In Years Past

In 1914, a delegation of church people, including two or three ministers, according to pretty reliable information, was to leave Dunkirk very soon on a short visit in Pittsburgh for the purpose of hearing Evangelist Billy Sunday, the religious lecturer. Sunday was engaged to conduct a revival campaign in Dunkirk in 1915, this arrangement having been made by a committee representing the majority of Dunkirk Protestant pastors. The local committee in charge of the proposed campaign in Dunkirk had learned that at one meeting the great evangelist talked to 22,000 men -more than the entire population of the city of Dunkirk.

The long-heralded blank form to be used by individuals required by the new income tax laws to make an annual return of their net annual income had been issued at the treasury department. It was to be known as form 1040 and had to be used in accordance with instructions. This return should be made by every citizen of the United States, whether residing at home or abroad and by every person residing in the United States though not a citizen, having a net income of $3,000 or over for the taxable year and also by every nonresident alien deriving income from property owned and business, trade or profession carried on in the United States. The normal tax of 1 percent would be assessed on the total net income, less the specific exemptions.

In 1939, at Buffalo, aeronautical engineers were turning to a new type of airplane for an effective weapon against one of modern warfare’s greatest terrors -the bombing plane. Fighting in Spain and China had uncovered limitations of anti-aircraft guns and military observers were inclined to believe the answer to the bombing plane problem might be found in fast climbing and heavily armed “interceptor” planes. Within the past two weeks, one large builder of military airplanes, Curtiss-Wright had announced the development of a new style “interceptor” airship and the adoption of a pursuit model already was in use for the purpose.

A dog which was faithful unto and after death was responsible for the recovery of the body of his master in a thicket on Hough Hill this morning. The dog, a brown and white hunting hound named Buck, barked and attracted the attention of a search party who were looking for Andrew Magnona, 56, of East Second Street, Jamestown. They reported that had it not been for the dog, the body might not have been found for several weeks and that Magnona’s disappearance would have remained a mystery. Magnona, who was thought to have died from a heart attack, went hunting the previous morning and when he had not returned home at an early hour in the following morning, members of his family became alarmed and notified police.

In 1964, South Vietnam Communists shot down a U.S. Army escort helicopter in a Mekong River delta battle and two American servicemen and a British officer aboard it were reported missing and feared dead. The helicopter was downed near the mouth of the Mekong River. Two crewmen were fished out of the water near the crash site, unhurt. Five U.S. crewmen were killed and three wounded Friday in operations supporting a Vietnamese government campaign to crush Red bases in the delta.

An Olean trucker narrowly escaped serious injury when his load of steel shifted as he rammed the tractor-trailer into a snowbank to avoid striking a stopped car. The truck driver, Harry Williams, was proceeding west on Route 17 at Mayville when he observed a Chautauqua County Highway Department auto stopped at the railroad crossing at the east end of the village. Williams said he began braking his unit and shifting into low range but it became obvious he could not avoid the stopped car if he remained on the highway. He elected to plow his loaded unit into a large snow bank on E. Chautauqua Avenue. The sudden stop caused a crated 8,000-pound crankshaft aboard the trailer to shift forward. The impact collapsed the cab next to the driver, forcing him against the steering wheel.

In 1989, work on the interior of the Reg Lenna Civic Center theater auditorium was underway. “This will be a close-to-complete renovation,” said Jack Kammer, construction manager of the project. The $3 million renovation should be completed within the next 15 months. All seats would be taken out and completely redone. “This new upholstery is designed to outlast the leather or plastic of the original seats,” Kammer said. There would be completely new stage lighting. The orchestra pit would be reconstructed, new curtains would be hung at the front of the stage and the walls would be redone with a combination of wood and fabric.

An Ashville slaughterhouse and meat packing company had decided to seek a court order limiting the number of striking employees that could picket the company in the wake of reports of violence by pickets and the arrest of one of them. Otis Barber, spokesman for Fairbank Farms, told The Post-Journal that the company planned to seek an injunction limiting the number of strikers on the picket line. No date had been set for a hearing on the company’s petition.