In Years Past

In 1913, the Chautauqua County Fair closed Friday night after a very successful four-day exhibition. The weather indications of the early hours on Friday resulted in cutting down the attendance of the day somewhat in spite of the very pleasant day which followed. The coolness of the afternoon and the thorough wetting down of the track, with just enough rain to pack the surface without making it muddy, resulted the finest and fastest horse races of the week.

Warner’s Dam, just at the present time, was one of the greatest menaces to the public health in the city of Jamestown and the board of health should lose no time in remedying a condition of affairs which was hourly becoming worse. The dam was closed, or practically closed, with only a small stream running through it at one end and among the debris which had floated down stream and lodged at this point were thousands of dead fish of all kinds and sizes. These dead fish lay rotting in the hot sun and the stench was so strong the previous morning that employees of the lounge company of Shearman Brothers, near the dam, found it difficult to remain at their work. A complaint was made to the board of health.

In 1938, the body of Daniel C. Dodge, 21-year-old heir to the Dodge motor millions, was recovered from the stormy waters of Georgian Bay in Ontario this day by two searchers attracted to the spot by screaming seagulls. The body was found a half mile from the spot where young Dodge fell or jumped from a speedboat three weeks ago after he had sustained grave injuries in an accidental dynamite explosion. The explosion occurred at Dodge’s summer cottage at Maple Point, Kagawong. Dodge had disappeared into the water as he was being taken to the hospital. His bride of two weeks, the former Ann Laurine MacDonald and one of Dodge’s camp employees, Lloyd Bryant, also were injured in the explosion but both had recovered.

When the highway committee of Jamestown gathered at City Hall the following night to confer with other members of council and Mayor Harry C. Erickson regarding the need for a PWA project to enlarge and renovate the city sewage disposal plant, Mayor Erickson would take advantage of the gathering to conduct a city stewardship discussion. The mayor proposed to ask the Gas Committee what it had done toward securing an adequate source of natural gas which would justify the city in establishing a municipal gas plant. “This thing has been hanging fire long enough,” said the Mayor. “It is about time something is definitely done or the proposal should be dropped.”

In 1963, the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad had permission from the Interstate Commerce Commission to discontinue five of its trains operating between points in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The commission said that the railroad’s financial condition “is such that it dictates that economies in operation be affected where practicable.” The trains to be discontinued were No. 40 between Elmira and Binghamton; No. 41, between Denville, N.J. and Scranton, Pa.; No. 43 between Binghamton and Elmira; No. 25, between Port Jervis and Binghamton and No. 26 between Binghamton and Hoboken.

Harriet Naomi Power celebrated her Bas Mitzvah at Sabbath Evening Services on Aug. 30 at Temple Hesed Abraham, 215 Hall Ave., Jamestown. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton N. Power of Baker Street Extension. It was the first Bas Mitzvah in the history of the Temple. The ceremony was previously observed only by boys coming of age into the Jewish faith, known as Bar Mitzvahs. Ushers were Neil R. Power, Gary Haber, Raymond Greene and Joel Greene. Following the services a reception was held in the Temple’s Social Hall.

In 1988, a study released this day challenged the notion that America would be able to replace millions of jobs lost in fading smokestack industries with new jobs in emerging high-technology fields. The Council on Competitiveness said the United States had lost its once-commanding lead in many high tech industries. It said that only a concerted effort by government, industry and the nation’s schools could reverse the trend.

Gov. Mario Cuomo had seen fit to make New York the last state in the nation to allow over-the-counter sales of non-prescription magnifying eyeglasses. In addition to approving the eyeglass bill, Cuomo also signed a number of other health-related bills into law, including a measure to require health insurance coverage for mammogram breast cancer tests and to establish home-based treatment programs for AIDS patients. Lobbying on the eyeglass bill had been intense in the state Legislature, where consumer groups and eyeglass manufacturers pushed for its approval and some state optometrists and opticians advocated its defeat.