In Years Past

  • In 1913, state and local authorities began an investigation of the circumstances surrounding the fire in the overall factory of the Binghamton Clothing Company, in which at least 50 persons – mostly women and girls – lost their lives. Representatives of the state department of labor, the state fire marshal, the state factory investigating commission and the committee of safety of New York were present at this day’s inquest. Workmen continued to search the ruins of the burned factory building. Not until the office safe was opened could a complete list of the employees of the company, dead, living and missing, be made. The safe was uncovered the previous afternoon but it was so hot that no attempt was made to open it.
  • Following the frantic and fruitless efforts of the city council to legislate the “proper” extent and texture into women’s dresses, public sentiment in Rochester had changed in favor of the slit skirt, the diaphanous gown and other forms of rarefied costuming. It had even gone so far as to defy the strong arm of the law. This was demonstrated when a crowd saved a young woman from two policemen who would have questioned her as to the wherefore of the nothingness which seemed to be the principal characteristic of the material in her gown. The young woman was Miss Alicia Burnett, a person of no mean beauty. The gauzy, clinging haze of cloth in which she tripped down the street was more than the last word in diaphanous gowns. It was the whole speech.
  • In 1938, this seemed to be Wild Animal Week for the Wagner family at Charlotte Center. Carl reported seeing eight turkey vultures on Saturday, a rare sight in this neighborhood. His brother, Bruce, saw seven deer near the Torry school house. He said there were three large and four young ones. Fred and Henry Harper had also seen deer on their farm several times in recent days. Taking into consideration the baby bears seen by Stillman Cleland and family on the Morley farm and rattlesnake seen by Mrs. Henry Imms on their place, this community might seem to be reverting to its original state.
  • A storm played havoc with the parade of visiting fire companies scheduled as the highlight of the local Firemen’s Carnival in Bemus Point for Friday evening. Including the Bemus department, there were 11 fire companies in colorful uniforms represented. Ashville, Celoron, Falconer, Fluvanna, Fredonia, Frewsburg, Kennedy, Lakewood, Maple Springs and Sherman were in attendance. Kennedy brought its band and the local organization had engaged the Bemus Point High School band. The streets were lined with automobiles and every hospitable veranda held eager spectators who were lured by the Gypsy’s prophesy that the rain wouldn’t amount to anything.
  • In 1963, oil vapor set off by a spark was cited as the possible cause of an oil furnace explosion which rocked and lifted a two-story house off its foundation and injured three children shortly after 7 p.m. July 22. There was no fire. The place was the home of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith, Winch Road, between Baker Street Extension and Cowing Road, south of Lakewood. Two of the three injured youngsters were admitted to the Jamestown General Hospital for observation. The children were concerned with the safety of their cat, Sylvester, who was in the house when the explosion occurred. The large black and white feline was later found on the lawn, apparently unhurt. Mrs. Smith, in the kitchen at the time of the blast and Mr. Smith, in the garage, were unhurt.
  • Thieves stole $24 from the North Main Street Parking ramp and ripped telephones from the walls of two laundromats as a rash of burglaries continued to plague Jamestown police. At the same time more than 30 pieces of office equipment, valued at $528, were reported missing from a storage building at 99 Institute St. Entry into the North Main Street Parking Ramp was gained by removing a nail from a window, police said. It was not known how much money was in the coin boxes of the laundromat telephones. In addition, police said, about $10 was missing from coin change machines. It marked the 10th time burglars had struck in Jamestown since the past weekend and brought a warning from police to businessmen to be extra cautious in locking up for the night.