Twenty years ago – 1993

Midway Amusement Park in Maple Springs recently won a national award for coordinating and sponsoring a number of community service events. The “1992 Newsmaker Award” was presented to park owners Michael and Janis Walsh. The award was sponsored by Tourist Attractions & Parks, the management magazine for the leisure attraction industry.

Thirty years ago – 1983

The McLaren Gallery opened at the Historical Museum of the D.R. Barker Library in Fredonia and one of the first visitors was Mrs. Robert (Doris) McLaren of Fredonia. She is the daughter-in-law of the late M. Russell McLaren, for whom the gallery is named. Mrs. McLaren talked with Donna Carlson, curator of the McLaren Photographic Collection, about changes in Main Street, Fredonia, the theme of the gallery’s first exhibit.

Forty years ago – 1973

Rhonda House, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest F. House of Cassadaga and a sophomore at Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa., is a member of the “Mermaids,” a synchronized swimming team at the school.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Ice jams in Cattaraugus Creek and what is known as Dead Creek produced the worst flood in recent history in Sunset Bay and Irving yesterday afternoon and today. According to the old timers, for the first time since the 1920s, flood waters reached every one of the 550 homes in the summer colony and 85 persons were evacuated.