Twenty years ago – 1993

The outcome of the second annual OBSERVER Roster Contest came down to the tiebreaker. From among more than 200 entries, Frank Benamati and Chet Ball, both of Fredonia, came closest to selecting the Bills’ 45-game roster for their first game of the season against New England. Each had 42 correct selections. Benamati predicted the Bills would win, 35-13, only four points off the actual score of 38-14 Bills.

Thirty years ago – 1983

A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated at St. Hyacinth Church in honor of the Rev. Anthony Struzynski, OFM, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his profession as a Franciscan. Father Struzynski, a native of Dunkirk, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Struzynski of South Ermine Street, Dunkirk. An alumnus of St. Hyacinth School and Dunkirk High School, he received a Ph.D. in theology from Notre Dame University. He was recently appointed director of formation for the Franciscans in Philadelphia.

Forty years ago – 1973

The Rev. Philip W. Lord will assume rectorship of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Dunkirk Sunday by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at the two morning Masses.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Jerome P. Wasag defeated incumbent Harold T. Stumpf in the Democratic primary race for city engineer in Dunkirk. Mr. Wasag, 28, is a graduate of Dunkirk High School and Tri-State College in Angola, Ind., with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. The Republican Party has not yet fielded an opponent for the November balloting.