In Years Past

In 1914, once more Lyman H. Howe and his travel pictures had come to Jamestown and once more a large and enthusiastic audience had seen these splendid “movies.” The state armory where the first performance was given Friday evening under the auspices of Company E. 65th regiment, N.G.N.Y., was filled with the representative people of the city. The opinion was unanimous that the pictures were right up to the Howe standard in every way. As usual, the pictures showed many parts of the world beginning with a ride on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad through some beautiful mountain sections of the west, showing canyons, gorges, towering peaks and mountain streams.

Another case of smallpox had been discovered in the town of Villenova. The patient was Mabel Harmon. The discovery was made on Friday and the girl’s home was at once placed under quarantine. Harmon was a student at the South Dayton High School. The teachers and scholars there, particularly in her department, had been exposed to the disease. The South Dayton board of education held a special meeting to determine what course to take. It might be decided to close the school for a short time.

-In 1939, in Wrightsville, Pa., Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stowell escaped with their lives early Sunday morning when fire broke out in their store destroying the building with living quarters above. The blaze was discovered about 3 a.m. when Mr. Stowell was awakened by the barking of the family police dog, kept in the store at night. Mr. Stowell was attired only in his night clothing and started to secure clothing but the fire had gained such headway that he had to give up the attempt. A young man from Pittsfield and Ruth Jordan of the Lottsville Road, seeing the plight of their neighbors, drove their car directly beneath the porch roof and Mr. and Mrs. Stowell stepped to the top of the car and then to the ground. The Sugar Grove Fire Department was called but their assistance came too late to save the buildings. The dog was saved when the door of the store was kicked in.

Warner Brothers’ Athletic Club would sponsor a real old-fashioned skating party the following Wednesday night from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Roseland Park Rink in Jamestown, according to Louis W. Collins, chairman of the arrangements. Band music would be provided. There would be speed and fancy skating exhibitions, moonlight waltzes and other features, with prizes for the best decorated costumes. Buffalo fancy skaters had been invited to attend Red flares would be used in addition to the regular lighting facilities and plans were being made to make the party one of the most outstanding of the season.

In 1964, three women pedestrians struck by an auto on Foote Ave., shortly after midnight were all reported in fair condition in Jamestown General Hospital. The operator of the vehicle which struck Irene Nania, 41, Pauline Giambra, 43 and Clementine Fashino, 46, all of Jamestown, was charged with drunken driving, police reported. Police said the women, who had just finished bowling at the Satellite Bowl on Foote Ave., had crossed the avenue and were walking toward their parked car when hit by the northbound vehicle.

Need for better cooperation of Jamestown residents in facilitating collection of garbage and refuse during periods of heavy snow was stressed at the monthly meeting of the Board of Health in the Masonic Temple. Noting that there had been a number of complaints during the past month involving failure to pick up garbage and refuse, the board pointed out that, regardless of weather conditions, residents had an obligation to cooperate in facilitating collections. It was pointed out that city garbage and refuse collectors could not be expected to empty receptacles unless they were kept in places where they were readily accessible and were not buried under snow or frozen to the ground.

In 1989, compliance with Chautauqua County restrictions on smoking in public places generally had been good to date, county legislators were told. Despite good overall acceptance, many smaller businesses failed to realize the regulations applied to them, Robert Lincoln, assistant county director of environmental health services, told the County Legislature’s Human Services Committee. The restrictions went into effect Aug. 25 for county buildings and restaurants and later for private businesses and industries. Lincoln,said the Health Department was not receiving many complaints but acknowledged there was not 100 percent compliance.

The Army Corps of Engineers was planning a project to halt bank erosion along Mill Creek in Sinclairville. Erosion damage had come within 23 feet of Sinclairville Elementary School along the right bank and was threatening St. John’s Evangelical Roman Catholic Church along the left bank of the stream, a tributary of Cassadaga Creek.