Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1993

Wal-Mart’s newest store on Bennett Road in Fredonia will officially open for business on March 31. Local dignitaries will be on hand to assist Wal-Mart officials and associates in the ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 8 a.m. Fredonia’s new Wal-Mart store joins 18 others currently open in the state of New York and 1,892 stores nationally. The 30-year-old chain, headquartered in Bentonville, Ark., reported sales of $55.5 billion for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31.

Thirty years ago – 1983

The entire area can be proud of the championship Dunkirk High School girls’ basketball team. It is interesting to note that four out of the five starters are former OBSERVER carriers – Molly Wojcinski, Mary Gavin, Mary Bartkowski and Amy Dopler. The fifth, Kris Nopper, also had applied for an OBSERVER route, but there were none open at the time.

Forty years ago – 1973

It was announced today that Fredonia Products Inc., a local manufacturer of grape juice and New York State wines, will erect a new structure on the south side of its Dunkirk facility located on the Wright Street Extension.

Fifty years ago – 1963

A 7-year-old Chinese boy, now living in Hong Kong, will be the foster child of the Silver Creek Central School. Students will make contributions one Friday each month to send to him.