Twenty years ago — 1993

Dr. Elliott J. Schaffer, professor emeritus of speech pathology and audiology at Fredonia State University College recently received a citation from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for being a “Pioneer” in the field. His career spans more than 40 years. Dr. Schaffer set up the Schaffer Family Endowment to provide scholarships for Fredonia speech and hearing students and recently established another endowment to benefit Reed Library at the college.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Dunkirk residents reported to police that a railroad engine, with its motor running and bell ringing, had been stopped on the tracks near Moffat Street for several hours. Checking into the complaint, police found the engine was unattended. After calling Conrail’s office in Cleveland and stopping a passing train, the investigating officers were able to shut off the bell, but were unable to do anything about the engine. Apparently, the giant engines are so difficult to start that it is routine procedure to leave them running.

Forty years ago – 1973

Because they “give daily of their time, effort and goodwill to serve the general public and are often unrecognized” for their services, Dunkirk Mayor Clem Lutz proclaimed “Public Employees Recognition Day” today in the city.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Florian G. Spoden, town of Pomfret supervisor for the past 25 years, announced he will not seek re-election this fall. Mayor Russell Joy, Stewart Dudley and Gardner Freling, all of Fredonia, say they will run for the post.