In Years Past

In 1914, the game scheduled for the previous afternoon between the Jamestown Interstate League club and the Niagara University team had to be canceled on account of wet grounds. Although the sun came out before noon, the heavy drenching that the diamond received converted it into a sea of mud, making a game out of the question. Manager Lohr stated, however, that he would have a squad of men busy at work all afternoon, draining the field so that the game with St. Bonaventure College could be staged. This game would give the fans their first chance to see Lohr’s bunch in action and they were in for a pleasant surprise. In spite of having but two days of outdoor practice, the players had worked faithfully in the big auditorium and were in shape to give a good account of themselves.

Al J. Engel, the famous airman who appeared at Chautauqua and later at Celoron the past season, had closed a contract with the Celoron Amusement Company to give flights daily from May 30 to the close of the season from a point opposite Celoron. Engel operated a hydro aeroplane. Work had commenced on the erection of a building on the ball grounds to be used as a hanger for the machine. One of the unique features of the coming exhibitions was the carrying of mail from Celoron to Mayville. Arrangements had been made with the post office department for Engel to leave Celoron at 6:30 every evening with his mail bags, which, by the way, would only contain postal cards. The hydro aeroplane started on the water. After it attained a speed of 50 miles an hour it would rise in the air and continue at a high rate of speed. Passengers could be carried in the machine and it was likely that many Jamestowners would enjoy the experience of navigating the air.

In 1939, whipped by a high wind that made the efforts of searchers seem futile as well as dangerous, the perverse waters of Chautauqua Lake yielded the bodies of John C. and Glenn A. Bargar, brothers, who drowned near Grass Island when the canoe from which they were fishing capsized on the night of April 29. The body of Glenn Bargar, 24, of Sharon, Pa., was discovered first when at noon, it floated onto the rocky shoal at Bittersweet, near the home of Dr. W.Gifford Hayward. At 1:10 p.m. the body of John Bargar, 32, of Camp Street, Jamestown, was discovered floating in the steamboat channel about halfway between Grass Island and the Celoron-Fluvanna ferry line, almost directly across the lake from the spot where the first find was made.

A fishing party ended in tragedy on the old Buffalo Road about two miles north of the Waterboro bridge at about 5 a.m. when Charles Mount, 65, of South Hill, near Cherry Creek, was instantly killed when his son fell asleep at the wheel and their car left the gravel road, ploughed up the roadside ditch for a short distance and cracked head-on into a corner of a concrete culvert. The son, Clifford Mount, 26, was at WCA Hospital. His condition was only fair. The other occupants of the car were uninjured except for a bad shaking up. According to the story given, the party had been fishing near Stow on Chautauqua Lake until about 3:30 a.m. Clifford Mount remarked, while driving home, that he was very sleepy. He asked if anyone else in the car objected to his opening the window beside his seat so that the cold night air might help him keep awake. No one objected so the driver did open his window but that was all the others could recall as they had fallen asleep themselves.

In 1989, a decision on whether Fairbank Farms would rebuild its burned-out operation was possible at an afternoon meeting of Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. The agenda for the meeting called for an inducement resolution relating to Fairbank Farms. This normally meant that a funding proposal had been developed in connection with a project. Extensive efforts reportedly had been underway for some time to arrange financing that would permit the company to rebuild in the area. Its slaughterhouse and meat packing plant near Blockville was destroyed March 8 in a $15 million fire.

Sheriff’s Department deputies in Orange County, Florida, were continuing their search for Kathy Wilson after a woman fitting her description was reportedly seen at a department store and two restaurants. Kathy Wilson of Forest Avenue, Jamestown, was last seen May 18, 1988 at the Marine Midland Bank and Quality Markets in Falconer. Most recently, a McDonald’s employee told Orange County sheriff’s deputies that she had served a woman fitting Wilson’s description several mornings in April. Deputies reported the alleged sighting to Jamestown Police the previous day. “We’d like to clarify if we have a crime here or if she just ran away,” said Cpl. Jack Lawrence of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.