In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, one of the largest and most important real estate deals in the city of Jamestown in many years had been closed up by which the extensive L.B. Warner property on Market Street, formerly Steel Street, had been transferred to Harry G. Lyons, the well-known lumber dealer. Lyons expected to greatly improve the property and had already begun foundations on the western side for a three-story office and store house, back of which would be located his own lumber yards.

Willard Case, the 11-year-old son of Allen Case of Ivory, a small settlement near Jamestown, playing with a .22 caliber revolver in the forenoon, accidentally discharged the weapon. The bullet pierced his abdomen. As there was no means of properly caring for the boy at his home he was hurried to the WCA Hospital of Jamestown, where Dr. F.C. Purcell attended him. Dr. Purcell said he had sustained a serious wound and he could not at this time say what the outcome would be. The wounded boy was the great grandson of Mrs. Sarah Mason of Ivory, and her funeral was to be held in the afternoon at the home of Mrs. Frank Case, who was grandmother of the wounded boy.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, Capt. Clarence A. Fray of Company No. 1, Jamestown Fire Department, died at Jamestown General Hospital this afternoon following a sudden heart attack. He was admitted to the hospital only two hours before his death. He would have been 51 years old on April 6. Capt. Fray was one of the best known and one of the best loved among his associates of all members of the fire department. He performed his duty as a seasoned fireman without complaint. He was seldom absent from roll call and was on duty as late as 6 p.m. the previous day when the day shift under his command was relieved.

School building construction in New York state municipalities of less than 50,000 population jumped more than $20 million since the past July, the state education department said. Dr. William K. Wilson, acting director of the building and grounds division said that 41 school buildings were being constructed. “The reason for the increase,” Dr. Wilson explained, “is the encouragement given to school building by the federal government which, under a law enacted the past year, would provide 45 percent of the construction costs for new school structures in an effort to eliminate hazards in present buildings.”

50 Years Ago

In 1963, the first two girders of the Washington Street Bridge in Jamestown were put in place the previous afternoon on piers across the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad and the Chadakoin River. Erection of the steel framework would take about five weeks, according to estimates by riggers and engineers of the William Higgins & Sons Construction Co. Work in setting girders, braces and other connecting steel would continue this week despite windy and cold weather which hit Jamestown the previous night.

A penniless wanderer who had trudged 22,000 miles as the “Peace Pilgrim” chose Jamestown to start a New York state pilgrimage of some 1,000 miles. “Peace Pilgrim” was an aging but ageless small woman with sparkling blue eyes and gray hair. She had only one resolute goal – that of walking 25,000 miles in the name of “world peace.” “Peace Pilgrim” would admit to no other name. That name had been official and legal since she rejected a material life 10 years ago in Los Angeles.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, the last of three informational meetings by Chautauqua County Legislature’s Human Services Committee on implementing smoking regulations in public places was set for this evening in Jamestown City Council chambers. Committee Chairman Jackie L. Jackson, R-Kiantone, said a good turnout was hoped for in contrast to a March 7 meeting in Dunkirk which was poorly attended. She said those speaking at it were strongly in favor of the proposed restrictions on smoking in public places.

On the 20th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, Tenn., the civil rights leader’s message was still alive, but America remained racially divided, local black politicians said. As Americans remembered him for his ideas and goals of racial and social equality, civil rights activists throughout the country said that those goals had not been fully met and the poor still faced problems 20 years later. “I feel that most of the things he stood for are deteriorating fast,” Jamestown City Councilman Vivian A. Taylor, D-Chadakoin, said. “He was looking for educational opportunities and now there is a significant dropout rate for blacks in high school and colleges.”