In Years Past

In 1914, a motorcycle accident Saturday night near the Levant church on the State Road wrecked two machines and severely injured two young men running the machines and one young woman riding on one of them. Like most recent motorcycle accidents, the rest of the details of the accident were shrouded in mystery, everyone concerned refusing to tell what happened. The residents of the section where the accident occurred said that it was a case of gross carelessness.

Diana Becker Marsh, wife of Edson S. Marsh of 15th Street, Jamestown, was found dead at the family home this morning, sitting in a rocking chair on the porch. Coroner Illston was called and issued a death certificate of due to heart disease. The unusual feature of the case was in the fact that Mrs. Marsh had been for years the sole companion and nurse of her aged husband, a confirmed invalid, dependent on her for every want. Mr. Marsh was a veteran of the 112th Volunteers but had been disabled for a long time. The death of his wife left him in a pitiable condition. In some way he had got from the house to the yard and was found helpless and semi-conscious there when neighbors discovered the death of Mrs. Marsh. Mrs. Marsh was aged 66 years, 3 months and 7 days.

In 1939, Celoron Park, Western New York’s oldest amusement resort, would open a new season Sunday, May 28. For the past few weeks artisans had been erecting new places of amusement, freshening and revising former devices and brightening and cleaning the park generally. Opening its 1939 spring-summer dance season, the management of the Pier, Celoron Park’s ballroom, announced as the opening attraction Isham Jones and his orchestra. Improvements to the ballroom and the floral gardens where dancers might “sit out” between dances, had been made. Two new attractions were Skateland and the regularly scheduled appearances of the Jamestown baseball team of the newly organized Class D PONY League.

One new case of smallpox at Ripley was reported on this afternoon by Dr. Paul S. Person, health officer. The victim was a 10-year-old school girl who was a contact case of 10 days standing. She had been under quarantine and while ill four or five days, began to show definite rash symptoms only on this morning. Otherwise in the Ripley area where the disease was first manifested Saturday and where this day’s case made the 16th to have developed, all was quiet.

In 1964, four members of Lakewood’s five-man Planning Board would submit their resignations at this night’s special meeting of the Village Board. The resignations underscored a continuing controversy over development of a master plan for the village. Scheduled to resign from the Planning Board were Louis Acquisto, chairman; Clarence Swanson, James Monagle and Julius Naetzker. The fifth member was Emerson J. Rapp, recently named to the board.

Peaceful little Panama had an unannounced circus act Sunday when four elephants involved in a tractor-trailer accident tried in vain to upright the vehicle in which they were riding after it overturned on Route 74 near the pond. Each elephant was injured but slightly, according to Deputy George Stout. The driver of the truck, Robert Cline, 32, Ocean Springs, Miss., was arrested by the officer for operating a truck with three unsafe tires. Cline pleaded guilty and paid a $25 fine. He had escaped injury in the accident. The Kelley-Miller Circus was en route from Corry to Gowanda when the accident occurred. The operation attracted several hundred residents and motorists. Later, the elephants were chained to nearby trees.

In 1989, a tentative agreement had been reached between negotiators for the city of Jamestown and the Jamestown Police Department union. Negotiations had been underway between the city and four unions since contracts expired at the end of the past year, according to city Ombudsman Samuel Nalbone. The unions represented the city’s police and fire departments, the Department of Public Works and the Civil Service Employees Association. The agreement with the police department was the first to be reached.

When recycling became mandatory and municipalities looked for specialized technology for collection of recyclable materials, a Cattaraugus firm would be ready to fill the trucking needs. Specialized trucks designed and built specifically for recycling collection were the newest innovation in the solid waste industry. Fitzgerald Truck Equipment was on the cutting edge of that technology. FTE was one of only 10 companies nationwide that produced special truck bodies designed to carry newspapers, glass, cans and other recyclable materials.