In Years Past
100 Years Ago
In 1913, the Buffalo streetcar strike was over. The strikers and the company had agreed to arbitrate their differences. The men went back to work on this morning. Justice Brown of the Supreme Court who issued the order calling out the Fourth Brigade, this forenoon issued the order for the dismissal of the troops. The 65th and 74th regiments were immediately dismissed. The outside military organizations left Buffalo in the afternoon. The 13th Separate Company, which was Company E of the 65th regiment, would leave Buffalo on the regular train at 4:05 p.m., arriving in Jamestown at 6:05. Doubtless, many friends of the members of the company would be at the station to meet them.
For two hours Sunday afternoon Jamestown would have a limited water supply. It was suggested by the water department that consumers make preparations for this event by drawing water before the appointed hour or by using as little as possible during the time a portion of the supply was to be shut off. The supply would be shut off on East Second Street from Buffalo to Winsor street from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Journal readers, especially residents of that section, would do well to remember these hours. The purpose of shutting off the supply was to connect the big 16-inch main with the reservoir. These hours were selected because it was at this time that the least water was used in the city.
75 Years Ago
In 1938, rescued by a woman from a cake of ice floating in Lake Erie, a fox terrier romped with a new mistress in a warm home in Dunkirk this day. Details of the rescue became known as Mrs. Earl O. Gilson sought to locate the former owner. She believed it likely the animal had been carried here from Erie, Pa., or a Canadian shore point. Gilson said she heard the dog barking “out on the water.” Wading 75 feet off shore, she persuaded it to jump into the water and swim to her.
Marjorie Ruth Hallett, 9-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hallett of Frewsburg, was fatally injured Monday afternoon at 3:15 on the Frewsburg-Warren highway when struck by a Moran Transportation Company trailer-truck, driven by Arnold Becker of Jamestown. The girl was brought to WCA Hospital by unidentified motorists and she died at 5:35 p.m. The child was on her way home from school when the accident occurred. Suddenly a small inoffensive grass snake crawled into view and the little girl screamed and darted out of its path. In her fright she went directly into the path of the oncoming truck.
50 Years Ago
In 1963, two new citizens of Olean had been added to the community, courtesy of Mayor and Mrs. Edward J. Morris. Twin girls arrived the previous afternoon at St. Francis Hospital bringing the total of Morris children to 13. The twins were as yet unnamed but chances were they would be given names starting with J. The other 11 Morris children all had first names starting with that letter.
Gov. Rockefeller appointed John A. Hall, editor-in-chief of The Jamestown Post-Journal, to the council of the University of Buffalo. Also named were Clifford L. Strang, a Buffalo banker; and William J. Conners III, president and publisher of the Buffalo Courier-Express. Hall, a native of Jamestown, was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. Hall. He was managing editor of the former Evening Journal and an officer of the corporation before the merger with the Morning Post in 1941 to form The Post-Journal. He served as managing editor of that newspaper until it was sold in 1961 to the News Publishing Co., of Wheeling, W.Va. when he was named editor-in-chief.
25 Years Ago
In 1988, “The Last Emperor,” the lavish epic of China directed by an Italian, conquered Hollywood by capturing nine Oscars, the most for any film in 26 years. Cher won best actress for her portrayal of a widow who discovers love in “Moonstruck.” Michael Douglas, the greedy, unethical inside trader of “Wall Street,” was named best actor at the previous night’s 60th annual Academy Awards ceremony. Best supporting performers were Olympia Dukakis, as Cher’s outspoken Italian mother in “Moonstruck,” and Sean Connery, the hard-fisted incorruptible Chicago beat cop in “The Untouchables.”
Residents who were protesting the opening of a Kwik Fill gas station at 342 Forest Ave., could apparently rest easier since the new station wasn’t expected to be much different from the Forest Avenue Keystone station it would replace. United Refining Co., of Pennsylvania would renovate the full-service Keystone station it owned at the intersection of Forest and Barrett avenues and open it as a Kwik Fill. The new station would not be open 24 hours daily, nor would it have an adjoining convenience store, two concerns which prompted four residents to attend the Jamestown City Council meeting on Monday night.