Twenty years ago — 1999
The Chautauqua County Fair, held in Dunkirk in July, can mark another 66,000 satisfied customers. New attractions were some of the most popular features of the fair. For example, the Buffalo Zoomobile included displays of wild and domestic animals, such as owls and goats. The livestock barns and demolition derbies also maintained their status as perennial favorites. The grandstand was sold out for both car competitions.
Thirty years ago — 1989
James Krupinski of 227 Liberty St., Fredonia, recently completed a new directional map at the Forest Hill Cemetery, by the Lambert Avenue entrance, as part of the requirements to become an Eagle Scout. A life member of Troop 267 in Fredonia, his project also included beautification of the cemetery. Sixteen scouts assisted him with the project.
Forty years ago — 1979
Robert Markey “Bob” Steele began playing golf at the age of 5. At the age of 9, he won his first tournament. Bob Steele went on to win several junior golf tournaments before being fatally injured in a bicycle accident on the campus of Stanford University in June 1973. A junior golf tournament bearing the late golfer’s name is being sponsored for the first time this year by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Steele of Fredonia, in his memory.
Fifty years ago — 1969
Ranging in age from 5 to 16, there are currently 117 children enrolled in this year’s elementary school summer migrant program. The participants come from Dunkirk, Fredonia, Silver Creek and as far away as Florida, Chicago, Alabama and Georgia. There are 18 teachers and a nurse involved in the program which teaches the girls cooking, baking and sewing; and the boys home repairs and woodworking.