In Years Past

In 1913, When John Oliver, an aged man, was injured at the Torpedo Silica Plant, near Titusville, Pa., he was taken to the Warren County Infirmary. It was little thought that he was a wealthy man and the owner of 125 building lots in Wheeling, W. Va., but it turned out that this was the case. After Mr. Oliver had been treated for a wound on the back of the head, he suddenly declared that he was possessed of property in Wheeling. He also stated that he had a brother residing in Chicago. The Warren County people wrote to Chicago and received a telegram explaining that Mr. Oliver had been missing for 12 years without any trace of his whereabouts. It was said that he left home while temporarily insane.

The Broken Vow, a two-reel picture would be the feature at the Bijou in Jamestown on Wednesday. The backgrounds of this picture proved what could be accomplished by a director of artistic taste. The tinting of sunlight was especially striking. The interiors, showing the home of the cattle owner, were elaborate and rich. The scenes were pastoral. There was a large flock of sheep in the opening. A little later was seen a big herd of cattle on the way to market. The story told of a cattle owner who had lured a shepherdess from her old lover and installed her as his wife. Later, the herder, who had returned after an absence of two years, took the wife in his arms and jumped into space.

In 1938, people who went merely for the sake of the children, others who went because they had passes and still others who attended because they liked to see a circus and wouldn’t miss one on a bet, filled Barnett Brothers’ Circus tent to near capacity at both afternoon and evening performances at Falconer the previous day. It was the first circus of the season and, while larger ones had shown here, the performance on the whole was praiseworthy and entertaining. The old formula which had delighted the hearts of children and adults alike since circuses were first invented, was followed with little deviation from the customary “spectacular grand entry” to the wild west show which closed the performance.

Removal of the street car tracks from Jamestown streets would start the following week as a WPA project, according to Mayor Harry C. Erickson. Just how many men would be taken off relief and put to work had not been determined but other plans pertaining to the project had been completed as the result of conferences between local officials and Willard Kunz, WPA district representative. There were 63 men who had been approved by the WPA for project work and 40 more had been certified. In addition, approximately 300 were being certified as rapidly as unemployment insurance expired and provisions could be made.

In 1963, a three-man Congressional delegation began hearings to study possible damages to the Seneca Indians for the reservation lands being taken for the Kinzua Reservoir. Lead-off witnesses before the Subcommittee on Indian Affairs were spokesmen for the Seneca Nation. Representatives of the Cattaraugus County Planning Board were expected to follow the Indians to the stand. The hearing was to determine providing of direct and indirect damages for the taking of approximately 10,000 acres in the Allegany Reservation. The lands were expected to be taken by the granting of flowage easements to the Federal Government for the reservoir of the Kinzua Dam.

Miss Lynda Kearns was the 1963 Tulip Queen. She was crowned by Miss Norma Long, reigning queen, in ceremonies held in the school auditorium following the parade in Clymer Saturday. Crowning of the new queen climaxed the 10th annual Tulip Festival and ended the suspense for the six queen candidates, who were judged April 30. Names of the winners were kept secret until Saturday’s ceremonies. First runner-up was Miss Donna Arnink. After a rainy morning, skies cleared for the afternoon festivities which began with the traditional street scrubbing.

In 1988, a 33-year-old Jamestown woman was reported missing, Jamestown police said. Kathy A. Wilson, 33 of Forest Ave., was last seen at about noon in Falconer. According to police, she had left her place of employment for lunch and did not return to work. Her vehicle, a 1987 blue Plymouth Voyager, was found at Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood. Her purse was found on Route 62, near Akely, Pa.

Assemblyman William L. Parment, D-North Harmony, was fighting for the right of Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies to join the Police and Fireman’s Retirement system before the end of the year. That retirement system would enable them to retire before age 62. The proposed legislation would not affect civil deputy sheriffs, only deputies actually engaged in law enforcement operations.