In Years Past

In 1914, Clare Pickard of Prendergast Avenue, Jamestown, sustained serious injury Saturday evening when he leaped from his automobile in an attempt to lend assistance to a small boy whom he feared had been struck by the car. A little boy ran out in front of the automobile. Although the car stopped, the boy disappeared from view and Mr. and Mrs. Pickard, who sat in back, behind their chauffeur, thought the boy had been struck. Mr. Pickard leaped over the side of the car without waiting to open the door. His foot caught and he was thrown to the ground violently. It was discovered that the ligaments had been torn loose from the right kneecap and his left wrist was fractured. The child had been knocked down but not injured.

Hundreds of people were turned away from the First Presbyterian Church in Jamestown Sunday evening when Dr. Booker T. Washington, the principal and founder of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial institute, addressed all who were able to crowd into the church or get within hearing distance. The noted colored scholar and orator surely must have been pleased with this evidence of his popularity in Jamestown. Twenty-five minutes before the time that the lecture was scheduled to begin, the spacious auditorium of the First Presbyterian Church was filled; all the chairs that were available being in use and all the standing room being taken. Many stood in the lobby during part of the lecture.

In 1939, State Police were hot on the trail of two men who were alleged to have held up and beaten Glenn L. Heridon, 42, of Spring Street, Jamestown, a driver for the Yellow Cab Company, when he drove them to a point near Stillwater on the Frewsburg Road about 11:40 the previous night. Heridon picked up the two men in Brooklyn Square in response to a call and drove them to the point where the attack took place. The men apparently intended to rob Heridon. The cab driver wrenched himself free from his attackers after they had beaten him badly. He succeeded in stopping a passing motorist who drove him to police headquarters.

Preparations for commencement exercises for the class of 1939 at Jamestown High School would get underway the following day when the seniors would hold a class meeting in the auditorium. The ” ’39ers” would gather for their final class banquet Monday evening in the high school cafeteria. Final report cards would be issued Tuesday afternoon. Names of seniors who had passed examinations had been posted in several rooms but no grades would be given out until Tuesday. The last real “get-together” of the seniors would be held Tuesday evening when they would meet for class night exercises. Commencement exercises were scheduled for Wednesday morning in the auditorium.

In 1964, two separate auto accidents within 10 minutes of each other the previous afternoon claimed the lives of three and resulted in injuries to seven. Dead from a one-car mishap on Route 17J in front of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, about a quarter-mile from Chautauqua Institution were: Lake J. McDonald, 83, of 62 S. Hanford Ave., W.E., a passenger, who died in Jamestown General Hospital and Mrs. Pearl Williams, 76, of N. Main St., Franklinville, also a passenger, who was dead on arrival at the hospital. Mrs. L. J. McDonald, operator of the car, was listed in fair condition. Also killed following a six-car accident on Route 17, about a half-mile east of Bemus Point was Grace Wallin, 65, of 13 Cowden Place, Jamestown.

A new car and garage were destroyed and three other buildings damaged early Sunday in a fire at 28 Kingsbury St., Jamestown, causing losses estimated at more than $5,000. A 1964 automobile and a new one-car garage, completed just two weeks ago, were destroyed in the blaze believed to have been caused by a short-circuit in the vehicle’s wiring. The property was owned by Mrs. DeEtte S. Johnson, whose house was damaged. A neighbor said he was awakened shortly before 3 a.m. by the car’s horn. The neighbor, who was not identified, said he disconnected the horn’s wiring under the dashboard of the car and this wire was believed to have started a fire later in the upholstery of the front seat.

In 1989, New York lawmakers had endorsed the notion that while men and women might have been created equal, one definitely took longer in the bathroom. The state Assembly gave final approval to a “potty parity” bill that would require new buildings to have as many toilets for women as for men. “It’s been suggested that if we can’t find equity here, can we find it anyplace?” asked Assemblywoman Helen Marshall, the bill’s sponsor.

Nicholas Benton, injured fatally Monday in a 75-foot fall when a mast broke on a schooner he was working on at the Port of Rensselaer along the Hudson River was remembered in this area as the rigger of the Sea Lion. His death occurred on his 35th birthday. The Sea Lion was a replica of a 16th century merchant ship and was the property of Chautauqua Lake Historic Vessels of Mayville. Ernest E. Cowan, the ship’s designer, was a close friend of Benton and hired him to do the rigging on the Sea Lion. The Mayville resident said of Benton, “I saw him Saturday morning and Monday morning this happened. He was here for a month when they were rigging the ship and three or four times after that for adjusting the rigging and plus he did all the training for the crew.”