Twenty years ago — 1999

A mainstay of the Silver Creek business community for 25 years is quite an accomplishment for the owners of Silver Creek Optical, John and Patty Ford. In the past 25 years, John Ford has dispensed every single pair of glasses. That adds up to over 30,000 glasses and contacts. Patty Ford feels that the reason the business has survived amid the rise of optical chains is because of the personal service offered that other places cannot provide.

Thirty years ago — 1989

The city where Lucille Ball grew up is planning a “living memorial” to the actress-comedienne who died April 26. Details of the memorial — believed to center around a planned museum of Lucy memorabilia — will be announced at a special ceremony recognizing Miss Ball’s career and accomplishments. Miss Ball and her husband, Gary Morton, had been scheduled to travel to Jamestown in May for a weekend of Lucille Ball events. The actress was born in nearby Celoron.

Forty years ago — 1979

Karl T. Davis has been named OBSERVER Advertising Director and Don T. Curtis was named Retail Advertising Manager, effective immediately. Mr. Davis comes to the OBSERVER from Saratoga Springs, where he was advertising director for the daily “Saratogian.” He was employed with Gannett newspaper for 13 years. Mr. Curtis has had 26 years of experience, 24 at the OBSERVER.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Fredonia High School sophomore Mary Cobb was featured at the school’s annual spring concert. Mary has been awarded one of three scholarships to attend a summer music clinic at the college. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marden S. Cobb, she is a piano student of T. Richard Patterson.


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