Thirty years ago — 1991
Lucille Ball was planning a trip to Jamestown when a heart attack claimed her life. Her first trip home in over 30 years would have included the acceptance of an honorary degree from Jamestown Community College. On May 20, Lucy’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, stepped to the podium during commencement exercises at JCC to accept her mother’s Honorary Fine Arts Degree from college president, Paul Benke.
Forty years ago — 1981
Elevated recently by Pope John Paul II to the rank of Monsignor in the Roman Catholic Church, Msgr. Kenneth M. Menge celebrated the occasion with a concelebrated Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and a reception in the school hall. During his homily, he deemed St. Elizabeth’s “blessed in having four priests ordained in recent years — the Revs. Chester Gawronski, Edward Jungquist, Richard Burke and Mark Ward.
Fifty years ago — 1971
Nine two-story townhouses are under construction on a 3.6-acre tract of land off Lamphere Street in Dunkirk. The complex is designed to provide housing for some of the city’s low-income families, many now living in the urban renewal area.