Twenty years ago – 1993

“In total shock.” That’s how Lori Spencer of Dunkirk described the condition of most families of Alumax workers after learning the company plans to close the plant in November. Lori’s husband, Rick, is the superintendent of the plant, having worked there since it opened 17 years ago. He had no clue anything that devastating was going to happen when he went to work that morning. One worker went on to note that he, like many other workers at the plant, had been through it all before when other local plants closed, comparing the work site to a “refugee camp.”

Thirty years ago – 1983

This summer, the South Dayton area is enjoying music in the bandstand, bringing back memories of Saturday night band concerts of years gone by. The South Dayton Concert Band was organized about 1900 by Henry Cipperly. Women in the community held 10-cent dinners to buy materials for a bandstand. Labor was donated by their husbands. The original bandstand was built in the park across from the hotel. About 1913, the South Dayton Businessmen’s Band was formed. When this band was discontinued, the businessmen hired outside bands so the concerts could continue.

Forty years ago – 1973

James H. Shorr, DDS, formerly of Lockport, will soon open a dentistry office at the Russo Building in Fredonia. He, his wife Marcia, and 1-year-old daughter, Kristin, will reside at 22 Spring St., Fredonia.

Fifty years ago – 1963

A housing project that could involve in excess of $1 million will be erected about three miles south of Forestville. Developer of the project is Roscoe M. Mitchell, a Buffalo pastor of the Baptist Church.