In Years Past

In 1913, J.A. Bradley of Buffalo, superintendent of car repairing on the Buffalo division of the Nickel Plate Railroad and Patrick O’Connell of Ripley, a section foreman, were run down by a light engine Saturday night. Bradley was killed. O’Connell had his left foot so badly crushed that amputation might be necessary. Bradley had been called to Ripley on account of a freight wreck on the Nickel Plate. He came from Buffalo on a wrecking train and aided the crew in clearing the line. He and O’Connell then started down the track and a few minutes later a light engine backed down the track in the same direction. The two men failed to hear the engine until it was too late. Mr. Bradley was 55 years old and was survived by a widow and family. He had been with the railroad company for 30 years.

When the great danger of infection from unclean milk was finally demonstrated and made public, the first step was to do away with the old fashioned tin cans and use glass bottles for distribution of milk. These bottles were believed to be the best possible things in which to carry milk. But trouble soon followed. After emptying the milk, many people found it handy to use the bottles for other purposes before returning them. All sorts of things, from acids and kerosene to beer and molasses, were poured into the bottles. The bottles were not being carefully washed by the customers. By the time they got back to the retailer they had dried and were difficult to wash. Now an inventor had designed a milk bottle made of waxed cardboard. The container would be filled by the dealer and never used again. E.A. Pederson of Jamestown had invented these paper milk bottles and expected to get them on the market very soon.

In 1938, compulsory medical examinations for marriage license applicants to determine presence of syphilis was proposed in a bi-partisan sponsored bill before New York’s legislature. The examination would be required not more than 20 days before the application. At the same time, another bi-partisan sponsored measure would require a blood test for every prospective mother to determine existence of the disease. The compulsory medical examination bill was introduced by Republican Senator Thomas C. Desmond, Newburgh, and Assemblyman Charles Breitbart, New York City Democrat.

The switchover from street car to bus transportation in accordance with terms of the new franchise granted the Jamestown Motor Bus Transportation Company would be started Sunday morning, Jan. 16, according to a statement by J.G. Campbell, general manager of the system. The delay in effecting the changeover had been occasioned largely by factors beyond the control of the company. The management had hoped and planned to change from street cars to buses on the most important lines sooner but delay by the public service commission in approving the new equipment had made this impossible.

In 1988, Gov. Mario Cuomo, in a speech certain to be analyzed for hints of presidential ambition, had called on the New York Legislature to create a “Decade of the Child,” raise unemployment benefits and strip crooked public officials of their pensions. “Any of those issues could be made national,” state Assembly Speaker Mel Miller said following the 40-minute State of the State address by fellow Democrat Cuomo to the Legislature. “But it was definitely not a presidential speech, and I think he did it intentionally.”

Local state legislative representatives agreed with the plan Gov. Mario Cuomo voiced in his State of the State address naming the next 10 years the “Decade of the Child,” but questioned where the money would come from. State Sen. Jess J. Present, R-Bemus Point, said the idea of promoting programs for children “is an emotional issue,” but it is also one that usually causes an increase in cost at the local level. “It’s easy to see that many of them (programs) are going to cost a lot of money,” Present said.