Twenty years ago — 1998

Don Loeb, a Dunkirk native living at 250 Maple Ave. in the city, is the author of a new book, “A Harvest of Memories of Dunkirk.” It was published by Benson Smythe Publishing of Wellsville. The content is a series of short stories taken from the author’s life over the decades. Some of these appeared in the “Chautauqua Sampler,” published by the OBSERVER and circulated in the area several years ago. Mr. Loeb is no stranger to writing, having written technical articles for more than 30 years for several trade magazines. This is the first occasion his work has appeared in book form.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Howard Green retired in September of this year after 38 years of employment at the Sinclairville Post Office, including 36 years as postmaster. He was appointed postmaster in 1953 at the age of 24. His retirement was marked by a community-sponsored farewell party and the village board proclaimed his last week of work as “Howard Green Week” in Sinclairville. Mr. Green also served as a member of the Cassadaga Valley Central School Board for 27 years, resigning in September 1988.

Forty years ago — 1978

Arnold G. Woelfel Jr. 15-year-old son of Arnold and Joan Woelfel, 918 Post Road, Irving has been accepted for membership in the Society of American Magicians, the oldest organization of musicians in the world. The society which numbers over 6,000 active members, will add Arnold’s name to its list of past and present members, including Harry Houdini and Cardini. Arnold is a 10th-grade student at Silver Creek Central School. He has performed his magic at various clubs in and around Buffalo. He spends his free time practicing ventriloquism.

Fifty years ago –1968

Dunkirk High School’s Bob Barlette is the 1968 Southwestern Conference scoring champion. The exciting junior halfback topped the league with 30 points on five touchdowns in the four games. Dave Criscione, Dunkirk’s veteran fullback, gave the Marauders a sweep by finishing a close second with 24 points on three touchdowns and six extra-points. Another Dunkirk player, Fred Warmbrodt, placed fourth with 18 points on three touchdowns. All told, the Marauder offense was the hottest in the league, averaging three touchdowns per game en route to its perfect 4-0 league title.