In Years Past

  • In 1914, the freight steamer City of Rome, Buffalo to Toledo, was burned to the water’s edge off Ripley early this day. The crew escaped in boats. The fire was discovered between decks shortly after midnight by Mate John McNamara of Cleveland and all hands were summoned to fight the flames which gained rapid headway and were soon beyond control. After two hours’ struggle, Captain William Dunn gave the orders to beach the vessel. Thomas Cunningham of Milwaukee, the chief engineer, stuck to his post until the ship grounded on the soft sands of Ripley beach. The vessel was a total loss.
  • Eight young boys, who were arrested some time ago in connection with the theft of various articles from businesses in Jamestown, were again under arrest, charged with the stealing of many dollars worth of merchandise from various stores in the business section. A considerable part of the stolen property had been recovered and included baseball gloves from Clark’s Drug Store, the Jamestown Hardware Company and Londahl and Johnson’s store opposite the City Hall. Gauntlet cuffs had been taken from Lod’s harness shop on West Third Street and flash lights from both Jacobson’s and Mason’s news rooms, as well as other articles. Their cases would be disposed of later.
  • In 1939, Gratton Swan Reynolds, 60, of Crossman Street, Jamestown, was found dead on the floor of a garage near his home about 7 a.m. when his wife went to the garage to call him to breakfast. According to accounts, her husband got up at daybreak and went to the garage to work on his car. He had been doing this for the past week or more. When he did not appear at the house for breakfast, Mrs. Reynolds went to the garage. She found her husband slumped over on the floor alongside the car, which was running. Fearing that her husband had been overcome, Mrs. Reynolds ran from the garage, screaming. A neighbor heard Mrs. Reynold’s screams and helped her pull her husband out of the garage. Dr. D.W. Buckmaster estimated that the man had been dead for about an hour when found.
  • “They’re off!” Those words meant the chance of a lifetime to the dozen or so 3-year-old horses down at Louisville, KY., this day but to the 210 racing pigeons which were shipped on the 100-mile old bird race Friday evening, the words meant even more. They meant that somewhere, 100 miles away, lay their home and mates and the problem at hand was to get there as quickly as possible. Jamestown Pigeon Club members shipped 210 racing pigeons to Warren, Ohio, Friday night to be liberated this day at the club’s 100-mile race.
  • In 1964, three Southwestern Central School students were apprehended Tuesday night by Officer Nels Carlson, following an investigation by Officer Leslie McCall, of several broken windows in the school bus garage and a rear window in one of the school buses. Damage estimated at about $100 was apparently caused by stones thrown by the two girls, ages 13 and 14 and one boy, aged 16. Anthony Caprino stated that all information about the case had been turned over to school authorities for action.
  • Police and fire officials said a jet plane broke the sound barrier at the same time an oil lease explosion, followed by fire, occurred at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in Glade Township, destroying a 75-year-old two story frame building and its contents. No one was injured. While the noise was heard in a 20-mile radius, as far north as Jamestown, rattling windows and shaking buildings, none of the windows or dishes were broken and no buildings were damaged. Firemen reported it was one of the hottest fires they had experienced in many years.
  • In 1989, bringing art to the people was the idea behind an exhibit featuring the works of artists from across the United States which opened Friday night in downtown Jamestown. “We’re trying to bring exhibitions of art out to the local level,” said Jeffrey Crist, director of the Chautauqua Art Association. “Many people won’t or can’t take the time to travel to an art gallery.” The show was being presented through the joint efforts of the Chautauqua Art Association Galleries, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, The Downtown Jamestown Development Corp. and Argersinger’s Department store. The exhibit was located in a gallery on the second floor of Argersinger’s.
  • An evening of Swedish entertainment would be presented May 12 in the Scharmann Theatre at Jamestown Community College. Local talent would join some of Sweden’s finest entertainers in a concert titled “Sounds of Sweden.” The Jamestown Viking Male Chorus, under the direction of Judy Johnson, would open the program. In addition to performing the national anthems of the United States and Sweden, the chorus would sing several Swedish and American favorites. The widely acclaimed duo of Paulsson and Huff would perform a variety of selections.