In Years Past

  • In 1913, a thunder storm in Titusville, Pa., was unusually severe. At about 8 o’clock Wednesday morning, lightning entered the home of the Misses Kelly of Perry Street Hill. The thunderbolt came in through the living room door where the ladies and Mr. Newton, their brother-in-law, of Jamestown, were sitting. All were slightly stunned but otherwise none was injured or felt the effects of the experience. The party had been standing in the open door viewing the storm a moment before the lightning entered. Had they not left the doorway, they might have been struck and killed or badly hurt. Their escape seemed to have been quite miraculous.
  • Governor Herbert S. Hadley of Missouri, perhaps the most prominent man in the Republican party, the one man who could command a hearing at any time in the past year’s Republican national convention, would be the attraction which should fill the big Chautauqua amphitheater to the sidewalk when he arrived at Chautauqua to make an address on July 19. This date was Saturday and he would speak in the afternoon, being the closing speaker of the week devoted to the discussion of Socialism.
  • In 1938, the annual picnic of the First Lutheran Sunday School and congregation was held Saturday at Midway Park attended by about 500 persons, about 250 of them making the trip by steamboat. A basket picnic was held and swimming and roller skating enjoyed in the afternoon when the sport program was canceled because of rain. Sigfried Larson, Superintendent, presided at the service and Alf Wattman of Falconer led in devotionals. There was hymn singing accompanied by Trumpeters Merle and Margaret Carlson.
  • Half-crazed by pain created when his body was seared by a salve with which he had daubed himself as protection against the chill in Lake Chautauqua’s waters, Mike Russo, 23-year-old Warren athlete was compelled Sunday to abandon his attempt to swim the length of the lake from the Mayville dock to Celoron Park. Jamestown General Hospital reported the swimmer resting more comfortably this day. Russo slipped into the water early Sunday morning and was making good progress until his pain became almost unbearable. He had reached a point off Chautauqua Assembly when he headed for shore. The salve was recommended by a friend and had properties which, when contacted by water, produced blistering. When the youth left the water the pain became more intense and he thrice rushed back into the lake before he was restrained by his handlers.
  • In 1963, the possibility that water restrictions might be imposed much earlier than a year ago was held out by Jamestown Mayor William D. Whitehead. The mayor said that “unless some indication is received that a major weather change is due shortly, and I don’t mean a flash rain or minor precipitation, we might better seriously consider a ban on certain water uses much earlier this year.” In 1962, water restrictions went into effect July 14 and were rescinded Oct. 5. That interim was the longest period limitations on water use had ever been imposed in the city.
  • A Buffalo truck driver escaped with only a fractured left wrist despite being pinned under part of a 1,800 pound bundle of steel which slid from a truck. George Carameta, 30, was in “good” condition at Jamestown General Hospital where he was taken at 1:45 the previous afternoon. He was preparing to unload bundles of steel at All Metal Mfg. Co. on W. 7th Street in Jamestown when the galvanized sheets slid from the side of the truck. Firemen and volunteers worked for almost an hour to free the man, whose right foot was caught between the steel and the edge of the truck bed. The steel was removed sheet by sheet.
  • In 1988, Mary Mansfield accepted congratulations from Evelyn Hyde after she was given the Frank Hyde Memorial Scholarship during commencement exercises the previous afternoon at Pine Valley Central School. Miss Mansfield, who would attend Hilbert College in the fall, received a $1,000 scholarship and a plaque in memory of the late former Post-Journal sports editor.
  • Confederate and Union cavalrymen engaged in a saber duel during a weekend re-enactment of a Civil War engagement at the Battle of Gettysburg. More than 8,000 uniformed men concluded a commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the battle by staging the final charge of the war’s bloodiest confrontation.