In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, cheering news was received from Peru, Ind. It was to the effect that the Jamestown men employed in that city were all right. The large interests of Jamestown businessmen in Peru made any news from there especially interesting in this city. In order that the Salisbury Wheel Company might secure accurate information in regard to its Peru plant, Erwin Shearman, secretary of the company, left for Detroit where he would join Scott Penfield and together they would go to the Indiana city to make a careful investigation of conditions.

While at points on Chautauqua Lake the water was said to be higher than ever before known, the measurements made by the Jamestown engineer at the boatlanding bridge showed that the highwater mark of the past year had not as yet been attained. But whether or not the record of 1912 was exceeded at the boatlanding bridge, it was certain the record was more than exceeded at points up the lake. A northwest wind sweeping down the lake in the afternoon rolled the waters higher and higher on the shores in the vicinity of Celoron and Beechwood.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, many persons were tossed out of bed, and the area of East Titusville rocked as if by a nitroglycerin explosion, when an air compressor tank of the Crew Levick refinery let go early in the morning. Force of the explosion was so great all Titusville felt the shock. Hundreds rushed by automobile to the scene, fearing a major disaster. The tank, 15 feet long and 4 1/2 feet in diameter, was hurled 20 feet from its base. It was equipped with safety valves and no one could account for the explosion. No person was hurt. One brick wall was damaged but refinery officials said the loss would be “negligible.”

Jamestown Chief of Police Edwin M. Nyholm was surprised by a host of friends, including several city officials and most members of his department as he celebrated his 50th birthday at his home, 80 Stewart Ave. on Sunday. The affair, arranged by Mrs. Nyholm, took the chief entirely by surprise but like the good policeman he was, he proved himself equal to the occasion. “It looked like a raid,” he explained as he responded to the felicitations of his friends. Mrs. Nyholm served a Swedish smorgasbord for the great number of well wishers who visited the home during Sunday afternoon and evening.

50 Years Ago

In 1963, a $150,000 fire destroyed the main structure of the Brown Milling Co. at 2:30 a.m. in Randolph. The loss was only partially insured, William Decker, one of the three owners, said. A fireman was injured as more than 50 volunteer firemen from seven fire companies battled the flames. Fortunately, there was no wind and the fire was confined to the main building, one of four connecting structures, housing thousands of tons of grain and seeds for spring planting. The fire apparently started from friction after a belt slipped off an elevator pulley while a crew of four men moments before had completed emptying a carload of bran from a boxcar on the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad siding adjacent to the main structure’s storage bins.

Linda Apotosh, a sixth-grade student in Joseph Maietta’s room, was pronounced the Lakewood Elementary School’s champion speller when 18 fifth- and sixth-graders met for the annual spelling bee. Brenda Segerlin from Mrs. Jean Hodges’ sixth grade class was second. Runners-up were Dorothy Cole from Mrs. Martha Peterson’s sixth grade class and Wendy Conover, a pupil in Joseph Maietta’s sixth grade class.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, Robbie Godwill and Ivory Smith of Sinclairville, who attended an Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Sinclairville Preschool Mothers Club and local merchants on Saturday, sized up the number of goodies on which they would be feasting. They were among approximately 90 youngsters from toddlers to sixth-graders who uncovered a cornucopia of treats.

Strong winds during the weekend were blamed for electrical outages in the Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. and Jamestown Board of Public Utilities distribution systems. Bruce Ellis, manager of Niagara Mohawk’s regional office in Dunkirk, said a pole on the Sherman-Clymer Road was broken by the wind Saturday afternoon, knocking out power to 60 area customers for four hours. In Jamestown, a tree that fell at Arbutus and Dunn avenues about 1 p.m. Saturday knocked out a circuit serving lower East Second Street and lower Falconer Street. The BPU was called out later in the day after a tree that fell near the Apple Inn Restaurant on the Old Fluvanna Road took out a circuit from the Clifton Avenue substation. A service break affected much of the Fluvanna area from near city line to the Fluvanna-Townline Road.