In Years Past

  • In 1913, Master Eugene Carr, son of Station Agent W. R. Carr, had a narrow escape from drowning Thursday night. Paddling about the flooded meadows in an old canoe, he was inadvertently drawn into the swifter current and the canoe upset. Though a good swimmer, he could make little headway in the swift stream but succeeded in keeping his head above water until the canoe was swept away. He managed to catch some driftwood and was carried more than half a mile before his cries attracted attention of the village of Kennedy. He was finally rescued by Charles Moore and William Thomas who succeeded in reaching him with a boat gaffer he had.
  • Charles A. Godden of Cross Street, Jamestown, a shipping clerk in the employ of Tinkham Brothers, while at work in the firm which was located at the corner of Cherry and West Second streets, in the forenoon, tripped over a piece of rope and in falling, his head struck the corner of the counter in back of his ear. This was an exceedingly vulnerable spot. The blow knocked Mr. Godden unconscious and it was nearly an hour before he regained consciousness. In the meantime, the city ambulance had been called and he was taken to the WCA Hospital. It was not thought the injury was serious, although, as stated, Mr. Godden was unconscious nearly an hour and was suffering terribly from shock.
  • In 1938, 41 men and one woman fell into the hands of the law when county officers and state police raided a game cock fight at the old Prendergast farm at Kiantone about 1 o’clock Sunday morning. The raiding officers surrounded the farm house and apprehended practically all of the participants and witnesses. A total of $225 was secured in fines. All those arrested were arraigned immediately before Justice of the Peace Glen Jobes, who set up court in the basement of the large farmhouse. The woman received a suspended sentence and 30 of the men were fined $10 each. The other 20 also received suspended sentences. Most men gave fictitious names, according to the authorities. The arresting officers reported that they seized 38 live birds, which were sent to the county farm at Dewittville. There were four dead birds when the raid was staged, indicating that the fighting had barely started.
  • Within the last week, President Roosevelt had indicated that he believed Postmaster General James A Farley was entitled to the Democratic Gubernatorial nomination in New York in the coming fall, it was learned this day from a trustworthy source. The President, it was said, had told Mr. Farley that he would like to see him in the Governor’s mansion at Albany. Mention of this caused something like panic among the New Deal backers of Robert H. Jackson, who had assumed their man was the White House candidate for the New York nomination. Many of the Jackson supporters refused to believe the President had said what he was reported to have said to Mr. Farley.
  • ?In 1963, the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church had taken steps which could lead to the creation of an elementary day school in Jamestown. The move, it was understood, stemmed from growing concern by church leaders over recent court rulings, which they felt were curbing student exposure to religious matters in public schools. A controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling, banning the use of school prayer, was believed to be a major factor involved in the move.
  • Removal of a tree and an official ground-breaking ceremony the previous day signaled the start of Jamestown General Hospital’s $416,919 addition. Initial work on the new east wing would include grading and fabrication of forms for the foundation and bases. Plans for the project were expected to be officially approved soon by the federal government. The city already had met general qualifications for $201,500 in federal aid under the Hll-Burton fund. The first shovelful of earth was turned at 2 p.m. by Raymond H. Alm, chairman of the hospital board. The hospital’s new wing would include an autopsy room, morgue and laboratory on the first floor, a pediatrics ward on the second floor and private and semi-private wards on the fourth floor.