In Years Past

  • In 1914, bakers and confectioners from many parts of the state of New York were expected to be present in Syracuse the following morning when the industrial board of the state department of labor would give a hearing on the sanitary code for bakeries and confectioneries that the industrial board would shortly adopt. Once the code was adopted it would have the same effect and force as a legislative enactment and because of this the board had received notice that the attendance at the hearing would be large. Radical changes in the conduct of bakeries would have to be made if the tentative draft of the code was to be adopted.
  • A well attended pubic meeting of taxpayers was held in Mayville to discuss the proposition of new electric light equipment in the village. George McKeever of Columbus, Ohio, gave some estimates of the expense of equipping a plant for the use of Niagara power, explaining the difference between buying this power of the Chautauqua Traction Company or direct from the Niagara Power Company. It seemed to be the recommendation of all the experts that it would be a better investment for the village to take the Niagara power than to rebuild the present plant. Many of the citizens took issue with this and with other citizens so that at times the discussion was quite animated.
  • In 1939, six hundred dairymen of Chautauqua County and adjacent Pennsylvania counties in the dairy district, attending mass meetings at Sherman, voted unanimously to withhold milk supplies from all dealers who had not signed the specified agreement contracts by the afternoon. Producers at this meeting voted to divert fluid milk from the Metropolitan distributors unless uniform contracts agreed upon at meetings throughout the state during the past week were received from dealer distributors. About one half of the milk produced in Chautauqua County was under New York City inspection.
  • As a result of a collision between a car driven by Williams Licals of Windsor Street, Jamestown, and a machine operated by Thomas Meneo of Warren, Verna J. Monella, aged 3, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Monella of DuBois, was treated at the Warren General Hospital for a skull injury. The child was a passenger in the Licals car with her mother and the her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Saldi of Jamestown. The accident occurred while the Licals car was enroute east, following the machine driven by Meneo when the latter stopped to make a left turn into a driveway. The condition of the child was not serious.
  • In 1964, it was wonderful. The previous day’s balmy weather had businessmen skipping off to lunch without their overcoats and there was a brisker step to their walk. Mothers brought out their baby carriages for an afternoon stroll in the sunshine. Office girls dashed out for their coffee breaks, bare-armed with that radiant look that spring could bring. School boys doffed their jackets and walked homeward in their shirt sleeves. Convertibles, with their tops down, cruised about the city. It was a long awaited and happy taste of spring as the temperature nudged the 60 degree mark.
  • A 69-year-old Jamestown woman who resided in an upstairs apartment at 824 Cherry St., may have saved her life the past night by crawling out on a porch roof when she found she was be coming ill after detecting unfamiliar fumes in her home. Victim of the mishap, Mrs. Blanche Dominey, was admitted to Jamestown General Hospital where attendants reported her condition as satisfactory. Mrs. Dominey’s grandson, Francis Pangborn, aided her in crawling out on the roof. Firemen reported the grandson was removing a motor from a refrigerator when a chemical line burst. An unidentified passerby, who saw Mrs. Dominey lying on the porch roof, summoned the Fire Department.
  • In 1989, state police would close down their command center at the Olean Airport, where they had spent the week probing the suspicious death of a Toronto man. Senior Investigator J.T. Stofer said the investigation was centered around the death of Jorge Luis Paredes, 41, whose body was found near a runway shortly before 7 p.m. Monday. Police were focusing on the possibility an airplane propeller struck Paredes in the back of his head, causing his death almost immediately. Police have had little luck in tracking down the plane. Assisted by the Federal Aviation Administration, they were checking all airports and landing fields within a 400-mile radius. They were also contacting any support services which a pilot might have used to make a flight of that nature. The investigation, being treated as a homicide, had led about 15 state police officers into Canada where they were checking Paredes’ apartment and other aspects of his lifestyle. They had identified his occupation as an importer-exporter.

-Any day a pile of about 5 million discarded tires near Sinclairville off Route 60 could turn into a mountain of fire, filling ponds with hot oil and the sky with black smoke for months, fire officials said. But fire and government agencies in Chautauqua County said they were ready and residents near the site had nothing to fear. Concerns about the dump had escalated since a pile of about 1 1/2 million tires in the Catskills caught fire the past Saturday. Billowing black smoke from the fire temporarily closed nearby schools and businesses and forced the overnight evacuation of about 200 families.