In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, Atramia Giloramo, an Italian section hand employed by the Erie Railroad Company at Bradford, Pa., was at the Bradford Hospital in a serious condition as the result of an assault committed upon him Tuesday night. He said a fellow countryman robbed him of $30 in cash; shot him in the left thigh and then threw him into Tuna Creek. The wounded man charged a Bradford man, whose name was Rocco Crispi, with assault. Crispi was missing from his home when the police searched his premises later in the evening.

A Denver dispatch to the Buffalo Courier said that Miss Helen Warren, who had come to Denver from Jamestown, N.Y., had resigned her position as teacher in the Alana Park school up in the mountains because she did not like her grizzly bear class. Miss Warren was enjoying the mountain air. She was pleased with her classes until one day, uninvited, a large grizzly bear entered the schoolroom door. Havoc reigned among the pupils. The young teacher also showed sings of consternation while the bruin upset things in general. Miss Warren was compelled to seek medical attention for her nerves after she had succeeded in driving the intruder from the building.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, Jamestowners were disturbed and aroused and the news staff of The Journal was nearly driven frantic by a wild and purely fantastic rumor originating with a radio broadcast that a large passenger airliner had crashed at Westfield the previous morning. There was no truth to the report. During the period that The Journal was checking every possible authoritative source regarding the rumor, the telephone inquiries to check on the authenticity of the report approached a steady stream as word passed from person to person. When The Journal was able definitely to state that the report was false, this word quickly spread and the calls subsided.

Harry Arnold, employee of the American Manufacturing concern of Falconer, was awarded $319.40 compensation for injuries suffered while at work the past May 31, by Referee Charles K. Blatchley in Compensation Court on Friday. Arnold suffered a 10 percent loss of the use of his right hand when it was caught under a saw. The award was to be paid at the rate of $13.09 per week for 24.4 weeks. Harold D. Warden of the Blackstone Manufacturing Company, who was injured May 10 of the past year while at work, would receive $146.71 for 25 percent loss of the use of the second finger on his right hand and 25 percent loss of the use of his right third finger. His fingers had been caught in a grinder. The award would be paid at $10.67 for 13 3/4 weeks.

50 Years Ago

In 1963, Mrs. Marguerite (Peg) Kitchell Hitchcock, 23, continued to battle for her life as the area toll of fire victims rose to four with the death of a Dunkirk man in a burning home. Mrs. Hitchcock was burned seriously in a fire which destroyed her Ellington area home and took the lives of three of her children. Victim of the Dunkirk fire was Robert E. Phillips, 70, of Main Street, who owned and occupied the two-story frame dwelling which was gutted by fire. Phillips lived alone in the house. The victim’s body was found between a sofa and the wall on the first floor. The fire started in the basement of the house but a cause had yet to be determined.

The Mothers March of Dimes in Jamestown the previous night brought in a total of $7,314 in the campaign to fight polio, birth defects and arthritis. Although it was an incomplete report – about $200 additional was expected from the fourth ward – the total was about $1,000 less than the past year when $8,500 was raised in the city. Mrs. Harry F. Brocklehurst, city chairman, said that the committee expected additional funds would also be mailed in from those who were not home when the volunteers called.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, many Third Street merchants along the four blocks from Washington to Spring streets in Jamestown said the narrowed stretch had turned into a traffic bottleneck, irritating customers and offering limited parking. So Mayor Steven B. Carlson’s announcement earlier in the week of a plan to study changes for that heavily trafficked part of Third Street, was welcome news, even though it was not known what, if anything, would come of it. “I think it’s time to look at what’s been done on Third Street and whether it’s creating a problem for motorists with it being narrow,” said Emory C. Olson, co-owner of Baldwin Jewelers at 7 E. Third Street.

Fifth-grade students at Fletcher Elementary became somebody else. As part of a project aimed at improving writing and speaking skills, teacher Nancy Miller assigned each student to choose, research and report on a famous person. Students were asked to dress like the individual. On the day of the report, students changed into their costumes and gave their biographies as if they were the characters they described. Chris Brink chose Wolfgang Mozart, Sam Lisciandro became Dan Marino, Christina Ward turned into Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lisa Ellis picked Nadia Commaneci and Holly Peterson chose Christa McAuliffe.