In Years Past

In 1913, another case developed Saturday afternoon in which rabies was suspected in Jamestown and a child, the son of C. E. Peterson of Fairview Avenue, was bitten by a dog which had since been killed. In this latter case, however, it was not believed that the dog was rabid but to be certain, the head had been sent to Ithaca for examination. The other dog, believed to have been mad, followed a delivery wagon into the city on Baker Street. The driver of the wagon became alarmed at the actions of the animal and called for assistance. C. J. L. Sundberg shot and killed the dog. The shot damaged the head so badly that it could not be sent away for examination. This dog had a collar, marked from Erie County, Pa. It was a shepard dog, three-quarters grown.

Cleo Gray, the 14-year-old girl who mysteriously disappeared from her home on Camp Street in Jamestown and whose disappearance caused so much uneasiness that her parents asked the police to locate her, had been found. She was arrested in Buffalo by Detective George Harrison and brought to Jamestown. She was charged with petit larceny. Prior to her departure, the girl was employed at the home of Joseph Illig. After her departure, Mrs. Illig missed jewelry and money and a warrant was procured for the girl’s arrest. When arraigned in police court the girl made restitution, pleaded guilty to the charge and was released under a suspended sentence.

In 1938, in a setting resplendent with its smooth, sheeny stretch of greensward, basked by a new floodlight system’s yellow and brightsome glow, dotted with a myriad of school colors flung on pennants and sleevebands and bedecking hundreds of bright scholastic faces; amid the blare of school bands, the songs and cheers of rival student bodies and the sometimes raucous shouts of the rooters, Jamestown High School would open its new $40,000 athletic stadium for the great American pastime of football. With pre-game indications pointing to a capacity turnout of perhaps 6,000 or more, of whom exactly 5,189 could be seated, interest in the game itself was commensurate with the enthusiasm manifest in the formal undraping of a truly handsome playstead.

Winter’s advance guard marched on upstate New York this day, bringing freezing temperatures in widely scattered areas, light snow in the Adirondacks and indirectly, death to two Troy policemen. The policemen were found, unconscious, in their prowl car, the motor running. Chief John B. Conroy attributed their deaths to fumes from the motor. The windows of the machine were closed, apparently to shut out the cold, he said.

In 1963, tons of hot ashes were sifted through as volunteer firemen searched in vain for the remains of a body after an empty two-story frame dwelling on the Cruell Road in Kiantone was leveled by a fire of undetermined origin. The fire was discovered by a Mr. Roberts when he saw flames from his nearby home. When more than a score of Kiantone volunteer firemen reached the scene they found the place engulfed in flames, from the ground up. Later, fire officials learned Richard Grimes, of Panama, had seen a man asleep on a davenport in the front room when he visited the place Saturday night. Grimes had learned the place was for sale. He said: “I went there to look it over, but when I saw the man asleep on the davenport as I looked in the front window, I did not bother him.”

Baseball was just a sport, the law said, but sometimes it added up to pretty good money, too. Each winning Dodger might take home about $12,900 and each losing Yankee could console himself with about $8,100 from the World Series player pot. Both would be records. The clubs were not permitted to announce how they sliced the melon but both were expected to be generous. The player pool of $1,017,546.43 was a record, bypassing the old mark of $893,301.40 for the Dodger-Chicago White Sox series in 1959.

In 1988, the middle lane on Foote Avenue in Jamestown was a left-turn lane, not a median, according to Sgt. Donald Piazza of the Jamestown Police Department. Foote Avenue was five lanes wide and the center lane was a different color than the other four lanes and it was slightly raised, giving drivers the impression that it was a median and not a traffic lane, Piazza said. He said drivers making left turns were supposed to merge into the center lane, then turn from there. Drivers were not supposed to make left turns from any of the four traffic lanes. The center lane was not to be used for overtaking and passing other vehicles or for travel beyond the point of making a left turn.

A long-established but relatively little-known Jamestown business was occupying new headquarters in the city’s Empire State Building at 315 N. Main St. Open house was held Thursday at the location of the MRC Bearing Services to introduce the community and its customers to its new facility. The newly renovated location housed the organization’s customer service, supply planning, marketing and engineering functions under one roof to streamline services to bearings distributors.