In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, though his daughter was freed from her kidnappers, Reuben P. Steckel, the aged father of the girl, declared that he was willing to spend half of his fortune and the remaining years of his life to the end that justice might be meted out to the abductors of his daughter, Anna E. Steckel of Allentown, Pa., the young society leader and prospective heiress to an estate worth a million dollars. “I saw my daughter being dragged out of my home by these two men and the only answer I received to my protests was a command to shut up. I am too old to have been able to cope with them, but I will spend half my money in an effort to have them punished. I have perhaps only a few years to live at the most but If I can see justice done in this case, I will die happy.”

The Dunkirk Herald said a new clue had developed in the disappearance of Walter F. Robinson, game warden, who was last seen about two months previously near Silver Creek. It was given by E.Z. Schatz, game inspector from Lake View, who wrote to Chief Inspector Hamilton that he overheard a conversation on a street car in which a man claimed to have information and letters relating to the whereabouts of Robinson. It was not learned whether Robinson was dead or alive. The man, the protector said, held his information for a reward of $500. District Attorney Green of Jamestown, under whose jurisdiction the case would come, was called and was told of this additional evidence. “I know nothing of this evidence,” Green said, “and will do nothing until I hear from Protector Hamilton.”

75 Years Ago

In 1938, drilling operations on the gas well brought in on the Nelson Farm, Falconer-Kimball Stand Road, were forcibly suspended on Saturday when a new pocket of gas was struck at such a high pressure as to make continued drilling impossible. The new pocket was struck at a depth of about 851 feet, according to the drillers. A meter placed over the well recorded the new flow at 484,000 cubic feet per day. The drillers were waiting on a determination of the permanency of the new flow of gas. If the flow remained constant at the present pressure it was said three such wells would be adequate to supply Jamestown gas users with all the gas they would need. If the present gas flow continued, those interested in the venture would probably try to cap the well until a market for the gas could be found

Dogs, 70 of them, of all sizes, colors and breeds, held the spotlight as they took over the benches at the 30th annual Chautauqua County Poultry and Pet Stock Association show in the basement of the furniture mart building. John R. Briem, Buffalo, would begin to judge the blue-blooded canines Friday at 1 p.m. They would remain on display for the remainder of the week. Harold Beaujean’s three-legged wire haired terrier, Pepper, attracted widespread interest as the four-month old dog made its appearance at the show. Although born with its right foreleg missing, it got about as well as other dogs, according to its owner, who resided at 57 Fairmount Ave.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan spoke to an overflow crowd the previous day at the town hall in Cheektowaga. The public forum was one of several Moynihan had set up around the state. The big crowd was probably the result of invitations from the senator’s office that referred to the town as Cheektowaga Falls. Moynihan jokingly suggested that a waterfall be set up in the town.

A psychologist said the civilian crew of a Navy train was suing an antiwar protester they ran over during a protest because they suffered post-traumatic stress disorder over his accidental maiming. Arlyne Diamond, a Santa Clara, Calif., psychologist, said the three crew members were being treated for depression, feelings of isolation and anger. Two of them were still unable to return to work. The suit was seeking unspecified damages from Ashville native S. Brian Willson, who lost his legs in the incident. In the suit, the three accused demonstrators of intending to stop the train by allowing it to hit them with conscious disregard to the operators’ rights and feelings.