In Years Past

In 1913, Miss Elsie Brumagin had a narrow escape from drowning at the end of the steamboat dock at Mayville depot the previous night and was only saved by the heroic efforts of Rowland Batton, who saw the accident and plunged into the 20-foot deep water and brought Miss Brumagin safely to the dock, after a hard fight. The cold plunge of Miss Brumagin was an accident caused by a loose board near the end of the dock on which she tripped while walking very near the edge. She was with Miss Pearl Dornbarger when the affair happened. Miss Dornbarger was the daughter of the proprietor of the Lakeview Hotel and Miss Brumagin was employed there.

The bill introduced in the assembly by Assemblyman Jude providing for an appropriation of $100,000 for dredging the Chadakoin River and thereby obviating the flood conditions that had caused much trouble and expense in Jamestown over the spring, had passed the assembly. The Journal received brief notice of its passage from its Albany correspondent in the afternoon.

In 1938, Lloyd Hendrickson, nearly 40 years of age, of Benson Street, Jamestown, was killed in the afternoon when hit by a .22 caliber bullet believed to have been fired by Carl Lundsten of Hedges Avenue, who was shooting at tin can targets in the woods east of Reservoir Park. The Lundsten boy was questioned by the police after he had run nearly a mile and a half to his home after the accident to report the matter to police. Hendrickson was identified by papers in his pocket when found by police in the woods between Camp and Willard streets. He was believed to have been employed until recently at the Berkey Chair Company.

Under the guiding hand of a veteran skipper, Alton W. Ball, the Bemus Point-Stow ferry began its 127th year of continuous operation this spring. Mr. Ball had been actively identified with the enterprise, known as the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry, Inc. for the past 40 years. The ferry opened its 127 consecutive year of operation on April 1, a large four cylinder motor-driven craft with a capacity of six passenger automobiles, as compared with the small rough-hewn log raft which inaugurated ferry service for the late Thomas Beemus in the summer of 1811.

In 1963, two Falconer area youths started out in the morning on a four-day, 120-mile horseback outing. They were Lewis Lavigne and Corky Axford, both 15 and both of the Clay Pond Road. They started their odyssey at 6:30 a.m., loaded down with cans of beans and other “pioneer” provisions. They planned to spend the night in the Steamburg or Quaker Bridge area, Tuesday night at a Bradford area riding stable and Wednesday at Kinzua. They would head home Thursday morning, hoping to reach Falconer in time for supper on Thursday evening. They had taken along maps and compasses to make sure of not straying from their route.

Approximately 700 youngsters from the Lakewood area took part in the 11th annual Easter egg hunt Saturday afternoon. This year for the first time, two separate hunts were held. Winners in the preschool to 7 year old group at Packard Field were Joan Peterson, gold egg; Beth Arrison, blue egg and Bonnie Truver, red egg. Winners at the Village Park were: Kim Anderson, gold egg; Gene Monica, blue egg and Richard Johnson, red egg. The Easter Bunny and helper awarded the prizes.

In 1988, the impasse in talks over the state budget had not put school officials in the best position. On the one hand, many were rooting for the passage of the state budget in order to get aid money to pay school district bills. The same ones were also hoping the asbestos aid wasn’t thrown out in a compromise to get the state spending plan approved. “Next week will be the critical period for us,” said Southwestern Superintendent Donald Ogilive. “Our cash flow has been designed to carry us through April.”

“He may not cry on cue, but the passion that drives him is very real,” said John Dukakis of his father, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, as he addressed a small gathering at Commons Mall in Jamestown. Dukakis was in town to garner support for his father’s New York primary bid for Democratic presidential nominee. Dukakis, 29, attended Brown University before interrupting his studies to pursue an acting career. He had appeared on stage, in films and on television, including work on Family Ties and Jaws ii.