In Years Past

  • In 1914, the Jamestown board of education held a long drawn out meeting in the superintendent’s office at the High School building Tuesday evening. The matter of the auditing system and the matter of buying prison-made school furniture being the chief topics of the evening. Almost immediately after convening, the matter of the finance committee’s report on various bills came up. The long list of bills was ordered paid. Mr. Cushman, howsoever, voted “no” as usual. In explaining his vote he read a typewritten manuscript in which he went over his old complaint relative to the auditing and accounting systems in use in the schools.
  • Carl Brown, the Bemus Point lad who pitched good ball for the Jamestown semi-pro team the past season, and who had been receiving a tryout with the Buffalo club of the International league this spring, had failed to land a berth on the pitching staff and according to reports received, would be farmed out to some small league team, probably Erie of the Canadian league, or one of the middle west clubs. Brownie was given an opportunity to farm out with the Charlotte, N.C. team but refused to remain in the south. Manager Clymer of the Bisons and Stallings of the Boston Nationals, reported that he had plenty of stuff but lacked big league experience.
  • In 1939, Italian invaders of Albania marched into Tirana, the mountainous little kingdom’s capital, intensifying the fears of most of Europe of further totalitarian coups. The Fascist forces which landed on Albania’s Adriatic coast against the futile resistance of ill-armed tribesmen, found the capital ready to receive conquerors. King Zog had fled and was believed on his way to Greece where his queen, Geraldine and his three-day-old heir, already had taken asylum in a tavern at Florina after a 14-hour ride over tortuous mountain roads in an ambulance. In London, it was announced Prime Minister Chamberlain would return to London from Castle Forbes in Scotland to confer with his ministers on the Albanian situation.
  • Albanian-Americans of Jamestown, members of the oldest Albanian colony in North America, were making plans for a mass meeting to be held following the midnight Easter service at St. Louis Orthodox catholic church on Sprague Street, to protest the Fascist invasion of the little Balkan kingdom. Spiro Ford, one of the leaders among Jamestown’s community of Albanian-Americans, said that the local group would be joining in a movement inaugurated by Albanians in many other American cities. There were about 800 Albanians in Jamestown, he said. The purpose of the mass meeting would be to lodge as strong a protest as possible against any sacrifice of Albanian independence.
  • In 1964, a former official of the Welch Grape Juice Co. was killed and his wife seriously injured shortly after noon the previous day at Barcelona when their car collided with a tractor-trailer truck at the intersection of Routes 5 and 17. Dead was Ward C. Young, 82, of Westfield, former credit manager of the Welch Grape Juice Co. In serious condition at Westfield Memorial Hospital was his wife, Mrs. Minnie Young, 75, who was listed in poor condition. Mr. Young was driving on Route 17 and had stopped for the flasher signal at Route 5. The Young car then proceeded into the intersection into the path of the truck which was operated by Paul Leo Rosin, 42, of Sheffield Lake, Ohio. The tractor-trailer was loaded with new cars.
  • The Jamestown High School A Cappella Choir had been invited to sing at the World’s Fair. The 90 member choir would be heard in concert on Thursday, April 23, in the New York State Pavilion, through invitation of John Wilson, the Pavilion’s special events chairman and arrangement of Daniel F. Lincoln of the Chautauqua County Board of Supervisors. The trip was being financed through a candy sale and ticket sale for a May concert. A total of nine concerts would be given by the choir on its trip to New York City.
  • In 1989, Oliver North conceded he lied to congressmen who came to the White House to question him about the Contras, but he said he didn’t think it was unlawful because the things he was hiding, “I was told, could not, should not be revealed.” “I felt like a pawn in a chess game being played by giants,” he testified. The courtroom at his criminal trial was packed and long lines formed in the hallway outside as the former National Security Council aide spent his second day in the witness chair, undergoing gentle examination by his own lawyer, Brendan Sullivan. At the White House, President Bush, citing concern about “endangering the trial,” refused to answer questions about his own role in aiding the Contras, as disclosed in a lengthy “admission of facts.”
  • Misuse of citizens band radio frequencies, especially the use of obscene language, was common and getting worse, according to David Viglione, engineer in charge of the Buffalo regional office of the Federal Communication Commission. “That’s one of our biggest complaints. It’s a very controversial topic and a very important topic,” Viglione said. One problem the FCC faced in responding to the complaints was that it had no clear definition of obscenity. Jamestown residents had complained to Viglione’s office about misuse of CB radios but he said the complaints more often dealt with interference on channel 9, the channel designated for emergency use.