In Years Past

In 1914, the old-time logging bee when the men of a neighborhood assembled to haul the logs into piles and burn them had its counterpart this day down on the Hundred Acre lot in Jamestown where 200-300 from city schools and others interested were busily engaged in cutting, hauling, piling and burning the underbrush and rubbish. Logging bees were now only a memory. When the country was new, the settlers devoted their efforts to clearing the land. Timber that now would be worth untold sums, was piled and burned. There would never be any more bees in this section because there were no more logs and if there were, they would be too valuable to dispose of in that manner.

This day had been set up as National Suffrage Day and all over the United States suffragists were holding celebrations. The Women’s Politician Union celebrated by holding a statewide convention in New York and would end up by a huge mass meeting in Carnegie Hall at which Harriet Stanton Blatch would preside and Mayor John Purroy Mitchell and Dr. Katherine B. Davis would be among the speakers. Edith Ainge, chairman of the local branch of the W.P.U., had gone to New York to attend the convention and she would be among those seated on the platform at the mass meeting on this evening.

In 1939, police and volunteer firemen of Lakewood and Celoron were awaiting the abatement of high wind and waves the previous afternoon before starting grappling operations in quest of the bodies of John C. Bargar, 32, of Cook Avenue and Glenn Arthur Bargar, 24, of Sharon, Pa., who were believed to have drowned early Saturday night while fishing from a canoe in the vicinity of Grass Island. Virtually the last doubt that the two brothers had drowned was removed when a canoe found at Celoron was positively identified as the one in which the two brothers started out on a fishing excursion Saturday afternoon. Heavily clothed as protection against the cold wind they were probably unable to do much to help themselves once they were plunged into the cold water.

The two youths who were arrested in West Virginia recently in possession of a car owned by Supervisor Coyle A. Boyd of Jamestown, would be returned to this city within a few days to face burglary and grand larceny charges. Chief Edwin Nyholm received a telegram saying that the defendants would be freed of charges and turned over to Jamestown officers if $145 was paid to the Fairmont, W. Va. police department for expenses incurred in apprehending and keeping the two youths. Nyholm announced that two officers from the Jamestown department would drive to Fairmont the following day and collect the youths. The money would be paid by relatives of the boys who were anxious to have them returned here to face charges rather than have them tried in West Virginia.

In 1964, about 30 firemen from Frewsburg and Falconer Fire Departments were called to Flakeboard Corp., Falconer Street, Frewsburg, this morning when the plant’s own fire brigade of a dozen men was unable to quell a sawdust fire. Morley Lindquist, plant superintendent, said the fire broke out about 10 a.m. in a dust hopper in the wood preparation area of the plant. He said damage to equipment was slight but that an extensive cleanup operation would be necessary because of water damage.

A Southwestern Central eighth-grade student, Harriet Power, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Milton Power, Baker Street Extension, Jamestown, had won the Chautauqua County Spelling Bee for the second consecutive year. Power was also the county champ in 1963. Following her county victory the previous year, she went on to place fourth in the Western New York finals.

In 1989, U.S. workers were lagging behind their Japanese and West German counterparts mainly because of poor on-the-job training, not a weakening of the work ethic, an MIT report concluded. The great success of training and retraining programs run by Japanese and German corporations suggested that the workplace, not the schoolhouse, was the best place to prepare workers to keep up with changing technologies, concluded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology report, “Made in America.” “Young Americans receive most of their job skills in institutions of formal learning, and what they pick up on the job is usually of a limited nature, gathered from watching a colleague,” the report said.

WCA Hospital was one of 220 hospitals statewide that wanted to delay implementing state Health Department rules that would require them to hire additional trained personnel. The state would pay a percentage of the extra costs of complying with the rules. The New York State Hospital Association had filed suits in state Supreme Court and in U.S. District Court, according to an Associated Press report. According to Daniel Sisto, president of the hospital association, the regulations would be “generally beneficial but they’re not essential given the health care crisis in New York.”