In Years Past

In 1914, Anna A. Farnham of East Sixth Street, was injured this forenoon when she was struck by a Ford automobile driven by Albert Carlson of Buffalo. Carlson was driving west on East Third Street when he saw Farnham step off the curb in front of Anderson’s Meat Market. He stopped his car and Farnham stopped. Thinking she saw him, he started again, running into her. Farnham was knocked to the pavement and received a scalp wound and several bruises. Luckily, however, the car did not pass over her. She was about 70 years of age. She was taken to her home where her injuries were attended by Dr. B.F. Illston.

While the safe and sane Fourth of July celebrated in Jamestown resulted in few accidents, the neighboring town of Corry reported two, one of them serious. Walter, the 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Landers, touched a match to a firecracker in a flower pot and the delay in getting results caused him to discard warnings and inspect the piece. Just then it exploded. The explosion set fire to his clothing and burned his face so badly that he was temporarily blinded. His father extinguished the fire and it was hoped that he would recover his sight. Davis, the four-year-old son of J.H. Clough of Corry, was struck in the face by a firecracker and painfully but not seriously burned.

In 1939, characterizing Hitler as one of the greatest bluffers of all ages, Julien Bryan, world traveler, predicted the past night at Chautauqua that there would be no war in Europe this year or next. His talk illustrated by films he had taken in Germany, was given in the amphitheater. Bryan, whose documentary films had a wide showing in this country, stated that he did not see how it was possible for Hitler to carry on a war and that the Munich pact, the recent Czecho-Slovakian coup, and most of his other diplomatic moves since he rose to power, had been based on sheer bluff. “Hitler does not have all of his people squarely behind him,” the speaker said, “nor does he have the gasoline and oil necessary to keep his army in motion.”

Frederick C. Larson, who had operated a flying school at the North Main Street Airport in Jamestown for the last several years, had purchased a new Taylor Cub training ship and planned to continue giving flying instructions at the field, he announced. Larson flew his new ship into Jamestown the previous day from Erie, Pa. It had previously been flown to Erie from Lock Haven, Pa., where the Taylor Cub was manufactured. The new ship was the same type as being used by the Federal government in its new program for training for U.S. Army reserve fliers.

In 1964, a two-hour session of Jamestown City Council’s Highway Committee turned into a verbal slugfest with Roger Burgeson, director of public works, defending himself against attacks by several Councilman critics. They blasted Burgeson’s recent action in authorizing use of DPW equipment, including a $23,000 paving machine, and personnel, by the village of Lakewood on a rental basis. Jamestown equipment had been observed, with work crews, paving Winch Road in Lakewood. Burgeson said the work in Lakewood was in line with long-established practices permitting rental of such apparatus between local agencies of government.

Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation apparently had reversed its decision and would build its $100,000 office and storage building in Lakewood after all. Site for the project was on Route 17-J opposite Chautauqua Avenue, according to reports. This was the same location which a previous Village Board refused to rezone for commercial use, touching off a political fight. In the subsequent village election in March, the five-member Village Board gained a three-to-two Democratic majority for the first time in may years. The past Monday night they approved the rezoning of the Fairmount Avenue site, with five others, for commercial use.

In 1989, a team from the Buffalo office of the FBI and other federal investigators were expected to return to a former nuclear fuel reprocessing plant to focus on an inquiry on handling of non-radioactive chemical wastes. Paul Moskal of the Buffalo FBI office told The Post-Journal, “We’re looking at hazardous wastes in general, including storage, handling and transportation in what is expected to be an on-going investigation.”

United Refining Co. of Warren, owner of a Kwik Fill service station in Frewsburg, was to begin work to remove two leaking underground storage tanks whose fumes resulted in the evacuation of six families from three buildings the past week. The company would also pay for temporarily housing the families. A Health Department spokesman said Kwik Fill agreed to remove the two leaking underground tanks and investigate the best method of venting fumes from the surrounding soil and the affected buildings.