In Years Past

In 1913, momentary forgetfulness of his surroundings may have possibly cost Fred L. Anderson, a fireman on the Chautauqua division of the P.R.R., his life. He left Oil City on No. 61, the fast express running between Pittsburgh and Buffalo and when the train neared Hydetown, forgetting that the “mail snatcher,” an iron post to which the sack of mail was suspended, was near his side of the engine, he looked out to take his bearings and see if everything was clear along the platform. His head came into contact with the post. He was thrown back into the arms of his engineer, C.G. Morton. A passing freight train took Anderson to Titusville hospital. Anderson was 28 years of age, was single and his home was in Brocton. His mother had arrived and spent the night with him. It was feared he would not recover.

The Fire Brigade of Plant No. 1 of the Art Metal Construction Company, Jones & Gifford Avenue, Jamestown, had a fire drill as an imaginary alarm was turned in from one of the buildings of the big plant. The men got several streams on within less than a minute after the alarm was sounded. They then returned to their work and in less than a half-hour there was a fire and a real alarm was turned in, giving the brigade an opportunity to demonstrate its ability to cope with an emergency. To their credit, the men turned out just as promptly as they did for the drill, proving beyond any doubt that the brigade was ready for duty at any instant. The fire they attended did not amount to much, being confined to some oily waste in which it started.

In 1938, Girl Scouts from Jamestown and all parts of southern Chautauqua County, numbering about 700, filled the Washington Junior High School auditorium Friday evening at a birthday party in celebration of the 26th anniversary of the beginning of Girl Scouting in this country. In spite of slippery roads, Girl Scouts came from as far away as Findley Lake, Clymer and Mayville. Each troop responded to roll call with a cheer or song. At the close of the affair, candy was served.

Mrs. Gertrude P. Herald of Isabella Avenue, widow of the late Mark L. Herald, had filed a $50,000 claim against the city as a result of the accident at the Arcade building Feb. 15 which resulted in the death of her husband. The complaint accompanying the claim alleged the city of Jamestown was negligent in maintaining the Arcade building in a dangerous condition. The city acquired the property some time ago for non payment of taxes. It was the claim of Mrs. Herald that about 8 o’clock on Feb. 15, her husband was lawfully within the premises of the Arcade building and while upon the second floor fell into an unguarded and unprotected elevator shaft formerly used as a freight elevator. It was claimed that the premises were dark at the point where the fall occurred and that no guard or warning of the presence of the shaft had been erected or maintained, that the shaft was dangerous and unsafe and that her husband fell into the shaft and to the basement of the building.

In 1963, classic Grecian charm, cascading water fountains and statues, marked the smartly styled Dorian Salon at 308 N. Main St. Jamestown, which had its official opening March 7. Samuel Paladino had brought together the splendor of beauty from several parts of the world to compile an aura of elegance for his new beauty headquarters. Gold and white were the predominating colors with a flair of aquamarine in striking contrast to the rough texture of background wood. Dramatizing the entrance to the salon were a ceiling high fountain with the water playing over a stone wall and a gold and white statue from Italy of Hebes, the Greek goddess of youth.

Two automobiles, reported stolen in Jamestown the past Friday were recovered by their owners Monday evening after being found abandoned on city streets. A late-model car belonging to Donald Anderson, 30 Vega St., taken while parked on Liberty Street, was located by a friend of Mr. Anderson, who lived on Sturges Street. He recognized a car parked on the wrong side of the street near his home as the missing vehicle. The other car, taken while parked near the home of its owner, Theodore Vollersten, 411 Lincoln St., was located by Patrolman Edward Ohmah abandoned on Weeks Street near Clyde Avenue.

In 1988, Kazusasa Tada from Osaka, Japan had come back to Jamestown after 22 years. Kaz had been an AFS student at Jamestown High in 1965-66. He lived that year with the John Peterson family on Park Street. He and his wife, Hisayo, decided to visit Jamestown on their way home to Osaka from a trip to the Caribbean. Kaz and Hisayo were taken on a tour of Jamestown and around Chautauqua Lake. Kaz thought the bridge over the lake was awesome and the lake, even though covered with ice and snow, was very beautiful. When he was living here he disliked the snow; this time he kept commenting on its beauty. The Petersons also took their visitors to an Amish farm where Hisayo purchased a beautiful quilt.

“Women and Rebirth,” an exhibit of oil paintings and ceramic sculptures by Nicolette Azicri of Erie, would be on display in the art gallery of Jamestown’s Prendergast Library from March 18 to April 29. The artist worked with themes of reincarnation and women’s issues. In the women’s series, the artist portrayed the idea that women were not against men but simply wanted an equal place in society.