In Years Past

In 1913, William Sulzer was no longer governor of the state of New York. A few minutes before noon this day the high court of impeachment by vote of 43 to 12, removed him from office. The governor received the news of removal from office in silence at the executive mansion where he had waited all morning to hear the results. He said he might make a statement later.

The status of the Buffum poisoning case remained practically the same as the previous day. Laura Buffum, the 10-year-old daughter, was reported to be continuing to improve and Dr. M.L. Hillsman’s hopes for her recovery were increasing each day. The fight that the little girl had made for her life had aroused the sympathies of all who had come in touch with the puzzling case. District Attorney George W. Cole did not visit Little Valley this day.All he had to say about the case was that he was still working on it. It was thought that matters would hang fire at least until the final report of City Chemist Herbert M. Hill of Buffalo was filed.

In 1938, R.C. Fisher of Wellesley, Mass., president of the International Association of Milk Dealers, warned convention delegates this day in Cleveland that “decreasing birth rates” would force milkmen to seek expansion of their adult sales. Citing studies showing the average age in this country was increasing, Fisher urged dealers to concentrate on increasing adult consumption of milk to compensate for a decline in sales for babies.

High temperatures approaching Jamestown’s record of 85 degrees for October were recorded over the weekend as the balmy, Indian summer weather continued. This day’s maximum at the city hall weather bureau reached 80 degrees. Twice in previous years, 1931 and 1927, 85-degree readings were recorded. The golden autumn month produced an 84-degree high in 1928, an 83 in 1930 and 82 in 1932, according to statistics at the Jamestown city hall.

In 1963, the wail of sirens continued to echo across Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties during the past 24 hours, summoning weary firemen to growing numbers of brush and grass fires. Officials could see no immediate relief to the drought conditions which had left the woods and grasslands parched and ready to break into flames. ne of the most serious fires in Chautauqua County was a brush blaze in the Brocton Watershed which kept more than 40 volunteer firemen busy for nearly four hours.

Progress of construction work on the new $420,000 addition to Jamestown General Hospital supported the prospect that part of the new four-story wing would be ready for use by mid-December. Mary Baggiano, director of nurses, reported that five members of the maternity department staff recently attended a training session at the State University of Buffalo on the care of premature infants. Hospital earnings for September amounted to $126,119 while expenditures totaled $129,524.

In 1988, extended health care for aging veterans was becoming a critical issue, according to many area vets who pressured local candidates for the State Assembly and Senate seats on the subject Sunday. About 60 veterans of foreign wars made a strong pitch for a veterans nursing home to be located in Western New York during a candidates forum at the Pine Valley Memorial VFW Post 2522 in Cherry Creek.

A Canton, Ohio man was reported in good condition in Westfield Memorial Hospital recuperating from a head injury suffered in a one-car accident in which his wife and mother were killed at about 5:13 p.m. Saturday. Thruway State Police said the double fatality occurred on the state superhighway about a mile east of the Ripley exit. Donald E. Colucci, 63, was driving west on the Thruway when he fell asleep. They said his car went out of control, overturned, hit a guardrail and crashed into a roadway abutment. Colucci’s wife, Catherine, 61, and mother, Rose, 90, were pronounced dead at the scene by Chautauqua County Coroner Warren H. Riles of Forestville. The deaths were the 33rd and 34th to occur on highways in Chautauqua County this year, compared to 18 at the same time in 1987.