In Years Past

In 1914, the new waiting rooms at the Hotel Humphrey for the patrons of the Jamestown Street Railway and Warren and Jamestown lines were opened for public use Wednesday evening. Workmen had been busy preparing these rooms for some time, and they had to hurry to have them ready to open before the commercial travelers’ convention began. It may be said, without fear of contradiction, that these rooms – there were two – for appearance and convenience and comfort were far superior to the average street railway waiting rooms. Indeed, it was doubtful if there was a street railway station in the state of New York which was as well equipped and as attractive in appearance. Toilet rooms had been provided for women and no detail overlooked that was required for convenience of patrons.

In a first class, A number 1 exhibition of the national pastime, Jamestown evened up for the beating received at the hands of the Bradford club by taking a game by a 4-1 score. With Molyneaux on the mound, working in a big league style, and with his teammates giving him air tight support behind him, Bradford never had a chance to win. So well did “Molly” have the situation in hand that only two of the visitors saw third base and one of these brought across their only tally.

In 1939, Representative Daniel A. Reed, Dunkirk Republican and member of the House Ways and Means Committee, took time out from the debate on the social security bill to give his impressions of their Britannic majesties, King George and Queen Elizabeth, whom he, with other members of congress, had met in the rotunda of the capitol. “I found them very charming and gracious,” was Representative Reed’s comment. “The queen has winning ways and a wholesome natural beauty,” he added. The congressman was particularly impressed by the fact that Her Majesty used no makeup on her typically English complexion.

The Jamestown Concert band, Mauritz Swanson, director, which had the honor of participating in the exercises at Philadelphia a year ago, marking the 300th anniversary of the first Swedish settlement in America, had again been accorded a distinction as they were chosen to play at the Swedish building in the New York World’s Fair grounds on Swedish Day, Sunday, June 25. The invitation was extended through the Swedish commission to the World’s Fair, the day to be marked by a typically Swedish program of music, folk dancing and other features.

In 1964, swimming at Wright Park and in most of the Point Gratiot Park area in Dunkirk probably would continue to be banned again this summer because of pollution. Dr. Joseph V. Karnes, city health officer, said “the bacteriological count is higher than the state permits for bathing – and if subsequent test remain unimproved, swimming will be curtailed again this year.” Meanwhile, members of the Chautauqua County Board of Supervisors were meeting in Mayville to consider a standard countywide sanitary and health code which would cover pollution cases.

An eight-week intensive investigation ended the previous day with the apprehension of two Ellery Township teenage boys in connection with breaking car windshields at Macy’s Car Lot, Route 17 at Town Line Road. Trooper Peter F. Darling said the youths, after questioning, admitted that they had hurled stones and broken the windshields while standing along the highway waiting for a school bus. The officer said 10 windshields were broken and each was valued from $20 to $50 by the car lot owner. The officer also completed an investigation involving another Ellery teenager who was apprehended following a complaint filed by a Bemus Point teacher who said the youth had called him uncomplimentary names.

In 1989, the Moral Majority was being dismantled after a decade of leading religious conservatives out of the political wilderness but analysts said the effects of its lobbying efforts would endure.”There are those saying we are witnessing the end of the religious right,” said the Rev. Richard Neuhaus, director of the Center on Religion and society in New York.”I do not think this is the beginning of the end. To paraphrase Churchill, ‘This is the end of the beginning.'” The lobbying group, which raised $69 million and helped elect three Republican administrations since its founding in June 1979, had accomplished its mission of politicizing religious conservatives, television evangelist Jerry Falwell told a meeting of the Religion Newswriters Association.

The weed problem in Chautauqua Lake was the worst in the memory of some veteran lake observers. And weed control was considered almost impossible under present conditions. “We’ve had a couple of motors burn out because of the weeds – they plug the water intake,” Sandy Galati, president of Ashville Bay Marina and Holiday Harbor, said. The task of trying to deal with the bumper crop of weeds fell to the Chautauqua Lake Association, which had its six harvesters in operation according to President Douglas E. Conroe. “I’ve been almost every place on the lake and it’s (weed growth) very well advanced. Way ahead of the normal growing schedule,” Conroe said.