In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, officials of the state laboratories at Ithaca, to whom the head of a valuable bulldog belonging to R.D. Ramstack of Olean, was submitted for examination, reported that the dog did have rabies. The dog bit George Thornbury, a milkman, and little Helen Cameron, before it was killed several days previously. This was the fourth rabid dog known to have been at large recently in Olean. Nearly 70 dogs had been put to death since the beginning of the quarantine enforcement. The parents of the little Cameron girl took her to New York for treatment at the Pasteur Institute. Mr. Thornbury and the little son of Charles Weldon of North Olean, who was bitten in the face by the family pet, were receiving the Pasteur treatment, administered by local physicians and as yet had exhibited no symptoms of hydrophobia.

The ladies of the Twentieth Century Club in Clymer were constantly enjoying some social event, quite forgetful of the husbands who were always left at home – but on Saturday evening Mr. and Mrs. C. Abbott remembered the husbands in a way all men enjoyed, by inviting them to partake of a bounteous dinner. Guests spoke in the highest praise of the delicious six-course dinner. The dining room was elaborately decorated with flags and potted plants. The tables were resplendent with red and white carnations and red and white candles. The dainty place cards bore pictures of George Washington and appropriate quotations.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, the C. Ray Smith Marionette Company of Los Angeles, Calif., came to Jamestown to appear in “The Pied Piper of Hamelin and the Continental Revue” Friday at the Jefferson Junior High School, under the auspices of the Parent-Teacher Association. The Pied Piper proved excellent puppet material, one of those happy combinations of entertainment that appealed equally to the children at the afternoon performances and the adults in the evening. The evening cast required more than 100 sculptured puppets, representing a cast of marionette movie stars which had made this company famous. It was perhaps one of the finest marionette companies ever to appear here.

An aged Westfield pedestrian was struck and killed by a car while walking near his home. J.C. Taylor, 63, died in Jamestown General Hospital at 7:30 a.m. this day, 12 hours after being admitted with head injuries received the previous evening near his home, where he was struck by an automobile driven by Richard Elwell, 29, of Salamanca. According to state police, Taylor was walking along the road in the same direction as moving traffic. Authorities who investigated the fatality, reported Elwell, who was driving about 30 miles per hour, attempted to avoid hitting the pedestrian, who was struck by the right rear fender of the car. Following an investigation, Elwell was released. Taylor, who resided on the main road about a mile and a half west of the village, left no near relatives.

50 Years Ago

In 1963, it was just plain ridiculous! Chautauqua County found itself practically frozen solid again on this morning as the mercury for the second day in a row plunged to spectacular lows which ranged from 40 below zero in Blockville to a comparative balmy reading of 13 below in Falconer. The official reading in Jamestown was 20 degrees below zero, for the coldest weather of an already overlong and irritating winter. It was noticeably warmer in the 49th state of Alaska with Juneau, for example, basking in 39 degrees. With spring just 22 days away, the weather man promised only slight relief for this day and tomorrow with the mercury expected to climb bravely up to the 20 degree mark

The girl next door might well be “Miss Jamestown of 1963” or even “Miss America,” Jamestown Junior Chamber of Commerce officials said as they started their search for the city’s most beautiful and talented girl. This girl was being sought for the “Miss Jamestown Pageant” conducted annually by the Jaycees and scheduled for May 27. The winner would receive a scholarship and other awards and would represent Jamestown in the Miss New York State Pageant at Kingston in July. The winner of the state pageant would capture a host of prizes including a $1,000 Pepsi-Cola scholarship and would go on to compete in the Miss America pageant at Atlantic City in September.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, New York Gov. Hugh Carey proposed a state budget of $11.97 billion 10 years ago for the 1978-79 fiscal budget – and it passed. The fact was the budget that year was 40 times greater than the $306.6 million budget 50 years before, in 1928-29. New York’s budget had been growing ever since. And beginning in April of this year, barring any complications from the state Legislature, New York would operate on a $28.42 billion spending plan – that was 92 times larger than the one in 1928 and nearly 2 times greater than the one 10 years ago.

Longer days, a warmer sun and singing birds heralded the approach of spring and also triggered a reaction among the area’s maple syrup producers. It was expected soon to be time for the sap in the sugar maples to begin the journey from the roots to the branches, with part of it intercepted en route and converted to maple syrup. Such had already been done in limited quantities at two sugar bushes checked. Dexter DeGolier of the Hopper Road, Forestville, made about 50 gallons of “real good quality” syrup during an early warm spell, his wife reported. Mrs. Lewis C. Rice of Ellington, said their little sugar bush produced about a dozen gallons during the recent warm spell that saw much of the snow disappear.