In Years Past

In 1914, Tosoder Stard of the Pennsylvania Railroad shops was crushed under a falling car the previous day in Olean. Stard lay on a small truck which was under a heavy freight car which had been jacked up during repairs. The jacks gave way, letting the car onto Stard and pinning him to the truck. It was hardly thought he would recover. He was taken to Higgins Memorial Hospital.

Wright D. Broadhead had resigned his position as president of the Swedish-American National Bank of Jamestown with a request that it be acted upon at once. The board was reluctant to accept the resignation and urged the president to continue in that position. It was finally agreed that action should be delayed for another month and it would not, therefore, take effect until the first of March. Broadhead began bank work at the bottom of the ladder, as clerk in the First National Bank when a mere boy. After 12 years spent in the various clerkships of the First National Bank, he resigned his position there to take that of cashier of the Bank of Jamestown when that institution was organized.

In 1939, a Curtiss Hawk 75 pursuit plane, one of 100 being constructed for the French government, had substantially exceeded all known speed records with a free dive of more than 575 miles per hour, it was announced this day. The record was established over the Buffalo Airport while the plane was undergoing acceptance tests, officials of the Curtiss aeroplane division of the Curtiss Wright Corporation, said. The tests were made by H. Lloyd Child, chief test pilot of the Buffalo Curtiss plant, who said he “felt no ill effects and did not realize” that the speed was “presumably the fastest man ever has traveled.”

Gordon Connelly, 13, of Barrows Street, Jamestown, received a broken leg around 12:45 p.m. when his sled collided with an automobile at Sciota and Allen streets. The driver of the automobile, whose name was not learned, took the boy to his home and later he was removed to WCA Hospital. The Connelly boy was sliding down Sciota Street hill just before the accident.

In 1964, the Barcelona Inn, one of the oldest landmarks in Chautauqua County, was destroyed by fire early this day. Built in 1827, the inn had been continuously operated as an eating establishment since that time, gaining fame in a widespread area. The structure predated by two years the Barcelona Lighthouse. The one-story wooden structure at the rear of the main part of the inn was completely engulfed by flames at the time the fire was discovered and Westfield firemen under the direction of Chief Robert Clawson, fought a losing battle. The roof of the brick, two-story structure, caved in at 7 a.m.

Mrs. John H. Wright presented a copy of the new book on aviatrix Amelia Earhart to the James Prendergast Library. The book, “Courage Is the Price,” written by Earhart’s sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, of Medford, Mass., gave intimate details of Earhart’s family life not published before. Wright was a close personal friend of both Earhart and her sister. Wright planned to present a copy of the book to the Batavia Public Library in the coming spring.

In 1989, a proposal to charge hikers $10 to walk on New York state lands was meeting skepticism from one area state legislator. “There are many people who use this land – whether you can catch them all, I don’t know,” said Sen. Jess J. Present, R-Bemus Point. The proposed fee would apply to state lands in the Adirondack and Catskill mountains and to other state forest lands. Present said he did not know how Governor Cuomo defined “state forest land.” The state could not fence in the Adirondacks, Present said, adding that forest land was not like the Thruway, where the state could se up toll booths to catch everyone.

The New York State Board of Regents had killed a controversial proposal that would have hurt rural libraries. The most expensive part of the plan called for all libraries to be staffed with a director with a master’s degree in library science. That was the recommendation most severely criticized by libraries.