In Years Past

In 1913, the summoning of the 13th Separate Company, which was Co. E of the 65th regiment, to strike duty in Buffalo, would enlist local attention in the disorder prevalent in the Bison city, because of the strike of street railway men, in a much greater degree than heretofore. The important news of the previous day was that the entire Fourth brigade of the national guard had been ordered out. This included the 65th and 74th regiments of Buffalo, three companies in Rochester and companies in Geneva, Olean, Hornell, Elmira, Syracuse, Oswego, Niagara Fall, Medina and Auburn.

One of the series of “At Home” parties being held under the auspices of the Young Ladies’ Sodality of SS. Peter & Paul’s Roman Catholic Church was held in the K. of C. rooms in the Parochial School building Tuesday evening and the affair was a pleasant one in every detail. About 85 members were in attendance. Supper was served at 6:30 o’clock and the remainder of the evening was spent in informal sociability during which Victrola selections were enjoyed. The rooms were very prettily decorated.

In 1938, when the new telephone books were out about the first of May, it was expected that the telephone numbers of the subscribers to the Mayville exchange would all be changed. The local exchange was not installing the dial system but the numbers were to be similar to the numbers used by that system. Subscribers would have to call central but those on party lines would not hear a ring every time another party on the line was called. In calling another party on the same line it would be necessary to call central and hang up the receiver and wait a moment for central to call the party. Manager George Dinsbler had about 70 of the subscribers’ bell boxes changed and was aiming to have them all done by May 1.

Agents of the Buffalo office of the federal alcohol tax unit squad under Chief Investigator Martin O. Hanson, late Friday afternoon raided four private homes in Olean and reported seizing several stills and equipment. Four persons, two to them women, were arrested and brought to Jamestown for arraignment before Commissioner Edward R. Bootey.

In 1963, Gregory Peck, a four-time loser in the Oscar finals, and Anne Bancroft, an actress Hollywood once ignored, were winners of the movies’ best actor and best actress awards for 1962. “Lawrence of Arabia” was named the year’s best film at the 35th annual Academy Awards ceremony. Grandfather, Ed Begley and a teenager, Patty Duke, won best supporting actor and actress honors. Miss Duke, played the child Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker.” Peck won for his role as a small-town Southern lawyer in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Bancroft won for her role as Anne Sullivan, the teacher of Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker.”

An effort by a local group of men to take over former Celoron Park with the aid of the village board for development into a recreation center and sale of lots for lakefront homes was abandoned when the board was advised it could not go into the real estate business and compete with private enterprise.

In 1988, area hospitals cited decreasing nursing school enrollment as one of the leading factors in the current nursing shortage. According to a recent issue of Nursing and Health Care magazine, national nursing school enrollment fell to 218,085 in 1985 from 251,000 in 1983. Enrollment was down 5 percent in 1984. It continued to decline by 9 percent in 1986 and 15 percent in 1987. The magazine said that by the year 2000 the nation would be short a half-million nurses. Locally, area hospitals hadn’t been hit as hard, so health care hadn’t been affected, hospital officials said.

A bus which would make rural stops in Chautauqua County, much like the stops made by the former Erie Railroad’s “milk train,” would bring access to passenger rail service. The new bus service to Jamestown, Dunkirk and Fredonia would provide the Southern Tier with a direct link to rail service in Buffalo. It was expected to begin May 15.