In Years Past

In 1914, the only case in court in Mayville on this morning was that of Charles Faso of Portland who was charged with selling liquor contrary to the license law in existence in Portland. The law gave the right to sell liquor over the bar but not in bottles to be carried away. Faso was charged with selling liquor to Harold Smith of Watts Flats, a boy 18 or 19 years of age, who was working in the grapes. He bought a pint of whiskey and a pint of gin from Faso and he and some other boys became intoxicated.

The firemen of Jamestown were called out two different times on July 4. In both cases the fires were small affairs. The first call was during the forenoon. The fire teams went to the Barrett building, where there was a fire in a waste basket in the offices of the Prudential Insurance Company. It was probable that someone threw a lighted cigar or cigarette into the waste basket. There was no loss except for the waste basket. The second call was to Brooklyn Square about noon. An awning had caught fire, presumably from someone in a floor above throwing a lighted cigar out of a window.

In 1939, characterizing Hitler as one of the greatest bluffers of all ages, Julien Bryan, world traveler, predicted the past night at Chautauqua, that there would be no war in Europe this year or next. His talk illustrated by films he had taken in Germany, was given in the amphitheater. Bryan, whose documentary films had a wide showing in this country, stated that he did not see how it was possible for Hitler to carry on a war and that the Munich pact, the recent Czecho-Slovakian coup, and most of his other diplomatic moves since he rose to power, had been based on sheer bluff. “Hitler does not have all of his people squarely behind him,” the speaker said, “nor does he have the gasoline and oil necessary to keep his army in motion.”

Frederick C. Larson, who had operated a flying school at the North Main Street Airport in Jamestown for the last several years, had purchased a new Taylor Cub training ship and planned to continue giving flying instructions at the field, he announced. Larson flew his new ship into Jamestown the previous day from Erie, Pa. It had previously been flown to Erie from Lock Haven, Pa., where the Taylor Cub was manufactured. The new ship was the same type as being used by the federal government in its new program for training for U.S. Army Reserve fliers.

In 1964, Busti town officials had declared war on motorists using the township highway as speed tracks and had ordered police to crack down on speeders. In the weekend campaign, five motorists were hauled before the townships peace justices. All five motorists pleaded guilty and were fined.

Roger Buritt, 33, of Bradford, Pa., suffered severe burns and lacerations on his left hand when a firecracker exploded late Saturday, July 4. It was reported Buritt was in a boat on Chautauqua Lake when the firecracker was lit and it was accidentally dropped in the bottom of the boat. Buritt, it was claimed, picked it up to hurl it into the water before it could explode in the boat. Instead, it exploded in his hand. He was treated at Jamestown General Hospital.

In 1989, after a 13-year fight, New York had switched. Gov. Mario Cuomo signed into law sweeping restrictions on smoking in public places. The action gave the nation’s second largest state one of the toughest anti-smoking laws in the country. The new law would take effect in early January. “Let this be our holiday gift to all those … who pledged to quit smoking as a New Year’s resolution,” said state Senate Health Committee Chairman Michael Tully, a Nassau County Republican who helped engineer the bill’s passage.

The state Appellate Court’s Fourth Division had denied an injunction to stop construction along Route 394 until a petition for a second injunction, to alter design of the road, was heard. The Committee for the Preservation of Route 394 appealed a county Supreme Court decision that also denied an injunction to change the proposed five-lane highway to four lanes. “This means they can continue chopping down trees until September of October at the earliest,” said attorney Gardiner Barone. The neighborhood would become “typical highway landscape,” Barone said. “They’ll change the character of the neighborhood.”