In Years Past

In 1913, Oscar Carlstrom and Ray King, two of the men implicated in the recent riots in Jamestown and indicted for violation of section 1991 of the penal law, appeared in county court at Mayville in the forenoon and pleaded guilty to riot which was a lesser offense and in which the judge had more discretion in imposing sentence. The young men – Carlstrom was only 18 and King 21 – were fined $50 each. Carlstrom paid his fine. King had until July 14 to raise the money. If he failed to do so he would have to serve 50 days in jail. It was claimed that the two young men stoned street cars in Jamestown during the recent riots.

Ex Gov. Herbert S. Hadley of Missouri, who might have been president of the United States but for the failure of the Taft and Roosevelt forces at the Chicago convention to agree on a compromise candidate for the Republican party and who with his family was spending his summer vacation at his summer home at Bay View on Chautauqua Lake, was the honor guest at a dinner party given at the Hotel Samuels at noon this day by John B. White of Kansas City, Mo. A number of Jamestown’s most prominent citizens were present.

In 1938, several experienced drivers were entered in the series of automobile races scheduled for the Jamestown Speedway, Stockton Road, Sunday, with time trials starting at noon. Three sprints of 10 miles each would begin at 3 o’clock, followed by the feature race of 40 laps. Twenty entries had been received and others were expected, with a field of 10 starting in the feature event. The drivers who would be seen in action included Jack Russell, Lloyd Knight and Clyde Swartz of Clarendon, Pa., Larry Evans from Detroit with Jack Daw, Sid Gerber and Ken Ahr of Buffalo.

A gallery estimated at 4,000 or more cheered accompaniment to the grunts and groans and wild gyrations as eight members of the mat brigade strutted their antics in the Celoron Park ring Friday night at a free wrestling show. For sheer excitement it hit a new peak for that form of athletic endeavor in this section. Practically every thrill that went into the mad and modern version of the pastime was paraded before an assemblage which was made up of at least 40 percent of members of the fair sex. Arousing the crowd to a fever pitch of resentment, the Masked Marvel booted down Ray Matty, Rochester strong man, after 18 minutes in the main event and then dashed madly for distant dressing rooms in the park bathhouse with a pack of at least 200 frenzied partisans in his wake.

In 1963, Robert H. Miller, Chautauqua County Republican committee chairman, said he was referring to Jamestown Mayor William D. Whitehead, when he made a remark about persons who made “rash and stupid statements,” not Congressman Goodell. The disclosure came at a meeting of the Chautauqua GOP committee in Stockton. Mr. Miller said the remarks had been picked up by the Chautauqua County Democrat, a monthly newspaper, and published in its May issue. It read in part: “Robert H. Miller warned county Republicans that ‘there are those who make rash and stupid statements – and this will not earn confidence and trust among office holders and voters…'” The article went on to say: “I cannot help but wonder if Mr. Miller had a certain young Republican congressman in mind when he made his statement.”

“Honesty is the best policy” was a rule Kirk Watson, 12, had heard since he could remember – a rule his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Watson, 257 Woodworth Ave., W.E. had often preached. It paid off for the parents when their son came home and informed them that he had just found a book of travelers’ checks valued at $420. Ellicott Town Officer Don Jones was notified and he quickly discovered the book of checks belonged to Joyce Medlock of Wyoming, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The owner had been vacationing in the Chautauqua area and was notified at her home of the return of her checks which young Watson found while walking through the Quality Market’s parking lot on Route 17-J.

In 1988, time was running out at the Chautauqua County landfill. Unless there was a change in the state Department of Environmental Conservation regulations or a solution was found by the county, the landfill in Ellery would be full in a few months. “With DEC restrictions, sometime in September we’ll reach capacity in the new area. Either DEC will loosen restrictions or waste will have to be hauled out of the county,” Richard Sturges told The Post-Journal.

David Christian of Ashville had found a solution to the used-tire problem. He used the junk tires to make a variety of useful products. Christian, who was interim principal at Randolph Central School, had been an English teacher for 16 years. In his spare time, he turned used tires into mats for such spots as entrances, horse trailers, pick-up trucks and manufacturing plants. He also made boat dock bumpers and rubber strip horse fencing. This was all done in a barn on Route 394. The largest mat ever made by Christian was for the General Electric Locomotive Plant in Erie, Pa. It was 54 inches wide and 106 feet long.