100 Years Ago
In 1913, two women of the gypsy type struck Jamestown and commenced the old fortune telling game and got themselves in trouble and in the police station. The names of the two women as inscribed on the police blotter were Mary Coroncoats and Katherine Poola. Their operations as outlined to the police consisted of extracting about half a dollar in charge from the pockets of F D. Moore. It was the old story, a pretense to tell the victim's fortune and clever pocket picking. It was stated they tried the same game on George Jeffries of the Star garage but failed to get any money. The women next visited the offices of the Broadhead Mills but failed to secure any money and when leaving the building they were nabbed by the police.
The annual charity ball for the benefit of the Warner Home for the Aged in the state armory was attended by between 150 and 200 couples. The conditions for dancing were made perfect through the efforts of the committee and the ball was one of the prettiest parties of the season and was thoroughly enjoyable in every detail. The number present was not as large as at the ball a year ago and the fact that the floor was not so crowded made dancing more enjoyable and eliminated the congested condition which had prevailed in former years. The spacious drill shed was elaborately decorated with Christmas greens and national colors. Several hundred Christmas trees were banked about the walls of the hall with a very pleasing effect. Above this background, American flags were hung in profusion. The 13th Separate Company band furnished excellent music for a program which started at 8:30 o'clock and ended shortly after 1 in the morning.
75 Years Ago
In 1938, the reins of Jamestown's city government passed from the hands of the city's veteran chief executive, Samuel A. Carlson, on this morning to be taken over by Harry C Erickson, chosen by the electorate of this city at the Nov. 2 election to serve as mayor during 1938 and 1939. The ceremony was simple but touchingly impressive as Mayor Carlson, a city official over a period of nearly 45 years, formally retired from public life with a wish of God speed and success for his successor. The ceremonies were conducted before an audience which jammed the narrow confines of the Council chamber. The overflow crowd extended far out into the lobby.
Dominic Zimbardo, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clement Zimbardo, 522 Crescent Street, Jamestown, was at the Jamestown General Hospital recovering from the effects of inhaling gas fumes from an open water heater in the bathroom of his home Friday afternoon. His condition was reported satisfactory this day. The youth was unconscious when found in the bathtub by his parents, who summoned aid which was rendered by the inhalator squad of the fire department.