In Years Past

  • In 1914, while all Dunkirk mourned, joint funeral services were held the previous afternoon for Fred G. Bird, George A. Bird and Otto A. Walter, victims of the collision between an automobile and Lake Shore train the past Saturday morning. It was estimated the attendance was fully 4,000. Dunkirk and Irondequoit lodges, F. and A.M. were in charge of the service at Forest Hill cemetery in Fredonia where burial took place. The three caskets were lowered into the graves at the same time and the long line of Masons paid their last respects to the dead.
  • A man giving the name of Edward Wilson hired a horse and buggy of Frank Sternberg of the Jamestown barn. He told the liveryman he was going to drive to Busti. Later in the day, word was received from Ellington that a man was in that town abusing a horse. It was Mr. Sternberg’s horse. Deputy Sheriff E.A. Gossett went to Ellington in his automobile and arrested Wilson and brought him to Jamestown. Justice Maharon issued a warrant charging him with grand larceny.
  • In 1939, by passing a law ensuring that marrying should not expose women to loss of employment, the Swedish Parliament had endowed them with another legal benefit, designed to safeguard equality of status. Swedish women were already eligible for all public offices and in principle for the highest posts in the state. They could become solicitors, ministers, judges, in fact there was no legal bar to their entry into any profession or service except the army and the church. The new law concerning the employment of married women implied that, as from July 1, women could not be dismissed from employment by reason of their becoming engaged or married or having children.
  • L.M. Barton, Washington, acting assistant director of procurement, post office department, had informed Clyde Jones, Jamestown realtor, that a construction engineer had been detailed to make a topographical survey of the proposed site for the new post office and federal building. Mr. Jones represented owners of property which the government planned to purchase at East Third Street, Prendergast Avenue and East Second Street.
  • In 1964, Chautauqua County’s pollution problems – specifically failure to enforce anti-pollution laws – might go directly to Gov. Rockefeller. Richard O. Evans, chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, had been urged to take just such a step following a fruitless meeting with representatives of the NYS Health Dept., in Albany. The move underscored a growing urgency to defeat pollution which threatened Chautauqua Lake and communities along Lake Erie.
  • A milestone in the long history of Marlin-Rockwell Corp. was passed the previous day. The sale of assets of Marlin-Rockwell Corp. (MRC) to Thompson Ramo Wooldridge Inc. (TRW) of Cleveland, Ohio, was completed. The separate corporate existence of Marlin-Rockwell would cease and TRW would hereafter operate the business as the Marlin-Rockwell Co., division of Thompson Ramo Wooldridge Inc. Marlin-Rockwell was a consolidation of three of the oldest ball bearing companies in the country. The Gurney Ball Bearing Co., founded by Frederick W. Gurney, a Jamestown inventor, industrialist and designer of machinery, was one of the three companies.
  • In 1989, Bass anglers could expect another good season while muskellunge anglers would have fewer fish to contend with, according to a state wildlife official. This prediction came from Joe Evans, conservation biologist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation in Olean. This was the opening day of bass and muskellunge fishing season in New York state. Thousands of anglers would battle rain, weeds and crowded waters in hopes of landing a trophy game fish.
  • A full-page advertisement in this day’s Post-Journal had been placed by Chautauqua County Department of Social Services in its continuing effort to collect court-ordered child support payments. Commissioner Charles A. Ferraro said, Essentially, it is the list of individuals who have failed to meet court-ordered child support payments and who also have failed to satisfy a further court-ordered judgment against them to respond to the original court order.” The department had planned to publish a list in December in The Post-Journal and Dunkirk Evening OBSERVER. However, publication was delayed until legal questions were resolved.