Twenty years ago — 1998

A group of Fredonia Central School District parents approached the board of education to request a slight change to the hillbilly mascot in response to events in schools across the country. The parents commended students who built a sculpture depicting the hillbilly at the entrance to the East Main Street Campus. However, they requested that his rifle be replaced with a fiddle in response to the recent school shootings statewide. At one time, the hillbilly was also pictured with a keg which was later removed.

Thirty years ago — 1988

“With some monies still coming in, we expect our 1988 Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon total for the Dunkirk-Fredonia area to exceed $8,600,” said Chairman Joseph C. Gullo III. This amount, the highest total ever collected locally, tops the 1987 total of $8,500. Mr. Gullo credits more people, clubs and businesses becoming involved with keeping the local drive successful. The co-satellite stations were WDOE and Dunkirk Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 89.

Forty years ago — 1978

A “Do You Remember?” photo shows the Dunkirk Seed Co. salesmen and their wagons leaving for parts unknown. This particular group left Dunkirk on July 5, 1909. Ten wagons in all traveled to all parts of the United States with their packets of seeds. They would be gone sometimes for six months. Most of the seeds would be shipped by rail to various towns in the East, South and Midwest, where the salesmen would pick them up and deliver them to the stores.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Today many residents of Dunkirk stopped for a few brief minutes to watch a bit of the old railroad past move slowly through the city. Some 45 minutes late, at 1:37 p.m., the last of the steam locomotives chugged along, pulling some 15 coaches with more than 700 railroad buffs aboard on the Norfolk and Western tracks. Although the train did not make an official stop in Dunkirk, its rear platform was jammed with passengers waving to residents who had gathered along the right-of way, in backyards and at various crossings to watch the last operating steam locomotive, a Berkshire 759, moving past.