In Years Past

In 1913, to get a vacation, Elmer Painter, rural mail carrier in Irwin, Pa., had taken his wife’s place in the household and she had assumed his work. Instead of sorting mail, Painter washed dishes, made the beds and swept the floor, while Mrs. Painter had forsaken her pots and pans and was traveling over her husband’s route. Mrs. Painter wanted a vacation as well and they agreed to trade jobs. She drove to the post office and began her sorting duties by 7 o’clock in the morning and started on her 35 mile jaunt over the country by 8 o’clock. Her route took her through the notorious “Shades of Death” where many murders had been committed. Mr. Painter, while not pretending to enjoy playing housewife said: “It isn’t as good as Atlantic City, maybe, but it’s a change.”

To escape an oncoming train Wm. Beardsley of Youngsville plunged from the bridge spanning the Brokenstraw Creek into the cold waters of the creek. He waded and swam ashore and was uninjured. He had wandered out on the bridge alone and the train had approached quite close before he was startled out of his Bacchanalian reverie. He first laid down on his stomach on the ends of the ties with his head facing the coming train. Peering from his position, he estimated how close the wheels of the engine were going to come to him. Evidently he did not like the outlook for, when the train was within a dozen yards, he rolled off into the Brokenstraw.

In 1938, the autumn usually provided the most points of interest both for terrestrial and celestial observations, according to Bert Hanson, member of the Jamestown Astronomers’ guild, a local astronomical authority. The guild maintained an observatory on Marlow Road, west of Willow Avenue, which was opened to the public, without charge on Monday and Friday evenings. Mr. Hanson stated that this and the following week were exceptionally favorable for observation.

Efforts to locate the body of Franklin A. Washburg, 30, of Chautauqua Avenue, who allegedly jumped into the Chadakoin River at the Institute Street bridge early Tuesday night, were relaxed this afternoon after city firemen had completed another combing search of the river bottom all the way from Institute Street to the Dahlstrom dam. Once more the water coming from Chautauqua Lake was held back by the Warner dam, permitting the river level to fall several feet in the stretch of channel east of the dam. The Wilson dam was also closed after the water had reached low level so that not a trickle went over the brink. As a result, the stream bed was almost bared but a thorough search revealed exactly nothing.

In 1963, one man was fatally injured, his companion was seriously injured and a third motorist escaped unhurt in two separate automobile accidents within a mile of each other shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday on the Falconer-Frewsburg Road. Both cars went over the embankment. It was the county’s 14th highway fatality of 1963. The victim was Marion Homer Callen, 56, of Guys Mills, Pa., who was a passenger in an eastbound car operated by Floyd Greathouse, 20, also of Guys Mills. The two were trapped in the car, which failed to stop at an intersection of the Falconer-Frewsburg Road as it was traveling east on Willard Street Extension. State Police and volunteer firemen under the direction of Chief Frank Waddington worked more than 30 minutes before they freed the Pennsylvanians from the wreckage. A few minutes after the first accident, the second mishap took place at the intersection of Buffalo Street Extension at Falconer-Frewsburg Road. A car operated by Richard J. Gibbons of Marblehead, Mass., spun around, skidded off the road and went down an embankment. The driver was not injured.

Drawing numbered slips from an old brown felt hat, the Seneca Indians, who would be displaced by the reservoir waters of the Kinzua Dam, determined at their “longhouse” at Quaker Bridge, the order in which they would choose their new home sites in the Quaker Bridge-Steamburg resettlement area. This drawing was the first of two which would be held to settle the question of the order in which the new home properties would be allocated. The second drawing would be for those who desired to locate in the Quaker Bridge area. The drawing this day was for those who preferred the Jimersontown resettlement area.

In 1988, a hijacker who wanted a pilot to crash a jetliner carrying more than 100 people into a government building was wounded and captured after he shot four crew members, killing one, officials in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, said. Security forces shot Raimundo Conceicao as he walked toward a getaway plane with the pilot of the passenger jet, a Boeing 737 from Brazil’s VASP airlines. Conceicao turned and shot the pilot wounding him in the leg, officials said, describing the 28-year-old as a “psychopath.” Conceicao was in critical condition while the wounded pilot, Fernando Murillo Silva, and the flight engineer were in stable condition. Officials said Conceicao killed co-pilot Salvadore Evangelista, earlier.

A Jamestown police officer was listed in satisfactory condition in WCA Hospital where she was undergoing treatment for stab wounds, according to a hospital spokeswoman. A youth charged with the stabbing was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit of WCA after being shot by the wounded officer. According to the Jamestown Police Department, Officer Cindy Miller, 31, a three-year veteran of the force, was investigating an unexplained injury to a 15 year old youth. She stopped to help the boy and took him home. Police said Ms. Miller was talking with the youth’s mother in front of the family home when he ran from the house carrying a kitchen knife and stabbed the officer.