In Years Past

In 1913, it did not follow that because President Cleveland was able to push the silver repeal through 20 years previously that President Wilson would be able to push through a currency bill in this year. When Cleveland was successful in the silver repeal the country was in the throes of a panic. There were hard times. The newspapers were clamoring for action. There was pressure brought upon the senate which it could not withstand. At present the times were good and there was not such a great demand for currency legislation. At that time, the banks all over the country were insisting upon the repeal act going through. Now the banks were almost unanimously against the pending currency bill. There was, however, throughout the country, the general feeling that the president was right and should have his way.

What would in all probability be the last game of the local baseball season, was scheduled to be played at Celoron Sunday afternoon when the barnstorming Jamestown team would clash with the All-Leaguers of Buffalo. This latter team was the same as that which was slated to meet the locals at Celoron the past Sunday but on account of the rain the game had to be called off. In addition to a rattling good game, a program of field events would be staged as a special feature. This would include a 100-yard dash, long distance throwing, fungo hitting, circling the bases, running to first base and accurate throwing.

In 1938, Prime Minister Chamberlain of Great Britain declared this night that “we cannot undertake to involve the whole of the British Empire in war however much we may sympathize with a small nation.” Put at another point in his broadcast to the Empire and the world, the prime minister said: “If I were convinced that any nation had made up its mind to dominate the world by force, I would not hesitate to resist it. I find Hitler’s attitude unreasonable in his final demands,” he continued. “But I shall not give up my hope for a peaceful solution.”

One of the oldest and keenest rivalries in the annals of the Western New York Major High School Football conference would be renewed at Lackawanna Saturday when Jamestown and the Steel City elevens would clash in their annual grid battle. Since 1932 the Red and Green and the Blue and Gray teams had met on six occasions, three of the games resulting in Lackawanna triumphs, two in ties and the third being ruled as no contest in 1936, when both schools broke eligibility rules. That game ended in a 7-0 win for the Buffalo suburban team but later was erased from the records.

In 1963, a replica of Astronaut John Glenn’s space capsule “Friendship 7” had been erected at the State Armory for the 1963 Jamestown Industrial Show which would officially begin at 4 p.m. this day. Representatives of both management and labor would be on hand to open the Junior Chamber of Commerce-sponsored three-day show. Instead of the traditional ribbon cutting, a 15-foot metal bar, turned by a lathe, would be cut by snips made at Crescent Tool Co.

A safe cracking early the previous day at the Veterans of Foreign Wars clubhouse, 621 E. 2nd St., netted $776 in cash and five quarts of liquor, Jamestown detectives said as they continued an investigation. Police said the dial of the safe was hammered off and a tumbler locking pin was punched out to open the door. It was believed that the building was entered some time in the early morning after 3 a.m. when stewards left the club. Tools in the building were used to open the safe and entry was made by forcing a door at the top of a rear fire escape.

In 1988, some balloonists who participated in The Great I Love New York Balloon Rally over the weekend said they might not be back the following year unless changes were made. Carol Weiner, a pilot from Medina, Ohio told The Post-Journal from her home, that many of the pilots who took part in this weekend’s rally might not return. She stressed that every pilot she contacted was “very pleased” with the flights, with the crowds and with the people of Chautauqua County. She said the pilots enjoyed the enthusiastic response from the public. The changes that the pilots said they wanted were more sponsors for the event and “pilot packs.” These pilot packs were a tradition at most rally events, according to several pilots. A typical pilot pack from this area might include an I Love New York T-shirt, a bottle of wine from a local winery, some Westfield grapes, some sort of Chautauqua Institution memento and other such gifts. These were prizes given to the pilots as a show of appreciation.

The Celoron board of trustees passed a mandatory recycling law the previous night. The law would go into effect Oct. 31 and residents would have 30 days to comply. All residents would be required to take their recyclable rubbish to the recycling station and all other garbage and non-recyclable rubbish was to be placed in a galvanized container instead of plastic bags. It would then be picked up at the roadside.