In Years Past

In 1913, the old story of “I didn’t know the gun was loaded,” was responsible for the death of Harold McCarthy of Silver Creek who was shot and instantly killed by his companion, Edward Noonan, Saturday afternoon at a shanty close to the pump station on the lake shore at Silver Creek. The two boys were about 14 years of age. They had been hunting with a double barrel shotgun with several other boys. They returned to the shanty in the afternoon. Noonan playfully pointed the gun at his companion and pulled the trigger. The charges from both barrels pierced the breast of the other boy and he died instantly.

Chief of Police Griggs of Falconer recently went before Special County Judge Frank S. Wheeler of Jamestown and under section 33 of the liquor tax law, procured from Judge Wheeler, authority to search the premises owned by Miss Ida Healey and known as the Lynndon Hotel. His purpose being to ascertain whether there was any liquor on the premises. Accompanied by Eugene Taylor he went to the hotel Monday afternoon and made a thorough inspection. The search was futile as no liquor was found.

In 1938, two men suffered minor injuries in an accident near the Kurve Inn on North Main Street shortly after midnight which except for a miracle might have resulted in death for both of them. Lawrence N. Johnson of Falconer, was owner and driver of the car involved in the crash. Floyd Bird, also of Falconer, was a passenger in the machine. The car was being driven in a southerly direction toward Jamestown when it left the road and traveled in the ditch on the right side of the highway for several hundred feet before it struck the curve. The machine wound up by crashing into a tree after it had battered a mail box and tossed the receptacle 100 feet from the road into a field.

The possible use of copper sulfate in Chautauqua Lake in 1939 was left suspended in mid-air by the board of supervisors after the board had listened to statistics and viewed charts showing the plankton and colon bacilli content of Chautauqua Lake’s waters since 1935 when the copper sulfate treatment of the lake was first undertaken by the county and the Chautauqua Regions, Inc. For the past four years the board of supervisors had appropriated $2,500 each year for the purchase of the chemical to rid the lake of algae and other plankton.

In 1963, death early Sunday morning claimed one of Jamestown’s best known industrial leaders, dean of its furniture industry and prominent in civic and fraternal affairs. Ralph W. Taylor Sr., 80, of Maple Street, Lakewood, president and chairman of the board of directors of Taylor-Jamestown Corp., died Sunday at WCA Hospital where he had been a patient since Nov. 13. Mr. Taylor was one of the originators of the Jamestown Market Association, forerunner of the Jamestown Area Furniture Manufacturers Association, of which he had been president. He was an enthusiastic promoter of the twice-yearly furniture markets held in Jamestown. He had been active in the furniture business for 58 years.

Two young men managed to elude police on foot early Sunday morning after abandoning a stolen car abut one mile east of Brocton on Route 20. The pair, sheriff’s deputies reported, scrambled from the auto after it was halted by a pursuing deputy’s car. The youths, in a 1962 convertible, reportedly stolen from Dibble Pontiac, 1900 Washington Street, Jamestown, fled into nearby woods. A subsequent search by deputies and Town of Brocton officers, failed to uncover the pair. Deputies reported that the two youths appeared to be quite young, possibly 14 or 15 years old. The vehicle was not damaged.

In 1988, a Jamestown man was killed at 12:45 p.m. the previous afternoon when the car he was driving ran off Thornton Road in Ellington and traveled 246 feet before striking a tree. John H. Gruel, 51, of Pleasantview Drive was pronounced dead at the scene by Chautauqua County Coroner John Sixbey. Gruel was the 36th traffic fatality on county roads this year, eight more than the past year at this time. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department was continuing its investigation of the accident.

Jamestown Community College ranked first in a number of categories among 22 State University of New York community colleges that participated in a “Quality of Student Life” student opinion survey conducted by the American College Testing Program. JCC had the highest rating in “this college in general,” the quality of instruction, attitude of faculty toward students, availability of teachers outside the classroom and the availability of advisors and the quality of information they provided. The college also ranked first in the students’ voice in college policies, classroom facilities, the college bookstore and the general condition of the buildings and grounds.