In Years Past

In 1913, Coyle Boyd, the seven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Boyd of Monroe Street, Jamestown, was run down by an automobile belonging to A. N. McDonald of Sugar Grove, Pa., at Sixth and Monroe streets, Monday afternoon. The lad’s left leg was broken above the knee and he received a number of cuts and bruises about the head and face. He was taken to the Jones General Hospital where the fracture was reduced and the other injuries attended to. The lad was playing with other children near the street corner and started to run across the street. A lumber pile hid the view of the automobile and also prevented the driver from seeing the boy.

Frank W. Stevens, a distinguished citizen of Jamestown, who but recently retired from six years’ service as chairman of the upstate public service commission, was honored in a splendid manner by his fellow citizens and neighbors in Institute Hall Monday evening. There were several hundred men and women of the city present and the exercises were of an interesting nature, the program in the hall being followed by an informal reception in the gymnasium of the high school, where all were given an opportunity to personally greet Mr. Stevens. The program was preceded by pleasing music furnished by Bratt’s orchestra, which also played during the reception.

In 1938, Lakewood village police joined in the search for Bernard E. Klock of LakeView Avenue, who was reported missing from home for two days. Mr. Klock, who was between 50 and 60 years of age, secretary of Lakewood Lodge of Odd Fellows and prominent in its activities, was last seen on the downtown streets of the village about 10 o’clock Thursday evening. His absence from home was discovered about 3 in the morning when his wife, Mrs. Linda Klock, went to his room, finding the bed turned down and pajamas laid out as though he had planned to retire. Mrs. Klock had gone to a meeting of the hose company auxiliary at the village hall. When she left the house, her husband was listening to the radio.

A man sitting in the New York offices of the Associated Press operated a Linotype machine in Charlotte, N.C. the previous night. All he did was punch the keys of a typewriter and feed his copy into a metal transmitting device. The result was type set in column width, in the office of the Charlotte Observer, 611 miles away. The device, called Semagraph, was the invention of Buford L. Green, veteran of 26 years service in the Observer composing room. He perfected the Semagraph after 12 years of work.

In 1963, a bolt of lightning which struck main gas lines in the Hunt Road at about 3 a.m. caused flames to leap into the sky at a distance of about 100 feet. The combination of escaping gas and lightning shook area homes and roused slumbering residents as far away as Falconer. The roofs of two cinder block buildings, owned by the Pennsylvania Gas Co., and housing gas pipes and control valves, were burned when hit by the lightning. The 15 by 20 foot buildings were located in Idlewood Drive, a short distance from Frederick Blvd. The intense heat and tremendous roar of escaping gas kept firemen at a distance. Fireman Henry Till described the flames as being so white it was impossible to look at them. Water could not be used until 6 a.m. when a gas valve in Sugargrove, Pa., was turned off.

Driving their motorcycles into a public Laundromat and using it as a public dressing room might have been funny to two Bradford, Pa., motorcyclists Saturday night. However, to Harold Nelson, operator of the Modern Laundromat on Route 17J, humor was lacking. Police reported the pair drove their motorcycles through the open door, parked the machines, and proceeded to change their traveling clothes into more suitable clothes to make social calls. The two were charged with disorderly conduct. Each defendant pleaded guilty and was fined $20. The court suspended a 15-day jail sentence. Because they were unable to pay their fines they were committed to 20 days in Chautauqua County jail or until each paid his fine.

In 1988, though he doubted if he would get the chance this year, Gov. Mario Cuomo said he would sign a bill into law outlawing Styrofoam packaging in New York state if it got to his desk. Cuomo’s unusual announcement came at a news conference at a suburban Albany McDonald’s restaurant where McDonald’s Corp. executives said the fast food giant would experiment with ways to cut the amount of its Styrofoam food packaging that reached garbage dumps in New York state. McDonald’s Senior Vice President Shelby Yastrow said dozens of the chain’s restaurants in New York would ship used Styrofoam food containers to a recycling plant where the materials would be converted into insulation board for residential and commercial structures.

Limited crop damage might have resulted to field and garden crops and flowers overnight as invading cold air brought frost to scattered areas of Western New York. The official low temperature of 27 degrees was recorded in Franklinville in Cattaraugus County where Dale Dewing, Cooperative Extension field crops agent, said that although he did not see any frost there was potential for cold weather damage to crops.