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In Years Past

October 27, 2012
The Post-Journal
  • In 1912, the tombstone in Evergreen Cemetery at Sinclairville, which marked the resting place of Maj. Samuel Sinclear, the founder of the village of Sinclairville, had recently been protected from the elements which were causing the sculptured designs to be effaced, by the placing thereon of a neatly fitting case with a glass front. Sylvan Lodge, F. & A.M. of the village, was in charge of the work of preservation. Maj. Sinclear died in 1827. The marker was a slab of native quarry stone and was polished and engraved by a stone cutter named Damon who lived near Fredonia. Judging from the exquisite designs delineated upon this stone, no one could say but what he was a genius in that art.
  • Fire that, for a time, was viewed with alarm and threatened to sweep from the map the Utopian Theater block at Sheffield, Pa., broke out in the millinery shop of Mrs. Sarah Lawhead and completely gutted the establishment. There were several other adjoining business places damaged by the smoke and water. The Obario Vella Shoe Shop, the C. Lunstedt Tailor Shop and the C.A. Paul Barber Shop were all damaged. The origin of the fire was not known.
  • In 1937, three men were injured, two seriously, when a light coupe driven by Harry G. Lyons of West Fifth Street, Jamestown, crashed into a dump wagon drawn by two horses on Washington Street. Merle E. McManus, 56, of Fairmount Avenue suffered a possible skull fracture. Carl Jungquist, 63, of Cleveland Place, was badly cut on the top of his head. Both men were riding in the dump wagon. Mr. Lyons suffered a fracture of the right arm. The dump wagon and horses, after striking the auto, toppled into a ditch about eight feet deep and 15 wide. One of the horses was easily removed but elaborate plans for hoisting the other animal were not complete when he got up of his own accord and scrambled out of the ditch. Neither horse was seriously injured.
  • Jamestown police were seeking some clue to the identity of the vandal or vandals who smashed a large number of windows in two widely removed sectors of the city the previous night. Thirty windows on every side of the Jamestown Bottling Company's plant in West Eighth Street were smashed. Three more were smashed at the office of the Eckberg Trucking Company across the street from the bottling works. More windows were smashed at the roller skating rink on Taylor Street and at the neighboring structure housing the Cast Iron Welding & Brazing Company. Blood stains found near some of the smashed windows at the bottling works led police to the belief that the destruction was accomplished by an intoxicated man.
  • In 1962, a West Ellicott man, Thomas S. McCann, 56, of S. Allegheny Avenue, was fatally stricken while hunting turkeys with two companions in the Guernsey Hollow area, south of Frewsburg. Efforts by McCann's companions, Earl Dieffenbach and Craig Fransen, both of Lakewood, to revive him with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation were unsuccessful. With the aid of a town of Carroll snowplow crew, they carried McCann more than a mile through the woods to a road where he could be placed in an ambulance. He was pronounced dead on arrival at WCA Hospital. According to members of his family, McCann had previously received treatment for a heart ailment. McCann had been employed as a bus driver for Southwestern schools. As a young man, he had been a professional boxer and had taken part in a number of fights in the Western New York and Ohio areas.
  • About 60 governmental leaders throughout the county were briefed in Mayville on a civil defense program in the area and at the same time were told to take a look at their own defenses and their own constituents. "We're in serious times," Hall R. Clothier, board of supervisors chairman said, in striking the keynote. Robert Tanner, civil defense director for the county, said it was the duty of supervisors and mayors to make sure certain civil defense measures were taken. Jamestown Mayor William Whitehead said, "We could be alone for prolonged periods and out of touch with other levels of government. It is going to take initiative, serious study and action if we are going to survive."
  • In 1987, the sale of the rolling mill equipment of the bankrupt Roblin Steel plant in Dunkirk had eliminated the possibility of reopening the plant, according to David Dawson, administrative director of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. "Steel will no longer be made at the former Roblin plant in Dunkirk," Dawson told The Post-Journal.
  • Through the straw vote for the proposed Westfield-Mayville school district merger wouldn't be taken until Nov. 10, Westfield residents were already deciding whether they would vote yea or nay. Tongues wagged at a public meeting on the merger where opinions seemed to be about evenly divided for and against the proposal. About 150 citizens turned out for the public meeting in Westfield School. Teachers backed the proposal. "I think you'll find the majority of teachers here are definitely in favor of it because of the quality of the education," said one. "To me, as a teacher and parent, that's the most important part."


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