In Years Past

In 1913, Wilhelmina Wilson, the young woman who, on Labor Day, at the corner of Main and Second streets in Jamestown, fired a .38 caliber revolver at her husband, John J. Wilson, at close range, and missed his heart by a few inches, would not be imprisoned for the act. She escaped with a fine of $500. It was planned to try the woman in county court this day. At the last minute, she agreed to plead guilty to a charge of assault in the second degree. Her attorney James L. Weeks made an eloquent plea on her behalf. He stated the reason that impelled her to endanger the lives of hundreds of persons out for a holiday. She met her husband with her children. He refused to let her speak to her children and he applied an epithet which was so vile it could not be repeated in court. Angered to the point of insanity, she produced the revolver and fired at him.

So far as reported no deer were killed in the area of western Pennsylvania Wednesday although weather conditions, including nearly a foot of snow in the big woods of Warren and Forest counties attracted many large game shooters. Among them was a party of four, including a father, two sons and a neighbor. The neighbor returned on the last train at night to Oil City but the others had decided to spend the night in the woods in order to follow up the trail of two big bucks they had sighted a few hours before sunset. They sighted four does and were within easy gunshot of them all but were deterred from shooting by the heavy penalty imposed by the state of Pennsylvania’s laws for killing a female deer.

In 1938, Marion “Muddy” Rizzo was a battered but glorious figure as he trudged off the Falconer gridiron Friday afternoon after carrying his mates to a 12-8 triumph over Gowanda in a Southwestern High School Football Conference final. Rizzo, by his stellar, all-around play in his last game in blue and gold livery, earned his spurs as the outstanding player on his team during the past season. He was key man in both of Falconer’s touchdowns and ganged up with “Pete” Gilbert, Falconer pivotman, to figure in nearly every tackle in giving Falconer third place in the conference standing as Lakewood dropped a 31-0 game at Westfield.

A fall down a flight of stairs proved fatal to Carmela Nasca, four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nasca of Dunkirk. The child was rushed to Brooks Memorial Hospital in the city ambulance but was dead on arrival there. The girl had just arisen and started to descend the stairway from the second floor when she fell. Her crumpled body was found at the foot of the stairs by her mother who, while preparing the child’s breakfast in the kitchen, heard the sound of the fall and rushed out to investigate.

In 1963, embarking on a second half-century of continuous service to Jamestown area residents, Eckerd’s Drug Stores, Inc. would celebrate the occasion the following morning with the grand opening of Eckerd’s Southside Plaza store at 764 Foote Ave., largest and most complete store of its kind in southwestern New York. The new self-service facility, representing an estimated investment of $200,000, was cited as evidence of the company’s recognition and confidence in the potential of the Jamestown market.

Members of the Frewsburg Central School Board voted to approve organization of a school football team the following year, subject to voter approval of the necessary budget expenditure. Harry J. Murray, supervising principal, presented a list of actual cost of establishing and maintaining a team which was provided him by a school of similar size. Figures showed the highest cost to be during the first two years. Murray said estimated minimum cost the first year would be about $7,500 or about $8,200 which would include expenditure for a fence and two bleacher units to which more units could be added.