In 1912, Alden Vance, the 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. F.C. Vance of East Pearl Street in Falconer, met with an accident when he fell from a verandah of the second story of his home on Thursday evening. He sustained a concussion of the brain. The boy did not regain consciousness until late Friday evening. Nothing serious was anticipated unless the concussion was deeper than it appeared to be at the present time.
The cornerstone of the new Swedish Salvation Army hall at 24 Harrison St. in Jamestown would be laid with appropriate ceremonies the following afternoon at 3:30. The new building in process of erection, occupied the site of the frame dwelling which served as the home of the local Swedish corps for several years and would be a model building of the kind, of brick, three stories in height and so arranged as to afford the best accommodations for the corps. There would be a large auditorium for public meetings. It was to be ready for occupancy in the fall.
In 1937, W. Laverne Nuttall, 68, of Sherman, member of the county board of supervisors and chairman of its committee on county finance, sustained chest injuries and lacerations about the forehead when his car struck a bridge at Sinclairville early Monday evening. He was taken to WCA Hospital in Jamestown where his condition was reported as good. According to hospital authorities, Mr. Nuttall fell asleep at the wheel and the car crashed into the bridge.
Fate wrote finis to a tragic story in Erie, Pa., when John Elmer Beck, 54, was found dead in bed by his wife, Alma. Beck was to have been tried at the September term of court in connection with the deaths of Mrs. Gertrude Flack and her 18-month-old daughter, Nancy, who were found dead in their bed by the husband and father on June 19. Beck's death was caused by a heart attack brought on by overwork and worry. He had been caretaker of the duplex apartment in which the Flack family lived and was fumigating an adjoining apartment at the time of the tragic death of the young mother and her baby. It was contended that the gas from the fumigant seeped through the walls into the Flack bedroom and caused the death of the pair.
In 1962, Jamestown Mayor William D. Whitehead said he intended to explore the possibility of closing the city dump on Fluvanna Ave and operating facilities at a location so remote as to cause a minimum of objection. The mayor reported an investigation by Fire Chief Virgil Eggleston disclosed that the heavy blanket of smoke which erupted from the dump two day previously was caused by the chance igniting of spray paint residue from a local industrial plant. It had been deposited at the dump earlier in the day. Chief Eggleston said he had been assured by the company involved that it would cooperate in preventing recurrence of a similar incident. The company's name was not disclosed.
Chautauqua County's 11th highway fatality of the year was recorded the previous day when Larry Clarence Stanton, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. LeMoyne Stanton, R.D. 1, Lambert Road, Fredonia, died of injuries received earlier in the day. The youth was one of four young men injured when the car in which they were riding was demolished in crashing into a utility pole on Ellicott Road, Brocton. Officers reported tire marks indicated the car skidded 210 feet before striking the pole and continued about 60 feet beyond the pole. The pole was cracked at the base and snapped off about 20 feet above the ground. The car and frame were torn apart and wreckage was scattered about 70 feet along the shallow ditch.
In 1987, area residents all heated up about the sustained high temperatures and humidity might be able to breathe a little easier as soon as the following day. At least, that was the prediction of Meteorologist Ken Remington of the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service. He said, "I think we're going to get a break. It looks like a little cooler air moving in here about tomorrow. We're having a cold front coming in from the Midwest." The meteorologist said temperatures throughout Western New York had been in the 80-plus range since July 5. Readings throughout the area the previous day were pretty close to the 90-degree mark.
A Dayton man was accidentally killed early Saturday when he walked into the path of a pickup on Route 39. Dead was Todd Dustin, 24, of Main Street, Perrysburg. Police said the man walked from a driveway about 2 a.m. into the street and was struck by the mirror and door of the westbound truck. The driver was listed as Kevin B. Broyles, 19, of Escondido, Calif. Investigators from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department said Dustin received injuries to his head and neck and was taken to Tri-County Hospital in Gowanda where he was pronounced dead on arrival.