In Years Past

In 1913, William Stearns of Fredonia, Republican candidate for district attorney, in a long distance telephone call to The Journal in Jamestown stated that his attention was called to a statement published in the Jamestown Post, purporting to quote Rev. Charles T. Shaw of the Jamestown Presbyterian Church. Shaw was said to have stated that Stearns was representing the saloon interests and that if this was true, “we ought to know it and see that he stays at home.” “I wish to say,” said Stearns, “that I want to deny that charge in as emphatic words as the English language will permit. I have no cases in my office now in which any liquor interest or any license question is involved and I have accepted no retainers from anyone connected with these interest.”

The Erie United soccer football team defeated the team of Jamestown Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose, on the Moose grounds at Celoron, Sunday afternoon by the close score of 2 to 1. The game was without a doubt one of the best ever staged in this city and the large crowd of spectators on hand was highly pleased in spite of the result. During the first 40-minute half the visitors had the best of the argument, keeping the ball for the most part in the local team’s territory. Erie’s first tally came in about a minute of play, the local team’s goalkeeper misjudging an easy shot and allowing the ball to slip past him. With a 2-0 score against them, the local team reversed the order of things in the second half, outplaying their Erie opponents in every department.

In 1938, a talk on the early economic life in Chautauqua County was the topic of Arthur W. Anderson before the Lyceum on Tuesday afternoon. Anderson told of the work of the first pioneers who settled in the vast pine forest which surrounded what was to become Jamestown. The forest provided the settlers with jobs such as the making of a substance called black sauce, the ash of burned trees which had been hardened. This substance was taken to the nearest ashery, located in Ashville, where the ash was prepared for shipment, later to be made into pearl ash. Ashville was named for the ashery which was located there.

Henry Rheybergen, member of the Clymer town board and farmer residing near the village of Clymer, who had admitted that he shot at cars of young people with a shotgun on Halloween night when they drove through his driveway, called The Journal this day and stated that he had agreed to make restitution for damage done to the cars. Rheybergen pointed out that he had been disturbed at damage done to his property on Halloween night and further that the young people were in cars trespassing in driving through his driveway to turn around. He added that he intended to shoot at the tires of the cars. A shot from his gun, however, shattered the back window of one car. The occupants escaped, unhurt. Another shot went through the back seat cushion of another car in which three girls were sitting. They were also uninjured.

In 1988, work was underway for a 700-bed state prison in Brocton. The official groundbreaking ceremony for the Lakeview Correctional Facility, to be located on Lake Avenue in Portland, took place the previous day. Charles Loveland, the Industrial Development Agency correctional facility project chairman, said, “I had a vision and I believed in that vision and through your help it is coming true.” He said the prison was better than an industry for the community because it operated 24 hours a day and would not close down and move south in 10 years.

Ellicott Town Supervisor Frances C. Morgan defended her proposal for a 141 percent pay hike for herself and a 51 percent pay hike for the board in front of a crowded room at the past night’s board meeting. In the budget discussion, Morgan had asked for a salary increase which would pay her $19,000 for her duties as town supervisor. The yearly rate was currently $7,875. Former Town Board candidate Norman Green actively opposed the raise. “This is public service. Nobody, other than members of your own party, begged you to run … This job should be considered the same as a Boy Scout or Girl Scout leader,” Green told the board.