In Years Past

In 1913, with the announcement that Francis Macmillen, the American violin virtuoso, was to tour the Unites States, his managers in New York had had many requests for his service. Among those who were first to apply was Edward Connelly, manager of Samuels Opera House in Jamestown. The result was that Mr. Macmillen had been obtained for a recital in this city. He would appear Friday, Oct. 17. Many in the city recalled how Mr. Macmillen came to Jamestown some six years previously, an unknown artist. Few who heard him then had forgotten the wonderful success of the evening and the deep impression Mr. Macmillen made.

John Maloney of Norton Avenue, Jamestown, was seriously injured while at work on the new Fairmount school Saturday morning. Mr. Maloney was a steam fitter and was working in the basement of the new school when a small section of the concrete floor above him gave way and fell on him. He sustained some fractured ribs and was taken to his home in the city ambulance. The falling of the concrete was due to the fact that a load of lumber was set on the concrete before it had thoroughly set.

In 1938, the body of William Peterson, 25, of Fenton Place in Jamestown, who drowned in the Chadakoin River Tuesday evening when he plunged into the stream to rescue Franklin A. Washburg, 30, of Chautauqua Avenue, who jumped into the river in an alleged suicide attempt, was recovered at 10:30 a.m. about 300 yards downstream from the Foote Avenue bridge in about two feet of water. The body of Washburg had not been recovered despite one of the most intensive combings the river bed had ever received. The search was marked by an unusually successful effort to lower the depth of the river. At 9 a.m. the Warner Dam was closed tight backing up the Chautauqua Lake outlet so effectively that only a sparse stream slipped over its brink.

An imitation gun fashioned out of soap lay in the office of Sheriff Nicholas Trenkle at Little Valley as evidence of a Dillinger-like jail break attempt that didn’t happen. With it reposed a piece of chain and a part of a spoon that had been fashioned into a key for a rear door in the jail house. County officials admitted they had two prisoners under close watch but had not questioned them particularly. The imitation gun, Turnkey Leroy Oakley said, was found in a cell occupied by Felix Puvel of Salamanca and Wally Tracher of Buffalo. Tracher was charged with robbery while Puvel was held on a charge of grand larceny, first degree, in the alleged theft of an automobile.

In 1988, actor Mike Farrell, a.k.a. B.J. Honeycut, loved us. In an appealing and emotional speech to about 300 people at Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theater Wednesday night, Farrell said, “We’re all capable of loving, capable of being loved and lovable. We’re all alone,” he went on. Each of us must face the fact that we are all human, we’re all scared. Everyone has the same fears, the same feelings of inadequacy.” But, he said, “We have to allow ourselves to know that’s OK and just because we are human we have an innate value and dignity.”

A new Allegheny Commuter plane of Chautauqua Airlines began service the previous day on the Jamestown to Pittsburgh route. The $7.5 million Saab 5340 turboprop could carry 34 passengers at a speed of 300 miles per hour. Showing off the new plane were Robert M. Laughlin, Chautauqua County attorney; Legislator Lance S. Spicer, R-Falconer, chairman of the Airport Commission; Joel Hall, president of the airlines; County Executive John A. Glenzer and Kenneth Brentley, airport manager.