In Years Past

  • In 1913, Miss Julia Isaacson who was employed at the home of Fred H. Wilson, 333 Allen St., Jamestown, as a domestic, left the house at 8:30 Thursday evening and had not since been heard from. Diligent inquiry at every place the girl would be likely to call had not revealed any clue to her whereabouts. Wilson was considerably worried over her mysterious disappearance. “Thursday evening was her usual evening out,” said Wilson. “She left the house and that is the last I have heard of her. I have not been able to obtain any knowledge of her whereabouts. It is as though she had disappeared from the face of the earth.” An ominous circumstance was the fact that the girl left some good clothing at the house. If she had not intended to return, it was likely she would have taken her best clothing with her.
  • The lawsuit arising over the collision of pleasure launches owned by Douglas C. Allen and Fred J. Johnson, in the Chadakoin River the past fall was finished in Justice of the Peace L.L. Hanchett’s court. Miss Anna Anderson of Camp Street, Jamestown, sought to recover $120 damages from Allen claiming that in the collision between the launches she was thrown in the water and lost a watch and mesh bag and had her clothing spoiled. After about an hour’s deliberation the jury brought in a verdict of no cause of action.
  • In 1938, the famous St. Patrick’s Day snowstorm of two years ago brought a constant companion to Malcolm Schwein, U.S. mail carrier on the north side of Jamestown. Every morning and noon as the carrier arrived by trolley – and more recently by bus – at the corner of Spruce Street and Lakeview Avenue, Major, the collie-police dog mix owned by Ralph W. Johnson, 74 Newton Ave., was on hand to greet him and accompany him on his route. Schwein’s following was increased about a year ago when Ace, the German shepherd dog owned by Mrs. E.F. Boerst, 12 Chestnut St., assumed the duty of meeting and accompanying the postal carrier. The dogs followed him on his entire route and waited with him at the bus as he called a halt to his chores.
  • Jamestown would probably have a fully equipped, modern airport, 100 percent completed early in July, according to a statement this afternoon by Col. Clarence B. Coombs, senior airport engineer of the United States Bureau of Air Commerce, who arrived at the North Main Street airport shortly before noon for inspection of the project. Replying to a question from a Journal reporter, Col. Coombs said that WPA authorities were looking “very favorably” on the city’s request for a reallocation of federal WPA funds needed to complete the job. It had been estimated that $40,000 more was needed to furnish material, supplies and skilled labor for the project.
  • In 1963, Allegheny Airlines, which served Jamestown, reported net earnings of $630,999 the past year, equal to 73 cents per share, the best profit in the airline’s 13-year history. Leslie O. Barnes, president, said in the annual report to stockholders, “new records were achieved in virtually every category of revenues during 1962 – and all indices point toward an equal or better posture for 1963.”
  • Come April when the calico bass were biting along Chautauqua Lake, chances were if one stopped at 154 Terrace in West Ellicott, one would find 78-year-old Oliver L. Scott fishing from a rocking chair on the front porch of his lakefront home. But fishing was just one of the sports this man had participated in over the past six decades. The former woodcarver had played basketball, baseball and run the “hundred” in less than 10 seconds. In addition to playing for the YMCA basketball teams of Boston and Syracuse, Scott was a member of the Jamestown “Y” team, years 1904 and 1905. As such he played against the Buffalo German team, world champions at the time. “We played real basketball back then,” recalled Scott. “We passed the ball and I mean passed it, none of this dribbling stuff. Back then it was rougher.”
  • In 1988, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega pinned the Agusto Cesar Sandino Medal of Honor on pacifist Brian Willson in Managua. The Sandinista leader hailed Willson as a “hero of peace.” Willson, a native of Ashville, lost both legs the past year in California when a train ran over them during a protest demonstration against continued U.S. aid to the Contras.
  • ?The new 25-cent value stamps whose use was authorized as the first class letter rate beginning April 3 were selling well at Jamestown Post Office under their series E designation, according to Postmaster Ronald E. Atkinson. “They’re the big seller at this time,” he said, “but you can save a few pennies on your mailings before April third.” In Buffalo, General Manager/Postmaster William J. Miller had urged customers not to wait until the last minute before making their new stamp purchases.