In Years Past

In 1914, the annual memorial exercises for the pupils and teachers of the Jamestown public schools who had died during the past year were held Wednesday afternoon at the Lake View Cemetery. The service was attended by a large number of teachers and pupils of the public schools, who gathered together for a short time to pay their respects and tribute to their former friends and associates. The exercises were held on the plot of ground purchased by the schools for the purpose of holding these annual exercises which were very short and simple. Miss Carrie E. Aiken, the necrologist, read the list of pupils and teachers who had passed away since the last memorial service.

About 12:30 Wednesday morning someone whose identity was unknown to the owners, attempted to ruin the oil well on the lamb farm near Oil City, owned by George Campbell, Charles Wilbert and W. Baker, by blowing off the casing head with dynamite. The shot was a heavy one and apparently the intention of the vandals had been accomplished as the rods and tubing were all in the hole. The pumping jack was torn to pieces. The explosion was heard by a number of residents of that neighborhood but the cause was not known until daylight on Wednesday. It would take several days’ work to remove the stuff from the hole.

In 1939, people were being cautious in Celoron and sleeping at night with their homes sealed tight. Screens were nailed to framework in some houses and no openings were left such as would permit the entry of an anthropoid. Three members of the new colony of denizens on Monkey Island had escaped from Celoron Park and were rummaging through the trees of the park and otherwise disporting themselves to the distraction of staid residents and park guests. Much of the uneasiness was experienced among older residents of Celoron. So far the fugitive monkeys hadn’t tried housebreaking but their keeper wasn’t extending any assurances.

Explosion of a gasoline pump inside a garage at 19 Harrison St., Jamestown, occupied by the Fro-Joy Ice Cream Company, brought firemen to that place in a hurry this morning. It was feared at first that the burning gasoline would start a dangerous blaze but the flames were extinguished in quick order by firemen using a fog nozzle on an ordinary water line. This type of nozzle threw a heavy spray or “fog” that cut off the oxygen, choking the blaze.

In 1964, winter sports would take a “giant slalom forward” in the winter of 1964-65 with the opening of a second ski resort in Chautauqua County located at the western extremity of New York state. Cost of the project was listed at $250,000. Located in the Clymer-French Creek area near the Pennsylvania-New York border, the new resort would serve ski enthusiasts throughout Western New York and Pennsylvania plus all of Ohio and parts of Indiana and Michigan. Under construction by Western Chautauqua Recreation Inc., the new resort would be named “Peek ‘n Peak.”

A special appeal had gone out to Gov. Rockefeller asking for his aid in combating pollution in Chautauqua County. The announcement came against a background of worsening conditions along the Lake Erie shoreline in northern Chautauqua County, where Dr. Lyle D. Franzen, NYS Health Officer, recommended the closing of several public beaches. Bathing beaches on Chautauqua Lake had been pronounced safe for swimming so far but between 10 and 15 percent of other lake areas had been listed as polluted.

In 1989, rains were taking a toll throughout the area. Fields were so wet farmers were not able to finish their planting and get their hay crops in. Local agriculture experts noted that the past year at about this time, a summer-long drought was just beginning. This year, farmers were asking questions abut how late field corn could be planted with the expectation of having some kind of a crop.

National advocates believed New York’s move to restrict smoking in public buildings and the workplace statewide would help them win over the rest of the nation. “Everyone basically looks to New York as a trend-setting state,” said Angela Mickel of the Tobacco Free America project, a Washington D.C.-based organization funded by the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. “What happens in New York is definitely going to help the movement across the country.”