In Years Past

  • In 1913, the boiler of the steamer City of Buffalo of the Chautauqua Steamboat Company sprang a leak late the previous afternoon. The boat was tied up at the Bemus Point dock until late in the evening when the City of Cleveland attempted to tow her down to Jamestown. At a point near the first bend in the outlet the Buffalo went aground and after several ineffectual attempts to pull her off, the Cleveland went on down to Jamestown where she discharged her passengers and then returned and finally succeeded in bringing the disabled steamer to the boat landing.
  • An unusual attraction in the baseball line was scheduled for the cricket ground the following Saturday afternoon, when the team representing the Art Metal Construction Company would play Chief Logan’s club of Seneca Indians from the Cattaraugus Indian reservation. This Indian aggregation had the distinction of going so far this season without a defeat. The game would be called at 3 p.m. sharp, so that the visitors might make the 5:40 p.m. Buffalo train over the Erie for home. The Art Metal team was composed of some of the best players in the City of Jamestown baseball league, which was disbanded a few weeks ago.
  • In 1938, widows were asked to bring a picnic basket for two. It was the widows’ and widowers’ second field day and picnic at Owasco Park bordering Owasco Lake, near Auburn, an affair intended to bring cheer to lonely hearts. Mary J. Trickey of North Cohocton, self-styled “fairy godmother” to lonely widows and widowers, had completed arrangements for the second outing, inspired by the success of an earlier affair held at Leon Lake in June. Two hundred were expected at the first outing but 500 actually attended. Trickey asserted that “nearly all” of the 500 who attended the first party sent letters urging that another be held.
  • The condition of Bertha Upton of Buffalo, who suffered a fracture of the neck in an automobile accident near Vukote Thursday night, was reported considerably improved at WCA Hospital on this afternoon. Hospital officials still used the word “fair” in describing the woman’s condition, however. Joseph A. Hens, 40, Buffalo city fireman, who was driving the accident car, pleaded not guilty to a charge of reckless driving when arraigned before Justice of the Peace Merrills E. Trask at Lakewood. A charge of drunken driving against Hens was withdrawn before the arraignment.
  • In 1963, seven teenagers in a shiny 1963 bucket-seated convertible with the top down, rapidly spun the wheel of Fortune on a down-grade on Route 2 at Allegany State Park the previous evening and six of them came out winners, but the seventh had yet to have her odds determined. About 7 p.m., five members of a Kenmore High School sorority on their second day in the park were hiking along the road. A car stopped and they were offered a lift by Charles Bartlett, 19, of Cheektowaga who was accompanied by a friend. The five girls accepted and happily piled in. Soon they were driving down the road at speeds ranging as high as 110 miles per hour. The driver took a curve too fast and drove off the road and traveled along the road shoulder and in the ditch an estimated 341 feet. The car finally nosed into a culvert and smashed against a tree. Most of the injuries were minor. Most seriously hurt was 15-year-old Linda Stallman of Kenmore who had broken ribs and possible internal bleeding.
  • Members of the Lakewood Village Board of Trustees, upset by repeated delays in the rezoning of Fairmount Avenue to promote commercial development, had called a special meeting for this night with a Buffalo planning engineer employed as a consultant to the Village Planning Board. The Trustees had received a communication from the Zoning Board of Appeals rejecting the Planning Board’s latest plan for redesignation of Fairmount Avenue. It had been proposed that certain residential areas be rezoned for commercial development.
  • In 1988, Jeffrey Benjamin Froke of Trabuco Canyon, California had been appointed president of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History. He would assume the presidency in September. A doctoral candidate at the University of California at Los Angeles, Froke earned a bachelor of science degree in natural resources conservation and a master of science in wildlife biology and management, both from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. He also had studied the integration of wildlife conservation and economic development at Harvard University.
  • A mailing of Chautauqua County’s smoking regulations law to restaurants throughout the county was expected to be made Aug. 29, according to Robert Lincoln of the county Health Department, who was in charge of enforcing the program. He said the agency had been awaiting the printed material, with 5,000 copies of the local law arriving the previous morning. The regulations were adopted in late May and went into effect Aug. 25 for eating places.