Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1993

More human bones have been uncovered at the Oak Tree Apartments on Route 438 on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation. Indian beads were found mixed with the human remains, suggesting an ancient burial ground so old the elders of the community were unaware of its existence. The bones were estimated to be 400 to 500 years old and according to Seneca tradition, “the dead are taken care of and respected so that no spirit will be in conflict with whoever is involved. They (the spirits/bones) are put at rest.” It was learned that a fourth skeleton had been unearthed following the first discovery of human bones two days ago.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Kris Hall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hall of Harmon Avenue, Brocton has been named Student of the Week at Brocton Central School. A senior, Kris ranks in the top of her class academically and has participated in many extracurricular activities including choir, Drama Club, National Honor Society, cheerleading and student council. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Forty years ago – 1973

UFO reports have arrived. Dozens of reports – including those from three police officers, two from Dunkirk and one from Silver Creek – of seeing strange, unexplainable objects in the sky, kept area law officers busy last night.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Members of the Fredonia Fire Department and village of Fredonia and town of Pomfret employees, joined forces today to combat a stubborn brush and woods fire near the Fredonia Reservoir which has apparently been smoldering for a week.