In Years Past

In 1914, Arthur Edward Beardsley, who had held the center of the stage as the Chautauqua County outlaw for the past three months, was put on trial in supreme court at Mayville on this morning, formally charged by a grand jury indictment with the crime of assault in the first degree. This particular indictment was one of four which had been found against Beardsley and was based upon the allegation that he shot John G.W. Putnam, the overseer of the poor of the town of Chautauqua, when Putnam went to his home in December to take away his children to furnish them places where they could be decently housed and clothed. Beardsley wore a uniform which was said to be the uniform of the Canadian Mounted Police and there was much speculation as to where he secured it.

It was only through pure luck that no one was seriously injured when a Lakewood car sideswiped a Chautauqua Traction car early Saturday afternoon at the Beechwood switch. The two cars collided near the switch at the end of the double tracking, just east of the Beechwood station. Both cars were badly damaged. The cars met with a bump that wrecked the sides of the cars nearest the inside rails and jolted the passengers considerably.

In 1939, upstate dairymen warned of “possible violence” if New York city dealers failed to sign a voluntary milk marketing agreement. The warning was contained in a telegram sent by Homer S. Rolfe, president of the Metropolitan Milk Producers Cooperative Bargaining Agency to Holton V. Noyes, New York state commissioner of agriculture. It said in part: “The agency has not and does not recommend or condone violence. Because some dealers are steadfastly refusing to do what the overwhelming majority have agreed to do, farmers’ patience is wearing thin. If there is violence, it will be because some dealers have gone beyond the limit of farmers’ patience.”

Tree fanciers became a bit disturbed as employees of the Jamestown Parks Department removed two stately elms from either side of the entrance to the Jamestown General Hospital. Their consternation was referred to Krist Hansen, public works department foreman in charge of parks. He reported that the elms were providing “too much” shade in front of the institution, making it almost impossible to develop the flower beds along the front of the building or to grow grass. In place of the two elms, Mr. Hansen announced intentions to plant two 12-foot Colorado blue spruce trees.

In 1964, Crescent Tool Co., Division of Crescent-Niagara Corp., became the first Chautauqua County industry and one of the first in the Southern Tier to receive the Presidential “E” Award for excellence in developing export markets. John S. Stillman, deputy to the secretary for Congressional relations with the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, representing Department of Commerce Secretary Luther H. Hodges, made the presentation to Alaric R. Bailey, president of Crescent Tool Co., at ceremonies this noon in the Hotel Jamestown.

A personal check of Chautauqua Lake on Sunday by Sheriff Charles McCloskey Jr. had satisfied him that a great majority of fishing shack owners had cooperated in removing their structures from the ice. The sheriff said his check showed only two shacks remaining in the Maple Springs area and a like number in the vicinity of Kendall Club on Route 17. The sheriff said he was very satisfied that lake owners were cooperating in removal of fishing houses before lake ice had deteriorated to the point where it was unsafe and shacks could not be removed.

In 1989, many local travelers apparently prepared for the Eastern Airlines machinists’ strike long before the airline did, according to local travel agents. For the past several months, travelers had asked not to be booked on Eastern flights, according to Bonnie Weilacher, an agent at Adventure Travel in Falconer. “A lot of people refused to go on Eastern,” Weilacher said, adding that many had shied away from Eastern since the airline’s employees threatened a strike in 1988. People calling Certified Travel Tours in Jamestown also had been avoiding Eastern for several months, according to Manager Eleanor Ahlstrom.

The future of fire-ravaged Fairbank Farms in Chautauqua County might be determined the following week. The Blockville slaughterhouse and packing plant was destroyed Wednesday by a fire that caused an estimated $15 million damage to the complex. Company President Joe Fairbank was scheduled to go to Minneapolis to meet with officials of the parent firm, Farmhouse Foods. David G. Dawson, the county’s industrial development director, might accompany him.