In Years Past

In 1938, the theft of 12 fur coats with a total value of $290 from an automobile parked at the corner of East Fourth and Pine streets in Jamestown was reported to local police early in the afternoon by Fred Federman of Monroe Street, Buffalo. Mr. Federman, a fur salesman, said he parked his car for less than an hour while he went to a restaurant for lunch. When he returned to his machine, two large cases containing the coats were gone, he told police.

Emil N. Johnson, president and general manager of the Jamestown Steel Partitions Company, Inc. of Falconer, which concern he organized two years previously, died suddenly of a heart attack at 3:20 in the morning at his home on Newland Avenue, aged 44 years. He was born in Jamestown, August 1, 1893, was confirmed in the First Mission Church in 1908 and was a member of Jamestown lodge, B.P.O. Elks, at which club the funeral service would be held. Mr. Johnson was employed for several years at the General Electric Company plant, Erie, Pa., and was at one time employment manager of the Art Metal Construction Company. He had lived in Jamestown practically all of his life.

In 1963, a little boy and his father were both in Jamestown General Hospital as the result of a freak accident Sunday, the youngster’s first birthday. Gordon Daniels, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Daniels, R.D. 2, Frewsburg, tumbled down the cellar stairs of the home and his father, 28, fell also when he rushed to help the tyke. A spokesman at the Daniels home said the father was expected to be released this day after treatment for a heel fracture. The one-year-old would remain for observation of a head injury.

Elmer Sheffield, 56, a Great Valley chicken farmer, became the first victim of a Cattaraugus County motor vehicle fatality at 12:10 p.m. Saturday following a two-car crash in which another person was injured. The accident occurred at 10:50 a.m. on Route 242 four miles east of Little Valley. While county police were investigating that accident, another occurred 20 minutes later within sight of it on the same road and in which two other motorists were injured.

In 1988, Sherman reigned this day as the area’s snow capital, with 14 inches recorded as landing there overnight as a consequence of the East’s heaviest general snowfall of the season. Meteorologist Alan Blackburn of the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service said that the amount reported for the western Chautauqua Community was the most in the area. Jamestown measured between 9 and 10 inches of new snowfall overnight while weather observers Patricia Webb at Sinclairville and Roger Trump near Westfield reported 7 and 9-10 inches respectively. Blackburn said this was the heaviest general snowfall – covering an area from Western Ohio to the East Coast with a soft white blanket.

With the following week’s Iowa caucuses only days away, Jamestown Mayor Steven B. Carlson announced his endorsement of Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis to be president, predicting that the governor could end up finishing first or second in the caucus. “I believe Gov. Dukakis is the most capable candidate running for the Democratic nomination for president and I intend to do what I can to see that he is the Democratic standard-bearer in the fall election,” Carlson said.