In Years Past

In 1914, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cooper entertained nearly a hundred guests in honor of George R. Randell and his bride, Bradley Dye, who were married by the Rev.H. Lawford Nichols, on Feb. 13. The bride was a daughter of the late Marvin Bradley and together with her sisters, Mrs. Rockman, Mrs. Swan and Mrs. Simmons, was well-known at Falconer. Among the guests were noted a number from Levant and Jamestown, including Mrs. Edwin Linquist, sister of the bridegroom, Mr. and Mrs. George Bowman, Mrs. Allen Kimball and Mary Porter. Thomas Boyland represented friends at Westfield and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Walter attended from Drybrook. The Rev. Nichols, in a few felicitous words, made a presentation on behalf of the company, which was responded to by the popular couple.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Russell had reason to consider themselves particularly unlucky for they only recently removed from Kane, Pa., to Jamestown and had not transferred the insurance on their household goods. The house into which they moved caught fire on this morning and their furniture was badly damaged. Presumably the insurance companies would not pay the loss. The house was located at 100 Willard Street. Around 5 a.m. Sunday morning an alarm was turned in to the fire headquarters. By the time the firemen arrived, the fire had gained considerable headway. To save the building, the firemen had to turn on two heavy streams of water. Of course the water did considerable damage to the furniture.

In 1939, what was believed to be the highest bail ever asked in a local court was set Tuesday afternoon in Warren when Justice of the Peace T. Richard Evans, demanded $100,000 bond from G.H. Anderson, Toronto stock salesman, for his appearance at a hearing the following Monday. Anderson, who allegedly induced a Warren woman, Clare B. Schofield, to invest between $50,000 and $100,000 in a Canadian gold mining stock, was arrested in Warren by Chief Investigator Eugene A. Holland of the State Securities commission. Arraigned before the local justice, Anderson pleaded not guilty and demanded a hearing which was set for Monday afternoon. Attired in the popular version of Wall Street fashion including striped trousers and spats, Anderson waived hearing the reading of the information which was understood to contain a list of his several visits to the community and the amount of cash and securities received on each occasion.

Adolf Hitler, protector of Bohemia and Moravia, sponsor and guarantor of Slovakia, joined his vast cavalcade of soldiers pouring into shattered Czecho-Slovakia while Czechs cried as his tanks rumbled through the streets of Prague. The swastika flew over Bohemia and Monrovia which had become in effect merely parts of the greater German Reich and probably would be less independent than most protectorates. They were shorn of armies and power over their foreign affairs and lacked even a common name. Before the day was over, Hitler was expected to proceed like a conqueror of old into Hradcany castle, Prague’s most famous fortress residence of Czecho-Slovakia’s president and the burial vault of men who made glorious bohemian history.

In 1989, New York stood to lose $100 million in federal education funding if it failed to bring its program for educating handicapped children into compliance with federal standards by July 1. The situation was explained at a meeting of the Chautauqua County Legislature’s Human Services Committee by Robert White. He was administrative assistant to the legislature and in charge of the handicapped children’s education program in the county. “They (the state) will lose the money if they don?t pass some kind of a law by July first,” White said, noting the state had not been in compliance with the federal law for many years. White explained the federal requirement would take responsibility for education of handicapped 3-to-5-year-olds away from the Family Court and place it under the auspices of the school districts.

If, as Robert Frost said, “Good fences make good neighbors,” then it was also true that “good neighbors make good treaties.” Canada and the United States were good neighbors who had made a good treaty, according to Derek H. Burney, Canadian ambassador to the United States. Burney was referring to the Free Trade Agreement negotiated by the two countries. The ambassador made his remarks before 600 Western New Yorkers at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Buffalo as part of a continuing ambassador lecture series sponsored by the Buffalo Council on World Affairs.