In Years Past

In 1913, the concert given in the state armory Monday evening under the auspices of the Jamestown Choral Society for the benefit of the Ohio flood sufferers was a splendid success from every standpoint. Musically it was one of the finest events of the season and financially it surely was a success for the big drill shed of the armory was practically filled. A detail of members of the Fenton Guards in uniform acted as ushers. The audience showed appreciation of all the numbers on the splendid program and was deeply impressed with the purpose of the gathering.

There was a flurry of excitement at police headquarters in Jamestown this forenoon, caused by a desperate attempt to escape on the part of Cyrus Eaton, who was locked up on a charge of intoxication. Mr. Eaton’s actions led to suspicions as to his mental condition and it was quite likely a lunacy commission would be named to pass on his sanity. As Eaton was released from his cell for the purpose of arraignment in police court the man started to run down the narrow hallway towards the outside door. Eaton was a muscular man and fought with great desperation as police tried to subdue him. He was not arraigned as anticipated. Instead, an investigation will try to determine his mental condition.

In 1938, Dr. Mary Agnes Burchard, formerly of Jamestown, who was physician and surgeon in charge of the Creighton-Freeman Hospital at Brindaban, India, was to have her dream of an x-ray machine at the hospital come true as the result of a gift of over $1,900 from her friends in Chautauqua County through the efforts of Miss Zelma L. Shute, general secretary at the local YWCA. For three years Dr. Burchard had conducted her work without the valuable assistance of x-ray equipment in setting broken bones and diagnosing hundreds of cases. In fact, when she first came to Brindaban an three years ago the hospital had no electricity and all water had to be procured from a half mile distant point.

The Jamestown Symphonic Band had added a new musical achievement to the mounting group of worthwhile effort in whose direction the Goranson’s had a hand. The first concert of the group, under the direction of Arthur. Goranson, was presented Thursday evening before an appreciative audience in the high school auditorium. The band was composed of 50 musicians, who practically ran the gamut in age, the work being highly commendable in the premier appearance. The interest of the audience rose to such a high pitch of enthusiasm that the band was forced to repeat the Bennett rhapsodic arrangement of the haunting swing-time number, From Africa to Harlem.

In 1963, Chautauqua County residents apparently put in a real walking weekend, with marathon walkers registering around-the-lake trips in a number of groups. Three of six Jamestown High School students who started out on a walk around the lake completed the trip. They were David Pangborn, 16, a sophomore; Bob Smith, 17 and Steve Johnson 17, both juniors. They started on their trek from the Super Duper Market, Fluvanna Avenue at 7:30 a.m. and completed the trip at 9:30 p.m. at Little Theater of Jamestown headquarters, 414 Fairmount Avenue.

A welcome home for three Jamestown teenagers Saturday was much “warmer” than their freight train ride to Hornell, N.Y., local police said. The trio apparently boarded a train in Falconer for a free trip to Gerry but were unable to get off because of the train’s high speed. Shivering with cold, the boys jumped off the freight in Hornell and went to a police station to explain their predicament. Parents of one of the boys went to Hornell and brought them back to Jamestown after Jamestown police were notified.

In 1988, an Allentown, Pa., pilot, who used Jamestown Airport as his base made a crash landing early in the morning on Route 400 in West Seneca instead. Ronald Phillips, 47, was only slightly injured in the 2:30 a.m. accident. “His destination was the Jamestown airport,” West Seneca Police said. “He’d taken off from the Buffalo Airport at about 1 a.m. but due to the weather and poor visibility he could not land. Phillips had radioed that he was on his way back to Buffalo after determining he could not land in Jamestown. The plane caused minor damage to a fence and trees when it went down on Route 400, also known as the East Aurora Expressway.

Michael Dukakis, who hoped to be the Democratic nominee for the presidency, would be in Dunkirk the following day to discuss issues of interest and importance to residents of Western New York, Jamestown Mayor Steven B. Carlson announced. Dukakis, who was governor of Massachusetts, would speak at Philip Murray Union Hall in Dunkirk at 3 p.m. “I urge everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to see and hear Gov. Dukakis,” Carlson said.