In Years Past

In 1913, the gasoline launch, Madge, one of the speediest boats of the class owned in this end of Chautauqua Lake, burned to the water line when off Lakewood late Saturday afternoon. In the boat at the time was its owner, D. C. Allen of the Bouck-Allen Boat Co., and his wife. Both had narrow escapes from death both by fire and by drowning and Mr. Allen was so painfully burned about the face and hand that the services of a physician were needed. There was considerable mystery about how the boat caught fire. One report said that a back fire communicated to the gasoline tank, which exploded, enveloping the front of the boat. Another report stated that although a number of smaller boats were near the scene of the accident, no explosion was heard.

Caesar Fidelo of Olean was bound over to court without bail in Bradford, Pa. to answer to a charge of violating the white slave law. Fidelo, 30 years old, brought Mary Connelly of Port Allegany, 15 years old, to Bradford the past Friday evening, registering as man and wife at a Main Street hostelry, where the pair were later arrested and held on suspicion. Mrs. W. M. VanScoyt of Port Allegany, the girl’s mother, arrived and Fidelo was given a hearing. Fidelo was charged with having transported the Connelly girl for immoral purposes. The testimony indicated the seriousness of his predicament as the girl testified strongly against him. The Connelly girl testified that she was in Olean to see the carnival and met Fidelo.

In 1938, burns received at her home proved fatal to Mrs. Flora May Hullihen, 67, wife of Frank Hullihen, the previous night at Bradford, Pa. She died on her 67th birthday. Mrs. Hullihen was the mother of Saner C. Hullihen of Hazeltine Avenue, Jamestown. She had been in a critical condition since her admission to the hospital. Mrs. Hullihen had suffered a dizzy spell as she was lighting the gas stove in the kitchen of her home. A burning match in her hand dropped onto her clothing as she slumped into a chair, igniting her clothing. Becoming aware of the fire, she ran to the porch of her home. A daughter, Mrs. Jane Goodman, attempted to remove the burning clothing, receiving burns on her hands.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s traveling Marionette Moviettes, a group of puppet figures bearing perfect resemblance to the Hollywood stars in the film “Marie Antoinette” and enacting some of the featured scenes from the film synchronized with sound effects, actual voices of the original stars – all carried and shown on a special truck, would be in Jamestown on Saturday and arrangements had been made for free public showings at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Main and Third streets. At 11:30 the show would move to Brooklyn Square. Other shows would be held in front of Shea’s theater.

In 1988, the service levels of post offices throughout the area were being reviewed before any changes would be made to operating hours as of Sept. 10. A number of the offices had been on reduced hours since about mid-February as a money-saving measure, although the operations of many of the smaller facilities were not affected. Ronald E. Odle, division director of field operations, said, “We’re changing schedules. In some cases we’re going back to the former schedule. In others, we will make changes according to existing situations.” In Jamestown plans called for a return to day long service at the main post office while Station A on Foote Avenue was to continue operating on a reduced schedule.

The Cherry Creek Village Board’s decision to protect the community from potential liability claims in connection with drinking alcohol on village property appeared to be hurting the fire company’s fund-raising events, according to discussions at the previous night’s meeting. The issue had surfaced since the board adopted an open container law in July. “We aren’t trying to hurt the firemen,” commented Mayor Betty Milspaw. “We’re trying to take action that is in the best interest of the entire community.” The firemen were concerned about their annual Turkey Party because of the open container law. It was one of the major fund raisers for the department.