In Years Past

  • In 1914, Prince Frederick William of Lippe took his own life following a mistake by his regiment, according to Lady Randolph Churchill, formerly Miss Jennie Jerome of New York, who had just arrived in London from Germany, coming by way of Holland. “The true story of the death of Prince Frederick William of Lippe,” she said, “is that he committed suicide. He was commanding a German cavalry regiment before Liege when his regiment, in the darkness of evening, annihilated a German infantry regiment which he had mistaken for Belgians. The prince shot himself, fearing to face the anger of Emperor William.”
  • Mr. and Mrs. Chauncy Moon and Miss Annie Dunderdale were among the number of Jamestown people traveling in Europe when the war broke out and they were fortunate in securing passage home as soon as they did. They arrived home this week, sailing from Naples on the steamer San Giovanni and landing in Brooklyn Aug. 31. Although they had no particular thrilling experiences they were inconvenienced in many ways. They were in Venice when war broke out and were preparing to go to Switzerland. They were advised, however, to stay in Italy. They were further advised by the American counsel to be careful of their money as there would likely be a shortage in funds. Surrounded by these conditions, they decided to leave for home as soon as they could.
  • In 1939, Sunday, Oct. 1 was set as the date for the dedication of Jamestown’s new municipal airport at a meeting of the city council airport committee at City Hall with Councilman Carl Fagerstrom, chairman, presiding. Ira Lou Spring post in cooperation with Fred Larson, lessee of the port, would have complete charge of the air show at the dedication. Informally, it was planned to invite governmental commercial and private planes to the show and several of those present expressed confidence that outstanding aviators and large fleets of planes would attend. The flying program was expected to include maneuvers by military planes, stunt flying by outstanding aviators, races by sportsmen pilots and various stunt contests such as dropping paper bombs into circles.
  • Exhibits covering Chautauqua County’s various activities, outstanding harness horse racing, the most elaborate vaudeville program in recent years and countless other features were expected to attract thousands of Jamestown residents to the Chautauqua County Fair in Dunkirk next week. The county exposition would open the morning of Labor Day and continue throughout the week with afternoon and evening performances. Joe Basile’s band, always a favorite with Chautauqua County fair patrons, would be on hand again, coming directly from the Canadian National Exposition at Toronto.
  • In 1964, the auto might have replaced the horse but the Old Gray Mare still had a healthy kick as David Lawergren Jr., 40, of the Fluvanna Town Line Road found out the previous afternoon. Mr. Lawergren was driving his pickup truck along the Fluvanna Town Line Road about 5:15 p.m. when a horse belonging to Mrs. Lillie Robinson, also of the Fluvanna Town Line Road, ran onto the highway. The truck and the horse collided. Deputy Ronald Hess said the truck was wrecked. And the horse – well, he was knocked down but got up and nonchalantly trotted away.
  • It appeared that after years of an apparent standoff between the mailman and his canine antagonists, science had stepped in to knock it off center. Over the years it had been debatable as to who had the edge – the mailman or the barking dog. “Halt,” a mixture of pepper extract and mineral oil in an aerosol spray can, was about to be distributed to the nation’s mailmen, including Jamestown’s 43 battle-scarred carriers. “The mail must go through,” and with the introduction of “Halt” it left only rain, sleet and snow to contend with for the mailman in carrying out his duties. The weapon, which had been on the top secret list lest the canine corps develop a counter weapon, was expected to arrive in Jamestown this fall, according to Postmaster Raymond W. Gould.