In Years Past

  • In 1913, Milo Williams, 14; Homer Williams, 12, and Raymond J. Fath, 11, were drowned in Olean creek just east of Boardmanville the previous afternoon. The Williams boys lost their lives in an effort to save their companion from death in the icy waters of the creek. The boys were playing hockey on the thin ice when the accident occurred. The Fath lad darted away to get the ball and his companions warned him not to venture too far out. But Fath skated on unheeding. Then the ice gave way beneath him. Homer lay flat on the ice and extended his hockey stick to his struggling companion. The thin ice gave way beneath him. Milo went to the rescue of them both and also plunged through the thin ice. Charlie Fitch, another player, attempted to rescue the trio. He, too, broke through the ice but managed to reach the shore. He ran for help but when the rescuers reached the scene there was not a ripple on the water. All three had drowned.
  • Oscar Larson of Cedar Avenue, Jamestown and a boy whose name could not be learned were injured in a coasting accident on Willard Street about noon this day. As a result, Mr. Larson was in the WCA Hospital, whither he was taken by Dr. R.M. Bradley, who came along in his automobile just as a bobsled on which the two injured ones and several others were coasting ran into a wagon being driven on the street. Examination showed that Mr. Larson had suffered the splintering of his right kneecap, the five parts of which Dr. Bradley expected to unite with silver wire sometime in the afternoon. The injured boy was taken to his home.
  • In 1938, reversing the trend of the past 12 years, child motor vehicle deaths mounted in 1936. All accidental deaths for children in the 0 to 4 age group numbered 7,800 in the country and in the age group of 5 to 14 years they numbered 8,400. A total of 16,200 little lives snuffed out in just 12 months from avoidable accidents. Truly a slaughter of the innocents. Accidents in these age groups were taking more lives of children than any single disease. Regardless of the fact that children were repeatedly told about the danger of playing in the street, many of them forgot such warnings in the excitement of play. They have not the judgment of older folks. The driver, therefore, was always and inescapably responsible for their safety.
  • A parting salute was given the old year with a rollicking reception to 1938 at the 15th annual New Year’s Eve dancing party of Alpha Rho chapter, Pi Phi fraternity, at the pier ballroom in Celoron Park. The guest list numbered about 800. An orchestra played for dancing from 10 until 3 o’clock in the morning. Shortly before midnight, the guests were favored with paper caps, streamers, serpentine and gay noisemakers. Two outstanding floor shows were given during the evening, featuring songs by Trayner Halftown, popular Jamestown Indian. Paul Anderson also of this city sang during the dancing.
  • In 1963, the stork swooped down on Jamestown General Hospital two hours after the year 1963 arrived to leave the first Jamestown baby of the new year and the winner of The Post-Journal’s 22nd Stork Derby. She was Christine Alice Underwood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Underwood of Foote Avenue. Christine was born at 2:01 a.m. the previous day. The gifts that would be showered on her by Jamestown merchants would bring indescribable joy to her parents and sisters, Brenda, 12 and Becky, 9 and her brother, Stanley 10. Gifts were many and ranged all the way from $500 off the list price of a new Ford Galaxie for the family to sterling silver for the baby.
  • David Henry, 13, of 385 E. Fairmount Ave., was hospitalized with severe cuts of the thigh and head after falling through the ice of Chautauqua Lake about 3 o’clock the previous afternoon. The youth, accompanied by Christer Lundgren, 13, of 266 E. Fairmount Ave., was walking on the ice near shore between Crystal Bend and the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club when he fell through a hole cut by an ice fisherman. He fell into the icy water up to his chin and was pulled out by the Lundgren youth. The two walked to their homes and when David went into the basement to remove his heavy winter clothing, he discovered a severe cut on his right thigh. He was taken by ambulance to Jamestown General Hospital where 42 stitches were required to close the wound.
  • In 1988, town supervisors in Chautauqua County cited progress in new building, low taxes and road maintenance as accomplishments in 1987 and listed wider tax bases, more development and the continuation of major construction projects when asked what they hoped for in 1988. Busti Town Supervisor Dale Robbins called the completion of the sewer district the top accomplishment in the past year. “That’s really, long-term, going to have the most impact on the town and on the lake,” he said.
  • The $4.4 billion super collider had to be the most coveted federal public works project of 1987, but U.S. Rep. Frank Horton said he was going to fight to keep the giant atom smasher out of his upstate New York district. Had this politician gone mad? Horton was saying no to the potential of 3,000 new jobs and $270 million in annual operating money, not to mention unprecedented international prestige for his own district. But the 25-year congressional veteran said his constituents didn’t want the project and the federal government couldn’t pay for it. In fact, he doubted it would even be built.