In Years Past

In 1914, four men were hurt, two of them seriously, when a big six-cylinder car in which they were out looking for farms for sale, skidded over a high embankment. The accident occurred about 2 miles south of Sherman on the North Clymer road. The injured were George McKerrow of Pewankee, Wisconsin, George Hewes, A.J. McGinnies and John Cornell, all of Mayville. The last three named were members of the Mayville Realty Company and they had been to Sherman to get Mr. McKerrow, who was here looking for a farm for his son, to look at some property at Clymer. The car was a Mitchell 6 and did not have chains on the rear wheels. It skidded and turned turtle over a high embankment.

Everett Sundeen, the 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Sundeen of Hedges Avenue, Jamestown, was taken suddenly ill at the family home about 11 Sunday evening and died shortly after 2 in the afternoon. Dr. C.E. Goodell, the attending physician stated that there was every indication that this was a death from strychnine poisoning. It was possible that pills, like those found in the northern section of the city, had been found by the child and that he had secreted one which he may have eaten after he went to bed. The little boy was put to bed about 10 o’clock and his illness followed almost immediately after.

In 1939, an 18-year-old Jamestown High School junior was locked up at police headquarters on charges of first-degree grand larceny and third-degree burglary as a result of an alleged confession to the theft of $945 in currency, change and negotiable checks from the safe of the Lang’s Baking Company on Washington Street, early on the morning of May 2, 1938. Two 17-year-old youths were also locked up on charges of receiving stolen property, as a result of alleged confessions that they stole part of the Lang’s safe burglary loot from the other boy’s hiding place after he had told them of his part in the theft. A fourth youth was still at large.

Lee Powell, original star of the talking screen epic, “The Lone Ranger,” would thunder into the arena of the Barnett Brothers’ circus when the big show comes to Jamestown for afternoon and evening performances on Wednesday, May 10. Surrounded by his own big company of rangers, cowboys and cowgirls, scores of spirited horses and a group of real American Indians, Powell would appear in person at every performance of the circus as the feature attraction of 1939.

In 1964, Charles Joseph Anzalone, 21, father of two small boys, lost his life at 7 p.m. when he was hurled from a hydro speedboat he was operating, into Chautauqua Lake outlet opposite the Art Metal Inc. parking lot, Jones-Gifford Avenue, according to several witnesses. His body was recovered at 10:45 p.m. by Firemen Neil Hedlund, Leslie Whitcomb, Paul Spitz and Richard Rosentrater, who used grappling hooks from row boats. The depth of the water was estimated at 15 feet and the current was very swift. Stanley Smith, owner of the homemade boat, said Anzalone could not swim and as far as he knew, he was not wearing a life preserver.

Ronald Charles Elliott, 6, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Elliott, Old Route 60, Laona, drowned in Canadaway Creek within five hundred yards of his home. His body was recovered at 11 p.m. by his brother, James Elliott, 21, in four feet of water, according to Investigator T.D. Fiegl and Trooper G.C. Domedion, Fredonia State Police patrol. Apparently the boy drowned about 9 p.m. while playing alone. The youngster had been missing from his home since 7:30 p.m. The boy’s bicycle was found near a large tree at the top of a 20-foot cliff about 40 feet upstream. A rope attached to a large tree branch was used to swing over the creek and State Police theorized that Ronald either lost his grip while swinging over the water or lost footing on the cliff’s edge.

In 1989, although a 15 percent welfare increase would cost the state $34 million, the local share of the bill would be less than anticipated, said social service directors from Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. Gov. Mario Cuomo signed the increase into law Tuesday. It amounted to a $26 a month raise in benefits for the state’s poor. The actual increase in state welfare dollars was $38 a month, but that was offset by corresponding decreases in federal food stamps.

Three people lost their lives the previous night when the horse-drawn Amish buggy they were riding in along Route 957 in Farmington Township was hit by a pickup truck. The dead were identified as Abe Byler Jr., 37; his son, Daniel, 7, and Eli A. Byler, 31. The three died as a result of injuries they suffered when the buggy driven by Abe Byler was struck by a pickup truck operated by Ricky Jones of Conewango Township, according to State Police at Warren. Abe and Daniel Byler were pronounced dead on the scene. Eli Byler was transported to WCA Hospital in Jamestown where he died at 8:52 a.m. this day. The investigation was continuing.