Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1993

In the Lifestyles section, an aged postcard, now the property of MacLeod Williams of Dunkirk, stirred recollections of the old Columbia Hotel in Fredonia – located where the Russo building stands today. Construction of the hotel was completed at a cost of $50,000 plus the elegant furnishings. The establishment opened for business in February 1893 and was known as the most luxurious and attractive hotel in Chautauqua County.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Seven years ago today, a gigantic ice storm paralyzed the Dunkirk-Fredonia area and other sections of northern Chautauqua County. Downed power lines and trees left electrical power and most heat off for hours in some areas and more than a day in others. Schools were closed and the government declared it a disaster area. Driving was perilous because of the many fallen trees and tree limbs that were everywhere. Clean-up operations took days. Many called it the worst ice storm in their memory.

Forty years ago – 1973

Sister Ellen Marie Kuznicki, CSSF, a native of Dunkirk, has received a doctor of philosophy degree from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Harold A. Ferrington, vice president of the Citizens Trust office of Manufacturers & Traders Trust in Fredonia, was elected president of the board of trustees of the United Community Fund of Dunkirk and Fredonia.