In Years Past

In 1914, a runaway in Jamestown that held all spectators breathless occurred the previous morning when a horse hitched to one of the heavy Uneeda Biscuit wagons dashed down Chandler Street toward Winsor and abruptly precipitated itself against the stone wall of the Winsor Street overhead bridge of the Erie Railroad. The driver, Hilding Lofgren, of Thayer Street, stated that as the wagon was being driven along in front of Greendahl’s Grocery store on Chandler Street, one of the front wheels came off and he was thrown to the pavement sustaining minor injuries. The startled horse then raced down the steep Chandler Street hill and had gained sufficient momentum that it was unable to stop. After the wagon had been removed from the prostrate horse, it was discovered that beyond a few scratches, the animal had escaped injury.

Justice R.T. Cowing of Lakewood discharged Clifton Pickard and Carl Stein, the two Jamestown young men who, with James Rugg, were arrested some days ago upon the complaint of Fred Zelta of Beechwood, charged with disorderly conduct and a number of other offenses, without even requiring the young men to appear before him. The case against Pickard and Stein was identical with that brought against Rugg, who was acquitted when tried. Attorney Robert H. Jackson, who appeared for the three young men, stated that the young men admitted in court that they were noisy on the occasion which led to the trouble but that they denied absolutely the conduct charged would constitute criminal conduct. Justice Cowing also failed to find in the evidence anything which would convict the young men of a violation of the law.

In 1939, a pleasure-seeking couple who dangled for five hours on a board seat 125 feet above ground at the New York World’s Fair parachute jump were rescued at dawn after two daring mechanics cut the jammed guide wire which held them captive. The aerial prisoners were Mr. and Mrs. J. Cornelius Rathborne, socially prominent couple of Old Westbury, Long Island. Rathborne was captain of the U.S. junior championship polo team and his wife was a Baltimore society belle before their marriage. Their parachute, one of 11 in operation, stuck at 10:25 p.m. the previous night. The parachute jump was one of the most popular amusement features at the World’s Fair.

In every town there was some big-hearted man who remembered the youngsters who had no dads to buy them ice cream cones and see that they get their share of rides on the Celoron Park merry-go-round. In Jamestown there materialized such a man in the person of John Campbell, general manager of Celoron Park, who entertained the youngsters from the Children’s Home at Randolph. Whoops of glee reached over the hills from the moment the big Randolph truck, followed by a fleet of automobiles, left the home until the triumphant arrival at that Utopia of childhood, Celoron Park. “For he’s a jolly good fellow,” was sung lustily by the small guests each time they caught a glimpse of Mr. Campbell. The Randolph youngsters’ eyes danced with sheer joy as they scampered from one exhilarating ride to another.

In 1989, Laurence Olivier, the foremost actor of his generation and leader of the giants of the English-speaking theater, died the previous day. He was 82. He died “peacefully in his sleep,” surrounded by friends and relatives, said his agent, Laurence Evans. The cause of death was not given. Knighted, ennobled and revered by the film and theater world, he was Lord Olivier when he died, one of the very few Britons to be given a seat in the House of Lords for his acting prowess.

The Rolling Stones were returning to the road after an eight-year layoff but the self-proclaimed world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band said they were not coming back to make a quick buck. “That’s The Who!” guitarist Ron Wood explained in joining bandmates Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts to announce a 29-city North American tour in support of their new album, “Steel Wheels.” The tour would open Sept. 1 in Buffalo’s Rich Stadium.