In Years Past

  • In 1913, Truman Chapman, 22, of Hamilton, Ont., was plucked from the very brink of the American cataract at Niagara Falls the previous evening after he accidentally fell in, by a chain of men who dared the terrific rush of water as it tumbled into the abyss. Scores of tourists had crowded to the fence with the first alarm and many willing arms gave assistance to the four men and their helpless burden. Chapman was in a state of collapse. He was sent to a hotel in Riverway, where he was revived.
  • Superintendent R. R. Rogers had submitted a report regarding public playgrounds in Jamestown to the board of education. “Supervised playgrounds are now in successful operation at five schools.. These are under the care of a force of 13 directors and assistants. The grounds are under supervision from 9 o’clock to 12 in the morning and from 2 to 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Young children are not expected to play upon the playgrounds after supper, but the grounds, except at (School) No. 1, are open until 8 p.m. for tennis and baseball for older young people, especially those who are employed during the day.”
  • In 1938, State Senator Julius S. Berg, Bronx Democrat, shot and killed himself a short time before District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey’s office announced he had been indicted on charges of receiving money for his aid in procuring liquor licenses and arranging for concessions at the World’s Fair. Berg took his life in his office at 1650 Broadway after a 12-hour argument with his wife, who had urged him “to tell everything.” The evidence against Berg, Dewey’s office said, was presented to the regular July grand jury the past Wednesday. Because of Berg’s death, however, the indictment would not be filed.
  • Lakewood’s park and beach, located at the foot of Chautauqua Avenue, a grassy slope about two blocks wide, on the shore of the lake, was probably one of the most commendable undertakings in the history of the community and had brought much real pleasure to the people, particularly the children and young people. Anyone doubting this should spend an afternoon and evening at the beach. Before this park became a reality, the people not owning property on the lake front had no place where they could enjoy the lake. This was especially felt after the ice took out docks that were never rebuilt. Now the long neglected site of the old Waldemere Hotel, later the country club, was a beautiful hillside park.
  • In 1963, a study which could lead to the creation of a four-year college in Randolph had been approved. The recently organized Randolph Area Development Council, formed to plan and promote the growth of southwestern Cattaraugus County, voted on the study. Council members said, however, that before any decision on the college was made, it would have to be determined if an actual need for higher education facilities existed aside from those already located in southwestern New York and if there would be initial and continuing financial support.
  • New York had to eliminate “toll traps” on the Niagara and New England sections of the Thruway if it wished to get $17 million in additional federal money, the Bureau of Public Roads said. Under the law, tolls could not be charged on interstate highways built by federal funds. But officials said that the free portion of the Niagara section was sandwiched between toll portions.
  • In 1988, an Erie, Pa., man died in a one-vehicle accident at 11:05 p.m. the previous night on Route 462 in Findley Lake. Lee C. Troxel, 18, of Erie, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said he was driving north on Route 426, when his car went off the road. When he attempted to get back on, the car flipped, ejecting Troxel and passenger Carene Sazymecki, 18, of Harborcreek, Pa. She was treated and released from Hamot Medical Center in Erie.
  • Many employees at Jamestown General Hospital agreed that a decision to sell the hospital to WCA was one of the most important the City Council would ever make. Many of those same workers said they would prefer to see two separate hospitals stay in Jamestown. They were afraid they might be forced to leave a place they’d called home all their working lives. Dr. William E. Chalecki agreed about a two-hospital system of health care in Jamestown. “I came here originally because the city had two hospitals,” he said. “I believe in a two-hospital system for its many advantages. I’m convinced that progress in health care would not have been made in this town without a two-hospital system.”