In Years Past

  • In 1913, 4 million glistening new nickels, with an Indian head on the face and the figure of a buffalo on the reverse, to replace the time-honored five cent piece with the Goddess of Liberty as its characteristic, were piled in the vaults of the United States treasury to be turned into public circulation later this day. Only once in 25 years could the secretary of the Treasury, without the sanction of Congress, change the design of any coin. President Wilson’s secretary of the treasury would have an opportunity to change the dime, quarter and half-dollar because in 1915 the present design would have been in circulation for a quarter-century.
  • The fate of the babe which was left a little over a week ago on the steps of the Catlin home on English Street in Jamestown, rested entirely in a slight infection which had developed with the little one’s eyes, for Mr. and Mrs. Catlin had finally decided to take the child for adoption if the eyes proved to be all right. The baby was at the Jones General Hospital and would be kept by Overseer of the Poor, Palm, until the eye trouble was settled. That the story of the foundling had a wide reading was evidenced by the fact that nearly 40 applications for the child for adoption had been received by Overseer Palm since the story was printed the previous week.
  • In 1938, the City of Jamestown, Chautauqua Lake steamer, last of the lake fleet, would not be scrapped and sold for junk but was for sale as a going concern according to its owner, Richard D Hiernaux, who informed the Chamber of Commerce officials he would entertain propositions to promote its continued operation. Prior to the meeting it appeared probable that the steamer was headed for the scrap heap, falling victim to an era of speeding automobiles, airplanes and streamlined trains.
  • Oliver Benson, 54, of Silver Creek, was confined to bed but would recover from the effects of carbon monoxide gas poisoning suffered while working on his car. After working for some time in his garage, Benson began to feel ill and managed to reach the door where he collapsed. Mrs. Benson went to the garage to see why he did not come into the house and found him on the floor. With the assistance of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Aud, neighbors and their sons, James and Joseph, Mr. Benson was taken into the house and the work of resuscitation started. Dr. J. Munzesheimer was nearby and arrived within a few minutes after Benson’s plight was discovered.
  • In 1963, civic leader and noted club woman Mrs. Albertus W. Rappole was Jamestown’s Woman of the Year for 1962. The honor was bestowed upon her by the Inter-Club Council at Marvin Community House where a host of Mrs. Rappole’s friends and family had assembled in secret. Announcement was made by Robert S. Koon, managing editor of The Post-Journal, who served as chairman of judges. “When the judges met to make our final decision,” Mr. Koon said, “we were asked to base our selection on the following: the person should have given community services for the year 1962 without remuneration. The community should have been enriched by the services rendered. With this as our basic guide, we chose the wonderful lady nominated by the Jamestown Chapter, National Secretaries Association.”
  • Robert Tanner, Chautauqua County civil defense director, had announced that March 4 was the last day for the purchase of civil defense radios under the matching fund program. Towns, villages and schools that did not have amateur radios to be in communication with the control center in Mayville, could order one on or before March 4. The cost to the town, village or school would be approximately $200 and the federal government would pay the other $200.
  • In 1988, two skiers hung on while horses pulled them during a “skijoring” competition as part of a festival celebrating the recent opening of the Cattaraugus County Bank in Randolph. The sport, in which horses raced while they towed skiers by ropes connected to the saddles, was popular in Scandinavia.
  • There was no known meteorological or historical precedent for the old saying that if March came in like a lion, it would go out like a lamb – or the other way around. At least Meteorologist Joe Pace with the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service said he didn’t know of any. Pace did explain, however, that March generally started out on the windy side with velocities often subsiding toward the end of the month – which could at least lend some credence to the lion/lamb theory. Pace noted he was hoping for a warm spring such as was experienced the previous year.