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Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

Dunkirk City Court Judge Walter F. Drag announced that he is a candidate in this year’s election for Surrogate Court judge. In announcing his candidacy at a campaign kickoff at Cafe Expresso in Dunkirk, Judge Drag stressed his 15 years experience as judge. In addition, as a practicing attorney for more than 20 years, a large part of his private practice is in Surrogate’s Court. Judge Drag also noted his extensive community and volunteer activities.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Robert Fortney, 50 Central Ave., Fredonia discovered a pit earlier this year in a carriage house at a home he bought last summer at 42 Central Ave. It is believed to have been built sometime around the 1850s or 1860s. The pit, containing about 33 square feet, was theorized to be used as a hide-away for the Underground Railroad or a place to hide bootleg liquor during Prohibition. Others say the pit, which is about 38 inches deep, was just used to repair carriages and later automobiles.

Forty years ago — 1979

Gerard Rocque of Silver Creek received the Silver Antelope Award from the Northeast Region during the regional meeting of the Boy Scouts of America held in Philadelphia May 23 to 25. The coveted Silver Antelope is the highest award scouters can attain on the regional level of the Boy Scouts of America for distinguished service to youth. Mr. Rocque was the recipient of the Silver Beaver, the highest volunteer scouting honor on a Council level, from the Allegheny Highlands Council in 1972.

Fifty years ago — 1969

One of the New York State winners at the Jaycee Road-e-o held over the weekend in New York City was Jacki Phillips, 16, of Westfield. She will represent the New York State Jaycees at the National Road-e-o in Ann Arbor, Mich., in August. Jacki is the daughter of Vern and Elaine Phillips of 29 Cass St., Westfield and a student at Westfield Academy and Central School. The Road-e-o is sponsored by the Jaycees to foster safe driving practices among the young drivers in the country.

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