In Years Past

In 1913, Mr. and Mrs. John Kofod were honor guests at a surprise party at their home, 234 Falconer St., Tuesday evening, the 45th anniversary of their marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Kofod were invited out to supper and on their return they found about 50 guests gathered to help them celebrate the anniversary. The arrangements were very quietly made and the honor guests were taken completely by surprise. The evening was spent in a thoroughly enjoyable way.

W.T. Kraft, a guest at the Portage Inn, Westfield, dropped dead in his room at about 11 p.m. Monday night of heart disease. Kraft had retired about an hour before, seemingly in good health. The clerk noticed the bell of Kraft’s room ringing and sent a boy to answer the call. Kraft was sitting at an open window when the boy arrived and told him to summon a doctor as he did not feel well. Before the physician arrived the man had passed away. Kraft was about 50 years old and lived in Buffalo. He had been traveling for the Manhattan Ribbon Company of New York for a number of years and was in town on a regular trip. His wife and son had arrived to have the body shipped to his home.

In 1938, Charles Anderson,72, of North Main Street, Jamestown, who suffered a severe skull fracture and concussion of the brain, when struck by Patrick Martino, 22, of Hazzard Street, in a discussion over a minor traffic accident early Thursday afternoon, was still in a coma at Jamestown General Hospital. Martino was transferred from the city jail to a cell at Mayville jail in the morning after charges of second and third degree assault had been formally lodged against him. He would remain in jail until the outcome of Mr. Anderson’s injuries had been determined.

A potent translation of Virginia military school life into one of the funniest comedies in several seasons was the bright boast of Brother Rat, the opening choice for the third season of the Little Theater of Jamestown, already in rehearsal over a week. The play from the pens of two cadets, John Monks, Jr. and Fred R. Finkelhoffe, immediately caught the Broadway fancy and enjoyed a long run. Jamestown was among the first outlying groups to receive rights of performance. The cadet story was entirely authentic in the contagious exuberance of youth with its pranks and problems, affording one of the breeziest comedies in the Jamestown repertory.

In 1963, record-breaking cold – below freezing nearly everywhere – painted a frosty coat across New York State this day, the second day of autumn. In at least three cities -Albany, Syracuse and Rochester – the overnight low temperatures were the lowest on record for so early in the season. The Weather Bureau predicted a rapid warm-up in western New York and east of Lake Ontario but said frost was likely again this night in most of the eastern half of the state.

Strict enforcement of a village curfew ordinance was ordered by Celoron Mayor Edward Keller at the regular village board meeting. Keller directed Patrolman Stephen Showers to take into custody any children 16 years of age or under who were found on village streets after 11 p.m. if they were not accompanied by a parent or guardian.

In 1988, a Cochranton, Pa., man was listed in critical condition at Hamot Medical Center in Erie after a five vehicle collision earlier in the day near Pittsfield, Pa. According to Warren-based state police, Harley Bontrager, 19, was traveling west on Route 6 around 7 a.m. when his car crossed the line for no apparent reason, hitting a semi truck traveling east, driven by Michael D. Rexroal, 32, of Kemp, Texas. The collision caused the semi to slide across the west lane, where it was hit by a car driven by Brett A. Tingwall, 29, of Warren. The truck was also hit by a pickup traveling east. The fifth vehicle, also a pickup, swerved to the berm to avoid hitting the car and was struck by pieces of debris flying off Bentrager’s car. Bentrager was the only one injured. His car was destroyed. All the other vehicles were moderately damaged.

Some changes in personnel staffing the Cattaraugus County Jail were anticipated as a result of the escape of an inmate Sept. 10 from the county jail. Sheriff Jerry Burrell told The Post-Journal he would spend the weekend evaluating the results of an internal investigation he had conducted into the circumstances which allowed the inmate to use a key to unlock an outside door and flee the jail.