In Years Past

In 1914, a pretty young woman who gave her name as Lillian Keal was arrested at Salamanca on a warrant issued by Police Justice Maharon, charging bigamy. This was a serious charge. The penal law provided that a person who had a husband or wife living, married another, was punishable by imprisonment in a penitentiary or state prison for not more than five years. There were, however, exceptions. The specific charge was that the defendant married Alton Frank of Jamestown and at that time she was the wife of Arthur Arnold to whom she was married in 1910. It was also alleged that since that time the girl applied for an annulment of the marriage but that the application was not made until after the second marriage to Frank.

The most talked about person in the city of Bath at the present moment was Frederick Kempster, who was on a visit to his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Raynor. Mr. Kempster, who was only 20 years of age, stood 7 feet 9 inches in his socks, and measured 50 inches around the chest. He could reach to a height of 12 feet, 3 inches and had no difficulty in lighting a pipe or cigarette at a street lamp. His hands measured 11 inches from the wrist to the tips of his fingers and he claimed to have a longer span with one hand than any man in the world. He could cover 16 keys of a piano with ease and span 8 feet, 2 inches with his arms.

In 1939, death of Thomas J. Holleran, 38, and William F. Holleran, 42, brothers, members of a contracting firm, by drowning at Elmira when ice swept away a temporary ramp in the Chemung River, would not affect continuation of construction of the Forest Avenue Extention road into the village of Busti in which they had been engaged the past fall. There was a third brother who was a member of the firm which had completed approximately half of the job, being done as a federal project under state supervision. When completed, the road would be turned over to the county for maintenance. Work on the road was scheduled to be resumed in the spring.

Captain Wilfred Beaver, British Royal Air Corps, related World War experiences to members of Ira Lou Spring Post, American Legion, at their meeting in Governor Fenton’s mansion, Soldiers’ Memorial Park, Jamestown.Commander James S. Cusimano presided. Dr. Harold A. Blaisdell, past commander, introduced the speaker who told of joining the Canadian infantry in 1914 and serving a year in the trenches. He was then transferred to the aviation section. His experiences he plucked from a diary and log book he kept during the war. Beaver spoke of changing conditions since 1914 and outlined what the next war might bring forth.

In 1964, police in Lakewood knew where to look for missing out-of-town children. When a call came in that police of another area were searching for a missing child or two, Chief Anthony Caprino and his boys quickly rechecked the Modern Laundromat Inc. at 174 W. Fairmount Avenue. Thus far the score had been 100 percent. Within a few minutes after police in Lakewood learned two Emporium, Pa., 13-year-olds were missing, Officer Leslie McCall Jr., found them at the laundromat. Last month, police found two missing Phoenix, Ariz. boys asleep in the laundromat. And the laundromat previously was the scene of a visitation by two Bradford, Pa., youthful motorcyclists who drove their machines into the place.

Enlisting in the current observance of Brotherhood Week, pupils of Jamestown Public Schools would stage their annual “Bundle Days” collection of new and used clothing for less fortunate children in other parts of the world. The drive was being conducted with the assistance of the Jamestown Junior Chamber of Commerce which was providing trucks for pickup of donations at the individual schools. Nationally, the “Bundle Days” was sponsored by the Save the Children Federation.

In 1989, Casey Cannon of Ellington was all smiles as she got ready to try the new computer given to her by the Lions Clubs of Jamestown and Falconer and the Lioness Club of Jamestown. Telling her how the machine functioned were Anthony Calanni, president of Falconer Lions; Susan Nelson, president of Jamestown Lioness Club and Scott Lindstrom, president of Jamestown Lions. A screen reader and voice synthesizer would make it possible for Casey, who was blind, to operate the computer. Her homework would no longer have to be transcribed from Braille. Casey would also be able to compose music on the computer.

Rep. Amo Houghton saw many issues continuing to confront the United States during the Bush administration but he said higher taxes would not be among them. “They probably won’t come because President Bush has been so adamant about it,” Houghton said. The Corning Republican met with about 100 people at Falconer Village Hall Friday morning as his week-long series of town meetings across the 34th congressional district brought him to southern Chautauqua County.