100 Years Ago
In 1912, the police were making a thorough search through the mountains in the area of Waynesboro, Pa., for Clifford Freshman, aged 17, of Waynesboro and Mary Weller, aged 13, of Thurmont, Md. They disappeared from their homes one week ago and it was believed that they were roaming through the hills in the vicinity of Penmar and Edgemont. Freshman formerly lived at Thurmont, Md., and he and the girl were schoolmates. The girl's grandfather objected to their frequent meetings, because of their ages. A systematic search by officers and relatives was begun and would continue until the young persons were found.
Jamestown wrestling enthusiasts were grabbing the tickets on sale for the big wrestling show at Celoron auditorium, Monday evening, June 17, with such alacrity that the big bout was bound to be a success financially. That it would be a success every other way was assured. The ease with which the tickets were being sold showed in some measure the interest with which the fans of this city regarded the affair and a packed house would undoubtedly greet the wrestlers. The championship of the world in the middleweight division was at stake. Charley Kaiser and Walter Willoughby were without doubt the two best men at the weight in the world.
75 Years Ago
In 1937, Jamestown police were in possession of a bunch of automobile keys which it was believed were lost by a young thief who had been systematically stealing them from parked automobiles during recent weeks. Two keys from the bunch had already been identified and reclaimed by their owner. Police requested that other car owners who had recently missed keys come to police headquarters and attempt to identify their keys.
The war department had asked Congress to authorize $19,000 for maintenance of the federal project at Dunkirk harbor during the fiscal year 1938, it was disclosed in hearings on the war department's non-military appropriations bill. According to the war department report, commerce at Dunkirk harbor in 1935 was estimated at 58,624 tons.
50 Years Ago
In 1962, a recently developed weed cutter-harvester would be studied by members of the Chautauqua Lake Council at a meeting in the YWCA the following evening. Motion pictures of a machine used by a Hartland, Wisconsin concern in commercial weed removal would be shown. Slides showing conditions on Chautauqua Lake also would be shown at the meeting. Brisk winds and choppy water the previous day forced a temporary suspension of weed spraying operations by the CLA barge.
The Jamestown Community College's Foote Avenue campus was the setting the previous night of a colorful academic ceremony in which 89 members of the college's class of 1962 received their degrees. Rep. Charles E. Goodell, Jamestown, delivered the commencement address. "Don't sit on your heritage; stand on it; build on it; repair its foundations where they're weak; proclaim and extend its blessings more effectively to your neighbors in America and throughout the world," he told the graduates. Yet, he cautioned the heritage was not "pure and undefiled." "Many qualified citizens," he pointed out, "still cannot vote; good, thrifty people are crushed and maimed in the machinery of civilization and then cast aside." The graduates, he said, must strive to re-work and perfect their glorious, though not flawless, heritage.
25 Years Ago
In 1987, New York's tough new limits on smoking went to an appeals court where state lawyers said the Legislature and not the courts should overturn the regulations if it thought they were wrong. "If the Legislature believes that what the Public Health Council has done is wrong, then the Legislature should take affirmative steps" to overturn the regulations, said Peter Schiff, the state's deputy solicitor general.
Warren County was a masterpiece of geological work. Soil and rock formations hundreds of thousands to millions of years old, carrying such scientifically sounding names as "Hazelton-Cookport-Cavode," made up the land masses that were better known as Sugar Grove, Tidioute, Youngsville, Scandia and Warren Borough. Teams of geologic surveyors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Soil Conservation Service had spent the past 2 1/2 years putting together a study of the soil and rock formations of the county. The survey was intended to be a planning tool to guide land development by pinpointing the types of soils and the characteristics each possessed.