Twenty years ago — 1998

Stewart Enterprises Inc. of New Orleans has taken over the operation of three funeral homes in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area: Gardinier-Colletti Memorial Home Inc. of Dunkirk, Larson-Timko Funeral Home of Fredonia and Orcutt-Timko Funeral Home of Dunkirk. Tom Colletti will be operating and managing the funeral homes. Carl Timko will be serving as a consultant to Stewart Enterprises, which has also contacted several other funeral directors in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area about future possibilities. Founded in 1910, Stewart Enterprises was a third generation, family-owned company until the firm became public in 1991. It is now the second largest U.S.-based, publicly traded death care provider in the world.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Summer Street and Curtis Place in Fredonia, two of the village’s few remaining brick streets, will not be paved this year as planned as a result of concerns by some residents on the streets about it. A petition signed by 28 Summer Street residents represented all but four houses there. A similar petition is being circulated on Curtis Place. Residents feel the brick is attractive and the roads are not in bad enough shape to warrant paving.

Forty years ago — 1978

A number of Fredonia residents whose homes are located on Eagle Street and Prospect Street behind the Department of Public Works barns have brought complaints to the OBSERVER regarding that site. High weeds, unkempt hedges, piles of pipe and fencing, as well as dirt and road materials and snowplows, all create attractive nuisances for the neighborhood children. The fact that the yard lacks a fence could leave the village open to a lawsuit should some child be injured here, neighbors remarked.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Demolition of the red brick building adjacent to the Dunkirk Junior High School on Eagle Street was discussed at length during a special meeting of the Dunkirk Board of Education. The board unanimously passed a resolution to submit an application to the state education department for complete demolition of the red brick structure. No part of the red brick structure was used for classes during the past school year.