In Years Past

In 1913, in two weird and long drawn out contests on the cricket grounds Wednesday afternoon, Jamestown dropped both ends of a double header to Johnsonburg, losing the first after a hard struggle to take the lead in the final sessions, by a 9 to 8 score and dropping the second by a 7 to 3 score. Loose playing on the part of the locals and wildness on the part of Brown and Erickson, the local twirlers, paved the way for both defeats. In the first game, Jamestown came within an ace of winning when, in the final sessions the visitors went to pieces and the locals scored six times in two sessions.

Frank C. Hopkins, proprietor of the Complete Office Equipment Company on Cherry Street in Jamestown and F. D. Newberry, had an extremely narrow escape from death early Wednesday evening. The automobile in which they were riding was struck by an Erie passenger train at the Fairmount Avenue crossing. The two men were riding west shortly after 6 and when they came to the railroad crossing the gates were down but the sun shone directly in their eyes. Both claimed that they were unable to see the gates for this reason. So they crashed through the gates directly in front of the approaching Pittsburgh-Jamestown express. In a desperate effort to avoid being run down, Mr. Hopkins turned on the full power of the machine and just as it was about to clear the tracks the cowcatcher of the locomotive caught it, swinging it around but not upsetting it.

In 1938, fire of unknown origin early the previous morning completely destroyed the large recreation building known as Gypsy Knoll at Camp Newatah, the Girl Scout camp on Lake Chautauqua, located between Midway Park and Chedwel. The blaze was discovered by a camp councilor as she awakened about 4 o’clock. Fire departments from Bemus Point and Maple Springs were called but the fire had gained such headway that nothing could be done to prevent the building from burning to the ground. The building, the largest and most expensive in the camp, was owned by the Jamestown Council of Girl Scouts. All that remained were the upright chimney, the concrete foundation and the large bell.

Confirmation of the fact that Jamestown was to have a new post office had been received in Washington dispatches stating that the Treasury had officially allocated $725,000 for the purchase of a site and a new post office building. The new Jamestown office was one of 280 to be built through an expenditure of $60,000,000 voted for new post offices by Congress. It was expected that 400 projects would be in progress before a year had elapsed. Postmaster Ganey said that he would advertise for bids for sites for the new post office.

In 1963, a 13-year-old Dunkirk girl was in fair condition in the Brooks Memorial Hospital after a 24-foot tumble from a steep portion of Point Gratiot, facing Lake Erie. The victim, Peggy Griffis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Griffis, of W. Doughty Street, Dunkirk, was on a picnic and swimming outing with two girl companions when she slipped and fell off the cliff. The cliff, one of the scenic view spots in the area, was steep, ragged and sharp in drop in various places.

An estimated 30,000 persons were expected to attend company picnics at Midway Park during July and August. Frank Walsh, general manager, said at least one industrial picnic was scheduled for each Saturday during the two month period. July 6 was the date of the annual Shriners Kiddies’ Day at Midway Park. Among the larger industrial picnics scheduled were the Corning Glass picnic Aug. 10, with an estimated 5,000 employees and their families and the Marlin-Rockwell Corp. picnic Aug. 24, expected to draw 5,000.