In Years Past

In 1913, after a fruitless and heartbreaking search which carried him all over the eastern part of the country and which lasted for more than two months, Capt. John Roth of the Rochester Fire Department succeeded in locating his 14-year-old son, William G. Roth, who disappeared from his home on Aug. 6 and for whom the police of the entire country had been searching. The lad was taken to his home in Rochester where a heartbroken mother awaited him. She had been under the care of a physician ever since the boy ran way to “become a farmer.” William G. Roth, who was a prepossessing youngster with bright blue eyes and a healthy tan, was found at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Waldeck in Olean this morning by Captain Roth and Chief of Police Lawler who were called there by Mrs. Waldeck.

John H. Wright, manager of the Home Telephone Company, had an exceedingly narrow escape from serious injury while driving his automobile on Main Street Wednesday evening in Jamestown. A runaway team collided with the automobile and smashed it very badly indeed, missing Wright by a few inches. The team was attached to one of the delivery rigs of Harris Brothers. The runaway started on East First Street. The horses galloped out First Street and headed across Main Street. Just then Wright, driving his auto, came along and the horses plunged headlong into the windshield. The horses were not hurt despite their experience in jumping into the automobile.

In 1938, the World Series of baseball passed away quietly the past evening at Yankee Stadium before 60,000 bored relations with Rufus Ruffing pitching and Bill Dickey catching. Please do not send flowers. The Yankees swept the World Series from the Chicago Cubs, winning the fourth and final game, 8-3. It was never a contest, from the time the Cubs’ infield blew up in the opening game at Chicago until the Yankees scored four runs off four pitchers in the eighth inning of the final game. The Cubs, facing a team that had won 24 of its last 27 World Series games, was a lightweight trying to stand up to a heavyweight. They could only take a few quick kicks at the Yankees’ shins before they got walloped.

The body of Adolph Ernest Carlson, 25, of Ashville, who leapt into the Chadakoin River near Levant on Friday morning because of an alleged unhappy love affair, was recovered Sunday morning by searchers of the Emergency unit of Henry Mosher Post, American Legion. Carlson was found in about 10 feet of water, about 400 feet east of the bridge upon which his hat, pocketbook and a note were found. After the search was ended, Falconer Legion officials announced that the emergency unit of the post was now prepared to respond to service in all emergency cases where it could be of assistance.

In 1963, a relentless sun beat down again this day on hundreds of firefighters praying for rain to help quench flames destroying acre on acre of New York state’s northern and western forests. The Weather Bureau offered no hope for drenching rain, at least for the next four days. Meanwhile, Gov. Rockefeller alerted National Guardsmen at Whitehall, near the south end of Lake Champlain, to be ready to join the battle on Adirondack mountains in the vicinity of Lakes George and Champlain, where the fires had been extremely stubborn. Statewide, at least 26 woodland fires were burning. High school boys were being dismissed from classes in some places to help rangers, firemen and other volunteers.

A seat belt was credited by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department with saving Nancy Coles, 21, of Buffalo, from serious injury in an accident which left her car resting on its top in a pasture. In a 1961 model station wagon owned by the Iroquois Gas Co., Buffalo, Coles was traveling south on Route 353, about 3 miles south of Little Valley. She said the wheels on the right side of the car got off the pavement and in trying to get back on the road, she lost control of the car. Although a city of Salamanca ambulance responded to the scene, Coles was uninjured and crawled through a window of the extensively damaged car unaided.

In 1988, for 10 years, New York state awarded thousands of college scholarships to its brightest high school students under a system some said cheated girls. In 1987, New York tried something new and ended up with allegations that schools were cheating each other. New York had gone back to cheating girls. “We’re stuck with it now,” said Manhattan Democrat Edward Sullivan, chairman of the state Assembly’s Higher Education Committee. “There’s nothing we can do.” New York’s scholarship system was the largest in the nation to be based on performance rather than financial need. Of the 1,000 winners of New York’s prestigious Empire State Scholarships, 72 percent went to male students. It turned out that New York was the only state basing scholarships solely on SAT scores which others have stopped requiring because of their bias toward males.

Gasoline prices nationwide dropped an average of nearly 1 cent per gallon during the past two weeks and more price drops could be expected, an industry analyst said. Results of the latest, twice-monthly survey of 12,000 gas stations for the period from Sept. 23 to Oct. 7 showed an average price for all grades, including taxes, of $1.0077 cents a gallon.