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Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990

James P. Coon of Franklinville was named Ripley Central School superintendent. He will be filling the post left vacant by Kenneth Wasmund. Mr. Coon will be leaving his job as junior-senior high school principal of Franklinville Central School to take the Ripley post. He has held the principal’s post for five years. The Coon family will be relocating to Ripley sometime this month.

Forty years ago — 1980

The Sacred Heart Church Bell Tower in Dunkirk is on “death row,” so to speak. However, there is still some grass roots resistance to the tower getting the wrecking ball. Frances Schober is one of a number of citizens resisting the demolition. The thought of selling the Sacred Heart bells for their value in silver appalls her. It has been conjectured that the bells could be worth as much as $250,000 on the silver market. The bells have been in the tower for 104 years and are still functional.

Fifty years ago — 1970

Holy Cross Apostolic Church on West Lake Road, Dunkirk will have its annual Field Day Aug. 9 with Robert Trombley of Dunkirk as general chairman. Howard Domst of Dunkirk will have charge of the bake sale and the White Eagle Band and the Barbershoppers will provide musical entertainment.

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