In Years Past

In 1914, after an investigation at Sherman into the circumstances surrounding the death there of Andrew Radiak of Dunkirk, whose body was found on the Pennsylvania track, Coroner E.B. Osgood of Brocton and Undersheriff Gerry Colgrove of Mayville came to the conclusion that Radiak came to his death by being run over by a freight train. There were circumstances about the case which at first caused Osgood to suspect foul play. Nothing developed during the questioning of witnesses that in any way bore out the suspicion of foul play. The authorities were satisfied that Radiak lay down on the track in a drunken stupor and went to sleep with his neck resting on a rail. He was about 18 years old and had come to this country 11 months ago.

Mrs. Louis Gronberg, a passenger on a street car which was hit by a freight train at the grade crossing at Fairmount Avenue and West Eighth Street in Jamestown, was seriously injured as the result of the accident. Gronberg had started for the rear exit. Just as she got into the vestibule, the train struck the car, and she was knocked down, her right leg being caught between the step and a telephone pole. In an effort to save her leg, the attending doctors, Dr. William Bemus and Dr. John Nelson, had drawn the bones together with silver wires. Reports from WCA Hospital stated that she had a very good day.

In 1939, relocation of the No. 3 Fire station on Fenton Place in Jamestown, to a site nearer to the center of the fire district was requested by Fire Chief John Philblad before the public safety committee of city council. The request came on the heels of Wednesday’s accident at Forest Avenue and Fenton Place in which two pieces of fire apparatus collided with a parked car. The committee voted to consider the suggestion which the majority of the members thought would be a good move. Philblad said that traffic had increased to such a degree on Forest Avenue and South Main Street that apparatus from the Brooklyn Square station found it difficult to leave Fenton Place on an alarm.

The Johnson Funeral Home, a new Jamestown undertaking establishment at the corner of Sixth and Pine streets, the former Charles W. Herrick residence, was ready for opening after complete remodeling and renovating and would be open to the pubic for inspections all day Saturday and Sunday, with a dedication service Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Axel Z. Johnson, who for many years had made her home at 29 Spruce Street, was the owner.

In 1964, the Ranger 7 spacecraft rocketed toward the moon this day with the mission of taking several thousand closeup photographs of areas where American astronauts might land in 1969. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration counted on Ranger 7 to end six years of disappointment during which the United States had failed on 12 straight moon shots. The failures had seriously hampered gathering information to support the Apollo man-to-the-moon project, which aimed at a manned lunar landing late in the decade.

The word was out to the dogs of Lakewood that loiterers at village parks and beaches would be picked up by the police. One casual visit to see what was going on would put a dog in the clink. If a dog crossed the grass, on his way to the store, he probably would not be reported. Most people could tell the difference between a dog who knew where he was going and one who was just out to nose around and make a nuisance of himself. This clarification of the village’s animal ordinance was made the past night at the Board of Trustees meeting. The trustees said that any dog hanging around the parks and beaches was to be seized whether it was his first time or not.

In 1989, after a second rain washout and the loss of a second utility pole on the Mervel “Bud” Anderson farm at Clarks Corners, the inventiveness that had made this country famous was demonstrated when Niagara Mohawk linemen installed a crossarm and replaced the heavy duty electric lines on a tall and sturdy willow tree. The tree was being used in an emergency situation until the new line, under construction and away from Mud Creek, was finished. The top of the tree had been trimmed to install the crossarm and replace the wires. Farmers had their electricity and curious visitors who traveled a quarter-mile east on Mud Creek Road on Route 62 could, for a while longer, look on the inventiveness.

A case of rabies involving a bat found on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution had been confirmed by the county’s health department, according to Commissioner Dr. Robert Berke. The bat at Chautauqua had come in contact with a cat at the Institution. The bat did not bite anyone. It was taken by the cat’s owner to a veterinarian who sent it to a Health Department laboratory for examination, which determined that it was rabid. The cat involved was immunized against rabies so was protected against contacting the disease. Berke cautioned that bats always were considered a source of rabies and people should not attempt to pick them up even if they appeared sluggish. He said this sluggishness might be the result of rabies.