In Years Past

In 1913, Supreme Court Justice Hasbrouck decided that New York Gov. Sulzer was regularly impeached and while awaiting impeachment was divested of the right to exercise his executive function, including the power to pardon. The question of the legality of Sulzer’s impeachment came before Justice Hasbrouck in connection with habeas corpus proceedings brought to compel the New York state authorities to accept Sulzer’s pardon of Joseph A Robin, the banker convict. He decided that Robin’s pardon was invalid, quashed the writ and sent Robin back to prison at Blackwell’s Island.

This day was the 85th birthday of John Thomas, who was recognized as the oldest Civil War veteran residing in Jamestown and the occasion would be remembered this night at 6 p.m. with a dinner party given by his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Merlin A. Bliss at their home, 47 Falconer St. It would be a small affair with a few relatives only in attendance but would be none the less pleasant. Thomas was a remarkably well-preserved man, particularly when it was remembered that he served through the Civil War and was exposed to all the dangers and discomforts of the time. He took a great interest in public affairs and had a keen pride in his own part in helping preserve the nation.

In 1938, Chautauqua County’s fair closed the previous night after a full evening program. With the exception of Wednesday, the weather had been clear and fair. Friday, though cool when breezes blew off Lake Erie, was a gay day for it wasn’t only Children’s Day but Band Day and there was laughter and music almost without end. It was estimated that 12,000 people, many hundreds of them being youthful fair goers, passed through the great gates. Another youthful feature was the parade of the blue ribbon cattle exhibited by the Future Farmer’s clubs. Accompanying this parade were the high school bands from Fredonia, Bemus Point, Sherman, Westfield and Silver Creek. All were generously applauded for fine music and also for exhibition drills in marching on the race track.

A safety lane of motor car inspection would be a feature of Jamestown’s Official Safety Week observance on Monday through Saturday of the following week. The lane would be operated on the south side of Sixth Street between Cherry and Washington streets by the local police departments in cooperation with the Jamestown Automobile Club between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

In 1963, late registrations had boosted enrollment at Jamestown High School to a record 1,899 students, 246 more than the previous school year. This was disclosed in a revised registration report presented to the Jamestown Board of Education by Dr. Harold L. O’Neal, superintendent. The report showed 103 additional students enrolled since classes re-opened the past Thursday, raising the total population of Jamestown’s public schools to 8,607, an increase of 197 over last year. Describing conditions at the high school as already overcrowded, Dr. O’Neal predicted an increase of similar magnitude in prospect for the following school year. He said the increase in high school enrollment could be expected to continue through 1965.

Chautauqua County would be the scene of mass Sabin I vaccine clinics during the latter part of September. Oral Sabin vaccine would induce immunity against poliomyelitis in a shorter time than the killed vaccine and was easier to administer. The county had been polio free since 1961 at which time the National Foundation of the New March of Dimes instituted mass clinics for every resident of Chautauqua County. In order to maintain a polio free county, a series of clinics were being developed to immunize babies born since 1961 and any child up to the age of 12 years, who had not received this protection.