Twenty years ago – 1993

The Lincoln-Bedell Statue Committee of Westfield is inviting all artists and sculptors to submit concepts for a bronze statue depicting the meeting of President Abraham Lincoln and Grace Bedell. Ms. Bedell was an 11-year-old Westfield resident when she wrote a letter to Lincoln during his presidential campaign suggesting that he grow a beard. As president, while passing through Westfield by train, Lincoln supposedly stepped down from the train, placed his hand on Grace’s head and kissed her.

Thirty years ago – 1983

“Timba,” the 75-pound German shepherd owned and trained by Paul Wyskstra of Fredonia, more than pulled his weight in the recent competition held in Cockaigne. In two days of competition, Timba was judged the best – first pulling 800 pounds, then 1,000 pounds.

Forty years ago – 1973

Earl Town, Forestville’s bowling mailman, rolled the fifth 700 series in his long and storied career in the AA Classic League. The site was the Lakeview Bowling Center in Silver Creek.

Fifty years ago – 1963

“The mere fact that you represent others makes you more aware of your community and the things that are going on,” said 19-year-old Helen C. Fuery, Miss Dunkirk-Fredonia 1962 to the prospective candidates in the 1963 contest.