In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, rioting which began the past Friday night on Third Street in Jamestown and was continued Saturday night, was again resumed Sunday night with such vigor that there was serious talk of summoning the National Guard to guard the property of the Jamestown Street Railway Company and to quell the disorderly element in the city. The mayor authorized Chief of Police Frank A. Johnson to swear in 25 extra policemen to aid in suppressing the disorder. Sunday night was, if possible, more turbulent than Saturday night. The cars were run all the evening over all the lines. The company maintained its service intact. Chief Johnson ordered his little force of policemen to keep the crowds on Third Street moving. The order was obeyed to the letter. As a consequence, the opportunity to mass a mob at the corner of Main and Third was lost.

Caught under an automobile which overturned and caught fire near Meadville, Pa., Thomas Leo Riordan and Edwin Bender of Meadville, each aged 23, were killed at 2 a.m. the previous morning while Clyde E. Kaler, a companion, looked on in horror, powerless to aid. Bender was a son of Carl Bender, a leading businessman of Meadville. Riordan was the son of an Erie railroad conductor. Riordan, driving the car, tried to take a sharp turn in the road at high speed. The machine skidded and went into a ditch, turning over completely. Bender and Riordan, in the front seat, were caught beneath the machine. Kaler, in the rear seat, was thrown headlong over the front of the car, landing in the road unhurt except for some bruises.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, both wings were sheared off, one engine was hurled many feet from the point of the crash and its fuselage and cabin were completely destroyed by fire. Only the remnants of tail, rudder and elevators remained after a United Airlines Douglas transport crashed on the outskirts of Cleveland. All seven passengers and crew of three were killed in the crash. Officials of the airline reported that this was the first fatal crash in 11 years, covering 44,000 flights on the Cleveland to New York division known to the first transport pilots as “Hell’s Stretch.” The plane which crashed had crossed the mountains in an uneventful flight when both engines failed only a few miles from Cleveland Airport, first stop on the New York-Chicago-Los Angeles night flight.

“The fight for the freedom of the press is the fight of every honest and decent person in the country,” John A. Hall, managing editor of the Jamestown Evening Journal, told members of the Chautauqua County Schoolmaster’s Association at their final banquet of the school year in the Sinclairville High School gymnasium. Referring to the misrepresentation of the press in the movies, “frankly made in the past to startle or entertain a sensation-loving public,” Mr. Hall told the schoolmen that a committee of editors and publishers had been assured by Will Hays, movie czar, that the movie producers had recognized this sensational exaggeration and were correcting it.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, public places that would be affected by a local law restricting smoking had from three to six months to prepare to comply. A long-delayed vote on the law finally came at a meeting of the Chautauqua County Legislature in Eason Hall after a proposed amendment to it was defeated by a 12-10 vote with three legislators absent. The local law as adopted by an 18-4 vote called for a 70 percent designation as nonsmoking areas in such establishments with a seating capacity of more than 50. Such places with a seating capacity of 50 or less would be required to post a sign at all entrances informing patrons of their smoking policy. It should indicate if the policy was to prohibit smoking, segregate smoking, allow unrestricted smoking or if other regulations were in effect.

Gilbert and Sullivan might have called James Jason Phillips the very model of a modern teenager. Phillips, a senior at Maple Grove High School, was named a Presidential Scholar. It was an honor given to only 139 seniors across the country. His Maple Grove teacher, Winifred J. Lewellen, was also recognized. Phillips wrote that she was the teacher who had influenced him the most. “I can’t remember ever being so enthusiastic about a student,” Mrs. Lewellen, a teacher of 26 years, said about her prize pupil. “He’s a winner, just a winner.”