In Years Past

In 1913, a reward of $50 had been offered by Mrs. Robert J. White of Jamestown, for the discovery of the body of her son, Louis Hammermiller, who was supposed to have been drowned near Crystal Bend in Chautauqua Lake Sunday morning. No trace of the body had been found yet although searching parties were at work under the direction of Chief of Police Gotts of Celoron.

More men returned to work on the Jamestown Street Railway this morning and the regular day schedule was in force on the entire city system and on the traction line. The company was not operating cars in the evening as there were not enough men to operate them. A group of 25 to 30 men went to the Lake View Rose Gardens on the Lakewood road for the purpose of organizing the men employed there and it was planned to parade downtown. Chief of Police Frank Johnson went to the Rose Gardens and interviewed the leaders of the proposed demonstration. “You cannot have a permit for this parade,” was Chief Johnson’s ultimatum. The leaders assented. There was no disorder of any kind.

In 1938, Jamestown’s semi-annual furniture market closed this day with the 700 attendance mark reached at noon in comparison with a registration of 968 buyers the past spring and 812 last fall. The first 1937 market was in progress for 10 days while the markets last fall and this spring continued for 11 days. In view of reports received from current markets held in Chicago and Grand Rapids, exhibitors at the local market felt that Jamestown had more than held its own in the matter of comparative attendance.

With the flags of the United States and Sweden as an appropriate setting, Ingjald lodge No. 65, Independent Order of Vikings, celebrated its 13th anniversary at its club in the Arcade building, with more than 200 men and women in attendance. The dinner, an elaborate affair, was followed by a program with Oscar C. Nelson presiding and the assemblage being welcomed by Ed Erickson, chief of the lodge. Music was furnished by the Viking trio and the Harmony Singing Society. Dance numbers were presented by Arlene Sodergren, accompanied by Mrs. Louise Kennedy.

In 1963, an initial estimate of damage to grapes, principal crop in Chautauqua County’s lake shore fruit belt, as result of low temperatures overnight, April 30 and May 1, was expected to be compiled by Friday, May 10. A spokesman for Welch Grape Juice Co., Inc., Westfield, the area’s largest processor, said a six to seven man team from the firm currently was making a careful evaluation of the entire belt and hoped to make a report on its findings by late in the week. “There is no question about it. There is damage and it undoubtedly will have a definite effect on overall crop prospects,” he said.

A call for more research and trained personnel in the field of public works was sounded by Paul R. Screvane, president of New York’s City Council. He spoke at a dinner in the Hotel Jamestown of the New York State Chapter, American Public Works Association. “Industry has found in terms of hard cash, well selected research and development programs have paid off handsomely,” he said. “I am convinced that at the municipal level, systematic research and development programs, particularly in public works, is long overdue.” Mr. Screvane said the public works field was not glamorous and lacked the financial appeal found in other fields.

In 1988, Medicare’s fortunes had improved and its trust fund was not likely to run out of cash until the year 2005, while the Social Security old age fund should be solvent until the middle of the 21st century, the systems’ trustees told Congress. The 2005 date was three years later than was forecast a year previously. The trustees, including three Reagan Cabinet members, said Social Security’s old age fund also had achieved robust gains and predicted it “will have enough funds to cover expenditures for about 60 years into the future.” The trustees urged Congress to “take early remedial measures to bring future (Medicare) costs and finance into balance” and to “avoid the need for later, potentially precipitous changes.”

George Carlin had been around for 30 years making record albums, movies and radio and television commercials – mostly making people laugh – and he was coming around again. Carlin would be at the Reg Lenna Civic Center in Jamestown for two performances on Saturday, May 14. Tickets were selling briskly according to Patrick Gibson, director of box office sales.