100 Years Ago
In 1912, Edward H. Woodworth had been promoted from the office of manager of the American Aristotype division of the Eastman Kodak Company in Jamestown, to that of superintendent of the manufacturing department of the Canadian Kodak Company, Limited, which was the Canadian branch of the Eastman Kodak Company, with headquarters in Toronto. He had sold his home on Allen Street to J.D. Woodard, owner of the Humphrey House. Woodworth was for six years the manager of the local plant and his further promotion came as the result of faithful and efficient work. Mrs. Woodworth would remain in Jamestown for the winter, joining Mr. Woodworth in Toronto in the spring.
J. Frank Hickey, rightly termed a "modern day Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde," made a complete confession of the murder of Joseph Josephs, the 7-year-old Lackawanna boy whose body was found back of a saloon in Lackawanna Nov. 16. Hickey also admitted that he killed Michael Kruck, the 12-year-old New York newsboy whose body was found in Central Park some 10 years previously. Hickey said his crimes were caused by the excessive use of liquor. He denied that he had ever committed other similar crimes and repented for his deeds and said he expected to pay the penalty. When not drinking he was said to have been a competent concrete foreman. He also was a man of considerable literary attainments. Hickey's proclivity for writing postcards to the police proved his undoing and led to the discovery of his identity.
75 Years Ago
In 1937, persons were injured at midnight Saturday when cars driven by police Lt. George A. Arnold and Edwin Nelson, Fulton Street, Jamestown, collided as the Arnold car was turning into a driveway at the Arnold home, 263 Fairmount Ave. All of the injured were taken to Jamestown General Hospital for treatment. Lt. Arnold was cut about the head but was dismissed from the hospital after treatment. Mrs. Arnold was badly bruised all over her body. Her condition was listed as good. Nelson was cut on the scalp. Mrs. Gertrude Nelson, his wife, suffered a fracture of a finger and a cut on her nose. Raymond Anderson, a passenger in the Nelson car, had brush burns under his chin. Mrs. Anderson complained of pain in the abdomen but examination failed to disclose any injury and she was dismissed from the hospital.
Extra helpers employed during the Christmas holidays who had not been employed in occupations covered by the Social Security act, would find themselves eligible to future benefits, according to Joseph D. Canty, manager of the local office of the Social Security board. Housewives and students in schools, etc., who took part-time work in department stores as sales girls, wrappers, etc., were covered by the old-age insurance features of the act. Deductions should be made from all such salaries under U.S. Treasury regulations and the total earnings of part-time employees would go toward building up wage credits and eventually count toward future benefits when they reached the age of 65 and were no longer employed.
50 Years Ago
In 1962, Richard R. Nunn, 34, a chiropractor, of Springville, was injured at 6:40 p.m. the previous evening when he lost control of his 1960 eastbound station wagon, which struck a reflector guide wire on Route 17 at Randolph. The impact hurled the machine into the air and it landed on its top. Nunn crawled out of the wreckage. He suffered cuts on both hands and was given first aid by Carl R. Fox, a chiropractor at East Randolph.
A sustained investigation by the sheriff's department in the vandalism case at Notre Dame du Lac at Bemus Point, had led to the apprehension of three youngsters, all boys, the oldest of the trio being 9 and the youngest 7. The more than $5,000 damage at the summer seminarian school owned by the Buffalo Catholic Diocese occurred Nov. 3 on a Saturday afternoon. The youngsters told investigators that they were playing at the seminary and broke one window by accident. Thinking this was fun, they started to break every windowpane in the main building. The boys and their parents would appear in Family Court. Sheriff McCloskey complimented the diligence of his officers who stayed on the case since it was reported to the department Nov. 4.