In Years Past

In 1914, Oscar C. Johnson, deputy sheriff, was called to Stillwater the previous morning to bring Anthony Korsthorst to Jamestown. When Johnson came to the house where Korsthorst lived, he found the owner, Ellis Hamilton on the couch with numerous scalp wounds and covered with blood. He went upstairs and found Korsthorst with his coat and shoes off, lying on the bed. The sheets were smeared with blood and Korsthorst also had numerous wounds. As near as could be learned a quarrel was started.Korsthorst hit Hamilton over the head with a chair. The started a battle royal and Hamilton repaidKorsthorst with a crack over the head with a shotgun. Johnson said that Hamilton was in a worse condition than Korsthorst, who was taken to the city and locked in the jail.

From the usual tempting wealth of new books in the spring offering of busy publishing houses, a selection had been made of some considered especially attractive or helpful to the patrons of the Jamestown public library. A group of seasonable little books on gardening and treatment of the home grounds added to the good working collection the library was building on the subject. One or two more elaborate books like Wilhelm Miller’s “What England Can Teach Us About Gardening” and a beautiful work on Japanese flower arrangement, would be welcomed for their special features. The children’s part in the joyous pursuit of garden making had not been forgotten, “Parson’s Children’s Gardens for Pleasure, Health and Education” being one of the latest additions. The householder would find books on cleaning and repair work while dressmaking and seasonable cookery would engage the attention of the housewife.

In 1939, A spokesman for the agencies assigned to protect the king and queen of England on their trip through western New York, en route to Washington on June 7, said nearly 1,000 men would guard the royal couple. The guard would consist of representatives of Scotland Yard, New York state police, U.S. Secret Service agents, the army and city, town and railroad police. A guard would be placed at every crossing over which the train would pass. Representatives of the various law enforcement agencies met in Niagara Falls to coordinate their plans.

With spring housecleaning time here again, Jamestown women who wished to save themselves plenty of hard effort would use No-Boil to make their homes look spic and span. Throughout the year as well, this product would be of great assistance. Samuel F. Gagliano, 18 Water St., proprietor of the No-Boil Fluid Chemical Co., had been engaged in that business at 125 Crescent St. for the past 10 years. No-Boil was a chemical which softened and gave extra cleaning qualities to water, making washing and cleaning more effective with less effort. It was bottled and distributed by Gagliano, who sold wholesale to grocers anywhere in Jamestown and vicinity. Stores sold No-Boil to the public on a money-back guarantee, the product being put up in 32-ounce or quart bottles. It was used extensively and well-liked in this area.

In 1989, Lucille Ball, the zany redhead born in Jamestown, who reigned for more than 20 years as the queen of television comedy, died this day a week after undergoing emergency heart surgery. She was 77. The excitable star of “I Love Lucy” and similar situation comedies that continued in syndication around the world, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where she underwent surgery to replace her aorta and aortic valve April 18. “The death occurred suddenly and without warning. She experienced a full cardiac arrest. Her response to surgery over a week ago was excellent and she had been improving constantly,” said hospital spokesman Ronald Wise. “Lucille Ball is the greatest woman clown in the world,” fellow comedian Milton Berle once said. “In fact, she is one of the great clowns of all time, male or female.”

Lucy was always so full of life that her death seemed a double loss. Pauline Lopez of Celoron, a life-long friend of Ms. Ball’s, said she was shocked by the news of Lucy’s death. “It’s a terrible shock because the news had been quite encouraging. She just seemed so full of life. It seemed like Lucy would just go on forever,” Lopez said. Jamestown Mayor Steven B. Carlson said he was deeply saddened by the news. “My sincere sympathies are extended to her husband and family and to all her many friends,” Carlson said. He said many Jamestowners had been looking forward to Lucy’s visit this summer “as we honored her for her many great achievements.”