Twenty years ago – 1993

The Friends of the Dunkirk Free Library is a new organization formed to supplement activities and responsibilities of the library staff and to stimulate interest in, and support of, the library among area residents. The officers are: John Mancuso, president; Joan Dill, vice president; Doug Fenton, secretary; and Risha Formanowicz, treasurer.

Thirty years ago – 1983

No one knows for certain who labeled South Dayton the home of the littlest world’s fair, but the term came into being a number of years ago as the result of the fire department’s annual event, now known as Gala Days. For more than 30 years, the South Dayton Volunteer Fire Department has had “firemen’s days.” The term, “Home of the Littlest World’s Fair,” may have been first used to ridicule the affair, but as one old-time observed, “When South Dayton firemen are handed a lemon, they squeeze it for lemonade that sells.” And sell it does, as the two-evening carnival has now grown into a four-day event.

Forty years ago – 1973

Kathy Larson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David L. Larson, 93 West Fourth St., Dunkirk, was awarded the first-place trophy for her gymnastic routine, “Artist’s Life,” presented at the Summer Dance Festival in Buffalo.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The First Methodist Church in Dunkirk has acquired the J. E. Aular property at 609 Washington Ave., just south of the church. It is expected a church educational building will be erected there.