In Years Past

  • In 1913, the numerous reports of persons bitten by dogs in Jamestown had caused a renewal of the agitation for a more complete and better enforced quarantine in the city and some enforcement of a real muzzling of dogs. At least a half dozen persons had been bitten by dogs within the past week and the situation had very evidently been reported to Albany for the chief of police had a letter calling his attention to the facts and requesting a stricter enforcement of quarantine. Police Chief Johnson was out of the city this day and could not be located to verify a statement that he would order unmuzzled dogs shot wherever found.
  • Did or did not John M. Andrews murder Emile Amann on Bunker Hill on the night of Jan. 27, 1911 in Warren? The Warren county court said that he did and he was convicted of the crime there. The Erie County courts said he did not and he was acquitted in that county. Trooper Black of the Pennsylvania constabulary, who had been in Warren for nearly a year investigating the crime, positively stated that he did not and further stated that within a short time he would cause the arrest of the party or parties who did commit the crime.
  • In 1938, a mysterious blast just past midnight tore a gaping hole six feet in diameter at the base of a concrete abutment at the eastern end of the Waterboro Bridge under construction, causing damage described as slight, although not estimated by John Dern of North Tonawanda, superintendent of the work. The force of the explosion sent a six by six timber hurtling through the air and it landed on the roof of the home of Neil Morse, 150 feet away. Two pieces of burned fuse, one six feet long and the other four feet in length were found near the base of the concrete abutment. Tony Ansera, night watchman, said he was at the opposite end of the structure spanning Conewango Creek, when the blast occurred.
  • About six years ago, Melville W. Clement of Spring Street in Jamestown, got the “bug” to build a midget automobile. He continued to cherish the ambition for nearly five years, climaxing with the start of construction August 15, 1937. The past Saturday, amid appropriate informal ceremonies, the results of his spare time efforts were realized with the “launching” of his automobile. Several trips were made over the weekend while passerby and especially motorists stared at the midget car. The auto was about two-thirds the length of an average car, having a wheelbase of 79 1/2 inches as compared with about 120 inches average. The car weighed about half that of an average auto at 1,700 pounds.
  • In 1963, a dark-haired Fredonia College student, who liked to play the rough and ready sport of field hockey, was the winner of the Miss New York State Beauty Pageant. Miss Barbara Ann Gloede, 20, thus qualified to take part in the Miss America contest in September at Atlantic City, N.J. During the intervening months she would attend summer courses in psychology and English at the State University of Buffalo. The emerald-eyed Miss Gloede, who stood a shapely five feet, seven inches tall, sparked her talent act with an impersonation of Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy and singer Julie Andrews. Miss Gloede was from Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Three young men from Cleveland, Ohio, on a weekend holiday, found their plans interrupted when four deputy sheriffs surprised them shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday in the empty Point Chautauqua Inn at Mayville. The trio were identified as Franz Neuwirth, 18, Sandoer Leitgeb, 20 and Kalman Hegedof, 20. Charged with disorderly conduct, each defendant pleaded guilty when arraigned before Peace Justice Edwin Seaton. The jurist was lenient with the trio after each explained his plight. Justice Seaton suspended payment of a $50 fine and 30-day jail sentence for each defendant. Police said the trio arrived late and were looking for a place to stay. They found the Inn, walked in and made themselves at home until a caretaker saw a light in the hotel window.
  • In 1988, “In all due respect, AIDS is not a big problem in Chautauqua County Jail. We are not importing a lot of AIDS victims” said Sheriff John R. Bentley. He made the comment at a special joint meeting of the County Legislature’s Human Services and Judicial and Public Safety committees, called to discuss the AIDS situation in the county jail. Bentley said AIDS victims made up only “a tiny, tiny percent of our population.” He said the jail handled about 1,600 people a year and he had known of only two cases of AIDS there.
  • A fire which began the previous day destroyed about five acres of scotch pine trees along East Middle Road in the Town of Sheridan and would continue smoldering for several days until it was completely out, according to Sheridan fireman Edwin Hamlet. Seven fire companies were called to the scene at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday and one family was evacuated on the north side of East Middle Road. “It’s high time that the county banned all outdoor burning. If there were winds yesterday, we would have been in real trouble,” Hamlet said.