In Years Past

  • In 1913, at 8:30 a.m., Jamestown city engineer Jones made a measurement at the boatlanding bridge and found the Chadakoin River was within 2 inches of the highwater mark of a year previously, and the highwater mark of a year ago was the highest mark within the memory of the oldest inhabitants of Jamestown. It far exceeded any record that could be found in the city engineer’s office. The water was still rising. The city engineer said he would make another measurement later in the day and he expected to find the highwater mark had been reached. The slash boards were removed from the Wilson Dam but it afforded little relief. The truth was the water was coming down from the lake faster than the river could carry it away.
  • Seldom had there been such an urgent demand for immediate action on behalf of the suffering people of our own country as came from Ohio, Indiana and other sections of the country which had been overwhelmed with high waters. The Red Cross society had an opportunity to do much toward relieving the unfortunate conditions that existed at Dayton, Ohio; Peru, Ind., and other cities if a hearty and ready response was given to the appeal for help. Those who could give money for this purpose were asked to leave it promptly with Brewer C. Phillips, treasurer of the local Red Cross society at the Bank of Jamestown. A very urgent demand was being made for motor boats to be used in rescuing the perishing and recovering the bodies of the dead in many places in Ohio and Indiana.
  • In 1938, a snake which took advantage of the balmy spring warmth to bask in the sunshine and display its elegant stripes in the garden of Harry Locke of Randolph, discovered too late that it was an unwelcome guest when it became the season’s first fatality in Locke’s campaign to rid his premises of reptilian invasion. While Locke’s record of having killed nearly 50 snakes the past year had encouraged members of his family to call him “the snake charmer,” some of the credit, it seemed, should go to Fussy, his two-year-old cat. Fussy, it appeared was a good “snaker” as well as excellent mouser. The cat’s real name was Fuzzy but it’s owner’s pronunciation made it “Fussy.”
  • A large audience of Jamestowners were taken on a trip into the stratosphere by Professor Jean Picard, scientist and balloonist, who gave an illustrated lecture at the Washington Junior High School under the auspices of the Kiwanis Club. He discussed his several trips into the upper regions and stated he hoped to make an experimental trip over the summer. The lecture was based on notes taken on a trip 10 miles above the earth. Professor Picard showed several stereopticon views of his trips and his assistants preparing for the ascensions. He described the stratosphere as “very beautiful” and said that at a height of 10 miles the temperature was 70 degrees below zero.
  • In 1963, a bomb scare in the morning at Dunkirk High School had police and fire officials searching the building and surrounding area following the evacuation by students and school personnel. Franklin H. Hazard, superintendent of schools, said that the principal, Richard Hayes, received an anonymous phone call at his home shortly before 8 a.m. The caller told Mr. Hayes that a bomb set to go off at 9 a.m. had been planted on school premises. School officials immediately evacuated the building. A thorough search and doublecheck by police and fire department members failed to reveal a bomb. Several clues, however, found by investigating officers were expected to be of value in the apprehension of the anonymous caller.
  • The Allegheny River, well-behaved to date, continued to roll menacingly through Warren on this morning, hovering at one-tenth of a foot below flood stage as borough residents anxiously watched the temperature and the skies, both of which bore the potential of a serious flood. In Warren, low-lying sectors adjacent to the Allegheny River and Conewango Creek were under water and basements of homes in low-lying sections were flooded. Serious damage could be expected if the river level reached 15 or 16 feet. River experts had predicted the river would reach 15 feet by this morning and 16 feet by afternoon. A drop in overnight temperature, however, slowed the runoff of snow, thus slowing the river’s rise.