In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, Captain Robert F. Scott and party had lost their lives in the far south. They had reached the South Pole, it was learned, and were headed northward when they were overwhelmed by a blizzard. The expedition consisted of 28 officers and scientists in addition to a crew of 23 picked men from the British Royal Navy. The entire party had perished. Mrs. Scott, now tragically the widow of the British Antarctic explorer, sailed from San Francisco Feb. 5 for New Zealand, expecting to meet her husband there. She sailed on the Aorangi, and it was improbable that she would learn of her husband’s death until she reached New Zealand, although efforts were being made to reach the Aorangi by wireless.

At 10 p.m. Friday night, fire was discovered in the barber shop on the Kinney property near the Pennsylvania depot in Brocton. An oil stove left lighted to keep the building warm during the night had apparently exploded and the fire was well under way before discovered. A heavy wind was blowing and as the barber shop was located in the alley between the large frame buildings occupied by DeHart Lynch as a grocery and Harlow Rhinehart as a saloon, it was necessary to get the fire under control at once if those buildings were to be saved. Fortunately, the hoserooms of the Brocton Hose Company were only 100 feet away and prompt action on the part of the firemen put the blaze under control with slight damage to the adjoining buildings.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, Robert H. Jackson, Jamestown, assistant attorney general of the U.S., told a Senate committee examining his qualifications to be President Roosevelt’s solicitor general, that he did not leave private law practice for government service with any desire “to change the government of the United States in any way.” Closely questioned by members of a Senate judiciary sub-committee on his opinions regarding the Supreme Court, democracy and the Constitution, Jackson summed up his constitutional views by saying: “All I desire is that the government of the United States function in such a way as to be the greatest benefit to the greatest number of people.”

Ripley Grange met Saturday with Master John Emminger in the chair. Dinner was served at noon by the men of the grange, who were proficient in serving oyster stew and pies. They were gowned in their caps and aprons and proved they understood the art of serving. The lecturer’s hour consisted of a Lincoln program with readings and music.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, window service at Jamestown’s post office would be suspended from 1-2:30 p.m. weekdays, effective as of the following week according to Postmaster Ronald E. Atkinson. In Warren, Postmaster Tim Primerano said the daily opening time there would be a half hour later – at 9 a.m. rather than the present 8:30 – but the windows would be open continuously until 5 p.m. weekdays and noon Saturdays. Both he and Atkinson pointed out that the service cutbacks were the result of implementation by the U.S. Postal Service of provisions of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 which mandated a savings of $1.25 billion by the agency during the next two years.

A Dunkirk man was killed the previous morning in a car-train collision at the Newell Road crossing in the town of Sheridan. Ignacio Ramos Jr., 32, a former Dunkirk city clerk, was thrown from his car at 10:40 a.m. after failing to yield to a westbound 100-car two-engine freight train on Newell Road, a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said. The intersection, about three miles from the South Roberts Road crossing in Dunkirk where six high school students were killed when a freight train struck the car they were in on Nov. 1, had no flashing lights or crossing gates.