In Years Past

In 1914, the past week witnessed the consumption of a business deal by which property changed hands after standing in one family name nearly 60 years. The place was the water powered flour and feed mill owned by E D. Holdridge and operated under the name of the Holdridge Milling Company, which was transferred by sale to Arthur Stewart and Frank Stewart, both of East Randolph. Water power at East Randolph had been used for milling purposes for at least 80 years and possibly for a longer period. The first mill probably stood about where the sheds were standing at the present mill and the dam was not a large affair, occupying only a small space somewhere between the highway and the mill site. A portion of the old dam remained in place until recently, although much of it had been removed long years ago. It was said that the timbers for the present mill were framed and put in place at least 65 years ago and in the early days, power was derived from an old fashioned overshot wheel which purred and murmured as it drove the mills and ground the corn and wheat for all the countryside.

Relatives of the late William H. Snapp, who was shot and killed by his stepson, Howard Smith, at their home near Mt. Jewett, were making an effort to locate Clayton Emmett Snapp, a son by the murdered man’s first wife. Since the death of the elder Snapp, the son, whose present residence was unknown, had become heir to some property and life insurance. The missing boy’s grandparents were looking after the interests of the missing lad and anyone knowing of his whereabouts would confer a favor by addressing John Snapp, at Mt. Jewett, Pa. The boy was past 12 years old and was thought to be with his mother, whose maiden name was Anna Carney.

In 1939, the usual last minute rush for new automobile license plates was in progress at the county motor vehicle bureau at Mayville this day, as registration plates for 1938 would go into the discard at midnight. All types of New York state motor vehicles had to display new plates and under the present law no extension of this expiration time was possible. Police officials throughout the state had been notified and were prepared to arrest operators of vehicles which were not equipped with 1939 plates.

Conflicting opinions on the sentiment of folks living in the villages of Ashville and Sherman toward alcoholic beverages were expressed and echoes of political reverberations during the 1938 election campaign were heard at a hearing conducted at Jamestown City Hall by Deputy Commissioner Charles I. Marfins of the State Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The hearing made it evident that people living in both localities had the courage of their convictions. The controversial expressions flared up in the open when opposition to applications for permits to sell alcoholic drinks was voiced by several witnesses, some of whom told the world they were total abstainers and some of whom let it be known that they would take a drink when they felt like it.

In 1964, this was eviction day for 23 families remaining in the dying Warren County community of Corydon. The town would be flooded by the Allegheny Reservoir in a year or so. Other homes and businesses already had been vacated by owners who accepted settlements from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This was a day of waiting and watching. Waiting for the U.S. marshals to arrive and watching for the moving vans that had been promised to move the people. Several families flatly said they would not move. Authorities said the deadline for removal of the last residents of Corydon was set “because something has to be done about demolishing the houses before spring.”

Chautauqua County’s month-long March of Dimes campaign would come to a colorful climax in the coming weekend with a three-day winter carnival set for the Cassadaga Country Club. The carnival, featuring ski contests and parachute jumping, would get underway at 7:30 this night with a torch light ceremony, mirroring the current winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Six torch bearers would make their way up the darkened ski slope to the top where they would light an Olympic lamp at a signal sounded by the fire siren at the Cassadaga Fire Hall.

In 1989, the lid on the cost of health-care plans popped off in 1988 as the expense per worker of employer-sponsored programs shot up 18.6 percent a survey showed. The jump came after increases of 7.7 percent in 1986, 7.9 percent in 1987 and “there doesn’t appear to be much relief in sight, according to a report released by A. Foster Higgins & Co., a New York-based benefits consulting firm. Health insurers absorbed some of the unexpected cost increases the past year and would pass them along this year, ensuring another big rise.

In a claim against the city, former Jamestown General Administrator James H. Schaum said he was misled into accepting that position. Notice of his claim was sent to The Post-Journal by Schaum’s attorney, John L. LaMancuso. In the claim, Schaum said he was assured a long-term employment position” with JGH and that accepting the position required “the uprooting of his family, the sale of his home and the purchase of a new home and relocation to the city of Jamestown.” Schaum’s basic contention was that, during interviews with city officials, his job at JGH was “misrepresented in a fraudulent and deceitful manner.”