In Years Past

In 1914, the icemen were beginning to worry over the prospects of securing the usual supply for their ice houses. As yet comparatively little ice had been harvested at the lower end of Chautauqua Lake. Mr. R.Stevenson, who was interested in the Lakewood Ice Company and the Johnson Ice Company, said to a representative of The Journal these companies had been forced to quit work on account of the warm weather. Very little ice was put in any of the three large ice houses owned by the Lakewood company and since the warm weather commenced a week ago, operations had to be quit. During the cold spell the Johnson Ice Company, which supplied the city of Jamestown with ice, had about 40 men employed and had about half a crop harvested.

That the WCA Hospital held a firm place in the hearts of the people of Jamestown and community was proven in many ways and on many occasions. The public generally had contributed liberally to the support of the hospital and various gifts had been received by the institution. One of the most remarkable of the latter, however, was received a day or two ago when the treasurer received $1,250 in cash through the medium of the Chautauqua County bank for the benefit of the hospital. The donor did not wish to be known and not even the management of the hospital had the slightest idea as to whom it was that sent the very generous gift.

In 1939, the city of Dunkirk, by agreeing to boost its penalties on delinquent tax payments, assured itself of financial support from local banks this day as David S. Wright stood by ready to perform his customary “Good Samaritan” act. Wright, seed grower and an ardent citizen of Dunkirk, had been prepared to advance $10,000 to the city in case the banks refused support. But the help of the man who in the last five years had loaned nearly a quarter-million dollars to the city was not needed when city officials agreed to the delinquent penalty increase. By acceding to a plan whereby Dunkirk would be allowed to levy penalties up to 10 percent on overdue bills, the city won a promise from banks for immediate financial support.

In the heart of the game section there was nothing unusual about four men chasing one deer but when four deer chased one man, that was news. Harry Schilling of Oleopolis, near Oil City, narrowly escaped serious injury in that manner while driving along the Plumer-Oleopolis road. A deer suddenly leaped from the woods and was struck by the Schilling car. Walking back to where the deer was hit, Schilling could find no trace of the animal. Then he heard a rustling in the woods. Looking up he saw four deer charging toward him. He threw himself flat on the ground and the deer leaped across the road, directly over him, continuing their dash into the woods on the other side.

In 1964, a diminutive kindergarten teacher whose prompt action was credited with saving one of her 5-year-old charges from drowning was honored at Clymer Central School the previous afternoon. Ada May Brown, 63, of North Clymer, was recipient of a bouquet of roses and a standing ovation from her fellow faculty members and a certificate of recognition from Southern Chautauqua County Chapter Red Cross. Brown acted unhesitatingly Jan. 24 when little Francine Swanson of Findley Lake, fell into more than 5 feet of water in a septic tank distribution basin on the school playground. The heavy metal manhole cover had been stolen the previous night. A new cover was put in place immediately after the accident and all manhole covers on school property had been welded in place.

A fire originating in a refrigerator compressor damaged the Carl C. Spoto Super Market, W. Main Street, Brocton, in sub-freezing weather the past night. Three volunteer firemen were affected by smoke inhalation. The loss to the single one-story frame building and its contents was estimated unofficially at upward of $5,000. An unidentified passerby discovered the fire at 9:45 p.m. and 35 volunteer firemen battled the flames until 10:40 p.m. in 10-above-zero temperature.

In 1989, Pennsylvania’s economy remained strong as the unemployment rate for January dropped to 4.3 percent, the lowest rate since April 1974, and was below the national figure of 5.4 percent, officials said. Alvin Margulis, regional commissioner for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, said. The number of people employed in the state rose 3.6 percent over a year ago to 5.69 million, an all-time high. “The economy continues to move ahead,” Margulis said.

The sale of Jamestown General Hospital to WCA Hospital was among the most controversial decisions ever made by Jamestown City Council members. Among the many rumors that made the rounds during that time was one that said JGH had, in fact, been sold long before its financial problems were made public. However, there were never any negotiations taking place behind the scenes to sell Jamestown General Hospital to WCA Hospital, according to Mayor Steven B. Carlson.