In Years Past

In 1914, all union journeymen plumbers in the city of Olean went on strike upon their demands for $4 a day having been refused by the Master Plumbers’ Association. Most of the masters were practical workmen and the plumbing shops were being kept open in spite of the strike. As yet, no attempt had been made to fill the places of the strikers. There were but 22 men affected by the strike. The union treasury was said to be well filled and a long fight seemed to be in prospect. The men had been receiving $3.50 for an eight-hour day.

With one exception, Charles Ipson had probably served the city of Jamestown for a longer term in official life than any other citizen of the city. He stood at the head of the list for long, conscientious and efficient service as a member of the local board of health. At the expiration of the term of office for which he had been appointed recently, he declined to accept a re-appointment at the hands of Mayor Carlson, feeling that after 20 years on the board, he was entitled to a vacation from official life.

In 1939, details of the Band Booster Day for Saturday were discussed in detail at a meeting of the Parents’ Association with members of the Jamestown High School band, orchestra and a capella choir in the high school. Present plans provided for a parade by the band to start from the high school Saturday afternoon at 2:30 with a concert on Cherry Street, next to the Hotel Jamestown scheduled for 3 p.m.. It was expected that the band would march about the streets before continuing to Brooklyn Square where another concert would be given on the “island.” Ten thousand buttons bearing the wording “J.H.S. Band Booster” had been acquired and would be sold on the streets on Saturday.

Seven days a week, rain or shine, morning and afternoon, five men clad in boots, oil skin coats and trousers, left the state fish hatchery at Bemus Point to make the rounds of 15 widely separated fish traps. Over a period of three weeks the four-hour trips were made in a motorboat with two flat bottom boats in tow, all laden with nets, pails, pans, large tanks, thermometers and other paraphernalia necessary to carry on a unique business – the gathering of spawn from Chautauqua Lake’s mightiest fish, the Muskellunge. According to hatchery employees, as high as five quarts of eggs had been stripped from a single ‘lunge. Over 800 of the fish had been handled this year with 11 million eggs yielded.

In 1989, Gov. Mario Cuomo, admitting his grandchildren probably wouldn’t think much of the idea, said it was time for New York to consider having school six days a week and running into July. Warning that Americans were “a little more flabby than some of the people we’re competing against,” Cuomo said that it was time for a school year that was “a little tougher and harder.” However, the head of one of the state’s major teachers’ unions said Cuomo’s proposal was coming at the wrong time, given a shortage of teachers in some fields.

South Dayton residents were being asked to start recycling to help cut the village’s costs for solid waste disposal and help save the environment. Cattaraugus County had ordered municipal wastes reduced by 15 percent or municipalities would face increased tipping fees. South Dayton was one of the leaders among municipalities, establishing guidelines to help reduce the waste stream.