In Years Past

In 1914, Mrs. Clark White was seriously hurt two days previously in an automobile accident about 1 mile from Collins Center. She was taken to her home in that village where physicians found that one leg and two ribs were broken. She might also be internally hurt. It was believed, however, that she would recover. In the car with White were her husband and his father, Ward White. There was some trouble with the engine on a steep hill and the car began to go backwards. All three of the occupants were thrown out and the heavy machine ran over Mrs. White. The others were not so seriously hurt.

The Bell Telephone Company had dropped the project of charging a five and 10-cent toll for service between Dunkirk and Fredonia. The Federal Telephone & Telegraph Company, the long distance company for Dunkirk and Fredonia Home companies, also had withdrawn its schedule for similar toll charges. This meant for the time being at least, the telephone service on both systems between Dunkirk and Fredonia would continue as in the past with no additional charge for inter-city service.

In 1939, Independence Day would be observed with various community programs at communities and resorts of the Chautauqua region, according to Harry Burgeson, chairman of the Chautauqua Region Inc., holiday program committee. Bemus Point, Celoron Park, Chautauqua, Lakewood, Point Chautauqua and Midway Park had arranged programs which included baseball games, band concerts, fireworks, golf, bathing, boating and aquatic sports. There would be a parade of boats at Bemus Point at 2 p.m. followed at 3 p.m. by a program of rowboat races. Sirens at lake points would be sounded at 10 p.m. the signal for the lighting of the flares around the lakeshore.

Commencing Wednesday morning, weather permitting, the Jamestown Evening Journal candid cameraman would be active in the business section of downtown Jamestown, snapping pictures just as people appeared on the street, so people should not forget to keep smiling. The Journal cameraman would wear an identifying yachting cap with the Journal name on the front so there would be no mistaking him. The picture snapper would not wait for anyone to pose so it would be well to smile whenever he was seen. He would hand his subjects a card which would enable them to receive three prints of the photo.

In 1964, Gov. Rockefeller’s ban on outdoor fires and smoking in the woods in 11 drought-plagued New York counties in the Eastern part of the state, would go into effect at 6 p.m. this day, the start of the July 4 holiday weekend. Scattered thundershowers across most of the state overnight and rapidly cooling weather brought partial relief from the hot spell but not enough to break the prolonged drought. It was the “highly inflammable condition” of the woods, Rockefeller said, that prompted him to use for the first time his new power to prohibit outdoor burning and tobacco smoking.

The heaviest demand in many years for flares for the July 4 annual flare spectacle on Chautauqua Lake, which was on this year dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy, was reported by A.B. Bottini, president of Chautauqua Lake Region Inc., sponsors of the event. Lighting of the flares at 10 p.m. would be signaled by radio station WJTN-AM, and within a few seconds the shoreline around Chautauqua Lake would become a ring of red fire burning for almost 30 minutes.

In 1989, Fairbank Farms near Blockville was on its way to becoming a modern day phoenix. Like the mythical bird, it was beginning to rise from the ashes of a March fire to become a viable business again, according to Vice President/Controller Michael A. Coon. Coon announced that, after weeks of uncertainty, plans called for construction of a 100,000 square-foot packing plant, a distribution warehouse and corporate office. The facilities would replace those destroyed in a March 8 fire that caused an estimated $15 million loss.

An addition to accommodate the new $5.2 million wind tunnel at Jamestown’s Blackstone Corp. was well under way. The Swedish crew that built the tunnel shell had gone home. An Erie company, the Doyle Co., was general contractor on the addition. The tunnel was expected to be ready for test use by early in 1990.