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Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999

The Norfolk Southern Railroad Corp. is hoping the problems that have caused its railroad crossing gates in the city of Dunkirk’s 4th Ward to malfunction will soon be corrected. During a citizens meeting held in August, one resident said she videotaped an incident on July 17 when the gates reportedly went up and down 37 times ina 15-minute period when no trains were coming. There have been numerous occasions when the gates go up and down with no train coming or get stuck in the down position, necessitating the need to call a maintenance crew.

Thirty years ago — 1989

The Moniuszko Social Club of Dunkirk celebrated its 75th anniversary on Sept. 16. At its beginning in 1914, The Moniuszko Singing Circle of Dunkirk had very few members by today’s standards. Now 75 years later and known as the Moniuszko Social Club Inc., it is one of the largest membership clubs in the city. Since February 1984, club membership has been limited to 1,000.

Forty years ago – 1979

Miss Elizabeth Crocker of Fredonia, the Chautauqua County and town of Pomfret historian, has been selected to receive an award in the nation’s most prestigious competition for local history achievement. The American Association for State and Local History has named Miss Crocker a recipient of a Certificate of Commendation for her service in the field of community history as an officially appointed local historian in New York State.

Fifty years ago — 1969

As a football passed through the wooden barriers of a mock goal post, the new facility of the Liberty National Bank and Trust Co. on East Main Street in Fredonia opened the morning of Oct. 2. Upon entering the bank, each customer was presented a free gift by one of the hostesses. A cornerstone for the building was presented by John C. Van Scoter, president of the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce.

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