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In Years Past

September 19, 2012
The Post-Journal
  • In 1912, the Businessmen's Association of Westfield had completed plans for a big all-day celebration for their town on Friday of the present week, Sept. 20, and were looking for big crowds as a result of advertising the affair as Westfield Day throughout the county. The celebration would start with a band concert at 9 a.m. and conclude with a grand display of fireworks in the evening. Political speeches, baseball games, field and track sport, inspection of the fire department, an aerial glide by the Great Hondan, a baby show and dancing would have their place on the program for the day.
  • A double burglary was committed in Frewsburg sometime Tuesday night, when the store of the Mecusker Company and the meat market of A.T. Donelson were entered. A pane of glass was removed from the rear window of the Mecusker Store and the robber or robbers secured about $8 which had been left in the cash drawer. From there they went to the meat market next door. The rear door of the market was forced open and here a small amount of cash was secured but Donelson was not sure how much. Both proprietors said that nothing else was disturbed in either place.
  • In 1937, Dr. Warren D. Wellman, one of Jamestown's oldest practicing physicians, died at the family residence on East Sixth Street, aged 82 years. He had been in failing health for about a year. Wellman was born on the Wellman Road, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Dighton Wellman. He received his education at the Cincinnati Medical School and began the practice of medicine at Sugar Grove, Pa., before returning to Jamestown nearly 50 years ago. He and his brother also operated a drug store on Main Street. The present Wellman building at West Third and Cherry streets was erected in 1897 and the Wellman drug store moved to the site. The Wellman Sample Furniture store was still being operated in the building by Dr. Wellman's nephews, Howard and Albert Wellman.
  • Jamestown's and Warren, Pa., High School's football teams battled to a scoreless first half in their traditional clash on Washington Field in the afternoon before one of the largest crowds in several seasons, numbering nearly 5,000. There was little to choose between the rival teams, with Coach Rolland H. Taft's Red and Green warriors dominating the first period and Warren holding the upper hand during most of the second. Pregame demonstrations by both school bands and the Jamestown High School Booster club of nearly 200 students, enlivened the occasion.
  • In 1962, a gust of wind with near gale force roared out of the west at 6:31 p.m. the previous evening and belted some Jamestown area communities. No one was injured. Utility services were disrupted as the wind blew down a large tree in Falconer and a large tree branch in Fredonia. The wind velocity was not ascertained but a state trooper at Westfield estimated it was blowing at about 60 mph. The most serious damage occurred when the wind blew down a large tree in front of the home of William Hubbard, 331 E. Elmwood Ave., Falconer. As it fell to the ground, it carried with it utility lines, leaving that area without electricity for more than an hour.
  • A report of a stolen car in Brocton resulted in it being discovered about 2 hours later in a field after it rolled down an incline. The 1960 model car was owned by Carl Spoto of West Main Street. The report accompanied by an unconfirmed statement, that two men were seen entering the vehicle, set off an area search by local police, state police and deputies at about 10:30 p.m. Chief Russell Barone found the vehicle in a field on the north side of Route 20 about 150 yards from where it was reported missing. He said that Mr. Spoto had parked the vehicle in the drive gear preparatory to leaving. He went into the house for a few minutes and upon his return the car was missing. It apparently rolled down the drive, narrowly missing two cement posts and a tree and across Route 20, into the field.
  • ?In 1987, that sudden gush of air heard around the area the previous night came from local residents breathing a collective sigh of relief as a flood watch in Western New York was canceled. Although the weekend warnings had been lifted, plenty of rain was still expected to fall this day and through the coming weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.
  • Members of the Committee for the Preservation of Route 394 hoped to be able to use information contained in the state Department of Transportation's Environmental Impact Statement to prove that the highway project was too expensive, over designed and unsafe. The committee was opposed specifically to plans for the section of the project in West Ellicott where it was proposed to build a five-lane highway, made up of two driving lanes in each direction and a center turning lane. The section extended from McDaniel Avenue in Jamestown to Shadyside Road.


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