In Years Past

  • In 1914, while playing in the Chadakoin River near the Warner’s Dam, Anthony DePula, the 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Carmen DePula of Harrison Street, was drowned the previous forenoon. Young Anthony, in company with five or six other boys, including his brother Sam, about eight years old, had been playing near the water. Anthony went in for a swim. He was not a very good swimmer and soon his companions heard him shout for help. Philip Lombardo, a youth about Anthony’s age, threw off his clothes and started swimming on a log towards the drowning boy. The victim floated down the water a little ways and soon sank. When the body was located it was placed on shore and efforts were made to revive him but without success. The boy was dead and the sluggish river had claimed another victim.
  • A hobo, giving his name as Paul Wever, made a raid on the Pappas peanut stand at the Erie crossing of Main Street in Jamestown Tuesday night and made off with a number of bags of peanuts. He was arrested and arraigned on the charge of petit larceny and sentenced to 63 days in the Erie County penitentiary.
  • In 1939, six Jamestown property owners residing on the north side of Crescent Street, behind the scene of the blaze which destroyed the Surplus & Salvage Company building on East Second Street on Tuesday, had filed claims with City Clerk Neil C. Olsen for damages caused by water used by firemen in fighting the fire. Louis Gino, 117 Crescent St., claimed that the flood of water washed out his garden and filled his cellar. Angelo, James and Andrew Arkeilpane, 113 Crescent St., claimed the kitchen of their home flooded when the stream of a high pressure hose ripped shingles from the house top sending a flood of water into the rear of the structure and that debris was scattered all over the property.
  • Reports in Paris from usually well-informed sources in Berlin said that Reichsfuehrer Hitler was shaping a plan for international action to wipe out the causes for World War fears. In Berlin, however, sources close to the Furher said the report in French diplomatic circles came “as a surprise to us” and declared that as far as they knew, he had no such plan in mind. In Prague, meanwhile, Nazis in Bohemia-Moravia threatened new “restrictive measures” to break Czech resistance to Nazi domination.
  • In 1964, the Jamestown Manufacturers Association called upon the City Council to echo President Lyndon B Johnson’s call, “Come, let us reason together,” and develop a positive program that would show prospective new industry that the community was dedicated to further improving harmony in industrial relations. In an unprecedented meeting in the Hotel Jamestown, the association, comprised of the executives of most manufacturing firms in the area, invited Mayor Fred H. Dunn and the council to enlist labor and management in the development of a local labor relations code of ethics that would preserve “the inherent right of an employer to make his product and the inviolable right of employees to conduct legal strikes when they and their union felt that working conditions were intolerable.”
  • The pupil population of Jamestown public schools was due to hit a peak of 8,788 children in the coming September after which it would be subject to a small but steady annual decline over the next 10 years. This was revealed in a detailed forecast of registration trends, the work of Dr. Allan Jacques, attendance officer of the local school system. In an 18-page report, Dr. Jacques presented data estimating the number of children in each grade at each of the city’s schools for every year annually through the 1974-75 school year.
  • In 1989, an Ohio woman was treated and released from WCA Hospital and Dennis Novak, 37, of Cleveland, driver of the van in which she was riding, was charged with running a stop sign and unlicensed operation after his van slammed into a tractor-trailer rig on the previous afternoon at the intersection of Stillwater Road and Route 60 in Kiantone. Firefighters from Kiantone and Kennedy were called to clean up 200 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the tractor-trailer’s fuel tank.
  • The previous day’s rains brought scattered local flooding throughout the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus-Warren County area. The worst damage appeared to have occurred in Conewango Valley, according to reports. A small stream running along Route 62 overflowed its banks and flooded the road and some basements, Conewango Valley Fire Chief Stephen Rexford told The Post-Journal. About 15 firefighters were on the scene for nearly three hours, pumping water off the road.