In Years Past

In 1914, struck by an Erie work train, Thomas W. Brooke of Meadville, an Erie Railroad brakeman, died in the Logan hospital at Cambridge Springs from injuries sustained. The accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. at the G-W water tower, and the injured man was rushed to Cambridge on the same train. The unfortunate man was head brakeman on an eastbound freight between Meadville and Salamanca and was waiting for his engine to take water when he was struck. The night was a particularly stormy one, with a high wind and he did not hear the approaching train until it was upon him.

Theodore Ridgeway, formerly of Jamestown and currently a resident of Buffalo, was arrested on a charge of assault in the third degree in violation of section 244 of the penal law of the state of New York. The complaint was made by Anna Hakanson of Ridgeway Avenue in Jamestown. She alleged that he came into the house on Oct. 15 and tried to kiss her. She also alleged that his actions were improper. The defendant was arraigned before Police Justice John Maharon on this morning and he pleaded not guilty. Attorney Fred R. Peterson would defend the accused. The hearing was postponed until 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

In 1939, German Propaganda Minister Paul Joseph Goebbels’ newspaper, Der Angriff, declared this day that a “storm of indignation” following President Roosevelt’s “shameless war agitation” proved to the world that he “no longer can be counted as speaker for his people.” Chancellor Hitler’s own newspaper, Voelkischer Beobachter, also joined the Nazi press against what was interpreted in Berlin as a pledge by President Roosevelt to back European democracies in defense against Fascist states.

Philip Frederick Simon, president for many years of the Jamestown Bottling Company, died on this morning at the family residence on Lakeview Avenue, aged nearly 85 years. He had visited his office as usual Monday but was stricken with a severe heart attack on Tuesday at his home. Simon was born in Hiedelberg, Germany, March 20, 1854, and came to Jamestown in 1887. For many of the latter years of the half century of his residence here, Simon was a familiar figure on the streets with his Inverness cape and his stately bearing.

In 1989, weather conditions throughout Western New York were expected to worsen later this day and night as icy roads closed one school, delayed buses for at least two others and slowed traffic to a crawl in some places. Dispatchers at the Chautauqua County Highway Department and the state Department of Transportation office reported all available trucks were pressed into action in an effort to cope with icing conditions. In Jamestown, Howard P. Pitt Jr., operations engineer with the Department of Public Works, said this morning, “So far we’ve been fortunate and I hope we stay fortunate. But if it comes, we’re ready for it.”

Forcing WCA to hire a foreign language interpreter was like making the city hire “a guy to keep the elephants off Third and Main.” That was the reaction of Murray Marsh, chief executive officer of WCA Hospital, to one portion of the state’s new hospital regulations. Many factors – new state regulations included – were pushing WCA Hospital’s costs up. The money to pay the bills must come from either increased philanthropic support, increased patient fees or increased contributions from government. “Somebody has to pay,” Marsh said. In addition to new, complex and sometimes unnecessary state regulations, those factors included increasingly expensive technology, litigation, insurance, charity cases and the cost of keeping good personnel, he said.