In Years Past

In 1914, Mrs. Fred Pollard of East Second Street, Jamestown, and her daughter, who were the only Jamestown passengers aboard the British liner Cedric, which was forced the past week to take refuge in Halifax Harbor instead of making the direct trip to New York City, reached home this day, after a delay of over a week. Pollard was wearied and worn by her journey of 12 days on the water and her night trip home. She arrived here at 4 o’clock in the morning. “I am glad to be home,” she said, and her words were heartily echoed by her 11-year-old daughter who made the trip with her. “When we left England,” said Pollard, “there was no news of war, although the impression was general that the trouble was serious and might result in international difficulty.”

A Ford touring car, owned by Elof Wicander of East Second Street, Jamestown, was damaged by fire at about 9:30 in the morning. As the machine was being driven from the garage, it backfired and soon was in a mass of flames. A call was sent in to the fire department and the auto truck, stationed at the City Hall, started out in answer. A punctured tire, however, soon stopped its flight and the truck stationed on Winsor Street was sent to answer the call. The cushions of the car were destroyed.

In 1939, the Federal Works Agency reported funds totaling $8,105,934 had been allocated for 53 projects in New York state under the $130 million federal building program authorized by Congress. Money for the new Jamestown post office had been allocated from these funds. The project called for an expenditure of $725,000 but the project was not ready to advertise for bids as yet.

With its military band playing a stirring march, Company E, 174th infantry, Jamestown’s National Guard contribution to the First Army maneuvers in the Plattsburgh area in the far northeastern corner of New York state, was leaving the state armory the following afternoon at 3:50 p.m. Jamestown time on its rail journey of some 560 miles, making the longest trip of any unit of the state military forces.

In 1964, firemen from four departments were fighting a blaze which had all but destroyed Peacock Lodge No. 696, F.& A.M. on Erie Street in Mayville. Dozens of firefighters directed by Chief Roy Hunt poured tons of water into the top third story of the blazing structure but without much apparent effect. The rear half of the third story wall collapsed about 11:30 a.m. with some outfall landing on the rear of the Hotel Holland roof. The roof collapse also damaged Shearer’s Mens and Boys Clothing Store adjoining the structure. The Hotel Holland was evacuated as a precaution. It was believed the fire started when a lightning bolt struck a transformer near the rear of the building.

Trees and power lines were knocked down and roofs blown off buildings Tuesday night during a series of wind-whipped thunderstorms that battered the area. The U.S. Weather Bureau, which forecast a few showers for the day in the Western New York area, measured wind gusts of up to 45 miles an hour Tuesday night. In Eden, south of Buffalo, an employee of a dog shelter said that, while he was working, “all of a sudden I looked up and the roof wasn’t there anymore.”

In 1989, many New York state agencies treating Vietnam veterans for problems related to combat experience weren’t even aware their clients served in the armed forces, a state report concluded. That was both because many service agencies were not trained to deal with battle-related stress problems and some veterans were reluctant to admit they served in Vietnam because of a lingering stigma attached to the war, said the Temporary State Commission on Vietnam Veterans. The failure to treat the adjustment problems of veterans “results in a tragic waste of resources and lives,” the final commission report said.

Several local people who were too young to experience the Woodstock rock festival 20 years ago planned to make the trek to the reunion concert to be held the following week. As many as 13 people from Jamestown would participate in round two of peace, love and music as volunteers at Woodstock revisited in Swan Lake, a resort in the Catskills. Gary Bauman, one of the volunteers, said he and his friends would perform concession and facilities work just to “help to be a part of the backbone of the event.”