In Years Past

In 1914, there were two interesting developments in the siege at Summerdale, near Mayville, Sunday. Edward Beardsley was still defying the sheriff’s department to arrest him for shooting Poormaster John Putnam. One was an interview with Attorney Ray F. Pickard of Jamestown in which Beardsley promised to give himself up to the authorities on Wednesday, providing he was assured that his brother, Charles, of Titusville, would be permitted to take the children. The other was a signed statement given exclusively to The Journal, written by Beardsley. Part of the statement read: “To you fathers and mothers, if you have a vacant place around the table, think of the one that is gone from you, bringing the pang of sorrow. Now what is life after your home is destroyed though it be ever so humble? … Did I do right? Do unto me as you would have others do unto you is a motto we all love.”

There were 918 less drinking places in the state of New York than there were in 1896, when the present excise law was passed. The total number currently was 23,472. In New York and Brooklyn the total decrease the past year was 109. At this rate of decrease, commissioner of Excise, Farley, estimated the limit of one drinking place to 500 population would be reached in six or eight years.

In 1939, Mary A. Mahoney, of East Buffalo Street, Jamestown, principal of R. R. Rogers School, a Jamestown public school teacher for a period of 47 years, died this morning at the Jamestown General Hospital aged 67 years. She was at her post at the school the past Friday, although she had been in failing health for several months but was a patient at the hospital since Sunday. Mahoney was a member of a prominent old Jamestown Irish family, born in 1872. She graduated from Jamestown High School in 1892 in the teachers’ training course and began her long teaching career in September of that year. She taught first at the old Central Branch school on the site of the School Administration building from 1892-95. Mahoney joined the ranks of the sainted group of women who guided the destinies of hundreds of school children during the early days of the public school system here.

Fire of undetermined origin caused damage totaling several thousands of dollars at the plant of the Endress Ice and Coal Company at Harrison Street and Foote Avenue, Jamestown, early in the morning. The fire was confined to the walls of the ice storage plant. They were insulated with cork, which burned and smoldered for hours. The fire was difficult to extinguish but was not of a spectacular nature. The flames were discovered about 2 a.m. by Patrolman Harold Johnson who turned in an alarm. All apparatus responded because at first it was feared that the fire might spread to the Maddox Table Company and other factories in the vicinity.

In 1989, the lack of snow over the winter could spell trouble the following summer for New York’s farmers. It was too early to tell for certain if there would be enough snow the rest of the winter to offset low snowfall levels early on but forecasters at the National Weather Service said the chance was about half and half. Farmers in New York weren’t worried yet but snowfall – and winter insulation for annual crops and life-giving spring runoff -had been sparse this winter.

Jamestown Community College administrators heaved a collective sigh of relief. But in Fredonia, the sigh came from another round of tightened belts. At JCC, administrators’ relief came as they listened to a teleconference presentation of the governor’s budget. “Community colleges appeared not to have suffered as much as I though (they would),” President Paul Benke said. The news was not so cheerful in Fredonia, where a few moments after Cuomo’s budget proposal was released, President Donald A. MacPhee learned that the State University of New York got only $35 million of its $90 million request for more state aid.