In Years Past

  • In 1913, “Votes for women. Votes for women. Washington, Washington, Wilson!” This was the shrill feminine yell which attracted crowds of early morning workers to the Hudson terminal in downtown New York this day to watch the department of the “army” of suffragists who were going to march to Washington to take part in the woman suffrage pageant on March 3.
  • In Sandusky, Ohio, an aviator claimed to have invented an aeroplane that would fly in a direct line without an aviator and have devices by which bombs could be dropped from it at any indicated time after the start. Henry N. Atwood, Boston aviator said, “It will travel 100 miles or more and could drop its bombs over a besieged city or hostile fleet.” The aeroplane itself would be built of dynamite and gun cotton so that when it had discharged its cargo, it would fall to the earth and explode, destroying the engine. Atwood said his torpedo plane would be 10 feet wide and weight about 30 pounds. Atwood said Secretary Meyer of the navy department had approved his plans.
  • In 1938, a swelling wave of resentment swept Nazidom over foreign rumors of army unrest and there was belief Reichsfuehrer Hitler might decide upon a dramatic step to restore confidence at home and respect abroad for Germany’s military might. A “we will show them” spirit dominated editorial comment in the government controlled press. Recent history had shown that Hitler was expert at concealing his immediate intentions so any guess as to what he would do would be dangerous.
  • The automobile accident which brought death to Floyd Ebling, 21 years old, of Silver Creek, also brought serious injuries to five other persons who were, however, expected to recover. Ebling sustained a fractured skull when an automobile driven by Donald Harvey, 27, of Leon, left the road and crashed into a tree.
  • In 1963, Dr. Robert P. Morgenstern, a Jamestown Chiropodist, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, miraculously escaped injury in the morning following an accident in which their late model car flipped over on its top. The accident occurred at about 8:45 a.m. on route 17J as Mrs. Morgenstern was driving Dr. Morgenstern to his office in Jamestown. The couple resided in Lakewood. Mrs. Morgenstern stated she hit the shoulder of the road causing the car to skid into a snowbank. The auto then flipped over on its top and came to rest in the driveway of Dr. Maurice B. Furlong at 649 Fairmount Ave., West Ellicott.
  • Editor William Stevenson and his assistant, Susan Martin, checked as the first edition of the R. R. Rogers School newspaper “rolled off the press.” The newspaper, published by sixth grade pupils of Mrs. Hildur Sheldon, included school news, editorials, poetry, book reports and stories of hobbies and history.
  • In 1988, winter storm warnings were in effect for all of upstate New York this day and much of eastern New York, according to the National Weather Service in Albany. A classic Noreaster storm whipped eastern New York this day with up to a foot of snow, making traveling tough, with motorists sliding into drifts and some air travelers grounded. Up to 20 inches of snow were expected in parts of New York state before the storm waned overnight. A mix of snow, rain and sleet fell over most of Pennsylvania in the morning with snow accumulations of up to eight inches reported in Philadelphia.
  • Jamestown General Hospital’s multi-million dollar plan for a mental health complex continued to be criticized by the Health Systems Agency of western New York. Alcohol rehabilitation and psychiatric services in Jamestown should be split between the two hospitals in the city instead of having Jamestown General build a $3.6 million mental health complex, a committee of the health care review agency recommended.