In Years Past

In 1914, two serious woods accidents were reported in Sherman this day, one a fatality near Volusia where Clarence Oakes was almost instantly killed by a tree falling on him. The other was near Walt’s Corners in which Clarence Casselman was very seriously injured by being hit by a falling tree. Oakes was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Oakes and lived on the old homestead about six miles from Sherman on the Westfield Road. He had occupied his farm for a little over a year, buying it from his father. He was about 29 years of ages and had been married about 9 or 10 years. He left a wife and two small daughters.

Starting shortly after 8 a.m. in the morning and lasting for four hours, a very heavy snow fall occurred in Jamestown and the surrounding area. The temperature remained above the freezing point and the snow was wet, soggy and packed easily, causing some telephone trouble and much more to the street railroad line. The regular cars were entirely unable to make any progress through the hard packed snow until helped out by the sweeper and as it could not be on all lines at the same time, some vexatious delays occurred. The Willard Street cars had their first experience with snow on the hill.

In 1939, President Roosevelt told Congress and the world that peace had not been “assured” at Munich and that “storms from abroad” directly challenged American democracy. Addressing a joint session of the Senate and House in a packed house chamber, the Chief Executive asserted that “undeclared wars, deadly armaments” and “new aggressions” threatened the three institutions indispensable in America – religion, democracy and international good faith. And he added, only through a nation united both physically and spiritually could these storms be kept from American shores. “A war which threatened to envelop the world in flames has been averted but it has become increasingly clear that peace is not assured,” Roosevelt said without mentioning by name the Munich pact which resulted in the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia.

Jamestown Post Office receipts for December totaled $45,288 to break all existing records for the month, although the 1938 receipts showed a decline from the 1937 figures. An increase in the volume of Christmas business accounted for the December increase, Postmaster E.R. Ganey pointed out.

In 1964, Mrs. Norman Carr of Weeks Street in Jamestown, proudly cuddled her infant daughter whose arrival at WCA Hospital at 12:25 a.m. New Year’s Day, gave her the distinction of being the first baby born in Jamestown in 1964. The father, Calvin Carr, had no problem seeing his daughter. He was a mechanic with Otis Elevator Co., currently installing new equipment at the hospital. Being Jamestown?’ first citizen of the year had won for her a host of gifts from Jamestown businessmen in The Post-Journal’s annual Stork Derby.

The area’s accumulation of snow took a heavy toll when six barns and a seven-car garage collapsed under its weight. The garage, owned by the Erie Lackawanna Railroad Co. and located on Chandler St., in Jamestown, collapsed about noon the previous day. Leo Smith, agent, said the empty structure was a total loss and would probably be torn down. Soggy snow stamped heavily along Fluvanna’s Townline Road, caving in roofs of three barns. n Dry Brook, heavy snows collapsed a new pole barn at the Vincent Beightol farm. The barn housed a large quantity of farm machinery which was extensively damaged. Two barns on the Lyle Rideout property buckled under the snow. Both buildings were empty.

In 1989, a spokesman for Rep. William F. Clinger, R-Warren, said the congressman felt that, based on initial reports, American pilots were justified in their reaction to a perceived threat from a pair of Libyan jet fighters that were shot down early in the day over the Mediterranean Sea. David Fuscus, Clinger’s press secretary, told The Post-Journal that early reports reaching the congressman indicated that Libyan pilots over the Mediterranean Sea locked their radar onto the American jets, so the Americans shot down the Libyan planes to defend themselves. Once the kind of radar the Libyan planes used was locked onto a target, firing a missile was inevitable, Fuscus explained.

An Ohio woman became Chautauqua County’s 44th and final highway fatality of 1988 when she died of injuries received in an accident Dec. 28 on Route 17 in the town of Mina, about a mile from Sherman. She was identified as Jacquelyn Hochbert, 47, of Quaker Heights, driver of the car that was eastbound on the Southern Tier Expressway when it was struck by another vehicle. According to the police report, a van driven by Margaret James, 43, of Lakewood, Pa., skidded on the icy road and slid into the other lane where it collided with Hochberg’s oncoming car. The county recorded 30 highway fatalities in 1987.