100 Years Ago
In 1912, the Watson Manufacturing Company's plant in Jamestown reported an excellent spring business and that, at the present time, as throughout the spring, the plant was busy in all departments. The Watson door and window screens had a deservedly wide and enviable reputation and the demand for them was constantly increasing. The work in this year had included an unusual amount of what was called special screen work, unusual sizes and shapes as well as special patterns.
Nathan Stern had sold his clothing and men's furnishing goods store, The Famous, at 5 and 7 Main St. in Jamestown, to Joseph Simpson of Havre-de-Grace, Md., and would engage in the same line of business at Paterson, N.J. Mr. Simpson, who had had several years of experience in the clothing business, would take possession of the local store some time in August and Mr. Stern and his family would move to their new home at Paterson during that month. Mr. Stern came to Jamestown from Baltimore in 1899 and ever since that time had been engaged in the clothing business here.
75 Years Ago
In 1937, Jim Crow, the pet bird belonging to the children of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Ehmke of Silver Creek, recently flew into the seventh grade room at Silver Creek school as an exam in English was in progress. He flew in, took the pen from the hand of Shirley Hulbirt and immediately flew away again, taking the pen with him. Shirley was studying an exam question when the bird appeared. The bird had made it a practice to follow the Ehmke children to school during the winter and had often sat in some schoolroom until driven out by the teacher. This time, however, he was attracted by the shining bands of Shirley's pen and, before she could protect herself, his strong bill closed over the pen and he had disappeared out the window. After the laughter of teacher and pupils had subsided, Shirley was provided with another pen and continued her exam.
State troopers had completed their investigation of the apparent accidental shooting of Miss Clover Waite, 19, Gowanda State Hospital nurse, by Arthur Crandall, Jr., 16-year-old Busti youth, near Busti on Saturday afternoon. Miss Waite was in the Gowanda Hospital recovering from a scalp wound. She told authorities that a bullet shattered the rear window of a roadster in which she was riding with Grover Bender of Jamestown. The Crandall boy admitted possession of the .22-caliber rifle, which he said was accidentally discharged as Bender's automobile passed along the highway.
50 Years Ago
In 1962, an unauthorized passenger was crushed to death when 41 cars of an eastbound Nickel Plate freight train derailed and created a massive pileup of metal, meat and other assorted perishables between North Portage and Franklin streets in Westfield the previous day. Some of the cars slammed into factory buildings lining the tracks. Thousands of sightseers converged on the scene in the afternoon and well into the night as wrecking crews started to clear the single line main track. Eleven of the cars were loaded with hogs. About 25 to 30 surviving hogs were corralled behind the Ajax Flexible Coupling Co. factory. The others were killed outright or destroyed by firemen as Donald Q. Eno, a local veterinarian, sorted them.
Did the residents of Jamestown and the surrounding area want a community swimming pool? The question was about to be answered. The 13-month-old Sertoma Club of Jamestown would this day put the final decision for the establishment of the proposed $100,000 community pool squarely in the hands of the public. The pool could be in operation by 1963 if the project could get public support. Sertoma Club had assumed the responsibility of bringing the project to the public's attention, laying all the ground work and would conduct the fund drive but if the pool became a reality, it would be turned over to the city.
25 Years Ago
In 1987, the heat and humidity that had dominated the area's weather during the past weeks had a mixed effect. For those selling air conditioning, business had been brisk. But people working outdoors were urged to take precautions against the possible effects of heat and humidity. At Casey's Heating in Lakewood, Franklin D. Smith said, "We've had a good run. It brought them right out of the woodwork in May." A spokeswoman at King's Heating & Sheet Metal in Falconer said, "The air conditioning businessm has been very good. It started in May, slacked off for a while and began again this week - whenever the humidity goes up."'
A former Celoron woman won almost $3 million in the Maryland state lottery, which she said fulfilled a promise made by her late husband. Jeannine M. Wroten, 34, a Celoron native who lived in Maryland, won $2,916,273.35 in a lotto drawing on Saturday. Mrs. Wroten, tractor-trailer driver with Schneider National Carriers, said the money was in answer to a vow made be her husband shortly before he died. "My husband passed away 21 months ago," she said. "He made the statement shortly before he died. 'You don't have to worry about anything. I'll take care of you.'" Her husband died of a heart attack eight months after they were married.