In Years Past

In 1913, lightning caused a disturbance in Jamestown with the fire alarm system Sunday night. Two circuits, No. 1 of the south side and No. 4 in the business section, were knocked out completely. Eighteen fuses connected with the system were blown out. The lightning made the electrical apparatus around the City Hall rattle in a most alarming way. During the progress of the storm, Chief Wilson heard the fire tapper sound. He knew the trouble was probably due to the lightning but he went to the telephone and called up police headquarters. “Did the bell ring?” asked the chief. “I don’t know,” replied Captain Reeder. “The lightning is knocking things around here so lively I haven’t noticed.”

Nearly 100 members of The Journal family, that was, correspondents and their guests, members of The Journal company and of the daily and tri-weekly office staff, were present at and thoroughly enjoyed the sixth annual reunion of The Journal’s Correspondents’ Association held Saturday, Aug. 2. It was a real inspiration to those who helped make The Journal the home newspaper of this area to see the friendly interest all took in the real business of the meeting, the discussion of questions pertaining to their work and to participate in the enjoyment of the good dinner and the excellent program of readings and music.

In 1938, Kleber D. Powers, 32 of Jamestown, who had been a well-known employee of the Bank of Jamestown, was killed at about 1:45 a.m. when the car he was driving left the Ashville-Panama highway just west of Ashville, tossed him out and landed on top of him. Powers had left the Isaac Walton Club south of Blockville about 10 or 15 minutes before the accident, after attending a supper for members at that place. There were no witnesses to the accident but Bert J. Barclay, employee of the Red Star service station on East Fourth Street in Jamestown, who left the Isaac Walton Club about 10 minutes after Powers, discovered the crash, pulled Powers from under the car and took him to Jamestown General Hospital. The victim was dead upon arrival.

The story of the nationwide activities of the American Legion would be presented in moving pageantry under the auspices of Ira Lou Spring Post at an interstate Armistice Day celebration in Jamestown on Saturday, Nov. 12 and, in addition to the parade, there would be a series of prize band and drum corps competitions for veterans organizations. Invitations were being extended to all of the Legion posts and auxiliaries in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties in this state and Warren County over the line in Pennsylvania.

In 1988, Cassadaga Mayor Daniel Crandall had ordered immediate posting of “No Trespassing/No Swimming” signs at the beach and said the village would ticket individuals caught using the beach after hours. The action came on the heels of a threat made by Cassadaga Police Officer William Barthold to take legal action against the board if the signs were not posted. Barthold read to the board a misdemeanor complaint he intended to file which stated the board’s “failure to comply with a reasonable request of a police officer.” The warm weather had caused continual problems with off-hour bathers using the beach when a lifeguard was not present.

Matt Clucas would be leaving Sunday for Akron, Ohio, to represent the Jamestown area at the All-American Soap Box Derby August 13. Clucas earned the right to represent the Jamestown area June 4 when he won the Jamestown Derby held on Baker Street near Bergman Park. About 160 drivers from all over the world, including Germany, Australia and Guam, were scheduled to race for up to four hours in the All-American Derby, according to Tony Purpura, Director of the Jamestown Area Soap Box Derby. Purpura added that the last 90 minutes, including the finals, would be televised live on ESPN.