In Years Past

In 1914, the Rev. Clara Watson of Jamestown went to Fentonville this day and officiated at the funeral of shooting victim Leo Ganey, which was held at the home of Ganey’s sister, Katherine Rhodes. Watson spoke words of comfort and of cheer to the surviving relatives, emphasizing the point that death was but the transition from this life to a higher, broader plane of existence. It was a most appropriate, eloquent and effective discourse. The services were private, only immediate relatives being present. Floral pieces were sent by the Fentonville Cemetery Society and the Frewsburg Daughters of Rebekah Lodge. There were also floral offerings from neighbors and friends. The internment was in Fentonville Cemetery.

  • Mrs. James Ballard, a woman living near the Gurney Ball Bearing plant on Scott Street in Jamestown, was arrested upon complaint of Manager Gurney, who complained that she annoyed girls going to and from work in the plant. After an investigation, Ballard, who was a woman of good character, was discharged. It appeared that she had a husband ill with tuberculosis and five small children. She alleged that she had been seriously annoyed, called names, ridiculed and otherwise offended by the girls in the Gurney plant and that she was so incensed at some of them that she threatened them, the girls retaliating by ridicule and calling her names. Gurney was informed that his employees would be given the necessary protection but that the woman must not be annoyed any further. It was alleged that she threw stones at five girls but no evidence was secured that this was true.

In 1939, the need for a new dishwasher and dishwashing equipment at Jamestown General Hospital was discussed by members of the Health and Hospital Board at a special meeting called for that purpose two nights previously. Dorothy Dotterweich, superintendent, was finally authorized to advertise for bids for the needed equipment. It was estimated that the new dishwasher could cost approximately $1,000. Present facilities were inadequate to handle the needs satisfactorily, it was stated.

The graduating class members of Jamestown High School were the guests of the junior class at a colorful and gay reception in the school gymnasium Friday evening. The decorations for the evening transferred the gymnasium, the scene of many an athletic contest, into a colorful ballroom with streamers and baskets of cherry blossoms and spring flowers decorating the basketball baskets. As the seniors were the guests, Senior President John S. Tordoff led the grand march. Tordoff spoke briefly, thanking the class of 1940 and extending the goodwill of the seniors to the lowerclassmen. Robert Turner was master of ceremonies for the program.

In 1964, Rep. Charles E. Goodell (R-N.Y.) branded the Democratic recipe for curing poverty as one of the “worst written pieces of legislation ever to come before the House Education and Labor Committee.” Speaking before the House, Goodell said Republicans did not question the overall goal of eliminating poverty in the U.S., but did sharply criticize the methods favored by the Democrats. The Jamestown lawmaker was one in a group of minority members of the House committee to attack the measure from the floor.

State and county officials this morning met in secret session presumably on its policy of keeping secret Chautauqua Lake water samplings taken at tributary areas. Dr. Lyle D. Franzen, New York state district health officer, said any information stemming from the session in the Hotel Jamestown, would not be released through his office. “The press will be notified through regular channels,” he said. There was no explanation of what was meant by “regular channels.” The closed-door huddle was believed to stem from a move by county officials to keep the results of water samples from streams feeding into the lake, from the public. Wallace Fenton, chairman of the County Board of Supervisors Flood Control and Sanitation Committee, had previously announced that stream samplings, of which many were reported high, would not be released to the public.