In Years Past

In 1913, Sprague Bros. and Eberman would place on sale in single-lot offerings the following afternoon the tract of land on Fluvanna Avenue between North Main and Washington streets recently purchased from the Warner and Marvin estate, known as Hyde Park. The sale would continue for the rest of this week and would be conducted by the L. C. Strong real estate agency of Jamestown. The tract was admirably located on high and dry land on the principal connection with the east side Chautauqua Lake road and only two minutes’ walk from the car line.

Attorney C. A. Pickard appeared before the Jamestown Common Council and again called attention to the damage which was done to paving by a traction engine. An ordinance had been adopted, he said, which he supposed prohibited the driving of traction engines on the pavement. Monday, a traction engine had been driven over the asphalt block at Fifth Street and Prendergast Avenue. This, he said he understood, was done by the authority of a permit issued by the chief of police. “The city,” said Mr. Pickard, “should give the citizens some relief. At the time the matter was up before, I suggested the desirability of an attempt to collect damages. I think, for the protection of property owners, it should be done.”

In 1938, striking with startling suddenness, one of the most severe summer storms in several years swept across the Chautauqua region late the previous afternoon causing considerable damage to communication and power lines and trees and flooding property in low-lying areas but bringing temporary relief from intense heat that had prevailed for a few days. Rain was accompanied by high winds and considerable electrical disturbance. Streets of Jamestown and nearby communities were flooded in some places from curb to curb.

At a lunch meeting of the campaign executive committee of the Jamestown Community Chest this noon at the Hotel Jamestown, the week of Oct. 17-24 was unanimously approved for the annual campaign. In discussing the committee’s decision to hold the campaign during this period, Richard L. Swanson, campaign director, said: “In October we usually have more favorable weather conditions and the calendar of events shows very few that would conflict with campaign work. We feel that almost everyone will be able to give attention to the community chest campaign to a greater advantage between the dates selected than at a later date.”

In 1963, hundreds of workers dug into piles of debris left by a storm that ripped a path of death and destruction through Glassport and nearby western Pennsylvania communities. Two were killed and some 70 others were injured by the furious assault of rain and wind Saturday night. Damage ran into millions of dollars. Winds clocked at 90 mph rocked Glassport for 45 minutes and roared into nearby Carnegie, Clairton and McKeesport. Buildings were ripped apart. “All reports indicate it was a tornado, but we can’t call it that officially,” said chief forecaster Henry Rockwood of the U.S. Weather Bureau in Pittsburgh.

Three Ohioans were injured in an airplane crash at 6:55 p.m., Saturday at Fredonia Airport. Another passenger of the Cessna 170B, Ronald Mabee, 15, of Fonda, N.Y., near Albany, apparently escaped injury. Police said the airplane, westbound, developed engine trouble earlier in the day and after the engine had been repaired, the aircraft failed to gain altitude and crashed into thick growth of trees and underbrush, which necessitated rescue squads cutting a path to the scene by using chain saws and axes for a distance of more than 300 feet.

In 1988, a hot-air balloon made in Mickey Mouse’s likeness flew over Niagara Falls Wednesday as part of a Disney celebration of Mickey’s 60th birthday, which would occur Nov. 18. The 12-story-tall balloon flew over the falls again on Thursday before heading off to finish its tour of North America, which began in May and would end in New Orleans later this month.

  • Joseph Gerace, director of the state Office of Rural Affairs, suggested that people in the Portland and Brocton area start planning now for what was expected to be significant growth when a state prison was built there the following summer. Gerace talked with about 14 public officials from Portland and Brocton in the Brocton Central School Auditorium. Gerace said his first job was to inform rural communities what programs and grants were available through various local, state and federal agencies.