In Years Past

  • In 1913, James P. Whiskeman, of the New York state factory investigating commission, gave out the following as to his findings in the Binghamton Clothing Company factory fire: “All the accounts indicate that the flames spread with considerable rapidity and in a very short time the entire building was one mass of flames. This was undoubtedly due to the open stairwells and to other vertical openings by means of which flames were communicated from one floor to another.”
  • The state department of agriculture was about to extend the rabies quarantine in Chautauqua County to the towns of Poland and Carroll and it would in all probability be established throughout the entire county before long, as conditions were gradually getting worse instead of better, due partly to the failure of the owners of dogs who persisted in violating the law. C.J. Standart of Buffalo, a representative of the department, was in Jamestown this day and he said that the attitude of many dog owners toward the quarantine order was making it a difficult matter to stamp out the outbreak of rabies in this end of the state. “Many of these dog owners are skeptical,” said Mr. Standart, “and ridicule the idea that there is really such a thing as rabies.”
  • In 1938, spectators at the Jamestown Speedway auto races on the Stockton-Kimball Stand Road witnessed a gruesome accident when George Grunenwald, 33, of Buffalo, skidded through a fence in the speedster he was piloting. He was dead when admitted to Jamestown General Hospital half an hour after the crash. Apparently losing control of his car, Grunenwald crashed into a fence, tearing out six heavy posts bound together by a heavy cable. Grunenwald’s injuries were caused by two of the fence posts hitting him in the head and in the face.
  • A fire which caused considerable damage to the Culver General Store in Panama early in the morning endangered the business section of the village. The living apartments of Claybourne C. Culver, owner of the store, were directly above the store which was about the center of the business block on the north side of Main Street. Mr. Culver had been asleep and was awakened shortly after midnight by an automobile horn. He arose to find the room filled with smoke. With Mrs. Culver, he made a hasty retreat and called the Panama Fire Department. The fire had started in the cellar of the building. In one corner of the building the post office was located but no flames reached that room.
  • In 1963, a stepped-up schedule of pollution tests at Jamestown’s Burtis Bay bathing beach was announced at noon this day following a meeting between Municipal Laboratory officials and Dr. Lyle Franzen, New York state district health officer. At the same time laboratory officials stoutly defended their positions in the controversy that had developed after the beach was shut down on July 12 when test showed a dangerously high pollution count. Jamestown Supervisor Daniel F. Lincoln had asked for a committee of “capable and angry individuals” to rid Burtis Bay of pollution.
  • The Fenton Historical Society was nearing the 150 mark in membership, according to reports at an executive and trustees meeting at the home of Bert L. Hough, Falconer. “We would like to set a goal of 1,000 or more members,” Mrs. Calvin C. Torrance, society president, said. The society was inviting Mrs. Mary J. Beck of Lancaster to be a guest at an open house in September. Mrs. Beck gave the society a Georgi grand piano manufactured in Jamestown 100 years ago.
  • In 1988, Michael Dukakis’ chief political strategists in New York said they would stress economic and social issues and attack George Bush’s credentials for the White House in an effort to draw key “swing” votes in the Empire State to the Democrats’ newly anointed presidential candidate. Top Democrats were optimistic during the unusually harmonious Democratic National Convention in no small measure because Democrats would not have to face a Republican ticket headed by Ronald Reagan for the first time in a dozen years.
  • Soon, every student in New York state would be a number. But rather than invoke fears of Big Brother, the state Education Department said it was trying to make it easier to keep track of individual pupils. Within about a year, the state Education Department hoped to have assigned a standardized number to each of New York’s more than 2.5 million students.

The number would then be plugged into a new $45 million statewide computer network that would link the state Education Department in Albany with each of the 735 school districts across the state.