In Years Past

In 1913, dissolution of the so-called Eastman Kodak trust was asked in a civil anti-trust suit filed in Buffalo by order of Attorney General McReynolds. The federal government sought the dissolution, by receivership if necessary, of the Eastman Kodak Company of New York, who were charged with monopolizing trade in photographic supplies, in violation of the Sherman law. The government aimed to obtain a division of the assets and business of the two companies, the other being Eastman Kodak of New Jersey, controlling 72 percent of the business in the United States, into such parts as would effectually destroy the alleged monopoly and restore full and free competition.

Through the efforts of the Hornell police it was learned from the Meadville, Pa. authorities that Helen Curry, the 14 year old high school girl who mysteriously disappeared from her home in Hornell the past Thursday, was in Meadville, having arrived on Friday. The girl’s father left shortly after midnight for Meadville and had little trouble in locating his daughter, who at first declined to accompany him home, as she was determined to work in a factory in the Pennsylvania city. A telephone message received the previous afternoon from the father stated that he would arrive in Hornell accompanied by his daughter this night. Who furnished the girl with money with which to pay her fare to Meadville was not known. Miss Curry had but 75 cents at the time of her disappearance.

In 1938, a short circuit in an automobile motor called out all of the fire apparatus in Jamestown, including the No. 1 company’s big aerial truck, at 12:16 o’clock this day. The automobile, which was owned by Warner Dahlbeck, 212 Forest Avenue, and which was being driven by his son, Richard, was being filled with gasoline at Foote Avenue and Harrison Street when the short circuit was noticed. Instead of telephoning in an alarm, Dahlbeck pulled Box 53. Inasmuch as the box was located in a commercial and factory district, all companies responded.

The Boy Scouts of Chandlers Valley and Sugar Grove met in Miller’s woods with Scoutmaster Otto Carlson assisted by Rev. Mr. Brainard and Dr. Smith in charge. The local scouts, both boys and girls, had been placing labels on the trees under supervision of Mrs. A. A. Grant and Mrs. R. S. Cumming. These trees comprised the first nursery in Pennsylvania and they were set out in 1860 by Frank Miller, father of H. Y. Miller, the present owner of the land. A recent visitor from the state of Washington stated he believed these woods contained the finest group of varied specimens of trees in the United States. Sixty five trees had been labeled. Mr. Miller granted the privilege of visiting the woods to those interested, asking only that care was taken not to damage these rare trees.

In 1988, graduation time was approaching and many area schools were having alcohol-free graduation parties to help stop drinking and driving. Law officials said parents who served alcohol to minors at their graduation parties could be sent to jail and held liable in case of an accident. Mrs. Jacqualyn Catlin, chairwoman of the Southwestern Central School after-graduation party committee, said, “We are trying to add a safety feature this year. The kids will change their clothes right after graduation and then load the buses enroute to the party site.” The party site was a secret to the students, so she did not want to say where.

Chautauqua County Executive John A. Glenzer expected a recommendation as to who would be employed to bring the Unigard building in Jamestown into code compliance. A scaled down financing program in connection with the purchase and renovation of the structure for conversion to a county office building had been approved by the County Legislature. Glenzer related that as soon as the county owned it, it was proposed to move Department of Social Services employees into the building and as soon as possible to move other county employees onto its third floor.