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Looking backward in the files of the Journal from April 20

FIFTY YEARS AGO
April 18, 1963

On May 2, voters in the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District will determine whether students in grades nine – 12 will have a full day of school in 1964 – 65.

Nearly 600 children participated in the Junior Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt, held at Springville’s two village parks.

Ross Beetow, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Beetow of Springville, completed recruit basic training on March 15 at the Naval Training Center, located in Great Lakes, Ill.

Edward Byrne, Navy ensign, son of Edward Byrne of Collins, is serving aboard the amphibious assault ship, USS Princeton, which is operating in the Western Pacific.

Robert Delucci, seaman apprentice, United States Navy, of West Valley, returned to the United States, aboard the fleet oiler USS Waccamaw, after spending seven months in the Mediterranean.

Margery Parsons, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Parsons of Springville, is the publicity chairman of Nurse Week, April 22 – 28, sponsored by Area 1, Student Nurses Association of New York state, and District 1, New York State Nurses Association.

Patrick Driscoll, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Driscoll, was awarded a bronze medal, in the Western New York Science Congress. His project was “Spring and Neap Tides.”

Boys were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
William Jones of Freedom, March 5; Thomas Reynolds of Springville, April 6; Frederick Swiatkowski of Glenwood, April 7; Mark Krezmien of Springville, April 8; John Lillie of Lawtons, April 10; Michael Zimbardi of Springville, April 10.

Girls were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Charles Pfeffer of Delevan, April 4; Donald Mack of West Valley, April 4; Leonard Cartwright of East Otto, April 10.

FORTY YEARS AGO
April 19, 1973

Demolition began, on the Academy Street school, which was built in 1908. The first class graduated of 1910.

S-GI students Mark Ballard, Jim Cairns and David Spaulding competed against Niagara-Wheatfield and West Seneca East high schools in the taping of the “It’s Academic” television show, to be shown soon.

Nicholas Kessler, a former Springville resident, is being honored by Canisius High School alumnae, for 39 years of teaching classical language and math.

Boys were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Patrick McLaughlin of Holland, April 10; Charles Krezmien of Springville, April 11; Scott Hood of Gowanda, April 13; Walter Burton of Arcade, April 15; John Hamilton of Hamburg, April 16.

A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Charles Senn of Cattaraugus, April 10.

MARRIED
Wallace – Randon – On April 7, in St. Bernadette’s Roman Catholic Church in Orchard Park, the Rev. Thomas Cary performed the wedding ceremony of Linda Randon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nancy Randon of North Boston, and Joseph Wallace, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wallace of Fultonville, N.Y.

THIRTY YEARS AGO
April 14, 1983

William Rindfuss, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Rindfuss of Springville, has been chosen to receive one of 39 alumni memorial scholarships, to be awarded to Colgate University freshmen, in the fall.

Jim Ackley is playing for the Lake Sumter Junior College in Leesburg, Fla. Ackley was low man for his team on April 4, shooting 74, after a putting lesson from Tim O’Neal.

A boy was born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Harry Humphrey of Perrysburg, April 2.

Girls were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Keith McClain of Salamanca, March 31; Roger Feitshans of Arcade, April 1; Ronald Kenyo of Chaffee, April 1; Theodore Marin of Springville, April 5; Gary Fuller of Springville, April 6, Jessica.

TWENTY YEARS AGO
April 15, 1993

Walters Pharmacy, located at the Concord Medical Center on East Main Street, was sold to the Rite Aid Pharmacy chain on March 30. The sale included a list of prescription customers, the files, the computer and the inventory.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wittmeyer of Boston celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on April 11. Their family and friends will throw them a party at the North Boston Fire Hall on April 18. Wittmeyer and the former Stella Andera of East Concord were married at St. John the Baptist Church in Boston.

Local businessman Mark Steffan has announced his independent candidacy for supervisor of the town of Concord, in the November general election.

A boy was born to: 
Robert and DeAnna Ekroth of Delevan, April 3, Alfred William.

Girls were born to:
Timothy and Kelly Mohawk of Gowanda, March 30, Shaniece Harleigh; Norbert and Lynn Gabel of Springville, April 5, Katelyn Kristine.

TEN YEARS AGO
April 17, 2003

The Springville-Griffith Institute High School Orchestra will perform in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall, prior to that evening’s Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert.

In ongoing talks between parents of special education students and the school board, the entire Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education was served with a legal petition, at the last board meeting, asking the state’s commissioner of education to remove each member from office.

MARRIED
Reehling – Peplinski – The wedding of Megan Suzanne Peplinski and Kevin Frederick Reehling took place in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, in Douglas, Mich., on Oct. 19. The Rev. Ron Turcich officiated.
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