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Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1992

A slice of a famous town of Hanover tree will find its way home soon due to the efforts of a local historian. Hanover Historian Vincent Martonis announced recently that a large horizontal slice of a tree known as the Hanover Elm or the “Knapp Elm” will be returned to the township where it grew. It has been kept in the Cattaraugus County Museum in Little Valley on loan. Before the tree fell in 1940, it had stood for an estimated 450 years and was 165 feet high and 14 feet wide. It had been known as “the biggest tree east of the Mississippi.”

Forty years ago — 1982

New jobs will be created with the approval of a 5,000-square-foot addition to the Megatech Corporation of 10979 Bennett State Road in Forestville. The Town of Hanover Zoning Board recently approved the addition. The expansion will mean about 40 new jobs at the company, which sub-contracts non-automated parts for General Motors. Already underway, the addition should be completed by Jan. 1.

Fifty years ago — 1972

During the grand opening of Odell’s Service Station at the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Central Avenue, Dunkirk, regular gasoline is being offered for 29.9 cents a gallon.

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