In Years Past

  • In 1914, Edward Beardsley shot and seriously wounded John G. W. Putnam, overseer of the poor of the town of Chautauqua. Mr. Putnam was there in the Beardsley home to take the nine children to some institution where they would be properly cared for. He was accompanied by Gust A. Anderson and Gerry W. Colsgrove, sheriff and undersheriff. Later a posse was organized which guarded the house through the long, cold night. Some of the men in the posse suffered from frost bites but the vigilance was not relaxed. Occasionally a shot was fired.
  • A 5,000,000 foot gasser had been struck at Red House according to an article in the Bradford Herald. One of the biggest gassers that had been struck in this vicinity was brought in the previous afternoon by the Bradford Oil & Gas Company which had a large acreage in Red House and vicinity. It was estimated that the well would make 5,000,000 feet a day when completed. It was only three feet in the sand and the flow of gas was so great that the drill had to be stopped. The gas from the gusher would be sent to Bradford through the line which the company recently constructed into that city.
  • In 1939, the worst storm of the new year spread over the nation this day with snow and sub-freezing temperatures general from the Atlantic Coast to the Rocky Mountains. Sleet, rain and snow caused many traffic fatalities. Four persons died when a Northwest Airlines plane crashed in flames in a snow-covered coulee near Miles City, Montana. A blizzard, sweeping through New England, buffeted New York and Rhode Island with particular fury, although all the North Atlantic states suffered. A 10-hour snowfall covered New York City’s streets and jammed traffic so badly in Manhattan that police asked radio stations to broadcast appeals for people not to attempt to drive their cars into the city.
  • The 31st annual show of the Chautauqua County Poultry and Pet Stock Association, which had been in progress in Jamestown all week in the furniture market building on West Second Street, would come to a close at 10 p.m. Judging of the dog classes was the featured program the previous evening, when the attendance exceeded that of the past year. Fred (Doc) Newton, Salamanca, spent the entire afternoon judging the large and varied class of canines, with Beller’s Walfee, a Pomeranian senior male puppy, owned by Mrs. Allen Beller, being declared the best dog in the show, winning the association cup. Fawn, a Great Dane senior male puppy, owned by Samuel T. Bowers, was the reserve winner.
  • In 1964, the howling snowstorm that blasted much of eastern United States left scores dead in its wake. Huge drifts marooned thousands of travelers overnight. The death toll was at least 71. The storm system that swirled into blizzard proportions in the Northeast dumped more than two feet of snow in some sections. Gale force winds whipped the snow into drifts – some 20 feet high. About 3,000 travelers spent the night at Kennedy Airport in New York after all flights were canceled because of drifts on the runways. In Pennsylvania, 250 pupils were marooned overnight at a high school. Their reaction, as one put it: “Down with snowplows. This is the swingingest party of the year.”
  • Robert N. Gustafson, R.D. 1, Falconer-Frewsburg Road, Frewsburg, was named the winner of this year’s Junior Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Young Farmer Award the previous evening. Jaycee members from Jamestown, Falconer, Frewsburg and Lakewood, named Mr. Gustafson the winner at the session in the Hotel Jamestown. Mr. Gustafson received the award for his progress in agriculture, conservation of natural resources and contributions to the community, state and nation.
  • In 1989, his racing teammate called him “a nice, quiet, laid-back country boy.” But to colleagues in his endurance auto racing circuit, Alistair Oag was a rising star. Make that Rising Star, as in the Eastern Airlines Rising Star, an award for up-and-coming drivers presented to Oag by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). Oag, from near Gerry, won the award in the Touring Division of IMSA after his team finished second in the 10-race Firestone Firehawk Endurance Championship. “Being named an up-and-coming driver is kind of funny,” Oag said, “because I’ve been in motor sports so long.” Had he come away with the championship, it would have marked the third year in a row that Oag had won an overall title. In 1987, he won the Sports Car Club of America Escort Series championship. The year before, he won the VW Cup.
  • It was possible to find a parking place in downtown Jamestown. The parking ramps were not dangerous, creating more on street and lot spaces was difficult, perhaps impossible, in the business district and the situation was bad but not as bad as people seemed to think. Early in the week, The Post-Journal checked on the availability of on street spaces. Though not a scientific survey, the results indicated spaces were available. Between 11 and 11:20 a.m., 24 open spaces were photographed between Washington and Main streets and between Second and Fourth streets.