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Looking backward in the files of the Journal from Jan. 20

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Jan. 17, 1963

The New York Telephone Company’s new proposal for widening toll-free calling for Buffalo and most of Erie County was submitted to the Public Service Commission in Albany on Jan. 15. Telephone users in Gowanda, Java and Springville will pay a slightly increased rate for the expanded service.

Dr. Sheridan Waite has opened a dental office in the Waite Building in Springville. He specializes in X-ray and oral diagnosis, exodontia and oral surgery. His grandfather, Dr. Carlos Waite, and father, Dr. Ralph Waite, both practiced dentistry in Springville.

A boy was born to:
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Call of Springville, Jan. 8.

Girls were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Frank Czesak of Chaffee, Jan. 19; Wayne Hawkins of East Concord, Jan. 11; S/Sgt. Thomas Kazmark, at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, Plattsburgh, Jan. 8, Abby Lynn.

MARRIED
Krezmien – Bates – Susan Elinor Bates, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Stowell Bates of Newman Street, married A1C Thomas Krezmien, United States Air Force, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Krezmien of Central Avenue, at St. Aloysius Church on Saturday, Nov. 24.

FORTY YEARS AGO
Jan. 18, 1973

Dr. Richard Hutchinson, the director of West Virginia Region V Teacher Education Center, will make two guest appearances with the Hilltop Players of West Liberty State College. He was a former history teacher at Springville-Griffith Institute.

Springville-Griffith Institute senior Cynthia Timmell, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Timmel of Collins, was selected as a national finalist in the “make-it-yourself-with-wool” contest, as a result of the Eastern Seaboard competition held in Worcester, Mass. She will represent New York state and six New England states in the finals, which will be held in Washington, D.C. at the end of January.
 
Boys were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Eric Perry of Bliss, Jan. 8; James Herniman of Springville, Jan. 9; Dana Raiber of Sardinia, Jan. 19; Raymond Tartick of East Otto, Jan. 13; Richard Cordz of Java Center, Jan. 14; Harry Beesley of East Aurora, Jan. 14; James Rindfuss of Springville, Jan. 15.

Girls were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Thomas Schmitt of Colden, Jan. 8; Harry Burton of Delevan, Jan. 10; Patrick Heary of Springville, Jan.10; Donald Seefeldt of Springville, Jan.12; Douglas Sherman of Houghton, Jan. 12; Donald Makowski of Delevan, Jan. 13; Harry Hayden of Springville, Jan. 13; Richard Jackson of Ellicottville, Jan. 15.

THIRTY YEARS AGO
Jan. 13, 1983

Lorelei Debo, 18, was the second runner-up in the Greater Buffalo Hemisphere Beauty Pageant Miss Buffalo Division, held in October. She is now eligible to compete for Miss New York State in June. She is a 1982 graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute and is majoring in data processing at the State University of New York at Alfred.

Richard Winar, manager of safety and environment of the West Valley Demonstration Project, has been elected vice president of the American Institute of Professional Geologists for 1983.

The Lady Wildcats of West Valley will meet Elma, the Section CV champion, at a championship game at Erie Community College North. The West Valley team’s overall record is 16 wins and 3 losses.

Boys were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Albert Lazarus of Holland, Dec. 29; Greg Szematowicz of East Aurora, Dec. 29; James Neu of North Collins, Jan. 3.

Girls were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Donald Tharnish of Springville, Dec. 31; Gregory Dziak of Springville, Dec. 31; Richard Wright of South Dayton, Jan. 3.

MARRIED
Lamphear – Hawkins – Laura Hawkins, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hawkins of East Concord, and Thomas Lamphear, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lamphear of Dunkirk, were married Oct. 30 in St. Aloysius Church. The Rev. Charles Smiech performed the ceremony.

TWENTY YEARS AGO
Jan. 14, 1963

Mary Cathrine Bartkowski, a Springville-Griffith Institute High School senior, was selected to participate in the Saratoga Masterwork Singers and Orchestra international tour. Concerts are scheduled for Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Toledo, Cuenca, Cacares and El Escorial, Spain.

The Springville Griffins boys basketball team improved its record to 8 – 1, with recent wins against Cheektowaga and Pioneer.

The West Valley Wildcats pushed their league record to 3 – 1 and their overall record to 5 – 4, with a recent win against Hinsdale.

Boys were born to:
Dr. Gregory and Johnna (nee Wellman) St. Clair of Port Jefferson, N.Y., Dec. 26, Griffin Thomas; Justine Dake of Arcade, Dec. 29, Tyler David.

Girls were born to:
Kevin and Jody Glaser of Bliss, Dec. 28, Bethany Lee; Robert and Laura Clark of Gowanda, Dec. 29, Alexandria Nicol; Kevin and Diana Butcher of South Dayton, Dec. 30, Whitney Leigh; James and Michlle Kruge of Lawtons, Dec. 31, Melissa Jean.

TEN YEARS AGO
Jan. 9. 2003

East Otto will soon have a new, outdoor, sports-oriented business within its borders. The East Otto Planning Board approved John and Jeannie Jennings’ plans for a new archery complex on land the couple recently purchased on Plato Road, near Timber Lake Resort.

Springville wrestler Kellen Feltz won the Spencerport tournament, picked up five wins at the New York/Pennsylvania duals and gathered three more wins at the Niagara County Community College tournament, to put himself behind his older brother in career wins.

A boy was born to:
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin McMahon of Chickamaga, Ga., Dec. 31, at Eastridge Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., Austin James Lawrence. Grandparents are Jim and Betty McMahon of West Valley and great-grandmother is Clara Hanson of West Valley.

A girl was born to:
Bryan and Jenny Wells of West Valley, Dec. 1 , at Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, Sydney. Grandparents are Bob and Kathy Piatko of Collins and Don and Kathy Wells of Springville.
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