In Years Past

  • In 1913, Aviator Al J. Engel of Cleveland, who was making exhibition flights at Chautauqua over the week, took as his passengers this day, William G. Broadhead of Newark, N.J., formerly physical director of the Jamestown YMCA, and Arthur E. Bestor, director of the Chautauqua Institution. Both passengers declared that they enjoyed every minute of the time they spent in the machine which made splendid flights on both occasions.
  • The annual convention of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America would be held in Jamestown the following year, according to the decision made at the convention of the organization at Jamaica, Long Island. This meant that several hundred carpenters and joiners from all parts of the country would spend a few days in this city next summer.
  • In 1938, United States Solicitor General Robert H. Jackson and Representative in Congress James M. Mead of Buffalo, key men in President Roosevelt’s New Deal administration at Washington, were the principal speakers at the second annual picnic of District No. 65, International Association of Machinists, held at the Greek Club in Celoron the previous day. Congressman Mead discussed the history of organized labor, describing its struggles and growth. He said organized labor had made the greatest growth in history under the Roosevelt administration and discussed legislation enacted for the benefit of the working man.
  • The southeast corner of Jamestown High School received a thorough wetting late Saturday night when a water pipe on the second floor of the building broke, causing two sprinkler heads to burst. The bursting of the sprinkler heads served as the alarm for the incident, causing the school fire alarm system to sound. The outside horns attracted the attention of Harry Mosher, off-duty fireman at the city hall fire station, who resided across the street and he called the department when the alarm continued to sound. When firemen arrived, the water was pouring from the outlets, having already started a mad rush down a nearby stairway to the floors below. Members of the janitorial force were called to the scene.
  • In 1963, an intensified campaign for construction of the Southern Tier Expressway was launched by representatives of three southwestern New York counties at a conference in Salamanca. In a three-hour session at the Hotel Dudley, representatives of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties agreed to form a Western Division of the Route 17 Association to spearhead a drive to enlist public support for action on the highway project. Enlistment of the cooperation of city, town and village officials and civic groups throughout southwestern New York was a “grass roots” campaign to inform state and federal officials of the vital need for a modern, high-speed, limited access highway to serve their area was assigned a high priority.
  • Negotiations had been completed for extensive modernization of new quarters for Jamestown Savings and Loan Association at East Fourth and Spring streets, formerly the Nu-Way Supermarket. Bids were being sought for the work, which had not been estimated and construction was expected to begin by Oct. 1. The opening date had been set for April 15, 1964. Exterior features would include a night depository, a drive-up unit, a walk-up window and off-street parking, accommodating at least 30 cars.
  • In 1988, the last time summer was this hot Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Mickey Mantle was playing in Yankee Stadium. Radio was in, Elvis Presley was becoming famous and cars had fins. The current period was one of the hottest summers in 50 years, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo. In the summer of 1955, the average temperature was 72.2 in June, July and August. Summer 1988 so far was actually the hottest since the summer of 1949, which had an average temperature for those three months of 72.7 degrees.
  • Enzo Ferrari, Italy’s greatest sports car builder and racing pioneer, died at his home in Modena, his auto company announced this day. He was 90. In a statement, the company said, “Enzo Ferrari serenely ended his earthly life Sunday, Aug. 14.” The founder and chairman of the company bearing his name that made luxury sports cars and renowned Formula One race cars once dreamed of becoming an opera star or a sportswriter.

But his first love was race cars and his drivers whipped the prancing black horse on his bright red race cars to victory on every major track in the world. World Champions like Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina, Phil Hill of the United States, John Surtees of Britain, Niki Lauda of Austria and Jody Scheckter of South Africa, drove his racers to nine world titles in Formula One beginning in 1952.