In Years Past

In 1914, the rumor that steps were being taken by prominent Chautauqua County people looking to the filing of a petition with Gov. Glynn asking for the removal from office of Chautauqua County Sheriff Gust A. Anderson, was admitted by Attorney Robert H. Jackson of Jamestown. It was understood that four men of local prominence had asked Jackson to take hold of the matter. Jackson had been investigating the facts connected with the Beardsley case with this in view and had taken affidavits of a number of persons connected with the case. The petition, if made, would allege failure to properly perform his duty on the part of the sheriff, both in leaving Overseer of the Poor Putnam unguarded while they were in the Beardsley house at the very outset of the affair and failure to perform his duty later when given a warrant for Beardsley’s arrest and not serving it inside of a proper and reasonable time.

Silas W. Taylor, aged 61, a resident of Ashville, was dead at Partridge’s morgue as a result of being struck by a traction car at Gardner & Bly’s curve, a short distance beyond the Warner farm shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening. Coroner Illston would hold an investigation beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. According to officials, Taylor boarded the 6 p.m. car to ride up the lake. He made so much trouble on the car that Conductor Timothy Johnson put him off at Ashville. The car continued on its run and after it had gone, Taylor started up the track. About an hour later, the 7 p.m. car came along. Swinging around the curve, the motorman perceived Taylor on the track a few feet ahead. The car could not be stopped in time.

In 1939, Genevieve Marshall Thomas, comely entertainer, who said she was once arrested for “doing the same dance as Sally Rand does only I had my clothes on,” had her day in court this day. Arrested a fortnight ago on a charge of selling liquor without a license, she described her vocation as “playing the piano, playing the accordion, dancing and entertaining the customers.”She emphatically denied that she illegally sold liquor to the complaining witness, one Leroy Anderson of R.F.D. 4. Instead she said she merely threw a birthday party for the piano player of the orchestra at the cafe where she entertained and the complainant, “horned in.” The case was still in progress in the afternoon at Jamestown City Court with Judge Allen Bargar and without a jury.

The weather went from one extreme to the other over the weekend, bringing four inches of snow, strong west winds and a sharp drop in temperature, reminiscent of an old fashioned winter. Saturday’s mild weather was followed by blustery gales on Sunday morning with snow being swirled through the streets and roads of Jamestown and the Chautauqua region. The maximum temperature of 42 degrees dropped to 10 above zero this day but the blizzard had subsided and there were prospects of relief from the cold wave.

In 1964, need of more space at the Fenton Mansion to develop it as a museum was expressed at the executive committee and board meeting of the Fenton Historical Society at the Medical Arts Building. Mrs. Calvin C. Torrance presided. C. Malcolm Nichols, curator, said that only one room was used to store articles offered for museum purposed. Ernest D. Leet and DeForest W. Peterson supported Nichols in his plea for more space. Presently, the Jamestown Health Department occupied much of the first floor and veterans organizations occupied some of the second floor. Mrs. Richard Graham, membership chairman, expressed a hope that the society would reach its goal of 1,000 members by May.

The Southwestern Central School Board approved the appointment of Clarence “Flash”Olson as football coach at a meeting Wednesday evening. Olson, a physical education teacher in the school system and former freshman football coach, would take the place of Edwin Stupka, whose resignation would be effective on Feb. 1. Appointed to assist Olson were Richard Shevalier of the physical education department and Anthony Scarry, a science teacher, both in the school system.

In 1989, depending on ones idea of fun, it might cost a little more to have a good time in New York state in the coming summer. Gov. Mario Cuomo, trying to close a state budget gap of up to $2.3 billion, included more than $800 million in new taxes and fees in his proposed 1989-90 state budget the past week. Along with so-called “sin tax” increased on beer, wine and tobacco products, there were a host of what lawmakers liked to call “user fees” and what hikers, boaters and swimmers might call “fun fees.”

The Resource Center, Jamestown’s fourth-largest taxpayer, began work this month on a contract from the United States Department of Defense to assemble 38,400 ground rods, according to Patrick Walker, plant manager. “This job will be recurring,” he said. “When the contract comes up again, we’ll get it automatically.” Walker said the contract had received National Industry for the Severely Handicapped status. The rods would be used to ground electrical equipment, Walker said.