In 1911, relief work revealed no new horrors and Austin, Pa., believed that it knew the worst of the calamity that overwhelmed it on Saturday afternoon when the waters of the broken Bayless Dam swept the valley. The number of known dead stood at 32, while the hastily counted census showed 54 still missing. Great inroads had been made into the mass of tangled debris. A steam log roller at work along the tracks of the Buffalo & Susquehanna railroad, whose tracks lay in the middle of the wreckage, picked up and tossed aside whole buildings. Beneath one of the buildings three bodies were found. They were those of a mother an infant and a child about 5 years of age. The children were found clasped in the mother's arms.
A good-sized audience at the Samuels Opera House in Jamestown was very much pleased by the truly wonderful display of motion pictures in the natural colors, depicting the festivities attending the coronation of George and Mary as King and Queen of England, as shown by the Kinemacolor Company of America. The pictures of the coronation were taken from the very best vantage points by special and exclusive permission of the comptroller of the king's household. For this reason, a better view of the parades and ceremonies could be obtained from these pictures than could have been obtained from any seat in the stands during the parade.
In 1936, Coroner William B. Crandall, Westfield, was investigating the death of Arthur Brown, 36, Randolph, which occurred at the Jamestown General Hospital from injuries received shortly before midnight when he was run over by a Jamestown Street Railway Company streetcar on the Celoron line on Jones & Gifford Avenue. Jay M. Branning, 52, operator of the car which struck the man, said the accident occurred at 11:40 p.m., on a straight stretch of track and that he didn't see Brown lying curled up between the rails until the car was too close to the man to stop in time to avoid an accident.
The annual financial campaign of the Chautauqua County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals would be opened on Oct. 5. Mrs. Winogene S. Hiles, field secretary, issued the following appeal: "We have traveled far since Henry Berg stood on a New York city pavement contemplating some lobsters broiling in the sun, with thoughts crystallizing, which eventually furnished the incentive for our first Humane Society. We have come a long way in the right direction toward an understanding of the needs of animals, and in our merciful efforts to meet them?
In 1961, the city administration was prepared to begin condemnation proceedings to clear the way for a start on the $800,000 North Main Street Parking Ramp in Jamestown. Involved was a building at 8 W. First St., owned by James N. Sfetko, operator of Jimmy's Busy Bee Restaurant and a lease held by Samuel Lisciandro, who ran a restaurant at 119 N. Main St. The city owned the building at 119 North Main and Mr. Lisciandro held the lease which had about 1 years to run. Plans for the 300-car off-street ramp project had progressed to such a degree that acquisition of the block had to be obtained quickly so demolition work could begin.
Leo J. Mleczko, 44, charged with first degree murder in the slaying of Dunkirk Police Lt. Mark Elfman, was reported "slightly improved" in Brooks Memorial Hospital where he was a patient, guarded by two policemen. Coroner Ralph J. Wallace of Westfield announced that Lieutenant Elfman, father of eight children, was killed by the lone shot fired by Mleczko from a double barreled shotgun. Patrolman Gordon R. Vetters fired three shots from his service pistol through the glass front door of the Mleczko home, striking Mleczko in the right shoulder, the left abdomen and the right thigh.
In 1986, Congressional candidates Amory Houghton Jr. and Larry Himelein squared off in their first debate at Corning Community College, trading barbs and tackling an array of issues. Both took opportunities to launch attacks against the other. Himelein, the Democratic candidate and Cattaraugus County district attorney, charged Houghton would represent special interests if elected based on his standing on the Grace Commission and his opposition to the tax reform bill. Houghton, the Republican candidate and former chairman of Corning Glass Works, charged Himelein was running a purely negative campaign and bad-mouthing Corning Glass Works by accusing the company of not paying its fair share of taxes.
Government red tape prevented famed aerialist Philippe Petit from crossing the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope a decade ago, but he was to get his chance to accomplish at least part of that stunt, according to a movie company spokeswoman. At 1 p.m. the following day, Petit would re-create the Great Blondin's Aug. 19, 1859, walk across the Gorge for a movie, said Minny Cormier, publicist for a Niagara Falls, Ontario, film company. She said Petit would walk part way across the Gorge over the Niagara River - about 45 feet.