In Years Past

  • In 1914, the contract had been let for building another story to the factory of the Gurney Ball Bearing Company located on Scott Street in Jamestown. This move had been made necessary by reason of the increase in the business which required additional floor space. The company had received very large orders for its product from various automobile manufacturers and it was necessary to enlarge its factory. This evidence of prosperity would be pleasing to all interested in the industrial growth of the city.
  • A very pretty wedding occurred at the Falconer M.E. parsonage, Tuesday evening. The contracting parties were William G. Osborne of Falconer and Miss Gertrude Lee Oles of Jamestown. The ceremony was performed by Rev. John E. Roberts, pastor of the Falconer M.E. church. The bride wore a white crepe chiffon dress over white messaline and was attended by Mrs. Maud Dyer, a sister of the bridegroom, and her daughter Ethel. The prospective wedding was kept secret and was consequently a surprise to relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Osborne would reside in Falconer and their friends were united in wishing them a happy married life.
  • In 1939, Solicitor General Robert H. Jackson of Jamestown had been appointed by General Frank Murphy, chairman of a committee to study the administration of bankrupt and insolvent estates in the federal courts and to recommend improvements. Dean Francis Shea of the University of Buffalo Law School was a member of the newly appointed committee, which would examine the existing law and its operation and prepare recommendations for improvements by means of legislation, administrative action or both, Murphy stated.
  • Hachig Simonian, Findley Lake farmer, was acquitted of a first-degree manslaughter charge by a county court jury following less than two hours of deliberation. After the jury reported its verdict, Judge Lee L. Ottaway ordered the release of the defendant from the county jail, where he had been confined since Dec. 23, following his arrest for fatally stabbing his partner, George Bohigian, at the farm they shared. The crime followed an argument between Simonian and Bohigian over the distribution of a milk check. When the defendant was released, he took with him $131, which had been the cause of the fight between the two men. Simonian claimed he acted in self defense and that he struck his partner with a knife accidentally.
  • In 1964, Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller announced his approval of two major highway projects connected with the Southern Tier Expressway in Western New York. The proposed expressway was a reconstruction of Route 17 transforming it from a two-lane highway to a four-lane, limited access superhighway. Contracts would be let in the fall on two sections of the Expressway – a four-mile stretch in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties providing a bypass around the town of Kennedy and a 6.4 mile stretch between Painted Post and Campbell in Steuben County.
  • A discarded cigarette might have caused the fire in a large pile of paper cartons, some filled with excelsior, the previous night in the rear of Collins Sport Shop, Inc., 210 Cherry St., Jamestown. No one was injured. Firemen from several companies quickly quenched the blaze, which created considerable smoke in the downtown area. Flames rose high in the air and they could be seen throughout the business district. Smoke crept underneath the shop’s two rear doors and firemen used an electric portable fan to eject the smoke from the store.
  • In 1989, Jamestown Mayor Steven B. Carlson had expressed “shock and concern” at the surprise action taken by the Chautauqua County Legislature to impose user fees at the county landfill. The legislature adopted a resolution Wednesday authorizing County Executive John A. Glenzer to impose the fees at the Ellery landfill. “The last time anything like this happened is when the Baltimore Colts snuck out of that city in the middle of the night and went to Indianapolis,” Carlson said. “Everybody woke up in the morning and it was an accomplished fact.”
  • Nearly a year after it began, the search for Kathy Wilson would continue on a national level with the broadcast of A Current Affair on Monday evening, the show’s producer announced. The program would be on cable channel 28 in Jamestown or cable channel 5 in Warren and Fredonia. Mrs. Wilson of Forest Avenue, was 33 when she disappeared in the early afternoon of last May 18. On that day, she was reportedly seen at the Marine Midland Bank and Quality Markets in Falconer and at Chautauqua Mall. Her purse was recovered later along route 62 near Akeley, Pa. Most recently, her van keys were discovered in Mechanics Alley in Jamestown.