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In Years Past

July 21, 2014

In 1914, Jay Gould, son of W.W. Gould of Grand Valley, Pa., but living in Jamestown with his uncle, James Quinlan of the police force, had a narrow escape from death under a Newland Avenue street car near the corner of Park Street about 8:30 in the morning. Young Gould was on the car going east on this street, standing on the rear platform. The car was backing up to let a man off at the Park Street corner when the trolley flew off and the rope wound around Gould's body so that when the trolley pole struck a guy wire, it jerked Gould out of the car and swung him around directly on the tracks. He saved himself from going under the wheels by grabbing hold of the fender. He was injured around the head, one knee and his hand was cut and sprained.



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