In Years Past

In 1913, in front of the Ahlstrom Piano factory on East Second Street in Jamestown, was the scene of an accident which came so close to causing the death of little Verna, the 7-year-old daughter of Mrs. Ewing, that bystanders who saw the affair could hardly believe it possible when the child was found to be practically uninjured. The child was on the sidewalk watching a funeral procession go by. Suddenly, she decided to cross the street and ran from the curb. Just at that moment an auto driven by Charles Swanson, the contractor, came up the other side of the street. The child and the automobile came together without either having time to stop or turn aside. The child was knocked to the pavement and the machine appeared to have run over her. Several rushed out to pick her up and to their surprise, she scrambled to her feet, screaming wildly. It was found that the heavy machine had passed over her without touching her. Swanson, however, was almost overcome by the accident.

The members of the International Baseball commission who were going into session in Philadelphia to arrange details for the world’s series stated they did not expect to announce any innovations for the big games. If any were presented, they said, they would be considered. Monday, Oct. 6 was expected to be the date of the opening game and the commission would decide whether the first contest would be at Philadelphia or New York. One question which might call for exhaustive deliberation was the matter of distribution of tickets. So little trouble was experienced with the Brooklyn-New York series the past year, it was probable they would adopt the same methods. Other things for the commission to decide were the selection of four umpires and the official scorers.

In 1938, daylight savings time would end at 1 a.m. this day in many eastern places. Clocks would go back one hour. About 30 million persons in 17 states had been under the saving system over the summer -throughout New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware and in 748 communities in 11 other eastern states. About 145 million persons in North America and Europe used it as well as 30 million in Canada. In Great Britain, France, Belgium, Holland and Portugal, daylight time continued until the first of October.

The quota for the Chautauqua County chapter of the American Red Cross, for relief of flood and hurricane sufferers in New England and New York state would be $1,000, according to Norman H. Davis, national chairman, in a telegram to Ernest D. Leet of Jamestown. The telegram to Leet said, in part: “The Red Cross has taken charge of the relief work for disaster sufferers throughout the flood and hurricane stricken areas in New England and New York state. Forty thousand men, woman and children are completely dependent on the Red Cross for temporary food, clothing, shelter and medical care …Your chapter quota is $1,000. Please urge the people in your community to make prompt and generous contributions. Suggest you give immediate notification of this appeal to the press, radio stations, clergy, chambers of commerce and other groups which can aid you in reaching your quota as speedily as possible.”

In 1963, a sprightly lady from Sinclairville with a lively sense of humor and a keen enjoyment of music was receiving felicitations from a host of relatives and friends. She was Maude Mellor and the occasion was her 93rd birthday. At this age, Mellor maintained her own small apartment in Sinclairville and did her own housework and much of her shopping. She was born Sept. 25, 1870, in Stockton, the daughter of Walter E. and Martha B. Tickner. She was a lifelong resident of Chautauqua County. She would be entertained on this evening at the home of a grandson, Robert W. Blackman and his family on Van Buren Street.

Fox hunters from the Eastern United States and Canada would gather in Little Valley this week for a combined Bench Show and Field Trials sponsored by the Western New York Fox Hunt Association. Over 150 entries had been received with about 50 percent from Canada, according to William A. Hart, field trial chairman and supervisor of the Town of Mansfield. The fox hounds would “be cast” Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 5 a.m. on the state lands in the Little Valley-Dublin area and would be run for five hours each day before “being taken up.” They would run for some 22 trophies, donated by many area merchants and friends. Meals for the hunters and spectators would be served by the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post at Little Valley.