Twenty years ago – 1993

Union and community leaders today are vowing an all-out effort to do “whatever it takes” to persuade Alumax Extrusions Inc. to reconsider a plan to permanently close its Dunkirk facility in November. The company has announced it will gradually phase out all production at the plant during September and October and close the facility for good on Nov. 1. The closing would put 178 hourly and salaried employees out of work. The decision to close the plant was completely unexpected by both labor and management and is the result of a consolidation and restructuring program being undertaken by the company in view of the difficult economic environment facing the aluminum industry.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Recent visitors to the Dunkirk Historical Museum were Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Putnam of Chicago, formerly of Forestville, who donated five pieces of Victorian furniture from the 1850s to the museum last year. Mrs. Lavinia Eklum, treasurer of the Dunkirk Historical Society, reports that the Putnams were “very pleased” to see the furniture in its new home.

Forty years ago – 1973

Mary and Margo Campbell, 17-year-old twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Leo T. Campbell of 3 Burgess St., Silver Creek were announced as “Calendar Girls of the Month.” They are high school juniors.

Fifty years ago – 1963

It was learned the curfew law for Fredonia children age 14 and under was first enacted 60 years ago on May 15. Although it hasn’t been enforced for many years, this law is the main reason the fire whistle blows nightly at 9:30.