In Years Past

In 1914, there were men of high rank in the United States Navy who had given a great deal of careful attention to everything pertaining to Panama. They had privately declared that the canal was a menace rather than an asset to the United States from a military point of view. These officers pointed out that the United States, without the canal and the fleet in both oceans, was practically impregnable against attack by a foe either in the Pacific or Atlantic. They said that now we would be obliged to maintain a large army in the canal zone and a powerful squadron if not a fleet at each end of the canal to protect it if war should be declared upon this country.

That the recent electrical storm caused more damage in western New York and Pennsylvania than any previous storm this season, was shown very conclusively. Mina was again visited by one of the worst electrical storms of the year and during the height of the storm, lightning struck a barn owned by Warren Thorp. The barn adjoined another barn and within a few minutes both were in a mass of flames. Through quick work, the stock and most of the tools were saved. In Chandlers Valley two barns on the Carlson farm were destroyed by fire. Dr. Stocker, the medical examiner, received a telephone message from Springville that James Flynn, a farmer, had been struck and instantly killed by lightning while at work in his fields. In French Creek, a cow and two yearlings were killed by lightning.

In 1939, two fish tugs operated out of Dunkirk port by the Booth Fisheries Company, the New York, out of Cleveland and the Junior out of Sandusky, Ohio, were tied up at the local municipal dock because of a strike against the company by Ohio unions with which the crews were affiliated. The strike was declared when the company sought to put into effect a new scale which would have decreased the share coming to the crews of the Booth fish boats, one of the men said. With fair catches of herring being made, a lengthy continuation of the strike would cause considerable loss to the company and to the crews.

Lipman’s men’s and boys’ clothiers and furnishers, 36 N. Main St., Jamestown, would, in mid-September, after extensive alterations were completed, occupy its new store at 206 N. Main St., just north of the Bank of Jamestown, which for a half-century was the location of the Proudfit Clothing Company and during the past decade, other concerns. The front would be refaced up to the second floor, the new front being of modernistic design. The interior of the store would be entirely remodeled with the latest type lighting fixtures and new display cases installed.

In 1964, Charles Delbert Jacobson, 75, of Maple Bay, Lakewood, member of a well-known old Jamestown family and one of New York State’s finest speed ice skaters at the turn of the century, died on this morning. Jacobson, with his three brothers, Floyd, Frank and Elmer, were widely known not only for their ice skating ability but also raced bicycles, ran foot races and competed in about every sport available for young men in the old days. The brothers raced at Celoron when the old 12-lap-to-the-mile course was one of the most popular winter sites in the area. Jacobson won the Ohio-Pennsylvania-New York title at Cleveland in 1908, showing with some of the best skaters in the East.

Jamestown Family Service and a restaurant owner assisted a family of five in dire circumstances following an investigation by Ellicott Town Officer Elmer H. Widlund. Hungry, and with little gasoline in their car, Robert Reynolds, 47, a painter, from Downers Grove, Illinois, stopped at Mallare’s Restaurant, Route 17J, to inquire how he could obtain help. Wanda Corbran, owner of the restaurant with her husband, Henry, notified Widlund. Meanwhile, Corbran discovered the Reynolds family included his wife, Lois, and their sons aged 14, 12 and 10, had not had anything to eat for nearly two days. The Corbrans fed the family which was en route home from New Jersey where Reynolds had been a patient in Neptune Hospital for treatment of a back injury. Family Service provided the family with sufficient money so they could reach home. Corbran purchased a tank of gas for the Reynolds’ car.

In 1989, Gov. Mario Cuomo said he would propose funding for 150 new state police narcotics officers in his budget for the following year, additions he said would give New York the nation’s largest state trooper force. Aides to Cuomo said the new troopers would cost from $5 million to $7 million the first year. The governor also said he would propose building a new State Police laboratory in Albany at a cost of about $8 million. The current lab was not suited to handle the increase in drug cases and technological advances in police work.

Stephanie Proukou was using brains, brawn and personal initiative to keep three generations of the family in the restaurant business. “My main inspiration came from my grandmother and, of course, I got my start working for my dad,” Proukou said. She was turning the former Gamecock Inn on Jackson Run Road between North Warren and Chandlers Valley into Proukou’s Brown Trout Inn, Restaurant & Bar. Proukou hatched a plan to divide the one large room at the inn to separate the bar and dining room.