In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, the Jamestown Fire Department was called out at 3:10 p.m. by an alarm from Box 312 at Steele Street and Barrett Avenue, the fire being in the dry kiln of the Nelson Table Company on Steele Street. At 3:20 the flames broke through the roof of the dry kiln, which was a one-story structure in the rear of the main building. Several firemen were on top of the roof, chopping holes through and one of these holes evidently was close over the worst of the blaze, which burst through, driving most of the men off the roof. The fire was a very smoky one and gave the appearance of being a hard one to fight. The big steamer was limbered up standing on the banks of the Chadakoin near the Shearman Bros. factory and had several streams going.

Word was received by relatives in Jamestown on this morning of the death of Irwin A. Hall, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E. Hall of this city, which occurred in a sanitarium at Watkins Glen this morning. His parents were with him at the time and would bring the remains to Jamestown this night. Hall was a popular and a gifted young man and his death would bring genuine sorrow to hosts of his friends. He left, besides his parents, two brothers, Carroll M. and Shirley M. Hall of Jamestown.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, a young man and woman called at the courthouse in Mayville looking for a judge to get an order waiving the three days after the issuance of a marriage license before the marriage ceremony could be performed. It appeared that the man resided in Cleveland and the girl had arrived in New York City from Germany two days previously. As part of the permission to enter the U.S., the immigration officers made a requirement that the marriage take place immediately. A Supreme Court justice was required to grant the order. Justice Harley Crosby was located at Falconer. They left for Jamestown to locate an attorney to prepare papers to grant the necessary waiver.

Marion Brown, aged 43, a well-known farmer residing on the Panama-Ashville road, died Saturday afternoon at the WCA Hospital as the result of a fractured skull sustained when he was knocked down and stepped on by a frightened horse. Brown had recently purchased the animal. Passersby saw the frightened horse running through the meadow and investigated, finding Brown lying near the barn. He was taken to the office of an Ashville physician, who directed his removal to the hospital.

50 Years Ago

In 1963, Dr. Paul S. Persons, 71, Ripley’s only physician, in general practice for 44 years, during which time he had been an outstanding civic leader, died at 1 p.m. April 17 in Hamot Hospital, Erie. He had suffered a heart attack earlier in the day. School physician for more than 40 years, member of the Ripley Central School Board of Education from 1949 to 1954, he was also an elder of the Ripley Presbyterian Church since 1934. He had estimated that as a Ripley physician he had delivered more than 2,000 babies.

A varied menu of melody, ranging from the twist to Tchaikovsky, was served up to a highly appreciative, music hungry audience of 1,600 the previous night in Jamestown High School auditorium. The principal ingredient in the three hour rhythmic repast was a generous serving of glittering showmanship in the person of internationally acclaimed Liberace. The show was kept running at a smooth pace by a tireless Liberace who interspersed the numbers with a continual line of patter. After the final curtain had rung down, a random sampling of audience reaction failed to disclose a single dissatisfied customer.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, Chautauqua County voters and their statewide counterparts would go to the polls the following day to vote in New York’s presidential primary election, where a small turnout and chilly weather were expected. Only 35 percent of eligible voters were expected to turn out across the state, though that figure might be lower because Republicans seemed to have decided on Vice President George Bush as their candidate. For Chautauqua County, “25 percent would be a high figure,” according to Democratic Election Commissioner Joseph Porpiglia.

Construction of a new boat-launching ramp was underway at McCrea Point boatlanding off lower Jones and Gifford Avenue in Jamestown. The location was popular with area fishermen and provided a convenient starting point for boaters wishing to go up the outlet and into the lake. The work was being done by Butler Mechanical Inc. of Springville and was scheduled to be completed by the end of April.