Twenty years ago — 1998
The Buffalo Bills training camp, a fixture at Fredonia State University College since 1981, provides a boost to the regional economy by creating summer jobs, increasing retail sales in the area and attracting customers to local restaurants. The Fredonia Chamber of Commerce has planned various events to encourage Bills fans to visit other attractions in Northern Chautauqua County in addition to the college. Village trolley rides between Barker Common and the campus on the days the Bills have two-a-day practices are being promoted. The Bills pay $50,000 to $60,000 to the college which covers housing expenses for players, coaches and other Bills personnel in the campus dormitories.
Thirty years ago — 1988
A “Do You Remember?” photo notes that the Fourth Ward Falcon Club in Dunkirk was organized 75 (or more) years ago and meetings were held at a clubhouse at 423 Townsend St. That building was destroyed by fire, new clubrooms were built and the dedication ceremonies took place on July 4, 1916. Olga Nowak, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Nowak, raised the American flag and the Rev. Petrus Letocha, pastor of St. Hedwig’s Church, offered the prayer.
Forty years ago — 1978
The world’s first “test-tube” baby, a 5-pound, 12-ounce girl conceived outside her mother’s womb in a milestone for reproductive biology, is normal and doing fine today — under guard — after premature birth by Caesarean section in Oldham, England. The baby — expected to be named Patricia after Dr. Patrick Steptoe, the pioneering gynecologist who developed the technique — was born nine days early in a delivery anxiously awaited by millions of childless women who hope the test-tube technique can help them too.
Fifty years ago — 1968
Leon J. Schrantz, owner of the Schrantz Furniture and Appliance Store, 66 Doughty St., Dunkirk was awarded $130 in prize money for his sales during “Frigidaire Week.”