Twenty years ago — 1993

Natalie Merchant and the 10,000 Maniacs recently thrilled a capacity crowd at Chautauqua Institution in what was the band’s final performance of a three-month tour to promote their third album, “Our Time in Eden.” Bass guitarist Steve Gustafson told the audience the Maniacs always wanted to play at Chautauqua. The band then made a surprise presentation of two platinum albums – one to Jamestown Mayor Carolyn Seymour, who represented the group’s hometown, and the other to County Executive Andrew W. Goodell.

Thirty years ago – 1983

A “Do You Remember?” photo should be of interest to local fishermen. Taken around 1914, it shows Fred Meehl of Dunkirk displaying a string of 102 blue pike which he caught by himself in about four hours, according to information on the back of the photo. His daughter, Mrs. Walter Shuler, remembers when her father used to come home with a cart full of fish that would fill her mother’s wash tub, much of which would be given away to neighbors and friends.

Forty years ago – 1973

The Ripley Grange captured the blue ribbon for the 1973 Chautauqua County Fair’s Grange exhibits with its “Miracle of Light” display.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Starting in August, all union barber shops in Dunkirk will charge $1.75 for adult haircuts while children’s cuts will remain the same. This is reportedly the first price raise in nine years.