In Years Past

In 1913, Henry Perks, one of the oldest and best known residents of Warren County dropped dead on the W.A. Talbot farm near Warren this morning aged 70 years. He was working in the garden at the time and was seized with apoplexy, dying alone and his body not being discovered until about an hour later, when one of the neighbors found it. Perks was the father of James and Thomas Perks of Warren and the body was taken there.

Village elections were held in the villages of Chautauqua County the previous day. In the only village in the county where the Republicans and the Progressives came into a straight contest, the Republican ticket was elected by a big plurality. This was in the village of Panama. Interest there was hardly short of that on a presidential election, according to the report received from the Journal correspondent. A total of 68 votes were cast in Panama out of a registration of 80. The reverse was true in Falconer where the Progressives won every contested place.

In 1938, Reichsfuehrer Adolf Hitler wanted four more years of power “to complete the tasks ahead in the greater Reich.” Another step toward consolidation of Austria into the Nazi domain was taken the previous day when the old Reichstag was dissolved and new legislative elections were called for April 10. The new Reichstag would be the first to represent the greater Germany. Hitler announced that all of Germany, including Austria, would vote at the same time on union of Austria with Germany.

Heads of the various veteran and patriotic organizations of the city of Jamestown would meet at the Governor Fenton mansion, Soldiers’ Memorial Park on April 2 to formulate plans for the annual observance of Memorial Day in Jamestown on Monday, May 30. At the meeting, a committee would be appointed to secure a speaker for the exercises in lake View Cemetery, following the parade to be held at 10 a.m.

In 1963, Chester A. Jarmolowski Sr., 42, of Westfield became Chautauqua County’s third motor vehicle victim of the year the previous afternoon when the power company truck in which he was riding was struck by a train. A moment before the accident occurred at the West Pearl Street grade crossing of the Nickel Plate Railroad in Westfield, Jarmolowski saw the train approaching. Jarmolowski was one of three riding in the truck which was driven by Robert Clawson, 42, who suffered only a bump on the head. Clawson stated that he asked Jarmolowski if there was a train coming. Jarmolowski was quoted as saying, “no.” As the truck was nearly across the tracks, Mr. Jarmolowski said, “There is a train coming, Bob.” Jarmolowski, father of four, was employed as a lineman by the municipal electric company. The other power company employee, Melvin Carrahaer, 38, also of Westfield, suffered facial and head cuts and was treated at Westfield Memorial Hospital.

When a Nickel Plate Railroad freight train struck the truck in Westfield, the impact of the crash pinned a railroad employee between his own car and a building. Victim of the strange accident was Joseph Borello, 52, of Brocton, who was pinned between his own car and the Nickel Plate Railroad building. Borello was a track foreman for the railroad. Borello’s car was parked near the grade crossing. The truck which was struck by the train was hurled against the parked car, forcing the car against Borello and the wall of the building. Robert Clawson, driver of the truck, secured the car keys from Borello’s pocket and backed the car away to free the man. Borello was taken to WCA Hospital for treatment of compound fractures of the left hip and both legs.

In 1988, Lt. Gov. Stan Lundine had assured members of the Committee for the Preservation of Route 394 that he would ask state Transportation Commissioner Franklin E. White and his deputy, Charles Carlson, to again review plans for its reconstruction. Committee members were strongly opposed to making a section of the route in West Ellicott a five-lane roadway – two driving lanes in each direction and a center turning lane.

Without a doubt, James Barlow, at age 67, wasn’t your typical farmer. In fact, he was probably the last of a dying breed. What started out as a hobby 15 to 20 years ago turned into a business for the Jamestown native, who was believed to be the only egg farmer left in the city. “I’m really the only egg farmer,” said Barlow, a retired welder. He was known about town as “the egg man” and his wife, Virginia, was called “the egg lady.” And the couple was content to keep tending their 2,000 chickens, which produced about 100 dozen eggs per day in a rustic-looking barn 50 feet behind their home on Willard Street close to the city line. Eggs had become Barlow’s full-time business – the perfect supplement to his social security income.