In Years Past

  • In 1913, the lighting of a match near a gasoline tank in Little Valley the previous afternoon resulted in an explosion and the fatal burning of Mrs. William T. Mattoon, 50 years old, and Lester Linsley, 29 years old. Mrs. Matteson kept a general store and was the agent of the Standard Oil Co. Linsley worked for her. Yesterday when the company’s supply wagon came to refill the gasoline tank, Mrs. Mattoon asked someone to find out how much gasoline was on hand. A few seconds later the explosion occurred. No one seemed to know who lit the match. The store caught fire and was destroyed. Mrs. Mattoon was a widow and lived in the apartments over the store with her four children. None of them were at home when the explosion occurred. Her husband died four months ago.
  • The Willard Street line of the Jamestown Street railway would be formally opened for service at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon. On that occasion the last car would be run over the completed line and thereafter cars would be operated regularly in connection with the balance of the street railway system. This would be good news to residents who had been working for years to secure an extension of the line on this street, for it meant avoiding hereafter a long and tedious walk to reach the nearest line of Winsor Street. The line extended from Winsor Street to Willow Avenue, a small street extending from Willard Street to Buffalo Street and practically on the city line, a distance of approximately a mile from Winsor Street. This line would give many people an opportunity to view a section of the city that was seldom visited except by residents. Willard Street was very hilly and from the summit one could command a fine view of the city.
  • In 1938, hundreds of thousands of New York state children would bid goodbye the following week to happy vacation days as clanging school bells would break an 11-week silence to signalize the opening of a new school term. Opening dates varied in different localities but in most of the larger cities both public and parochial schools were scheduled to ring up the curtain on Tuesday or Wednesday. A few had deferred opening until Monday of the following week. In general, school officials predicted that enrollments would equal figures for the last term while a few forecast a “slight gain” in registrations.
  • On Wednesday afternoon the children on North Main Street in Clymer invited their mothers to their playhouse in Elmer Croscutt’s barn. The upstairs part of the barn was divided into kitchen, dining room, living room and bedroom. Twenty mothers attended and enjoyed the program, which consisted of singing, speech making and jokes followed by playing games by the children. Refreshments, cake, cookies, crackers and lemonade were served by the young hosts and hostesses.
  • In 1963, a violent storm, described by the Weather Bureau as an unconfirmed tornado, whirled along the outskirts of St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania the previous day, killing livestock, ripping off roofs and knocking house trailers and railroad cars about like toys. Despite the severity of the storm, Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital said only one person was injured badly enough to be admitted while eight or ten others were treated for minor injuries and released. State Police said the storm was believed to have originated near Ridgway, traveled northeast toward Johnsonburg, then turned southeast and skirted the business and residential sections of St. Mary’s before inflicting damage. Many Jamestown residents formerly resided in St. Mary’s and inquiries were checked for Jamestown and area residents who had friends and relatives living in the tornado-stricken area, by Jamestown Chapter, American Red Cross.
  • The fish kill in Chautauqua Lake outlet remained a mystery as Game Protector Donald Malmrose continued his investigation. Of the hundreds of fish found dead, floating in the water, on the banks and trapped in weeds, none of them included a muskellunge, Officer Malmrose stated. The game protector also said that the fish from appearance had been dead three or four days when discovered Monday morning. A number of the dead fish were gathered for examination but it would be difficult to determine the cause of their death because they were too far gone, due to decay and their cells had broken down.