Twenty years ago — 1999
The oldest furniture store in Western New York, H.C. Ehlers Co. in Dunkirk has a longstanding tradition of offering the finest in home furnishings and decor. Founded in 1872, the business will celebrate its 127th anniversary this fall. The business was originally located on Main Street in Dunkirk and included a funeral home and a furniture store. In 1882, Ehlers moved to its current location at 400 Central Ave. and in 1927, the funeral home was moved to a separate location.
Thirty years ago — 1989
The Dunkirk High School Band was on hand for a ceremony that was held at Philip Murray Union Hall in Dunkirk in observance of workers who have been killed or injured in the workplace. The rally was sponsored by the Dunkirk Area Labor Council and Teamsters Local 264 and was part of a nationwide observance. About 200 people attended the ceremony, according to union officials, which was followed by an auto rally involving about 70 cars parading through the city.
Forty years ago — 1979
Roosevelt Haynes became the first black person to be elected to public office in Dunkirk by capturing one of two board of education seats in the recent school board election. There was an extremely light turnout for the election. Only 1,018 persons or 12 percent of some 8,700 registered voters cast ballots. Mr. Haynes will serve a five-year term on the board. Also elected to the board was Dr. Robert A. Manzella, a professor at Fredonia State.
Fifty years ago — 1969
Student of the Week is Bruce Stonefoot, an 18-year-old senior at Brocton Central School. He is the son of Mrs. Robert Stonefoot, 9089 Lake Ave., Brocton and the late Mr. Stonefoot. Bruce plans to major in liberal arts at Jamestown Community College while considering a career in aeronautical technology. He is a member of Alpha Beta Kappa fraternity and is on the staff of the senior play.