In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, the charge of manslaughter, it was said, would be preferred against Willard Ash, who was in the Warren jail on suspicion of being responsible for the death of Mrs. Christine Peters of Chandlers Valley. The district attorney would be assisted in the prosecution of the case by Edward S. Lindsay. The Warren Times gave the interesting information that after Ash was arrested, the constable who had him in charge lost the key to the handcuffs and Ash had to remain overnight in jail with his hands still manacled and his overcoat on. The Times was also responsible for the statement that Gust Peters, the husband of the dead woman, was so dejected that it was feared his death would be hastened.

Hazzard Robinson, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Robinson of Conewango, was very seriously injured by catching his clothing in the gasoline engine in the rear of the A.B. Archer store, where he had gone to oil the machinery. His screams brought help immediately and the engine was stopped. He was being whirled around in the flywheel when help came and would have undoubtedly been killed in a very few minutes. Every particle of clothing except his shoes and stockings was torn to shreds. The young man was taken to his home and Dr. W.F. Gardner rendered surgical aid. He was thought to be out of danger except for the always present danger of blood poisoning.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, the annual Falconer High School senior play, “The Saturday Evening Ghost,” was presented to a capacity audience Friday evening in the Falconer High School auditorium. The comedy-mystery was written by Tom Taggart and was based on a story by Oscar Wilde. Miss Irene Jenkins and Glenn Quaint, the principal actors in the production, carried their parts well and set the pace for the rest of the carefully selected cast. All members of the cast received much applause for their efforts and the play was judged one of the most successful in many years.

Dedication of 300 Bibles to be presented to the Jamestown public schools by the Jamestown camp of Gideons was held Friday evening at the First Lutheran Church at which speakers were S. Hugh Paine of Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y., president of the N.Y. camp of Gideons; and Rev. Dr. Samuel M. Miller, dean of the Lutheran Bible institute at Minneapolis, Minnesota and former pastor of the First Lutheran Church here. The 300 Bibles were stacked in the form of a cross at the front of the church. They were presented to Mrs. Emil C. Peterson, member of the board of education, who responded briefly.

50 Years Ago

In 1963, Earle O. Hultquist, 71, of Prendergast Avenue, prominent industrialist, philanthropist and civic leader, died at 9:15 p.m., the previous evening in the WCA Hospital. He had been ill for two months and hospitalized for several weeks but was up and around in his room 15 minutes before he died. His wife, Mrs. Marguerite Peterson Hultquist, who had spent most of the day with him, had left for home a few minutes before he expired. Hultquist was nationally known in the financial and furniture fields. He was president of the Jamestown Metal Corp. and chairman of the board of directors of Rane Tool Co. Inc. He was also one of the organizers of the Jamestown Morning Star Publishing Co.

Legislation “by the numbers” appeared to have all but doomed chances in Albany this day for passage of the much sought Chautauqua Lake anti-litter law. Assemblyman A. Bruce Manley of Fredonia said the bill was on the calendar but there was little purpose in seeking legislative action because of a technical fault. The bill, which had the support of the Chautauqua Lake Association, was aimed at pressuring ice fishermen to remove their shacks from the lake when the season ended as well as curbing litter in general. Protests from county sportsmen resulted in the bill being amended so it would not be necessary to get a license for their shacks.