In 1912, the work on the Biederwolf Revival Tabernacle on Market Street in Jamestown was progressing steadily but Don Cochran, the architect in charge and manager of the campaign, was especially anxious to get the building completed in the coming week. Therefore he was asking for more helpers. Volunteers with saws and hammers were asked to report at the site ready to work that the big structure might be rushed to completion. The volunteers would be just as welcome whether they were church members or otherwise.
Repeated efforts of a woman whose husband lost all his money in gambling, had finally resulted in the city of Corry, Pa., authorities putting the lid down tight and no more would the clatter of chips be heard nightly along the main thoroughfares. Many a visitor had been invited to these rooms, only to leave it a much wiser and likewise a poorer man. The city of Corry, like others, had professional gamesters and gambling rooms had flourished there for years, it was stated.
In 1937, industrial plants along the Niagara River began planning to end pollution which recently caused the slaughter of millions of fish in the river. Representatives of five factories pledged at a conference in Buffalo to eliminate within a year the dumping of raw factory waste which had been blamed for the wholesale poisoning of the fish. Dead fish estimated by conservation officials to number 500 million whitened the banks of the Niagara River to a depth of several feet when pollution spread suddenly through the waters some weeks ago.
After a sudden thaw had melted the recent heavy fall of snow, Stillwater Creek, a few miles south of Jamestown, was the only stream in this locality which had overflowed its banks, flooding certain spots along the Frewsburg highway in the vicinity of Martin Road with several inches of water. Continued mild weather had broken up the ice in the creek, sending the water over the surrounding countryside. While Cassadaga Creek, near Levant and Goose Creek, at Ashville, were reported rising, the ice had not yet given way and both streams were well within their banks, a similar condition being found with the Conewango at Frewsburg.
In 1962, Leon Sam Barringer 23, of Ripley, was killed at 7:10 a.m. when the car he was driving north on Loomis Street in Ripley was struck by a westbound New York Central Railroad freight train at the Loomis Street grade crossing. Engineer V. Keller of Orchard Park told investigating officers the train was traveling at 60 miles per hour when he saw the car approaching the grade crossing from the south. The fatality brought the county's traffic death told for 1962 to 32. The previous year at the same time, 27 deaths had been recorded.
Fluoridation had been in effect at Lakewood at a cost to the village of 76 cents per day since Dec. 6. There were 1,500 water consumers. The Village Board made the announcement the previous night after it received a filed petition bearing 314 names, requesting a fluoridation referendum. E. Robert Bootey, village attorney, again reiterated that the board was powerless to sponsor such a referendum.
In 1987, the airlines were scrambling to change their airport passenger screening programs after the government ordered all airline and airport employees, even those in uniform, to pass through the security checkpoints beginning December 21. The tighter security measures were directed by the FAA and would go into effect two weeks after a fired USAir employee smuggled a gun aboard a Pacific Southwest Airlines jet and began firing during flight. The plane crashed Dec. 7, killing all 43 people aboard, including the gunman, who apparently had bypassed the screening checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport as he boarded the plane.
Complying with a request to submit information projecting the area 30 years from now, Allegany State Park had produced a report that projected the tourism impact on the region through growth of public attractions by the year 2018. Park staffers projected 5 million annual visitors to the region pouring in $250 million a year. Allegany State Park was one of the few area agencies to actually meet the request of consultants to provide detailed statistical information on projections for the future.