In Years Past

In 1914, Jamestown, a typical American manufacturing and industrial city, was feeling this day what was perhaps the typical effect of the great European war, which effect was general throughout the United States. This effect was felt already not only in the cost of living in every home in Jamestown, although the war had been in progress hardly two weeks, but it was also being felt in the Jamestown industries, not acutely at present, but with effects which, if long continued, would require readjustment in many lines.

The bridges over the Niagara River were being protected by armed guards to prevent them being blown up by sympathizers of Britain’s foes. As soon as the news of the blowing up of a bridge on the Lake St. John railway, near Quebec, was received at the falls, guards were stationed at the international bridges. The bridges would be guarded night and day until the end of the European war.

In 1939, announcement had been made by the state education department that 27 applicants for special state scholarships provided for children of soldiers, sailors or marines who enlisted from New York state and who died while serving in the armed forces of the United States, had been awarded scholarships as the result of examinations conducted in June. The scholarships entitled holders to $200 a year for the next four years in any approved college, university or normal school within New York state. Among those who would receive these scholarships were: Elizabeth Litchfield of Mayville; Lois Munson of Palmer Street, Jamestown and Ephraim R. Smallman of Ellicottville.

Those roller skating at Midway Park Thursday evening were given a real treat in music by the Children’s Band of the Randolph Home under the direction of Enfield C. Strickland of Little Valley. The band of 38 pieces gave a concert in the afternoon at the county home at Dewittville and stopped at Midway Park to enjoy the various concessions when the invitation was given to play at the roller skating rink. The girls wore navy blue sweaters, white skirts and white hats. The boys wore blue sweaters, white trousers and white hats. They were accompanied by the superintendent of the home, Harry Colwell.

In 1964, one of the most extensive year-round recreational areas in Western New York was to be developed in central Chautauqua County. Massive plans for the multi-million dollar four-season recreational center three miles long and a mile wide on Sinclairville-Ellington Road were revealed to a crowd of several hundred persons at Cassadaga Valley Central School. Backers of the project outlined the proposed plans, locations and the steps that had already been accomplished. It was anticipated that the skiing portion of the extensive program would be ready for the coming season.

Dogs on the loose and misuse of the village dump were the chief issues of discussion at the Celoron Village Board meeting. Mayor Edward Keller sounded a warning to dog owners – take care of them or in two weeks time the dog ordinance would be strictly enforced. As to the misuse of the village dump, the village officials pointed out the village had a burning dump and not a dump for disposal of garbage, which could be covered. Residents had two weeks to use the dump properly or it would be open but one day each week, Saturday, under police surveillance, instead of every day of the week without supervision.

In 1989, lunar astronaut Michael Collins was no great fan of the moon. He was a lot more concerned about fragile planet Earth. “Unless you’re a geologist, I don’t think you’d love the moon,” Collins told a large audience at the Thursday morning lecture in the Amphitheater at Chautauqua Institution. The speaker said the moon looks even more inhospitable, with its color varying from shades of gray to tan, depending on the angle of the sun striking it. “By contrast, the earth is such a beautiful, gorgeous planet,” Collins said.

Richard A. Pacitti of Gerry would have more than a passing interest when he attended the air show at Buffalo International Airport in the coming weekend. Among the participants would be his son, Marine 1st Lt. Christopher Pacitti, pilot of a large twin-propeller transport helicopter. The older Pacitti said a co-pilot and two crew members would accompany his son with the Marine Corps aircraft. He said it would be on static display, meaning it would be there to be observed but would not be flying in the show. “I’ll be there for sure,” Pacitti said, noting he had not seen his son for six months.