In Years Past

  • In 1913, a most unfortunate incident connected with the recent trip of the county supervisors and highway superintendents through the county was the destruction of the automobile owned and driven by Neil Abbott of Harmony. Mr. Abbott had an accident to his car at Ripley on Thursday and was compelled to abandon it there. He returned for the machine on Saturday and started home with it. When at Ripley crossing, he waited for a train to pass and then started across the four tracks. He then saw a freight train approaching and hastily threw his car into high speed. In so doing, he stalled the engine. There was no time for cranking the car and starting the engine again. He jumped from the car just before the engine crashed into it, completely wrecking the machine.
  • Fred Snyder of Falconer figured in a motorcycle accident at Hamburg in which he and Mrs. Snyder had a narrow escape from serious injury. Mr. Snyder was driving his automobile through the village of Hamburg when a young man named Heckman of Eden Center, riding a motorcycle, collided with the automobile. The motorcycle smashed through the windshield and landed on the hood of the auto. Heckman was badly hurt. Mr. Snyder escaped injury but Mrs. Snyder sustained cuts from broken glass. The motorcycle, it was stated, was proceeding at a rapid rate at the time of the accident.
  • In 1938, Special Prosecutor Frank G. Ralchie, in Buffalo, halted the wheels of justice this day – for cupid. When Miss Dorothy Byron, a school teacher subpoenaed before a special grand jury, asked him to excuse her because, “I’m going to be married,” he replied: “Under no circumstances would I interfere with plans like that. You go right ahead.”
  • The investigation by Corporation Counsel Rollin A. Fancher into charges the city of Jamestown had been cheated in purchasing ready-mixed concrete for repaving streets after trolley car rails had been removed, might present many unusual angles. This was indicated by Mr. Fancher when he revealed that an officer and five employees of the A. & K. Builders’ Supply Company gave testimony in defense of the charges before the accusing witnesses were examined. John Mahoney, local sand and gravel contractor and Thomas Fletcher, president of the Cement Finishers’ union, who first brought the “cheating” charge, appeared at Mr. Fancher’s office in response to subpoenas.
  • In 1963, a $100,000 nine-hole golf course would be built the following spring along the Hunt Road, just west of Sunset Hill Cemetery. Paul L. Vittur, promoter of the project said it would be known as the Sunset Valley Golf Course. He was president of Sunset Hill Cemetery. The preliminary plans also called for construction of a club house, a pro shop and a restaurant, Mr. Vittur added.
  • A report that a girl had been shot sent state police and volunteer firemen scurrying to the Joseph Hasbrook place in Kiantone shortly after 8 p.m. the previous evening. It turned out 9-year-old Pamela Reed fell from a 15-foot embankment, injuring her head. Shots had been heard in the area. The child, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reed, Ormand Beach, Florida, was visiting the Hasbrooks. Dr. R. M. Weidler, Frewsburg, rushed the child to the Jamestown General Hospital with a Jamestown police escort after Kiantone volunteer firemen administered first aid. Her condition was listed as fair.
  • In 1988, a bolt of lightning Friday night struck a house and triggered a fire that left a Randolph couple homeless. The fire started when lightning struck the Fred Fisher home on Corbett Hill Road around 6 p.m., according to Howard Van Rensselaer of the Randolph fire police. Neighbor Jim Atwood told The Post-Journal he heard a crashing sound and looked out the window and saw fire coming from the Fisher house. The Fishers escaped the blaze uninjured. More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze, which took more than three hours to control.
  • The information Center of Chautauqua County Vacationlands at Ripley was managed by Mary Perdue who said of its activities, “We have about 50 people a day stopping by.” She gave them information and distributed literature relating to the area. Ms. Perdue said about 90 percent of the inquiries related to Niagara Falls, while a number of them also were received about Chautauqua Institution. “What we try to do,” she said, “is interest them in staying in the area a while before they go on to Niagara Falls where most of them probably eventually end up.”