In Years Past

In 1914, Charlotte Harrison of Foote Avenue, Jamestown, was in WCA Hospital in critical condition due to an accident sustained on the Jamestown Street Railway near the corner of Institute and Allen streets on this afternoon. Her skull was fractured and the physician in attendance stated that she was in a very critical condition and gave little encouragement for her recovery. The woman was struck by a Willard Street car, running eastward on Allen Street. Motorman P.J. Burns saw Harrison step from the curb. He thought she wanted to get on the car and prepared to stop. When the car was near her, the woman suddenly started to hurry across the tracks. Burns immediately reversed the power and sounded the gong. She almost succeeded in getting across the tracks when the fender struck her, knocking her to the pavement.

The Lynndon Worsted mills, located at the junction of Work Street and the Erie Railroad tracks at Falconer, was sold at auction on a mortgage foreclosure at the law office of Edward J. Green on this morning by Walter H. Edson, the referee. It was purchased by the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Jamestown. The Elite Furniture Company of Jamestown was also a bidder on the property. In addition to the building, the sale included considerable property around it as well as the machinery and the equipment.

In 1939, George W. Goodell, son of Dr. and Mrs. Chas. E. Goodell, Lakewood Road, who was voted the most valuable player on the Amherst College varsity baseball team the past season, was in training at the spring camp of the Rochester Red Wings of the International League in Winter Garden, Fla. Goodell, who was an infielder, was working out at second base and would remain with the Rochester squad until it would break camp April 15. The Jamestown athlete who had played on local league teams in recent years, expected to report for a tryout with the local club of the PONY league this season. An athlete at Jamestown High School, Goodell played football here and at the New England college from which he was graduated in 1938.

Fire department officials in Salamanca were investigating a terrific explosion which on Sunday demolished the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Verra on William Street, blew a slumbering youth out of bed in his home across the street, smashed windows in a number of buildings in the vicinity and rocked the entire city. Fire swept the ruins immediately, badly scorching two adjoining dwellings. Two fire companies were able to prevent the flames from spreading. No one was injured although for a time it was feared that Mr. and Mrs. Verra, both had lost their lives. Later it developed that they had left Saturday afternoon for Buffalo to visit friends. The only effects of the Verras which were saved were several small articles of furniture which were blown out onto the street.

In 1964, the heart of the metropolitan city of Anchorage, Alaska, was virtually destroyed by an earthquake that rocked the state, leaving a death toll that might reach several hundred. The quake struck at 5:36 p.m. at the height of the rush hour. Hundreds of people were caught on the streets or en route home in cars. Huge cracks opened in the ground. In the center of the city, three-story concrete buildings – many of them quite new – tumbled or caved in upon themselves. Area residents with relatives in Alaska were informed that it would take from 24 to 48 hours for the Red Cross to set up a registration center from which information could be sent out.

A major construction project to provide the largest exclusively-designed private nursing facility in the Jamestown area, a 108-bed nursing home, would be started on May 1. The project would be located on a one-acre plot on Prather Avenue, directly across from Fenton Park. It would be known as “Park Manor Nursing Home” and would be operated by a private local group of businessmen. A decision to construct the home was reached after a study showed “an urgent need” for more private nursing and convalescent facilities in Jamestown, according to an announcement by Anthony Liuzzo, president of the contracting firm.

In 1989, three 24-year-olds, tentatively identified as Jamestown residents, died in a crash at about 2:20 a.m. after their speeding car apparently left the road and hit a palm tree in Fort Myers, Fla. The car involved in the accident was owned by James Stockwell of Avalon Boulevard, said Lt. Malcolm Rhodes of the Florida Highway Patrol at Fort Myers. Melissa Graham of Jamestown told police Stockwell’s passengers were Jason Saulsgiver and Trina Carr, both of Wicks Avenue. The three had been sharing a condo on Florida’s Gulf Coast with four or five other Jamestown area college students including Melissa Graham, who had been dropped off by the trio at about 9 p.m. so she could study.

Restaurants all along the New York state Thruway would be converted to fast food operations over the next several years in an attempt to boost sales and satisfy consumer demand. Marriott Corp. held contracts with the Thruway to operate at 25 of the 26 rest areas along the 559-mile superhighway, the nation’s longest toll road. The operation that was on the Buffalo-to-Erie, Pa., spur, was a joint operation that included a McDonald’s and a Denny’s restaurant.