In Years Past

  • In 1914, the child welfare exhibit which would be shown in Jamestown under the auspices of the Visiting Nurses’ Association, local health authorities and the state department of health, was opened on this afternoon and would be run every day for three days. It would be in charge of a demonstrator and a trained infant welfare nurse. The nurse would give frequent demonstrations of the preparation of food and the right way to handle a baby in bathing and dressing. She would also show how to arrange the baby’s bed so that it might get the greatest possible amount of air without being exposed to the attacks of flies and mosquitoes.
  • The village of Lakewood was the scene of one of the most interesting and liveliest meetings of the Village Board that had been held for some time. The reason for a large attendance was that the citizens of Beechwood were determined to have police protection. The town limits of Lakewood included Beechwood so it was necessary for the citizens of Beechwood to take their troubles to the Lakewood Board. Beechwood people had been annoyed by camping parties that were more noisy than was considered necessary and they finally decided to go to the village board and see if they could not have more police protection during July and August.
  • In 1939, about 7:30 in the morning, a cabin cruiser came skimming across Chautauqua Lake, full steam ahead. The lake was crowded with fishermen enjoying the first day of the season. All of them, luckily, realized that the boat had no intentions of turning, and gave it the right of way. The boat was unmanned, coming straight across the lake and smashing the forepart of a speedboat, owned by John Lown and shooting over his dock, continuing on its course to the Fred Bottomley dock. The boat came to a stop on shore between the two docks, being little the worse for its wild trip. The boat’s owner, Joseph Sgero, 30, of Jamestown, had been spilled out of the boat into the wind-swept waters of the lake near Beechwood. He was rescued by Ward Schmitt of Lakewood.
  • The New York state encampment of the Veterans of Foreign Wars would have legislators declare “unlawful” the holding of a public meeting by any “un-American organization, group or society.” That resolution, which also would outlaw display of any flag or banner such as those of the “German-American bund or Communist organizations,” was adopted at the convention at Syracuse. The Military Order of Cooties, fun-making group, elected James McGinnis, of Rochester, as grand commander and the V.F.W. auxiliary chose Ethel M. Plume of Mt. Vernon as state president.
  • In 1964, three members of an Ontario family were in serious condition in Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, with injuries received when their car was struck by a flaming tractor-trailer on Route 5, a quarter-mile east of Pecor Street in Portland. They were identified as George Conn, 51, his wife, Edith, 48, and their 12-year-old daughter, Charlene. Police said the accident occurred as the tractor-trailer unit was proceeding east on Route 5. The driver, L. Finley Horn, 27, of Edinboro, Pa., told officers the inside of his cab suddenly burst into flames. He leaped from the vehicle, which went out of control and crossed the highway to where it struck the extreme right side of the Conn car – a small, American-made sports car.
  • Jamestown’s canine residents might be fit-to-be-tied soon unless they started showing better manners during their daily romps. It was their candid cavorting over neighboring property that was causing a howl of protest heard daily at City Hall. Plagued by complaints from angry residents, officials were tentatively considering an amendment to confine dogs to their home ground 24 hours a day. For some reason no one had yet explained, there were certain characters in the canine world who would prefer to use a neighbor’s lawn as a permanent comfort station.
  • In 1989, Chautauqua Institution was a national historic landmark. That announcement was made in Washington by United States Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan and Rep. Amo Houghton, R-Corning, and in Chautauqua by Institution President Daniel L. Bratton. That made the day an exciting day for the Institution, Bratton told a morning lecture audience. Lujan said he made the designation to recognize Chautauqua’s importance in U.S. history and its preservation over the years. Chautauqua Institution was founded in 1874.
  • Doctors who unethically prescribed anabolic steroids and young body-building athletes who took the drugs would be subject to strict penalties, under legislation agreed to by New York state lawmakers. Steroids, the muscle-building drug that brought the potential side effects of cancer, sterility, liver and heart disease, would become a controlled substance like cocaine and amphetamines under the law. Doctors caught dispensing the drug for other than therapeutic reasons could lose their licenses and be sentenced to 5-15 years in prison.