Twenty years ago — 1999

Stephen Willard Cass of Frewsburg won the Chautauqua County Republican nomination for Surrogate Court judge, a position being vacated by his father, Willard Cass, who announced his retirement last month. The GOP County Committee will send the name of Mr. Cass to Gov. George Pataki for approval. This will fill the judgeship until the general election in November. Dunkirk City Court Judge Walter F. Drag, an announced candidate for the position, expressed his displeasure with the process to fill the vacancy and said he would challenge Mr. Cass in the GOP primary in September.

Thirty years ago — 1989

The city of Dunkirk has been selected as the recipient of a community tourism planning demonstration project by Seaway Trail, Inc. Dunkirk was selected because of the city’s importance as the Western Gateway to the Seaway Trail and the city’s virtually untapped tourism potential. The tourism planning project will begin this month and will be guided by a Tourism Planning Committee appointed by Madylon Kubera, mayor of Dunkirk.

Forty years ago — 1979

A letter to the editor from an Arkwright man charges that the Fredonia Central School District’s contract holders “have provided some of the rural area children with the worst bus service going.” The letter claims that “junk equipment” is used on the No. 6 Route up through Arkwright, where the roads are not kept up as well as downtown and that bad driving prevails up there all winter. The letter also alleges that the bus on the route is 14 years old and is not equipped with a heater or a two-way radio.

Fifty years ago — 1969

The old and new in telephones may be seen in the display shown in the East Fourth Street office of the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce. New York Telephone will be honored at the annual banquet to be held Feb. 27. The display was arranged by New York Telephone to depict the advances made over the years in the telephone industry. Gladys Ebert, manager of the Chamber, is pictured holding the push-button control which operates the picturephone, newest of the telephone line.