In Years Past

In 1914, Coroner George DeForest of Warren County opened the formal inquest into the death of Leo Ganey at Russell, the hearing being scheduled to open at 2 p.m. The session was being held in the village hall and it was filled to the doors with a curious crowd of spectators, many women. Coroner DeForest was presiding but the examination was being largely conducted by District Attorney Frank J. Lyon. Charles Week’s interests were being looked after in chief by Hon. A.C. Wade of Jamestown who was present in person and Attorney Emmet H. Ross who was a law partner of Weeks’ brother, former Mayor James L. Weeks of Jamestown.

While happy in his play, little John Emerson Myers, age 4, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude C. Myers of Chicago Avenue, was instantly killed by the kick of a horse near his home this forenoon. It was one of those sudden and unfortunate accidents which so often bring unexpected and overwhelming sorrow. The little boy was playing with his velocipede on the sidewalk of Chicago Avenue not far from his home and was coasting down a little grade toward Fairmount Avenue. At the same time, Alfred Johnson, a driver for George Boardman, turned from the street with a load of dirt. As the horses reached the sidewalk, Johnson turned his horses and tried to avoid running over the boy. The velocipede ran into the horses’ heels and one of the team kicked viciously resulting in practically instant death for the little boy.

In 1939, final arrangements for the public Scout circus and Indian rodeo at the Jamestown High School stadium Saturday night by the Chautauqua Lake Area council, Boy Scouts of America, were completed at a commissioners’ meeting. Scouts and Scouters from every troop in the Chautauqua Lake area would participate. The Boy Scouts of America would revert back to the pioneer days in a scene of Indian pageantry and ceremony as a closing feature of the circus. The wild war whoops of pale faces in authentic Indian costumes would be heard from between 70 and 80 Scouts from troops throughout the council.

Mrs. Carl R. Nelson, wife of the former councilman and prominent citizen of Jamestown was severely burned about 3:30 p.m. this day when benzene she was using to clean clothing exploded. She was rushed to the Jamestown General Hospital in the police ambulance. The explosion tore most of Mrs. Nelson’s clothing from her and she was badly burned about the face and head. The explosion was so severe that a heavy cinder block partition was completely shattered in the basement where the explosion occurred. Two doors were torn from their hinges.

In 1964, the county’s current concern over water pollution, particularly in Lake Chautauqua, would be further amplified Friday when two bus loads of area residents were expected to converge on the Chautauqua County Board of Supervisors meeting in Mayville. Roger C. Anderson, a Chautauqua Lake Association director, was chairman of the event. The idea to provide free round trip transportation to the meeting, where, according to Anderson, people would have an opportunity to put their support behind any action supervisors recommended for combating water pollution, was conceived at a recent meeting of the association’s Board of Directors.

To provide Jamestown small fry with some opportunity for water recreation in the coming summer, City Council’s Parks Committee approved installation of shower sprinklers around the edge of the Allen Park wading pool. Roger C. Burgeson, director of public works, was instructed to install the sprinklers as soon as possible so they would be ready for use during the hot weather months.

In 1989, the Fredonia family caught in the midst of the violence in China was interviewed by Dan Rather in a Beijing airport. Shirley Schagrin was identified by several members of the Fredonia community on a CBS newscast, according to Karen West, director of college affairs at the State College at Fredonia. The names of Morton and Shirley Schagrin were on the list of Unites States citizens who arrived in Japan, a State Department task force member told The Post-Journal. Schagrin, a philosophy professor at Fredonia State, had been in China for a year as part of the Fullbright grant program.

A resolution to establish a hotel and motel occupancy tax in Chautauqua County was approved at a meeting of the Chautauqua County Legislature’s Finance Committee despite the anti-tax sentiments of several of the audience members. The 5-1 vote, with Legislator Alfred F. Jones, R-Chautauqua, voting no, cleared the proposal of its last hurdle before going to the County Legislature for a vote.