In Years Past

  • In 1913, western Pennsylvania caught the full force of the windstorm of Friday afternoon. In Union Township the wind blew a rural free delivery carrier’s light buggy clear off the road and landed it in the ditch on its side. In the city of Meadville, at times the streets were so filled with dust and papers and other flying debris that one could not see across the street. About 15 feet was knocked off one of the tall stacks at the city plant of the trolley power property and another stack was torn loose. A piece of the cornice of the Christian Church on Center Street was torn off and the tower badly damaged. A big stack at the Smith Lumber Company plant was laid low.
  • At the meeting of the Jamestown Common Council the past week the board of estimate and review was authorized to purchase a Ford automobile for use in city work. The purchase had been consummated. The new automobile was a four-passenger car. The inscription D.P.W. was placed in gold letters on the door. The members of the board needed an automobile to travel to various points of the city to inspect various city jobs.
  • In 1938, because Hitler invaded Austria and subjected it to Nazi rule, a little hill near the quiet village of Ellicottville regained its Yankee name this day. Henceforth “Fish Hill” would be called just that and not “the Ariberg slope.” Two months ago the Ellicottville Ariberg Ski Club, headed by Dr. G. Wilber Northrup, decided to rename Fish Hill “the Ariberg Slope,” in honor of Hannes Schneider, Austria’s world famous ski teacher and originator of the Ariberg technique. Meanwhile, Hitler’s marching armies invaded far off Austria. Schneider was placed under arrest and his place taken by a Nazi. So, Dr. Northrup announced the club had decided to change the name of their winter playground back to “Fish Hill” in protest to Nazi action in removing Hannes Schneider as president of the famous Ariberg Ski Club and placing him under arrest.
  • “I’ve been fishing out of Dunkirk 38 years and have found there’s not much use of trying to buck Mother Nature,” Frank B. Spencer, captain of the fishing tug Rowira, said as ice continued to hold boats harborbound. Fishermen had been carrying their dinner buckets to the docks every morning for two weeks in hopes of being able to make the run out to their nets but ice which came back down the lake late the past week barred the way. Captain Spencer pointed out the narrow bottleneck at the east end of the lake must take care of all the broken-up floes from the 55-mile-wide upper lake. Some hopes of getting out were held the previous day but a look up the lake from Van Buren Point disclosed the ice field stretching westward to the horizon.
  • In 1988, Education Secretary William Bennett’s proposal to wipe out student loans to colleges with high default rates seemed destined to fail. “Congress won’t allow that,” Brian Fitzpatrick, spokesman for Rep. Amory Houghton, R-Corning said. “I think based on the reception that William Bennett got when he floated the idea, it’s not going to go,” he said. That would be a relief to Jamestown Community College, one of the institutions that was to lose its funding under Bennett’s plan to deny federal loans to all students who attended schools with loan default rates higher than 20 percent.
  • State scholarships for college were more evenly distributed between males and females in 1988 because of a one-year experiment that required high school averages to be considered along with standardized test scores, state officials said. Of the 25,000 Regents scholarships awarded to this year’s high school seniors, about half went to males and half went to females. A year ago, males won 57 percent of the scholarships which were worth up to $1,250 over five years at public or private colleges within New York state.