In Years Past

In 1914, the School Park Association had decided to dispense with the plan of clearing the Hundred Acre lot in Jamestown during the summer months. It was originally planned to have Principal George A. Persell superintend the clearing of the property and to have a different committee of two teachers each day be in charge of 10 men or boys that they were to secure for the work. It was found that it would be rather difficult to secure 10 different men and boys to work on the property each day so the plan was abandoned. Nothing therefore would be done on the clearing of the lot until fall.

  • Two accidents, one the drowning of Morris Crandall of Busti, interrupted the festivities of the Busti Baptist church and Sunday school picnic at Midway Park. The other accident was the serious injury which Fred Johnson received while playing at catcher for one of the picked nines engaged in a game of baseball. Johnson’s injuries resulted in his remaining unconscious for some time but in no permanent injury. The drowning of young Crandall was attended by some mystery. He had been in bathing near the steamer pier and was the last one of the party left in the water but the other bathers knew of nothing wrong with the lad. He was about 16 years of age and in good health except that he was said to have been subject to heart weakness but not to any marked degree.

In 1939, Myrtle Camp, 39, of East Second Street, Jamestown, died at Jamestown General Hospital this afternoon as a result of injuries suffered the previous afternoon when she was hit by a car driven by Robert Abrahamson of Jamestown, while she and a male companion were walking along West Lake Road near Louisa Avenue in Celoron. According to information gathered by police, the woman and Elmer Swanson, also of East Second Street, were walking toward Jamestown after having attended a party at Lakewood. They had missed the last bus to Jamestown and were walking home.

Earl Russ, 52-year-old Bradford oil worker, died suddenly in an ambulance en route to a Bradford hospital. Death was due to coronary thrombosis according to Deputy Coroner George Lull of Bradford. The coroner said Russ had complained of being stung in the face by a bee a few minutes before he was stricken by the fatal heart attack. Russ was with a surveying crew near Coleville, Pa., and was working about 3,000 feet from other members of his party. He returned to the group complaining he felt ill and a few minutes later he collapsed.

In 1964, shortage in the supply of Sabin oral vaccine forced curtailment of the polio clinic conducted by the Jamestown City Health Department the previous day at the Fire Station in City Hall. Type II vaccine was administered to 97 youngsters before the supply was exhausted. After that, the department gave Type III vaccine, of which it had a small supply, to 79 children who had not previously received any of the Sabin vaccines. Dr. Donald Trantum, city health officer, explained that response to clinics held elsewhere throughout Chautauqua County was responsible for reducing the amount of Type II vaccine available for the Jamestown clinic.

William Loveland, 66, was killed when he was apparently thrown from his riding lawn mower at his home on East Lake Road in Ripley. Coroner Anson Steward said, after inspecting the scene of the accident, that apparently Loveland stood up just before the accident and he was thrown over the steering apparatus and landed in front of the lawn mower on a level stretch of ground. The deep frame work around the lawn mower prevented the cutting blade from touching him. The coroner issued a certificate of death due to a broken neck. Loveland, a war veteran, recently returned to his home from a veteran’s hospital in Erie, Pa.

In 1989, almost every member of the Maple Grove High School graduating class was at the Chautauqua County airport Saturday at 5:30 a.m. Sixty-four out of 70 graduating seniors rode a hay wagon to the airport and took a flight over their high school as the finale of Maple Grove’s 25th annual after-graduation party. Carm Micelio started the all-night parties 25 years ago. Three teenagers from other schools were killed in alcohol-related accidents around the time of graduation that year. Each year since then, parents of the seniors planned the alcohol and drug-free parties that were kept secret from the students.

Biplanes, warplanes, corporate aircraft, home-built and experimental aircraft flew high – and low – over Chautauqua County Airport over the weekend. The performances, presented by Classic Airshows, drew a crowd of nearly 2,000 to the county airport. Visitors viewed exhibits in the Piper Aviation Museum on wheels, wandered around the aircraft close-up, talked to pilots and performers, thrilled to the aerobatics as planes dipped and swerved and rolled all over the sky. They applauded as a man walked on the wings of a biplane while it rolled through it’s aerobatic routine. Skydivers floated so gently to earth they landed like ballerinas.