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In Years Past

January 17, 2014
The Post-Journal

In 1914, Edward Beardsley was still barricaded behind the boarded-up doors and windows of his house and the police power of Chautauqua County was, as yet, powerless to serve a warrant for his arrest charged with shooting John G.W. Putnam. Activities on the Summerdale hills had not served to dislodge Beardsley, although information was at hand that he had made positive promise to give up the children and then come out and surrender. With no reporters permitted closer to the Beardsley house than the Bradshaw schoolhouse a mile away, stories of what had occurred at the site of the siege this day were hard to obtain.



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