In Years Past

  • In 1913, fire destroyed the plant of the Frewsburg Canning Company at Frewsburg the past night, wiping out one of the big industries of the village and section. Damage was variously estimated at from $17,000 to $23,000. The factory was located on the tracks of the D.A.V.&P. railroad, some distance to the west and north of the business section of the village and quite remote from dwellings, so the fire was not discovered until too late to render any efficient aid in saving parts of the plant. The village was without fire protection of any kind and so all the helpless owners of the plant could do was to stand by and see the buildings burn to the ground with all their contents.
  • Maintaining until the end that he was the victim of a political plot, fighting until the eleventh hour to continue his grasp upon the governorship of the state of New York, William Sulzer, in spite of his removal from office by the high court of impeachment, by a vote of 43 to 12, continued to believe that his conviction was accomplished without proper authority and in opposition to the will of the majority of the people of the state. Mr. Sulzer believed that “the well settled rules of evidence were thrown to the wind” in his trial and that “a horse thief in frontier days would have received a squarer deal.”
  • In 1938, three Buffalo men were arrested on charges of possessing a revolver and a blackjack when two patrolmen in a police prowl car were attracted by the suspicious appearance of the trio sitting in a parked car on Third Street near Lafayette Street in Jamestown the previous morning. After the trio had been taken to police headquarters, a call to the Buffalo police department revealed that the car in which they were seated had been stolen at Buffalo early Thursday evening.
  • Organized telegraph messenger boys in New York issued a strike threat this day in response to a request of their employers that they be exempted from a 25 cents an hour minimum of the federal wage-hour bill effective Monday. Application of Western Union and Postal Telegraph companies for exemption of the messengers was taken under advisement by Dr. William Leiserson, department of labor mediator. At the same time, attorneys for the union characterized working conditions of the messengers as “the worst sweatshop in the north.”
  • In 1963, Gustaf A. Lawson, 11 Lakeview Ave., Jamestown, had been knighted by King Gustav Adolf of Sweden for his outstanding contributions to preservation of Swedish-American culture and traditions. He would be decorated by Swedish Ambassador Gunnar Jarring acting for the King at a special luncheon at the Royal Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C., Nov. 5. The decoration was known as the Order of Knighthood of the First Class, Royal Order of Vasa. Mr. Lawson was vice president and chairman of the board of directors of Blackstone Corp.
  • At Westbury, N.Y. a retired woolen merchant who hit the twin double for $1,683.50 on a $2 bet, died of a heart attack as he was about to cash the ticket. Harry Levine, about 75, of Brooklyn, won the parlay – picking the winners of the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth races. Levine had handed the clerk the winning ticket and was providing the tax information required of all winners of over $600 when he slumped over. The ticket, still unpaid, was being held by police for Levine’s relatives.
  • In 1988, as the sky cleared and the sunshine blazed, the Swedish flag on the Jamestown Community College flagpole signified the opening of the recent special dedication service in the Chautauqua Room of the Hultquist Learning Center. The culmination of the two-year effort was realized as members and friends of the American Scandinavian Heritage Foundation assembled for commemorative speeches and the unveiling of the Union National breakfront and the treasured Scandinavian artifacts. Many of the items had been contributed by community families and visiting dignitaries.
  • Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young brought the New York State School Boards Convention’s theme, global education, back home the previous day in Buffalo. The former ambassador to the United Nations suggested that American schools owed their strength to their racial and ethnic diversity, its ability to be a microcosm of the world. “America is the world in miniature,” Young told more than 500 school board members. “That is not true,” he said, “in every nation.”