Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1993

The Dunkirk Local Development Corporation has approved a $50,000 loan that will be used to help the owners of Johnson’s Central Service renovate two existing garage bays into a mini-mart food store operation. The total project costs about $150,000 with the rest coming from private financing. The business will be named the Green Tree Convenience Store. Owner Steve Johnson said the new 24-hour-a-day business will create 8-9 full-time jobs.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Efforts are being made to preserve the Westfield train depot, which is slated for demolition by Conrail. The Westfield Village Board adopted a resolution to support an effort by the Chautauqua County Historical Register to preserve the railroad depot. The 79-year-old building, which was once used as a New York Central passenger depot, was slated for demolition this week by the railroad company.

Forty years ago – 1973

It was learned today that Sheriff John R. Bentley presented a new badge to Officer Donald C. Szwejbka, signifying his promotion to sergeant in the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. Szwejbka, 39, lives at 68 W. Doughty St., Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Bar Mitzvah ceremonies were held recently at Temple Beth El in Dunkirk for David Youngerman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Youngerman, 30 Holmes Place, Fredonia.