Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

A county monument to fallen veterans was rededicated in a special Veterans Day ceremony at the John W. Dill American Legion Memorial Post in Brocton, with more than 100 local and area Legionnaires and guests in attendance. The monument was developed from a large boulder removed from Walnut Creek near the hamlet of Keache’s Corners in the town of Hanover. The project was sponsored by Forestville’s J. Carter Knapp Legion. The monument was moved to Lake Erie State Park in 1935 before being relocated recently to the ground near the entrance to the John W. Dill Post.

Thirty years ago — 1988

An OBSERVER photo shows Mike Krystofiak of the Dunkirk Fire Department collecting money for the Fourth Annual Dunkirk Professional Firefighters Fund Drive. Money collected is given to the Salvation Army in Dunkirk to help buy turkeys for needy families in the area. Enough money was raised last year to buy 200 turkeys. The firefighters expect to raise $2,000 this year.

Forty years ago — 1978

A United Press International Telephoto shows Mickey Mouse blushing as his star is unveiled on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame during ceremonies in front of Graumann’s Chinese Theater. Mickey, who’s celebrating his 50th birthday this year, first became a success in the 1930s when he was in a talkies picture, “Steamboat Willie.” It was that film that created a sensation and during that decade Walt Disney made 87 of the 118 Mickey Mouse films.

Fifty years ago — 1968

A Twin Fair Inc. discount department store probably will be built in Dunkirk next year, according to an announcement made in Buffalo by officials of the company. Five new stores are planned for next year and another five in 1970 as part of an $8 million store construction program. The fourth new store to open in 1969 most likely will be in Dunkirk.

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