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In Years Past

August 4, 2013
The Post-Journal

In 1913, lightning caused a disturbance in Jamestown with the fire alarm system Sunday night. Two circuits, No. 1 of the south side and No. 4 in the business section, were knocked out completely. Eighteen fuses connected with the system were blown out. The lightning made the electrical apparatus around the City Hall rattle in a most alarming way. During the progress of the storm, Chief Wilson heard the fire tapper sound. He knew the trouble was probably due to the lightning but he went to the telephone and called up police headquarters. "Did the bell ring?" asked the chief. "I don't know," replied Captain Reeder. "The lightning is knocking things around here so lively I haven't noticed."



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