In Years Past

In 1914, the Rev. Mr. Smith, pastor of the Baptist Church at Sykesville, was traveling Saturday last and had occasion to stop at Falls Creek while changing cars for his destination. At the same time, Miss Simmons, stenographer, was also traveling to visit friends. The reverend and Simmons were strangers to each other, but their suitcases were exactly alike. When Smith’s train arrived, he gathered up a suitcase and departed. Simmons did likewise. When the reverend arrived at his destination to fill a Sunday appointment, he opened his case and was considerably surprised to find it filled with women’s wearing apparel, none of which he had any use for. Eventually the mixup was cleared up and everybody was happy.

Friends of Overseer of the Poor John G.W. Putnam of Mayville, the victim of the Beardsley shooting, would learn with regret that his wound was again seriously troubling him. Putnam acted as secretary of the meeting of overseers of the poor at Dewittville but suffered considerably, requiring assistance to get from the hall where the meeting was held, to the dining room in another building. The wound was low in the groin and the bullet shattered a bone so now pieces of the bone were coming out. The condition, while not critical, was serious because of Putnam’s age.

In 1939, the first division of the regular army reported this day the first “casualty” of the war games for which 55,000 troops were massing at Plattsburgh, N.Y. Assigned to kitchen police, Private August M. Mikalow of the 18th Infantry, Fort Hamilton, N.Y., became entangled in a meat chopper and medical officers found it necessary to amputate one index finger. His condition was reported as “good.”

Members of Upstate New York’s Dairy Farmers’ union, seeking immediate higher prices for their product, prepared this day to withhold milk from all dealers the following morning. The union, which claimed membership of 15,000 dairymen, voted the strike Saturday night and said it would be “the most bitterly fought” strike in state history but gave assurance “no human suffering” would result. In Albany, Laurance Clough, a spokesman for the state division of milk control said, “we don’t think the strike will be very serious because we don’t believe enough farmers will join in.”

In 1964, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had assigned additional agents to assist area police agencies in an intensified search for a lone gunman who robbed the Clymer office of the Bank of Jamestown of about $4,500 Wednesday afternoon. Victor Turyn, special agent in charge of the Buffalo FBI office which was correlating the search, said, “I feel we will do some good real soon.” He pointed out, however, that police still had no definite clues as to identity or whereabouts of the individual being sought. No recovery had been made of a car answering the description of the one in which the robber made his getaway, Turyn said. Police were considering the possibility the gunman was the same person who robbed a McKeesport, Pa., bank the previous day.

A public auction of Shearman Brothers, a former upholstery factory in Jamestown, failed to materialize the previous day for lack of bidders. The auction was scheduled for 11 a.m. When no one appeared after two hours, Lew Bronstein, Buffalo auctioneer, called it off. Only the buildings, owned by John Shearman, were scheduled to be sold. The factory closed about two years ago. It was one of the oldest upholstery plants in the United States, established in the early 1880s by Shearman’s father and uncle. The city operated a parking area in front of the factory located in Shearman Place, off south Main Street.

In 1989, a perfect stretch of uniformly green grass – unmarred by dandelions, clover or bugs – might be a suburban homeowner’s dream but Ward Stone would rather see some variety in the front lawns of New York state. The chemicals used to help New Yorkers keep their yards up with the Jones’ could kill songbirds, said the wildlife pathologist for the state Department of Environmental Conservation. “What you perceive as a nice lawn is the question,” said Stone. “In advertising, we see one kind of grass on the lawn – the wall-to-wall carpet kind of idea. If you’re an American with a nice lawn, you get the impression that this is what you should have, not something with dandelions in it.” But a lawn left in a more natural state was “undoubtedly a safer place and a more interesting place,” said Stone.

A Pennsylvania man was treated for first and second-degree burns and released from WCA Hospital following a boat explosion on Chautauqua Lake at 1:35 p.m. Saturday. Jeffrey A. Cox, 38, of Titusville, was injured when his 30-foot cabin cruiser exploded about 400 yards off shore near Colburn Road. The deck gave way and Cox fell into the bilge area, where he was surrounded by flames. He jumped from the boat and swam to safety. Sheriff’s deputies said Cox was pulled from the water by other boaters.