In 1914, in response to a complaint made by Amy Pryor Tapptug, Chautauqua County agent for Dependent Children, Sheriff Gust Anderson made an investigation of alleged serious conditions at the home of a Beardsley at Summerdale. They found matters in such a condition that prompt steps were being taken to relieve them. There were four adults and nine children living at the place, the oldest child being but age 7. The children were practically without clothing. There was no food in the place and no apparent means of securing any. Anderson said that in all his experience this was the worst case of destitution with which he had ever had to deal. There was no question but that the children could not be left there. They would be placed in some institution until homes could be procured for them. The matter was reported to the Overseer of the Poor, J.G.W. Putnam, at Mayville.