Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1993

A plan to sell or shut down the Ferranti-Packard Transformers plant in Sheridan is part of a corporate restructuring on the part of its owners, Rolls Royce. That was the word from plant manager Michael O’Donoughe, who insisted Rolls Royce is actively looking for a new buyer. O’Donoughe stated that the operations now done at the Sheridan plant will be moved to another Ferranti-Packard plant in St. Catharine’s only if a new owner is not found for the local plant. He noted that when you sell a business, you sell all of the work as well because a factory without work is useless to anyone.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Pagano Tractor and Implement recently announced the appointment of Hamilton Clothier to the sales staff. “Hammy” is a lifetime resident of the area and owned a 120-acre fruit and vegetable farm for 34 years. He served as Town Supervisor and County Legislator for 10 years and was president of the Chautauqua County Extension.

Forty years ago – 1973

Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Dave Foley, 25, will address the annual Dunkirk Traffic and Transportation Club father-child dinner at the White Inn in Fredonia.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Fredonia High School Principal Rocco Doino announced that the method of grading this year has been changed from a numerical to a letter system due to the difficulty of attaching exact percentage value on student skills.