In 1913, the home of James Ward Packard, Terrace Avenue, Lakewood, was the scene of a charming reception given Friday afternoon by Packard's wife and Sadie Hazzard. The hours of receiving were from 3-6 p.m. and a large number of friends of the hostesses were greeted by them during these hours. The beautiful home of the Packards was decorated for the occasion with garden flowers and presented a very pleasing appearance. During the afternoon, refreshments were served.
In the future chauffeurs duly licensed under the laws of New York state would not be required to obtain a special permit to drive their owner's cars while touring in Massachusetts, according to announcement made by Secretary of State Mitchell May. "The decision by Massachusetts authorities to this effect," said May, "is regarded as especially propitious in view of the limited touring privileges of ten days annually extended by Massachusetts to non-resident owners."
In 1938, preliminary minor work that had been progressing on the Nazareth "farm to market" county and town highway in the town of Clymer, would turn to a full construction program within a few days. Earlier efforts of E.L. Caflisch to prevent construction of this road on the route approved by town and county officials and to propose a substitute route across present uninhabited country had held up construction work for a time while town officials gave consideration to his plans. The plans had since been rejected. It was understood that he still planned to circulate petitions to support his plan but work was now moving ahead on the county and town plans.
Betty Weakland, girl evangelist, dug the first shovelful of earth in Jamestown this morning as the foundations were laid for the erection of the new tabernacle on West Third Street, between Hall and Porter avenues. The tabernacle was being constructed under the supervision of Carl Peterson who superintended the erection of the Biederwolf tabernacle 25 years ago. Weakland would continue to preach nightly in the Coliseum on Taylor Street until the new building was completed.
In 1963, Jamestown City Council President Jess J. Present was the Republican Party nominee for mayor, winning with a formidable show of strength in the previous day's 3-way primary fight. He received 55.6 percent of the votes cast to defeat Mayor William D. Whitehead and Anton Hanson, city GOP chairman. Mayor Whitehead's vote percentage was 33.3 percent and Hanson's 15 percent. The city primary was the first here since 1927 and was a result of the past April's referendum which returned Jamestown to the partisan election system.
Buffalo police had recovered a torso believed to be that of a wealthy banker-businessman and were searching for the automobile in which he was last seen alive over four years ago. The torso was found in a shipping canal. Police tentatively identified it as that of Edward B. Germain, 68, of Buffalo and began dragging the canal for the car he was seen driving on the night he disappeared - June 11, 1959. Germain was believed headed for Bay Beach, Ontario in his car after attending a meeting in Buffalo on the night of his disappearance. Germain had been president of the Dunlop Tire and Rubber Co. from 1922 to 1954.
In 1988, American schools had only one computer for every 30 students and even those pupils with access to computers got to use them an average of just one hour a week, a report to Congress said. The report by the congressional Office of Technology Assessment said "today's classrooms typically resemble their ancestors of 50 years ago more closely than operating rooms or business offices resemble their 1938 versions." But the agency said it would cost $4 billion to buy enough equipment to reduce the student-computer ratio from 30-1 to 3-1.
A California motorcyclist became Chautauqua County's 27th highway fatality of the year when he was run over by a van-type vehicle towing a camper trailer on Interstate 90 about a mile west of the Dunkirk interchange at 12:05 p.m. on Sunday. Thruway State Police Sgt. Terry Sutton said the victim was James Armstrong, 39, of Boulder Creek, Calif., eastbound in the passing lane and who had just passed the trailer. Sutton said the cyclist made several hand motions as if signaling a right hand turn and also kept looking down at both sides of his machine. The sergeant said the motorcycle then went out from under the rider, ejecting him into the path of the van and trailer.