In Years Past

In 1913, on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. the little three and a half-year-old daughter of John Eckert of Washington Street, was run over and seriously hurt by a bicycle. She had an injury to her head over the right eye. She was taken to the hospital for an operation Friday evening and was operated upon by Dr. Nichols. Dr. Perkins, the family physician and Dr. William Bemus, assisted in the operation. The operation was successful and the child was doing nicely. The bicycle was said to have been ridden by a boy named Carlson of Fluvanna who was on his way home from school. The accident was not seen by anyone but it was thought the little girl was playing on the curb.

Ten workmen engaged in excavating for a power house at the state hospital at North Warren were buried by a cave-in on Thursday. Three hours of hard labor were required to effect their release. The excavation had been going on for a month near the D.A.V.&P. tracks. The usual shoring had been put in but it was not properly supported and a passing train jarred the embankment loose. The supporting timbers folded over the workmen like the leaf of a book. The men were caught beneath the timbers, which rested on the bank opposite. Had it not been for this support, the men would doubtless have been crushed to death.

In 1938, speedy action by the Ellicott Town Board to prohibit hunting in the residential area of West Ellicott followed the near shooting by a hunter of Mrs. Ellen Anderson at her home at Woodworth and Hanford avenues the previous day. An ordinance prohibiting hunting in a defined area of West Ellicott was adopted at a special meeting of the board, called by Guy Saxton, Ellicott supervisor and chairman of the board, after the Anderson incident had been reported to him. Policing of the area was commenced at daylight this morning and hunters were being driven from the area with severe warnings with the threat that arrests might be made after this day.

With special invitations extended to the Chautauqua County Volunteer Fireman’s Association and Chautauqua Lake area council, Boy Scouts of America, the Armistice Day parade on Saturday evening, Nov. 12 under the auspices of Ira Lou Spring Post American Legion, promised to be one of the three or four largest parades ever held in Jamestown. Action was taken extending these invitations at a meeting of the general committee at the Governor Fenton mansion Tuesday evening.

In 1963, a program directed at obtaining cooperation of land owners in planting trees to control snow in problem areas was being undertaken jointly by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department and Traffic Safety Board. Sheriff Charles C. McCloskey Jr. explained that department records showed certain road sections were especially hazardous during snow storms or drifting conditions and contributed considerably to the number of personal injury and property damage accidents. Snow fences were a help in such areas but after the snow reached a certain depth the fences had little effect on the drifting rate. The sheriff explained steps would be taken to approach owners of land in the problem snow areas in efforts to gain their cooperation in planting trees to help control drifts.

Chautauqua County schools would help observe National School Lunch Week, Sunday through Saturday, Mrs. Mary Rix, president of the county school food service, announced. The schools would observe the week with special meals and a series of community, as well as school, displays publicizing the occasion. Some of the displays would picture sample school lunches and would also illustrate some of the principles of well balanced meals. “Nutrition is an important factor in the national fitness program,” according to Rix.

In 1988, Jamestown got gold in the form of a record and cassette from its band, 10,000 Maniacs, who gave the gift as a thank you to the city. The band’s most recent album, In My Tribe, went gold several months previously and was on its way to platinum, with most predicting a million sales by Christmas. “It’s great,” keyboardist Dennis Drew said after the ceremony where jokes and camera flashes popped. “I never did anything like this. I feel good that we can say thank you.”

Officials of the town of Poland would be meeting with county officials, zoning officers and representatives of a particle board company that was considering relocating to the town. The meeting, hopefully, would clear up public questions and concerns about the plant.