In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, Arthur Hainsworth, who conducted a small printing establishment in Jamestown, was arraigned before United States Commissioner Hazeltine on the serious charge of sending obscene literature through the mails. He was arrested on the complaint of Anthony Comstock of New York. Comstock was the famous anti-vice crusader. He had come to Jamestown and personally swore to the complaint. It was alleged that obscene printed matter was sent to a man in Spark Hill. This was a serious charge. The maximum penalty was a $5,000 fine or five years’ imprisonment or both.

Buffalo’s great automobile show would open at the Broadway auditorium at Broadway and Michigan streets, the evening of Jan. 27 and it would be run for the entire week. It would be the most elaborate and most comprehensive display of pleasure cars and accessories between New York and Chicago. This would be the 11th annual exposition and it was the biggest exhibit ever planned for Buffalo in point of number of exhibitors and the value of the cars and accessories to be shown. The use of the automobile had grown with the passing of each year and experts estimated that there were 1 million autos in use throughout the country and not the slightest indication that there would be a decrease in that number. In fact, the rapid improvements of the road system of the country, with the state connected from one end to the other in a web of improved roads, meant the use of automobiles would become greater as time passed.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, Niagara Falls was struggling in winter’s icy grip. Love would get a mighty cold reception at this time of the year at Niagara Falls, N.Y., mecca of honeymooners. The rushing torrent was turned into a spectacle of icy grandeur by winter’s frigid magic. Gigantic icicles hung from the rocks at the side and winds wafted frozen spray over the few hardy spectators who venture to the edge of the gorge. But the cold had not yet stilled the roar of the main stream.

An 18-year-old girl and a 57-year-old man were back beside warm home fires this day after nine days of wandering in the frigid woods of the northern Pennsylvania area near Smethport. The two, Florence Williams and C.C. Vandermark, a railroad worker, were found the previous day in a hunting lodge in a heavily forested district near Clermont by James Fuller, a trapper. They had been sought by searching parties since Jan. 10. Vandermark rejoined his 73-year-old wife and two children and Miss Williams returned to her family. Both lived at nearby Gardeau. Vandermark’s wife said he had left home without an explanation and the Williams girl told her parents that she was going to a Sunday School meeting.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, Jamestown made it through 1987 without a homicide, the second consecutive year to do so, while rapes reported in the city decreased 50 percent to nine the past year from 18 in 1986. However, the 1987 crime statistics released by Police Chief Richard D. Ream, showed a 7 percent increase in burglaries from 347 to 375. “I just wish the burglaries would go down,” Ream said. “Too many are house burglaries and that concerns me because of the potential for injury. I know what it does to a family when their house is broken in to.”

Spring enrollment was down slightly at Jamestown Community College and the figure was likely to drop in the coming years. Preliminary figures released at the Board of Trustees meeting showed that full-time student enrollment at the Jamestown campus was off 69 from the same time in 1987. Part-time enrollment had increased by about the same. “You’ll notice this college is experiencing the declining enrollment of high school graduates,” said R. Theodore Smith, dean of academic and student affairs.