Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

The Cemetery Road bridges in Stockton have received a reprieve. At least for now, they will not be abandoned as the Chautauqua County Department of Public Works proposed be done in earlier contacts with town officials. This information was relayed to two rooms full of residents who turned out to protest the proposed plan which included building a new access road through the 4-H Acres property on County Route 310. Howeverm this organization is not at all interested in providing the necessary land needed for the proposed new road. Petitions containing the signatures of 227 individuals protesting the closing of the road were presented to the town board.

Thirty years ago — 1988

How many local companies can boast that they have had no major layoffs in the past 22 years? In fact, one company, Intercontinental Branded Apparel (formerly M. Wile & Co.) has added a new incentive to its training program to attract prospective customers. Starting next week, the hourly wages for trainees will be raised to $4. Currently, the company at 407 East Chestnut St. employs about 350 workers. But it needs about 80 more. It is currently producing 17,000 pairs of pants per week, but production should be at 22,000. The training program lasts for up to six months.

Forty years ago — 1978

A “Do You Remember?” photo shows the stalwarts behind the Chautauqua County Fair back in the 1920s: Joseph Domst, Robert Gross, John Wolpert, Arthur W. Maytum, William Hegmann and Gerald B. Williams, all members of the executive committee. In those days, the fair boasted auto races, horse races, horse shows, auto shows, mounted state trooper teams of performers, ox roasts, horseshoe pitching, horse team pulling contests, band concerts, balloon ascensions, baseball games, brilliant pageants and host of other attractions to keep people on the grounds until late at night.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Miss Judith Wise, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Wise, 726 Roosevelt Ave., Dunkirk is among 29 Fredonia State University College students selected for the fall 1968 semester in Antwerp, Belgium.

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