Twenty years ago — 1999
DeGolier Florist and Greenhouses is marking its 40th anniversary with sales and expansion plans, according to owner Jamie Warrick. It added a fourth greenhouse in 1997 and plans a fifth greenhouse next year. The business is all family-owned and operated with Mr. Warrick being the fourth generation. It was founded in 1959 by Mr. Warrick’s grandmother and great-grandfather. A flower shop was added in 1969 and the business has continued to grow. DeGolier has since developed into a major producer of plants and local flowers. Mr. Warrick is the only state-licensed horticulturist in Dunkirk.
Thirty years ago — 1989
Rochester Developer Karen Hanson of Wilmorite Inc. told city of Dunkirk officials that ground may be broken later this year for a 14-story building near the lake that will contain 60 condominium and rental apartments and a ground floor restaurant. A separate building closer to Lake Shore Drive East will be built for commercial and rental businesses. The 1,900-square-foot condo units are expected to sell for between $140,000 and $160,000 each. The two buildings will be located east of the hotel project area and west of the county office building being planned for the east end of the harborfront project area near Main Street.
Forty years ago — 1979
Alice “Ann” Cook, a 41-year-old mother of six, began work at the new office building construction site on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation as the Seneca Nation’s first female electrician. Ann received her training through Every Woman’s Opportunity Center in Buffalo for non-traditional trades. Her certification in basic electricity was received from the BOCES Harkness Center in Buffalo.
Fifty years ago — 1969
The city of Dunkirk received a traffic summons in the mail the other day for allowing its 1960 Oliver Crawler tractor to be parked illegally in New York City. However, the tractor has never been outside the city limits. The violation allegedly occurred Nov. 6, 1968. The city has not even used said tractor since its replacement arrived before that November date. City officials are regarding it as yet another computer foul-up. The village of Fredonia also has received a summons for payment of a $15 fine for a village dump truck allegedly parked illegally on a New York City street.