In Years Past

In 1914, to meet widespread demand, parcel post exhibits would be a feature at many of the thousands of county fairs and other rural gatherings to be held in the United States in the fall. Postmaster General Burleson had authorized postmasters at all county seats to provide for the exhibits. The purpose was to use an opportunity which, it was believed, offered an excellent means of showing the rural public how to take full advantage of this comparatively new postal facility. Scores of the postmasters took the initiative and wrote the department asking permission to install and conduct such visual demonstrations of the parcel service.

A balloon passed over Jamestown on Sunday shortly after 1 p.m., at a height estimated at from a half- to three-quarters of a mile above the earth. Several citizens of the city saw the big gas bag, shining white in the sunlight and headed southeast, going at a comparatively slow rate of speed. It was so high that only the outlines of the basket hanging below the big bag could be seen. George Parsons, an employee of the W.L. Kent company, saw the balloon through a field glass and distinguished two persons in the basket. Harry Wild and Edgar Wild of Shaw Street were at Allen Park and also saw the balloon. Nothing definite was known here as to where the strange visitor came from.

In 1939, New York state dairymen sought an increase in fluid milk prices under the federal-state marketing act as milk once more flowed toward New York City – a nine-day boycott having ended. Fearing an outbreak of bitterness which marked a violent dairy farmers union strike in which thousands of gallons of milk were dumped in the past week, authorities assigned 33 policemen to guard the federal-state hearing.

All fire apparatus in Jamestown was summoned to the plant of the Empire Case Goods Company on Foote Avenue at 5:45 this morning when a fire broke out on a boardwalk on the roof of the dry kiln at the rear of the factory. When firemen arrived, it appeared that they might be facing a serious conflagration but the fire was extinguished without great difficulty. The fire was all on the exterior of the building and destroyed the boardwalk atop the dry kiln but did no further damage. Firemen expressed the opinion that the blaze might have started of spontaneous combustion in a pile of old paint cans.

In 1964, Carl Wester, 25, of Jamestown, a Stow-Bemus Point ferry operator, was injured at 11:10 p.m. Saturday when a car struck him as the machine was about to leave the ferry on the Stow side of Chautauqua Lake. The car operator, Frederick Kunkle, 17, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was charged with being an unlicensed operator. The boy pleaded guilty and paid a $5 fine in Peace Justice Arthur Thomas’ court at Stow. Wester, pinned between the car and a metal post, was removed to Jamestown General Hospital. He was treated for contusions and abrasions of the right knee. Apparently Kunkle started the car with the clutch in gear and the car moved forward striking Wester.

Probably the only thing that would overshadow the beauty of Jamestown’s new downtown lighting system the night of the “parade of lights” would be the appearance of three area beauty queens. Tentative plans called for Miss Jamestown, Marcia Bowerman; Miss Justice, Antoinette Basile; and Miss Chautauqua County, Viola Sprague, to ride in the parade, scheduled for 8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11.

In 1989, Rep. Amo Houghton said he was convinced Congress would begin to lift the earnings limits for Social Security recipients aged 65 to 69. In January, Houghton, R-Corning, introduced a bill to eliminate a penalty which reduced Social Security earnings by $1 for every $2 of outside income earned over $8,800. “I thing the idea has gained momentum,” Houghton said. “The president supports it.”

Explorers in the dark control room of a research boat got their first glimpse of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, peering in awe and silence at the great ship far beneath them. “This is amazing, totally amazing,” said archaeologist Phil Wright on board as an observer for the Canadian Marine Heritage Conservation Program in Ottawa. He watched a screen intently as a small submersible robot sent up images, showing a large white ship upright in the black Lake Superior mud. The Edmund Fitzgerald disappeared in a gale Nov. 10, 1975, in Canadian water, 17 miles off the coast of Michigan. All 29 on board the U.S. ore carrier died, their bodies never recovered.