In Years Past

In 1914, any effort to compel owners of buildings spanning the outlet in Jamestown to spend large sums of money to line the creek channel with cement work in accordance with the flood abatement plan of the state engineer, would meet with an absolute refusal from the owners of at least five of the properties affected, according to information which came to The Journal from a well-informed and interested property owner. “You can say that it is childish to threaten these property owners,” stated this gentleman. “The club they think they hold is purely imaginary. Any effort to get this matter into the courts would result in disclosures which would show the absolute futility of the proposition.”

The county authorities had been asked to conduct an investigation of an incident which happened at the public school at Ormsby, McKean County, Pa. Florence Apple was the teacher and among her pupils were the three daughters of Bob Green. When the teacher asked Bessie Green to take her place for a recitation she balked. When Apple tried to force the girl to obey, the three Green sisters, Bessie, 15, Sarah, 13, and Virginia, 11, attacked the teacher. In a few minutes there was a panic among the 30 other children. William Brown was called in and he rescued the teacher but not until Apple had obtain many bruises and one eye had been discolored. The school directors expelled the three Green children. County Detective E.W. Jones was investigating.

In 1939, there was no reason why the United States must become involved in a new European war in any eventuality, despite the situation in Europe, according to H.V. Kaltenborn, dean of American radio news commentators and this night’s Civic Forum lecturer. Perhaps it was the warm rays of Jamestown’s first truly spring-like sunshine which prompted such optimism from the lips of this expert on foreign affairs. Whatever the cause, the sentiment was expressed without qualification. Kaltenborn really believed that America and Americans need not be alarmed over the prospect of this country engaging in a foreign war.

The Ariel Athletic Club of Jamestown, after an absence of three years from the theatrical boards, sent a capacity audience home from Shea’s Theater Wednesday evening singing the tuneful minstrel numbers of the 26-year Jubilee edition. The show would be repeated Friday evening at 9:10 p.m. with a good picture sandwiched on either side of the home talent revue. The club men who organized in September 1912, had not presented a show since 1936.

In 1964, Jamestown City Council would meet this night in what could be one of the most tumultuous sessions in recent years. The fuel to supply the fire was composed of: Council approval two weeks ago of a measure to enlarge the Jamestown General Hospital Board from seven to nine members over the objection of Mayor Fred H. Dunn and Council President Frank R. Franco. A proposed $1.4 million bond issue to help Jamestown pay for several community projects, including expansion of Jamestown Community College. Plans for a “march on City Hall” by placard-carrying students from JCC, urging passage of the school bond issue. These issues shaped up as a test of Dunn’s control of the City Hall.

Bernard Hodgson Jr., 25, of Limestone, N.Y., was killed Sunday near Bradford, Pa., when his automobile left the highway, plunged over an embankment and landed on railroad tracks, where it was struck by a train. State police said Hodgson was traveling alone. Troopers said his car failed to negotiate a curve. The train dragged the car about 100 feet before stopping, police said.

In 1989, the area’s two Republican congressmen voted for different candidates of a new Republican whip in the House of Representatives but both said they were ready to work with the man now second in command of House Republicans – Georgia conservative Newt Gingrich. The tally was close: 87 Republicans, including Warren’s William F. Clinger, cast their ballots for Gingrich. Eighty-five, including Amo Houghton, who represented New York’s Southern Tier, voted for Edward Madigan, the slightly more moderate deputy whip from Illinois. One ballot that read “other” was declared spoiled and one Republican was absent.

The 100,000th L-10 diesel engine rolled to the end of the line at the Jamestown Engine Plant of Cummins Engine Co. at 9 a.m. Wednesday as employees gathered for the landmark occasion. The unit was scheduled to be shipped to the Springfield, Ohio, plant of Navistar, formerly International Harvester, according to Cummins Plant Manager Joseph Peganoff. He said Navistar was the largest customer for the Cummins L-10 engine, as well as the company’s biggest customer for all of its heavy-duty truck engines. The L-10 engine had been produced at the Baker Street Extension plant since July 1982 and was used primarily to power heavy-duty on-highway trucks.