In Years Past

In 1914, Henry Sloan, proprietor of the hotel at Sinclairville, died suddenly on this morning, the result of heart failure, following a few days’ illness with the grip. Sloan’s condition was not regarded as at all serious and the news of his death came as a great shock to his friends in Sinclairville and elsewhere. Sloan was about 60 years old. He was a single man, never having been married but was survived by a brother and two sisters. He was for many years the clerk in the Sherman House in Jamestown where he made many friends among the people of Jamestown and with the traveling public generally.

The first of an order of 10 trolley cars for the Jamestown Street Railway had arrived in the Erie Railroad yards and would be placed in service early in the summer on continuous Falconer-Lakewood and Falconer-Celoron runs. The cars were secured from the Third Avenue Railway Company of New York and were of the semi-convertible type similar to the smaller Chautauqua Traction cars. A rearrangement of the east and west lines so that passengers might ride from Falconer to Lakewood or Celoron without change would be the culmination of plans which had been under consideration for some months looking to more efficient service east and west. The details of the new arrangement would be made public in due time.

In 1939, it was not unusual for police to run into human beings who would “play possum” with the law but it was rare indeed that a limb of the law would run into the real thing. It happened the previous night. And Jamestown Patrolman Edward Eggleston was the victim. Officer Eggleston and a brother officer were on patrol on Hallock Street when they spotted, lying in the middle of the street, what appeared to be a dead cat or dog. Eggleston approached the animal. Then he reached down to pick up the creature. With lightning rapidity the animal turned on him and sank its sharp teeth deep into Eggleston’s right hand. Before he could recover from the surprise attack, the possum shot across the street and disappeared. Eggleston was taken to Jamestown General Hospital and given injections of anti-tetanus serum. The appearance of a possum was considered very unusual in this vicinity. Recently, however, these shy little animals had become rather common inhabitants of the city.

The Jamestown Bottling Company, 601 West Eighth Street, which was closed for a few weeks following the recent death of the late Philip F. Simon, its former president, had been purchased by a new local corporation which had reopened the plant and resumed operations, in the charge of Philip W. Albano, general manager. The new company, which would soon elect officers, planed to make whatever modern improvements might be deemed advisable and retained in its employ a majority of workers numbering about a dozen. Charles Johnson, veteran mixer, had been with the concern for the past 39 years.

In 1989, the state budget was due to be passed on Saturday, April 1, but it didn’t look like the state would make the deadline said two of the area’s representatives in the New York State Legislature. Sen. Jess J. Present, R-Bemus Point, said he did not think the Legislature would pass a budget by the weekend. Asked if that surprised him, the 23-year veteran of the state Legislature had a short answer: “No.” Assemblyman William L. Parment, D-North Harmony, was no more optimistic. “I’m sure we’ll have the Parment version, but I doubt it will get enough votes to pass,” Parment said.

A three-member CBS television crew arrived in Jamestown to research a possible segment for the newsmagazine show “A Current Affair” on the mysterious disappearance last May of Kathy A. Wilson. Police Chief Richard D. Ream said the decision to come here was a direct result of reports of the keys of Wilson’s van being found in Mechanics Alley earlier this month. Ream said the television crew conducted some Interviews and were continuing them this day while shooting locations around the city.