In Years Past

In 1914, an elderly man, unheeding the alarm of the oncoming fire apparatus at the corner of Second and Main streets in Jamestown on Saturday afternoon, would surely have been struck to the pavement and seriously injured had it not been for the prompt action of Charles H. Wiborg in assisting him to the sidewalk. It was so close an escape that witnesses to the affair had palpitations of the heart for fear the man would be struck.

A house being erected on Willow Avenue in Jamestown by E.B. Calhoun, was blown from its temporary foundations by the gale of Sunday. The house was being built on wooden blocks, it being planned to place a permanent foundation under it after it was occupied. It would be necessary to jack it up and move it back into position and make other repairs as well.

In 1939, Jamestown High School’s undefeated basketball team which won the Class AA championship of Western New York with a record of 17 straight victories, would be honored with a dinner at Gretchen’s Kitchen Monday evening, May 1, by Italian-American professional and business men of the city. Joseph A. Quisimberio was chairman of the general committee on arrangements for the affair, with Anthony J. Tota heading the finance group. They were assisted by 30 other men. Members of the Red and Green varsity squad would attend the banquet which would be addressed by a college coach.

“It will be no secret to most of you,” said S. Miles Bouton, former foreign newspaper correspondent, addressing the Jamestown Kiwanis Club at its weekly lunch meeting at the Masonic temple, “that I regard President Roosevelt as a domestic calamity and that I feel he has launched the United States on the way to paternalism, which is but one step from dictatorship with its consequent weakening of all the manly virtues. But his foreign policy has been right from the beginning and his appeal which was really a warning to Hitler and Mussolini, was a striking bit of statesmanship. Roosevelt knows as well as I know, that no guarantee by the dictators would be worth the paper it is written on.”

In 1964, all that was needed was a little heat and there would have been a good mess of scrambled eggs, state police reported, after an eastbound tractor trailer went down an embankment and struck a tree. No one was injured. The accident occurred at 6:30 a.m., Sunday when Lucius Matteson, 21, of Dunkirk, pulled his truck to the right to avoid an unidentified tractor-trailer approaching him in the same eastbound lane on Route 5, two miles east of Barcelona. The truck was carrying a cargo of eggs and butter, valued at $20,000. As the truck struck the tree, the impact wrecked the trailer and its cargo, spattering broken eggs and butter at the foot of the embankment.

A ZIP code seminar would be presented May 6-7 at the Hotel Jamestown by local and regional postal officials, Jamestown Postmaster Raymond W. Gould announced. Postal officials would answer questions regarding ZIP code procedure and representatives of private mailing and addressing equipment firms would also exhibit their products, Gould said. Gould urged every user of the mails to take advantage of the public seminar. “ZIP code was designed to save the taxpayer and the mail user money. The sooner it is implemented, the sooner those savings will be realized,” he said.

In 1989, thousands of Jamestown area residents were sending get-well wishes to Lucille Ball by signing their names to banners that would be sent to the actress Friday afternoon. The red paper banners, imprinted with “Jamestown Loves Lucy,” were to have been plastered all over town to welcome one of the world’s most brilliant and original funny ladies. But because of Lucy’s emergency open heart surgery Tuesday evening, her visit had been postponed. The banners would be signed and sent to Lucy as a community get-well card.

Clean lines and functional simplicity were key features of the new Shaker collection of dining room and bedroom furnishings introduced by Crawford Furniture Manufacturing Corp. of Jamestown. The new line received overwhelming acceptance at the spring version of the Southern Furniture Market in High Point, N.C., according to Carl M. Cappa, Crawford’s president and chief executive officer. Cappa was frank in admitting, however, that he made the commitment to the new collection with some reluctance and reservations. “This is the first time we’ve done this in many, many years – that we’ve come out with an entire new collection of bedroom and dining room furniture,” said Harold O. Johnson, Crawford’s marketing director.