In Years Past

In 1913, Prince Albert Frederick George, second son of King George of England, accompanied by 60 cadets of his majesty’s ship Cumberland, arrived in Niagara Falls this day. The prince and his party made the trip by boat to Lewiston and came by trolley along the American side of the gorge. The prince, who was 17 years old, traveled “incognito,” and his companions refused to point him out. “This is my first trip to the continent and the first time I have stood under the Stars and Stripes on American soil,” said the prince, when finally identified by a group of newspapermen. “We are having an excellent trip and enjoying ourselves immensely.”

Mary Tallchief, a Pagan Indian was buried at the Cattaraugus reservation on Sunday. She could recall more about early local history than any other woman in this part of the country, as she was 115 years old when she died the past Friday. She was born in the spring of 1798. for many years she had lived alone in a neat little home on the reservation near Gowanda, called Pine Woods. Those who knew her said she had lived entirely in the past. She knew little of the modern inventions but could tell about matters of historical interest. She knew of Buffalo when it was merely a village, of the battle on the lakes in 1812 and she had even declared that she could remember seeing the English troops as they marched into Buffalo to burn the town a century ago.

In 1938, an old landmark was destroyed at a loss of about $5,000 in a spectacular blaze which on Saturday night wiped out the old freight station of the former J. C. & L. E. railroad along the right of way in the rear of Steele Street near the Jamestown municipal light plant. The building was leased by the City Junk Company and was used as a storage shed for paper and waste. The contents were owned by Morris and Aaron Heideman, who said that no insurance was carried. The cause of the fire was not definitely determined but it was believed to have resulted from spontaneous combustion. The flames shot high into the sky and attracted a large crowd of spectators.

Walter White of Cassadaga was arrested Friday afternoon by Troopers Chandler and Rosenow of the Westfield barracks. White had shot and injured a cow belonging to Frank Snyder, also of Cassadaga, which was trespassing in White’s meadow. He was charged with cruelty to animals and taken before Judge A. J. Black of Arkwright, found guilty, fined $10 and given a 60 day suspended jail sentence. White was also instructed by Judge Black to obtain the services of a veterinary doctor for the injured animal.

In 1963, National Worsted Mills of Falconer announced a $1.2 million modification and expansion program which would enter full production the following week. The transition involved $1 million worth of new machinery for the production of worsted “top” processed and skeined wool for manufacturers. Although the present labor force averaged between 375 and 400 employees, future expansion could mean the addition of more workers, plant officials said. The mill would use about 12 million pounds of raw wool a year.

At Youngsville, Pa., two persons were in critical condition and four others seriously burned from a gas explosion and oil fire at a drilling site on the Blakeslee property. At 10:30 a.m., an electrical arc from contact of an extension outlet and plug ignited gases escaping from a newly-fractured well, burning the clothing and skin of Wyllis Fitzgerald, Walter E. Blakeslee, son of the property owner, and Mrs. Martha Blakeslee along with Mr. and Mrs. Marion Howles. Curiosity prompted the injured to place the electrical extension for light at the tank to examine flow of oil into a storage tank. The explosion spouted 20 feet above the 120-barrel storage tank and then mushroomed straight up into the air.

In 1988, local officials agreed that the New York state vehicle law requiring children under 4 years old to ride in safety seats was a hard one to enforce. In Celoron the past week a 22-month-old girl was killed when the pickup she was riding in was struck by a car and flipped over, throwing her from the vehicle. “It’s an extremely difficult law to enforce,” Assemblywoman Patricia K. McGee, R-C Franklinville, said. “The law says that the driver is responsible to see that anyone under 18 years old in the front seat must be buckled up and anyone under 4 years in either the front or back seat must be in a child-resistant seat.”

A two-day search had begun on this morning by the New York State Police in southern Chautauqua County and northwestern Pennsylvania for Jamestown resident Kathy Wilson, 33, who had been missing since May 18. State Police continued to assist the Jamestown Police Department and would search the vicinity of where her purse was found, near Akeley, Pa. According to Lt. Michael McMannis, “The search will be aided by seven search dogs, brought from throughout Western New York and Central New York, specially trained in searching for missing persons.