In Years Past

In 1914, the Jamestown Board of Health in its wisdom decreed that people must have decent garbage cans that could be covered up and kept free from flies. It was decided that an old ash barrel or dry goods box was not suitable to the purpose and with due formality a resolution was introduced and adopted requiring that covered cans be provided. Some residents of the Briggs block did not comply. It was easier to throw the garbage over into the next lot than to fuss to pack it away in a garbage can. Good garbage cans were provided by the city but the admonition was not heeded. According to the latest report, the practice of dumping garbage in the neighboring cow pasture was continued and the nice, new shiny cans which were provided were taken into the house and used for tables.

Lightning played some queer pranks out on Lake View Avenue extension Friday afternoon, splitting telephone poles, tearing down wires, digging holes in the ground, smashing windows, etc. E.D. Pierce, who resided near Lake View Cemetery, said he was driving home from town around 1 p.m. and reached a point near his home when there was terrific crashing of thunder and a terrible splitting and tearing. At the same time, he noticed smoke rising from the rear of his home. Whipping up his team, he hurried to the house to find that there was no fire but three windows had been smashed and the side of the house blackened where the telephone wires had been. A fresh hole in the ground near the corner of the house showed where the bolt had gone.

In 1939, Rollie Neckers, in a most unusual accident at French Creek, suffered painful injuries, which required the services of a physician. He tied two heifers to the rear of his wagon and attempted to take them to pasture, leading them behind the vehicle. In going up a steep hill the cattle refused to follow and their weight was sufficient to overturn the wagon. The horses lost their footing. Neckers was thrown out and horses, wagon and heifers somersaulted down the hill one over the other. A few minor bruises on the horses and a badly wrenched knee for Neckers were the results of the fracas. It was almost miraculous that more serious injuries were not received by the animals. However, it was just another incident peculiar to farm life.

Everything was in readiness for the opening of the electrical appliance show under the auspices of the Board of Public Utilities in cooperation with the Jamestown Electrical Dealers’ Association.The show was located on the second floor of the municipal power plant warehouse on Steele Street. In addition to being afforded the opportunity of viewing the latest in electrical equipment, the public would have a chance to visit and inspect the municipal light plant across the street.

In 1964, high winds skipped over the county on this morning leaving a trail of fallen trees and broken power lines. State Police at the Fredonia barracks reported numerous power failures and said the barracks was operating its own emergency generator. Fredonia police said several traffic lights were out and some streets were temporarily closed until fallen trees could be cleared away. The Sheriff’s Department in Mayville said calls were heavy reporting wind damage. Route 17 between Mayville and Westfield was blocked by a downed tree. The high velocity winds also took their toll in Jamestown, felling a power line at Stearns and Charles streets. A large tree was reported down on Park Street, police said.

An electrical device called a Teleprompter, which was really a type of “teaching machine,” had been installed in Alan Ramm’s social studies classroom at Westfield Academy and Central School. One of 15 in New York state, Ramm was using his on an experimental basis. Supposedly, the use of the Teleprompter should encourage faster learning, longer retention and increased response of the pupils who might be shy.

In 1989, thousands of Lucille Ball’s fans shed tears for the woman who made them laugh, as three cities held memorial services in which the redheaded comedian was remembered with prayers and applause. “She was a whole package. There never will be another one like her. I love her,” said a tearful Carol Burnett following a memorial Mass in suburban Santa Monica, Calif. More than 1,000 people who packed the St. Monica’s Catholic Church rose to their feet and clapped for several minutes after television minister the Rev. Robert Schuller asked them to “applaud the Lord for Lucille Ball.”

Brenda Carlson, outreach coordinator with Allegheny Council on Occupational Safety and Health, prepared to dig a hole at the Keelboat Landing on South Main Street in Jamestown to plant a “tree of life” donated by members of the local Service Employees International Union. Assisting her was Gretchen Hudson, a member of the local union. The tree was in memory of American workers who had lost their lives due to job-related injury and disease.