Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

JulyFest ’99 will take place July 10 to celebrate the diverse cultures of the community. At the festival, Dunkirk and Fredonia residents will join together to share traditional crafts, foods, melodies and dance as a celebration of the diverse ethnic backgrounds of our community. The event will take place at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds Roller Rink. It has been organized by the Crosstown Neighborhood Dialogue, a group promoting long-term community relationships through dialogue and social interaction.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Matthew R. Hanlon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip E. Hanlon, 819 Washington Ave., Dunkirk has been named the recipient of the sixth annual Daniel F. Anson Memorial Scholarship. This annual award was established by local firemen and friends in memory of Daniel F. Anson, a paid fireman who died Aug. 8, 1979 while fighting an early morning garage fire. Mr. Anson is the only city firefighter to be killed in the line of duty. Matthew plans to attend Jamestown Community College.

Forty years ago — 1979

Fredonia Hardware at 31 E. Main St., heavily damaged in a $500,000 fire last Nov. 17 along with three other buildings, is holding its grand opening this week. It is the first of the six businesses damaged by fire to reopen. Robert Lesch, owner of Fredonia Hardware, has been in business since 1952. Mr. Lesch reopened the hardware store May 1 without much merchandise since most of it was on order. He explained that the store’s stock had to built up from nothing since most of the merchandise was damaged in the fire.

Fifty years ago — 1969

A former resident of this area has reached across the American continent and a half century of time to send an unexpected contribution to the YMCA Forward Fund. In the fall of 1919, Raymond F. Rope, then a young man of about 30, pioneered the formulation of the Chautauqua County YMCA. Mr. Rope, now in his 80th year and living in retirement in California, recently learned of the YMCA’s Forward Fund to raise a minimum of $500,000 to construct the YMCA’s first building and to purchase the camp. He promptly sent a personal check for an undisclosed amount.

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