In Years Past

In 1913, Charles Heggstrom, a conductor in the employ of the Jamestown Street Railway Company, was fatally injured in a very unusual accident on East Second Street in Jamestown at about 11:40 o’clock in the morning. His head was caught by a passing street car when he leaned from the vestibule. He was at the Woman’s Christian Association Hospital in an unconscious condition and there was practically no hope of his recovery, so severe was the fracture of the skull. The car was making a regular run from Falconer to the waiting room on West Third Street when the accident happened. Heggstrom was a young man, only 22 years of age. He lived with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nels Heggstrom at North Main Street in Jamestown

Another great crowd was present in the tabernacle on Market Street in Jamestown the previous evening and they listened to the Rev. Dr. Biederwolf’s powerful sermon on The Moral Leper. In the sermon he assailed the public dance hall, the saloon, the poolroom, etc., and warned young men and young women against trifling with sin. His reference to the public dance hall and particularly the use of public buildings for such purposes, was applauded by the audience. “I tell you the toleration of public dances in the City Hall or in a public school building is a dirty, lowdown shame and disgrace,” said Biederwolf.

In 1938, maybe it wasn’t exactly a funeral but “Blacky” didn’t stint his last respects to a slain pal. The black and white homeless mongrel watched the body of his canine playmate, an auto victim. For three days and two nights he stood vigil over the dead puppy in a vacant lot in North Tonawanda. He ignored bitter cold and stinging sleet and sent appealing yelps to passersby. He licked the dead dog’s face and tried to warm his mate’s body. He melted the ice crusted snow on each side of his friend. The previous night Blacky “sat up” with his friend in a warmer place. He lay in a Niagara Falls SPCA shelter while he watched over his dead companion. The two dogs had been seen in the field since Friday afternoon where they had been playing in the neighborhood for several days. No one seemed to know who owned them or where they came from.

Fifty-three men, many of whom it was believed gave fictitious names, were arrested New Year’s night at the farm of John Freeman, Mayville-Sherman Road, when seven state troopers, led by Lieutenant Lawrence Nelson, interrupted an alleged cock fighting ring. The party was going full blast when they arrived, according to the troopers. The 28 game birds seized were later directed sent to the County Home and Farm at Dewittville “to be eaten, if they were not too tough,” said Lieutenant Nelson. Instead of taking the men to court, the court, in the person of Justice of the Peace A. Roy Perkins of Mayville, was taken to the chicken house.

In 1963, Jamestown General Hospital was cited by the Joint Commission On Accreditation of Hospitals for maintaining high standards and for “consistent efforts in improving the quality of patient care.” The hospital was commended in an announcement by the commission, giving the institution official accreditation for the next three years. Hospital officials and Jamestown Mayor William D. Whitehead were notified of the periodic accreditation following an evaluation survey. The officials were praised for maintaining high standards in all procedures and for many improvements and changes in connection with the hospital’s expansion program.

Unofficial indications were that controversial Burtis Bay Beach would not be available as a municipal swimming facility in the coming summer. Jamestown Mayor William D. Whitehead indicated as much in response to a query directed to him by Donald C. Swanson, councilman-at-large, at the conclusion of the previous night’s budget meeting. Mayor Whitehead declined to give any authority for his comment but said only that unofficial opinion had been expressed that Burtis Bay might not be used as a bathing area. The Jamestown Junior Chamber of Commerce had undertaken an extensive improvement project at the 7.2-acre location during the past three years.