In Years Past

  • In 1914, taking the stand that he was between the devil and the deep sea but refusing to say which was the deep sea, Contractor F.P. Shunk of Meadville, pleaded his inability to continue moving the old hose house standing in the street on North Main within 48 hours, as directed by the Meadville council. The telephone company had been holding him up, he stated, by refusing to raise their cables at that point sufficient to unable the building to pass under them. There had been considerable complaint on the part of many citizens that the position of the building directly between the curbs, effectively blocked all traffic on the street.
  • Humane Officer Hiram Brown went before Alderman M.R. Henderson and made information against 16 men who were caught in the raid which he and Sheriff Homan and two deputies made Sunday night on a cockfighting ring near Titusville. The names in the information were those which were noted immediately after the arrest and were probably all fictitious. A hearing was set for Tuesday afternoon but Mr. Brown and the sheriff did not expect any of the defendants to be present. Probably the only reason any of the men would show up would be to get their roosters. The charge in each case was cruelty to animals. The most important question confronting the Sheriff was what he should do with the 18 roosters he confiscated.
  • In 1939, the severe storm of Thursday evening forced the Convention Shows, playing at Falconer all week under the auspices of the Falconer Fire Department, to close for the evening and the high wind, which accompanied the storm, blew down the long bleacher tent at the Jack Hoxie Show. No spectators were in the tent at the time as most of them had left the ground when the storm first started. The tent, which was about 70 feet long and open along the arena side, gave the wind a good sweeping under the canvas. All free acts were postponed due to the storm.
  • The second of a series of jalopy racing programs would be staged at the Jamestown Motor Speedway, Stockton Road, Sunday, when some of the topnotch drivers of New York and Pennsylvania would be in the lists competing for honors. A 10-race card had been arranged by management. In addition to the stock car obstacle races inside the oval, there would be a 10-mile dirt track race for automobiles. Novelty and surprise features were also scheduled. A relay race for horses and a similar race for jalopies were down on the bill.
  • In 1964, the best of two motor racing worlds would clash head on at Watkins Glen on Sunday afternoon in a 50-mile Grand National stock car race. Many-times sports car national champion Walt Hansgen of Bedminster, N.J. would battle the nation’s leading stock car driver, Richard Petty of Randleman, N.C., for the $1,400 first place prize money and 500 national points. Hansgen would drive a 1964 Ford, while Petty would drive the same 1964 blue Plymouth that took him to victory in the famed Daytona 500 earlier in the year. Hansgen was driving for the Briggs Swift Cunningham, Jr., racing team. He was the only driver ever to win the Watkins Glen Sports Car Grand Prix of America four times. Petty was the leading contender for the NASCAR stock car championship.
  • What was the status of the proposed Chadakoin River Park in Jamestown? That question was raised by Fred J. Cusimano, acting chairman at a meeting of the Jamestown Planning Commission. “Where do we stand on the acquisition of land and how many, if any, options have we picked up,” he asked. Russell Tryon, Jamestown’s planning consultant, said the project was in the hands of the city’s legal department. “If the project is stalled,” he said, “Corporation Counsel Samuel Edson has run into difficulties in acquiring certain parcels of land.” Commission member William Wharton said he had received numerous inquiries concerning the status of the park and said the public should be informed “the project is being worked on.”
  • In 1989, the village of Celoron was considering using highway department crews to clean up weeds littering the shoreline of Chautauqua Lake in the village, officials said. “If we have to do shoreline cleanup, we’ll do that and we’ll make sure it’s composted properly,” Mayor Ronald Johnson said. The clean-up plan had been discussed with the Celoron Highway Department and Johnson said he was also investigating the possibility of cutting away a portion of the bank in the Ellicott Shores area. Johnson said this would result in faster water flow which would carry away stagnant masses of weeds.
  • With a budget cut of almost $2,000, Jamestown playground Supervisor Tom Karapantso had to cut time from Jamestown’s summer playground program. “If we keep the staff salaries the same as last year and cut the program two days, we’ll stay within the budget,” Karapantso said, noting he was also cutting his own work time. The program began July 5 and would end Aug. 18, with morning, afternoon and evening sessions at the 12 city playground sites.