In 1912, Mt. Sinai, chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, held a very enjoyable Halloween party in the auditorium of the Jamestown Business College the past evening, cards and dancing being the chief features. Cards were played at 15 tables from 8 to 10 o'clock. Refreshments were then served and the remainder of the evening was devoted to dancing, the music being by Frank Scott. The hall was tastefully decorated in keeping with the Halloween season.
"It is during the chill October days and evenings that elections are determined," had been a favorite saying of political managers. They declared that it was not the campaign rallies or the shouting that did the business, but the calm consideration of the voter in his home and after consultation with his household which determined the great political battles of the ballots. Well, the "chill October days" had come and the November days were "creeping on apace," so it might be taken for granted that the great American electorate had about made up its mind who it would have for president for the next four years. Meanwhile, there would be more oratory, last final appeals to voters, torchlight and other parades and a great effort to get the vote out on election day.
In 1937, Wye L. Clark, about 52, of Ridgley Terrace, Jamestown, treasurer and general manager of the Weber-Knapp Company, succumbed to a heart attack shortly after 10:30 p.m. Friday while driving his automobile on Fairmount Avenue. His car, out of control after the heart seizure, crashed into a tree in front of 359 Fairmount Avenue but the accident was not responsible for his death. It was obvious that the machine was traveling at a moderate rate of speed. The only injury to Mr. Clark's person as a result of the crash was a minor cut on the lip. The car was only slightly damaged. Friends of Mr. Clark said he had attended a dinner at the Sportsmen's Club on the lake.
Hobgoblins and witches might frolic to their hearts' content as they celebrated Halloween this night, according to Jamestown Chief of Police Charles A. Sandburg but they had better keep their fun clean and out of the malicious category or they would face speedy arrest. That was the substance of Chief Sandburg's annual warning to Halloween pranksters. "We will have practically every member of the department on duty tonight," he said. "We don't want to interfere with the perfectly normal Halloween fun of youngsters," the chief added, "but we shall not tolerate the destructive mischief indulged in by older boys and, sometimes, grown men." Halloween was being celebrated on this night as the 31st fell on a Sunday.
In 1962, Jamestown's Gifford Building, which back at the turn of the century housed fashionable apartments, was sold at a sidewalk auction for $1,500. The five-story red brick structure, a landmark in Brooklyn Square since it was built in 1890, was purchased by Albert C. Walter of Crossman Street. Mr. Walter, who described himself as a dabbler in real estate, said immediately after the sale he planned to tear down the structure. However, he later was reported as saying he had no specific plans for its use but that architects would study the building to see what could be done with it.
The last of the three Canadians charged in a Loblaw supermarket break-in at Jamestown four years ago when $6,500 in cash was reported stolen pleaded guilty in County Court at Mayville. Judge McKinley L. Phillips sentenced Walter B. Johnston, 49, of Toronto, Ontario, to 1 1/2 to 5 1/2 years in Attica State Prison. The plea appeared to close a unique burglary operation employing the use of a truck and high-powered telephoto lens to photograph safe combinations. Two other Toronto men were sentenced earlier to Attica.
In 1987, a worldwide warming trend could reduce Great Lakes levels by 4 feet or more and trigger a 30 percent drop in the region's water supply, said scientists studying the so-called greenhouse effect. "This would impact on farming, navigation, hydro power - the whole gamut," said Frank Quinn, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Quinn and other speakers at an international symposium said the warming would occur as growing concentrations of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels and other gases trap more heat near the Earth's surface, the "greenhouse effect."
Monsignor Pasquale L. Colagioia, who would be fondly remembered by parishioners of St. James Catholic Church in Jamestown for having built the new church edifice, the rectory and the parish school, died Thursday at St. Francis Nursing Home in Williamsville at age 98. The school was renamed the Monsignor Pasquale Colagioia Center in his honor on his 90th birthday. Colagioia, who was pastor of St. James from 1940 to 1973, would be remembered as a very dedicated priest, said Monsignor Antoine Attea, current church pastor.