In Years Past

  • In 1913, the abolition of town and village boards of health and the substitution of a state system of district sanitary supervision was recommended by the special commission appointed by Gov. Suizer to suggest changes in the public health laws of New York. “The abolition of town and village boards of health and the creation of state district sanitary supervisors,” said the commission, “will not involve additional expense and will substitute trained expert full-time supervision in place of perfunctory, untrained inexpert supervision, which too often exists.”
  • The Journal hereby nominated for membership in the Big Game club, Will Fairbanks, George Chatfield, Charles Haas and Clyde G. Jones. According to the information available, they had been bear hunting for three days and had killed three bears. The three bears consisted of the mother bear and two cubs. They were received at Fairbanks’ meat market Tuesday night, together with the information that the bear hunters mentioned were responsible for their demise. The exact location of the bear hunt was a mystery for no wise hunter had any more disposition to tell where he found his game than had the wise trout fisherman.
  • In 1938, Mark L. Herald of Isabella Avenue in Jamestown, who was injured in a fall down an abandoned elevator shaft at the Arcade building Tuesday night, died at Jamestown General Hospital Thursday evening only a half hour after a $25,000 claim against the city for damages resulting from the fall had been filed with City Clerk Neil C. Olsen. Mr. Herald had been associated with his brothers in operating a local barber shop for many years. He was nearly 42 years old. Herald had been investigating the second floor of the Arcade building with the view of securing additional quarters for the colored Elks lodge when he stepped through an opening into the abandoned shaft and plunged to the basement. The claim against the city was based on the city’s ownership of the structure.
  • Strengthening of New York’s laws against drunken driving was proposed in the legislature in a new move to promote highway safety. Outstanding among six bills sponsored by Republican Senator Thomas C. Desmond, Newburgh, was a measure which would require the motor vehicle commissioner to revoke permanently the license of every person convicted of drunken driving.
  • In 1963, officials of Blackstone Corp., Jamestown, said they hoped to be able to occupy their new Ultrasonic, Inc. plant in Sheffield, Pa., by mid May. Ground-breaking for the plant, a subsidiary of Blackstone, took place the previous afternoon in ceremonies attended by Blackstone officials and Sheffield community leaders. Plant production would be devoted mainly to the manufacture of ultrasonic cleaning devices, a field in which Blackstone began research several years ago. The community had raised $3,000 so far to provide gravel at the building site as part of the project. The goal was $5,000.
  • About 500 persons paid a final tribute the previous afternoon to Fred E. Bigelow, 80, dean of Jamestown area merchants and civic leader, at funeral services in the First Baptist Church. Rev. George H. Tolley, pastor referred to the turnout of civic and business leaders, employees and representatives of the organizations in which he had long been active, as an expression of the loss to the community of a man whose warm personality, fighting spirit and unswerving loyalty to his God and his principles had resulted in a long life and a full one.
  • In 1988, it looked like the measles alert at the State College at Fredonia was well-founded. The college was quarantined for 36 hours two days ago while doctors looked into the illness of a female student. Though blood samples from the student had yet to be returned from the laboratory, two physicians had diagnosed the student’s disease as Rubella, or the nine-day measles. County Health Commissioner Robert Berke extended the college’s quarantine until the blood tests could be returned sometime in the middle of the following week. Although measles infection was not fatal in adults, it was highly contagious.
  • Todd Putman of Mayville held the plastic container which housed the treasure hunt medallion as his partner, Diane Depas of Busti, removed the gold-leafed wooden coin. The two found the treasure in a small park near the corner of Chautauqua and Erie streets in Mayville the previous afternoon. Their find earned them $1,500 to share, which they would receive at the Ice Castle dance this night. It marked the second time Ms. Depas had found the treasure. The festivities would continue through the following day with a parade in Mayville.