In 1913, the past Monday morning a bright-eyed, smiling-faced little man walked into the office of The Journal and announced that he was "Noodles" Fagan, he was going to be in town for a week at the Lyric Theater and he would like to go into partnership with The Journal for the week. "As soon as I got into town this morning," said Fagan, "I called on several of the merchants as is my custom wherever I go and asked them which paper in town had the ginger and the go and reached the good solid homes of the city and every one of them without exception told me The Journal." Fagan had been a poor newsboy a few years ago.
The pupils of the eighth grade at Falconer High School, assisted by their teacher, David Clark, Jr., enjoyed a half-holiday Friday to celebrate the new day set aside by the state to instruct in the better growing of corn and called Corn Day. In January 1909, the first observance of this day took place in the state of New York. But two years later the date of the day was changed to December. The blackboards were covered with chickens and different drawings of corn and things relating to the harvest. The pupils did the work and many various dishes of corn were made for the dinner which was held at noon. Among the dishes were mush and milk, cornbread, Indian pudding, popcorn balls, hoe cake, canned corn and Johnny cake. At noon the faculty was invited to join the dinner. The girls acted as waitresses.
In 1938, upstate New York dairymen urged a federal tax on oleo manufactured to take the place of milk-made butter. By resolution, the Metropolitan Milk Producers' Bargaining Agency asked the federal government to impose a tax of five cents a pound on oleo manufactured from domestic ingredients and eight cents on oleo made from imported ingredients.
There was not the slightest chance that the City of Jamestown would accept the offer of the Chautauqua County Board of Supervisors to sell the old state armory at South Main Street and Fenton place to the city for $6,000 and it was quite possible that the board's refusal to deed the property to the city for $1, as was requested, would result in some kind of retaliatory action by the city of Jamestown. These facts stood out in a survey of opinion among city officials as a result of the board's action at Mayville the previous day in spurning the city's request.
In 1963, a sledding accident the previous day took the life of a 9-year-old Panama area boy. Todd Allan Gobles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Gobles, Panama-Stedman Road, was the year's 21st traffic fatality in Chautauqua County. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department, the boy was sliding down the driveway of the home of Ernest Rundell, a neighbor, when he slid into the path of an automobile. The lad was taken to WCA Hospital by Jamestown Ambulance Service and was pronounced dead at 5:37 p.m. Coroner Emmett C. Eckman and Deputies J. Ernewein and F. Mizwa were conducting an investigation.
Traffic over the newly-opened Washington Street Bridge in Jamestown continued at a steady and heavy pace this day with only two immediate problems. The first became apparent shortly after the span was opened at 2:07 p.m., Dec. 5 when a bumper-to-bumper condition was created at the northern approach between West Second and Third Streets. Work had begun immediately to install "No Standing" signs between West Second and Third Streets. Much of the present traffic problem at the northern end of the bridge was being caused by curious motorists taking their first look at the new project, officials noted.
In 1988, Roy Orbison, the Grammy winner whose piercing voice on songs like "Pretty Woman" pioneered early rock 'n' roll and made him a legend with ballads about lost love, died of a heart attack at age 52. The singer-songwriter also known for his ever-present sunglasses was brought by ambulance to Hendersonville Hospital in Tennessee late the previous day but couldn't be revived. Orbison had given a concert Dec. 4, in Akron, Ohio, before 2,000 people.
In Clymer taking care of asbestos was going to be a costly and frustrating duty. Asbestos engineers estimated that the small school district was facing a $1 million bill to rid its walls and ceilings of the potentially hazardous material. That was a huge amount for a school district that had an annual budget in 1988-89 of $3.4 million.