In Years Past

  • In 1913, Erick A. Olson and A. Bruno Anderson had formed a partnership for the purpose of conducting a wholesale branch of the John F. Jelke Butterine Company of Chicago at Buffalo. Olson had been engaged in this business for some time and had a branch of the Jelke Company in Jamestown, which was doing a flourishing business. He would remain in charge of the local branch and Anderson would devote most of his time to the branch at Buffalo. Anderson had been for some years the proprietor of the Hotel Rathskeller and he expected to dispose of that business before he would take up residence in Buffalo. His departure from Jamestown would be a matter of sincere regret to a large number of his friends.
  • Jamestown lodge, Loyal Order of Moose, entertained about 50 couples at an old folks’ dance in the club house at Celoron on Friday evening and the affair was one of the most successful ever held under the supervision of the lodge. The program consisted largely of old-fashioned square dances which were interspersed with round dances so that both old and young enjoyed themselves.
  • In 1938, the State Narcotic Control Bureau launched a drive against the marihuana traffic in Western New York. George C. Aronstann, agent for the state bureau, said a narcotic-addict crime wave was feared unless the marijuana business was soon broken up. Buffalo, he said, was Western New York’s distributing center.
  • Final plans for the fifth annual frolic sponsored by the Jamestown Democratic Club were made at a special meeting of the club held at Jamestown city hall the previous evening. The frolic was to be staged at the Gold Dollar supper club Monday night. Dancing would start at 9 p.m. Charles J. Finch, manager of the local office of the New York State Unemployment Insurance, spoke regarding his work. The club sent a message of greeting to the New York City Democratic Club which was sponsoring a dinner in honor of Robert H. Jackson, at New York City the following night.
  • In 1963, two West Ellicott youths embarked early in the morning on a stroll around Chautauqua Lake and were reported making good progress at midmorning. The youths were Kristy Swan, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Swan, 98 Howard Ave., and Mike Coon, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Coon, 57 Glidden Ave. The pair, well-bundled against the sub-zero cold, left their homes at 4 a.m. By 9 a.m., they had reached the home of Kristy’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Courtney Johnson, Bemus Point and were averaging about three miles an hour. They planned to have lunch in Mayville at the Lakeview Hotel, operated by Kristy’s cousin. At the time of their short rest at Bemus Point, the two reported they were not tired and were not particularly bothered by the cold.
  • Warren police, fire and civil defense authorities conducted a house-to-house alert on this morning after gas pressure in lines of the Columbia Gas Co. dropped to nothing, then was returned to normal. Officials feared gas space heaters not protected by safety valves would pour gas into homes when the pressure returned. Warren Police Department received a call at 1:58 a.m. from Mrs. Edward Sowacki, Starbrick, who reported gas pressure was low and her furnace was almost out. At 2 a.m. the department received a call from an apartment building on Pennsylvania Ave. in Warren. Portable loudspeakers were used as well as police and firemen going house to house to alert residents. It had not yet been determined what caused the drop in pressure which was restored to normal by 10 a.m.
  • In 1988, Secretary of State George P. Shultz left Moscow without a firm timetable for a Soviet pullout from Afghanistan, but U.S. intelligence sources said the Red Army was taking initial steps to leave. Soviet troops were retreating to defensive positions and dependents were being withdrawn, a solid sign the soldiers would not be far behind, a senior U.S. official said. Shultz said at the end of two days of talks in Moscow that he did not have “the slightest doubt” the Red Army would depart.
  • The former Bells Markets in Jamestown and West Ellicott were to reopen the following morning as Apple Supermarkets featuring a new discount pricing system. The location at 39 S. Main St., in Jamestown had announced its grand opening for 10 a.m. with Mayor Steven B. Carlson expected to be on hand to help out. The store at 1001 Fairmount Ave, West Ellicott, was to follow suit at 11 a.m., with Lakewood Mayor Anthony C. Caprino and Ellicott Supervisor Frances C. Morgan assisting with the grand opening program.