In Years Past

  • In 1914, Frederick Kohmann, proprietor of the Hotel Frederick of Jamestown, who was arrested on a charge of keeping a disorderly house, was discharged by Justice Maharon. The trial of the defendant was completed Friday afternoon and the case was adjourned the previous day’s forenoon. On the convening of court, Attorney John Wicks, representing the defendant, made a motion that the defendant be discharged. His motion was based on the grounds that the evidence was insufficient to convict. Frank Jenks who conducted the prosecution, of course made a strenuous objection and the two attorneys spent some time in argument. At the conclusion of the argument, Justice Maharon sustained Mr. Wicks and ordered the discharge of Mr. Kohmann. It was a serious matter for Mr. Kohmann for if he had been convicted his liquor tax certificate would have been canceled and he would have been practically put out of business.
  • The Times of London editorially expressed the profound satisfaction of the British people that the cause for which they were fighting had the sympathy of their American kinsmen. The Times added that the American people “are now beginning to appreciate that the rise of Germany to the power and influence hitherto enjoyed by Great Britain would be a development inimical to American interests and a menace to the freedom of the Unites States as a world power.” Referring to President Wilson’s offer of mediation, The Times said that there was much stern work to be done before any government was likely to avail itself of the President’s proffered services.
  • In 1939, war rumblings abroad, a high state military authority said, had sent enlistment applications in the New York National Guard to the highest point in years. A few days before the United States army’s huge war games at Plattsburg, in which approximately 14,000 New York National Guardsmen would take part, State Adjutant General Walter G. Robinson indicated the tread of marching armies in Europe had spurred citizen interest in the National Guard. “There has also been a marked increase in re-enlistments,” he added.
  • Troops from nine states, representing virtually the entire combat strength of the eastern seaboard, were headed to Plattsburg for a two weeks field test of the latest weapons the nation would use against foreign invasion. The troop movement, which began Aug. 1 when the mechanized Seventh Cavalry brigade left Fort Knox, Kentucky, on a 1,000-mile cross country trek, would be virtually completed by Sunday with more than 50,000 men of the regular army, National Guard and reserve units encamped along the shores of historic Lake Champlain. Five full infantry divisions, two separate brigades and some 30 auxiliary units would combine to make the concentration the largest in the country’s peace time history.
  • In 1989, Bush Industries planned to increase production at its Little Valley plant site and the village would increase electrical service to accommodate the local company. Electric supervisor Robert Milks recommended the village provide the labor needed to increase the 3,000 amp electrical service requested by Bush. “This expansion will be good for Little Valley – more jobs, business and tax revenues. We can help with the labor needed to install the transformer equipment. This will help Bush as well as us,” Milks said.
  • Congressional re-regulation of the cable television industry would “definitely” be opposed by cable owners and operators, according to Thomas Kinney, general manager of Paragon Cable in Jamestown. Kinney’s comments were made in response to a statement by Richard Kessel, executive director of the New York State Consumer Protection Board. Kessel had urged Congress to restore state and local government regulation of cable television rates and services. “Once the cable companies were relieved of governmental oversights, virtually guaranteed perpetual renewals of franchises and protected from meaningful competition, they raised rates at will, transferred programming from basic packages to premium channels and used their monopoly power to control which programming reaches consumers,” Kessel said.