In Years Past

In 1913, one more effort would be made to quell existing disorder from striking railway employees in Jamestown before calling for aid from the state authorities. Frank W. Stevens, former chairman of the public service commission, called at the office of Mayor Carlson and volunteered to head a committee of citizens to act as special policemen to aid in suppressing riot on the streets. This invitation was to all citizens. It was not confined to any class. Every reputable citizen who believed in law and order, who believed in suppressing disorder and rioting, who believed in putting an end to the existing conditions in the city, was invited to be present and to join the movement. It was expected a volunteer force of several hundred would be obtained.

Ernest Wilson, the 13-year-old son of Mrs. D. A. Luce of 10th Street, Jamestown, had been missing from his home since the afternoon of May 25. His mother was greatly worried over what might have become of the lad. Young Wilson had been carrier boy on The Journal’s route No. 29 for some time, and was well-known in the northern part of the city. Mrs. Luce was looking for him and was being assisted in the search by a number of others who had come to know and like the boy by his straightforward and businesslike manner in handling his route. This route was in the north part of the city, west of Main Street and north of 12th Street.

In 1938, the world’s highest-paid riding clown, Poodles Hanneford, had gone far this year. He had assembled more beautiful horses and superbly trained more gorgeous girl bareback riders for the circus than ever before. Poodles was equestrian director of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus which would come to Jamestown for afternoon and night shows only on the Falconer Circus lot. Poodles was responsible for the horse ballet in the spectacular “Jumbo” at the New York hippodrome when the Billy Rose circus extravaganza was housed there. Known in both England and America as a remarkable riding clown, Poodles had made over 55 Hollywood pictures, in many of which he was the featured star.

Falconer Chief of Police Wesson Paplow asked cooperation from residents of the village and visitors on circus day, Saturday, to keep certain sections clear of parked automobiles. No parking would be allowed on the south side of East Main Street from the D.A.V. tracks to East Avenue; on East Avenue to the circus and on Falconer Street from Central Avenue to East Avenue. This route would be covered by the buses and had to be kept open to allow them to maintain schedule. “No Parking” posters would be conspicuously displayed throughout the day.

In 1963, Chautauqua County recorded its sixth fatality of the year with the death Sunday of an 18-year-old Fredonia youth who died of injuries suffered in a one-car accident. Dead was Lawrence Rogalski of Webster Road, Fredonia. A passenger, William M. Nolan, 31, of Dunkirk, was in fair condition at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk. Nolan was listed as the owner of the convertible Rogalski was driving at the time of the accident which occurred at 7:30 p.m. on Route 424, about two-and-one-half miles west of Cassadaga. It was reported that Rogalski lost control of the car as he rounded a curve at a high rate of speed.

Rep. Charles E. Goodell, R-Jamestown, was opposed to another orbital space flight in the Mercury program unless there was a clear scientific need for the research. He believed the United States should engage in expensive “crash programs” only where there is a positive need for action in the interests of national security. He considered it important for the United States to put a man on the moon “eventually” but “I think first priority should be developments in space that are related to our security.”

In 1988, the search for Kathy Wilson, the Jamestown woman who disappeared May 18, was continuing. Mrs. Wilson had been entered into state and federal law enforcement computer systems as an involuntary missing person. Air searches, using the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department helicopter, had been conducted in southwestern Chautauqua County and northwestern Pennsylvania. Patrols were searching and had searched selected areas on foot and by motor vehicle, Jamestown police said.

A new grandstand had been constructed at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds providing 2,500 seats at a cost of about $250,000. The Fair Association received a $50,000 state grant toward the cost. The fair was set to open July 25. Meanwhile, in Cattaraugus County, not enough exit space at the grandstands might cancel the fair for this year.