In Years Past

In 1914, a good-sized audience assembled in mass meeting Friday evening in the Jamestown City Hall to listen to able speakers on the subject of Women’s Suffrage. The hall was attractively decorated with the national colors, that blended beautifully with the purple, white and green banners of the Women’s Political Union, the organization under whose auspices the speakers appeared. Lucia T. Henderson presided and in her introductory remarks reviewed something of the history of the equal franchise movement in Jamestown. It was in 1885 that a little band of earnest women founded the first club for the cause in this city and shortly afterwards a full county organization was effected. There were enthusiastic meetings at the local opera house as well as the great amphitheater at Chautauqua.

A crowd of between 700 and 800 fight fans witnessed the program of boxing bouts staged at the smoker held under the auspices of the Jamestown Athletic Club in its gymnasium on East Second Street Friday evening. With the exception of one, all the bouts were exceptionally good and the affair was a complete success. The main attraction was a six-round go between Clarence Carling of Jamestown and Joe Hogan of Buffalo. This was a top notcher from start to finish. Hogan was an old-timer at the game with years of experience against some of the best preliminary men in the country and for this reason and this alone he was able to win over the local lad.

In 1939, following a February that brought a record snowfall of 27.8 inches for the month, March entered upon the scene like a lion, bringing cloudy and colder weather with additional precipitation predicted, checking possible flood conditions in the Stillwater section. The past month’s snowfall broke a previous mark of 24.3 inches set in February of 1937. The 16-year report being compiled by Gilbert C. Olson, in charge of the local weather station, showed that the 35.5 inches of snowfall in January was the second largest ever recorded for that month in the area. Other interesting figures obtained from the report showed that there were only three months out of the 12 in which snow had never fallen in Jamestown.

A fight to abolish New York state’s 18-year-old movie censorship board was opened by metropolitan film exhibitors. Director of the drive was Harry Brandt, president of the Independent Theater Owners, who called an emergency meeting of 400 city theater owners. His action followed the censorship board’s recent temporary ban against the Warner Brothers production, “Yes, My Darling Daughter.” A cut version of the film had since been approved by the state board of regents. Brandt said the theater owners would campaign to abolish “all bluenose organizations which make their livelihood out of what the other man shall see.”

In 1989, police had identified a man found dead Monday at the Olean Municipal Airport as Jorge Lewis Paredes, 41, of Toronto. Paredes died of a skull fracture. Police said the fatal injury was believed to be the result of a massive cut near the skull, the type of injury consistent with being struck by an airplane propeller. The man’s body was found near a runway at the Olean airport, off Route 16 in the town of Ischua. Investigators said they found the man’s body and signs that an airplane had recently taken off from the airport. Police also said they found blood in a nearby phone booth. They were treating the case as an apparent homicide until they could determine the identity of the owner and pilot of the plane.

He rolled into Persell children’s lives blaring Bon Jovi and bringing a message about self-esteem, love and the million dollar machine. His name was Punchy the robot. He stood about 4 feet tall, had a mop for hair, scopes for eyes, pink and blue metal for skin and an orange nose. He also had a way with children. “I thought he was pretty neat,” said one of the students, Jerry, as he exited after Punchy’s show to fifth and sixth-graders at Jamestown’s Persell School. Asked whether he thought the show was worth it, Shawn said, “Oh, definitely.” The million dollar machine was the human body. Punchy was at the school to encourage students to take care of their bodies and to say no to drugs.