Twenty years ago – 1993

It is a sad day in the community as loyal customers said farewell to their favorite store. Sidey’s, a landmark in northern Chautauqua County, closed its doors forever today when its current lease expired. The family-owned and operated store had been in business for the past 111 years. Thousands of people, including former residents now living in faraway places, can relate to the loss felt by the store owners, the employees and the Dunkirk-Fredonia area in general.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Smith’s Dress Shop in Silver Creek, a clothing store familiar to many area residents for several decades, will be closing its doors and reopening under a new name. The business has reportedly been sold to Gail Brennan of Silver Creek, who will open the shop, located on Central Avenue, under the name of “Gail’s” next week.

Forty years ago – 1973

Rose Floramo of Otter Street, Dunkirk was hostess to members of the Get-Togethers from New York Bell Telephone Co.’s rate and route department of the Dunkirk office.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Christa Ohls, a 15-year-old girl whose family escaped from East Germany to West Berlin in 1961, will arrive next week to reside with the William Kettenring family, 953 Central Ave. and attend Dunkirk High School.