In 1914, the death of Patrick W. Eagan, the Erie railroad conductor injured Tuesday in the collision at Conewango Valley, occurred the previous afternoon just after The Journal went to press. Eagan had been reported from the hospital as resting easily but his body was paralyzed from the neck down and his condition was such that recovery was practically impossible. Eagan had been in the employ of the Erie Railroad for 34 years. He was 69 years old and would have reached the age of retirement in March of this year.
Contrary to expectations, the Jamestown YMCA basketball team did not go to Tonawanda for its scheduled game with the strong Company K team of that city on this afternoon. The reason for this was the fact that the soldier aggregation of Tonawanda had disbanded for the season, calling off all the games remaining on its schedule. Manager Heerdt said the team was having some trouble with the armory people at Tonawanda, who demanded such a high rental for the games, in comparison with the crowds that were drawn, that he believed the matter would end in the disbanding of the team.
In 1939, prominent baseball men from all sections of Chautauqua County would attend the second organization meeting of the Class D Baseball League for Western New York, Pennsylvania and Canada, to be held in the Hotel Richmond at Batavia. Oliver French, president of the Rochester Red Wings of the International League, who was in charge of organization as representative of the promotional department of the National Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, would preside. Jamestown's delegation would include Stuart C. Maguire, Sr., Stuart C. Maguire, Jr., Harold R. Beaustrom, Denton J. Moon and George F. Dodds.
The Chautauqua Lake Skating Association was formulating plans that might develop winter sports in this region to a point making it possible to hold a national championship meet here in the future. The Association, headed by Clayton R. Webeck, was composed of clubs from Jamestown, Salamanca, Fluvanna, Lakewood, Falconer and Erie, Pa., and was affiliated with the Western New York Speed Skating Association which in turn was governed by the Amateur Skating Union of America. Officials of the local group were devoting their attention to the younger skaters of the district in an effort to produce a higher caliber of skating for future events.
In 1964, a heavy influx of patients into area hospitals had forced the institutions to either cancel or curtail elective surgery. Elective surgery, operations that could be postponed without injury to the patient, had been canceled at WCA Hospital, at Warren General Hospital and Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk. Jamestown General Hospital reported that elective surgery cases had been cut down but not canceled. The crowded conditions had forced the hospitals to place beds in the corridors and put restrictions on visitors. A spokesman for WCA Hospital said the decision to restrict elective surgery was made in the face of an increasing patient population. The hospital's 136 beds, excluding the maternity ward, were occupied and about eight beds had been placed in the corridors, the official said.
The Viking Male Chorus of Jamestown was making elaborate plans to entertain the Eastern Division, American Union of Swedish Singers, at convention here July 2-4. About 200 were expected for the event. A group of prominent businessmen, industrialists and fraternal leaders of the Jamestown area had been named as honorary members of the convention committee. Those included Swedish Vice Consul Daniel A. Isaacson; Attorney D. Lawrence Carlson; Reginald A. Lenna, president of the Blackstone Corp.; and Richard L. Swanson, president of Jamestown Lounge.