In Years Past

In 1914, Arthur Edward Beardsley, the famous Chautauqua County outlaw, who a few weeks ago had the attention of the entire country by reason of his successful defiance of the law power of Chautauqua County, was briefly in the limelight this day. Four indictments had been returned against him, two for assault first degree, one for burglary and larceny and one for receiving stolen property. He was arraigned on this afternoon before Supreme Court Justice Bissell at Mayville on one of these indictments – the first and presumably the strongest – the shooting of Overseer of the Poor John G.W. Putnam. To this indictment, Beardsley’s attorney, C. Frank Chapman, pleaded not guilty. It followed, therefore, that Chapman believed that he had a defense and the only defense he had to offer was the one outlined by Beardsley himself in his exclusive interview with The Journal a long time ago, that a man’s home was his castle and he had a right to defend it.

The whereabouts of Mrs. Margaret Tompsett, wife of George Tompsett, who left her home in Sinclairville about two weeks ago and disappeared, had been learned. Mrs. Tompsett was located in Pittsburgh at a rooming house and placed under arrest there. It was learned that she was found in company with a man who gave his name as Carl Hallitz, who was believed to be a man with whom she had been friendly in Sinclairville. It was suspected that she eloped with this man after leaving her husband’s home in this village. After leaving her home, Mrs. Tompsett, it was alleged by her husband, went to some of the local stores and bought a large amount of clothing, etc., which she charged to him. Mrs. Tompsett also sold a family cow to get money to get away with, it was stated.

In 1939, “It all seems like a bad dream,” commented Clyde Randall as he walked through his home at Greenhurst on this morning after fire had done an estimated $15,000 damage. Randall had spent many hours repairing and redecorating his home during the past several years, planning to start work shortly on another upstairs room. At a point on his tour of the ruined home he commented, “And I thought this could never happen to me.” Fire ruined the tourist home and destroyed the contents when flames broke out around the furnace about 8 in the morning and spread throughout the structure. Fluvanna firemen brought the fire under control.

Genuine factory-made parts for Indian motorcycles would be found at Marion L. Keith’s sales and service in Sherman, which was an important thing for owners of Indian machines to remember. Keith was the distributor of Indian motorcycles in Chautauqua County, selling used machines as well as new ones. His place of business was open evenings and on Sundays for the convenience of motorcycle riders. In addition to selling machines on terms, this dealer would take used ones in trade. Many persons had found that a motorcycle provided the most economical means of transportation, being speedy and easy to operate.

In 1964, Jamestown’s entire detective force was searching for bold burglars who apparently stole a Department of Public Works truck Saturday night to cart away a 400-pound safe containing $195. The safe was taken from the S.M. Flickinger warehouse at 16 Holmes Street, and the truck was stolen from a rear parking lot at the DPW garage on Steele Street. Both had been recovered. Detectives were attempting to unravel a web of circumstances starting with the theft of a marked DPW truck. The same thieves also might have been involved in another burglary near Flickinger’s which was reported Sunday morning. Three large display boards containing $236.81 worth of hand tools were taken some time during the weekend from Jamestown Industrial Supply Inc. on Holmes Street.

Federal aviation officials were looking into a Mohawk Airlines report that a plane carrying 44 persons crashed on landing at Broome County Airport at Binghamton because the pilot pushed the wrong lever and retracted the landing gear. No injuries were reported in the crash Saturday night. The plane skidded 2,000 feet before the crash. The passengers and crew of three escaped from the badly damaged plane through emergency exits.

In 1989, New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and Vermont Gov. Madeline Kunin talked business Wednesday in Manhattan, where Cuomo addressed a conference on the subject of global warming. Cuomo, Mrs. Kunin and New Jersey Gov. Thomas Keane organized the four-day conference in conjunction with Cornell University and the National Governors Association.

Budget cuts to the National Weather Service would not affect service in the Buffalo Regional office, according to Deputy Station Chief Thomas Dunham. Budget cuts had forced the National Weather Service to eliminate a forecasting unit in Kansas City. The service to be cut was used by news media to get public information. Dunham said he had heard no talk of budget cuts and was, in fact, preparing to update the radar system to be used by the Buffalo office. He said the Buffalo office would be part of an upgrade for the National Weather Service. The upgrade program was called NEXRAD and would bring the newest Doplar radar to Buffalo. “It’s the next generation of radar. We’re scheduled to get it and it probably would be an improvement (in service),” Dunham said. He added the system would also give more severe-weather watching responsibilities to the Buffalo office.