In Years Past

In 1913, Mrs. Valley Molnof of Derry, Pa., saved her life by using a washboard as a shield against bullets fired at her by her husband. Six bullets were imbedded in the washboard. After Molnof had fired all of the cartridges in his revolver, his son, George, 17, fired several shots at him and Mrs. Molnof beat her husband with the washboard. Molnof was angry because his wife had him arrested on a charge of non-support. He was being held for felonious shooting.

A delegation of neighbors of John J. Wilson of Broadhead Avenue in Jamestown visited police headquarters Saturday night and asked that a policeman be assigned to duty to guard Wilson. Wilson’s wife, on Labor Day, at the corner of Main and Second streets, fired a .32 caliber revolver at him. The bullet pierced his coat and shirt but did not scratch the skin. Mrs. Wilson had furnished bond and had been released from custody. Her husband feared she would repeat her attempt on his life or at least his relatives and friends expressed such a fear. The past Thursday, his brothers said they called at police headquarters and asked the officer in charge that a policeman be stationed at his home. The request was at that time refused.

In 1938, construction work on the Nazareth Road in the town of Clymer would not be interrupted it was decided by the highway committee of the board of supervisors at a meeting in Dunkirk this day. Efforts to halt this work and to force a change in the route as approved by the town, county and state authorities, were being made by E.L. Caflisch, resident of Clymer and former member of the board of supervisors. Caflisch had charged that if any road was to be improved it should take a straighter and more level route. He was circulating petitions demanding a change in the route for one that he had laid out.

Jamestown was to receive another visit from soldiers of the United States Army the following Monday, when four officers and about 100 enlisted men of the 18th infantry would stop for the night en route with a convoy of 28 army trucks from Camp Perry, near Sandusky, Ohio, to their home stations at Fort Hamilton, one of the defenses of New York harbor. They had been on duty at Camp Perry for several weeks in connection with the national rifle matches. The soldiers were to arrive late in the afternoon, take supper at the armory and remain there overnight.

In 1988, at about 8:25 a.m. they lined the sidewalks, where they could have been gearing up for a rally or a rock concert. Carol, a first-grader and her sister, Twyla, a kindergartner, two of the first in line, had been standing for more than an hour, having arrived just past 7 a.m. After an extra day of vacation because of the school district reorganization, it was the first day of school in Jamestown. And when the doors opened at 8:30, the group came streaming in to Lincoln School.

Jamestown area residents generally preferred smaller, front-wheel-drive vehicles because of the need for winter travel, according to local new car dealers, in spite of the fact that statistics released this day showed bigger cars were safer. While a bigger car was not necessarily better it was definitely safer, according to a study done by the Highway Loss Data Institute, an insurance industry research group. However, such national statistics seemed to have little effect on car buying trends among local drivers. “We don’t even get any calls for large cars,” Jerry Swanson, owner of Lake County Dodge told The Post-Journal. “The last full-size car I had in stock, I sold to a dealer upstate because I couldn’t find anybody in Jamestown who was interested in it.”