In Years Past

  • In 1914, in commenting upon the appearance of the army worm in many sections of the state, Calvin J. Huson, commissioner of agriculture, said: “the department is responding to all appeals received and men have been sent to every locality reporting the presence of the army worm. Not only are the farmers instructed in the method of destroying these pests but where the worms are in greatest numbers, stations have been established and the poisoned bait prepared and distributed to those applying. While there will certainly be some loss due to the coming of the army worm,” continued the Commissioner, “yet there will be no apprehension of any serious shortage of farm crops for the state has gone to the aid of its citizens so promptly and so generously that the total loss will not be alarming.”
  • There were so many people at Chautauqua this week that the boarding houses were experiencing great difficulty in securing enough food with which to serve the crowds of people who stormed their doors at mealtimes. The special attraction of the week, Victor Herbert and his celebrated orchestra of New York and the Schubert Club of Schenectady, N.Y., were responsible for the great influx of visitors to Chautauqua. It was estimated on good authority that there were 50 percent more people here than a year ago at this time.
  • In 1939, terms for paying the county for the old state armory in Jamestown were discussed at a meeting of the city council finance committee at city hall Friday afternoon. The city’s offer of $6,100 for the parcel was accepted at a special meeting of the Board of Supervisors at Mayville. It was the plan of the city to continue utilizing the building to house its welfare department, remodeling it in the near future at a cost of approximately $5,000.
  • Relief from the sultry heat and the protracted period of drought was afforded by this day’s late morning showers, when nearly an inch of rain fell within the space of an hour. The amount was recorded at the Jamestown city hall weather bureau. The showers brought an accompanying drop in temperature. The maximum reading for the day was 83 degrees and the minimum, 64.
  • In 1964, a raging wild bolt of lightning crashed straight down through a two-story Youngsville, Pa., home the past evening, then skittered across the lawn, jumped to the eaves of a barn, set fire to a wheelbarrow and knocked two neighbor men out of their chairs, leaving a path of fire and destruction in its wake. It crashed through an upstairs bedroom window of the house, jumped to an electric line and started a fire in the attic. It then ran down the line through the kitchen ceiling, causing the entire ceiling to collapse. The charge leaped into a small radio sitting on the kitchen table, causing the radio to explode and the force of the charge knocked everything off the kitchen walls, including all switches and switchplates.
  • Did anyone remember the World War I song “Mademoiselle from Armentieres,” and the official field artillery song “The Caissons Go Rolling Along?” A Corry, Pa., resident wrote one of the songs and composed the music for the other. Alfred C. Montin, 71, who came to Corry in 1963 with his wife “for reasons of health,” wrote “Mademoiselle” in France in 1918 and composed the music for “The Caissons” at Fort Sheridan, Ill., shortly before his unit was transferred to Fort Sill. The lyrics for the artillery march were written by Brig. Gen. Edmund L. Gruber, when he was a second lieutenant. Montin was born and raised in Nice, France. He migrated to the United States and started a tour of duty as an army band director in the days when the band was an important regimental organization. Also included in his music career was a tour with the famed John Philip Sousa Band.
  • In 1989, a display of military units and a 1928 Yellow Coach bus would be featured at the World Series of Cars, set to begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday at Bergman Park in Jamestown. The New York Army National Guard would be providing a display of military units. Arrangements were made by Staff Sgt. Laverne Wilson, Co. B and D, 1st Battalion, 127th Armor Unit, to provide some old and interesting units: a rare 1950 M48A-5 tank from the Korean War, a newly reconditioned M-88 Recovery Vehicle, a late 1960 Jeep M151A-2 and the old, faithful 2 1/2 ton truck, M35A2, also from the 1960s.
  • Larry Bennett, owner of Bennett’s Jewelers in the Warren Mall, was the recipient of a service excellence award at the 13th annual Pennsylvania Jewelry Show of the state’s Jewelers’ Association. Statewide entries were judged by an independent retail consulting firm, with winners chosen for offering innovative, unusual or extraordinary services not expected in the normal course of business.