In Years Past

In 1913, Erie, Pa. was under martial law. Clattering down State Street soon after dawn, two troops of the Pennsylvania constabulary under Capt. L.G. Adams, proved a welcome sight to the people of Erie who had witnessed a wild night of rioting in which one man was killed and the city seemed filled with fighting private detectives on one side and striking iron molders and their sympathizers on the other hand. The rioting began about midnight when striking molders and their friends became involved in street fights with strike breakers who were guarded by private detectives. From that hour until daybreak, the fighting continued in many localities.

Julia Fenner of Celoron was brought to Jamestown and locked up in the woman’s department at police headquarters pending her removal to Buffalo to serve a 63-day sentence in the Erie County penitentiary imposed by Justice Charles Melvin of Celoron. Fenner was arrested for beating her 11-year-old stepdaughter, Dorothy, and it was stated that the child’s back was covered with black and blue marks. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 63 days in the penitentiary. As the Celoron lockup was not suitable for the confinement of women, she was brought to Jamestown to spend the night.

In 1938, Claude L. Blanchard, 64, of Ashville, dropped dead about 9 p.m. the previous evening on Foote Avenue near Allen Street while walking with his daughter, Helen Blanchard, a student at the WCA Hospital School of Nursing. Coroner Samuel T. Bowers investigated and found death due to coronary thrombosis. According to the coroner, Mr. Blanchard had been visiting his daughter at the nurses’ home and was walking with her along Foote Avenue when stricken. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Richard A. Kinney. He was survived by his wife, three daughters and seven sons.

The opening of the Jolly Jailette Shows on Monday evening in the village of Lakewood, sponsored by the Lakewood Athletic Club, was attended by a good-sized crowd. The shows would continue each day and night through Saturday. There would be a feature attraction each day with this day being athletic day. On Wednesday, merchants’ day would be celebrated with children’s pet parade and prizes. Thursday would be Suburban Day; Friday, fraternal day and Saturday, firemen’s day.

In 1963, farmer Carl Frenz who lived near Little Valley, had an 11-year-old cow that he and his wife thought a great deal of. Bessie was a Holstein that had been producing about 12,000 pounds of milk a year and had been one of the star performers in Mr. Frenz’s 40-cow herd. Lately, Bessie, whose front teeth could not chomp the green pasture grasses so well and consequently had to have more and more supplement feedings, had been falling off in production. Vivian, Mr. Frenz’s wife, had taken a real interest in Bessie’s case since reading in farm journals about cows who had happier and more productive old age when they were fitted with false teeth, so she talked her husband into seeing if Dr. Richard Draudt, of Randolph, couldn’t do the same for Bessie. Bessie had a date with the vet in the next two months for a teeth-capping job that should see her snipping the grass with the best of the heard.

The auto industry made a major concession to the average motorist but the car owner would pay the bill. General Motors, followed in quick succession by Chrysler, Ford and American Motors, announced, effective Jan. 1, 1964, all their new cars would be equipped with seat belts. Studebaker started the trend with similar announcement the past March 1. The industry had been under growing pressure since the 1950s when Nash’s 1950 Rambler series offered seat belts.

In 1988, Jamestown residents would decide in November whether to allow clubs and organizations to legally run games of chance known as bell jars. City Council approved putting the question on the Nov. 8 ballot. The bell jar game was played by members of many local non-profit organizations already as a way to raise funds. It was played by purchasing a ticket with a combination of numbers or symbols. A winning ticket was determined if the numbers or symbols were in a particular combination or form.

Tullah Hanley of Bradford was contributing more than $1 million to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Pitt-Bradford’s $3.5 million library, which was completed in March, would be named the T. Edward and Tullah Hanley Library in honor of Mrs. Hanley and her late husband. The gift included a $200,000 trust fund established earlier, $60,000 donated in July for library books, about $75,000 in art work for the new building and $1 million additional in a living trust to be used primarily for scholarships and library, laboratory and gymnasium equipment.