In 1911, at a meeting of the Jamestown board of health one important matter considered had to do with the shipment of unripe fruit from Florida. Mention was made of this matter in the Associated Press dispatches in The Journal some days ago. The fruit growers of Florida had formed an organization known as the Florida Citrus Exchange and they intended to prevent the practice which had been common in the past and which was in direct violation of the pure food law. Unripe fruit known to be from Florida had caused the growers much damage and the new organization was taking vigorous steps to prevent future shipments.
Had it not been for the prompt action of Motorman Caldwell and the prompt action of the brakes, the street car coming from Celoron at about 11 o'clock Friday night would have probably been wrecked at a point just above the Bouck Boat Factory. Fortunately, the headlight on the front of the southbound car called the motorman's attention to a large tie laid across both rails and he threw on the brakes which stopped the car within a few feet of the obstruction. The company had no clue as to the perpetrator or the motive.
In 1936, a flock of about 1,000 wild geese which for two days had appeared to be in danger of being swept over Niagara Falls rose from the Niagara River this day and flew safely away. Under a cold, gray sky at daybreak, the geese left the rocky reefs above Goat Island and paddled out in the cold current. Their wings churned the water as they took off and soon they were honking southward high over Niagara Falls and Buffalo. Game Protector James G. Woodcock had fired blank shotgun shells at them the previous evening which drove them to the protection of the reefs.
Because the Jamestown City Council had taken no action on construction of sidewalks at Cole Avenue and Myrtle Street near the new Milton J. Fletcher school, Cyrus D. Wade, vice president of the board of education said that the school, originally scheduled to open for the second semester, probably would not open until the following September. Mr. Wade said that he and Edward C. Price, superintendent of buildings and grounds, had spent considerable time with the council on the matter, in order that the sidewalks be completed on time. "The school cannot be used if the sidewalks are not available," Mr. Wade said.
In 1961, heavy rain the previous night was held responsible for the failure of an expected upsurge in voter registration to materialize. Unofficial figures supplied by campaign headquarters of the Taxpayers and Greater Jamestown Parties indicated that 2,637 additional residents qualified to vote on Nov. 7 by registering. This brought the total number of registrants for the first three registration days to 8,356. On this basis, 5,795 would have to register by 10 p.m. this night in order to equal the 14,151 registration recorded in 1959, the last city election year.
Effective immediately, 11 state-operated colleges of education in New York state would be known as "State University Colleges." Fredonia State University College was included in the group. The name change, approved by the State University of New York board, reflected plans to expand the institutions to general, liberal arts colleges. The primary purpose of the schools would continue to be teacher training, but students would be admitted to specialize in other fields under a schedule that would vary from school to school. The 11 school were originally Normal Schools, then state teachers colleges and in 1958, their titles were changed to Colleges of Education. Other colleges effected by the change were Brockport, Buffalo, Cortland, Geneseo, New Paltz, Oneonta, Oswego and Potsdam.
In 1986, a punctured tanker truck released about 600 gallons of a corrosive acid in Rochester and workers at 13 nearby Kodak buildings were ordered to remain inside for several hours as a cloud of gas drifted above the area, officials said. The only injury reported was suffered by a Kodak Park firefighter, Craig Opperman, who had a minor acid burn on his arm. The spill of hydrochloric acid, a corrosive chemical that causes eye irritation and burns the skin nose, mouth and throat, occurred at about 11 a.m. behind Eastman Kodak Co. recreation building.
The whirlwind summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, had both candidates for the 34th Congressional District feeling optimistic for the future of arms talks and arms reduction. Republican candidate Amory Houghton Jr., and Democratic candidate Larry Himelein told The Post-Journal the summit was a success, despite the fact President Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev couldn't reach an agreement on a historic arms control proposal. Himelein said he was impressed by the summit "because they got into some very serious negotiations." "I think it bodes well," he said.