In Years Past

In 1913, notice was received in Dunkirk early in the week that the dog quarantine there had been lifted but no such good news had been received in Jamestown, although Captain Reeder at police headquarters stated that he expected news of the lifting of the quarantine at any time now. It had been at least two months since any outbreak of rabies had been reported in Jamestown, according to police reports. The enforcement of the quarantine inside the city limits was in the hands of the chief of police and not of deputy sheriffs and special agents of the state department of agriculture, as it was in the towns and villages.

During the past summer there was a decided increase in interest in sailing on Chautauqua Lake and as a result of the popularity of this sport, the coming summer would, according to present expectations, find many more sailing boats on the lake. Several years ago the Chadakoin Club secured a fleet of five small sailing boats known as sea wrens and, although these had been rather slow and heavy, yet by reason of the equality in their sailing abilities some interesting races had been held and the interest in the sport was increased.

In 1938, Adolf Hitler this night told the German people and the world that Germany had “an armed force the like of which the world has never seen.” The Reichsfuehrer began his anxiously awaited address and launched almost immediately into praise of Germany’s armed might. “I have created an unparalleled air force that protects Germany against any and every attack.” Hitler was greeted by national anthems and the Radenweiler march. Volleys of frenzied “Sieg Heils!” lasted for fully ten minutes. Speaking choirs chanted: “One people! One Reich! One Fuehrer!” Evacuation of Paris was being pressed by France as U.S. citizens were urged to depart.

Charles Anderson, 71, of North Main Street, Jamestown, who suffered a skull fracture and concussion of the brain when struck by Patrick Martino, 22, of Hazzard Street, during an argument over a minor traffic collision early Thursday afternoon, died at Jamestown General Hospital at 8:10 a.m. this day without having ever regained consciousness. Local police lost no time in securing a warrant charging Martino with second-degree manslaughter. Martino, a former amateur boxer, had been confined to Mayville jail since Saturday morning, charged with second- and third-degree assault. The death of Anderson was one of the most tragic in the recent annals of this city. Police and witnesses to the fatal assault described the attack as vicious and unprovoked. Anderson was born in Sweden, Dec. 11, 1866. He had resided in Jamestown for 68 years. He and his brother operated the Anderson Brothers’ Machine Shop for many years and through this work, Anderson became well known for his inventive ability.

In 1963, police agencies were attempting to determine the identity of Chautauqua County’s 13th highway fatality of the year. The man died at 12:45 a.m. in Hanover General Hospital after he was struck by a tractor-trailer and car on Routes 5 and 20 in the Town of Hanover shortly before midnight. State Police at Westfield said the victim first was struck by a tractor-trailer traveling east, registered to Mor-Flo Heater Corporation, Warrenville Heights, Ohio and operated by William R. Frymer of Fairport, Ohio. The victim was thrown into the westbound lane where he was struck by an auto. The victim was described as a Negro, 30 to 35 years old with only a handkerchief in his pocket.

A 150-year-old tree, around which a highway was bent, had cost the state $105,000. This amount was awarded to the estates of two Cattaraugus County men who were killed when their automobile ran into the tree on Route 39, near Buffalo on Dec. 1, 1961. The highway was bent around the tree so the tree would survive. It had appeared in Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” and sentimental residents had raised funds to establish a bank account to preserve it. The court ruled that the tree was a “potential and foreseeable danger?” to drivers because it caused an unnatural bend in an otherwise straight highway.

In 1988, county property taxes might be going up $1.20 per $1,000 assessed valuation for Jamestown homeowners. A 1989 tentative budget of $96,039,868 was recommended by Chautauqua County Executive John A. Glenzer as the following year’s spending program. Budget Director Margaret Hughes said it proposed to raise $27,246,643 – an increase of 2.7 percent from the $24,552,996 realized from that source in this year. Glenzer said the tax rate, countywide, would be $9.69 per $1,000 full value, compared to this year’s $9.15.

New Yorkers could be making a life and death choice for some murderers when they voted in November for their state Assembly representatives. An Associated Press survey of the incumbent and non-incumbent candidates seeking seats in the Assembly, indicated a good chance that voters would send at least 98 death penalty advocates to the Democratic-controlled house, thus bringing New York closer to reinstituting the death penalty than at any time in a quarter century.