In Years Past

In 1913, a shift in the wind after the fire which started in the Frank Davis blacksmith shop in Frewsburg about half past 1 in the morning, saved the remainder of that part of the village from destruction. The fire started in the blacksmith shop on the south side of upper Main Street. In the rear of the blacksmith shop was a wagon shop and planing mill and the building and all the contents, including considerable machinery and valuable tools, were completely destroyed. In the absence of any fire fighting apparatus except a bucket brigade, there was no way to check the fire.

Veterans of the Civil War, Union and Confederate, gathered together at Gettysburg, Pa., to commemorate the mighty battle fought on Gettysburg fields 50 years ago. They were welcomed by Lindley M. Garrison, secretary of war. Mr. Garrison said: “In the name of the nation, I bid you welcome. In the name of the whole people of a united country, I bid you twice welcome. In the name of its people who recognize the high import of this fraternal gathering, you are thrice welcome.”

In 1938, Kenneth G. Prince, 27, of Genesee St., Jamestown, was horribly burned, and damage totaling several thousands of dollars was caused by fire resulting from a gasoline explosion at the manufacturers’ gas station, operated by Jamestown Industries Inc. at 86 Steele St. Prince, employed at the gasoline station, was in critical condition at Jamestown General Hospital where he was given a blood transfusion in an effort to save his life. The fire, which destroyed a 750-gallon tank truck Prince had been filling with gasoline, damaged the rear of the gas station and completely destroyed an old, one-story frame warehouse, closely adjacent, and its contents. A spark from an electric motor, used to operate the pumps, was believed to have caused the explosion and fire.

Fake screams for help in the middle of the night by pranksters or so-called practical jokers had aroused residents along Chautauqua Lake’s shores, particularly at the lower end of the lake. Prompt arrest and prosecution of any such persons caught was planned by authorities. Residents complaining about these eerie screams floating over the dark waters of the lake pointed out that they had not dared ignore them for fear they might be real calls for aid but that some day some person in real need might meet his or her death because some “empty headed” person had cried “wolf” too often.

In 1963, Jaycee officials said approximately 10,000 turned out to witness the parade the previous afternoon in Lakewood with temperatures hitting an unofficial high of 95 degrees. The Jamestown Vikings were named the best male drum corps and were the only local winner in the five division parade. There were more than 40 marching and musical units in the parade. A display of fireworks at night brought the three-day event, sponsored by the Lakewood Junior Chamber of Commerce, to a close.

Jamestown and the area headed into its second straight week of high temperatures and humidity with little relief in sight. The weather outlook called for continued summer air and sunshine with chance of isolated thundershowers. The low the previous night was a humid 63 degrees. Beaches, parks and recreation areas were crowded during the weekend as persons sought to gain a measure of relief from the humid heat.

In 1988, Shelli Breed, formerly of Falconer, a former nurse from Ontario, N.Y., who had been named Mother of the Year by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, met with President Reagan, who presented her with a plaque. She was honored for her “outstanding achievement and courage,” according to the award bestowed by the president. She met with him in the Oval Office accompanied by her children, Christopher, 17, Laura, 16 and Jessica, 11. Mrs. Breed said she couldn’t believe she was meeting the president. “It’s kind of scary – I’m just so overwhelmed,” Mrs. Breed, 38, said during a telephone interview.

Jamestown Mayor Steven B. Carlson escorted New York City Mayor Edward Koch to a joint meeting of the Manufacturer’s Association and Chamber of Commerce in Jamestown. Koch also proved to be a popular speaker the previous day at the Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua Institution.