In Years Past

  • In 1914, the wide ramifications of the European war situation were shown in the cancellation of Melville E. Stone’s engagement at Chautauqua, received at a late hour. Stone was general manager of the Associated Press and was scheduled to speak at 11 o’clock Friday morning in the amphitheater on The Associated Press. In a telegram to Director Arthur E. Bestor of the Chautauqua Institution, Stone said that present conditions, due to war developments, made it impossible for him to leave New York.
  • Crops throughout Warren County had been seriously affected by the drought of the past two months. As a result, farmers said that prices probably would be high and the demand would exceed the supply. Dispatches from other parts of the state and from many sections in the east said that conditions were similar. June and July were the driest months on the record of the weather bureau for 41 years. It was not doubted that the situation was facing an era of want unless rain fell in large quantities in the immediate future.
  • In 1939, legal actions against 377 dog owners or former dog owners resident in the city of Jamestown were begun this day as process servers started out to round up that many persons who had either failed to secure licenses for their pets or had disposed of their dogs without making a proper report. The actions were being brought under the State Agriculture and Markets law pursuant to a demand by Albany officials that local court authorities take action against the recalcitrant dog owners. In each case, the summons sought a punitive judgment of $10 as provided by the law, plus $4 court costs, plus the cost of the dog license.
  • At Corning, workmen began the ticklish task of moving the world’s first 200-inch telescope lens six blocks and setting it up as a museum piece. The lens, once destined as the “eye” for the world’s largest telescope under construction at Mount Palomar, California, would be moved from the Corning Glass works where it was cast, to the city’s public square. It would be housed in a dome-shaped building erected through popular subscription and admission to view it would be free. The trip to its new resting place would take four days. Owned by the Observatory of Mount Palomar institution, the lens was relegated to the role of a “spare” for the giant telescope as the result of a mishap pouring it on March 25, 1934. A new lens was cast and was being installed in the observatory.
  • In 1964, an explosion rocked a propane-gas plant in suburban Lancaster, near Buffalo, and police immediately evacuated homes in a 1-mile area. An Erie County sheriff’s department spokesman said no persons had been reported injured. Police and firemen were unable to approach the plant because of fire and possibility of further explosions, police said. A total of 30 area fire companies were at the scene. State police said travel in a one-mile radius was restricted. The Impact Container Corporation was the scene of the fire.
  • Thousands of nails scattered on Foote Avenue from Cole Avenue to the Jamestown city line created near havoc for motorists this day as police and City DPW employees worked to remove the hazard. The nails, in three sizes up to about two inches, dribbled from three broken kegs on a truck about 10 a.m. Public Works crews armed with brooms and a street flushing machine were removing the nails as police directed traffic through safer lanes in the street.
  • In 1989, it was about 3:55 p.m. July 19, when members of the staff at Marian Health Center in Sioux City, Iowa, heard the “D-plan” announced over its public address system. Among those reporting to their specified areas to wait for assignments was Jamestown native Brian Damon. At first Damon thought it was a drill. “We learned there was a plane in distress. We knew it was in the Sioux City vicinity and was going to attempt a landing.” The psychiatric social worker was on duty when a DC-10, United Airlines Flight 232, came to disaster in a cornfield on the edge of the airport runway. “We were able to look out the windows and see the smoke from the airport. It’s approximately six miles away,” said Damon.
  • A large backhoe was used to right a tipped-over endloader at the site of the former Triangle Restaurant at the intersection of Routes 394 and 474 near Ashville. Employees of the contractor were preparing the right of way for a Route 394 widening project. The old restaurant was recently demolished to make room for the widened highway.