In Years Past

In 1914, Jamestown Mayor Carlson was a candidate for another term. He said six months ago he intended to withdraw from public life but the malicious misrepresentations which were continually being directed at him through the public press had caused him to change his mind. He said he was absolutely independent of any clique, political combination or corporate interest and he would stand on a non-partisan platform just as he had done in the previous campaigns.

The admonition “Do unto others as ye would others should do unto you,” had been observed by a number of the residents of 13th Street and vicinity in Jamestown. They supplied a needy woman and four small children, the oldest but seven years of age, with a wagon load of clothing, bed quilts, furniture, dishes and food after having learned through the Associated Charities that the family was in destitute condition. The woman was Mrs. Baker, who lived on Jones and Gifford Avenue. Baker, it was stated, was well deserving of this relief. She was willing to work at various jobs that came her way. When attention was called to her case, it was learned that she had nothing to live on, little furniture and no fuel.

In 1939, fire of undetermined origin destroyed the former lake steamer, City of Cincinnati in its channel which ran out of the outlet, midway between Clifton and the boat landing in Jamestown. Only a handful of spectators, consisting mostly of members of the police department, saw the fire which wiped out another of Chautauqua Lake’s historic craft. The result of the flames left only one lake steamer, the City of Jamestown, which had been used as an excursion boat the past few summers and which was tied up at the boat landing. The Cincinnati had last operated in 1925. She was used as the “theater” boat for many years when the Celoron theater was so popular and made the last trip of the evenings on the lake.

Another story hour for all girls and boys would be held Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the large reading room at the James Prendergast Free Library under the auspices of the library association and Brownie Leaders’ Association. True stories would be told by Mrs. Marvin R. Gustafson, who spent her childhood in Burma and who would show costumes, toys and curios used by Burmese boys and girls. A display of dolls from foreign countries would be shown by Betty Gustafson and a story, “The Four Colors the Artist Forgot,” would be told by Mrs. Wallace D. Burt.

In 1964, a legislative bill to set minimum standards for newly appointed policemen would not affect recruitment in Jamestown which already had high standards, Police Chief John Paladino said. The proposal was part of Gov. Rockefeller’s anti-crime program and was designed to insure state-wide standards for appointment of new officers. The bill had the endorsement of the Police Chiefs Association and the Municipal Police Training Council. Paladino said Jamestown Police Department standards for new appointees “are equal to average or higher than average” as compared with other municipalities.

An in-depth study of all needs of Chautauqua County government and other political subdivisions of the county would be made before any final determination was made as to the future of the controversial and currently tabled sales tax proposal. Such a study was agreed to when members of the Board of Supervisors accepted the interim progress report of the special sales tax study committee as given by its chairman, Frederick E. Mattison, Ellicott supervisor.

In 1989, six Jamestown Community College officials who trekked to Albany in search of support of increased state funding instead found politicians with soft words and few promises. They talked with advocates who had hard advice about asking for money and legislators with full calendars. And they ran into a parade of others who came to ask for some of the same money for other causes. When one of the trustees climbed aboard the plane at 7 p.m. the past evening, to return to Jamestown, he sat down and sighed. “If this is how they do business,” he said, “it’s ineffectual.”

A vast majority of Americans favored a major overhaul in the U.S. health care system, according to the first simultaneous study of Canadian, British and U.S. attitudes about the issue. “Americans apparently are so frustrated and discouraged with their existing health care arrangements that a large majority said they would favor a system like that in place in Canada,” Robert Blendon, chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University’s School of Public Health said. Eighty-nine percent of Americans said there was room for a major overhaul in the U.S. system. Given a description of the Canadian system, 61 percent of Americans said they would prefer to adopt the program used by their neighbors to the north. About 7.5 percent of surveyed Americans reported they were not receiving necessary medical care for financial reasons, whereas fewer than 1 percent of Canadians and Britons said financial constraints kept them from obtaining care. Only three percent of Canadians said they would prefer the U.S. system.