In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, William Bock, foremen of the Sherman plant of the Mohawk Condensed Milk Co, was badly scalded while at work in the plant. He was brought to Dr. Waterhouse’s office for treatment but taken home where he lay in critical condition. Bock was cleaning out the engine room using a hose to flush the floor with hot water. In some way the hose became disconnected and the stream of boiling water and steam deluged Bock’s legs, scalding both limbs so that there were over 100 blisters when the clothing was removed. The injury was exceedingly painful but unless serious complications ensued, he would recover in a few weeks.

Katherine Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James G. Smith of East Second Street, Jamestown, died at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. W.L. Roberts, of Corry, Pa., at 1 a.m., aged 4 years, 1 month and 27 days. Besides her parents, she was survived by one sister, Dorothy. The little girl was taken ill while on a visit to the home of her grandmother and pneumonia developed about two weeks previously. On Sunday, her mother was called to Corry owning to the serious condition of the child. In spite of everything that could be done, the little life could not be saved. It was a sad blow to Mr. and Mrs. Smith and their many friends.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, compulsory medical examinations for marriage license applicants to determine presence of syphilis was proposed in a bipartisan 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 bipartisan 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 Sen. Thomas C. Desmond, Newburgh, and Assemblyman Charles Breitbart, New York City Democrat.

The switchover from streetcar to bus transportation in accordance with terms of the new franchise granted the Jamestown Motor Bus Transportation Company would be started Sunday, 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 streetcars to buses on the most important lines sooner but delay by the public service commission in approving the new equipment had made this impossible.

50 Years Ago

In 1963, a Silver Creek woman and her 4-year-old son died as the result of a two-car accident which occurred early Sunday evening on a bridge at Bal Harbor, north of Miami, Fla. Dead were Mrs. James J. Amico and her son, Richard. They, along with Mr. Amico and another son, Vincent, 8, had been visiting in Florida with Mr. Amico’s sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Welch. Details of the tragedy were not known but it was reported by Silver Creek Police that Mrs. Amico died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. The boy, Vincent, was reported in critical condition and Mr. Amico was in a state of deep shock. Two other children survived, Darlene, 19, of Silver Creek and Mrs. Linda Balzer, of Dunkirk.

A rising tide of South Vietnamese casualties indicated that the long guerrilla war had entered a new phase of large-scale engagements. The fighting was fiercer than at any time since the Indochina war ended in 1954. In five days, South Vietnam government forces had suffered 122 killed in three battles. Vietcong casualties were believed heavy. The government reported a success this day in “Operation Waves of Love” – the capture of four Vietcong women’s units and a radio transmitter in the southern province of An Xuyen.

25 Years Ago

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.