Twenty years ago – 1993

In an OBSERVER photo, Matthew Pelletter of Silver Creek shows off an antique coffeemaker made by his father Louis, a tinsmith, back in 1901. Using his expertise, Louis constructed two percolators out of tin, one for himself and the other for his boss. Other than those two, no coffeemaker of this kind exists. The tin percolator was actually utilized in the old days, but has since been tucked away as part of the family’s history. Matthew brought it to the recent family reunion.

Thirty years ago – 1983

The winners of the Fredonia Farm Festival Little Miss and Princess contests have been announced. The winner of the Little Miss contest is Amanda Jo Morgan, daughter of Lee and Candy Morgan. She is 5 years old and lives on her parents’ grape farm on Christy Road, Fredonia. Jill Perlick is the winner of the Princess contest. She is the daughter of Richard and Sharon Perlick of Webster Road, Fredonia. Jill is active in the Girl Scouts.

Forty years ago – 1973

Irene Lamphear, a secretary at Fredonia State University College for 11 years, became the first college employee to receive a certificate of achievement for completing 30 hours of coursework under the continuing education program. Mrs. Lamphear maintained a 3.9 average out of a possible 4.0.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The Cassadaga Village Board has accepted the resignation of Police Officer Clifford Smith. His brother, Paul Smith, was named his successor, effective July 10.