In Years Past

In 1914, the investigation of the charges against Dr. Daniel H. Arthur, superintendent of the Gowanda state hospital, was adjourned until the following Tuesday. There were two matters considered at the hearing the previous day. One was the alleged illegal appointment of James O. Bennett, the Chautauqua County Democratic leader, as steward at the hospital and the other was the length of Arthur’s nightie. Neither of these issues were in evidence at the previous hearing but they were part of the record now.

Charles Feather, deputy collector of internal revenue, had made a prompt investigation of the intimation that chocolate drops filled with brandy were sold in Jamestown and he said to The Journal that he had called at some of the principal confectionery stores and found chocolate drops flavored with brandy but no candy shells filled with brandy. “So far as the flavoring with brandy is concerned,” said Feather, “It is permitted by law.”

In 1939, New York’s health department cautioned communities throughout the state to be prepared for flood conditions and contaminated water supplies in the event of sudden rains or thaws. In a letter to city and village officials, C.A. Holmquist asserted that because of heavy snow storms “it seems highly probably that serious floods will be experienced” should there be a warm spell. Fearing that floods would wash winter accumulation of pollution into streams with such rapidity as to prevent usual self-purification and contaminate wells or spring areas, Holmquist urged water works officials to “make every effort to prevent or minimize contamination.”

A.J. Hodges, farmer of the Mud Creek section near Kennedy, recently sent to John M. Cushman, local coin collector, an ancient piece of money for identification. Hodges found it in his garden while digging. It was identified as a coin of Scandinavian origin dated 1802 and marked skilling. The coin was worn so thin that the edge was almost as sharp as a knife blade and yet the markings were easily read. Cushman said the coin was minted before the separation of Sweden and Denmark. Just how it became so thin was only a matter of conjecture.

In 1964, many parents of teenage girls were mystified as to why their daughters had gone gaga over “The Beatles,” four boys with way out haircuts and an even farther-out way of making music. In the words of Gay Stilley, 13, daughter of AP staff writer Francis Stilley, “For heaven’s sake, I don’t know exactly why girls fall in love with The Beatles. All I know is, when John growls during a song, ‘Okay, George – give it to ’em,’ a chill runs down the spine of every girl listening.”

Eleven-year-old Linda Latona, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Latona of Falconer St., Jamestown, was the winner at the Jamestown Girls Club in the nationally sponsored Junior Homemakers contest. Eight girls completed the requirements which included, writing an essay on “My Role as a Family Member,” making a dessert to serve four and showing sewing skill by making one article of clothing. As an award, Linda would receive a two-week campership to the Girls Clubs of America National Camp at Beverly, Mass.

In 1989, a decision on the future of Jamestown’s Unigard building as a south county office location was expected at Wednesday night’s meeting of Chautauqua County Legislature. The project became stalled at the legislature’s Jan. 25 meeting when an amended bond resolution calling for appropriating $1.7 million for interior renovations failed to get the two-thirds approval required for passage. Since then, a meeting of the legislative leadership reportedly had agreed to permit the amended resolution to be reintroduced at the Wednesday session.

State Police troopers based at Falconer had successfully completed the first half of an ongoing investigation into a year-old theft by recovering the stolen property. The past May, an antique Tiffany turtleback lamp was stolen from a residence in Randolph, according to Senior Investigator J.B. Cornell. Investigator R.H. Nelson traced the lamp to a home in the Riverside area of the Bronx in New York City. An antique dealer in New Jersey recognized the lamp from police flyers sent out and said he had sold it to a couple from New York City. There was no indication that the dealer or the people who purchased the lamp were aware that it had been stolen. The thieves were still at large.