In Years Past

  • In 1913, the local YWCA was planning other things beside the financial campaign, although, of course, the campaign would take first place for the next two weeks and, in fact, the “other things” were partly dependent upon the success of the campaign. But the summer vacation time had to be planned and it would help splendidly if young women who had enjoyed the vacation home provided by the association together with those who expected to do so this season, would not only register very early but feel free to offer any suggestion which would help make the summer home an entire success. Some day the association hoped to have a permanent abiding place somewhere around the lake but until that happy time, the location varied with the rents, convenience of travel and financial resources.
  • Ernest Ciano, aged about 4 years, whose home was at 516 Allen St., fell into the Chadakoin River about 9 o’clock the previous morning and but for the prompt work of rescue on the part of Robert Varing, an employee of the Weber-Knapp Company, he would have drowned. The little chap fell in above the Weber-Knapp factory while playing with other children and floated down past the factory, being pulled out by Varing. The city ambulance was called and the child rushed to the WCA Hospital where he was resuscitated. At noon, though the child was out of danger, he was still somewhat cyanotic therefore it would be necessary to keep him quiet for some time. The child’s mother, who was French, worked in a mill and had left the child with a neighbor.
  • In 1938, opening of the fishing season in Allegany State Park brought warning from Chief Ranger Oscar Lindberg that there still was considerable danger of forest fires and care should be exercised by everyone going into the woods. A planting of 2,000 black ash trees made the past week by Indian boys of a newly formed 4-H club on the Allegany Indian reservation was threatened for a time by fire which burned over about 50 acres of brushland Sunday but which was put out before it reached the new plantings. This fire, blamed on a spark from a train, caused negligible damage, the land having nothing on it but brush.
  • Proposals to legalize gambling in New York state by constitutional amendment brought scores of protests to convention delegates mostly from clergymen on grounds that it would “impoverish the common people” and “weaken the moral fibre.” Supreme Court Justice Harry E. Lewis of Brooklyn, chairman of the bill of rights committee to which the proposed constitutional amendments were referred, asserted letters from citizens opposing the measures outnumbered those in favor by more than three to one.
  • In 1963, two brothers and three of their grandchildren were drowned Friday night when their small flat-bottomed boat capsized in Mud Lake, about 12 miles east of Oswego. The victims were identified as Arthur Hotaling, 57, Archie Hotaling, 51, and their grandchildren, Larry Woodruff, 5, Lannie Woodruff, 10 and Robert Myers, 11. All were residents of Fulton, a small community near Oswego. Oswego County Sheriff Raymond Cotton said the group apparently was fishing when the homemade wooden boat overturned. No lifejackets were aboard the boat.
  • Burglary of the Lakewood Sport Shop the previous Aug. 23, loot from which included eight pistols, two rifles and a large quantity of ammunition, was reported solved early this day with the arrest of an 18-year-old Celoron youth by officers of the State Police, Falconer. The loot, including 7,500 rounds of assorted ammunition, totaled $954.91 in value. The youth waived examination and was ordered held for the Chautauqua County Grand Jury on a charge of unlawful possession of firearms. A .38 caliber revolver, found in the lad’s possession at the time of his arrest, was identified by serial number as one of the weapons taken in the burglary.
  • In 1988, higher speed limits on rural interstate highways were having no discernible effect on traffic fatalities, probably due to stricter enforcement, Transportation Secretary Jim Burnley said. “A 55 mph limit that is not enforced can be more of a problem than a 65 mph limit that is enforced,” Burnley said after a speech to the Society of Automotive Engineers. A law enacted the past year over President Reagan’s veto allowed states to raise the speed limit to 65 mph on rural stretches of interstate highways, 10 mph faster than the national 55 mph speed limit enacted in 1974 as an energy conversation measure.
  • Jamestown General Hospital was on shaky financial ground as the hospital apparently would have to absorb a $2 million loss for 1987. According to Mayor Steven B. Carlson, “It’s been losing money since 1982.” Carlson said he blamed unfair federal and state reimbursement rates for the losses. He said the rates made it difficult for small hospitals to turn a profit.