In Years Past

In 1913, Cy Palmer, an actor, who gave his residence as Jamestown, was in a padded cell in the Berrien County, Michigan jail, having tried the previous night to end his life by jumping off the deck of the steamer Holland. Palmer’s mental condition in the night was grave. On this day he was more comfortable. Palmer attempted to jump three times. Passengers and members of the boat crew prevented him from hurling himself into the lake. After his third attempt he was placed in custody by the boat officers and put in the hold of the boat. He was about 40 years of age, was well dressed and had a small amount of money with him.

A young man killed by the Erie freight train near Kennedy late Monday afternoon was not identified this forenoon, although Coroner Storms had received word of a man missing from the Wade farm at Ellington, which fitted the description of the dead man and seemed likely to prove to be him. Bert Wade of the Wade farm telephoned to Coroner Storms that one of his hired men left there for Jamestown Monday morning and did not return that night. Wade would visit the undertaking establishment of D.A. Danielson at Kennedy where the remains were taken and attempt to identify the body some time this day.

In 1938, plans for straightening the Chadakoin River in and near the city of Jamestown with the view of alleviating high water conditions at certain seasons of the year had been under preparation within the department of public works for the last two weeks according to Director Leland L. Graham. Graham said that maps of the river’s course and contiguous area were almost completed. This work was essential before a project could be prepared which would yield a uniform river channel. County highway department officials had informed Graham that they would be glad to cooperate in any program which would relieve flood conditions in the city or nearby.

Jamestown police issued a warning to merchants “or anyone else who might find his hands on a $5 bill,” when a counterfeit note of that denomination was picked up at a local bank this morning. Although there had been no recent reports of counterfeit bills in circulation hereabouts, it was quite possible that when one such bill was found there had been others circulated, police explained. The bill found was not an exceptionally fine counterfeit but was good enough to fool many people unless they compared it with a genuine bill. The face of the note was especially bad, the picture of Lincoln in the middle being entirely too black and indistinct.

In 1963, remaining concrete work for the $2 million Washington Street Bridge was expected to be finished soon and the span should be completed by the latter part of September, state engineers said. Additional work on the bridge included pouring of sidewalks, blacktopping installation of hand rails and painting. Erection of hand rails should be completed by the end of the month and the blacktop finish should be done by mid-September.

Foreign newspapermen on their way to study at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minn., would visit Jamestown again this year as hosts of the Jamestown Junior Chamber of Commerce. The group of 15 from as many different countries and their five escorts would arrive in Jamestown Labor Day night. They would stay in homes in the city and take part in the Jaycee’s dinner in the Hotel Jamestown. The newspapermen were spending a year in this country. They made up the third group of journalists to be brought to the U.S. by Harry Morgan, husband of the former Catherine Johnston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard A. Johnston of Lakeview Avenue.

In 1988, a replica of the Vietnam Memorial wall would be erected the following week at the lighthouse grounds in Dunkirk. The replica wall was 6 feet high and 250 feet long and featured a black marble plaque with a Plexiglas covering. It carried the names of more than 58,000 American service men and women who died in the Vietnam War. Thirty-nine were from Chautauqua County.

Republican presidential nominee George Bush and his running mate, Sen. J. Danforth Quayle, might be heading to Erie, Pa., to boost their bid for the Oval Office, according to Rep. William Clinger, R-Warren. “He’s (Bush) no stranger to northwest Pa. The chances are excellent he’ll be in State College and a very good chance for Erie,” Clinger, who was at the Republican convention in New Orleans, told The Post-Journal. When asked about the chances of Quayle visiting the Keystone state, Clinger seemed optimistic. “I think that’s a very good possibility. He comes from a Rust Belt state and so he would be able to talk to the people,” Clinger said.