Twenty years ago – 1999
NFL Hall of Famer Walter Payton, the elusive running back who was the NFL’s all-time leading rusher and took the Chicago Bears to their only Super Bowl championship, died Nov. 2 after battling a rare liver disease. He was 45. The cause of death was listed as bile duct cancer. Payton rushed for 16,726 yards during his 13-year career and missed only one game due to an ankle injury in his rookie season.
Thirty years ago — 1989
Student of the Week is David Napper, a senior at Westfield Academy and Central School. He is the son of Paul and Nancy Napper of Munson Road, Westfield. David is a member of the National Honor Society, active with his church group, and captain of the varsity soccer team. He also plays on the varsity basketball team. David plans to attend Kings College next fall, where he will major in accounting.
Forty years ago – 1979
Laurie Larson was recently crowned the 1980 Fredonia Junior Miss following an evening of intense competition among to local contestants. The daughter of Frederick and Susan Larson of 288 Chestnut St., Fredonia, Laurie attends Fredonia High School. She also took top honors in the talent competition, performing a flute solo entitled, “Bolero.”
Fifty years ago — 1969
A recent fire gutted the upper floor of Buttrick Hall, a building on Central Avenue and Cottage Street in Fredonia used by Fredonia State University College for classrooms. The general alarm blaze, which brought out all of the village’s firefighting equipment, was finally quelled by the more than 65 volunteer firemen at the scene. No estimate of damage was made. Fredonia State leases the building from the First Presbyterian Church of Fredonia.