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Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1994

A store where so many people bought gifts that last forever is closing its doors for good. Holliday Jewelers, 35 East Main St., Fredonia is going out of business, owner/operator Marlene Holliday announced today. Her late husband Howard established the Fredonia business in July 1954 after moving from Albion where he had worked with his father, H.L., at the first Holliday Jewelers. Following his death in 1983, Mrs. Holliday took over the store’s operation assisted by longtime sales associates Nancy York and Marilyn Hall.

Forty years ago — 1984

Law enforcement officers are calling the seizure on June 7 of three kilos of pure cocaine “the largest drug bust ever” in Chautauqua County. The cocaine was found in the trunk of a car in the eastbound lane of the New York State Thruway in the town of Portland. The car was operated by a Canadian man whose excessive speed (76 mph) attracted the attention of a state trooper on patrol. The three tightly wrapped packages of cocaine in the trunk, it was later learned, contained seven pounds of pure cocaine with an estimated street value of $2.1 million.

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