In Years Past

In 1914, there was no change in the situation on the Chautauqua hills near Summerdale where a haggard man with two rifles, a shotgun and a revolver, had stood off a sheriff’s posse for over 48 hours. They were seeking to arrest the man for the shooting of John G.W. Putnam, the overseer of the poor of the town of Chautauqua. Edward Beardsley had thus far successfully defied the power of the law. He was still grimly guarding the little farm house in which he was barricaded with a woman and nine small children. It was reported that Sheriff Anderson had issued an ultimatum to the effect that if he did not give himself up by 2:30 p.m. the posse would rush the house. That meant that at that hour the watchers would make a general assault on the house. The possibility of someone being injured was great but the sheriff’s department had waited long enough and planned to take Beardsley at any cost.

The 12th annual Buffalo automobile show would take place at the Broadway Auditorium under the auspices of the Buffalo Automobile Dealers Association during the first two weeks of February. The first week would be for the display of the pleasure cars when touring cars, runabouts, roadsters and all styles of motor vehicles and accessories would be on exhibition. The second week would be for the commercial vehicles, at which time trucks, delivery wagons and every kind of motor car for business purposes would be displayed. It was the first time in 12 years that the dealers of Buffalo had taken the hall for two weeks but the growth of the automobile business and the general use to which the cars had been put necessitated the exposition under the present plans.

In 1939, Jamestowners awoke the previous morning to find 10 inches of snow covering the barren ground after a week of mild temperatures that brought flowers into bloom and kept firemen busy extinguishing grass blazes. The snowfall was accompanied by a slow but steady drop in temperature. It was reported at the City Hall weather bureau that an inch of snow fell between 1 and 5:30 p.m. Friday, with nine more inches following during the interval ending at 8 a.m. City and county plows were called into service. All main roads were reported in good condition by noon.

Jamestown had a normal year in 1938 as far as contagious diseases were concerned, according to figures compiled by Dr. William M. Sill, superintendent of public health. During the 12-month period a total of 1,418 cases was reported as compared with 1,338 in 1937. The total number of cases in the various diseases reported during 1938 were: Chicken pox, 154; german measles, two; measles, 710; pneumonia, 127; scarlet fever, 436; typhoid fever, 14; vincents angina, one; whooping cough, 68; encephalitis, one; undulant fever, two; bacterial dysentery, two; and amebic dysentery, one.

In 1964, H.A. Shepard, president of Thompson Ramo Wooldridge, Inc., the multi-million dollar outfit that recently announced it would combine with Marlin-Rockwell, Inc., said his company followed a policy of decentralization. Marlin-Rockwell, he said, during a visit to Jamestown for a luncheon in the Town Club, 210 Pine St., to meet local company officials, would remain an autonomous operation. He reported the management of both companies were in agreement with only approval from the shareholders needed to cement the deal, said to involve an exchange of stock worth $52 million.

Bitter cold added woe to misery as the eastern half of the nation continued to dig out of its worst snowstorm of the winter. Thousands of motorists and others were stranded and more than 140 deaths were blamed on the blizzard-like onslaught. New York City sanitation men, 8,000 strong, were bolstered by 3,000 extras hired at $2 an hour to shovel snow from streets. Manhattan’s Great White Way was just that. Scores died from overexertion or exposure as they shoveled snow, tried to dig out stuck autos or trudged through the deep expanse of white. In Raleigh, N.C. Michael N. Summy, 6, was killed when his sled ran under a truck. The cold weather covered nearly all sections of the country, with temperatures generally below freezing except in southern Florida, southern Texas and the extreme southwestern areas along the Pacific Coast.