In Years Past

In 1914, Corporation Counsel Arthur W. Kettle, acting under instructions from the common council of Jamestown, had filed a complaint with the public service commission against the Jamestown Street Railway Company, Chautauqua Traction Company and Warren-Jamestown Street Railway Company. The complaint declared that the rates of service were unnecessarily and unreasonably high, that service was inadequate and inefficient and could be greatly improved by rearrangement and systematization. The commission was asked to investigate with a view of a possible reduction in fares to all classes of citizens or else a reduction in favor of special groups, such as working people and school children during certain hours of the day.

John G.W. Putnam of Mayville who was shot twice by Edward Beardsley at the latters home near Summerdale, in Chautauqua County, more than five weeks ago and who was brought to the Jones Memorial Hospital in Jamestown for treatment, had so far recovered as to be able to return to his home at Mayville and under the advice of his physician would leave the hospital for that purpose this day. The shooting of Putnam and the events following that tragedy had attracted worldwide attention.

In 1939, in Washington, the House heard participants in the recent German-American Bund meeting in New York denounced as “traitors” to the United States. Rep. Martin (D-Colo.) described the Madison Square Garden meeting as “a mass demonstration of aliens, many of them wearing the uniform of a foreign dictator, the enemy of everything that George Washington stood for and America typifies. When I saw the pictures of those uniformed and swaggering minions of alien dictatorships on the pages of the morning papers, and read what they said, I felt that if I had the power, not one of them would be breathing the free air of America in 24 hours.”

Louis Lucas of Sinclairville, founder of the Lucas Incense Company, Inc. of Jamestown, died this morning at the WCA Hospital, aged nearly 71 years. He had been a patient at the hospital for three weeks. Lucas was a lifelong resident of Jamestown until the past few years during which he had resided in Sinclairville. In his younger years, Lucas was engaged in the manufacture of furniture and was the inventor of a sanding machine which was still used extensively in the furniture industry. He founded the Louis Lucas Incense Company, which was succeeded by Lucas Incense, Inc., which manufactured incense and appurtenances.

In 1964, Chautauqua County Assemblyman A. Bruce Manley reported that a watered-down version of the Moreland Commission’s liquor recommendations would probably be passed by the legislature. Manley reported on the program to liberalize current liquor laws at his weekly question and answer session at the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce Building. He said revoking the requirement that food must be available in places where liquor was sold probably would be approved.

The Jamestown area appeared to have numerous women available to make men’s apparel. It was only two days since the questionnaire, asking how many women were available for work in a garment factory, appeared in The Post-Journal and already more than 300 had been mailed or taken to the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce Building on W. 5th Street. Murray Stephens, chamber executive vice president said the response had been overwhelming. A major manufacturer of mens apparel was interested in locating in the general area. The labor survey was being conducted in an attempt by the company to determine which city would be suitable for housing a garment factory.

In 1989, Lucille Ball was coming home. The legendary actress would visit Jamestown in May to get an honorary degree from Jamestown Community College. The announcement came from JCC at the same time it was being announced in Buffalo, where Mayor Steven B. Carlson was attending a press conference. The college would pay tribute to Ball by giving her an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree, only the second honorary doctorate the college had ever given. The first went to Roger Tory Peterson in 1986. Her trip here would mark her first official visit since 1956 when she was in town as part of a promotional tour for one of her movies.

Cleanup of an overnight fuel spill from an overturned tanker truck would be a difficult and costly proposition, according to officials supervising the process. Three fire departments, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department, Ellicott Police Department, State Police and the Chautauqua County Hazardous Materials Team battled a diesel fuel spill over night on Peck Settlement Road in Kiantone after a tanker truck left the road and overturned. The tanker tipped over and spilled most of its 4,000-gallon cargo of diesel fuel onto the road and into an adjacent field near Manchester Road.