In Years Past

In 1914, seven persons stood upon a burning launch until the flames drove two of them into Lake Erie the past night, 5 miles off shore between the U.S. Life Saving station and Waldameer. The two who jumped made slow progress over the oily water glowing crimson in the glare of the flames behind them. The others crowded close to the one spot upon the little launch which was not in flames. Hope of rescue had left them all when a launch hove into sight. Daring danger they pushed the nose of their little boat close to where the terrified passengers of the burning launch were standing. Women first, they were lifted into the launch. They threw a line to the man and woman who were struggling bravely in the water, hauling them aboard.

If all prosecutions for violation of the excise law were conducted with the vigor that had characterized the prosecution of the Celoron hotel men, it was fair to say the state excise department was an institution to be feared by those engaged in illegal liquor selling. The agents of the department without any preliminary tips, swooped down on the Celoron hotel men on one of their busiest days at one of their busiest hours and thereby secured possession of a larger quantity of liquor than would have been the case on an ordinary day. The machinery of the law, once started, proceeded with comparatively little delay.

In 1939, local and county police were seeking some trace of two men reported by Floyd Card of Ashville to have attempted to rob him of his automobile late the previous night. Card said he picked up a man at Cheney’s Point who was standing beside the road. About 1 mile further down the road, the stranger pointed out another pedestrian whom he said was his brother. Card stopped and also picked up this man. When they were about opposite Niets Crest, the men demanded the car. One man pulled out a large jackknife and began slashing at Card. Card said he knocked out one of the men and fought till the other ran away. Card then dumped out the unconscious man and drove for help.

Workmen installing new electric wiring in the Sherman Swanson restaurant at East Randolph found a 75-year-old letter from a Civil War soldier. The letter had lodged in the ceiling between the first and second floors and came to light when a ceiling board was pried out. The letter was written by Sergeant H.C. Woodworth of Company E, Ninth New York cavalry in camp near Culpepper, Virginia, March 31, 1864. In part he wrote: “We caught 14 Johnnies while we were out. The most of them were deserters from Lee’s army …. If you was here I would let you have some whiskey out of three canteens for we have got just that much on hand. Hube and myself keep a little on hand for sickness and we are sick the most of the time.”

In 1964, the driver of a tractor-trailer unit rode the vehicle down a 20-foot embankment and escaped with only knee bruises. He was identified as Donald M. Dennis, 38, of Seaford, Delaware. The accident occurred about 6 p.m. on Route 17, 1 miles east of Kennedy, just past the turnoff of Route 62 to Ellington in the town of Poland. Dennis was rounding a slight curve in the highway when he apparently lost control on wet pavement, according to Trooper Engblom. Chuck’s Auto Body of Jamestown used three wreckers to remove the truck from the scene. A spokesman at the auto body shop said he believed the 1963 model diesel unit and 40-foot trailer to be a total loss.

The water level in Jamestown’s Cassadaga Valley wells had dropped an even three feet in the past week, Merle Smedberg, superintendent of public utilities, reported. With daily temperatures for the past week averaging 5 or 6 degrees above the corresponding period of 1963, there had been an increase of approximately 300,000 gallons in daily water consumption, he indicated. He cautioned that the situation was one in which voluntary cooperation of consumers in avoiding wasteful uses was increasingly important.

In 1989, plans for a proposed $5 million to $6 million shopping plaza on the north side of Route 394 in the village of Lakewood were announced by Mayor Anthony Caprino. The project was to be developed by the Widewaters Group of Syracuse, in cooperation with Quality Markets. Caprino said Quality Markets was to be the major tenant, occupying 42,000 square feet of floor space. He said another 15 to 20 smaller stores and shops were expected to locate in the development. The supermarket chain would vacate its location in the Chautauqua Mall. Caprino said he had been assured by mall officials that there were several prospective occupants for the space to become available there.

Time Inc. had taken control of Warner Communications and had begun forming the world’s largest media and entertainment concern after a court refused a final bid by Paramount Communications Inc. to block the merger. “The name of the game is going to be growth, both in the U.S. and abroad,” said Nicholas J. Nicholas Jr., president of the new Time Warner Inc.. “The basic operating premise is that we are going to build the company and grow the cash flow.”