Henry K. "Mike" Williams IV was named publisher of the OBSERVER and president of the Dunkirk Printing Company at the firm's annual meeting of stockholders. He is the fifth generation of the Williams family to serve as publisher of the OBSERVER. The newspaper was founded by Julian T. Williams in 1882. Mr. Williams first started working at the OBSERVER as a reporter in 1976. He later held other posts, including news wire editor, editorial page editor, general manager and editor.
Thirty years ago - 1982
The Dunkirk Recreation Commission has decided to limit all city league softball team participation to persons over 18 years of age. Director Robert Patterson favors the age limit because the present system results in 16 and 17 year olds competing with much older adult players. "It forces them into social habits such as drinking," he pointed out. "As the leagues have grown, there have been more late-night games and more drinking before, during and after games."
Forty years ago - 1972
The newly-organized Chautauqua County YMCA Swim Team is hosting a team from Warren, Pa., today at a practice meet at the Fredonia High School pool.
Fifty years ago - 1962
The Schnitzelbank Restaurant on Route 39, three miles east of Route 20, was partially damaged when fire was discovered in the front portion of the building. John Koch is the owner.