In Years Past

In 1914, after about 30 years, what many in Crawford County, Pa., had all these years believed to have been a murder, was in a fair way for final solution. John Turner, living at North Girard, in Erie County, was said to have confessed that he killed his wife at their home near Linesvile about 30 years ago. Turner was an old man, aged 84, and all these years, according to the story alleged to have been told to Rev. J. Cook, also of North Girard, he had suffered the remorse of guilt and as the end of his own life drew onward, he was endeavoring to relieve his conscience by confessing to his pastor.

Modern love a la mode, as it might be termed, was charmingly if laughingly shown in the rich, bright comedy “Seven Days,” to be produced by the Bisbee Players at the Samuels Opera House in Jamestown all the following week. This comedy was one of the most successful stage achievements of recent years in New York City. It was written by Mary Roberts Rhinehart and Avery Hopwood. It played for a solid year at the Astor Theater on Broadway and altogether it was a Manhattan attraction for three prosperous seasons. The authors had shown accurately and amusingly how present-day folk treated sentiment, for the play, with its humor and fun, made it the biggest laughing hit of years.

In 1939, J. William Wade, chairman of the special committee of the Retail Merchants’ Association division of the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce, announced the rules for the Window Treasure Hunt, a feature of the Parade of Spring Colors, March 15-18. Twenty merchants were donating prizes of values from $3 to $5. These prizes were to be hidden in 20 windows in the downtown section. Each article would be in a foreign window; for example, a camera might be found in the window of a shoe store. The articles would be numbered and labeled with cards marked “Prize” and they would be in fairly conspicuous locations in each window.

The federation of churches of Rochester and Monroe County were directing a campaign against bingo and other games of chance. Calling bingo “one of the most flagrant examples” of gambling, the federation urged schools, churches and parents to join in checking it. The group denounced the game as a nuisance and a menace. The federation was receiving the backing of District Attorney Daniel J. O’ Mara who said “there is no question that bingo violates the state penal laws” and promised prosecution of persons arrested for running games.

In 1989, the president of Fairbank Farms near Blockville pondered his company’s future this day as he watched its past go up in smoke. Joe Fairbank looked out the window of an undamaged garage on the premises of the smoldering mass that had been the firm’s main building. The slaughterhouse, packing plant, storage area and office complex were burned out by a blaze that erupted about 2:30 a.m. When asked what his plans might be, Fairbank replied, “We?re going to have discussions on that this morning.” Firefighters from 10 Chautauqua County companies braved freezing temperatures as they fought to quench the flames. Fire investigators would be on the scene later to try and determine the cause of the blaze.

Add the manager of Jamestown’s Paragon Cable TV to those not happy about Federal Communications Commission’s decision to readopt the policy of “syndicated exclusivity.” “I hate to see it happen, because it’ll lead to substantial viewer confusion and frustration,” said Rene Wukich, general manager of Paragon Cable. Under the rule, only local television stations that buy the rights to particular programs might air those programs in the local market. If the stations wanted to, they could prevent a local cable company such as Paragon, from showing the program on any out-of-town station.