Twenty years ago — 1999
Doctors still make house calls in the village of Westfield, according to Westfield Memorial Hospital CEO Barbara Malinowski. After nearly 60 years of service to 13 surrounding towns and villages, the hospital completed its fourth expansion — a $4.5 million renovation project recently celebrated with an open house. Ms. Malinowski stated that the hospital continues to maintain a commitment to rural health care and noted that more than 70 percent of the care provided to patients is in outpatient services, with the percentage expected to increase.
Thirty years ago — 1989
Robert “Bob” Staley of Seel Acres, Dunkirk recently retired, ending a 33 year career with the U.S. Postal Service. A dispatch clerk at the Dunkirk Post Office at the time of his retirement, Mr. Staley worked many years as a postal clerk. Postmaster Alvin Kaymore remarked, “I’m losing one of my best employees.” Mr. Staley is married to the former Mollie Greder. They have two sons, Edward, 7, and Jonathan, 5.
Forty years ago — 1979
The title of “World’s Strongest Man” was officially bestowed on Don Reinhoudt Jr. of Brocton recently. The 6-3, 340-pound genial giant succeeded Bruce Wilhelm as champion in the Third Annual ” World’s Strongest Man” Contest. He topped a field of 10 international strongment in a taxing 10-event competition that spanned a swelteringly hot four days at the Universal Tour Center in Universal City, Calif. The full-time accountant finished second in the competition a year ago, which is sponsored by CBS.
Fifty years ago — 1969
Eighty-seven children were enrolled in the Salvation Army’s Vacation Bible School held during the last week of June, with a total attendance of 669 for the week. The children enjoyed arts and crafts daily, along with a Bible story. Teachers included Sharon Truax, Ethel Abbey, Thelma Parks and Linda Bunge. The directors of the school were Capt. and Mrs. Daniel Miller.