In Years Past

  • In 1913, John W. Unsworth, for several years the faithful and efficient secretary of Chautauqua lodge Sons of St. George, had left for England to spend the summer. He was honored in an unusual manner at the regular meeting of the lodge on Friday evening. On behalf of the lodge, Rev. Walter A. Taylor presented him with an elegant umbrella and a leather wallet and Joseph Whitaker presented him with a box of cigars, all three of the gifts being in appreciation of the capable manner in which Mr. Unsworth had performed his duties as secretary.
  • If the parents of any of the Boy Scouts in camp in Allen Park, Jamestown, Friday night, worried about their boys during the storm which swept over the city, it was all unnecessary, for the boys had a splendid time and the storm did not reach them in their tents. Furthermore, they were in charge of men who were competent to handle boys in large numbers and with military discipline enforced from the time that the boys reported at the park, there was no cause for worry on the part of the parents. The boys turned in early and for an hour or two the tents resounded with singing, after which everybody went to sleep in order to get a good rest.
  • In 1938, fishing in Lake Erie had become so poor that the boats in the Dunkirk fishing fleets did not even leave port this day. Fishermen said sturgeon were becoming extinct in the fishing grounds and catches of blue pike had been too small to pay for crews and fuel. On July 1, however, fishermen would set their nets again, hoping for better luck with the pike
  • Mayor Emeritus Samuel A. Carlson of Jamestown, who was a life member of the advisory conference committee of the New York State Conference of Mayors, introduced a resolution before the conference in Elmira calling for the abolition of county government, a unicameral legislature and other legislative and constitutional reforms looking toward a more simplified and less expensive form of government.
  • In 1963, the Buffalo area faced another unemployment crisis with the announcement that the Wickwire Spencer Steel plant on River Road, plagued by recent losses from cheaper foreign competitors, would shut down after 56 years of operation. The plant would close within 90 days. Company officials said there were no bidders at present for the sprawling Town of Tonawanda property along the Niagara River. Wickwire employed about 1,400 persons. Under the company’s pension plan some 80 employees might be eligible for pensions. Joseph P. Molony, New York State director of the United Steel Workers said prospects of finding jobs for the workers was bleak because “this is a depressed labor area.”
  • Mrs. John F. Kennedy’s interest in water skiing was a strong factor in bringing even more popularity to the sport. Water skiing had grown steadily each year during the past decade and about 6,000,000 Americans skied in 1962. The increase for 1963 would be even larger than in the past. Water skiing was more “fashionable” than ever leading more people to try the sport. More celebrities had been pictured skiing in newspapers, magazines and newsreels. Those included Mrs. Kennedy and daughter Caroline, Princess Margaret and a number of the astronauts.
  • In 1988, environmental activists were skeptical that a long awaited treatment of low-level radioactive wastes at a former nuclear fuel plant in Cattaraugus County would prove an effective way to deal with the problem. “There is really no feasible way of dealing with it,” said Carol Mongerson, a member of the Coalition On West Valley Nuclear Waste. “Once solidified we’re still faced with storage problems.” Dean Hoffman, spokesman for West Valley Nuclear Services, a subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Co. said the company activated systems what would be used to treat some 600,000 gallons of liquid nuclear waste stored underground at the plant in West Valley, a rural hamlet about 40 miles south of Buffalo.
  • The buildup of weeds in lower Chautauqua Lake was causing a problem for boaters and could damage their craft in the opinion of people knowledgeable about the matter. The yard foreman at holiday Harbor, Celoron, said of the situation, “As far as weeds are concerned, man, are they coming on strong. It’s getting to be a mess.” He reported that weeds wind up on boat propellers, causing the craft to vibrate. “Then you almost have to jump in the water to clean them off,” the foreman explained.