In Years Past

In 1914, in view of the fact that an epidemic of smallpox was prevalent in some localities, the state commissioner of health had sent out letters to the health officers of New York, in this end of the state at least. One of such letters had been received by the local health officer, Dr. G.W. Reynolds. Among other things, the state health commissioner asked what was being done with reference to compulsory vaccination in the schools. Reynolds called the matter to the attention of C.F. Chapman, president of the Mayville board of education and Chapman called a special meeting of the board to be held in his office on Saturday evening. Principal H.E. Perkins was directed to call the attention of the pupils to the requirements of the law but further than that the board did not take any action as to its enforcement. There had been no smallpox in the vicinity of Mayville.

The cold wave, predicted by the U.S. weather bureau, not the long distance guessers, struck Jamestown on time Sunday, preceded by a high wind, which did some local damage. This day the thermometer records indicated the coldest weather of the winter. The various thermometers considered standard about the city, including the one on the Journal building, recorded within a fraction of zero at 8 a.m. Reports from points along Chautauqua Lake stated that the early morning readings were as low as 6 degrees below zero. Gerry reported the same low record. Stedman reported 10 degrees below zero. The temperature had continued low all this forenoon, only 4 to 6 degrees increase being shown at 11 a.m. The high wind of Saturday and Sunday did much damage in the north part of the county, according to telephone reports, unroofing buildings and seriously interfering with telegraph and telephone lines.

In 1939, “Germany is filled with a lot of nice, decent, home-loving, everyday sort of people. I’m sure they don’t want to shoot us and I know we don’t want to shoot them. The trouble is we have too many table pounders in this country and if we aren’t careful they may cause some trouble.” Those were the words of Dusty Miller, well-known Ohio newspaper publisher and platform speaker before members of the Kiwanis Club and their guests at the Masonic temple in Jamestown. Pinning his words on a live-and-let-live theme, the speaker drove home his points with numerous bits of salty repartee and timely anecdotes during a half hour discussion. The speaker challenged his hearers not to take themselves or the world too seriously, pleaded for more good will and fine fellowship and described the civic club movement as an “institutional agency that gets us away from ourselves.”

Claiming that she could not skate or dance as well as before Dec. 16, when she slipped and skinned her shin in a Falconer-Lakewood coach of the Jamestown Motor Bus Transportation Company, Miss Mary Luciano, 23, of East Second Street, Jamestown, was asking $1,000 damages from the defendant transit corporation. Luciano said she slipped on the top step of the bus which she was entering, falling into the bus. Dr. H.W. Ingham, witness for the defense, was called to testify. He stated that when he examined Luciano he found a scar an eighth of an inch on her shin. He described her injuries as being of a superficial nature. Dr. Caccamise and other witnesses for the plaintiff were to take the stand in the afternoon.

In 1989, rescue workers from the Mayville and Chautauqua fire departments had to tear the roof off a car to free the trapped and injured driver of one of three vehicles involved in an accident at Mayville the previous afternoon. Rescuers struggled for more than an hour to free Douglas W. Auge, 36, of Mayville, during a raging snowstorm. The spectacular accident involved a loaded school bus. Miraculously there were no serious injuries. Two children, Roshelle Smith, 17 and Jeremy Auge, 13, were taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and released. A truck traveling southwest on Chautauqua Street, approached the slower-moving school bus, according to police. When the driver tried to brake, police said, the truck went into a skid and struck the rear of the bus then crossed the road and hit the Auge vehicle head-on.

The city of Jamestown had received another housing rehabilitation grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to Mayor Steven B. Carlson, this one for $200,000. The mayor said the new grants intended to assist home owners in renovating their property. “In the process of upgrading their property,” Carlson said, “they will also substantially improve the housing stock and overall appearance of the community.” Under this program, Carlson said, rebates of up to 28.5 percent of the cost of renovation would be made to low and moderate-income owners.