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Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991

Ninety-year-old Alfred Knight of Ripley was one of the last farmers in the area to work his 350 acres of farmland using horses. His last team was sold in 1955. The mares Kit and Queen, purchased for $400, did almost all the work including plowing the land, hauling the seed spreader for grain crops, hauling and spreading manure in the fields, logging and even rounding up cattle.

Forty years ago — 1981

Named “Lady Elk of the Year” at the Dunkirk Elks Lodge annual appreciation day for women was Lois R. Woelfle. She was acknowledged for her committee work and for her time spent in the club kitchen (and at home) cooking for club events. A Dunkirk native, Mrs. Woelfle is a staff member at the Dunkirk Senior Center.

Fifty years ago — 1971

Miss Julie Kolodziej, a sophomore at Fredonia High School, was crowned “Miss Fling” at the Green Highland Fling, part of the Cockaigne Winter Festival. Julie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kolodziej of Risley Street.

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