In Years Past

In 1913, George Fluker, the 25 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Fluker of South Dayton, was accidentally killed Sunday afternoon while shooting crows on his father’s farm a few miles north of the village. Young Fluker had been out watching the cornfield most of the afternoon and was seen and spoken to by his father late in the afternoon as the father was going to the woods after the cows. When the father returned, Fluker’s dead body was found beside a fence with a gunshot wound in the head. It was supposed that in crawling through the fence the trigger of the gun caught, discharging the weapon as he was pulling it through the fence toward him. The family was prominent and well known.

A runaway accident resulting in a double fatality happened at North Warren late Saturday night. The dead were Albert Johnson, a Lanning Hill farmer, aged about 50, and Allen Falconer, the 13 year old son of Archie Falconer of Warren. The two had been in Warren with a load of lumber and were on their way home, apparently, when the accident happened. The two bodies were found on the Jackson Run macadam road about midnight by a W. Richards of Warren, who was driving towards home in his automobile. The team was found early the following morning near Chandlers Valley, five miles away. The two had been riding in a light lumber wagon.

In 1938, twenty-eight students received diplomas for work during the past term in the auto-driving class of the Jamestown high school, at exercises in the school Wednesday afternoon. The students receiving the diplomas were those who had successfully completed their road tests. Others had taken the tests but had not been notified of the outcome. Retiring Superintendent of Schools George A. Persell, made the presentation to the students being introduced by Edwin F. Cudlipp, instructor, who attributed the educator’s progressiveness to the fact that Jamestown was one of the first cities in the country to have a safe-diving class as a part of the regular curriculum. Mr. Persell cautioned the students to observe the rules of the road, to consider and regard the rights of others and to always remember that “the radiator in the automobile is the only place for alcohol.”

With twinkling eyes, good-natured Civil War veterans of New York state individually shook their heads “no” over a proposal of the state department of the Sons of Union Veterans to relieve them of their duties. “It’ll take more than a resolution for any other group to take our job,” explained courtly M. V. Stone of Jamestown, national chaplain of the Grand Army of the Republic, who was reappointed state chaplain the previous day. “You see, we are created under a congressional act and only men who have served in the Union army and have been honorably discharged may belong and perform our duties.” The Sons of Veterans passed a resolution to relieve the G.A.R. of certain duties and sent it to other affiliated organizations for action. The duties referred to were the care of graves of Civil War veterans and details of arranging the annual encampment.

In 1988, handsome and seaworthy, the sight of the Sea Lion, the replica of a 16th century merchant ship, was undoubtedly inspiring future passengers to dream of taking a step back onto one of the most colorful pages of history. The ship was moored at her dock in Mayville, ready to make those dreams come true.

A 7-year-old Ellington girl was dead and her mother in serious condition following a drowning accident in Clear Creek on Cowens Corners Road in the town of Conewango. Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department deputies identified the girl as Lynett Daniels. They said she was swimming in the creek near the railroad trestle about 6 p.m. the previous evening with her family. The water was about eight feet deep in that location, police said. Her mother, Roberta Daniels, 36, of Mill Street, Ellington, saw her daughter struggling in the water and tried to rescue her by entering the creek but was unable to get to her. Police said bystanders who were not identified rescued them from the water. Conewango Fire Department ambulance crews administered medical aid to the girl and took her to WCA Hospital in Jamestown. She was pronounced dead on arrival by Chautauqua County Coroner P. Michael Neilson. Mrs. Daniels was also taken to the hospital where she was listed in serious condition. Her two other children, a boy age 3, and a girl, age 9, were not injured. The Ellington Fire Department also assisted at the scene.