In Years Past

In 1914, the attendance of the eighth annual convention of the New York state council of the United Brotherhood of the Carpenters and Joiners of America, which opened in Jamestown at the Eagles Temple at 10 in the morning, was not as large as was hoped for but an earnest and sincere body of men were in session to consider various matters for the welfare of this large branch of organized labor in the state. The attendance was affected somewhat by the near approach of the international convention to which many of the delegates would go in preference to attending this convention and, still further, by the fact that Jamestown was not a central location.

The police committee of the Jamestown Common Council was busy in the forenoon taking testimony in the case of Policeman Clarence Turner, charged with neglect of duty as traffic officer on July 23-25 of the present year. The charges were prepared by Chief of Police Frank A. Johnson. The case was being tried by Corporation Counsel, Cheston A. Price before Alderman Leander Johnson, chairman of the police committee and by Aldermen H.M. Hansen and Charles Garrity, also of the police committee. The charges were that on the above dates, Policeman Turner neglected his duty at his post at Brooklyn Square and Market Street, not being there all the time.

In 1939, “Comparing the panic you think you are going through in this country with the panic of European countries, you are having a marvelous time and don’t know it,” said Miss Nexhmie Zaimi of Tirana, Albania, student at Columbia University, New York and the Chautauqua Summer schools, in an address at the Kiwanis Club luncheon at the Masonic Temple in Jamestown. Miss Zaimi, who was the first girl from Albania to receive an education in this country, traced the history of Albania, its periods of suppression by Turkey, the freedom which was short-lived and conditions leading to the annexation of Albania by Italy. “You who have never lived in a country under the suppression of another country have no idea what it means,” she said.

Miss Clara Livingston and Miss Rachel A. Miller flew to Jamestown Wednesday afternoon in Miss Livingston’s plane, following a flight from Puerto Rico to the west coast and back, totaling over 8,000 miles. They carried with them a collection of Puerto Rican needlework from a gift shop there which they had exhibited in leading cities. The work would be on exhibit Friday and Saturday at the Hotel Athenaeum in Chautauqua.

In 1964, George Sherman, 9, of Buffalo, was in good condition at Brooks Memorial Hospital at Dunkirk where he was taken Sunday with head injuries suffered in a 20-foot fall from a cliff at Point Gratiot Park. His father, Robert Sherman, was treated and released for a leg injury sustained in an attempt to rescue his son. Witnesses said Mr. Sherman, after being summoned to the scene, started climbing down the cliff side when an overhang hindered his decent and he leaped to where his son lay on a slate landing covered by shallow water at the base of the cliff. The Dunkirk Fire Dept. emergency crew using a rescue basket lifted the boy to safety and, with the aid of ropes, helped Mr. Sherman up the cliff.

A crowd estimated at 4,800 saw the Crusaders Drum Crops from Hilton, N.Y., take top honors Saturday night in the seventh annual Bugler’s Holiday at Falconer High School. Second place went to the Brigadiers of Syracuse and third place went to the Commanders of Toronto, Canada. The Commanders were also awarded first place in the color guard competition. An added attraction was an exhibition by The Alpine Girls, known as “The Sweethearts of the Drum Corps World.” The sell-out crowd braved threatening rain, wind and 50-degree weather for the show which was sponsored by the Falconer Fire Department.

In 1989, a dream that Nikolay and Olga Zajtsev had since 1981 to live, work and practice their Christian religion in the United States became a reality when they landed at Chautauqua County Airport. The refugees from Druzhkova, U.S.S.R., with their five children, arrived at the airport in Jamestown to cheers from a group of about 30 people from the Evangelical United Methodist Churches of Youngsville and Erie. The refugees were sponsored by the Episcopal Ministries Northwestern Diocese in Erie. The Zajtsevs would live with Chris and Barbara Derr of Youngsville until they become settled.

Gerry was in the midst of its 45th annual rodeo. “We’re the oldest and largest rodeo in the East,” said Gerry Fire Chief Charles Lawson. Some 10,000 man-hours went into preparing the grounds for the event. “If you live in Gerry, you help out,” said Douglas Barmore, volunteer fireman. “The only pay is community spirit.” The Gerry Rodeo was “the major leagues” according to producer and stock contractor Bob Barnes.