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In Years Past

December 8, 2012
The Post-Journal
  • In 1912, one of the most important real estate transactions of the year in Jamestown had taken place. A.F. Nelson, proprietor of the shoe store in the Fenton block, Main and Second streets, had purchased from Mrs. Corisande Fenton the old Fenton property on East Second and East Third, a short distance west of the junction of these two streets. The property had a frontage of 140 feet on East Second and 135 feet on East Third, with a depth of 200 feet and included on it were the old Fenton residence opposite the Second Street Grammar School and three buildings on East Third Street. The old Fenton house was the oldest or at least, one of the oldest houses in the city, having been built between 1827 and 1829.
  • Helen Greir, aged 17, was being proclaimed as a heroine for the saving of the lives of two younger children from their blazing home. Helen was alone with her two younger siblings at Lynch, Pa., as her father was at work in the Forest Chemical Company plant and her mother was in Sheffield spending the night. Violent coughing of one of the children awakened Miss Helen about 2 o'clock in the morning. She found the house full of smoke and sparks were falling all about the bed in which herself and the children lay. She seized one of the children and bore it out of doors. Then rushing back into the blazing home, she found the other child and bore it out to safety. She made a futile attempt to rescue belongings but the house crashed down and absolutely nothing was saved.
  • In 1937, periodical recessions in business could not be avoided, Sumner H. Slichter, professor of business economics of the Harvard Graduate Business school, told the National Association of Manufacturers this day in New York. Hence, he said in a prepared address, business and government should, during periods of good business, make provisions for these periodical recessions. Lewis J. Taber, master of the National Grange, was another speaker at the association's convention. He asked for "enlightened fellowship and team work" on the part of all elements of the population.
  • Carried in off the Great Lakes by a 47 mile-per-hour gale, the worst December snowstorm in 10 years all but paralyzed New York's second largest city of Buffalo this day. An unidentified man, about 65 years old, dropped dead while trying to walk through drifts in a main business thoroughfare. Unprepared for the wintry blast, emergency crews of snow shovelers worked frantically in the early morning hours to clear streets and sidewalks. Several industrial plants in Buffalo were closed. Some trolley and bus lines ceased service early. Drifts formed three feet deep in some city streets.
  • In 1962, spinning the wheels of an automobile in an effort to maintain traction on the icy Jefferson Street hill between West Third and Fourth streets early in the day generated so much heat that it ignited the rear tires of the vehicle and caused them to explode. The freak mishap, which occurred at 1:16 a.m., involved an automobile owned and operated by Sam Palermo of West Sixth Street. When it was discovered that the tires were burning, an alarm was sent in to the Fire Department. By the time that Engine Co. 3 reached the scene, the blaze had spread to the contents of the luggage compartment. The fire was extinguished before it reached the fuel tank.
  • Special late runs on three main bus routes had been scheduled for Dec. through Dec. 22, Jamestown City Bus officials announced. The schedule was being revised in order to give extra service for Christmas shoppers when downtown stores would remain open until 9 p.m. each evening. The same schedule also had been put into effect on a permanent basis each Friday night when stores would remain open until 9 p.m.
  • In 1987, more than 160 grandparents and senior citizens were welcomed to the Robert H. Jackson Elementary School in Frewsburg, in conjunction with National Education Week. The theme of the weeklong recognition was "Learning - The Rage at Any Age." Grandparents and senior citizens were invited to return to school for an afternoon of planned activities and entertainment. Sixth grade students acted as tour guides. Grandparents and seniors from as far away as Ohio and Erie, Pa., visited classes, listening to or sharing in specially planned small group activities. A special flag ceremony was performed by Brownie Troop 96.
  • Bells Supermarkets at 39 S. Main St., Jamestown and 1001 Fairmount Ave., West Ellicott, had been acquired by Thorpe Management Co. of Salem, Ohio. William Thorpe said that the transaction was concluded Nov. 30. He said the company owned four other stores. The new owners said they would be making changes at both area locations with extensive remodeling to begin early in 1988. Thorpe said it would include new equipment and upgrading the stores to a higher quality level.


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