In Years Past

In 1914, the Beardsley trial was well under way. The jury was chosen the previous day. District Attorney William Stearns opened the case to the jury on this morning. He recited Beardsley’s acts from the time he first attracted public attention at Garland, Pa., 12 or 13 years ago down to the present date. He told the whole unpleasant story despite the objections of C. F. Chapman, Beardsley’s lawyer. The most interesting feature of the day was the testimony of John G. W. Putnam, overseer of the poor of the town of Chautauqua. Mr. Putnam told how he went to the Beardsley home and received the wound that laid him up for several weeks. Regarding the attitude of the sheriff, Mr. Putnam, after he was shot, asked the sheriff if Beardsley should not be captured then and there. The sheriff replied that he had no gun.

Mrs. M. I. Green of South Main Street, Jamestown, reported that as she went to get her watch from her jewel case Monday morning she discovered that it, together with a diamond ring and two gold band rings, one of which was her wedding ring, were missing. The jewel case stood on the dresser in her bedroom. The last time she remembered seeing her jewels was the past Friday morning. Twenty nickels, which also lay on the dresser, were taken but a gold pendant was overlooked. The articles taken were valued at $100. She promptly notified the police who were investigating.

In 1939, F. Trott, assistant executive officer, procurement division, public building branch, treasury department, Washington, had announced the appointment of Carl W. Nordh and Glenn L. Raynor, Jamestown realtors, to appraise the value of two proposed sites for the new $725,000 federal building and post office to be erected in the city. Appraisal would begin immediately of the block bounded by West Third, Lafayette, West Second and Jefferson streets and the westerly portion of the block bounded by Prendergast Avenue, East Second and East Third streets.

The old wheeze about giving this country back to the Indians might happen in part, especially in and around Salamanca. The Seneca Nation of Indians of Allegany Reservation, on which Salamanca was situated, had demanded payment of some $20,000 of back rent for leased land. Some of the debt had been on the books for 30 years. Representative citizens of this town of 10,000 population, at a pow wow of their own, assured the tribesmen that they were in sympathy with the Indians’ efforts to collect their due and were willing to aid in any legal manner.

In 1964, a heavy blanket of ice that covered the area overnight played havoc with electrical and telephone lines and felled trees and limbs. At Warren, Pa., the Allegheny River was reported at flood stage and still rising. The ice, reported to be three quarters of an inch thick in places, snapped primary and service power lines throughout Jamestown, which appeared to be hardest hit, although power lines, trees and limbs were reported down throughout the Chautauqua County area.

The flower shop issue flared anew in the Celoron Village Board session Monday night. Two residents charged that James Buchanan of W. Fifth Street, was taking orders for flowers from his home. One complainant was Richard Hillerby of N. Allegheny Avenue, Buchanan’s brother-in-law. The other complainant was Jerry Hall of Fifth Street. He presented photographs of a sign displayed in Buchanan’s window at his home, which read, “Village Florist.” The board instructed Village Attorney John Barrett to notify Buchanan that he was violating a village ordinance since his home was in a residential area and not a commercial district.

In 1989, major changes in deer management unit boundaries and the number of antlerless deer permits issued were expected to be made by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Terry Moore, regional wildlife manager with the DEC’s Olean office, said the DEC’s deer management goal was to maintain populations at levels compatible with range-carrying capacity and human land use, while affording optimal recreational opportunity. He said the whitetail deer was the state’s most important wildlife resource and the DEC was responsible for protecting and managing it for the benefit of all the state’s residents.

Chautauqua County Executive John A. Glenzer had recommended to legislators in a seven-page memorandum that they authorize him to accept the lowest responsible bid for a new telephone system for county office buildings. If the recommendation was rejected, Glenzer said in the memo, he would not approve any other system unless it was obtained through competitive bidding. The executive’s memo detailed the long history of the county’s efforts to replace the present telephone system.