100 Years Ago
In 1912, three men, two of whom were believed by the police to be car robbers, were captured by officers Droege and O'Connell and Lake Shore Railroad Detective Avey in Dunkirk after an encounter in which two of the men were said to have drawn revolvers and threatened the officers. A fourth man in the party made his escape through the fields pursued by the officers who emptied their revolvers without effect. Every possible hiding place in that vicinity was being searched by the officers and word had been sent to the neighboring towns and villages to watch for the man. The place where the officers and detective met the men was a small dilapidated shanty a short distance east of the city along the Nickel Plate right of way.
Mrs. Peter Czurczak, 38, of Oil City , Pa., was in the hospital suffering from a bullet wound to the abdomen that the attending surgeons declared would prove mortal. The husband was in a cell in the lockup and would face a charge of murder in case the woman died. His wife had been in no condition to talk since she was shot, but her son, Maximillian, and daughter Veronica, declared that the husband shot her while Mrs. Czurczak was struggling with him for possession of the weapon, a single action American Bulldog revolver of .38 caliber, in the possession of the police. The doctors who attended the woman stated it was possible for her to live for a few days but next to impossible for her to survive the gunshot.
75 Years Ago
In 1937, most of the major traffic accidents in Jamestown were occurring between intersections, in the middle of blocks, rather than at the intersections themselves. The most dangerous spot in town both for motorists and pedestrians was South Main Street between Brooklyn Square and Allen Street and most of the accidents involved a pedestrian and motor vehicle, according to Police Captain Edward M. Nyholm. Pedestrian accidents were most frequently caused by "jay walking." The congested condition of the Brooklyn Square area was given by Capt. Nyholm as the cause of its great hazard. Another cause of night accidents at that point was that the driver, after becoming accustomed to the brightly lighted uptown streets and plunging suddenly into the darker area, did not slow down to compensate for the change and give his eyes a chance to accustom themselves to the darkness.
Lone Star, the largest cow in all the world, weighing over 3,000 pounds and standing 9 feet in height, was owned by L.K. Maulsby of San Antonio, Texas. She had been exhibited in 38 states in the union, including the World's Fair in Chicago in 1934 and had been seen by over three million people. Her sire was a Brahman bull imported from India and her mother was an average size Jersey. She was raised on the range and had no extra feed. At 4 years of age, she had a calf. She was too tall to nurse the calf, which was of normal size so it was put with another calf and raised by another cow. Lone Star, when it was realized she could be turned into money by being exhibited, had not had any more calves. She was insured for $25,000 and was one of the many attractions to be seen with The Modern Noah's Ark Show, coming to Jamestown for 4 days starting this day.
50 Years Ago
In 1962, quick action by an unidentified neighbor was credited with quenching a blaze the previous evening at the home of Raymond Jolly, 801 Cherry St., before it could cause serious damage. Two companies of firefighters under Assistant Chief Theodore Hubbard which were sent to the address at 6:08 p.m. found that a fire in a rubbish receptacle beside the building had already been extinguished by a neighbor with a pail of water. The only damage caused by the fire, believed to have been started by a carelessly discarded cigarette, was the scorching of paint on the side of the house.
Three persons were injured, one seriously, in an accident involving two cars and a gasoline tank truck, which spilled part of its cargo of 6,000 gallons of high octane gasoline on Route 6, two miles west of Youngsville, at 3:30 p.m. Youngsville firemen used water to flush the highway and the driveway of William Jordon's place. Most seriously injured was Frederick B. Perrin, 17, of Youngsville, who was in Warren General Hospital with facial lacerations, brush burns and possible hip fracture. His cousin, Robert Perrin, 18, also of Youngsville, was in the same hospital. They had been riding with Charles V. Gravatt, 24, of Grove City. He was released after being treated for minor injuries. State police blamed a "high rate of speed" for the accident.