In Years Past

In 1913, Light Ship 82, carrying a crew of eight persons and stationed at Lake Erie, 15 miles west of Buffalo, was reported lost by incoming vesselmen and was believed to have foundered during the recent storm. Parts of the life boat floated into Buffalo harbor on this morning and were picked up on the beach at the foot of Michigan Street.

By private wire to Pittsburgh came word that Cleveland was buried under 21 inches of snow. The streets were filled with a mass of twisted wire and hundreds of the inhabitants were suffering from lack of food. Three persons had been killed and ten were missing and were believed to have been frozen to death. A steamship was stranded on the beach. The captain of the steamer and 22 sailors were waiting for death which might come at any moment because of the great waves which were rolling in from Lake Erie. It was still snowing. All of the schools were closed and many of the school houses had been thrown open to the homeless.

In 1938, too much emphasis on football and other extra-curricular activities and too little on the broad aspects of education was the charge made by S. Miles Bouton against modern educational methods in an address before the student body of Jamestown High School. “I am reluctant to strike a discordant note in this National Education week,” said Mr. Bouton, “and it may well be that my conclusions are all wrong, but in any event, they will evoke discussion and stimulate thinking and that, in my opinion, is where education too often falls short of what should be its chief aim. I feel also that students today are permitted and even encouraged to devote too much time to extra-curricular activities and that the purely instructive side of education suffers in consequence.”

Announcement that a gift of $5,000, the donor of which preferred to remain anonymous, for the erection of a combined kitchen, dining room and recreation hall at the YMCA camp near Dewittville, was made by Boys’ Work Secretary Roy A. Wagner. The gift made it possible to erect a building that had long been needed by the association in carrying out its camp work. It was expected that construction would commence in the spring and that the building would be available for use by next summer.

In 1963, the prolonged strike of Automatic Voting Machine Co. employees might be nearing settlement it was learned as company and union officials continued negotiation sessions. New proposals were expected to be made by the company this day, according to sources who declined to be identified. About 190 production employees of Automatic Voting Machine, a division of Rockwell Mfg. Corp., went on strike June 13 after failing to agree to a new labor contract with the firm.

Jamestown High School’s debate team compiled its best record of the year over the weekend in competition at Cortland State Teachers College High School Debate Tournament. In competition with 18 schools, members of the local team ended in a second place tie in the Varsity Division while the local debaters finished first in the junior varsity division.

In 1988, eight town residents with a petition carrying 215 signatures at Cherry Creek’s Town Board meeting, asked that a local police department be continued and that Robert LeBarron be asked to return to office. After listening to their complaints, the board voted 3 to 2 to stand by its earlier decision to disband the police department. “Every time we give up a local service we are also giving up a little of ourselves, to bigger government,” Clyde Rogers, a businessman, said.

Members of Chautauqua County Legislature’s Finance Committee had backed acceptance of a $100,000 state Department of Environmental Conservation grant to finance the cost of a new office building at the county’s Town of Ellery landfill. The approval was by a 7-1 vote, with the dissenting response by James Muscato, D-Dunkirk. He said he felt it was premature since no decision had been made on whether the landfill would be operated under the direction of the county or an authority, agency, commissioner or some other type of organization.