In Years Past

In 1914, after being missing from his home for over four years, little Eddie Adams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Adams of near Kane, Pa., was to be returned to his home unless the clue on which detectives were working proved false. On April 15, 1910, the little Adams boy with four other boys went fishing at a creek near his home. The boys returned home without Adams, telling a story of how they had been chased by an unknown man. They told of how they escaped from him by running down the creek. The little Adams boy ran up into the woods in an effort to escape. A search for him started that night which lasted four months. Since his disappearance, the boy’s mother, whose hair was gray from worry, had been of the opinion that the boy was kidnapped. The detectives refused to divulge their clue which was expected to cause several arrests before the end of the present week. They expected to find the missing boy in Philadelphia.

John McArthur, a well-known citizen of Wrightsville, Pa., was instantly killed at Dugal Bridge over the Little Brokenstraw Creek. McArthur was driving a new automobile and failed to keep control of the car in making a short turn where the road approached the bridge. Car and driver plunged over the bank, falling bottom side up to the rocky creek bed below. McArthur fell underneath the car and was killed instantly, every bone in his body being broken. The car was a wreck. McArthur was the proprietor of a traveling picture show and the show had started on the road. He had just purchased the automobile to use in accompanying the show and to take his wife with him. The accident occurred within a few feet of the place where the Simonson girl of Warren was killed the past year when a car driven by Samuel Peterson of Warren went over the same bank.

In 1939, riding in solemn grandeur, with the acclaim of his fellow citizens, Samuel L. Willard, 97-year-old veteran of the old 145th Pennsylvania of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and many another bloody field, was the central figure in the Memorial Day parade in Jamestown the previous morning as the city paid tribute to its military dead of all the wars of the republic. Seldom had it been the fortune of a Jamestown man to ride through the streets of his hometown and receive such a greeting as he received on this occasion. There were children along the line of march who would recall the day when they were old, telling their grandchildren that back in 1939 they stood on the street and saw an actual participant in the stirring scenes of the Civil War.

There would be rare picture opportunities on every hand for visitors at the New York World’s Fair. Daily, from opening time to closing at night, visitors would meet breathtaking sights that called for snapshots to capture and hold vividly the beauty and interest of scenes they would want to live over again and share with friends at home. Visitors would surely want to visit the huge Eastman Kodak building on Lincoln Square to see the greatest photographic show on earth – the cavalcade of color and dozens of other spectacular displays as well as the unique outdoor photographic garden where striking snapshots of the family could be made with the help of a variety of unusual backgrounds.

In 1989, if you couldn’t drive 55 mph, you had a lot of company in New York state. A survey by the state Department of Transportation had found that 91 percent of vehicles on rural interstate highways in New York exceeded the 55 mph speed limit. Most drivers cruised along at more than 60 mph, officials said. It was not much better on city interstates. The survey showed 82 percent of drivers on urban highways also disobeyed the speed limit.

Increased incidents of a disease caused by a tiny tick were expected in the area in this outdoor season, according to Chautauqua County Health Commissioner Dr. Robert Berke. More animals – especially dogs – also were expected to contract Lyme Disease, according to Jamestown veterinarian Dr. William A. Seleen. The disease was spread by ticks that lived in and near wooded areas, tall grass and brush. Among its symptoms were arthritis, irregular heartbeat, facial palsy, severe headaches and loss of sensation. The disease was identified in Lyme, Conn. in 1975.