In Years Past

  • In 1913, Company E, 65th infantry, N.G.N.Y., of Jamestown, the only company in the regiment which was not located at Buffalo, left on the previous morning for Camp Peter C. Doyle on the shore of Lake Erie, about three miles from the village of Farnham in Erie County, N.Y. The camp would be a big affair, with all three of the infantry regiments of the Fourth brigade – Third, 65th and 74th – on duty. The Third Infantry consisted of separate companies scattered throughout western New York, with headquarters at Rochester.
  • The concert given in Calvary Baptist Church in Jamestown Friday evening under the auspices of the Utile Dulci Society was of the highest order of excellence. Regardless of the extreme temperature, every seat in the auditorium was filled before 8 o’clock while many stood throughout the evening. Banks of flowers were artistically arranged around the platform and choir railing.
  • In 1938, hot, sticky weather continued its grip on upstate New York with little prospect for immediate relief. The current heat wave, in its third day, continued to feature high humidity as well as record temperatures that clung stubbornly to the 90s. Four deaths, all in the western part of the state, had been attributed directly or indirectly to the heat. A severe storm at Buffalo the previous night produced a total of 173 lightning bolts striking the city over a 45-minute period.
  • Charles Swanson, veteran Jamestown building contractor, died suddenly the previous afternoon at his home in Tioga, Pa., aged 76 years. He was in Jamestown the last time three weeks ago for a visit to his sons, Curth and Melvin Swanson and was in failing health at that time but was able to walk. The body would be brought to Jamestown for funeral services at the former family resident, 349 Foote Avenue, now the Bowers Funeral Home. Mr. Swanson built the residence many years ago and it was his request that his funeral services beheld there. He was prominently identified with the building business in Jamestown for over 50 years. Many of the finer buildings of Jamestown were a tribute to his ingenious effort.
  • In 1963, misfortune struck for the second time in three days at the Chester Brooks home, Brown Hill Road, Chandlers Valley at 11 p.m. the previous day. A large, 30-stanchion barn containing a small quantity of hay and some farm machinery burned to the ground. On Wednesday, volunteer firemen, Boy Scouts, neighbors and friends conducted a five-hour search for Patty Brooks, 6, who became frightened after an explosion shook the home, shattering windows and damaging the kitchen. She was found asleep in the hayloft of the barn. No fire resulted from the explosion.
  • Fatally injured the previous night was Miss Donna Fenno of Corry, when the car in which she was a passenger veered from the highway five miles west of Youngsville, overturned and burned. Miss Fenno, 19, was trapped in the wreckage of the station wagon, which traveled a distance of 300 feet off the highway before coming to rest some seven feet below the guardrails along Route 6 in Pittsfield Township. The driver of the vehicle was Miss Juanita J. Gates, 19, also of Corry. Miss Gates received multiple injuries and was in a hysterical condition when taken to Corry Memorial Hospital. She was in fair condition this morning.
  • In 1988, George Bush, veteran of the Republican vineyards, would reach a long-sought moment of triumph this night, receiving the GOP presidential nomination from a convention still abuzz over his choice of young conservative Sen. Dan Quayle as his running mate. The vice president spoke repeatedly of Quayle’s youth in announcing the choice and early reactions included many comments on Quayle’s youthful good looks. But top Bush aides emphasized experience in remarks. Michael Dukakis, Democratic presidential nominee, suggested Bush “seemed to make a decision that placated the right wing of the Republican Party.”
  • Blowing your car horn at a horse and rider along the country roads to let them know you were coming was going to be illegal as of New Year’s Day in New York state. The legislation, signed Tuesday by Gov. Mario Cuomo, also established new rules of the road for equestrians, including a ban on riding a horse on a roadway from one-half hour after sunset until one hour before sunrise. The prohibition did not apply to horse drawn buggies or wagons.