In Years Past

In 1913, at midnight Thursday night the old Jamestown, Chautauqua & Lake Erie road became the property of A.N. and S.B. Broadhead and would hereafter be known as the Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern railroad. This property included the large and small steamers of the Chautauqua Steamboat Company. Thus Broadhead had control of all the public transportation facilities on and around Chautauqua Lake.

Frank W. Cheney was known far and wide as the veteran and probably the most expert fisherman on Chautauqua Lake. He had not been in evidence much of late because he had been too busy to go fishing. He took a day off Thursday, however, just to see whether there were any muskellunge left in the lake. His experience convinced him that the supply was not wholly exhausted for during the day he caught 10 muskellunge. One weighted 18 pounds, another 16 pounds and another 15 pounds. The others were smaller but all were good-sized fish. “There’s fish in the lake if you know how to catch them,” said Cheney.

In 1938, application of the principle “that it doesn’t matter in the final analysis whether you win or lose as long as you play the game,” in life as well as on the college gridiron, was stressed by Jim Britt, Buffalo radio sports commentator, in an address before members of the Rotary Club at their lunch meeting at the Hotel Jamestown. Interspersing his remarks with humorous anecdotes taken from the college gridiron, the speaker brought out the fact that the defeat of Pittsburgh’s “wonder team” at the hands of Carnegie Tech on Saturday, was one of the nation’s biggest football upsets and would probably give inspiration to every college team in the country.

It might seem that Chautauqua Lake was level but take it from H.S. Rich, Hunt Road, contestant in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not contest, it was not. Rich submitted the interesting fact that no body of water was level, even such a small body of water as that in a dish pan and he won the daily award of two Shea’s theater tickets for his entry. In explaining and proving his assertion, Rich pointed out that no body of water could be absolutely level due to the curvature of the earth.

In 1963, mistaken for a turkey while hidden in heavy brush, Attorney Knowles Congdon, 55, of Randolph, was accidentally shot by his hunting partner at 7:30 a.m. the previous morning. It was the first hunting-season accident in Cattaraugus County. A patient in the WCA Hospital where more than 30 buckshot pellets were removed from the side of his face, back, arms, legs and left hand, his condition was fairly good. The accident, which occurred a quarter-mile off the east side of the Pine Hill Road, was still under investigation by Philip F. Trapani, Falconer State Police.

Phyllis C. Epstein, 63, of Sheffield, a partner in the Epstein Clothing Company of Sheffield and Warren, was fatally injured the previous night when her car figured in a collision with a truck at the intersection of Route 6 and Horton Avenue. The accident occurred during a rain storm. Police said that the woman stopped for a stop sign at the intersection and that she apparently did not see the truck approaching before proceeding through the intersection.

In 1988, the Southwestern Central High School Band brought home the big prize from a state competition in Syracuse on Sunday. The band placed first in the New York State Field Band Conference Competition for class A bands. Band director Stephen Bush said it was equivalentn to the state finals. “We did a great job,” he said. “The kids were really at the top of their performance yesterday. Everything just came along.” Bush said the performance was strong in every department. “The visual score was very high,” he said. But he was most pleased by the comments he heard about the band’s music. Judges were very complimentary, he said.

He roared, he screamed, he swore and he turned the Reilly Center stage into a bar room. It was the Morton Downey Jr., show live and lively from St. Bonaventure University. Controversial talk-show host, actor, singer andn political activist Morton Downey Jr. came to the campus to discuss the legalizationof drugs. His guest were a statistician, a lawyer and a retired New York City police officer.