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In Years Past

September 22, 2012
The Post-Journal
  • In 1912, Eugene H. Porter, state commissioner of public health, had written to the board of health of Jamestown a very diplomatic apology for the absurd report of Prof. H. N. Ogden which was recently the subject of caustic comment on the part of the local board of health. Professor Ogden, after spending a day or two in Jamestown and without interviewing any person connected with the board of health or the water department, wrote a criticism that the local board of health in no uncertain terms declared was not justified by the facts.
  • Buffalo might use the voting machine in this year, as the experts of the Empire Voting Machine Company of Jamestown had convinced the Buffalo officials that the machine could be altered to comply with the law relative to voting for presidential elections. Four aldermen from Buffalo came to Jamestown Friday to investigate the matter.
  • In 1937, an inmate of the New York State Hospital for the Criminal Insane at Matteawan was behind bars again after a dash for freedom during which Sheriff A. F. Molyneaux said he threatened the life of an automobile salesman. The patient was described as William Sauerteig. He was captured on a wooded bypass near Kingston, N.Y. Only one hour previous to his capture, he had reportedly threatened the salesman, Albert Richards, saying he was going to "give him the works." Richards drove Sauerteig to within a few miles of Kingston in a demonstration of a new automobile and then was forced to flee after being struck over the head by an iron object. Sauerteig had escaped the hospital in an attendant's automobile after pretending to help locate a "knock" in the engine of the car.
  • According to reports, work on the laying of a concrete pavement on Carolina Street from Allen Street southerly a distance of 490 feet, was progressing satisfactorily. This latest WPA job in Jamestown was costing the total sum of $7,545. The federal government had allocated the sum of $4,065 for labor and $338 for material, while the city of Jamestown was paying the balance of $3,142. The job would take at least two months to complete. Thirty-five men had been assigned to the task from the relief rolls.
  • In 1962, frosty weather - with temperatures below freezing in some places - chilled New York state this day on the last full day of summer. Readings of 29 were reported in Glens Falls and Poughkeepsie in the morning. The overnight low of 31 in Albany set a new record for the date. Other early morning temperatures around the state included: Utica, 34; Olean, 33; Elmira and Watertown, 36; Rochester and Buffalo, 43 and New York City at 47.
  • A wide-open competitive market was forecast by Jamestown area furniture manufacturers and other exhibitors as the 89th semi-annual five-day furniture show opened at 8:30 a.m. the following day in the Jamestown Furniture Mart. Advance reservations indicated attendance probably would be the largest since the close of World War II. Competition would be strong, especially among case and upholstered furniture manufacturers, since most were offering new groupings priced from low to medium high.
  • In 1987, while Gov. Mario Cuomo was in the Soviet Union on a week-long visit, Lt. Gov. Stan Lundine was technically the governor of New York. Should any emergency arise, such as another Thruway bridge collapse or prison riot, it would be Lundine, the former Democratic congressman from Jamestown, who would decide how to mobilize the state's forces. In addition, Lundine had taken over some routine aspects of running the state, such as signing bills and directing the staff. As the ultimate team player known for his low-key, workmanlike style, Lundine downplayed his role. "We talked extensively before he left and I think I have a pretty good understanding of what he (Cuomo) wants me to do," Lundine said.
  • Jamestown School District had just started a new school year but its sights were already focused on a technological future. At their school board meeting, board members accepted a video camera from Paragon Cable which would be used by students to produce a periodical show about the district. Paragon Cable General Manager Gene Aversa said the camera was not a donation but an investment in both the youth of the city and also the community.


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