In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, the Rev. Dr. William E. Biederwolf, in his preliminary words in the Market Street tabernacle the previous evening, took the occasion to pass a few more remarks on the public dance question in answer to an article in The Journal. In his remarks, Dr. Biederwolf said in part: “I read in The Evening Journal an article supporting the public dance by the Rev. Dr. William Byron Forbush. It seems that there are some influences at work here in Jamestown to force on this community the public dance, an institution that is being condemned the country over. As to Dr. Forbush’s article, I think it is about the weakest sort of an argument for the public dance I ever read. You hear nothing these days but the greatest amount of evil in the public dance.”

Although the Chadakoin River was falling at the average rate of 2 inches per day and consequently was now nearing a foot lower than at this time the previous week, the Jamestown authorities were still pushing the project to secure state aid for dredging the stream with a view of relieving existing conditions. Engineer Edward J. Govern of the state engineering department was in the city again this day in connection with this matter. Two assistants would make a careful estimate of the cost of dredging the stream so as to make a better channel for a more free flow of water. These estimates would, of course, be used as a basis for a request for a state appropriation.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, Sen. Warren Austin (R-Vt.) served notice he would ask Robert H. Jackson to explain to a committee considering his nomination as solicitor general, recent speeches he had made on business and monopoly. “I wish you would bring the manuscripts of your speeches along,” Sen. Austin told Jackson. The latter attended but was not a witness at a brief judiciary subcommittee hearing during which Attorney General Cummins urged approval of the appointment. Cummings said Jackson had given “notable service” as assistant attorney general in charge of the antitrust division.

Five missing Olean women, including three nuns, were found safe in Allegany State Park after an all-night search by state and local police. Their car had become mired in a rut and they had spent the night in the machine in which they had started out the previous day for a “short ride.” The women were Mrs. Richard Freaney, 64; her daughter, Margaret, 34; and Sisters Mary Jerome, Mary Eustell and Mary Baptist of the local convent of St. Mary’s of the Angels. Mrs. Freaney said that in driving through the park they lost their way and that as darkness fell the car became mired. Police Captain George Finger said Freaney explained the ride with the nuns from the convent was a daily custom.

50 Years Ago

In 1963, one of Jamestown’s most respected and benevolent residents had been taken in death. Mrs. Charles D. Darrah, 84, of 500 E. Sixth St., died at her home the previous afternoon. She was one of Jamestown’s most generous citizens to civic and charitable organizations. In 1962, Mrs. Darrah was named “Woman of the Year” by a grateful group of the city’s organizations. Because of illness she was unable to be present when the award was made. Mrs. Darrah, the former Jessie Smith, was born Nov. 1, 1878, in Burnley, England. Her father came to Jamestown in 1880. He established the Jamestown Cotton Mills on Center Street which he operated for almost 40 years. Mr. Smith had been a big factor in establishing daylight savings time in Jamestown.

A South Ripley family of five was made homeless, two large dairy barns were destroyed at Columbus, Pa., and a chimney was ruined at Youngsville the previous day as the extended cold wave continued to produce a rash of fires in the region. In South Ripley, fire believed to have started from a short circuit in electrical wiring destroyed the trailer home of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Burnham, North East-Sherman Road. No one was injured in the fire.