark’s parents will serve as custodian and place the money in a trust for him. The winning ticket was sold to Mr. Foti at the Vineyard Motel.

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