In Years Past

  • In 1913, two persons were killed and one injured when an automobile plunged down a steep embankment into the water on its way through the Montezuma Marshes, five miles north of Seneca Falls. The dead were Miss Lottie Voorhees and Raymond B. Haist. Miss Myrtle Freeman was slightly burned. John O’Connor was the only occupant uninjured. All came from Syracuse. The party was riding in a car which O’Connor said was borrowed of Jack Colbin of Syracuse. Haist, who was steering, turned to speak to those in the back seat when he lost control of the wheel. The car skidded off the road and landed upside down in the water. O’Connor was thrown clear of the wreck.
  • The small shed on Washington Street in Jamestown, used by the contractors engaged in erecting the new Eagles’ temple was blown down by the high wind on this afternoon. A section of the fence surrounding the property of the United States government across the street was also blown over.
  • In 1938, volunteers this day resumed their search for six persons who disappeared Sunday after a huge log raft smashed into a bridge and dumped most of its 48 passengers and crew into the Susquehanna River. The raft, symbol of pioneer lumbering days in Pennsylvania, was on the last leg of its 200-mile journey to Harrisburg. W.C. Van Scoyce, 66, of Philadelphia, an accountant for the Pennsylvania Railroad, was drowned. The body was recovered. Hundreds of citizens, Boy Scouts and firemen from the area around Muncy, 13 miles south of Williamsport where the tragedy occurred, grappled in the swirling waters for more than 10 hours without success. Thomas Proffit of Chester, a Universal Newsreel cameraman, apparently drowned. A survivor said he “went down cranking his camera.”
  • Spring arrived this day and it was worth writing home about. Such a beautiful March 21 was so unusual here that everyone on the streets of Jamestown was talking about it. The previous year’s weather was cold and dreary and two years ago, Jamestown had not yet dug herself out of the snow drifts – but this day was perfect. While Chautauqua Lake was not yet free from ice, the little that remained was honeycombed and liable to drop out of sight any minute. Calico bass were biting and hundreds of men, women and children struggled for footholds along the canals at Ashville and Beechwood, pulling the fish out as fast as they could bait the hooks.
  • In 1963, talented and versatile piano virtuoso Liberace would appear in concert on April 17 in Merton P. Corwin Auditorium of Jamestown High School under auspices of the Jamestown Optimist Club. Proceeds would go to the Boy’s Work Fund which had a total budget of $4,031.90. Patron tickets at $5 each could be purchased from any Optimist Club member and would be on sale at Eckerd’s Drug Store, Girtons Flowers and Gifts and the Music Box. Liberace’s program repertoire would include his pleasant, intimate vocals, a soft shoe act, light and serious interludes at the keyboard and a maximum of surprises. His trademarks – the glistening smile, candelabra and lavish wardrobe – would transcend the innovations of the production.
  • Winter was officially scheduled to give way to spring at 3:30 a.m. this day but reluctant to terminate its tenure here, clobbered the county with another blast through the previous day and into the night. Hardest hit in the latest onslaught of a waning winter was the Portage Road portion of Route 17 between Mayville and Westfield. Throughout the day and into early evening, convoys of snowplows and sand trucks led motorists over the hump there. Visibility was reduced to zero by the swirling, wind-whipped snow and the pavement was described as extremely slippery.
  • In 1988, the Republicans had a runaway winner and the Democrats were in a quandary. They would like to keep up the Bushes and have one of their own, but the prospects for wheeling and dealing were so delicious that many party leaders could barely contain themselves. “It keeps the excitement going,” said Colorado Gov. Roy Roemer. “I’d like to have a voice.” “There will be brokering,” said New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. “The question is where and how.” If it happens at the convention, Cuomo said, “the whole United States will see you in the grubby business of cutting deals. I say that’s no way to do it. I say let’s do it when they’re not watching.”
  • Anderson International of Jamestown, which specialized in asbestos removal, would hold training seminars for potential asbestos inspectors. The company received tentative approval for its proposal from the state Health Department, company spokesman Carl Anderson said. “We’ve had the verbal OK,” Anderson said. The company expected to start its training seminars in the first part of May. Anderson said the course was designed to serve contractors. “Under the new state law contractors have to be certified by the state,” he said.