In Years Past

100 Years Ago

The village of Irving was much excited over the fate of Myron S. Whipple, a fisherman and boat builder who recently moved here from North East, Pa. He lived at the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek near West Irving. The past Thursday morning Whipple bade his wife goodbye, telling her he was going to North East to bring back his sailboat from that place, so he could use it in the fishing business the coming season. Inquiry at North East developed the fact that Whipple left that port Thursday night. His wife had warned him to be careful on account of the large amount of ice that had drifted in with the high winds that had been blowing for the past week. Mrs. Whipple was distracted over his probable fate as she had not heard anything from him.

This year was to be a year of construction work for the Jamestown Street Railway Company and it was the intention to build new car barns the following year on the site of the old barns on West Third Street. The new barns would probably be built this year were it not for the fact that the company had so much other work on hand, including the construction of the new Willard Street line, the double tracking of Winsor Street, the double tracking of the Lakewood line as far as Lowe Avenue and the widening of the space between the tracks on West Third Street.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, a verdict of accidental death would be issued in the case of Lloyd L. Hendrickson, 40, of Benson Street, Jamestown, who was shot by Carl Alfred Lundsten, 15, of Hedges Street, while the latter was shooting at “targets” in a patch of woods between Willard and Camp streets near the city line two days previously. Lundsten told the coroner the accident occurred when he shot at what he believed to be a tin can. He was released in the care of his father following questioning. The boy told Coroner Bowers he had borrowed a .22 caliber rifle from a friend, Milton Gustafson of Johnson Street. He went into the woods to shoot at crows, he said, and while on his way home, saw what he thought was a tin can and blazed away at the “target.” Hendrickson had been in the woods with his dog, a small hound, when he was fatally shot.

Completion of the work on the new and modern Parisian dining room and cocktail lounge at the Hotel Jamestown had made it possible to set the following Saturday, April 23, for the formal opening, with special entertainment featured. Scientific air conditioning for both summer and winter, artistic and effective lighting, furnishings to provide both comfort and beauty were features that had been worked out in detail.

50 Years Ago

In 1963, fires posed a serious threat to millions of acres of woodlands in northwest Pennsylvania where personnel of the state’s Department of Forests and Waters had been on emergency alert since Good Friday. A special air patrol had been maintained for the past several days. Forest lands in southwestern New York also were periled by an almost week-long dry spell and the previous day 10 acres of timberland near the peak of Mt. Hermanns, near Olean, were destroyed. Firefighters from Olean and the Town of Olean fought the fast moving blaze and prevented it from spreading to another 3 1/2-mile stretch of forest on the mountain slope. Mt. Hermanns was one of the highest of the Allegheny foothills.

An 8-year-old Warren boy was in poor condition in Warren General Hospital after falling into an oil well while at play. The child, Charles Schaffer, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Schaffer of Jackson Avenue, was playing in the backyard around the uncapped well with other children when he fell in. Word of the child’s plight was revealed by 4-year-old David Schaffer, who ran into the house to tell his mother of the accident. The mother rushed to the well but was unable to lower herself into the 6-foot well where the oil was waist deep. She managed to get the youngster out through the outlet with the aid of the other children. The boy apparently swallowed an undetermined amount of oil and suffered asphyxiation from fumes.