In 1912, the first real snow fall of the season came Sunday night and during the early hours of this day and, by noon, all the hills of all Western New York were covered with a mantle of "the beautiful" ranging from three to six inches in depth. The weather remained moderate and almost as much snow had melted as remained. A high wind during the early hours caused slight drifts and some little difficulty was experienced getting the first street cars through Jamestown. The sidewalk plows made their trips just before daylight and most walks in the city were cleaned reasonably early.
In the Supreme Court at Little Valley the previous afternoon, John Noonan of Olean, the burglar who was caught red handed in the act of robbing L.Y. Miller and Son's Produce Exchange on West State Street, drew a sentence of one year and nine months in the state prison at Auburn. The charge against him was burglary in the third degree and the sentence with its commutations for good behavior would probably keep him safely out of town for about a year and five months at least. William Judson, arrested with Noonan and pleading guilty to the same charge, met with greater leniency at the hands of the judge and would spend not less than one year or more than one year and six months at Auburn.
In 1937, with the praises of a host of friends and associates ringing in his ears, Menzo W. Neate, Falconer, veteran supervisor of the town of Ellicott who voluntarily retired from office at the close of the year, was looking forward to a well earned rest following 30 years of public service. Mr. Neate was honored at a testimonial dinner by the Republican town committee at the Hotel Samuels Tuesday evening. The affair was attended by 115 persons who gathered to pay tribute to his long and faithful service. The honor guest, who began his public career as assessor in 1907, held that office until 1920, when he succeeded as supervisor, his brother-in-law, the late Hermes L. Ames.
President Roosevelt called upon the country this day to give thanks for "abundant harvests and the blessing of stable employment" to many people. In his Thanksgiving Day proclamation, he called attention also to strife and war threats in many parts of the world while the United States enjoyed peace and cherished "no selfish designs against other nations." He also declared, "We have been fortunate in devoting our energies and our resources to constructive purposes and useful works. We have sought to fulfill our obligation to use our national heritage by common effort for the common good."
In 1987, subscribers of Blue Cross of Western New York would have to pay an average of a third more for their medical coverage beginning Jan. 1 under a rate increase granted by state Insurance Superintendent James Corcoran. Corcoran cited the plan's troublesome financial condition in announcing the 14.1 percent rate increase. Blue Cross of Western New York had asked in August for an average 36.21 price hike. The increase would affect an estimated 685,000 subscribers in the health service agency's eight-county Western New York coverage area that included Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.
America's movie theater owners were dreaming of a green Christmas to climax a record year at the box office. The return of Steven Spielberg, Bill Cosby and Barbra Streisand, a drama about Wall Street and such promising comedies as "Three Men and a Baby," "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" and "Moonstruck" were among the reasons film exhibitors were looking forward to the holiday season. In a survey of theater circuits, "Three Men and a Baby" was the film most bookers mentioned first. Bookers were also predicting that "Wall Street" would profit from the recent stock market crash in the manner that "The China Syndrome" did after the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster.