In 1912, Vice President P.A.S. Franklin of the International Mercantile Marine Company told the senate investigating committee how he had asked to have the earlier reports of the Titanic disaster held up to avoid unnecessary alarm. He denied any knowledge of the message addressed to Representative Hughes of West Virginia about the ship being towed to Halifax. Bit by bit, he contributed to the evidence the senate was seeking, to throw light on the catastrophe that sank the Titanic, the pride of the seas, sent almost 1,600 persons to their death and plunged the world into mourning. After denying that officials of the White Star line had any knowledge of the misleading telegrams for Mr. Hughes, it was acknowledged by Mr. Franklin that he had issued reassuring statements when he had no facts on which to base them.
Work was to begin on the state road in the morning and everything pointed to a boom season in Frewsburg. The hotel was up and roof boards being put on. The excavation for the new manufacturing plant's foundations was nearly completed. Guard Walker was putting up a double house on Frewsburg Street next to the M.E. Church. On the lot next east, the foundation was in for Mrs. Elliott Long's new house. Mr. Oberg's house on Pearl Street was almost completed. William Kimball's house would soon be finished. Mr. Brokaw was building a house and the Merill Soule Company would build on the lots purchased of Mrs. Baldwin.
In 1937, Julius King, publicity director of the Chautauqua Institution, renewed enthusiasm for the summer activities at the lake in an illustrated talk given at the Zonta Club guest dinner in the Mongolian room of the Hotel Jamestown. Mr. King scanned the new program for Chautauqua, which he stated was re-born the past Aug. 29, when the institution became debt-free. "Life begins for Chautauqua in 1937," said Mr. King after sketching the honored traditions since its organization 63 years ago. "Like Phoenix, Chautauqua is leaping from the ashes of its past," he said.
Mrs. Agnes Branney Eckman of East Eighth Street, Jamestown, died at the Jamestown General Hospital from an embolism resulting from a fractured hip sustained in a fall at her home two weeks previously. She was 66 years of age, born here Sept. 8, 1870. Mrs. Eckman had tripped over the cord of a floor lamp in her home fracturing her hip. Unable to get to the telephone, which was on a desk near the lamp, Mrs. Eckman lay on the floor for four hours before her husband returned home for lunch and discovered her. Mrs. Eckman spent the greater part of her life in Jamestown and was prominently identified with its good works. She had graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois in 1895. She was the first woman ever to receive a degree from that college in the days when a college education for women was distinctly unusual.
In 1987, an apparent leak of a propane tank on a gas grill outside an East Middle Road home in Sherman was blamed for a fire that caused extensive damage to the contents of the home. The blaze was sparked while residents were using the grill, said Neil McNeight, fire coordinator for Chautauqua County. Residents managed to turn off the grill but 20 pounds of propane caught fire. McNeight said the fire went up the front of the two-story home, owned by Raymond Manning, and across its roof and then entered through front windows. There surprisingly was little structural damage, he said, calling it an "unusual fire."
A book written by Ripley native and Trans World Airlines Pilot John Testrake regarding his hijacking experience of nearly two years ago was available locally in limited numbers. "Triumph Over Terror On Flight 847" was published by Fleming H. Revell Co. of New Jersey. As of the previous afternoon, Waldenbooks in Chautauqua Mall said it had two copies left after obtaining six and selling four. The Book Store at 16 E. Third St., Jamestown, reported it had one copy, while Chautauqua Book Store on the grounds at Chautauqua Institution noted it had no copies yet but hoped to obtain some. Testrake reportedly wrote the book to correct some misconceptions prevalent in the country regarding the Mideast. He spent 17 days in captivity during the hijacking.