In Years Past

In 1913, with at least one hundred men dead in the mine and a possibility that the list of victims would reach to over two hundred, scores of rescue parties were at work in the Cincinnati mine of the Pittsburgh Coal Company on the Monongahela River, near Washington, Pa., where occurred one of the most disastrous explosions ever recorded in the long history of mine fatalities in Washington County. The exact cause of the explosion was not known and how many lives were sacrificed would probably not be ascertained for days. Less than two score survivors had been rescued from the three hundred men who were at work when the explosions occurred.

So persistent had been the rumors that Walter A. Robinson, the long-missing game protector, was alive, that a representative of the Journal made a trip to Silver Creek in an effort to learn what there was to the reports. The rumors were all to the effect that letters had been received from Robinson at far distant points within the last month or two. A rumor had gained the widest circulation that Robinson was alive and well and living in some Canadian city. Some had named Toronto as the city and others, Montreal. Daniel J. Van Vlack, who knew Robinson intimately, was still firmly of the belief that the young man was made the victim of foul play. If Robinson was still in the land of the living, he was remarkably successful in keeping it a secret from those who knew him.

In 1938, because he refused to kiss a Swastika flag, a crippled editor told New York City police, four men beat him up in his office and scratched Nazi emblems on his chest with sharp sticks dipped in ink. Hospital physicians said the victim, Dr. Charles Weiss, 31, editor of “Uncle Sam,” published by the anti-Communist, anti-Fascist and anti-Nazi league of Brooklyn, had a brain concussion and internal injuries. The editor said that after he refused to kiss a Swastika flag one of the men carried, the intruders tore down an American flag in the room, beat him with the staff and fled after scratching the Nazi emblems on his chest.

The past 24 hours proved somewhat hazardous ones for two prowl cars of the Jamestown Police Department. One figured in a collision with a light coupe at the junction of Dunham Avenue and the West Lake Road with Captain Oscar Nelsen and Officer Platt Ostrander being sent to the hospital. The accident occurred as the light coupe turned quickly into Dunham Avenue in front of the police sedan. Both cars had been traveling south, towards Jamestown. Another of the department’s prowl cars had front-end damage received from the rear of a truck owned by the Paquin-Snyder Company. The car was parked in the alley at the rear of city hall.

In 1963, the second annual Chautauqua Lake Summer Festival promoted by the Lakewood Area Jaycees had been scheduled in Lakewood for June 28, 29 and 30. The event promised to be a weekend of fun and festivity with the primary purpose of attracting tourists to the scenic Chautauqua Lake area. Attractions scheduled would be a thoroughfare of watercraft, camping, and automobile displays, hydroplane races with competition from Buffalo and Toronto, a two hour parade, drum and bugle corps competition, sky diving, water ski show, dances, band concert, fashion and variety shows, kiddie rides, helicopter rides, concessions and other entertainment. A gala fireworks display would climax the festival on Sunday night.

Winterlike conditions returned overnight, complete with snow and near-freezing temperatures. Snowflakes, some as large as silver dollars, began to fall during mid-evening and by midnight the ground was covered with a blanket of white. Rain followed on heels of the snow and erased all traces of it by morning.

In 1988, flight attendants and ticket agents would ply passengers with free candy and gum, and get tough if necessary to enforce the new federal ban on smoking that would take effect on thousands of domestic flights this day. The new regulation, which outlawed smoking on flights of less than two hours, carried stiff fines for violations: up to $1,000 of smoking and $2,000 for tinkering with lavatory smoke alarms.

Area horse players would find a new, larger, and improved Off-Track Betting parlor waiting for them Tuesday morning, April 26, at 1345 E. Second St., Jamestown, where opening was set for 10:30. The new location was only a short distance from the current OTB parlor at 1395 E. Second St. and occupied the one-story building formerly operated as The Food Factory. John Tarbrake of Lakewood, Chautauqua County representative on the Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. board of directors, said the structure had been completely remodeled.