In Years Past

In 1913, the Warren Mirror said: “An engine and boiler, intact, was unearthed recently, about 150 feet above the mouth of the Brokenstraw Creek in the Allegheny River, near Irvineton and which was surrounded with considerable mystery, which seemed to baffle possible solution, even by the old residents in that section. According to the plates which were of copper and stamped in raised letters, the outfit was made by the Washington Iron Works, Newburgh, N.Y. The year stamped on both parts of the fins was given as 1864. The discovery of the boiler and engine had furnished an interesting topic for conversation among the old-timers of that quiet little village. The question was how it came to find a watery grave near the mouth of the Brokenstraw.”

Arvid N. Lundquist, a well-known Jamestown merchant, was seriously injured while on his way to Randolph with the degree staff of Chautauqua circle, P.H.C. The Jamestown party was in two trucks, those of the Ames Transfer Co. and the Gage Furniture Co. A little below Kennedy the Gage truck attempted to pass the Ames truck, the latter turning toward the ditch to allow the other truck to pass. Lundquist thought the truck was going over and accordingly jumped out. The truck did not go over and Lundquist suffered a bad compound fracture of the left leg and dislocation of his ankle.

In 1938, fighting had broken out in the Sudeten area and envoys were advising Americans to leave Europe. Efforts to solve the dispute waned as Sudeten Nazis abandoned all negotiations. Fighting between Czechoslovak gendarmes and Sudeten Germans armed with machine guns, rifles and hand grenades at various towns in the Sudeten region near the German frontier resulted in at least 40 deaths. Britain’s King George prepared to return to London from Balmoral, Scotland, because of the international crisis while the British cabinet met in its second emergency session in three days. The French government was reported in informed quarters to have completed plans for speedy mobilization of 2,000,000 more men or eight classes or army reserves, in case a new grave turn in the situation made it necessary.

Coming close on the heels of Monday night’s deluge, when 1.7 inches of rain fell in a three-hour period in the area, had come another heavy rainfall on this morning. There was a steady downpour beginning at 8:30 a.m. During the period of precipitation 1.2 inches of rain fell, according to measurements made at the official weather bureau at city hall. Thus, Jamestown had had a rainfall of 2.9 inches in the past three days. The weather man was predicting yet more showers and cooler temperatures for the following day.

In 1963, a preview of winter hit the area overnight as temperatures plunged below freezing and were accompanied by a heavy frost. The cold air from Canada resulted in an overnight low in Jamestown of 34 degrees. Other area lows were: Frewsburg, 26 degrees; Falconer, 32 degrees and Blockville, 32 degrees.

Salamanca police recovered a 1962 model convertible at 5:20 a.m. which had been reported stolen at 1:30 a.m. from Buffalo. Apprehended and brought in for questioning were two 14-year-old male occupants. Salamanca police had been alerted by a citizen that the car had “suspiciously young kids driving it around the Erie-Lackawanna parking yards.” Investigation showed it to be a car reported stolen from Paula J. Vogt, Dunkirk. The auto was used by her in her duties with a catering service and had been parked under a street light near a restaurant in Buffalo where she was working. “I think it was very daring of them,” she said, “to have taken the car from that place.” She said the car had contained some packages of plastic cups and they had been opened and used for drinking. The food which the car had contained had evidently been used “for a picnic,” she said.

In 1988, the happy, 12-foot caterpillar on the lawn of the Steven King family on Route 83, Cherry Creek, was no doubt rejoicing because he was created as a result of a brainstorm. Steven King Jr., and his father were going to have the rocks on their lawn hauled away but they decided it would be just as cheap to design an eye-catching decoration. The rocks in the caterpillar’s body were painted bright green with yellow stripes.

The planned acquisition of Blackstone Corp. of Jamestown by Mark IV Industries of West Amherst, near Buffalo, was viewed by Blackstone President Ivor J. Evans as a positive move. Mark IV planned to acquire Blackstone as part of its acquisition of the parent company, Armtek Corp. of New Haven, Conn., and its various subsidiaries. Armtek acquired Blackstone in March 1985. As an Armtek subsidiary, Blackstone personnel developed plans for constructing a $5 million research center to test heating systems for cars and trucks. The center, commonly referred to as a wind tunnel, had been funded in part by a $4 million state grant announced over the summer by Gov. Mario Cuomo.