In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, President Thomas Lynch of the National League meted out punishment to offending players. Second baseman Doyle of the New Yorkers was sent down for three days for kicking in the game with Boston, while Heine Peitz of St. Louis was fined $50 and suspended three days for using abusive language during the contest with Chicago. Second baseman Sweeney of Boston had been suspended three days for trouble on the playing field while pitcher Purdue of the same club was fined $10 for discoloring the ball. Lynch said that players misconducting themselves on the field would be severely dealt with and that abusive language would not be tolerated.

Spontaneous combustion set fire to a storeroom of excelsior in the plant of Ferris Cut Glass Company in Corning and the resulting blaze affected half a score of business firms and did damage to property in excess of $50,000, checked by a three-hour fight by the firemen. The blaze occurred in the Lawrence Company building in which several manufacturing firms had quarters. The cut-glass plant was ruined and a valuable stock spoiled. The Erie Saw Company’s plant was destroyed. Other heavy losses resulted from water and smoke. The stereotyping room of the Corning Evening Leader was damaged by the flames and the press and mailing rooms were deluged with large quantities of water.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, although the mill race at Warren was drained to the lowest point in years by the erection of a dam early Tuesday, it failed to reveal the body of little Rodney Orcutt, age 5, who disappeared while at play a week ago. Most of the water flow in the mill race was shut off by the temporary dam, which was erected by volunteers who were helping police and firemen in the search for the missing boy. As a result of work this day, future efforts would be concentrated on the Allegheny River, into which the boy was now believed to have fallen.

Jamestown’s “On to Philadelphia” movement for the celebrations marking the 300th anniversary of the first Swedish settlement in America received a tremendous impetus when Dr. Julius Lincoln of Chicago, for 22 years the pastor of the First Lutheran Church of Jamestown, spoke at a public meeting in the high school auditorium. He was recording secretary of the national organization known as the Swedish-American Tercentenary Association and, after telling in dramatic fashion the story of the Swedes in America during the past 300 years, described the plans being made for the celebrations at Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del. for June.

50 Years Ago

In 1963, a troublesome band of thundersqualls continued eastward after spawning 65-mph wind gusts that flattened barns and power lines and touched off minor flooding in Western New York. Winds rocked a farm house off its foundations in rural Wyoming County but a family of eight inside escaped injury. Two barns at opposite ends of the county were flattened, killing livestock. Power failures were numerous as winds sent tree limbs crashing on power lines. Minor flooding was reported in Rochester. The wide-ranging thunderstorms also hit Buffalo.

Arthur B. Verry called for preservation of the nonpartisan election system in Jamestown in a talk at the annual meeting in Moon Brook Country Club of the League of Women Voters. Verry, who was executive secretary of the Jamestown Boys Club and active in several other civic groups, said he was offering his views as an individual and not as a representative of any organization. Jamestowners would vote April 30 on whether or not they wanted the partisan system of electing its city officials, a method that was abandoned under a 1923 charter change.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, firemen battled the blaze the previous day at the Norvell Reed and Sons, Inc. barn on the Titus Road in the town of Chautauqua. The fire was the second of the day for western Chautauqua County firemen, who earlier doused an oil well blaze about two miles from the barn. This fire damaged the upper story of the structure and consumed a sizable quantity of hay, but cattle in the barn at the start of the fire were safely evacuated.

Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis won the New York primary the previous day and won it by a four-to-one margin in Chautauqua County because he worked the hardest, was the most organized and had a proven record over his opponents, local officials said. In spite of the cold and snowy weather, voter turnout was good, with 26 percent of eligible Democratic voters making it to the polls. Jamestown Mayor Steven B. Carlson was “delighted (Dukakis) carried the 34th Congressional District. Those of us who backed him early on worked hard on his behalf.”