In Years Past

In 1914, Patrick W. Eagan, Erie Railroad passenger train conductor, a man honored and respected by hundreds along the system of the Erie road, as well as in his home city of Meadville for years, was sacrificed on the “cross of liquor.” King Alcohol was directly responsible for his death through the clutches of a drunken trainman, who failed to close the switch after the freight train had drawn into the siding, as was his duty. Had the trainman been sober instead of sleeping in a drunken stupor in the caboose of the train, he would no doubt have attended to his work, the switch would have been closed and the passenger train of which Eagan was conductor, would have passed on in safety and there would have been no accident, no death.

The Board of Supervisors of Cattaraugus County adjourned at 11:30 a.m. the previous day after auditing the bill of the O’Grady secret service and patrol agency for $1,569.09 for services rendered in the Buffum case. The bill of Minnie E. Sullivan, the nurse, for her care of the Buffum children, was also allowed at $360.85 and Dr. Hillsman’s bill for $300 was ordered paid. Dr. J. Ross Allen’s bill for $116 for his services in the case of Baggio Vorelli, the man indicted for the murder of Carlo Fabricci, was favorably reported upon by the committee to which it was referred and was also ordered paid.

In 1939, Max Ehmke, Lakewood police chief and the sheriff’s department, were continuing their investigation of the reported holdup Saturday evening of Nora Colvin, 65, at her home in Beechwood. Colvin was alone in the house about 8 p.m. when she opened the door in response to a knock. She was confronted by two men who forced entrance and demanded money. Colvin was reported to have had nearly $100 in a pocketbook pinned inside her dress which she was said to have received from an insurance policy on her late husband. She refused to hand over the money but in the scrimmage which followed, the men struck her and took the pocketbook.

With only two Southern Tier cities, Jamestown and Olean, reporting themselves prepared to enter teams in 1939, formation of a Western New York and Pennsylvania Class D Baseball league appeared delayed after a meeting of the proposed circuit’s promoters in the Hotel Richmond Sunday afternoon in Batavia. President Oliver French of the Rochester International League club, one of the new league’s sponsors, appointed a committee to investigate the possibility of clubs in Batavia, Wellsville, Perry, Hamilton, Ont., and Bradford, Pa., and to report back in two weeks. French indicated unless at least a six-team league could be formed within two weeks the project would be dropped until 1940.

In 1964, gale force winds up to 40 miles an hour closed traffic at Jamestown Municipal Airport and was not helping utility crews busy repairing wires ripped from houses by melting snow and ice. A sort of miniature “Ice Age” fed by recent heavy snowfalls was causing havoc in Jamestown and Chautauqua County as it tore utility wires from houses and spread a glaze on streets early in the morning. Light rain the previous night combined with melting snow piles made city driving conditions extremely slippery but salting crews had the problem generally solved by mid-morning.

A spokesman for International Hotels said that it had not sold the Hotel Jamestown although it had taken part in sales talks some time ago. International Hotels bought the Hotel Jamestown in 1955. Reports that it had been sold came from a story in a Buffalo newspaper listing the new owner as Hoffman House Corp., headed by Dr. J. Henry Hoffman, a dental surgeon, who was devoting full-time to business matters. The story said Hoffman had purchased the Alexander Hotel in Hagerstown, Md. The International Hotels spokesman said Hoffman discussed buying the Hotel Jamestown several weeks ago but nothing further had been heard from him.

In 1989, a management reorganization consolidation at Bush Industries in the town of Ellicott had resulted in the elimination of several management level positions, according to Lewis Aronson, vice president of human resources. Aronson said, “We did have a management reorganization/consolidation but not in the numbers being reported.” Reports had been received by The Post-Journal that about 35 employees were affected. Aronson said the number was far smaller but declined to comment more specifically on the extent of the terminations.

A proposal by Gov. Mario Cuomo that would permit voter registration until the polls closed on Election Day had been criticized by Chautauqua County Democratic Election commissioner Joseph Porpiglia. Of the proposal to extend registration until the polls closed, Porpiglia said, “That poses a major headache from an administrative standpoint at the Board of Elections. But I’d like to have the opportunity to review his administrative recommendations for this process,” the commissioner said.