In Years Past

In 1914, Edward Beardsley, the Summerdale outlaw, still held the fort. For 72 hours he had kept the officers of the law at a distance. To all outward appearance the situation was the same with this exception, the sheriff was trying to accomplish by strategy what he had failed to accomplish by display of force. He was trying to make Beardsley think the guard had been withdrawn. He hoped that Beardsley would leave the house and try to escape. The county roads had been closed for a distance of a mile and a half. The sheriff guard was stationed on the Mayville side of the Bradshaw schoolhouse which was a mile from the Beardsley house.

A.N. Kidd, superintendent of the Borden Condensery at Randolph, delivered an instructive lecture on The Care of Milk in the First M.E. Church parlors in Jamestown at a mass meeting. Those in attendance were members of the board of health, several local milk dealers and citizens interested in pasteurization and sterilization of milk. Kidd put great emphasis on cleanliness. The farmer’s stable should be kept clean and foul matter removed every day and windows so placed that cows could have light. In the summer the windows should be screened so that the flies could be kept out. If the place was thoroughly screened, flies could not get into the milk.

In 1939, James A. Moran of 14th St., Jamestown, and members of his family went downtown Sunday afternoon about 4:30 p.m. to see a movie. Returning home a few hours later, blissfully unaware of impending disaster, the Morans found that their home had been swept by flames and badly damaged during their absence. The cause of the fire was not known, but evidently it started in the basement directly under the front door of the house. It spread upward with the result that not a room in the house escaped damage. When firemen arrived, the whole front of the house, on the inside, appeared to be a mass of flames with the focal point at the front door. Before getting to the heart of the fire, firemen had to don gas masks.

The Ladies’ Aid Society of the Busti Federated Church was entertained by Mary Stoddard, Mrs. Wilbur Strickland and Mrs. George Crandall at the parsonage. Dinner was served by the hostesses assisted by several of the men. It was announced that there would be an amateur entertainment put on by the young people of the church on the evening of Jan. 20. Mrs. Lyle Boardman, who made collecting bottles her hobby, gave a talk. She stated that she had over 800 bottles in her collection, many of historic value. She brought several bottles for display.

In 1964, six Republican senators offered legislation to provide a public-private health care plan for the aged that they described as the most comprehensive presented to Congress. One part would provide 45 days of hospital care, up to 180 days of skilled nursing home care or more than 200 days of home health care following treatment in a hospital for all persons over 65. This would be financed by an increase of .5 to 1 percent in the Social Security payroll tax to be deposited in a separate health fund. The American Medical Association opposed and Congress stymied the late President Kennedy’s program to provide hospital, nursing and out patient care for the elderly by boosting the Social Security tax on employer and employees .25 to 1 percent.

A recommendation that Chautauqua County soon should establish “a clear and definite statement of future bridge policy” had been made by Robert M. Howard, county highway superintendent, in his annual report to the Board of Supervisors. It was explained that annual inspections of town bridges by county highway employees continued to reveal serious deficiencies in many of the structures. “Town roads are rebuilt, widened and improved but the old narrow bridges remain and deteriorate progressively each year,” Howard said.

In 1989, no new negotiations were scheduled in a strike by members of United Food and Commercial Workers, District Local One, against Fairbanks Farms, a Blockville slaughterhouse and meat packing company. Members of the union, which had between 160 and 180 members, voted at Ashville Fire Hall to go on strike after rejecting the company’s offer of a two-year contract. Eric Glather, union representative, said the company was the lowest-paying meat packing plant on the East Coast. In a company statement, spokesman Otis Barber said the strike came after more than 20 years of “harmonious labor relations” at the operation.

The closing of five businesses in downtown Jamestown within the past few months, four of them since the end of December, was a reflection of what was happening in other cities the size of Jamestown, according to Jamestown’s director of development. “It needs to be pointed out that, like downtowns everywhere, Jamestown’s is a changing business district,” Samuel Teresi said. Downtowns were becoming less oriented toward retail outlets, he said. They were becoming dominated by government offices, professional services, banking and financial organizations and dining and entertainment.