In Years Past

In 1913, four men perished in a fire that destroyed a wood camp at Mayburg, Forest County, Pa., near Bradford. Anton Smyrdel, Jake Meler, Tony Zartell and Frank Zartell, Austrian woodcutters, were the victims. Several months ago the camp was opened for the accommodation of woodchoppers employed by the Tionesta Valley Chemical Company. The building was a frame structure and was occupied by the Shuster family and 40 boarders. The inmates of the camp were awakened by the fire and a scene of wild confusion ensued. They resorted to different means of egress from the building and all but four succeeded in getting out. Mrs. Shuster was painfully burned in rescuing her seven-day-old infant. The child was saved.

Horne’s Stock Company the previous night opened the week at the Lyric Theater in Jamestown in Marie Corelli’s well-known play, “Thelma.” Strict attention had been paid to detail and followed the lines of the story and the novel. This dramatization was interesting. A large crowd attended the performance. Almost every book lover was familiar with the widely-read romance and rejoiced to learn that the Horne Players had prepared a most elaborate production.

In 1938, National Used Car Exchange Week was to be observed in Jamestown starting on Saturday. Junked cars were to be paraded and then set afire. Plans for the opening were completed at a meeting of the Jamestown Automobile Dealers’ Association the previous evening. The committee was in charge of a parade of wrecking trucks and junked machines, the latter to be burned at the Rosen Company plant on Fluvanna Avenue. Jamestown Mayor Harry C. Erickson promised the city’s cooperation in this plan of the automotive industry to lift itself out of the present business recession by stimulating used car sales and thus make way for a resumption of new car manufacturing and selling on a normal scale.

George Hamil of Brockport received a fractured right clavicle and lacerations over the right eye as a result of his car skidding into a truck on the Westfield hill. Horace Muesbeck, also of Brockport, a passenger with Mr. Hamil, received lacerations of the face and hands. Mr. Hamil was taken to the W.C.A. Hospital in Jamestown after first aid had been administered by Dr. Guy Granger. The men had been driving toward Westfield and skidded into the rear end of a truck driven by Miles Muick of Erie. Hamil’s car, a new 1938 heavy model sedan, was so badly crushed that crowbars were necessary to pry open the doors to release the injured men.

In 1963, the New York Legislature’s Republican leaders cranked up for a last-ditch effort to salvage a portion of Gov. Rockefeller’s license-increase plan as a face-saving device for Rockefeller. The governor’s proposal for a $48-million boost in motor vehicle registration appeared to be dead. Informed sources reported, however, that Assembly Speaker Joseph F. Carlino and Senate Majority Leader Walter J. Mahoney hoped to obtain agreement for an increase of at least $24 million in liquor-license fees. It was understood that the Republican governor still harbored some hope that the rebellious Legislature would relent and vote a portion of the motor vehicle increase as well.

About 115 union workers of the Fibre Forming Corp. in Olean were expected to return to work this day without pay. The employees, members of Local 22, American Federation of Grain Millers, had worked the past two weeks without pay. They decided to continue working even though prospects of getting paid soon remained dim. The company was attempting to improve its financial status and customers and suppliers were being “most cooperative,” Charles Nolan, president, said. The company manufactured plastic fibre forms for luggage and the television industry among other items and had enough orders to keep three shifts going.

In 1988, humanitarian aid to the Contra rebels in Nicaragua was shot down in the House of Representatives with votes from both area congressmen being a resounding no. U.S. Representatives Amory Houghton Jr., R-Corning, and William F. Clinger Jr., R-Warren, voted no to both packages that came to a vote. The first vote was on the Democratic Party proposal for humanitarian aid that had an initial approval vote of 215-210. Final passage of that bill was defeated by a vote of 216-208. That kept the Republican proposal from coming to a vote. The difference in the bills was that the GOP plan called for about $6 million more in aid, with the funds being distributed through the CIA.

Jamestown Postmaster Ronald E. Atkinson admitted getting a little better insight into what his carriers had to deal with on their daily rounds in the city. Atkinson said, “I was tired yesterday. It was a lot tougher than I anticipated. There was a lot of ice still on the sidewalks and some of the steps were not in the condition you want your carriers on.” The postmaster was one of three supervisory employees who delivered routes in fulfillment of an agreement that this would be done if the carriers on the 37 such routes had an accident-free 1987.