100 Years Ago
In 1912, six children in a little over 13 months was the remarkable record of child-bearing of Mrs. Stephen Nageotte of Frenchtown, Crawford County, Pa. She had borne 15 children and 13 of them were living. On Sept. 10, 1911, she gave birth to triplets - two girls and a boy - and on Oct. 31, 1912, three sturdy boys arrived, just 13 months and 20 days after the other trio. The first children came singly. Five years ago came the twins to be followed by two single children and then the triplets in 1911. One of the three born in 1911 died a few months ago, but the other two were crying lustily when the new trio arrived. Mrs. Nageotte was a small woman and did all her own work, including the care of the children.
The members of the Swedish Lutheran Immanuel choir of Jamestown enjoyed a delightful Halloween party and traveling supper the past evening. The first course was served at the parsonage by Mrs. Felix V. Hanson at 7 p.m. After this course was served and flashlight pictures had been taken, the company proceeded to the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Swanson, 18 Allen St., where the second course was served. At this place the guests were greeted by ghosts and witches. Piano selections by one of the witches and also by Miss Ingeborg Carlson were enjoyed while a reading was given by Sven Winell. The third course was served at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.O. Johnson, Prospect Street. Each guest was presented with a souvenir postcard bearing quaint sayings. Each home was appropriately decorated in harmony with the occasion.
75 Years Ago
In 1937, more than 14,000 of Jamestown's 15,382 registered voters were expected to march to the city's 24 district polling places between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. the following day to elect an entire set of new city officials for the next two years. They would also name a choice for delegates to the forthcoming state constitutional convention, elect an associate judge of the New York state court of appeals, two justices of the supreme court for this district, a district attorney, two coroners and an assemblyman. Local interest centered largely on the three-way contest for mayor between former mayor Leon F. Roberts, Councilman Harry C. Erickson and former councilman Harry J. Holroyd. The race had been a see-saw affair with no one of the candidates seeming to have a distinct edge over the others.
Details of a recent attempted breakout at the Chautauqua County jail were disclosed by Sheriff Roy L. Chadwick when William Alexander and Raymond Brown, charged with second-degree grand larceny for the alleged theft of an automobile, were arraigned before County Judge Lee L. Ottaway. Alexander and Brown, according to Sheriff Chadwick, did approximately $75 damage to the jail in their bid for escape. The sheriff expressed the belief that some person from the outside of the jail had slipped the men the tools with which to make their try for freedom. The men had attempted to saw the bars of their cell but were discovered before they could complete the job.
50 Years Ago
In 1962, authorities were investigating a fire which the previous night destroyed an automobile belonging to Jerry Van Ness at his home on Bayview Road. The fire was discovered by Van Ness when he was disturbed by the sustained sound of an automobile horn in front of his home and went to investigate. He found that the noise was coming from his own car - a 1956 Buick - and that the vehicle was already enveloped in flames. Persistent sounding of the horn was believed to have been caused by a short circuit resulting from melting of the wiring. Approximately 20 members of the Bemus Point Fire Department responded to the alarm but they were unable to prevent the auto from becoming a total loss.
Jamestown Mayor William D. Whitehead set his sights on paring the 1963 budget by demanding that department heads justify all requests for new major equipment by submitting cost and operational studies. He said it was too early to predict any specific reductions in the 1963 budget. But he added that a major portion of his hoped-for budget and tax cuts should come from reductions in the cost of equipment for next year. He said a 2 or 3 percent cut - about $132,000 - could be made. The mayor said during his campaign for office and again over the summer, that he was confident he could reduce the annual city budget by savings in operational and administrative costs.