In Years Past

In 1914, fire discovered shortly after 12 a.m. the previous morning did about $10,000 damage to the oil refining plant of the Warren Refining Company located between Warren and North Warren. The fire was caused by a still boiling over. The 400 or more barrels of oil caught fire and exploded, scattering fire in all directions. One pipeline about eight inches in diameter carried the flames into the condenser, which caught fire, communicating the blaze to the tall house which was destroyed. The refining company fire department was supplemented by part of the Warren fire department and good work was done keeping the fire from much other inflammable material which was nearby.

It probably would be a rainy Easter Sunday all over the east. Unless some freak of nature set the best predictions of the weather bureau experts away, there would be rains and snows in the northern portion of the east and rains over the southern districts. It was a stock prediction among the weather profits that if it rained on Easter Sunday it would rain for six consecutive Sundays thereafter. The weather sharps said, however, that there was nothing certain about that. The weather, which threatened to retire Easter finery to the bandboxes and spoil the promenades on the fashionable avenues of many cities was a joint effort from Texas and Canada.

In 1939, United States Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana had been booked for the Chautauqua platform in the coming summer, along with a group of outstanding speakers on a wide variety of topics which would include all angles of the Hitler-Mussolini program, the Japanese program, the Chamberlain-Daladier program, the American program and what was termed a program for world order. Dr. Edward Howard Griggs would return for a series of lectures on American Life Today. Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, wife of the President, was to speak July 7 and Dr. William Lynn Phelps of Yale University was coming though his date had not yet been set.

Speedy action by two men who responded to calls for help robbed the Chadakoin River of three more victims about noon this day. The swiftly flowing river was carrying Mary Davison, 34, with her son, Wylie Jr., and Lawrence Morrison, all of Jamestown, past the municipal light plant when their rescuers pulled Davison from the water and the two boys from their flat bottom rowboat, half-filled with water. Davison and the two boys had set out in their craft to recover a boat that had been stolen from the Davisons and which was reported to have been found at the Warner Dam. They had only proceeded a short distance when the boat hit a log and Davison was thrown into the water. The rescue was made by Thomas Stevens of Busti and Donald Ellis of Jamestown.

In 1964, with measured cannon fire and the sad notes of Taps, the nation sent its old soldier, Douglas MacArthur, to his earthly peace. It was a moving ceremony – one of massed flags dipping in waves, of stirring band music, and of quiet prayers and the sadness of the general’s 84-year-old widow, Jean, and son, Arthur, 26. The Stars and Stripes were removed from MacArthur’s steel casket before he was lowered into his tomb in a crypt in the MacArthur Memorial in the old Navy town of Norfolk, Va., where his mother was born. And thus, the five-star general and hero of three wars, who died Sunday, April 5 – fading away as he once eloquently predicted – was laid to rest.

Laraine Bell Lyons, Miss Jamestown of 1961, had been named the state chairman of National Nurse Week for Highland Hospital in Rochester where she was a student nurse. Nurse Week was April 12-18. The past year Lyons was voted the outstanding student nurse of Area II, Student Nurses’ Association of New York State. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bell of Howard Avenue, West Ellicott.

In 1989, the head man at Crawford Furniture Manufacturing Corp. of Jamestown returned home from the Southern Furniture Market in High Point, N.C. with a real problem. Carl M. Cappa, Crawford’s president and chief executive officer, was wrestling with how to keep up with orders for the company’s new Shaker collection introduced at the show. Heads of three other area firms showing at the market also reported a good response to their offerings.

The Southwestern Central School Board was making plans to borrow $650,000 to pay its bills in May, just in case it did not get its state aid by then. Citing the state Legislature’s “continued failure to enact a budget,” SWCS Superintendent Donald A. Ogilvie asked the board to authorize President William Evans to borrow the money for the district. “I can make it through April but once we hit May I’ll be looking at a shortfall of $650,000,” Ogilvie told the board.