In Years Past

In 1914, Alexander Anderson of Second Street, Jamestown, was struck and instantly killed in Westfield by an automobile as he was about to board a Chautauqua traction car for Jamestown. E.N. Skinner of the firm of Skinner & Nichols, was trying out a brand-new automobile and was traveling at considerable speed down the hill that headed to the trolley station. He saw Anderson in the path of the auto and sounded the horn to warn the pedestrian of his danger. It was thought the noise of the trolley car drowned the sound of the automobile and Skinner, who was an experienced driver, could not stop in time to avoid the accident. Anderson was about to visit Jamestown to conclude negotiations for the purchase of the Pearson farm about four miles below Falconer. His household goods were already packed and he had expected to commence occupancy of his new home on Tuesday next.

Jamestown’s oldest house, according to old settlers, built by Royal Keyes in 1816, at the southwest corner of Main and Fourth streets, was being torn down to make room for the Odd Fellows’ temple to be erected the coming summer by Mt. Tabor Lodge, I.O.O.F. The work was started Tuesday. Though the house lacked but two years of being a century old, the timbers and lumber were in good condition. During the past two years the front of the house had been a bakery. The old house was seen at once to be very old by its low rooms and the other architectural features.

In 1939, the Jamestown Veneer and Plywood Corporation was the winner of the only plaque for safety presented by the Associated Industries of New York state, as a result of a three-month campaign ending Dec. 31. Councilman Russell Valone accepted the plaque on behalf of the corporation when presented by Oscar A. Lenna of Jamestown, director of Associated Industries.

The Amateur Hunt, presented Friday evening at Bemus Point Central School for the benefit of the P.T.A. was a most successful event, opined the audience which indicated its pleasure in the unusually clever and varied entertainment. Teachers and pupils in the Belleview, Bemus Point, Fluvanna and Maple Grove schools cooperated splendidly with the program chairman, J. Maxwell Ward, in the preparation of the entertainment which offered a variety of acts from a one-girl number to a puppet show and a circus. The first prize of $3 was awarded to Laurian and Onalee Stowell in a piano and tap dance number.

In 1964, two youths who took a “short cut” with their cars across an Allen Park lawn got a stiff lecture and paid a total of $31.12 for the trip. They were summoned before City Judge Lester E. Berglund who warned that further incidents of city park damages this year would result in arrests and fines. The boys were accused of cutting ruts in a portion of a lawn near Allen Park washrooms the past Sunday. They appeared with their mothers in Jamestown City Court and agreed to pay $15.56 each to the city parks department.

Robert Sandy of Sinclairville had chalked up a lot of experiences while driving in his camper truck but none was as tension-packed as the one he went through recently in Omaha, Neb. Sandy found himself in the unhappy position of being a suspect in the slaying of a Sherrill, N.Y. couple. It was all because Sandy’s camper truck bore a New York state license plate and matched the camper truck of the slain pair. There was one difference – Sandy’s truck was a 1959 model. The slain couple’s was a 1963 model. Sandy’s unwanted brush with the law came four days after the slaying and had all the elements of a movie thriller. He was driving his truck down the street when all at once he found himself surrounded by squad cars, disgorging a veritable army of police. Naturally Sandy came to an abrupt halt. As he reached for his registration papers in the glove box, all he was conscious of, he said, was a policeman with a drawn .38 revolver and a shabby man in a slouch hat standing outside the car window. “Two things went through my mind,” Sandy said. “One was that the police might think I was reaching for a gun; and the other was the poor old man was about to ask me for a dime for a cup of coffee.”