Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union is returning to Fredonia to mark the national organization’s first meeting in the village 126 years ago. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the WCTU — a vital force for families today. Founded in 1874 as the first organization open to any woman — regardless of race, creed or origin — who subscribes to the total abstinence pledge the WCTU has advocated for families and against addictive drugs, such as alcohol, tobacco and narcotics throughout history.

Thirty years ago — 1989

The historic Leolyn Hotel opened its doors to the public July 29 for an open house. It was the first time in six years that the public has been in the hotel, built sometime before 1840 as a private home, the Alden House. It was later used as an overnight stop for stagecoaches on their way to and from Fredonia and Jamestown. The hotel is now owned by the Lily Dale Assembly. Six years ago, it was damaged by fire and has been undergoing extensive renovations and restoration.

Forty years ago — 1979

At the annual Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen held in Blasdell this year, a Special Award Certificate was presented to James L. Miller, one of the founders of the East Town of Dunkirk Fire Department and a former chief of the city of Dunkirk Fire Department. He also holds a 56-year membership in Hose Co. No. 2. He has been active with the East Town of Dunkirk Fire Dept. for the past 28 years.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Mrs. Nancy Ward Whipple of 233 East Main St., Fredonia has been selected a nominee in the Outstanding Young Women of America contest. The wife of attorney Richard Whipple Jr. and the mother of three children, she has attended 19 schools in various parts of the United States. Active in the community, she is a member of the Fredonia Jaycees, the organization which submitted her name.

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