In Years Past

In 1914, the tension under which the residents of Mayville and vicinity had lived for the past week, was perceptibly relaxed due to the knowledge that Edward Beardsley, the so-called Summerdale outlaw, was safely behind the steel bars of the Chautauqua County jail. Officers, citizens, all concerned in fact, were down to earth again and in a few days the Beardsley affair, from being a sensation featured on the front pages of all the newspapers of the state, would be but more than a police court case of little interest. In Mayville, interest centered chiefly on the Beardsley children who, late in the afternoon, had been brought from the squalid farm house to the village. Edith Austin, the mother, accompanied them. They were given a good-sized room at the hotel and supplied with food which they ate ravenously.

The smallpox outbreak in Sinclairville and the town of Charlotte had been suppressed by the vigorous steps taken by the town board of health and Health Officer Dr. Charles Cleland and this day there were but four cases still under quarantine in the township and these were not considered serious in any way. School throughout the township, except at Charlotte Center and the Sinclairville school, were opened on Monday of this week. The two schools still closed would reopen on Monday next. Churches in Sinclairville were to be permitted to reopen on Sunday when regular services would be resumed. It was stated that during the entire outbreak there had been 26 persons under quarantine in the town of Charlotte, including Sinclairville village.

In 1939, the solicitor general and Mrs. Robert H. Jackson of Jamestown, were guests at the dinner the president and Mrs. Roosevelt gave on Thursday night for the chief justice and the associate justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. It was the first appearance at a state function of Associate Justice Felix Frankfurter, who had just taken the oath of office as associate justice. Of the Supreme Court, the only absent members were Justice Louis D. Brandeis, who never attended evening functions and Justice J. Clark McReynolds, bitterest anti-New Dealer on the court. Retired Justice Willis Van Devanter was there as well as Attorney General Frank Murphy and other leading members of the judiciary.

Coroner’s Physician J. Louis Preston endeavored to determine the cause of the death of a man whose frozen body was found in a car on an Allegany State Park trail. Preston said the dead man was Walter Meyers, 50, gas station attendant at Steamburg, N.Y. Preston was informed that Meyers came to this vicinity from Princeton, N.J. as an enrollee in the veterans’ CCC camp in the state park. The camp was transferred two years previously but Meyers remained in the community. He had been employed by Mrs. Reeves’ service station at Steamburg for some time. It was stated that it was impossible to determine the cause of death until an autopsy could be performed. It was believed that Meyers drove the car to the spot where it was found some time prior to it being found as there was no snow under the machine. He had not been seen for eight or nine days. It was not known if he had any relatives.

In 1964, an unwelcome visitor wandered into Jamestown the previous afternoon and before she left, one police officer was kicked and several autos were slightly damaged. A 130-pound deer took refuge in Pline’s Garage on W. 4th St., in the downtown area, entering via the Washington Street ramp. Dog Warden Herman F. Page was summoned and with little trouble administered a shot, which he said would knock out a horse. The stubborn doe, however, remained conscious long enough to kick Page and raise a fuss in general. Page and Officer Walter Stanton hung on to their respective ropes, which were looped around the deer?s legs, in the face of flying hooves. Damage to several autos, a broken radio aerial and scratched hoods, was estimated at $100. Eventually her injuries were taken care of and she was back in her natural habitat.

The State Senate was in the driver’s seat on a bill to rename the New York Thruway the “Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway.” The measure was passed unanimously Tuesday by the Assembly but only after that body’s Democrats protested that the Thruway, although built during Dewey’s administration, was conceived during the Democratic administration of the late Gov. Herbert H. Lehman. Assemblyman Christian Armbruster, R-Westchester, who introduced the bill, said the renaming would honor the Republican governor while he was alive. A similar bill was vetoed in 1955 by former Gov. W. Averell Harriman, a Democrat, on the ground that no public works projects were named for persons.