In Years Past

In 1913, the pernicious habit of using the Erie railroad tracks as a shortcut by which the employees of various factories in Jamestown reached their work, resulted in another serious accident when Sebastiana Aliva, a young woman living at Foote Avenue, was struck by the outgoing Buffalo train just before 7 a.m the previous morning. She was so seriously injured that her recovery was not expected. It was Aliva’s second day at work at the Thomas Henry Smith cotton mill and she was hastening across from Foote Avenue to Center Street when she was hit.

Bills for expenses incurred at the trial of the impeachment of former New York state Governor Sulzer, including counsel fees, already totaled $50,000 more than the $75,000 already appropriated to cover the costs of the trial. Vouchers filed with the state comptroller showed that $75,000 already had been expended and many unpaid bills remained. It was believed that a special bill for $50,000 would be introduced in the assembly the following week to meet the extraordinary expenses.

In 1938, breaking away from a rope attached to the saddle of Edward Drake, his keeper, during an exercise period at the Busti kennels of Clayton A. Rugg, Ben Temple, large and valuable lemon and white pointer, who had won numerous prizes in American and Canadian competition, gained his freedom and was still being sought by his owner in the Chautauqua Region wooded areas. The dog, which recently won the 1938 Saskatchewan open all-age championship from 66 rivals, made his successful dash for freedom when Drake was hurled to the ground from his horse. Although the man gave chase he was unable to overtake the dog who disappeared in nearby woods.

The float section would be the most colorful feature of the Armistice Day parade in Jamestown on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. under the auspices of Ira Lou Spring Post, American Legion. The float committee had enlisted the cooperation of over 30 patriotic, civic and fraternal organizations and commercial concerns in providing this division. One of the purposes of the parade would be to exemplify some of the things for which the American Legion stood and some of the community activities which it was sponsoring or helping to sponsor.

In 1963, a frenzied mob of 500 harness race bettors, angered over a six-horse accident that wiped away their twin double wagers, rioted for more than an hour at the multi-million-dollar Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury. Conrad Rothengast, head of the track’s security police, collapsed and died of a heart attack in the early minutes of the riot. Patrolman Frank O’Neill, one of the first of 150 officers frantically summoned to help track police, was beaten to the ground by a group of 20. “They were like animals,” said Jack E. Lee of the Long Island Press, who watched the riot from the press box high above the stands.

Jamestown would get its Washington Street Bridge Christmas present as promised – and there would not be a “Do Not Open Until Dec. 25” sticker on the $2 million package. Engineers estimated that final wiring for street and traffic lights would be completed within three weeks and possibly sooner. The electrical wiring job was the last phase of work before the 950-foot span across the Chadakoin River, and connecting arterial through Fenton Park, would be opened to traffic.

In 1988, President-elect George Bush named campaign charman James A. Baker III to be the secretary of state in the new Republican administration and pledged he would be “holding the line on taxes.” Barely pausing to savor his smashing elction victory, Bush used a morning-after news conference to make the first handful of appointments in his transition team. Bush said his victory was still sinking in and described his personal feelings as “somewhere between total exhilaration and recognition that the challenge ahead is going to be awesome.”

Michael Dukakis ended his marathon for the presidency with gracious words for George Bush but a ringing challenge to his supporters, urging them to continue the fight to make every citizen “a full shareholder in the American dream.” Flanked by his family, Dukakis acknowledged Bush’s victory and promised to work with the Republican president-elect.