Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1994

If Fredonia were to ever name a village matriarch, Celia G. Bechmann would win hands down. After 12 years as a village trustee, Bechmann has decided not to seek re-election in March. The first female Democrat elected to the board, she chaired a number of committees. She is also well known for being the leader of Girl Scout Troop 33 for a quarter of a century.

Thirty years ago – 1984

The Dunkirk Urban Renewal Agency unanimously agreed to pay the owner of The Meat Counter grocery store a total of $41,310 in relocation benefits. The store, which is owned by William Watson, is moving from its present location on East Third Street to a new location on Brigham Road and it is believed that the store is one of the last of the original urban renewal core occupants which will be eligible for the benefits.

Forty years ago – 1974

Roberta Burgstrom has been announced as this year’s Betty Crocker search winner from Cardinal Mindszenty High School. A senior, “Bobbie” is the daughter of Mrs. Richard Burgstrom of Woodward Drive, Fredonia.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Freeman and family of 28 North Jerboa St., Dunkirk are sponsoring Gretar Sigurbergsson, 18, of Reykjavik, Iceland in their home this week.