In Years Past

In 1914, a dozen Socialists, headed by Bouck White, were beaten and thrown out of Calvary Baptist Church in New York City when White tried to speak at Sunday’s service. This was the church which John D. Rockefeller attended. Ushers seized and dragged White up the aisle. The whole congregation was on its feet and cries of “let him talk, shame, shame,” and “put him out, this is the house of God,” echoed all over the church. A half-dozen fist fights started immediately. Emmanuel Lopez, a Portuguese, who had not entered the church, was surrounded by police on the sidewalk and beaten with fists and billy clubs until several teeth were knocked out. One stranger was beaten by ushers and police in the vestibule until he stood helpless, covered with blood. White and 11 others were arrested and charged with interfering with a religious service.

For fully a minute the congregation of the First Baptist Church worshipping in the Winter Garden theater, applauded Sunday night when the popular pastor, the Rev. Dr. George Caleb Moor, announced his intention of remaining in Jamestown. He had previously stated that at the evening service he would announce whether he would remain here or consider an invitation to become a candidate for a large pastorate in Washington. In consequence of this, the Winter Garden was practically filled with an audience that was keyed up to receive the expected announcement.

In 1939, Barnett Brothers circus, the first to come to Jamestown in this year, gave two performances on the Falconer grounds Wednesday, attracting large crowds both afternoon and evening, especially crowds of youngsters eager to be under the same tent roof with Lee Powell, who played the role of the Lone Ranger in the motion pictures and his famous horse, Silver. While the circus was one of the smallest to come to town, it had fun and entertainment galore. A company of clowns under management of Edward (Bozo) Raymond kept the crowd in constant laughter. There were also a series of excellent acrobatic and animal acts, some of them among the finest ever seen here.

Each day seemed to add its bit to the confused state in Dunkirk in regard to the time basis on which affairs there were to be conducted during the next few months. At the past November’s general election, the daylight saving time proposition was beaten by a trifle less than 60 votes. On three previous occasions, when the same proposition was submitted to a popular vote, fast time was defeated more decisively. Now nearly 70 merchants were reported to have agreed to operate their stores on daylight saving time beginning the following Monday. Several industrial plants in the area had also adopted fast time.

In 1964, Chautauqua County chalked up its 14th fatality of the year Saturday afternoon when an Elmira motorist was killed and his wife injured. The victim was Cecil C. Lewis, 61. His wife, Mary Catherine Lewis, 59, was listed in “fair” condition in WCA Hospital. The accident occurred in front of the home of Falconer Police Chief Phillip N. VanRensselaer. His wife, a registered nurse, was one of the first on the scene and administered first aid. The Lewises were traveling west on Route 17 en route to Cincinnati, Ohio, to spend the weekend with their son. The driver, it was reported, apparently dozed for a moment causing the car to leave the road.

The Automatic Voting Machine Corporation was successful in its bid to buy the controlling interest in the American Locker Company of Boston. On May 1, AVM owned 87 percent of the outstanding stock of American Locker Company and would operate the company as a subsidiary of AVM. The move from Boston to Jamestown would add about 70 people to AVM’s payroll here.

In 1989, Arne Thoren, former ambassador of Sweden to Iraq, would visit Jamestown on the coming weekend in his new capacity as consul general of Sweden in New York. Thoren headed the Swedish Consulate General in New York, the East Coast and the Caribbean. Thoren, a native of Gothenburg, Sweden, began his career as a journalist after studying at the University of Gothenburg and the University of South Dakota.

The constant rain of the past few days was causing early pre-flood conditions along several streams and creeks in Chautauqua County, Louis Nickerson, Chautauqua County Public Works dispatcher, told The Post-Journal this morning. Water was over the road along Jones and Gifford Avenue in Jamestown, the Kabob Road in Stockton and Water Street outside of Falconer.