Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1994

One of Fredonia’s own will be on national television. Fredonia native and singer Kate Kelly is scheduled to appear with the Tom Limbaugh Band on the syndicated television program, “Hard Copy.” Ms. Kelly, formerly of East Main Street, Fredonia and her musician husband, Tom Limbaugh, taped a segment for the tabloid TV show Jan. 6. The band made some waves after recording its new album, “Dear Uncle Rush,” which caught the eye of the “Hard Copy” producers. Tom Limbaugh’s cousin is Rush Limbaugh, of radio talk show fame.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Dr. Steven Ihrig, a graduate of the State University of New York College of Optometry, has recently joined his father, Dr. Norman Ihrig, in his optometric practice. Their offices are located in the Russo Building in Fredonia. Dr. Ihrig graduated from Fredonia High School in 1975 and completed his undergraduate education at Fredonia State University College and Indiana University. He received his doctor of optometry degree in June in New York City.

Forty years ago – 1974

Susan Schweik, a senior at Fredonia High School, has won the $25 second-place award in the 11th annual Nancy Thorp Memorial Poetry Contest sponsored by Hollins College, Virginia.

Fifty years ago – 1964

An almost irreplaceable link with the early days of western New York settlement was destroyed early today as fire gutted the 137-year-old Barcelona Inn overlooking Barcelona Harbor. Westfield firemen were called to the scene too late to save the structure which was built by Ross Winslow in 1827, when the harbor was a U.S. port of entry.