In Years Past

In 1914, an alarm of fire was turned in from The Journal office in Jamestown shortly before noon when the motor which furnished power for the elevator in the building short circuited and burned out. The burning oil and connections made quite a smudge, giving the appearance of a good blaze. The automobile chemical truck and the hook and ladder truck stationed at the city building responded and arrived on the scene in less than three minutes but there was nothing for the firemen to do, the fire having burned itself out. The damage was limited to the motor. Considerable inconvenience resulted from the necessity of carrying the heavy forms from the composing room down three flights of stairs to the press room in the basement.

Innovations in accommodations on board transatlantic steamships were rare but the Patria, the Fabre line’s new vessel, which would arrive in New York soon on her maiden trip, had one that ought to make her the envy of all her sister ships, particularly among those vessels on the Bermuda run to the land of brides and honeymoons. When the Patria arrived, her most interesting section would be on D deck known as the bachelor quarters. There would be first-class accommodations set apart solely for those bashful, retiring bachelors who were made nervous by the near approach of women on ship board. No women would be allowed in these sacred precincts, not even brides.

In 1939, the operetta, Tulip Time, the major offering of the year of the Music Department of the Bemus Point Central School would be presented on Wednesday and Thursday evenings of this week in the school auditorium. Albert Harvey of the Music Department was chief director. Coach James Scofield was directing the dancing which would feature Dutch dancers equipped with wooden shoes and the gay costumes were in the hands of Helen Graham and her homemaking girls. David Dorman of the Shop department and his boys had set the stage and the entire school was most enthusiastic over the colorful event.

Smith M. Flickinger, president of the S.M. Flickinger Company Inc., and one of the nation’s outstanding wholesale and retail grocers, died the previous day in St. Francis Hospital, Miami Beach, Fla. He was 74 years old. Brought up on an Erie County farm, Flickinger came to Buffalo at the age of 21 and found a $7 a week job. Through his industry and ability, he climbed to the pinnacle of the retail and wholesale grocery business. Red and White stores, which the Flickinger company originally sponsored, numbered more than 8,000 throughout the United Stated and Canada.

In 1964, did the state of New York have a deliberate plan to keep motorists heading for the New York World’s Fair on the Thruway, thereby getting the maximum revenues during the fair’s two-year run? Some local authorities thought such a policy existed and was pointed up by the state neglecting to mention Chautauqua County as a stop-off point on the way to the fair. According to these authorities, the state could also be delaying construction of the Southern Tier Expressway through this area, to help channel motorists onto the toll road. If construction of the expressway was to begin this year, by next year fair goers would be more apt to take the Route 17 scenic drive, cutting into the state’s anticipated Thruway revenues, they claimed.

Concern that Jamestown Community College’s proposed building expansion program might force a halt or curtailment in the operation of the Municipal Golf Course was sounded at a meeting of the Recreation Commission. At a session which was attended by eight members of Jamestown City Council, William W. Boerst, commission chairman, decried what he described as “secrecy” of JCC officials as to the location of the proposed new college building or buildings.

In 1989, line crews of New York State Electric & Gas Corp. worked until 1:30 a.m., Sunday to restore power to a large section of the utility’s Gowanda operating area, according to Manager Robert Pass. Pass said as many as 10 crews were busy, beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, making repairs to lines damaged when limbs fell on them from the weight of heavy, wet snow that fell during the day. He said the major service areas affected by extensive power interruptions included Cattaraugus-New Albion, Cherry Creek, Leon, South Dayton, Randolph and Silver Creek.

State Supreme Court was expected to rule within three weeks on the fate of a proposed five-lane reconstruction of Route 394 in West Ellicott. Both the state Department of Transportation and the committee for the Preservation of Route 394 presented their cases to state Supreme Court Justice Joseph J. Ricotta. He was expected to hand down a decision by April 21.