In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, ever since the apple show held at the Pomona Grange in Mayville the past December, the apple men of Chautauqua County had been planning to effect a county organization. An announcement was being made that a meeting for that purpose was to be held at the Jamestown Business College auditorium on Tuesday, March 18. The meeting had been called by a number of prominent apple growers, acting through the farm bureau. Interest in the project had been manifested from many sections of the county and there was every prospect that a strong organization would be formed. The activities of the organization would probably include the spreading of standard information on the care and management of orchards and the handling and marketing of fruit, especially as governed by local conditions.

Mrs. J. J. Servoss suffered a very unusual and, as it proved, very serious accident Monday morning as she boarded the Warren-Jamestown trolley car at Russell, going to Warren. The accident happened when the car started suddenly just as she was stepping into the first car. The jolt threw her against the seat, hurting her severely. She was able to get out at Warren and went to the Warren County Savings Bank. Upon coming out of the bank, just as she stepped to the sidewalk, the knee joint gave way entirely and she fell face down, breaking her glasses and otherwise bruising herself. Servoss was taken into a store nearby where the dislocation was reduced and she was later brought to her home.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, officers of Fort Niagara faced a serious soldier housing problem as a result of the fire which destroyed one of four barracks buildings at Fort Niagara two days previously. Maj. Stuart R. Carswell said the 200 infantrymen who were left without quarters spent the night in the gymnasium. The fort, designed to accommodate only 400 men, already was crowded before the fire with 640 soldiers and 185 Civilian Conservation Corps men. Maj. Carswell said that U.S. Rep. Walter G. Andrews of Buffalo was planning to introduce a bill in Congress to have the burned barracks rebuilt.

State troopers were in Lakewood Wednesday investigating the burglarizing of a summer cottage. A passerby noticed a broken window pane and reported it to Chief Max Ehmke who investigated. He found the place had been ransacked and the contents of desk and dresser drawers dumped on the floor. The troopers went to the school and called out several boys for examination. Four were held and later confessed. They were brought before Judge Edward Bootey, who placed them on probation to Chief Ehmke. The names of the boys were being withheld.

50 Years Ago

In 1963, the wreckage of a light plane with four Grand Ole Opry personalities aboard was found about five miles west of the Tennessee River in west Tennessee. Sheriff Loye Furr said there were no survivors. Aboard were singers Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas and the pilot, Randy Hughes, who was Cline’s manager and a son-in-law of Copas. The single-engine plane was returning the recording artists to Nashville after a benefit performance at Kansas City, Kansas. It stopped at Dyersburg, near Memphis, early Tuesday night to refuel. Hughes telephoned his wife in Nashville to say they would be home soon. The plane never arrived.

A 5-year-old boy, Steven Martin, 23 Peach St., Jamestown, was reported in satisfactory condition at WCA Hospital with injuries received when he was struck by an automobile the previous afternoon at the corner of Falconer and Bowen streets. The child, son of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Martin, received several abrasions on the face and forehead and complained of pains in his back. The accident was investigated by Patrolman Cyril Brentley of the Traffic Bureau. The boy, carrying a bottle of milk, darted into the path of the car while attempting to cross the intersection. A large pile of snow at the corner prevented the driver from seeing the child in time to avoid hitting him. The boy escaped possible serious injury when the milk bottle which he was carrying was tossed safely aside by the impact.