In Years Past

In 1913, the Falconer Independent basketball aggregation journeyed to Corry, Pa., Friday evening and there received a severe drubbing at the hands of the Municipal Five, the score being 48 to 4. The Falconer team, however, was composed almost entirely of high school players who were considerably outweighed by the Corry men. They were also handicapped to quite an extent by the slippery condition of the floor.

There seemed excellent prospects of some high grade wrestling matches in Jamestown over the winter. George Hope, the veteran promoter of the matches had in tow W.M. Hokuf, a native of Iowa but who was making his headquarters at Montreal. Hokuf was visiting Grover Link of Jamestown, a relative, and combining business with pleasure. He was looking over the ground a little with a view of appearing on the mat. Hokuf was one big fellow, big in record and stature and weight. You didn’t have to be told he was an athlete. He couldn’t deny it if he would, for he had shoulders like a barn door and arms and legs big and hard as saw logs. Oh, he was a husky boy, all right.

In 1938, bitter cold gripped the area on the heels of a severe winter storm that left a foot of snow covering ice-glazed roads and sent the temperature tumbling down to 10 degrees above zero. A high northwest wind accompanied an additional five-inch snowfall during the night when county and city plows worked to keep highways clear of drifts and open to traffic. Bus and truck traffic between Erie, Pa., and Buffalo was halted late the previous afternoon because of dangerous driving conditions that forced many to spend the night along the route. Local conditions were reported worst in the Sherman-Cassadaga snowbelt with the temperature dropping as the wind increased in gale-like velocity.

Dedication of a modern, floodlighted stadium with the introduction of additional varsity sports, including track and cross country at Jamestown High School, freshman football at the junior high schools and steps taken toward the organization of a new profession baseball league, in which Jamestown would be represented, were among the outstanding sports related events of the year now drawing to its close. Interest in yacht racing was increased with the holding of the Central New York Association regatta on Chautauqua Lake the past summer, bringing here a large number of leading Empire state skippers and their trim craft.

In 1963, workmen were rebuilding the boat showroom at Lakewood Sales, Inc., Holiday Harbor, Celoron, which collapsed under the weight of a heavy snow load. The 120-by 60-foot frame structure contained 23 boats, eight of which were damaged when the building collapsed. Charles C. Cross, owner, said all boats belonged to the company.

Another two-year chapter in municipal history would close shortly after noon the following Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1964, when a new Jamestown mayor and 12 councilmen would take over the city government. Frederick H. Dunn would take the helm from Mayor William D. Whitehead after the 1964-65 City Council was seated. Whitehead would give his annual message, followed by comments from the retiring council president, Jess J. Present. Whitehead would present his keys of office to Dunn who would then give his inaugural address.

In 1988, British investigators had determined that a bomb caused the crash of Pan Am flight 103 and were preparing to announce the finding, a U.S. administration source said. The source spoke in Washington on condition of anonymity and would not give further details. Earlier, news reports in Britain said that heat damage to the plastic lining of a cargo bay and metal slivers found embedded in the bodies of passengers indicated that a bomb downed the jet.

There wasn’t enough snow to hitch up a one-horse sleigh, so young people in Randolph pedaled their bikes along Main Street. They were resorting to a more fair-weathered style of ride in order to celebrate Christmas vacation. The fall of raindrops instead of snowflakes probably had many enthusiasts of winter wonderlands crying “Bah, humbug!” but they had reason to take heart. Weathermen were predicting that plummeting temperatures might bring several inches of snow this day and flurries on New Year’s.