In Years Past

In 1914, the Chautauqua County woman’s suffrage convention opened in the Eagle Temple auditorium in Jamestown on this morning with Mrs. Hettie Sherwin, leader of the first assembly district, presiding. A paper was presented by Mrs. H. A. Hunt of Silver Creek which was read by Mrs. Nellie M. Erb. The subject was The Housewife and the Ballot. “Have you not heard that woman’s place is in the home? It should be and is her first business and the biggest, finest women we know, the women who think and who are helping to make the world better, are always the best homemakers. But why should she not have the vote to voice her wishes, to help her in her business of homemaking, the same as a man wants it to voice his preference,” read Mrs. Erb.

Tests just concluded by the horticultural experts of the New York state department of agriculture disclosed the fact that many potatoes shipped into the state from Maine were infected with the powdery scab, a new potato disease not known to have become established in the state of New York. Farmers were particularly warned against using any so-called Maine table stock for seed, as one lot examined by the department experts had been found to be badly infected.

In 1939, the minstrel men of the Bemus Point Volunteer Firemen’s Department played to a large audience Friday night in their third annual show. The stage was set to represent a country tavern with C. C. Hazzard as host-interlocutor. The black-faced men, William Carlson, Ward Lamphere, Walter Maydwell, Stuart Rosa, Walter Russ, Earl Shepardson and Richard Ward, were dressed as waiters. Other firemen, making up the well-rounded chorus, were grouped about refreshment tables. Mr. Lamphere sang the old favorite, Alexander’s Ragtime Band with the others joining in the chorus. Another specialty which brought applause was J. Maxwell Ward in The Umbrella Man, with his cart of umbrellas and old clocks. James Russ added to the fun with his broadcast of village news in rhyme.

Prompt and efficient action on the part of state police had resulted in the arrest of Mrs. Edward L. Drake and Floyd T. Benware, both of Springville, N.Y., who were given prison sentences following their arraignment before Justice of the Peace Earle W. Gage at Ashville Friday afternoon on a petit larceny charge for theft of chickens from the farm of Sam S. Gleason. Mr. Drake, who according to evidence substantiated by confessions, also participated in the thievery, but he had escaped and had not been apprehended.

In 1964, Fred (Kid) Kelsey, 46, died in Meyer Memorial Hospital, Buffalo. He was burned over 90 percent of his body early Friday in a fire that destroyed a portion of the old bus body in which he lived. Mr. Kelsey collapsed at the door of the Frank Rizzo home, Main Street, Portland, about 2:30 a.m. Friday, apparently having walked the half mile from his residence located at the rear of the Nick Rizzo farm on Route 20. He had shown some improvement on Monday and the hospital the previous morning said his condition was fair.

About 650 cancer crusaders of the American Cancer Society would be on the march in a house to house canvass through Jamestown the following night in an effort to help raise $37,500, the county’s quota in the fight on cancer. Mrs. James M. Stevens, city crusade chairman, reported that she was hoping the city campaign would bring $10,000. The past year about $6,000 was raised.

In 1989, Gov. Mario Cuomo had good news for utility companies but bad news for New York’s county governments. As expected, Cuomo vetoed a new tax on petroleum products. He said the tax would raise utility prices downstate, where those prices were already among the nation’s highest and actually make it easier for oil companies to cheat the state. But with the veto of the tax, Cuomo also vetoed a plan to give New York’s counties some $26 million in unrestricted state aid. Cuomo said he’d go along with giving that money to counties if a reliable funding source was found. The governor had originally proposed cutting all $79 million in county revenue sharing out of the budget.

More than 10,000 signatures of Jamestown area residents were winging their way to Lucille Ball. Written on more than 150 red and white “Jamestown Loves Lucy” banners, the signatures were collected over the past three days. “This is pretty impressive,” said Nelson Garifi, director of community relations at Jamestown Community College. The number of people who signed the banners is slightly more than 25 percent of the population of the Jamestown area, Garifi said. “This can’t happen in just any community. It happens only where people work together,” he said.