In Years Past

In 1913, after having been imprisoned for 48 hours in one of the huge boilers that would be used in heating the Central Hudson station in Utica, now in course of construction, Dominick Gaetano was released and was in a state of collapse from his terrible experience. Gaetano was imprisoned accidentally Monday afternoon and the fact that he survived was due to a supply of fresh air that reached him through a pipe that connected the boiler in which he was held to another boiler that had not been closed. He had been sent into the boiler with orders to give it a thorough cleaning. While he was in there another laborer came along and clamped the cover on the hole, imprisoning Gaetano. The man’s cries for help were heard and he was released and taken to the hospital. He inquired anxiously if election day had passed and when informed he had lost his vote he was keenly disappointed.

In a street car accident which seemed to be due entirely to the slippery condition of the rail caused by frost, William T. Carlyle, a conductor on the Jamestown Street Railroad line was killed at Lakewood. Carlyle was conductor in charge of the regular Lakewood car. The trolley of his car jumped the wire when the car had just entered the double track a few feet east of the Lakewood station and came to a stop near the corner of Ohio Avenue. Following the Lakewood car was the Chautauqua traction car. Carlyle jumped out just before his car came to a stop and walked around behind his car and started to put the trolley back on the wire. He was then hit in the back by the coming traction car and caught between the buffer of the big car and the rear end of his own car.

In 1938, renewing their grid rivalry after a lapse of 15 years, undefeated Bradford, Pa. High School smashed Jamestown, 41-19 before a record crowd of 6,500 fans at the Jamestown High School stadium. The smartly coached Pflugmen scored in every quarter and after the first period it was evident that the Bradford “steamroller” could not be stopped. A smooth clicking offense with alert blocking and evasive open field running were thrown at the local warriors who fought back every inch of the way, rattling off a pair of their three touchdowns in the final stanza. A series of fisticuffing among fans kept things lively for local police who were sent scurrying to all parts of the field.

Candidates throughout the nation pressed toward a thunderous climax to the most intense and vote rousing off-year election campaign in national history. The great popular interest, reflected in predictions of an unprecedented ballot total spurred Republican and Democratic leaders in their efforts to turn the tides of victory in scores of apparently close races. President Roosevelt brought the national campaign of the Democrats to its peak on Friday night by broadcasting an appeal for continued “liberal government.” Former President Hoover and National Chairman John Hamilton, would speak for the Republicans.

In 1963, an almost solid Democratic administration would take over at Jamestown City Hall on Jan. 1, led by Frederick H. Dunn, a retired Internal Revenue Service employee. Dunn, who during the waning days of the campaign expressed doubts about his chances, was the happy victor in the 3-way mayoralty race which saw the Republican Party suffer stunning defeat. Republican candidates on the city ticket were toppled like ten pins in the first openly partisan election in Jamestown in 36 years. Dunn’s margin of victory over the second place Council President Jess J. Present, the Republican candidate, was an unofficial 521 votes. Third place Mayor William D. Whitehead, running alone under the Taxpayers Party banner, was never in contention.

In spite of landslide victories scored by Democrats in Jamestown and Dunkirk city elections, Republican dominance in the government of Chautauqua County was unshaken by the outcome of voting. Contests for places on the 37-member Board of Supervisors resulted in the elections of only four new members leaving the present distribution of power between the two parties unchanged at 24 Republicans and 13 Democrats.