In Years Past

In 1914, the trouble with most thin folks who wished to gain weight was that they insisted on drugging their stomach or rubbing on useless “flesh creams” or following some foolish physical culture stunt while the real cause of thinness went untouched. One could not get fat until the digestive tract assimilated the food eaten. Thanks to a remarkable new scientific discovery, it was now possible to combine into simple form the very elements needed to help people convert food into rich, fat-laden blood. This master-stroke of modern chemistry was called Sargol and had been termed the greatest of flesh builders. Sargol aimed to soak up the fattening elements of food and pass them into the blood where they could be carried to every starved, broken-down cell and tissue of one’s body.

The Jamestown common council met in regular session Monday evening in the council chamber with all the aldermen present. The board of estimate and review reported that petitions for paving Hoyt Alley between Second and Third streets and Third and Fourth streets had been examined and found to contain the names of the majority of the resident property owners. It was recommended that the alley be paved with No. 2 side hill block between Third and Fourth streets and with No. 2 state block between Second and Third streets, both to be laid on a five inch concrete base with cement curbing.

In 1939, the Public Service Commission in Albany had instituted an investigation to inquire into the services, practices, methods and facilities of the municipal electric plant of the Village of Mayville, in extending and furnishing electric service outside the village. The purpose of the investigation was to determine whether the village was legally operating beyond its municipal boundaries. It was started after it had been made to appear to the commission that the village of Mayville had extended its electric service and was furnishing service outside the village limits without first having obtained permission and approval of the commission.

A request that the city of Jamestown clean up the property about the boatlanding bridge, demolish the old repair shop at the water’s edge and construct a new steamboat dock on the west side of the outlet, near the bridge, was received by the Tax Sale property committee meeting at city hall. The request came from Chester McCray of Celoron who operated the Steamer City of Jamestown. Mr. McCray added the request that billboards standing on the west bank of the Chadakoin River, by the site he proposed for a new dock, be removed to provide for automobile parking space.

In 1964, a mentally deranged Japanese youth scaled a six-foot wall at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and plunged a knife so deep in the right thigh of U.S. Ambassador Edwin O. Reischauer that it reached the bone. But Reischauer, 53, after undergoing emergency surgery and a blood transfusion was declared to be in good condition and recovering. The popular U.S. diplomat was stabbed as he was coming out of the embassy door to go to lunch. Dr. Reischauer spoke for a week at Chautauqua Institution in 1959 on “Japan and the Far East Today.”

Lady luck was with Mark O’Neill, 3, at 1 p.m. the previous afternoon. Only thin ice held him at the arm pits from sinking into more than two feet of icy Chautauqua Lake water after he walked on the ice for a distance of about 25 feet from shore at the Municipal Recreation beach in Lakewood. Dressed in a snow suit, the boy was alone. Police Chief Anthony Caprino rescued the boy from possible drowning. He unbuckled his heavy gun belt, dropped it to the ground and ran into the water, which reached up to his hips. A passerby had seen the boy fall through the ice. He ran to the nearby home of E. Robert Bootey from which the telephone call notified the police.

In 1989, despite three feet of mud, deteriorating access roads and unstable weather, Brocton’s Lake View Correctional Facility was on schedule, according to James R. Moore, project superintendent for Dick Enterprises of Pittsburgh, prime contractor for the project. “We are ahead in some areas, behind in others, so I guess it evens out,” Moore said as he four-wheeled his truck through a sea of thick, sticky mud that would be the site of a prison by winter. This was the fourth prison Moore had helped build in the past 18 months.

A member of a musically oriented Jamestown family would perform with the U.S. Navy Band when it played in Jamestown in April. Master Chief Musician Mark V. Mallare, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent F. Mallare of Falconer St., would be with the Navy band on April 5 at Jamestown Community College. Mallare was a 1966 Jamestown High School graduate. A trumpet player, Mallare had been with the Navy band since 1970. He was also a member of the Navy Band Brass Quintet and served as division officer for the organization’s concert/ceremonial division.