In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, Willard F. Ash, 40, was confined in the Warren County jail with the likelihood of a charge of murder being preferred against him as the result of an alleged assault upon Mrs. Christina Peters, 71, at Chandlers Valley Sunday afternoon. It was alleged that in the absence of her husband, Gust Peters, who had gone to the pasture to care for his cattle, Ash attacked the old woman who was still in bed. Mrs. Peters died during the assault. Three witnesses claimed that they saw Ash leaving the house, rearranging his clothing as he fled. His tobacco pouch was found on the floor behind Mrs. Peters’ bed. Ash fled to the home of Mrs. Hannah Nobles nearby and when he saw the officers of the law approaching, he jumped from a second-story window and attempted to escape. He was overtaken after a hard fight.

The Jamestown Choral Society held a rehearsal Sunday afternoon in preparation for the concert for the benefit of the Ohio and Indiana flood sufferers to be held in the state armory the following Monday, April 7. They took up the work with fine spirit and enthusiasm, the idea being to make the event the biggest of the kind, as far as attendance was concerned, in the history of Jamestown. It was decided to make the price 50 cents for general admission. Those wishing to reserve seats could do so for 50 cents extra at Swanson’s drug store. Word had been received that the famous First Baptist quartet of Franklin, Pa., would return to Jamestown to assist on this occasion and a local orchestra would also take part.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, Jamestowners were apparently unable to pick up the broadcast by the Jamestown High School a cappella choir from St. Louis, as shortly after the scheduled hour (12:30 p.m. Jamestown time) telephone calls began to pour into The Journal office requesting verification of facts on the broadcast. As far as could be learned, the broadcast was made according to schedule but only over the midwest stations of the National Broadcasting Company’s network, whose outlets were apparently not within the reach of local sets. The choir was scheduled to enter in competition at 3 p.m.

Stating that he shared the views recently expressed by former President Herbert Hoover that war in Europe did not appear likely in the immediate future, Rev. Henry Cotton, pastor of the United Church, Fort Erie, Ontario, who, during the World War was a captain in the Royal Flying Corps, in an address before the Kiwanis Club at the Masonic Temple in Jamestown, related his experiences in a German prison camp. Claiming he was shot down following a dogfight with German aces at an altitude of 15,000 feet, in the presence of a German prince, Captain Cotton told of how he spent two years on restricted rations in various parts of Germany, where he was confined in prison camps until the armistice. “Bombing of innocent noncombatants is the most hideous and hellish feature of modern warfare,” according to Capt. Cotton.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, a Jamestown business planned to renovate and restore the former Erie-Lackawanna Railway Co. station on West Second Street so it could move its entire operation there by the following spring, the firm’s manager said. King Door & Windows Sales, which also planned to expand its product line by moving from its location at 529 W. Third St., agreed to buy the depot from John Evan earlier in the month, said Donald Cornell, store manager. “We’ve outgrown the building we’re in” and need more warehouse and display space, Cornell said. The firm, he said, had been looking for a year to find another site for more warehouse space but instead decided to relocate after learning the depot was available.

Rep. Amory Houghton R-Corning, and Rep. William Clinger, Jr., R-Warren, both voted to approve $48 million in humanitarian aid for the Nicaraguan contras. “The contras felt they could no longer depend on the U.S. for financial support, and this aid package will show them they can,” Houghton’s spokesman Brian Fitzpatrick told The Post-Journal. “We’ve been banking on the peace process all along. This package will support that process.” One of the main areas of contention in negotiations for the humanitarian aid package was whether President Reagan should be guaranteed the right to a quick decision on new military aid to the contras should the Sandinistas go back on promises of amnesty and the restoration of civil liberties.