In Years Past

In 1913, the Rev. Christopher Schiesl, one of the oldest and most widely known priests of the order of Passionists, was drowned about 6 p.m. the previous evening while bathing on the north side of the Beacon pier at Point Gratiot. The body had not been recovered. Father Christopher and the Rev. Oswin McGibbon, of St. Mary’s Church in Dunkirk, were bathing together near the point. The lake was rough and there was a strong back wash. Father Oswin had climbed to the pier when he discovered that Father Christopher, who was a poor swimmer, was in distress. Father Oswin went to the aid of his brother priest but the back wash was too strong and he became exhausted. The hold he had on Father Christopher was broken and the latter was swept away and disappeared beneath the surface.

Plans for the celebration of Labor Day in Jamestown on Monday were practically complete and indications pointed to one of the best local celebrations of the day in many years. The day’s program as usual would be under the direction of the Central Labor Council with which the various unions were affiliated. Of course, the success of the day would depend in a large measure on the condition of the weather. The parade would be the principal feature of the day as usual and would form at 10 a.m. and pass over the principal streets of the city as noted elsewhere. A pleasing feature of the parade would be the floats to be prepared by several of the local unions.

In 1938, a large merchandise truck lay in Lake Erie at the bottom of a 40-foot cliff near Dunkirk this day. Frank and Joseph Kuzma, Cleveland, Ohio-based truck drivers, reported to police their heavy vehicle became unmanageable late the previous night and swerved from the highway. They jumped, they said, and the truck ran down an incline, through gardens and an orchard and went over the cliff and into the Lake.

At the meeting of the board of education with Chairman L.S. Rossiter presiding, the plans and specifications prepared by Raymond A. Freeburg, architect, of Jamestown, for the proposed new centralized school building in Brocton, were accepted. Mr. Freeburg submitted the plans some time ago and by them the Federal grant of approximately $180,000 was obtained. It was expected that operations on the building would commence by Oct. 1 and if possible, would be ready for pupils the latter part of 1939.

In 1963, residents of Sunset Bay had started circulating a petition calling for federal help to prevent a recurrence of a disastrous flood, which the past March 17, caused heavy damage in the area. About 750 families had permanent and summer homes in the town of Hanover community where the Cattaraugus Creek flowed into Lake Erie. It was hoped eventually that a federal engineer could make a complete study and recommend steps for a permanent solution to flood ills.

Business leaders and city officials were jubilant with their success in attracting another new industry to Salamanca, the second in less than a month, and joined together with the officials of the new Palmer Bakery Inc. in a welcoming get-together at the plant the past evening. The new company, which had purchased the former milk processing plant, later the Gordon Baking Co. on Summit Street, would manufacture and distribute hand-cut cookies in four different varieties under the brand name of Palmer’s Hand-Cut Cookies.

In 1988, current scientists had suggested that future archaeologist unearthing American cities might well designate the present era as the plastic civilization. The matter was one of some concern nationally and a the local level. Among the major contributors locally were supermarkets using plastic carry-out bags to accommodate customer purchases. Many of the bags ended up at Chautauqua County’s town of Ellery landfill where their light weight could cause them to become airborne and attach themselves to fences, trees and bushes throughout the area before they could be buried. Some area supermarkets were making a conscious move away from plastic bags and other containers to help lessen the problem locally.

Mandatory recycling was the alternative Pennsylvania legislators chose to replace a twice-proposed and twice-defeated beverage container deposit law. “As far as a so-called Bottle Bill, I don’t see anything in the immediate future because now that we have this recycling law in effect, I think people are going to wait and see how much glass gets recycled under this program,” state Rep. Curt Bowley, D-Sheffield, said. Bowley was the main sponsor of a beverage container deposit law in 1986 which gained him the title “Bottle Bill Bowley.”