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In Years Past

September 27, 2012
The Post-Journal
  • In 1912, police and officials of the state reservation were searching the Niagara River just below the falls in the belief that Capt. Frank I. Parker of the 74th regiment of Buffalo, threw himself into the river and went over the falls in the morning. Workmen on the Canadian side of the river reported that they saw a man vault the iron rail just above the brink and plunge to this death among the rocks and great banks of spray 200 feet below. Shortly after, the police picked up a derby hat, business cards and insurance papers bearing the name, Frank I. Parker, Buffalo, N.Y. Captain Parker was 45 years old and had been in poor health for several months.
  • This day a large number of the students of Jamestown High School were wearing little red buttons inscribed "A.C.L." meaning Anti-Cigarette League, as the result of a remarkable demonstration by the students following the talks by Manfred P. Welcher, field secretary of the Anti-Cigarette League of America. At a meeting of students at the close of school, a temporary organization was perfected and other meetings planned. The action by the students was entirely of a voluntary nature on their part and was a surprise both to the faculty and to Mr. Welcher. It came after his talks in which he had in a forceful way shown the evils of the cigarette habit and had urged the boys to stop smoking and the girls from associating with the boys who persisted in smoking.
  • In 1937, the visit of Mrs. Charles Stuart Abbott and her son, Stuart Abbott, of Palm Springs, Calif., former well-known Jamestown residents, to their former home here was made in an elaborately equipped automobile trailer which closely resembled a modern Pullman car with all possible comforts and conveniences. It had attracted considerable interest not only on the part of their friends but the general public as well. The trailer, weighing several tons, was covered with aluminum and was drawn by a specially constructed roadster equipped with double rear wheels. It had 16 different speeds and light switches on a board on the dash. There was direct telephone communication between the car and trailer, which had hand controlled brakes. A picture of the trailer recently appeared in Life Magazine.
  • With some $17,000 standing between the Norden Club and the possession of the clubhouse on East Second Street, near Prendergast, in Jamestown, which had served as its home for many years. Some of the older members of the organization were hopeful that some sort of a last-minute move would be made to save the building and permit its further use along the lines for which it was originally erected. The club was conceived in 1911 by a group of Swedish business and professional men. The first club quarters were located on the top floor of the Wellman building and the clubhouse was built in 1914. For several months the organization had faced financial difficulties chiefly through inability to meet tax obligations and at a special meeting the past Saturday night it was decided to proceed with the sale of furniture and fixtures.
  • In 1962, about 7,000 Jamestown area students would view the noted Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village historical exhibition the following week at the Erie-Lackawanna station. Arrangements had been made for 100 pupils to arrive every 15 minutes to get a first-hand look at the exhibit held in conjunction with the Main Street U.S.A. and Frontier Days Celebration set by the Jamestown Retail Merchants Association. Dr. Harold O'Neal, superintendent of Jamestown Public Schools, said, "If time allowed, I would recommend that the entire school system attend this splendid exhibit." The exhibit would be housed in two railroad cars.
  • No work relief program was planned for October by Jamestown's Department of Public Welfare due to unavailability of qualified persons for assignment to it. There had been very little work relief activity over the summer. Early in August, 17 were employed, principally weeding city owned parking areas and in surplus foods distribution. At present, only one man was assigned to the weeding project. Plentiful work during the harvest season had accounted for the lag in welfare relief projects. Many were assisting with the grape harvest, expected to continue well into October.


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