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Looking Back: Files from the Journal week of July 13

WHAT ONCE WAS — Hudson dealership on Mechanic Street, circa 1940s. Notice Godard Hall in the background. The site is currently occupied by M&T Bank. Photo courtesy of the Concord Historical Society.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
July 11, 1963

Army Pfc. Ralph Keller, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Keller of West Valley, participated in a display of missiles, artillery and engineering equipment, in honor of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Hanau, Germany.

George Welch, the owner and operator of Walter’s Pharmacy of Springville, was elected the president of the Retail Merchants Association.

Carolyn Ellis of Springville was named to the dean’s list at Kent State University.

The Springville town baseball team defeated Orchard Park 7 – 6 and then conquered Gowanda 10 – 6.

Boys were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Harland Hart of Yorkshire, June 27; Gordon Crandall of Springville, June 28; Alan Domes of Springville, June 28; Eugene Orndorff of Springville, June 30; Frank Morrell of West Falls, July 4.

Girls were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Roland and Shirley (nee Bergey) Wiedeman of South Dayton, at Tri-County Hospital, Gowanda, July 4; Wayne Neudeck of Delevan, June 29; John James Jr. of Springville, June 29; Alan Manchester of West Valley, July 1; Arnold Bauerle of Arcade, July 4.

FORTY YEARS AGO
July 12, 1973

The Women’s Association of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital presented a check for $10,000 to Hospital Administrator Roger Ford. This check is part of the association’s pledge of $30,000, for hospital reconstruction and renovation.

Robert Simon has been appointed the Concord town chairman in the General Business Division of the 1973 United Way campaign.

A boy was born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Ernest Boyd of Springville, July 5.

Girls were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Captain Douglas and Mary (nee Lynam) Frank at City Hospital, Big Springs, Texas, July 2, Kimberly Ann; Harry Flack of Arcade, July 2; James Emerling of Springville, July 5; Richard Mangino of Arcade, July 5; Walter Niefergold of North Collins, July 8; John Riese of East Concord, July 8.

MARRIED
Cobo – Krieck – Patricia Krieck, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Krieck Sr. of Dunellen, N.J., married Dennis Cobo, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cobo of Springville, on June 9 in St. John’s Church of Dunellen.

THIRTY YEARS AGO
July 7, 1983

A five-alarm fire that started in the basement of The Good Samaritan Shop on East Main Street in Springville, destroyed the store, Mr. P’s Restaurant and two apartments above the businesses. Damages were estimated at more than $100,000.

Springville Fire Chief Don Blakely said the waitresses at Mr. P’s evacuated the buildings quickly, so no one was injured. The blaze began shortly before 9 p.m. and the fire was out of control until 3 a.m. Smoke was so heavy that, even with airpacks, the firemen could get into the buildings for two hours.

School nurse teacher Betty Ballard was awarded the Springville-Griffith Institute Teacher of the Year Award, during the S-GI employees picnic.

Boys were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Steve and Kathy (nee Glass) Farner (at Day-Kimball Hospital, Putnam, Conn., May 28, Andrew Steven; Michael Tingue of Delevan, June 23; Terry Heitman of Springville, June 25; Thomas Goodman of Cattaraugus, June 26.

Girls were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
James Link of Springville, June 25; Dwight Lingenfelter of Ellicottville, June 26; David Broom of Chaffee, June 26; Robert Bieber of Springville, June 26; Daniel Klein of Springville, June 28; Marc Kamholz of West Falls, June 29.

TWENTY YEARS AGO
July 8, 1993

While playing in the 11th annual Rochester Institute of Technology Athletic Association Tiger Open, Gary Gasper, formerly of Boston, carded a hole-in-one on the par 3 ninth hole at Shadow Pines Golf Club.

Due to voter defeat of a proposed 1993 – 94 Springville-Griffith Institute School District budget, the S-GI School Board agreed to charge non-profit groups for use of school facilities, something that used to be provided for free.

Boys were born to:
Scott and Alicia Benkelman of Arcade, at Sisters Hospital, Buffalo, June 22, Jared Scott. Grandparents are Larry and Linda Benkelman of East Concord and Les and Kathy Schiltz of Holland. Gregory Gebauer and Kelly Baker of Great Valley, June 19, Trevor Gregory; Daniel and Kimberly Lewandowski of Arcade, June 22, Timothy Daniel; Christopher and Jennifer Austin of Fillmore, June 22, Zachary Christopher.

Girls were born to:
Brian and Valerie Philips of Machias, June 22, Jackie Ann; Kirk and Adele Wellman of Ellicottville, June 27, Carolyn Louise; Dwayne and Dawn Perrington of Delevan, June 28, Deborah Rose; Angel Landers of Little Valley, June 29, Chelsey Leigh.

MARRIED
Farber – Vredenburg – Mary Vredenburg, the daughter of Charles and Nancy Vredenburg of Springville, married Dr. Gregory Farber DDS, the son of Gay Kingsley-Roth and Dr. David Farber of Homer, N.Y. The ceremony took place at the gazebo at the Marietta House in Marietta, N.Y. and was officiated by Justice of the Peace Lewis Wagner.

Kohlbacher – Sideropolis – Georgene Sideropolis, the daughter of Dorothy Sideropolis of Warren, Ohio and the late Ernest Sideropolis, married Brian Kohlbacher, the son of Mr.a and Mrs. Jerry Kohlbacher of West Valley, on May 1 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Warren. Father Dennis Michelis performed the ceremony.

TEN YEARS AGO
July 10, 2003

Concord Town Supervisor Mark Steffan was present at Springville Youth Incorporated’s monthly meeting, to discuss the possible creation of a town youth recreation director’s position, to alleviate the responsibilities and time requirements of the summer recreation director.

Richard and Sam Dayton, the sons of Richard and Cindy Dayton of West Valley, were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.

A boy was born to:
William and Amy Wagner, at Highland Hospital in Rochester, July 1, Braden Miles. Grandparents are Lewis and Marge Wagner of West Valley.

A girl was born to:
Daniel and Jennifer Belz of West Valley, at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, June 24, Julianna.

MARRIED
Ratzel – Botsford – Adrianne Botsford, the daughter of Lynn and Amy Botsford of Springville, married Everett Ratzel, the son of Carol Bridenbaker of Little Valley and Earl Ratzel of Franklinville, on April 12 in The First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Robert Peck officiated the ceremony.
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