In Years Past

In 1914, England joined in war against Germany, and King George called for volunteers for the army. The British public showed some anxiety about food supplies which brought reassuring statements from the government. The Japanese premier, Count Okuma, expressed his regret that the United States had not been able to mediate in the European conflict, which he said, if it continued, meant the destruction of western civilization. Japan, he continued, would have been happy to join the United States in mediation but her possible participation in the war as the ally of Great Britain made her an interested party. The premier said that Japan, if she were reluctantly compelled to intervene, would protect the British colonies but under no circumstances would she send a fleet or an army to Europe.

Jamestown would probably be represented in the great European war by several young Englishmen who had still several years to serve in the British reserves and who had been notified to return to their native land. They would return via Montreal. There were others, The Journal was informed, who intended enlisting in the Maple Leafs of Canada. The war spirit, however, was not particularly strong in Jamestown and it was quite likely that a good many would disregard the orders of their governments to return to the colors. So long as they remained in America, they were safe from any military orders.

In 1939, a lesson in preparation for modern warfare would be offered the people of Chautauqua County when the Seventh Cavalry brigade of the regular army, made up of 2,300 officers and men, with 532 motor vehicles, would pass through the northern tier of towns along Lake Erie, en route from its home station at Fort Knox, Kentucky to the Plattsburgh, N.Y., area for maneuvers of the First Army. Flying ahead in wartime reconnaissance would be a squadron of observation planes. The long column, stretching out over 15 miles of highway, was due to arrive in Dunkirk at 7:05 a.m. (8:05 a.m. Jamestown time) the following morning.

Upstate dairymen drafted a petition to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace, asking for an increase in milk prices after acting Governor Charles Poletti appealed to President Roosevelt for federal aid for the state’s dairy industry. Frank Lent, attorney for the Metropolitan Milk Producers Bargaining agency, said he was drafting the petition, calling for $2.65 a hundredweight for September milk in the face of opposition by New York distributors who claimed the rise was not justified by drought conditions.

In 1964, five young boys had been charged with malicious mischief in connection with an incident the past Saturday morning when a Celoron street was barricaded and the barricade set afire. Village Patrolman Lyle Gleason charged the boys with setting up a barricade on East Livingston Avenue. The street was blocked with an old refrigerator, brush, boards and papers. The litter was then set ablaze. Three boys were juveniles and would be petitioned to Family Court. The other two, both 16, were scheduled to be arraigned in justice court.

Jamestown’s municipal beach at Burtis Bay was officially open but remained fairly isolated. Officials, however, were not worried, stating the weatherman was to blame for the lack of bathers at the beach. The weatherman, who hadn’t cooperated much since the beach opened on Sunday, was expected to change his tune the following day, calling for sunny skies and mild, dry air. Russell Diethrick, director of the Jamestown Recreation Department, said the weatherman held the key to the crowds. He predicted “we’ll be turning them away when the weather breaks.”

In 1989, “The United States is one of the youngest and most successful nations in the world but with problems,” according to Dr. Wassily Leontief, Nobel Prize winner in economic science in 1973. The Russian-born economist was the speaker at the lecture at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater during observance of Business Week. The speaker said the United States used to have the world’s highest standard of living but now was eclipsed by West Germany and the Scandinavian countries. He said that in this country, “there is a problem with the distribution of income. In recent years, the distribution of income has become worse between the rich and the poor.”

Hundreds of volunteer firefighters were spending the weekend living in garages in the village of Falconer. The firemen and women were in town for the 31st Annual Southwestern Volunteer Firefighters Association Convention. This was the first time since 1949 that the convention had been held in Falconer. The garages where most of the firefighters were staying were called “dugouts,” though no one could explain why. Sixty dugouts were scattered around the village, housing anywhere from 10 to 30 or more conventioneers. A dugout was a private homeowner’s garage used as the headquarters for one or two fire departments.