In 1912, interest in the Robinson case, that of the Silver Creek game protector who had been missing for over two weeks, was revived to fever heat the previous afternoon when a searching party headed by Constable John Skinner of Brocton, found a coat, revolver, handcuffs and keys belonging to the missing man. The discovery was made directly underneath the bridge over the Cattaraugus Creek at Irving. Near the place where the coat, handcuffs, etc., were found, was found also a big iron bolt. Such a bolt would make a very dangerous weapon. It was rust covered and Constable Skinner thought that there were traces of human hair attached to it. Whether the red stains were also blood stains had not been determined.
Probably the oldest man to vote on the occasion of the recent presidential election in Chautauqua County was Devillo A. White of Fredonia, who was nearly 97 years of age. He went to the voting place in the village hall a few blocks from his home and voted for president for the 19th time. All the 19 presidential votes cast by Mr. White were for the candidates of the Democratic party and all were cast in the same election district. Despite his advanced age, Mr. White was still active and much interested in the affairs of the nation and the community in which he resided. Naturally, he was much elated over the outcome of the recent election.
In 1937, the "Lakewood Follies" a mirthful production of the Parent-Teacher Association and the Senior Mothers, was presented at the high school auditorium before an audience of at least 600. An amplifying system made it possible to hear the various numbers to much better advantage than on many former occasions. Mrs. Lois Jones, Mrs. Virginia Rugg and Daniel E. Flynn directed the production which provided a variety of music and mirth, much appreciated by the large audience which was generous in approval and applause.
Jamestown police solved the southside mystery of missing milk bottles by arresting a 13-year-old boy at 7 a.m. on a charge of juvenile delinquency, holding him for arraignment before Children's Court Judge Lee L. Ottaway. After receiving complaints from several persons that their morning's milk was being stolen, the police kept a watch in the Charles Street neighborhood, where the boy was apprehended. According to the officers who took the boy into custody, he was given money by his parents to buy milk, but instead, stole the dairy products, keeping the money for himself.
In 1962, a fire from an overheated motor in a large beer cooler caused heavy smoke damage in the Fluvanna Super Duper at 194 Fluvanna Ave. shortly before 2 a.m.. No one was injured. While the damage was not immediately estimated, Robert S. Bargar, an official of the store, and vice president-division manager of S. M. Flickinger Co. Inc., said the Super Duper market was stocked with merchandise valued at more than $50,000. The loss was insured. Peter (Bud) Kote, owner of Bud's Restaurant nearby, discovered the fire at about 1:45 a.m. while he was en route to his home, which was located near the store. While the fire was confined to the cooler and wall area nearby, the heat was so intense it burst soft drink bottles on a shelf nearby.
Sheriff Charles C. McCloskey Jr. expressed his deep concern for the 27 fatal accidents which had occurred in Chautauqua County to date in 1962. The sheriff stated that there were 27 fatals in the county during the entire year of 1961, which was a record low for the past 12 years. The sheriff pointed out that "we have had a decrease in fatal accidents each year since 1949, when 40 persons were killed." The National Safety Council has reported that traffic fatalities across the nation were reaching an unprecedented peak and that fatalities across the state of New York were increasing.
In 1987, American servicemen and women were stationed throughout the world as guardians of the country's freedom, George N. Dimas, commander of Ira Lou Spring American Legion Post of Jamestown, said at Veterans Day exercises late Wednesday morning in Jamestown. In the program at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in the city, the speaker said veterans had come from all walks of life throughout the years to protect that freedom - leaving their homes and risking their lives to do so. "We fought to make wars end," Dimas said. He said Americans understood the plight of those around the world living without freedom and in some cases, without hope.
A sign of things to come appeared on West Third Street in Jamestown as workers put up notice that Argersinger's Department Store would be opening soon. The store, located in the former Bigelow's building, would open Thursday, Nov. 19. It would occupy two floors and the basement of the building.