In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, the interest which had developed among kindhearted people willing and even anxious to provide a home for the foundling left a week ago on the steps of the Guy D. Catlin home on English Street, had caused Miss Amy Pryor Tapping, the county agent for dependent children, to ask The Journal to print the stories of several other little ones for whom she was anxious to find homes. None of the little ones could claim credit for being brought to public attention in quite as sensational a manner as the child left at the Catlin home, but all were very attractive children and all deserved equally good homes as this little one would get with the Catlin family which had finally decided to adopt the child.

In a basketball game in which there was very little basketball and an unusually large amount of roughhousing, the Myob Athletic Club team of Jamestown met defeat at the hands of the Chamberlain Military Institute five at Randolph Saturday evening by the score of 27-14. The locals were sadly handicapped by the peculiar arrangements of the baskets, which made it impossible to bank the ball into the nets, it being necessary to shoot each basket clean. Girard, the center of the military lads proved a star at this mode of shooting and caged nine goals from the field.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, it was indicated that the Senate would confirm the nomination of Robert H. Jackson of Jamestown as solicitor general of the United States this day by an overwhelming majority. Sen. Warren Austin, Vermont Republican, was expected to continue the attack he started the previous day in a 40-minute speech and Sen. William H. King, Utah Democrat, might follow with an attack upon Jackson’s attitude toward big business and monopoly. While her husband’s nomination was being debated in the Senate, Mrs. Jackson sat in the gallery, an interested listener, dressed in black.

Benjamin Simeon Dean, a nationally known authority on the constitution of the United States, constitutional lawyer, writer and former newspaper publisher, died at the WCA Hospital the previous afternoon at 4 p.m. at the age of 77 years. Death resulted from a fall at his home on East Eighth Street four days ago in which he sustained a fracture of the right hip. Up to the time of the accident, he had attended to his practice although in failing health for many months. Dean was a native of the town of Randolph where his birth occurred May 10, 1860. Dean had always taken an active part in public affairs of Jamestown and was keenly interested in political affairs.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, a community college president who spent nearly two weeks in Nicaragua in January said the biggest problem that country faced was its poor economy. And, on the eve of a vote in Congress on whether to send humanitarian aid to the Contra rebels in Nicaragua, Donald Hangen, president of Corning Community College and one of eight college presidents who accompanied U.S. Rep. Amory Houghton Jr., R-Corning, to Nicaragua, said regardless of whether aid was sent, it was not going to do much to end the war or solve that nation’s problems. “A vote for aid or not for aid is not going to make that war go away,” Hangen said.

By the end of March, Jamestown should have the final decision on a proposed $3.6 million mental health complex at Jamestown General Hospital and a competing psychiatric and alcohol rehabilitation project at WCA Hospital. But in the meantime, the hospitals wouldn’t be allowed to appeal a local health planning agency’s recommendation which rejected Jamestown General’s plan to build the Institute of Behavioral Medicine. The Health Systems Agency of Western New York had instead called for splitting mental health services between the hospitals, mainly because of cost concerns.