In Years Past

  • In 1913, Ali Jim, a Turk, appeared before Jamestown Police Justice Mahar on Wednesday afternoon charged with assaulting Charles Costa. According to the latter’s story, both were employees of the Jamestown Worsted Mills and while they were at work Wednesday morning Ali Jim started a quarrel with him and struck him on the arm with a stick causing an injury that required a doctor’s attention. The Turk, who claimed that Costa struck him first, retained the services of Attorney Fred R. Peterson. Bail was fixed at $100 and the trial was set for Saturday afternoon. Jim had not yet secured bail.
  • The Wednesday afternoon baseball game between the Jamestown team and the Western Bloomer Girls, staged at Russell Field in Pa., went only seven innings and the Jamestowners won by the safe margin of 13-5. A fairly large crowd witnessed the game and was pleased with the good exhibition put up by the girls,who, assisted by three men, who handled the more difficult positions of catcher, third base and shortstop, played a fine article of ball in the field. Kate Becker started the twirling for the girls, pitching four innings, during which the Jamestown players scored five runs. n the fifth, she was relieved by one of the men but in the sixth, when the boys from over the New York state line hammered his offerings hard, Miss Becker again took up the mound duties and finished the game.
  • In 1938, Vertner Daugharthy, 18 years old, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Elson Daugharthy of Russell, Pa., drowned Friday evening in a pond near his father’s farm. Although the body was recovered immediately and resuscitation measures applied he could not be revived. Young Daugharthy, a graduate of Russell High School’s class of 1938 and one of the most popular young men of the vicinity, was a member of a party which included Norris Whitford who was employed at the Daugharthy farm which was known as the Big Four Dairy Farm and was one of the largest in this vicinity. The two men went in for one last dive and Daugharthy struck Whitford’s hip and failed to surface.
  • Overwhelming defeat of both proposals for a third bridge over the Chadakoin valley in Jamestown was freely predicted by all observers as city taxpayers flocked to city hall lobby to cast ballots in the special bridge election. Encouraged by beautiful weather, taxpayers started streaming through when the polls were opened at 9 a.m. Which two bridge proposals would gain preference was unpredictable but it didn’t seem to matter. The scattered few who favored the building of a bridge at either the foot of Prendergast Avenue or the foot of Washington Street were so far in the minority that their voices seemed lost.
  • In 1963, pollution had closed Dunkirk’s two municipal bathing beaches for the first time in history. Wright Park Beach and Point Gratiot Park Beach were ordered closed by Dr. Joseph B. Karnes, city health officer. Dr. Karnes said two tests within the past three weeks at both beaches had shown a high bacteria count and failed to meet minimum standards of the NYS Water Pollution Control Board. Water samplings at the beaches were taken on a continuous schedule each summer and excessively high bacteria counts were discovered only recently.
  • It would be “business as usual” at James Prendergast Free Library beginning the following day. The building would be reopened after having been closed since a week previously to transfer books and equipment to the new $315,000 addition. With the reopening, entrance would be from 509 Cherry Street as the entrance on Fifth Street would be closed. A formal open house at a later date would be announced by Rollin J. Reading, president of the library board of directors. Volunteer assistance in the moving project was provided by about 70 Boy Scouts representing nine troops.