In Years Past

In 1914, every man and woman of every civilized country should feel a deep personal interest in the reduction of infant mortality. In the name of humanity this should be true of Jamestown, where it not only affected the happiness of the home but the welfare of the city and the future of the race. On July 1-3 there would be exhibited in the State Armory building, charts and illustrations dealing with the proper care of children to which every mother should devote some time and consideration. A great percentage of the babies that died the past year might have been saved had proper attention been given to three things. First – the proper care of the future mother; second – the proper feeding of the baby; third – the proper sanitation and ventilation of the home.

The Jamestown Fire Department was called at 6:20 Friday evening to Brooklyn Square to extinguish a blaze that had started in the store of the National Household Furniture Company, 12 South Main Street. The stock was badly damaged and the loss would amount to several thousand dollars. The fire started in the basement of the building in what was known as the finishing room. Policeman Carl Norlander saw the smoke and turned in an alarm, which was promptly answered by the fire department. To this was due the fact that the damage was not more serious. The smoke was so dense that the firemen could only enter the building with difficulty. They persisted, however, and soon had the fire confined to the place where it originated. Fortunately the basement had a cement floor which helped in the fight.

In 1939, an orange and white World of Tomorrow greeted nearly 400 JHS seniors as they took over the cafeteria for their last undergraduates’ meal in old Jamestown High School. A color scheme which would make any artist envious was the result of the blending of colorful formal dresses of the girls and the dark coats and white trousers of the boys – not to forget the orange ties that gained some of the credit in the color scheme. Miniature trylons and perispheres in every nook and cranny of the cafeteria brought out the World’s Fair theme. The pillars in the cafeteria were covered with the orange and white class numerals and fantastic replicas of things-to-be-seen at the World’s Fair were found in the gymnasium.

The Class of 1939 at Lakewood High School slipped into the unusual column as the class roll revealed a predominance of boys – and by no narrow margin, either. Twenty-seven of the 49 class members were boys to get down to the bare facts. They would all get their diplomas on this evening at the Commencement exercises in the school auditorium with Dr. D.C. Perkins, president of the school board of education in the vending position. The high school orchestra and chorus would join in the program, all appearing under the baton of Arthur R. Goranson.

In 1989, the state Assembly gave final legislative approval to a bill that would force “junk fax” operators to ply their trade in the dead of night throughout New York. Moving on a host of consumer-oriented bills as it rushed to end the 1989 legislative session by the end of the week, the Assembly also gave final approval to measures that would ban irradiated food, control simulated checks distributed by mail-order companies and toughen New York’s used car “lemon law.” The bill banned unsolicited fax messages unless they were sent between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

A 200-bed drug and alcohol rehabilitation center planned as an annex to the Lakeview Correctional Facility was a new direction in corrections, Assemblyman William Parment, D-North Harmony, told The Post-Journal. “We are trying to actually deal with the people’s problems who are being incarcerated. I think this was a very meaningful bill,” Parment said. The key was the language in the bill that provided that the state Department of Corrections would not “dump” addicts on the street, as in the past, Parment said.