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In Years Past

May 21, 2011
The Post-Journal

In 1911, the Jamestown police department was called shortly after 6 o'clock Friday evening to suppress a billiard ball battle at the Brooklyn House billiard room. Strictly speaking, it was not a battle, for Leo Prather was the assailant and Gunnard Nelson, the party of the second part, merely dodged the missiles. There was some uncertainty at the time regarding events that led up to this episode, but it was clear that the two men engaged in a quarrel, the outcome of which was a volley of billiard balls fired by Prather at Nelson. Two of the balls hit Nelson on the head, inflicting wounds. Bystanders stopped the fight. It was claimed that Prather had a mania for throwing billiard balls when intoxicated.



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