In Years Past

In 1914, it had been nearly 13 years since Meadville had seen any such snowstorm as that which buried it and all the section around it under a mantle of fully 22 inches of fleecy whiteness. On the morning of April 20, 1901, this section awoke to face a greater snowfall, the figures for that storm being a fall of three feet in about 17 hours. In the present instance, conditions were not quite so bad but they were bad enough. The snow was about 22 inches deep on the level. It began falling early Saturday and kept busy pretty much all the time until well along into Sunday. Those who pinned their weather faith to Prophet Hicks would be stronger than ever in their adherence for this was distinctly a Hicks storm, and came right on time.

The new double track of the Jamestown Street Railway Company through the village of Lakewood was completed and in use. It was cut in the past week and immediately after it was in commission, an extra car was put on the Lakewood line and all the cars ran through the village to Lowe Avenue, the extreme northwestern limit of the village. One could now ride many miles on the street cars for five cents. Taking a street car at Lynndon Park below Falconer, one could ride to Lowe Avenue by taking a transfer at Jamestown. Few, if any, street railways in cities the size of Jamestown furnished as long a run for a nickel. Believing that reduced fare would make Lakewood a more desirable place for a summer residence, the people of the village were making plans for the improvement of the village. One plan was to purchase the old Kent House property, remove the old hotel and utilize the grounds for a public park.

In 1939, the dramatization of “The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew” by the Clare Tree Major players from the New York Children’s Theater on the previous afternoon proved an exceedingly delightful excursion. The Jamestown High School auditorium resounded with howls of appreciation from the moment 1,000 pairs of eyes were focused on the footlights until the final assurance that those dear little Peppers were going to live happily ever afterward. The play proved one of the finest productions in the repertory of several seasons, starring Catherine Cosgrove, formerly with the Priscilla Beach Summer Theater at Plymouth, Mass., as the sweet mother, Mrs. Pepper and 17-year-old Betty Ann Shore as the diminutive Phronsie Pepper, the adorable baby role, who shed at least 10 years from her age in both voice and appearance.

C. Donald Pusbach, pharmacist, residing at Superior Street in Jamestown, parked his automobile across from Mason’s News Room on East Third Street in the city yesterday afternoon. He entered the news store, selected a magazine, paid for it and as he started out the door he saw his car being driven toward the corner of Main and Third streets. As he reached the street he saw the machine head down Main Street. He raced to the corner of Main and Third streets in time to see his car go through the green light at Main and Second streets and continue south. The car, a light coach, was still missing on this afternoon. Police were looking for it and also for the man who stole it.

In 1989, firefighters with the Kiantone fire department responded last night to a blaze at the Patrick Hartzell residence on Stillwater Street in the town of Kiantone. The fire started about 9 p.m.. Flames damaged a bedroom. The rest of the home suffered water and smoke damage, according to Kiantone Fire Chief Edward Sandberg. Family members at home at the time escaped without injury. Firefighters from Frewsburg and Busti also responded.

A two-car accident sent a Jamestown girl to the hospital, according to State Police based at Falconer. According to police, a vehicle driven by Holly Martin, 17, of Sumner Street, struck a second vehicle at 7:45 a.m. at Stillwater Corners, town of Kiantone. The driver of the other vehicle, Brian Schott, of Russell, Pa., escaped injury. Martin was taken to WCA Hospital by the Kiantone Rescue Unit and remained in the emergency room this morning.