Twenty years ago — 1999

A story in today’s OBSERVER is a 50-year remembrance of the day in 1949 when a young local woman, 18-year-old Betty Latimer of Fredonia, became National Cherry Pie Champion at a bakeoff in Chicago. As far as is known at this point, Betty Latimer Schwertfager’s winning a national championship has never been equaled by a local resident.

Thirty years ago — 1989

From Ad News …… The Upstairs Cafe opened recently at 26 Water St. in Fredonia and you should discover it! The cafe is “20 steps above” hence the name “upstairs.” It’s a fully-outfitted restaurant with seating for 75 or more and serves an extensive menu of breakfast, lunch and lite fare for dinner. …… Look for the Country Cat in Lily Dale. The store, owned by Mary Abel, offers a variety of gift items, from penny candy to original hand-crafted items and collectibles. They also have Amish goods available.

Forty years ago — 1979

The proposal to convert a Washington Avenue church into a Dunkirk city historical museum appears to be moving off dead center. The Dunkirk Common Council unanimously voted to buy the first Church of Christ Scientist at 513 Washington Ave. and convey the building to the Historical Society of Dunkirk for use as a museum. The Historical Society currently operates a museum in a section of the city water department building on Robin Street.

Fifty years ago — 1969

David Ball is the new football coach and director of athletics at Brocton Central School. He will also be the high school physical education and swimming instructor. A Silver Creek Central School and SUNY Brockport graduate, Mr. Ball and his wife have purchased the Henry Cox residence in Portland and plan to move the first of August.