In Years Past

In 1914, the Hetfield block, an old wooden structure at the foot of Cross Street, Jamestown, owned by E.V. Hetfield and occupied by over 40 persons, was visited by the board of health this day. A thorough inspection of the premises was made and at its conclusion the board held a special meeting at City Hall and issued an order citing Hetfield to appear before the board at its next meeting, June 19, to show cause why the ordinances of the board of health, in so far as they related to the building, should not be enforced. This, in effect, was condemnation of the building for it was in a very bad condition and was practically beyond proper repair.

Charles D. Hilles, chairman of the Republican National Committee and president of the New York Juvenile Association, said he believed much of the so-called badness in boys was primarily due to decayed teeth and their consequent inability to property masticate their food. He based his conclusions on observations of boys sent as delinquents to the Children’s Village at Dobbs Ferry where an average of 550 youngsters were getting a chance to become decent and self-respecting citizens. He declared that 91 percent of the boys suffered from bad teeth and that after two years of care with a dentist, together with practice in the art of using a tooth brush, the boys were turned out 90 percent good instead of 90 percent bad.

In 1939, the comparative lull in the European situation in the past few days, said S. Miles Bouton, addressing the Jamestown Kiwanis Club at its noon lunch meeting, had again encouraged optimists who refused to look at facts in the face. But although Hitler had been slowed up by the growing odds against him, he had not abandoned and would not abandon his plan to secure Danzig. Dr. Goebbels, minister of propaganda, told the official Nazi party three weeks ago that “the leader has set the day and hour for bringing Danzig home.”

All members of the various local building trades unions were employed at present, it was reported at the meeting of the Building and Construction Trades council Wednesday evening at the Central Labor Hall in Jamestown. It was reported that there had been a general upturn in the construction field during the past three months and that the unions were looking for a further upturn after July 1. While a large number of the men were employed on PWA projects, it was announced that many were also working on factory and mercantile projects. It was said that there was some employment on private dwellings. It was reported that it was difficult to secure enough union workers in the skilled building trades.

In 1964, a 50-year-old farmhand and his dog, a retriever type, perished in a homemade house trailer in an early Sunday morning fire of undetermined origin in the town of Portland. The victim had been identified by his employer as Paul Houghtalen, original address unknown. Lee Manzella, Fuller road, discovered the fire. When volunteer firemen arrived, the dwelling was engulfed in flames. Employed by Howard Green, a Route 20 farmer, Houghtalen was described by Mrs. Green as a good worker and a “person who never talked about himself.” The house trailer was rebuilt from a portable roadside fruit stand on a low haywagon. It was heated by oil but the oil stove was not in operation, police said.

All of Chautauqua Lake was apparently not polluted after all, reported state and county officials. A joint release which answered a question asked by The Post-Journal the past week, listed the places safe for swimming purposes and the areas “above the pollution threshold.” Results of water samples taken from creek beds, drainage basins and adjacent waters during the sampling survey period since April 6, were summarized in the report. Originally, the results of these samplings were not to be made public, according to a program outlined by Wallace H. Fenton, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors Flood Control and Sanitation Committee.

In 1989, tree stumps dotted the landscape along Route 394 near Burger King and McDonald’s, as state Department of Transportation workers cut and cleared trees and brush to create a right of way for the widening of the highway. DOT workers were still in the process of clearing branches in preparation for felling more trees.

The town of Ellicott and city of Jamestown remained at an impasse on water bills for Sewer District 4 in the Buffalo and Willard streets area. Ellicott had not paid the bill, Frances Morgan, town supervisor, said. Morgan said she would pay the bill as soon as an accurate billing method was determined. “The issues are at a standstill. I won’t pay the bills until they are resolved. We both lose,” Morgan told the Town Board at Wednesday evening’s meeting.