Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1993

Silver Creek Optical Inc., at 41 West Main St., Silver Creek recently held a frame show along with a grand opening of their completely remodeled facilities. Over 600 frames in every style and price range were featured and a wine and cheese reception was held. Optician John Ford was presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the village of Silver Creek. The firm has served the area for more than 20 years.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Milton and Helen Williams, parents of Vanessa Williams, the newly-crowned Miss America, are both Fredonia State University College music department graduates, Mr. Williams in 1957 and his wife, the former Helen Tinch, in 1960. Mr. Williams studied saxophone and his wife was a voice major. Vanessa Williams is the first black in the pageant’s 63-year history to receive the coveted Miss America crown.

Forty years ago – 1973

Ethel Huggins, 25 Brewer St., Westfield, won $50,000 in the state lottery. Her ticket was purchased at Loblaws, her local grocery store.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Matt Burns, L. Eddy, Buddy Hooker, Craig Hopkins, Elmer Keith, Frank Keller, Kent Lawhead, Robert Nichols, George Shephard and John Sullivan have been initiated into Fredonia Memorial American Legion Post 59.