In Years Past

In 1913, a frightful accident happened the previous day when Hugh McCalsky of Greigsville was killed instantly and John Hagan was badly injured. A threshing engine which they were driving went through a small bridge on the Flat Road near the town of Leicester. The machine had just been bought by Hagan. It was shipped from Buffalo and Hagan, in company with his son, Ernest and Hugh McCalsky, both of Greigsville, came to Mount Morris to drive the machine home. Ernest was walking ahead while John Hagan and McCalsky were driving. The engine was fairly on the bridge when the planking gave way and the heavy engine fell to the creek below, pinning both men under it.

Sounds of altercation in the fruit store at the corner of Main and Second streets in Jamestown shortly after 6 p.m. two evenings ago, attracted the attention of a good-sized crowd. The sudden appearance of a man with his face and clothing covered with blood and apparently badly bruised, attracted still more attention. The man was in search of a policeman. An officer was found. He entered the store and that was the end of the disturbance. No arrests were made. No report even appeared on the private docket of the chief. In short, there was no official record whatever of an altercation in which at least one man received substantial injuries.

In 1938, it took more than an automobile theft to break up the slumber of 16-month-old Barbara Abbey. Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Abbey of Westfield left Barbara in their car while they did some Christmas shopping in Dunkirk. When they returned the car and baby were gone. The frantic parents notified police. About an hour later, a deputy sheriff arrested a youth as he stepped from the stolen car at a dance hall several miles away. Barbara was still sleeping in the back seat. The youth and another young man arrested later admitted stealing the car but said they didn’t know the baby was in it until the deputy sheriff found her. Later, police arrested five more youths and charged them with being members of an automobile theft gang.

Richard O. Cross, who claimed to have lost the sight in his right eye April 27, 1938, when he was struck in the face by the branch of a tree overhanging a secondary dirt road in the town of Harmony, was the plaintiff in a $50,000 negligence suit being tried before Justice William A. Gold and a jury in supreme court at Mayville. The plaintiff said he was standing atop a chicken crate in his truck, being about 10 feet above the level of the highway when the accident occurred.

In 1963, President Johnson signed into law “with great personal satisfaction” the $1.56 billion bill broadening federal support of vocational education, extending the impacted areas program and boosting college student loan funds. Rep. Charles E. Goodell, R-Jamestown, was present for the ceremony and rightly so as he had pushed hard for approval of the legislation. Johnson gave Goodell a warm handshake.

At least one school in snow-buffeted Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties was closed this day as a persistent pre-winter storm continued its attack for the sixth consecutive day. Authorities said at least 8 inches of snow fell on the Jamestown area last night, making a total of 34 inches in six days. Mayville Central, with a student enrollment of 800, was the school closed. Elsewhere, all schools were operating. The following day would be the final day of classes before the Christmas vacation would begin.

In 1988, with a special state panel set to start narrowing down possible sites for a dump for low level radioactive waste in New York, a new survey indicated that few New Yorkers even knew that such a landfill was to be constructed. The state Health Department said that a statewide telephone survey of 1,000 state residents indicated that 80 percent of those polled weren’t even aware of the dump plans.

Conewango Township Police had not reached a conclusion into what caused a two-car accident Friday evening that killed a Jamestown woman. “They’re still investigating,” the dispatcher at the Warren County Sheriff’s Department said. Kathryn Rock, 74, of Jamestown, was pronounced dead on arrival at Warren General Hospital where she was taken for treatment of injuries suffered in a two-car collision on Route 6 in Starbrick about 6:30 p.m. the past Friday. Rock was a passenger in a car being driven by her husband, Joseph, 78, who pulled out from Firemans Street to turn east onto Route 6. The Rock car collided with a westbound vehicle being driven by Mark S. Hanson, 17, of Sheffield.