In Years Past

  • In 1913, not since the past summer, when Baggage Master Beasey on the Salamanca branch of the railroad arrived in town from Olean with a cargo of live rattlers, had anything Train No. 34 brought to town attracted more attention than a pig consigned to W.E. Chelton, from Walnut Bend, said the Oil City Derrick. The porker weighed 250 pounds, was nearly 2 years old, pure white in color and perfect in condition. But these were not the only attractions. The pig had six legs and all were perfectly formed. Current rumor had it that Mr. Chelton paid $25 for the freak and had already refused twice that much for his find. He was planning to go south with it and feature it for exhibition purposes.
  • H.E.V. Porter, president of the Jamestown Business College, had been invited to deliver the address in Lake View Cemetery in connection with the Memorial Day exercises on May 30. He had accepted the invitation which was extended to him by L.L. Hanchett, chairman of the committee of members of James M. Brown Post 285, Grand Army of the Republic. The committee was unanimous in its choice of Porter and every member felt that no better nor more appropriate choice could have been made. The selection of Porter to perform this highly important duty on the Sabbath day of the nation was peculiarly fitting and appropriate as he was not only an orator of unusual talent with a voice that could be heard distinctly for long distances but he was a son of a veteran of the Civil War and had always taken a deep interest in everything pertaining to that contest.
  • In 1938, while heavy weekend rains caused nearby streams to overflow their banks and in some places inundate roads, county highway department officials reported that the only gravel road now under water was that running from Clark’s Corners to Poland Center. Because of the rapid rise of the Stillwater Creek, Spencer Road was closed to traffic and there was water on the main road to Frewsburg, making it necessary for traffic to move slowly through the lakelike conditions. Water was high at Goose Creek and many stretches of lowlands along Chautauqua Lake were covered. Ice on the lake was reported as honeycombed and unsafe in some places as a result of the recent mild weather and rains.
  • That Chautauqua County officials knew or should have known that a prisoner they sought was not in custody when they went to California in December, was alleged by a committee of the Good Government Club in a letter sent to G. Clayton Damon, Gerry, chairman of the district attorney’s expense committee of the county board of supervisors which had deferred action on the audit of the expense account of David L. Brunstrom, county prosecutor. The letter urged that the entire expense bill be rejected on the grounds that the unsuccessful trip, described as a “vacation jaunt,” was not necessary, did not follow the usual procedure and that payment would be an imposition on the taxpayers.
  • In 1963, the possibility of replacing the restaurant in the Jamestown Municipal Airport with a battery of food vending machines was suggested by Mayor William D. Whitehead at a meeting of the Airport Commission in his office. Mayor Whitehead said the machines could dispense a variety of foods and beverages, including soups, sandwiches, hot dishes and desserts. He said he had recently inspected several vending machine installations in industrial plants and public buildings and had been impressed by what he saw.
  • New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, who had failed to stem a rank-and-file revolt in the Legislature would make a new television appeal directly to the people this night in an effort to salvage his plan to raise motor-vehicle registration charges $48 million a year. The program would originate in New York City and be carried on various Upstate stations over the next few days. It would be Rockefeller’s second appeal to voters for support of his fiscal plan. The governor had submitted a record new budget calling for nearly $2.9 billion in spending in the fiscal year beginning April 1. The higher fees were among several steps he proposed to meet a $290 million increase in spending.