In Years Past

In 1914, a special car which left Grand Central station the previous night, carried 75 men who had been without jobs in New York city for most of the winter, to farmers waiting in Fonda, N.Y. to put them to work on dairy and truck farms. C. W. Larmon, deputy state commissioner of agriculture, in charge of the land and labor bureau, went along to see the experiment through. So great had been the demand for rural labor since the state’s intention was first announced, that two more carloads of willing workers would be sent to Rome and Utica farms on Thursday. The rest of the Mohawk Valley would be supplied later on if the men kept coming.

The Jamestown fire department was called to the corner of East Second and Cross streets shortly before 3 this afternoon to extinguish a blaze in the Thatcher block, a big tenement house. The building was a frame one and only the prompt response of the firemen prevented what might have been a very serious blaze. The fire started in a clothes closet in the apartment of Joe Gawiser on the first floor. The room was badly damaged and the remainder of the apartments were filled with smoke. The loss would not amount to very much.

In 1939, the Frewsburg fire department would have the honor of first place in the Dunkirk Firemen’s parade on July 4. The parade would be a feature of the field day and inspection of the Dunkirk department. A few days ago, the committee, in charge of the event, sent invitations to 120 fire companies to be present in Dunkirk July 4 and to take part in the festivities. It was announced that position in the parade would be governed by time of entry. The Frewsburg department and Ladies’ auxiliary wasted no time in accepting the invitation and would have the honor place in the parade as a result.

No one knew how many of the traditional “nine lives” remained for 14-year-old “Mutt,” but already he had practically doubled the average life span of a feline. “Mutt” the cat was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Oscar W. Larson of Forest Avenue, Jamestown, having resided in at least five places since leaving his original home at Ivory, N.Y. In referring to the average life span of a cat as about six or seven years, feline fanciers considered the perils other than health that could cut short the life of the average cat.

In 1964, Jamestown’s Automatic Voting Machine Corp., would soon become a completely independent company operating on its own. It had been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rockwell Mfg. Co. of Pittsburgh. Automatic’s independent status was forecast in a letter by W. F. Rockwell Jr., President of Rockwell, to Rockwell share owners. Mr. Rockwell said that A.V.M. would continue to manufacture and sell voting machines, as in the past, but would operate autonomously. Approximately 300 people were employed at the Jamestown plant. The firm was founded in 1898 and became a Rockwell subsidiary in 1958. Lloyd A. Dixon Sr., president of A.V.M. since 1962, would become chairman of the board.

Councilman Robert E. Godfrey criticized Jamestown Police Chief John Paladino’s use of the word “dissension” in a recent statement by the chief urging higher salary scales. The councilman said at a meeting of the Public Safety Committee that “disgruntled” would be a more accurate word to describe dissatisfaction over police salaries. Mr. Godfrey was chairman of the committee. He said the chief exaggerated the situation and that “disgruntled” should be limited to a few policemen.

In 1989, Chautauqua County’s Health and Law departments were cooperating to halt two unauthorized people from allegedly distributing anti-smoking signs to small businesses. The action was taken after numerous complaints were received on the conduct of the individuals said to be involved. It was reported that they were visiting such businesses as service stations, beauty shops and small stores advising employees of the county’s regulations against smoking in public places. In some instances it was reported that they were placing signs on the premises. The department had been advised that the individuals gave the impression they were employees of the health agency but refused to identify themselves.

Journalist Terry Anderson, in his fifth year as a prisoner of the politics he once reported, was “tired of being caged like an animal,” his sister said. “Enough is enough. … This cannot continue,” Peggy Say said at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., attended by members of Congress, Anderson’s colleagues and relatives of the hostages in Beirut, Lebanon. The ceremony marked the four years Anderson, the chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, had been held captive and was one of many observances across the country.