Twenty years ago – 1993

In a Letter to the Editor, Christine Davis Mantai bemoans the impending closing of Sidey’s Department Store, a local institution. Now that the news is out that Sidey’s will officially close this summer, she recalls the upsetting decline in inventory for several months that left her with a chilly inner feeling. When the big bash sales started and continued for a long period of time, Mantai heard the death knell for what she regarded as the best place to shop in all of Chautauqua County. She claimed that shopping at Sidey’s made customers feel better about their whole lives, adding “Sidey’s wasn’t just a store. It was a state of mind.”

Thirty years ago – 1983

Former Dunkirk resident Edward Slominski has been named president and chairman of the board of Saga Systems Inc. of Fremont, Calif. The company is a new vendor of very small business computers with an international marketing organization. He is the son of the late Walter Slominski and Mrs. Mary Slominski of Castilia, Ohio, formerly of North Ermine Street, Dunkirk.

Forty years ago – 1973

Carl O. Olson Jr. of 25 University Park, Fredonia announced he is planning to charter a bus to take 35 or more people to and from Buffalo Bills home games this year.

Fifty years ago – 1963

C.W. “Doc” Lunger, chief pharmacist at Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk, announced his retirement. He said he plans to do extensive traveling and devote time to his favorite outdoor sports.