In Years Past

In 1913, a romance in which Hoary Winter wooed and found favor in the sight of Smiling Spring was brought to a happy culmination in the marriage of Thomas Storrs of Olean and Bessie Glick of Columbus, Ohio. The wedding guests included Olean Mayor-elect and Mrs. W.H. Simpson. The groom was 69 years old and had for years been a familiar figure in the city. His bride, who gave her age as 23, was won through the medium of correspondence, her first meeting with her husband having taken place little more than a week ago, when she came to Olean in answer to Storrs’ ad for a stenographer. After a brief career as a businesswoman, she returned home to prepare for her wedding, which followed at once upon her return to Olean.

“Sell your hammers! Toot your horns! Advertise in your home newspapers!” This was the keynote of the address made to the Bradford Business Men’s Association by State Organizer William Smedley, who spoke on organization. “This is a day of service,” said the speaker, “and the science of business is the science of service. Those who serve the public best serve themselves best. Sell your hammers and buy horns and toot them.” He stated the importance of merchants to the public and to the influence they should exert on civic affairs. “Lazy members make a lazy association” he said and he urged all to be up and doing.

In 1938, a Buffalo police lieutenant told of a citizen who looked into the city’s offer to furnish free poison for an anti-rat campaign and found it wanting. Lieutenant William H. Carr reported a Buffalo resident demanded a package of rat poison, read the directions and then angrily declared: “What! You mean to tell me we have to buy our own hamburger to put this poison on? Why doesn’t the city furnish the hamburger too?”

Little time was wasted with ceremonies Monday afternoon as work started in earnest on the site of the new county jail at Mayville. Supervisors and other interested parties took part in a brief and informal ground-breaking formality prior to the opening of the annual session of the supervisors board. A steam shovel picked up where the shovelers left off and started an intensive program of work on the new jail. The work would continue throughout the winter.

In 1963, someone with a demented sense of humor was the object of an intensive police investigation in the Jamestown area. It was the result of a cruel hoax which saw a three-block-long lineup of women waiting in the cold and rain outside the Jamestown Fabricated Steel, Inc. offices. They had come from all over the area in response to a help wanted ad appearing in The Post-Journal. The ad was accepted in good faith by The Post-Journal from someone who said they represented the company. Both the company and The Post-Journal sincerely regretted the inconvenience to the scores of women. For the benefit of the unknown person who placed the ad and for others with a similar distorted mental outlook, it was pointed out that the law provided severe penalties for offering false and misleading information to newspapers.

Pennsylvania State Police and local police hit 95 businesses in Western Pennsylvania in a coordinated series of gambling raids. Three places in Corry and two in Warren were among the taverns, restaurants, clubs and cigar stores raided by police in Erie, Crawford, Venango and Warren counties. It was the latest in a series of gambling raids ordered by state Attorney General Walter Allessandroni.

In 1988, the arrest of numerous Warren County residents was an effort by local police to put a clamp on drug-selling there. Arrest warrants were served on a total of 41 people but only 28 were taken into custody so far. “Drugs are a really serious plague in our society. Those of us in law enforcement see the results of drug abuse daily. It’s important to look at the situation for what it is. Those who have been arrested have committed serious crimes,” county District Attorney Richard Hernan Jr. said during a news conference.

Lakewood had received a Department of Environmental Conservation permit to remove a gravel bar from Chautauqua Lake at the base of Crescent Creek, according to Mayor Anthony C. Caprino. The project would cost about $40,000 and involved about 10,000 yards of gravel. The bar was last cleared in 1954. “Every time I go out there it looks like it grows 20 feet,” Caprino said about the gravel bar.