In Years Past

In 1914, except for the flurry caused by the report of two deaths, there was nothing new in the smallpox situation at Sinclairville, and as a matter of literal fact, one of the deaths reported was not due to smallpox in any way, and the other, the death of Mr. Spear the past Saturday, was only due to smallpox as a contributing cause. The death the previous day of Fred Westley, although it occurred in a family which was quarantined for smallpox, had no connection with this epidemic. Mr. Westley had suffered from tuberculosis of the bone for a number of years, and his death was due to the advance of this disease. He did not have any symptoms of smallpox.

With the winter wind howling, snow filling the streets and the temperature playing tag around the zero mark, the reading of the following postal card, caused something of a sensation in The Journal editorial room. The card read: “The annual Chautauqua County basket picnic will be held at Sycamore Grove, Saturday, January 17, 1914. Should it rain, the picnic will be held the first pleasant Saturday after. Bring your friends and help make this a good time.” It was signed A. B. Hawkins, President, Elizabeth S. Langdon, V. President and Mrs. R. P. Robertson, Secretary. Upon looking at the postmark, it was found to have been sent from Pasadena, California. An accompanying note said: ” We would be glad to see you all in this wonderful place. I know you would enjoy it same as we do.” Mrs. R. P. R.

In 1939, Jamestown’s city hospital was going to advertise. Decision to print and distribute informative circulars about the city-owned institution on Jones Hill was reached at a meeting of the health and hospital board when Rev. Dr. Alfred E. Randell and a committee were authorized to prepare the advertising matter for distribution with the city tax bills which would go out in the spring. It was stated that this was being done in other hospitals and Miss Dorothy Dotterweich, hospital superintendent, informed the board that she had received two such brochures.

Members of a Jamestown Chamber of Commerce committee would confer with Donald G. White, president of the White Aircraft Company of Buffalo, relative to the proposed establishment of an amphibian airplane assembly plant here in connection with the Jamestown Municipal Airport. According to members of the committee, Mr. White hoped to conduct a flying school in connection with the city’s airport on North Main Street extension, as yet unfinished and unused. The school would be in charge of an experienced instructor who had been connected with the work for some time. Mr. White would also seek to operate the airport using the hangar as an assembly plant. The company manufactured amphibian planes and sought to locate here because of the proximity to Chautauqua Lake and because many of the parts could be manufactured in Jamestown.

In 1964, twenty-nine cars of an eastbound New York Central freight train left the tracks at the North Gale Street crossing in

Westfield at 7:30 a.m. No one was injured. The 85-car unit was bound from Cleveland to Buffalo with James Baldwin of Buffalo as engineer. The derailment came as the diesel engine and 35 cars had passed the North Gale Street crossing. The following 29 cars left the rails, 21 remained on the tracks at the rear of the train. The damaged cars were comprised of flat bed, tank and box cars, mostly empty.

A 32-year-old Dunkirk man was killed when his car was struck by an east bound Nickel Plate Railroad freight train shortly before 2 p.m. the previous day at the Main Street crossing. Authorities said that Ralph F. Howard Jr., died a few minutes later as he was being rushed to Brooks Memorial Hospital. It was the second highway fatality of the year in Chautauqua County. On Friday afternoon, a Sherman woman, Mrs. Roselyn Coburn, the mother of eight children, was killed during a blinding snowstorm in the Town of Mina. Last year at this time there were no traffic deaths in the county. According to police, marks on the road indicated that Howard tried to stop the car but that it skidded onto the grade crossing.

In 1989, a pair of idiosyncratic talents captured the bulk of Grammy Award nominations, with the feel-good sound of Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” contrasting with the bleak poetry of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.” Miss Chapman’s somber, haunting folk songs won her six nominations, including best song, record, album and best new artist. McFerrin’s ebullient vocals earned five nominations, including record, album and song. The two symbolized the diversity of nominees for National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences trophies and represented a break from the mainstream.

Teacher contract negotiations were stalled in Falconer. After two unsuccessful sessions with a mediator early in January, the district and the teachers were taking their cases to a neutral listener, a fact-finder appointed by the state. He would hear the cases Feb. 2. According to Falconer Teacher Association President Michael McElheny, the sides were divided by salaries and financial benefits, health insurance for retirees, teacher work load, a teacher request for additional parent-teacher conferences and an effort by the district to increase the length of some teachers work day.