In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, after 12:30 p.m. there would be practically no business transacted in Fulton County for the rest of the day. Every business place in Gloversville and Johnstown would close at that hour and the employees of every mill, factory and store would join in a monster parade. This demonstration was a protest from this, the world’s glove-making center, against the proposed reduction in the rate of duty on gloves, as fixed in the Underwood bill. Following the parade, mass meetings would be held in four of the local theaters, at which resolutions would be endorsed against the Underwood tariff rates on gloves.

Joseph Simmons, a resident of the town of Charlotte, about four miles west of Cherry Creek, died Sunday morning at the Jones General Hospital in Jamestown from injuries received Saturday near Gowanda, where he was struck by an Erie passenger engine. Simmons was brought to Jamestown at 10:40 p.m. on Saturday by Brown, overseer of the poor, of Gowanda after the Erie Railroad and the Erie physician there refused to attend to his injuries. At the hospital here, Simmons was attended by Dr. Robert Blanchard. He was suffering from a broken hip, concussion and internal injuries. Little could be done for him after the lapse of so long an interval after the accident. Simmons was about 45 years old and was survived by a wife, one son and three daughters.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, the first major strike in American circus history ended in New York City this day as 400 attendants of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus went back to work under a compromise agreement. Performers, including midgets, the fat lady and an 8-foot giant, had refused to join in the two-day strike. They worked at rigging apparatus side by side with circus executives to put on three performances of the show – minus elephants, peanuts and Gargantus, the gorilla in Madison Square Garden, after the walkout was called.

The residence of Frank O. Anderson, 339 E. Fourth St., would be occupied by the Jamestown lodge of Elks after long standing idle, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson residing at the Hotel Jamestown. The house, one of the finest in the city in point of both material and construction, was to be remodeled before occupancy by the Elks. It was assessed at $23,975 by the city and was being purchased by the lodge for only $7,000. The Elks had for several years occupied the former Charles S. Abbott mansion at the northwest corner of East Fourth and Spring streets, making extensive alterations and adding a large auditorium.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, Jamestown Mayor Steven B. Carlson held out little hope that his meeting in Albany with state Health Commissioner David Axelrod improved the chance of Axelrod approving Jamestown General Hospital’s $3.6 million plan for a mental health complex. Although Carlson said he felt he had a “good meeting” with Axelrod, he was doubtful that the state’s top health official would decide differently from three previous recommendations that rejected the hospital’s Institute of Behavioral Medicine project. “I’m not anymore encouraged,” Carlson said. “It was a good meeting…but I’m not certain it will make any difference. I think they (state officials) have their minds made up.”

A fire which claimed a woman’s life early Tuesday might be ruled accidental, based on autopsy findings. Joyce M. Besse, 38, of the Leon/New Albion Road, died in a fire at her mobile home, discovered shortly before 6 a.m. by a passerby. Dr. Jose Galindo found evidence of smoke inhalation which led to the woman’s death. Firemen found the mobile home fully involved in flames when they arrived and found the woman’s body inside.