In Years Past

In 1913, a partial identification of the man whose remains were found early in the week in the woods near Sinclairville, was made by S.E. Leisher of Greenville, Pa., who came to Jamestown to investigate following the publication of the story of the finding of the body, published in the local and the Greenville papers. Leisher, after conferring with Coroner Illston, told him that he was very sure that the dead man was Henry Stoyer of New Hamburg, Pa., a small village near Greenville. Stoyer was a patent attorney and left home in May, ostensibly to go to Pittsburgh on business. He had not been seen or heard of by family or friends since. Stoyer was about 60 years old and wore a beard like that of the dead man. Leisher looked over the effects found with the body and would communicate further with the wife and family of the missing man.

Despite the unfavorable weather the ceremony of laying the cornerstone of the Norden Club building on East Second Street, was commenced according to schedule on this afternoon. The Norden Club was an organization composed of prominent Swedish citizens and the building which was being erected for a club house would be an imposing one when completed and an ornament to that section of the city.

In 1938, Ellen Anderson narrowly escaped death or serious injury on this afternoon at her home at Woodworth and Hanford avenues in West Ellicott when a hunter fired his shotgun near her home. The shot went through a window and tore a shade to shreds. Anderson was standing near the window at the time. The hunter and a companion escaped in an automobile before he could be apprehended. Neighbors in this thickly populated residential area of West Ellicott were aroused at hunters who had been shooting in the area. The area included the Glidden Avenue school of the Celoron school district with many children walking to and from school. Efforts to secure a no hunting regulation for the section were started this afternoon.

In area schools the bell for the first morning class was somewhat delayed on this morning when the attendance officer was swamped with boys who checked in after spending the previous morning enjoying the opening day of the hunting season. Those who were fortunate in bringing excuses from home on Friday stating that they would be absent Monday were given the usual white slip denoting legal absence. Others received the yellow slip notifying of a seventh period detention and illegal excuse.

In 1963, Dr. Harry Law, Cattaraugus County coroner, issued a certificate of “accidental death” in the case of Leo Gable, 63, highway superintendent of the Town of Perrysburg, whose body was found by his highway crew on the south side of Townline Road about 3:40 p.m. the previous afternoon. Gable and his crew were working at improving the road. They said that Dana Fluker, an employee, first noticed Gable lying by the side of the road and called for help. Investigation by the Sheriff’s Department showed that a 1958 Oshkosh dump truck driven by Frank Fluker, 64 of Perrysburg, had passed over the body as he took the truck to get another load of gravel. Fluker stated that he did not see Mr. Gable nor did he feel anything.

Chautauqua County’s 43 firefighting companies were ready to move in fast in any section of the county in event a fire should break out and be fanned by winds during the current dry spell. Raymond H. Hughes, Kiantone fire coordinator, had conferred with all county fire officials as well as with Fred Johnson, Jamestown district state forest ranger and other state conservation officials and workers. Hughes said every firefighting unit was ready for action at a moment’s notice. So far, all rural grass, brush and wood fires had been confined to a 1- 2-acre area without the loss of buildings or injury.

In 1988, area residents woke up to 35 to 40 mph winds along with heavy rains and lightning that caused a fire in Stockton, power outages in Westfield and Clymer and flooding in Bemus Point and Sherman. Lightning triggered a barn fire at the home of Mary Ellen Dorsett on the Bear Lake Road, according to a spokesman for the Stockton Fire Department. Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Buffalo reported wind gusts of up to 40 mph in some parts of Chautauqua County during the night. “A lot of people around the lake are going to wake up this morning and find their boats gone,” a sheriff’s deputy said.

Eastman Kodak Co.’s plan to open its first manufacturing plant in Japan was just another example of the company’s stepped-up effort in that country, analysts said. Kodak’s announcement came 10 days after Fuji held groundbreaking ceremonies for its first manufacturing plant in the United States. The Fuji plant would be located in Greenwood, S.C. “This is just a reflection of the increased competitiveness worldwide of major photographic companies,” said Mark Obernziner, a stock analyst for Wood, Gundy & Co., in New York.