In Years Past

  • In 1913, on two hours notice a call of Frank W. Stevens for volunteers to police Jamestown without pay, and solely in the interests of law and order, met with a response from 298 men. More were present to sign the oath of office but did not do so until evening, when the force was increased to nearly 400. The response to the summons was most gratifying. It indicated the city was not committed to mob rule. Mayor Carlson made a brief speech. He was loudly applauded. “We have reached a crisis,” he said. “This is not a question of whether we are employers or workingmen, non-union or union men. The first question is whether we are patriots. The first thing is law and order.”
  • Ernest Wilson, the 13-year-old son of Mrs. D.A. Luce, who had been missing from his home on 10th Street in Jamestown since Sunday, returned home on this morning. In company with two other lads of about the same age, he left Sunday morning on a freight train and went to Hornell where the three had been staying since that time. This morning young Wilson, who had seen all he wanted of the traveling life, decided to come home and the others said they guessed they would go home, too. The other two boys were Louis Bottini and Arthur Thore. Wilson, when asked why he did not tell his mother that he was going, said he was afraid she would not let him go.
  • In 1938, rigid diet rules were relaxed a bit this day so the Dionne quintuplets could enjoy ice cream at their fourth birthday celebration. Dr. Allan Defoe, the quintuplets’ physician, had decided they were old enough to eat ice cream but candy still was banned and there would be no frosting on their birthday cake. The occasion also marked a definite trend toward restoring the famous little girls to a mode of living such as ordinary children knew. The public would not be entirely excluded from the birthday scene. The quints would make their regular morning and afternoon appearances in their playground where visitors could watch them through glass.
  • According to war department regulations for Memorial day, the flag should be displayed at half staff from sunrise to noon, in tribute to the memory of the nation’s dead and at full staff from noon until sunset in recognition of the triumph of the cause of the republic through all of its wars. At least one Jamestown church, St. Luke’s Episcopal, would display the flag from a flag staff atop the main tower, which was the memorial gift of the family of Gavin Whiteley Scott, who was killed in action Sept. 15, 1918, while serving with American forces in France during the World War.
  • In 1963, a tractor-trailer, driven by a Buffalo man, was damaged after it spilled its cargo of steel into the road and lawns of two homes. The accident happened at 6 a.m. on Route 5, 450 feet west of the Dunkirk city line. The driver, Willie E. Brown, 54, who escaped injury, told officers he was driving east on Route 5 and lost control of the vehicle when it began to rock. The tractor sheared 15 guard posts, six reflectors and damaged shrubs and an ornamental lamp post on the Joseph Frankowski and Frank Brochetti properties, causing the load of steel to break loose.
  • Possibility of straightening winding Glasgow Avenue to provide a direct route from Market Street to Jamestown General Hospital was proposed by Mayor William D. Whitehead at a meeting of City Council’s Highway Committee. The mayor pointed out that at present, traffic coming down the hill from the hospital came up against a wall at the intersection of Market and Steele Streets and Barrett and Glasgow Avenues. The wall was an abutment of the Washington Street Bridge, to be completed in the fall.
  • In 1988, Jamestown firefighters responded to a blaze at 2:38 p.m. the previous afternoon which damaged the four-story Watson Building at 247 Harrison St. Five Jamestown fire trucks and one Falconer fire truck were dousing flames from all angles for about 90 minutes. The fire was under control for the most part by 3 p.m. but flames continued to spew out of the third and fourth-story windows. A stiff wind shifted and smoke poured out and made visibility poor for firemen. No one was hurt in the blaze and damage estimates were unavailable.
  • Local police would spend the weekend searching for Kathy Wilson, the Jamestown woman who disappeared May 18. A city police spokesman said he did not know how many officers would be taking part in the search but it would be extensive. Police would continue to concentrate on the areas around Jamestown and in Warren County. “They’re taking random sections of the map and eliminating them,” the policeman said. Mrs. Wilson, 33, was last seen around noon May 18 around the Falconer Marine Midland Bank and The Falconer Quality Markets.