In Years Past

In 1913, the Jamestown Street Railway Company had a large force of men at work removing the pavement on West Third Street, preparatory to widening the devil strip between the tracks in accordance with the permission received at the meeting of the common council. There had long been a need for this improvement but owing to the failure of the council and the street railway company to agree, it had been delayed from year to year. Patrons of the line and those using the street would all rejoice that the work was to be done. The widening of the strip between the tracks would do away with the danger and difficulty of two large cars passing on that part of the line.

Albert Letten was sentenced to 63 days in Mayville jail on this morning by Police Justice Maharon at Jamestown police court. Letten had been arrested on complaint of his wife, charged with annoying his family. Hysen Rushan, the Albanian who dropped a loaded revolver on the sidewalk when he stooped to pick up a letter, was arrested by a policeman, who was nearby at the time. He pleaded guilty to the charge of carrying a loaded revolver and was fined $30 which he paid.

In 1938, A. W. Wheelock, Dry Brook Road, Kennedy, had received word of the sudden death of his grandson, Vincent Mackey, which occurred at his home in New York City the previous day, aged 15 years. The youth had been shot and was found by his mother when she returned home. It was thought he was cleaning the gun when the fatality occurred. No details were available. The young boy resided in Kennedy with his grandfather until about two years previously when he joined his mother in New York. Also surviving was his father, Gurth Mackey of Jamestown. A sister was killed by an automobile five years ago as she was walking home from school near Kennedy.

Despite almost continuous search since he disappeared Wednesday afternoon, no trace had been found of little 5-year-old Rodney Orcutt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Orcutt of Warren. It was believed the boy had fallen either into the Allegheny River or the nearby mill race. Efforts had been concentrated on dragging of the river. A boat load of searchers made a trip from Warren to Starbrick the previous morning searching the sand bars and banks for a cap that the lad was said to have been wearing when he disappeared.

In 1963, a Jamestown man, Donald Gardner, 46, escaped injury early the previous morning when the truck he was driving collided with a car carrying four college students, killing one of the boys and seriously injuring the other three. The accident occurred on Route 17 about 15 miles east of Binghamton. According to reports, the four boys were en route back to Cornell University in Ithaca, following Easter vacation. Dead was German Varela, 20, of Flushing. Mr. Gardner, employed by Falconer Plate Glass, left Jamestown Sunday evening for New York City. As he was going uphill on Route 17, he saw the car carrying the four students approaching his lane of traffic at a fast rate of speed but was unable to avert the tragedy. The head-on crash completely demolished the auto and caused extensive damage to the tractor-trailer. State police reported that the driver of the car, Gordon Matta, 24, of Manhattan, went onto the shoulder of the road and lost control of the car. He then swerved into the path of the truck.

The Jamestown Police Dept. would acquire five new Plymouth 4-door sedans if City Council approved a recommendation adopted by its Public Safety Committee. The offer of Community Chrysler-Plymouth, Inc., 1351 E. 2nd St., to supply the five new cars at a net price of $4,365, after allowing $8,169 on five trade-ins, was designated as the lowest of four bids received. Bids were also received from McFadden Ford, Inc., on Washington St., Berglund Chevrolet on W. 4th St., and Cusimano Brothers Dodge on Buffalo St.

In 1988, the competition between WCA and Jamestown General hospitals to expand mental health services boiled down to one thing: power. It was no secret that the hospitals, only five blocks apart, had been rivals for more than a decade, each battling to win support for expansions and new services. And even though the state was soon expected to end the latest chapter in the feud by ruling in favor of WCA’s bid for a $36,000, 20-bed alcohol rehabilitation unit – and rejecting Jamestown General’s $3.6 million plan for a mental health complex – the tension between the two facilities remained.

British actor Gregory de Polnay brought the glorious sound of the well-spoken word to Jamestown Community College’s Forum Theatre Thursday night. De Polnay was artist in residence at the college and would be artistic consultant for the One-Act Play Festival which JCC would hold on April 28-29. His performance was entitled “Attachments and Expectations,” and offered oral interpretation of a wide range of literature, both in style and in subject matter. His characterizations were most suitable, as were his great range of British accents. The American accent still needed a bit of work.