In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, the Little Falls authorities called upon Gov. Sulzer to affirm or deny a story that he was treated discourteously by the Little Falls police during his campaign tour, or submit to an official investigation. The story was related by Mayor Lunn of Schenectary, who was arrested the past fall for addressing a meeting of strikers in the public street. According to Mayor Lunn, it was authorized by the governor. The chief of police denied the charge and when President Leary of the police and fire board wrote to Gov. Sulzer for his version, the governor’s secretary said the governor requested that the matter be dropped.

At the hearing held in the Dunkirk City Hall by the police and fire board to reference the charge of attempted bribery made against Police Chief Fred W. Quandt by Assemblyman John Sullivan, city Attorney Lyman Kilburg and Police Sergeant Frederick Krohn were the chief witnesses called. Krohn testified that he was night sergeant on Feb. 9, 1912, the date of the alleged bribery. He stated that Chief Quandt told him that he had approached the assemblyman in the interest of the bill in question and had offered him $200 if he would get it passed by the legislature. Krohn quoted Quandt as saying that he had remarked to Assemblyman Sullivan that the money could be thrown into the assemblyman’s office some night if the transom were left conveniently open.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, reports were current that Al Capone, under observation in the hospital ward at Alcatraz Island federal prison, might be transferred to the federal hospital for insane criminals at Springfield, Mo. The rumor persisted that the Chicago gangster, serving time for income tax law violation, was suffering from paresis, a condition which would bring about destruction of the brain cells. A spokesman for the department of justice at Washington admitted the Chicago gangster was under observation but insisted staff physicians had made no definite diagnosis.

The Falconer Rod and Gun Club held its regular meeting in the old village hall with Peter Gregg presiding. The field secretary reported that a permit had been received for the importation of rabbits from Missouri and Kansas. The pheasant feeding committee announced that there was plenty of feed on hand at the club rooms and at the Star Wallpaper Company store on South Main Street, Jamestown. After a discussion on whether or not the size for legal take of bass and muskellunge should be changed, the club went on record opposing any change from the present regulations.

50 Years Ago

In 1963, fire of undetermined origin caused $100,000 in building and stock damage Friday afternoon at Tri-State Hardwood Co., Pennsylvania Avenue, Corry, Pa. Fifty firemen from Corry and Columbus spent five hours fighting the blaze in sub-zero weather. F.T. Griffin of Union City, plant manager, said 70,000 board feet of hardwood lumber was lost in the fire. Fire Chief Jerome Davis of Corry said the exact cause of the fire was not determined but it apparently started in the southeast corner of the cement block and frame building above one of two drying kilns. The fact that there was a fire was not immediately discernible, since the kiln drying process made use of steam which billowed around the outside of the building.

The cold wave gripping Chautauqua County and the Northeastern portion of the nation moved into its second day as temperatures continued to hover around the zero mark. An overnight low of 10-below was registered in Jamestown and the temperature had risen to only five-below by 8 a.m. The sub-zero weather failed to daunt half a dozen boy scouts of Troop 76 who spent the night in tents in Baker Park, West Fourth and Clinton streets. The scouts set up their tents just after supper the previous evening and were all in bed by 10 p.m. The boys had breakfast in the park this morning and planned to stay in their frigid camp until after lunch.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, George Bush once claimed he’d found “big mo” in Iowa. This time it was more like “slo mo.” The Republican momentum belonged to Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas and, in an embarrassing setback to the vice president, to former television evangelist Pat Robertson. Bush was relegated to third place in the Iowa precinct caucuses the previous night. Dole gained 38 percent of the vote in a caucus night straw poll that gave Robertson 24 percent and Bush 19 percent.

Jamestown City Council members approved a $100,000 10-year loan to Dahlstrom Manufacturing Co., 443 Buffalo St., as part of a $2,003,000 project expected to create 100 new jobs. The loan, approved in late January by the Jamestown Local Development Corp., was part of a project to renovate the building and acquire new machinery. Company spokesmen had said the project called for setting up a high volume manufacturing cell so the firm could manufacture a different type of metal line than it was producing at present. The company had yet to disclose what that product would be, but officials said the cell would allow the company to enter new markets which it previously couldn’t be competitive in.