In Years Past

In 1913, 13 bodies recovered, 63 injured in the hospitals, of whom probably 35 would die and 18 men missing was the revised toll of the explosion and fire that swept the Husted Milling company’ plant in South Buffalo June 24. It was certain that those 18 missing men lost their lives in the disaster but it would be days before the bodies could be recovered. The past night the big plant was a smoldering mass of wreckage with tons of heavy concrete, sheet iron and other debris piled high in the air. Heavy derricks would be necessary to lift the wreckage and it may be several days before the bodies of the missing victims could be reached. Four men died in hospitals the past evening and 15 others could not live more than a few hours. Many of those who recovered would be blinded by the terrific blast.

The two-story frame structure at Institute Street and Victoria Avenue in Jamestown, which was serving as a house of worship for the parish of St. James’ Roman Catholic Church was to be replaced this year by an imposing church edifice of brick, stone and cement, more room being required for the work of the church on account of the remarkable growth of the parish under the able leadership of the Rev. Father James Cara. The building would be a notable addition to the churches of this city, being of attractive design and with a tower 150 feet in height.

In 1938, the departure of the main Jamestown delegation for Philadelphia to attend the Delaware Valley celebrations of the 300th anniversary of the first Swedish settlement in America, would be marked by an informal celebration at the Erie train station consisting of selections by the Jamestown Concert Band, under the direction of Mauritz Swanson, and the United male chorus, made up of members of the Jamestown Harmony and Aeolian chorus, under the direction of Richard Enlund, director of the Harmony chorus. The special train would be leaving at 8 p.m. The party would consist of about 250 members of uniformed fraternal drill teams, male chorus members and the band and it was expected that many more were going along.

Official forecasts of thunderstorms and cooler weather for both eastern and western New York gave promise of relief from a week-long early season heat wave that indirectly cost 12 lives in Upstate New York. Scattered local thundershowers in various sections aided parched pastures and reduced the danger of forest fires. Latest victim of the sweltering weather was Robert H. Lasch, 40, Rensselaer County highway department employee, who died in a Troy hospital of heat prostration. Lasch was overcome while working on a highway project.

In 1963, acceptance of responsibilities was essential to the achievement of success in life. This was the theme stressed by Dr. George A. Sisson, Syracuse surgeon, in his commencement address the previous night to graduating seniors of Jamestown High School and a capacity audience of relatives and friends in Merton P. Corwin Auditorium. Dr. Sisson, who graduated from Jamestown High School in 1938, had a distinguished career as a surgeon and director of medical research specializing in ailments of the head and throat. In his talk, he said the primary responsibility confronting high school graduates required that they assess themselves realistically and prepare for lives of useful service.

Two Dunkirk youths were charged with malicious mischief the past evening after they threw a “dummy” into the path of a passing motorist. The motorist, Mathew Golowski, startled by the “dummy” which he at first mistook for a person, narrowly avoided an accident. Upon investigation, Mr. Golowski heard some snickering nearby and apprehended the two youths aged 15 and 16. The pair was taken to police headquarters and later released to the custody of their parents.