In Years Past

In 1913, Jamestown City Engineer Clyde G. Jones had made further investigation of the conditions of the Chadakoin River at the boatlanding in regard to the relief of flood conditions and he would doubtless soon report to the persons interested. Jones said that in order to accomplish any tangible results in the way of lowering the water of the outlet and lake, it would be necessary to dredge from the boatlanding bridge to the Erie Railroad bridge and possibly further. And when this dredging was completed it would be necessary to remove the slash boards from the Warner dam. Removing the slash boards without dredging would not help any, he said.

Fifty thousand flaming red posters distributed in some 400 dress and shirt-waist factories in New York City turned nearly 40,000 workers into the ranks of the strikers in the garment making trades, now numbering nearly 300,000. The posters were the official call for a strike among the dress and waist makers who had approved such action by an almost overwhelming vote. All of these employees were girls, some of them under 14 years of age, and their organizations had appointed committees to guard the idle workers against agents of the white slave trade. The first demand of the dress and waist-makers was “No Locked Doors.” They declared that the lesson taught by the Asch building fire in which 147 girls lost their lives, had not been heeded and they were forced to work in unsafe and unsanitary shops.

In 1938, steps to prevent a repetition of the reckless automobiling on the icy surface of Chautauqua Lake which resulted in one fatality and another serious injury the past Sunday, included the assignment of state police to patrol the lake. Local police authorities of Celoron and Lakewood had issued warnings to all motorists to remain off the lake. It was felt that the presence of state police, whose jurisdiction over the ice surface could not be questioned, would strengthen the local decrees. Whether or not the flying of airplanes off the ice would be banned had not been determined.

The Jamestown High School band had done it again. Twelve hundred Jamestowners heard a thrilling performance by the group in the high school auditorium Friday evening in the initial concert of the season. Musical variations from the heavy symphonic numbers to the very light and even “jazzy” type of compositions, were presented by the band under the capable direction of Arthur R. Goranson.

In 1963, Major Lester L. Mahon, 38, of Washington Ave., Dunkirk, was one of five persons killed in the crash of a twin-engine plane at the Barter Island Station of the Distant Early Warning Line in Alaska. One person survived the crash. The six persons, three Air Force officers and three civilians, were aboard a plane chartered from the Wien Alaska Airlines by the Federal Electric Corp. which maintained the DEW Line.

Schools were progressing in all fields and far exceeded earlier schools in regard to subjects taught, buildings and percentage of students graduating. This was the summary of C. Walter Alexis, C.V. Bush School principal, at conclusion of talks by a panel of educators at Tuesday night’s P.T.A. meeting at the school. Taking part in the discussion was Miss Mary Cotter, reading and language arts consultant in the elementary schools of Jamestown. Miss Cotter said the phonetic system still was much in use in teaching reading and, contrary to common belief, the alphabet and use of vowels still were foremost in teaching the elementary child.

In 1988, “Doctors With A Heart” – a relatively new Valentine’s Day charity project – was becoming the talk of medical professionals nationwide, Jamestown included. The charity, aimed at giving free medical care to the poverty-stricken, got its start in 1986 by Cedar Rapids, Iowa dentist Dr. Duane Schmidt. In the 10 hours his office was open that Valentine’s Day, Schmidt doled out $7,000 worth of free dental care to the needy. Since the charity had grabbed the attention of doctors across the country, close to 1,500 of them opened their doors on Valentine’s Day last year and close to 3,000 were expected to do the same in 1988. And one of those was Jamestown optometrist Dr. Neil R. Power, who had again decided to open his Hotel Jamestown office to the needy. Power said he would offer free eye examinations and glasses to those not covered by government programs.

To many taxpayers, the intricacies of property assessments, reassessments, equalization rates and budgets was so much gibberish. Sometimes it must seem easier, if not more productive, just to cross your fingers and hope for the best when opening your tax bill. But the system was not quite as complicated as it seemed. With a little information, the property owner should be able to better understand the yearly ups and downs … well, ups, anyway. “We don’t use a dart board to figure out your tax bill, although it would be a lot more fun,” promised Michael Zenns, assessor for the town of Chautauqua.