In Years Past

In 1913, Peter W. Langgard, who claimed he lived in Denmark, shot the whirlpool rapids of Niagara River in a motorboat the previous afternoon to gratify moving picture promoters. His trip through the rapids was beautifully made and was better than that made by Captain Larson in a similar craft. However, when Langgard reached the great whirlpool he was helpless as his engine had become disabled in the wild waters of the gorge. This made him a prisoner on the bosom of the great maelstrom and night settled over the rocky canyon as he drifted about. Two great searchlights were brought into play exposing him to the view of the crowds who had gathered on the banks. Firemen from Niagara Falls, Ont. rescued him and at about 8 p.m. he was helped ashore.

Unfavorable reports were again received from Little Valley where little Laura Buffum was ill from poison. A Little Valley dispatch to the Olean Herald said that Buffum, who was poisoned by arsenic, either accidentally or intentionally, was again at the point of death. For a week hopes of the child’s recovery had been held out. Dr. Hillsman said the girl’s condition was such that recovery might almost be considered beyond the range of possibilities.

In 1938, business continued to climb the past week and prepared to re-hire thousands of workers in expectation that improvement would go on. Outstanding in the past week’s record of industrial revival was General Motors’ announcement of plans for re-employing 35,000 workers and restoring salary cuts made the past winter. Chrysler and other motor manufacturers likewise attuned their manufacturing forces to rising schedules. The motor industry was joining hands with the building industry to give powerful support to the autumn recovery trend.

“Germany today is a nation terrorized,” Gerhart Seger, former member of the German Reichstag who was held in a concentration camp for six months, told members of the Jamestown Rotary Club in an address on Germany under Hitler at the weekly lunch meeting of the club at the Hotel Jamestown. In opening his address Seger asked his audience to keep in mind that he was not speaking against Germany but about Germany and later added the thought that “Germany is not Hitler and Hitler is not Germany.”

In 1963, a steady drop in New York state water supplies stirred uneasiness in official quarters as weather forecasts signaled the beginning of a fourth straight week without rain. State officials said the water situation had not reached a critical stage yet, but they kept a close watch on weather predictions. The Weather Bureau’s long range forecast for the period through the next five days indicated no major rainfall could be expected to erase the danger of forest fires and replenish declining water supplies.

School officials hoped that this day’s innovation for pledging allegiance to the flag at Jamestown High School would establish a tradition. At an assembly in the morning, the student body was introduced to the new plans for giving the Pledge of Allegiance prior to classes beginning each morning. Mead Anderson, high school principal, explained that one minute after the homeroom bell rings every morning, trumpeters, stationed at each stairway, would sound the call to colors and the students, in their respective rooms, would come to attention. A color guard would raise the flag on the pole located in front of the auditorium, while the students pledged allegiance to the flag.

In 1988, vocalist Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs, kicked into a song at the group’s concert Saturday night at Jamestown Community College. The Jamestown band recently celebrated their first gold record for In My Tribe and were waiting for it to go platinum. About 2,000 people attended the benefit concert.

Area winter recreation resorts were gearing up for snow and tourists and looking forward to a good season in spite of recent years of scanty snowfall. “In order to exist in the ski business you have to be a hopeless optimist,” said Jack Van Scoter, general manager of Cockaigne Ski Center, Cherry Creek. “Every year, the next season is going to be the best ever,” Van Scoter said with a laugh. “But this year the signs are for a strong winter.” Cockaigne employed about 300 people every year.