Twenty years ago – 1993
Awards for valor have been presented to two Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies, Lawrence S. Klajbor of Dunkirk and James Rensel, both of whom risked their lives to save citizens from possible death. Deputy Rensel helped save residents of a burning apartment house in Jamestown while Deputy Klajbor rescued a victim from a burning car following an accident on Pecor Street in the town of Portland. Both officers received bound certificates and special bars to wear on their uniforms.
Thirty years ago – 1983
The fate of the Westfield Depot on English Street was decided at a meeting of the Landmarks Society. The society, a recently formed, Westfield-based organization, announced its decision to sell the 79-year-old depot to John Sarfar Jr. of Westfield, who will be converting the abandoned railroad station into a restaurant. Mr. Sarfar is the current owner of Sarfars’ Antiques, on East Main Road, Westfield and the former owner-operator of the Lockport Depot Restaurant.
Forty years ago – 1973
County identification cards, which will establish picture positive ID and proof of age, are available today to anyone 18 and over at the Fredonia Village Hall, according to Chautauqua County Clerk Steven B. Carlson.
Fifty years ago – 1963
A fire of undetermined origin destroyed the Silver Creek Preserving Co.’s Irving plant, located in the town of Brant on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation today. N.B. Pratt of Silver Creek, president of the company, said he would roughly estimate the loss to be about $500,000 and, while hundreds of cans of beer and beets exploded from the intense heat, no injuries were reported.