In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, another tragedy, a murder, was added to the long list of crimes and casualties that had marked the progress of the new Erie grade work near Saegertown, Pa., and Sheriff Roudebush and a deputy left for the scene of the shooting on the first car out of Meadville. It was impossible to learn any of the particulars beyond the fact that one of the workmen in the camp had been shot and that the murderer was allowed to escape. The belief at Saegertown was that the shooting was the result of a fight, following a drinking bout but the names of none of the parties concerned was mentioned.

Fred D. Warren, the so-called fighting editor of The Appeal to Reason, the Socialist newspaper published at Girard, Kansas, addressed a large audience in Institute Hall on Friday evening. Owing to the delays caused by the flood troubles in Ohio and Indiana, train 8, on which Warren came to Jamestown, did not arrive here until shortly after 9 o’clock. The large audience had a long wait, the lecture having been announced for 8 o’clock. While waiting for Warren the audience was entertained by George Ferguson of Lakewood and Bernard Coleman of Sugar Grove, two well-known Socialists of this vicinity.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, Girl Scouts of Jamestown Area Council took orders for 10,314 pounds (more than 5 tons) of cookies in their third annual cookie sale which closed the previous day. This number included 6,427 pounds of cookies sold by Jamestown Girl Scouts and 3,887 pounds by Girl Scouts of southern Chautauqua County. Troop 2 of Washington Junior High School had the honor of the largest sale, 633 pounds. Troop 19 at Fairmount School was second with 525 pounds. Cookie headquarters were to be opened at 13 W. Second St. where cookies would be available for distribution. Proceeds would be used for the Girl Scout camp, Newatah, on Lake Chautauqua and to assist area scouting.

Damage estimated at about $3,000 was caused by fire at the Weinstein junk yard at an early hour in the morning in Falconer. The frame building, one story, located between East Falconer Street and East Main Street, adjacent to the New York Central Railroad tracks was a complete loss and firemen of the village were still working over the burning embers at noon. The storage of a large quantity of paper and rags in the building made plenty of fuel for the flames and hundreds of residents of the village and nearby community came to the scene within a short time. The flames shooting in the air were visible for several miles.

50 Years Ago

In 1963, with students of home rooms at Jamestown High School planning to take hikes, five girls from Room 214 chose an around-the-lake trek for their stint. Starting out from Fluvanna City Line at 5:15 a.m. were Rosalie Lombardo, Marlene Lunetta, Judy Lundburg, Marian Linder and Carol Lindstrom. The latter two, a little tired after passing Midway Park, decided to ride back with a friend who had met the group by pre-arrangement. The other three girls called The Post-Journal from a restaurant just north of the park upon request of a paper employee who saw the quintet trudging earlier in the day. Except for being thirsty and a couple cases of near-frostbitten knees peeking out from beneath Bermuda shorts in 30-degree temps, the girls were fairing well.

Spring must be officially here now. The Post-Journal Sports Editor Frank Hyde would leave the following day for the southland and his annual trek to the baseball training camps from where he would report on the daily doings of the Jamestown Tigers as well as other teams in the NY-P League. Frank was due to arrive at Lakeland, Fla., spring training headquarters of the pennant-winning Tigers. Jamestown would open the season on Sunday, April 28 at Erie, Pa., against the Erie Sailors.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, due to the tightness of its operating budget, the city of Salamanca’s Public Works Department would not be hiring any seasonal workers for the coming summer. The cutback was discussed by Mayor John F. Gould and the city council, sitting as the public works commission. Anthony Pascarella Sr., public works superintendent, asked to fill a vacant position in the parks department, noting one worker could not handle summer maintenance of the city’s 60 acres of parks.

The state assembly passed the Aid to Localities Budget Bill, Sen. Jess J. Present, R-Bemus Point, told The Post-Journal and that meant good economic news for some Chautauqua County projects. “They passed a $600,000 grant for Blackstone’s (wind tunnel) research project and this money should complete the research funding package,” said Present’s executive assistant Jeffrey Sandquist. “Additionally, the Assembly passed a $2 million grant and authorization for a $3 million loan for the Roger Tory Peterson Institute,” he said. “This money will be used for program development and the construction of the facilities.”