In Years Past

In 1914, the public service commission took up the matter some time ago of the complaint of Jamestown Council, United Commercial Travelers of America, that the Chautauqua Traction Company did not furnish adequate toilet facilities on its cars that were operated between Jamestown and Westfield. The traction company, on its part, showed the difficulty and undesirability of maintaining toilets on the cars that operated through so much suburban property and further gave a list of stations between Jamestown and Westfield where toilet facilities were provided. They stated that cars would wait for passengers to use these facilities, if requested to do so.

The typhoid fever situation was the subject under discussion at a special meeting of the Dunkirk health board the previous afternoon. It was decided to communicate with the state department of health and request its advice and cooperation in dealing with the epidemic. It was also voted to request the water commissioners to take such steps as they deemed necessary in aiding in the fight against the typhoid outbreak. The water commissioners were asked to investigate the value and cost of the chlorine process of purifying water.

In 1939, New York’s $160 million World’s Fair, which took three years to build, was open at last. The greatest international exposition in history – two square miles of Long Island – embracing 300 gleaming buildings, 50 miles of roads and 35,000 employees – opened its gates the previous day to several hundred thousand visitors. President Roosevelt headed a kaleidoscopic program of inaugural ceremonies, coming down from Hyde Park to proclaim the fair a token of America’s spirit of friendship and peace toward all the world.

Two boys, one 13, the other 15, giving Little Washington, Pa., as their home, the older youth with a bullet wound in his right thigh, were picked up in Dunkirk on Sunday night by Patrolmen. The boys were in a car stalled on Pennsylvania Avenue. The car, a coach bearing Pennsylvania license plates, was stolen, police said, in Warren, Pa. Secreted in the car was a veritable arsenal, consisting of a .22 caliber automatic rifle revolver, two automatic pistols and a .32 caliber revolver, all new and a large quantity of ammunition. The story of the wounding of the older boy was that he accidentally shot himself with a rifle pistol while engaged in target practice. Police alleged the boy was wounded in a holdup attempt at a Leon gasoline station. The arsenal was stolen from a hardware store in Oil City, Pa.

In 1964, the theft of $4,000 worth of men’s suits the previous night capped a string of burglaries which had Jamestown detectives working round-the-clock for the past week. An estimated 67 suits were taken sometime the past night from Robert Hall Clothes, 832 Foote Ave. The theft was discovered at 9 a.m. when an employee found a side door jimmied open. Value of the suits was set at an average of $50 each by Leo E. Hummerick, manager of the store. The detective bureau sent out an immediate teletype alarm covering 13 eastern states. A similar theft was reported in Cheektowaga near Buffalo where about 100 men’s suits and sport coats were taken from The Sample Shop on Walden Avenue.

The Chautauqua Lake Association made a second appeal to boat owners to remove floating debris from the lake. Harold T. Lovejoy, president of the lake group, pointed out again that the association did not have the facilities for cleaning up shore litter and that this had to be the responsibility either of the townships or the individual property owners. “Although we have clearly stated we cannot do this job,” he said, “there still appears to be some misunderstanding about it.”

In 1989, environmentalists said a beach erosion plan for Presque Isle State Park in Erie, that would result in the largest breakwater system of its type in the world was a “major shoreline blunder.” The proposed 5-mile long breakwater system would jeopardize the area’s unique ecology and be hazardous to bathers, they told The Pittsburgh Press in an article published Sunday. It also would destroy the view and require costly maintenance, they said. “This stinks,” said Paul Wiegman, director of natural area programs for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. “There’s an ecological pulse to Presque Isle that is not being considered whatsoever.”

The federal government had budget problems because it had promised too much money to too many people, according to Rep. Amo Houghton. Houghton, R-Corning, made his remarks at a trade and business development conference at St. Bonaventure University. “We’re over promised,” he said. “The seeds of our destruction come from within. We spend seven times more on senior citizens and veterans than kids,” Houghton said, citing an example and adding that children were the county’s future and the country needed to “prioritize.”