In Years Past

In 1913, George B. Bloomer, aged 70 years, died early in the morning as the result of injuries received the previous afternoon while at work on his oil lease on the Monroe farm at Pratt Hollow near Bradford, Pa. He was found by William Freeman, lying in a semiconscious condition on the floor of a boiler house. His clothes were stripped completely off and his body was badly torn and bruised. Help was secured and the injured man removed to his home. Drs. Ash and Eaton were summoned and found one leg broken below the knee, the other knee dislocated and the chest crushed. He was alone when injured. It was evident that his clothing caught in the wheel of the engine.

The matter of the city of Jamestown establishing a municipal milk plant was before the common council in one form or another much of the time the previous evening. Rev. Laird W. Snell, rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal church, addressed the council on the question and later the council voted to invite Nathan Straus to send his model pasteurization plant here for a demonstration. The most important action taken, however, was to direct Corporation Counsel Kettle to submit an opinion relative to the legality of the city establishing a municipal milk plant.

In 1938, Fredonia Grange No. 1 lost another well-known member on Tuesday in the death of Mrs. Jennie Becker Moser, 49, wife of Harry Moser, East Creek Road, Town of Portland. Special interest in Mrs. Moser lay in the fact that she was believed to have been the only woman school bus driver in the state of New York. She had been the regular bus driver for Portland school district No. 1 for more than three years.

William N. Cale, 73, Blockville, was recovering at the WCA Hospital from wounds received the previous evening about 6:30 when he was held up and robbed by an unknown assailant. He had a sprained right ankle, bruised nose and various lesser injuries. The sheriff’s department at Mayville was seeking clues to the identity of the man who attacked Mr. Cale and robbed him of $240 cash and about $300 in checks. Mr. Cale collected for the Smith-Cale Company, dealers in gasoline and oil, with stations in the vicinity. He returned from a trip late in the afternoon and as he stepped from his car to open his garage door, a man accosted him with, “It’s a stickup.” After knocking the elderly man down and taking the money the thief jumped into Mr. Cale’s auto and drove hastily away.

In 1963, an “old-fashioned” winter walloped Jamestown with 18 inches of snow on Saturday night and Sunday but the area dug out rapidly with all city streets and county highways reported open this day to traffic. The hardest blow of the season dumped seven inches of new snow over a two-inch base on Saturday night – and another 11 inches the previous night, adding up to 20 inches on the ground on this morning. Working on a round-the-clock schedule, the Jamestown Department of Public Works and the Chautauqua County Highway Department reported all streets and highways “passable” but slippery. The weather bureau warned that more snow was on the way.

Jamestown police said that no arrests were made during their check the previous day of stores which might be doing business on Sunday in violation of a more than 50-year-old state “blue law” on Sabbath sales. The check, hampered by a heavy snowfall, was made after a complaint early the past week by the Jamestown Retail Merchants Association. Police said the procedure was to visit stores open for Sunday business and make a list of merchandise offered for sale. The information, they said, was being transmitted to District Attorney Sidney T. Hewes. Whether any charges would be placed was not immediately known.

In 1988, WCA Hospital was “off and running” after receiving final approval from the state to offer new health care services, according to Jamestown mayor Steven B. Carlson. At a meeting in New York City, Carlson and WCA Hospital Administrator Murray Marsh learned of the approval by members of the state’s Hospital Review and Planning Council. The council reviewed WCA’s purchase of the land, buildings and equipment of the former Jamestown General Hospital.

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and members of Falconer’s Department of Public Works, Sam Ognibene, Peter Fuller and Skip Cavallaro, decked the village’s gazebo o with festive trimmings. The Christmas tree and gaily lit festoons of greenery would add splendor to the sight and gladden the hearts of all who came a-caroling among the snow-capped leaves so green.