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In Years Past

January 19, 2014
The Post-Journal

In 1914, there were two interesting developments in the siege at Summerdale, near Mayville, Sunday. Edward Beardsley was still defying the sheriff's department to arrest him for shooting Poormaster John Putnam. One was an interview with Attorney Ray F. Pickard of Jamestown in which Beardsley promised to give himself up to the authorities on Wednesday, providing he was assured that his brother, Charles, of Titusville, would be permitted to take the children. The other was a signed statement given exclusively to The Journal, written by Beardsley. Part of the statement read: "To you fathers and mothers, if you have a vacant place around the table, think of the one that is gone from you, bringing the pang of sorrow. Now what is life after your home is destroyed though it be ever so humble? ... Did I do right? Do unto me as you would have others do unto you is a motto we all love."



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