Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1994

Police briefly handcuffed former Buffalo Bills star running back O.J. Simpson and questioned him for three hours after the bloodied bodies of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman, 25, were found outside her condominium early on June 13. Simpson denied involvement in the deaths, stating, “I know nothing.” Simpson was not arrested but at this time the football Hall of Famer is under investigation.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Plans are under way for the construction of a replica Victorian-era bandstand in the Silver Creek Village Square. Historical Center Curator Louis Pelletter hopes to build the bandstand totally through donations of labor, materials and funds from the community. The original bandstand, constructed in the early 1870s, was built without any tax dollars. It was torn down to make room for the fountain in 1939. This bandstand was the center of many entertaining evenings in the olden-days of Silver Creek. Everyone from local musicians to politicians used its stage-like platform to draw a crowd. Mr. Pelletter is in hopes that the bandstand can be used once again to provide summertime concerts in the park.

Forty years ago – 1974

Two Fredonia High School students, Holly Sheldon and Kevin Sedota, received scholarships for the summer music clinic during the Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association Festival at the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

Fifty years ago – 1964

The Dunkirk Harbor Lightning Fleet 311 Ice Breaker Regatta was held, with nearly 20 boats and crews participating.