In Years Past

  • In 1914, the feature of the morning at the East Second Street Grammar School was to be an illustrated bird lecture by Miss Esther Clark. To arrange for this lecture all doors were closed and windows stopped with big curtains. This made the room dark and very close, almost completely shutting off the natural ventilation. Miss Clark had only gone a little way in her talk when she was overcome by the closeness of the air and after gasping for breath, she fainted dead away and fell to the floor with a crash. In the darkness, the children were frightened by the stopping of the lecture and the noise of her fall. Some of them started for the doors. Panic was imminent but Miss Williams, a seventh grade teacher, with considerable presence of mind, stepped into the light from a lantern so all could see her and shouted sharply, “Sit down.”
  • Police Justice Maharon had before him on this morning, Oliver Anderson, a young man from the town of Ellery, who was picked up by the police the previous night in Jamestown and arraigned in the morning charged with vagrancy. “There is plenty of work for you in the town of Ellery,” said the judge, when Anderson came before him. “I will suspend your sentence if you will go back home and go to work.”
  • In 1939, the silvery flying boat “Yankee Clipper” took off at 7:50 (Eastern Standard Time) this day from Baltimore for New York on the first leg of a flight to Europe. The Pan-American Airways 41 ton plane carried a crew of 14 and 4,000 pounds of mail on the first scheduled commercial heavier-than-air flight across the Atlantic. Twelve years to the day after Charles A. Lindbergh left New York on his flight to Paris, Capt. Arthur E. LaPorte pointed the Clipper into the air and soared off from Baltimore. After 10 years of planning, the North Atlantic would be spanned by airliners operating on schedule just as Lindbergh predicted back in 1927.
  • Opening a month later than had been customary, the semi-annual Jamestown Furniture market was scheduled to get under way May 25 and to continue through June 3. The late opening date, it was explained, was a cooperative gesture on the part of the Jamestown market toward the rest of the furniture industry which was endeavoring to reduce the number of furniture markets from four to two a year. It was still too early to determine if the experiment would prove successful and be a precedent for future dates.
  • In 1964, workmen labored throughout the night to restore water service in the Fairmount Avenue – Bemus Street area of Lakewood after an 8-inch water line broke, apparently in two places. The cause of the breaks had not been determined. The breaks affected between 50 and 60 homes in the area east of Chautauqua Avenue to Shadyside and from the Erie-Lackawanna railroad south to the village line. First report of the break was reported at about 8 p.m. Charles Pryde, night police headquarters desk officer, received many calls from residents complaining that they had no water.
  • Letters were being sent home with the children in the Southwestern Central School District presenting building suggestions of the Citizens Planning committee for Education which included the construction of a separate intermediate building adjacent to the high school at an estimated cost of $900,000. Attached to the letter was a return reply form asking for the opinions of parents. The new building would house 550 pupils and would include 22 classrooms, a cafeteria, library, and “non-spectator” gymnasium. Locating the building near the high school would enable the school district to use existing industrial art shops, homemaking rooms, auditorium and central heating facilities. It would function as a junior high school.
  • In 1989, the organizers of Jamestown’s Memorial Day parade would not tolerate it being commercialized or trivialized, according to an official of one of the veterans groups that planned the event. In recent years, said Joseph X. Lombardo, commander of Catholic War Vets, there had been a growing trend toward commercializing the day and the parade. Lombardo called attention to a city ordinance that prohibited selling or bartering goods, wares or merchandise within 300 feet of the parade route from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Memorial Day. “We found people are now selling merchandise, soft drinks – we even had a clown in there once,” Lombardo said. “Our intent is to have the parade as more of a solemn than a festive occasion,” he said. “We are honoring the dead and not out to have fun.”
  • An appeal would be made to Pennsylvania Gov. Robert P. Casey to help shake loose state money the Warren-Forest counties HI-Ed Council was allotted the past year, but had not received. In the absence of this money, the council had to obtain bank loans to pay bills. State legislators approved a special $175,000 appropriation for the council’s college program in July 1988 but for various reasons the money had not been released.