In Years Past

In 1913, judging from a report received from the public service commission, the Erie grade crossing elimination in Jamestown was not so far advanced as was supposed by the people and, for that matter, by the commission. The Journal, some months ago, announced that the Erie Railroad Company would hurry the work of elimination and that by Jan. 1 the highway traffic on Main Street would be passing under the tracks of the Erie road. It now appeared that no contract had been let and no work whatever had been done towards the actual elimination of this crossing.

An imposing new addition to the public school system of Jamestown was to be erected at the corner of Fairmount and Stewart avenues in the spring. The building, which would be used as a grammar school, would contain 13 classrooms and afford accommodations for between 500 and 600 pupils. A public meeting of residents of the west side would be held in the temporary school room in the Wilcox block, Fairmount Avenue, the evening of January 27 for the purpose of considering the matter of an appropriate name for the school.

In 1938, a prayer service and cheer-up party were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson, 211 Broadhead Avenue, sponsored by the Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. Gustav Erickson was in charge of the program, also conducting the devotionals and leading the group in singing. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Andrew Nyland, Mrs. C. O. Lynn, Mrs. Hulda Greenlund Johnson, Mrs. A. W. Carlson, Mrs. Carl E. Olson and Mrs. Gustav Erickson. Mr. Anderson was presented with a purse. An original poem was recited by A. W. Lundberg.

State police, members of the local police department and Erie Railroad police participated in a raid Thursday afternoon which netted nine alleged gamblers and enriched the coffers of the village of Falconer to the extent of $65 when the men pleaded guilty to gambling charges.

In 1963, four members of a Red House family were taken to Salamanca District Hospital following an accident at 2 p.m. Sunday on Route 17, one mile east of Red House. It was reported by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department that a late model car owned by Floyd John, Route 280, Quaker Bridge, and operated by his son Martin, 17, same address, rolled over when the driver lost control of the vehicle on the icy road. The car came to rest in a field. The driver and occupants, Dorothy John, 14, Karen John, 15 and Wilbur John, 22, all of Quaker Bridge, were taken to the hospital. All except Karen were treated and dismissed. Fifteen year old Karen was reported in “good” condition

Wind gusts lashed Chautauqua County the previous night, closing some roads and causing auto accidents with injuries. The winds were accompanied by light snow, which glazed highways. Lowering temperatures added to the discomfort. Mayville and Westfield reported 4 below zero while Sherman registered 3 below. Police said poor visibility caused by wind-blown snow caused two accidents on McAllister Road, about one quarter of a mile south of Route 20. Route 17 from Mayville to Westfield was closed the previous night for a time because of the poor visibility.

In 1988, a Fredonia man began new duties as director of the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging but not before a battle at a meeting of the County Legislature regarding his salary The post was filled by Francis “Mac” McCoy who had served as the agency’s deputy director for 2 1/2 years and succeeds Sandra Cliver of Lakewood who resigned to resume a counseling career after heading the office since May 1984. Those legislators who opposed his proposed salary did not question his qualifications but only the level at which he was to be paid. When the confirmation vote finally came, it was unanimous.

A faulty light was determined by fire investigators to have caused a fire on the corner of Vollentine and Bragg Roads in Randolph. Randolph Fire Chief Howard Zollinger requested the Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation Team to a residence, formerly occupied as the Hungry Hound Restaurant in the town of Randolph. Investigators found an overheated ballast in a light had ignited the fire. Zollinger said the one-story structure was occupied by Robert Ackler Jr., who was awakened by the fire and went across the road to summon firemen. Harvey Blood was the owner of the property which was 90 percent destroyed.