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In Years Past

October 6, 2012
The Post-Journal
  • In 1912, the press had recently noted the death of a number of cattle on the Kennedy farm north of Corry, Pa., under circumstances which seemed suspicious that anthrax might have broken out in this vicinity. To set fears at rest, Dr. B. M. Purrington, the local veterinarian, cut off an ear from one of the dead animals and sent it to the Pennsylvania State Livestock Sanitary laboratory at Philadelphia, together with a report on the case. He had received a reply stating that a complete bacteriological examination was made and was entirely negative as to anthrax. It was thought that the cause of the trouble may have resulted from some vegetable poison which the cattle ate in the swamp where they were grazing.
  • The Lost Princess Bo Peep, the pretty opera played by Jamestown young people and children, was repeated Friday evening at the Samuels Opera House and was given a hearty reception by an audience that packed the building. It was a more enthusiastic audience than that of Thursday evening and frequent applause greeted the actors on their appearance. A feature of the second performance was the presence of Mrs. Alice C. D. Riley of Chicago, the author of the libretto, who was delighted with the manner of its presentation.
  • In 1937, Ernest Furlow, 51, of Gerry Hill, about three miles east of Gerry on the Ellington Road, was found dead in a wood lot about a mile from his home by neighbors. Furlow had apparently died of natural causes, probably some time on Saturday, Oct. 2. The death was discovered when the curiosity of neighbors was aroused by one of Furlow's horses wandering around Furlow's barn with its collar still on. John Murphy, one of the neighbors, started walking through the woods and discovered the other horse of the Furlow team, still attached to the wagon. Furlow's body was found beside the tracks the wagon had made going through the woods.
  • Old classmates from Batavia High School elected to bear to the grave the body of 17-year-old Gloria Allen, girl parachutist. Principal Howard D. Weber released all students who wished to attend the funeral of the young flyer who died when her 'chute failed to open two weeks previously in Blackstone, Va. Gloria, young and pretty, left school the past spring to make a career of professional parachuting with her brother, Eddie, 19 and her sister, Florence, 16. It was an inherited profession with the youngsters. Edward B. Allen, their father, acted as coach and ground crew.
  • In 1962, fire of undetermined origin destroyed the large sawmill of Green Bros. Lumber Co. at Blockville. Errol Green, one of the owners of the firm, estimated the damage at $200,000 to $300,000 and said the fire "puts us out of business" in the wholesale lumber field. The fire broke out sometime during the night and was discovered at 1:41 a.m. when the fire alarm on the building sounded. More than 100 firemen of Panama, Ashville, Clymer and Lakewood fire departments fought the fire. The one-story frame and cement block building was leveled by the blaze. About four carloads of kiln-dried lumber in the building was destroyed.
  • First-day registration in Jamestown for the November gubernatorial election fell nearly 1,000 short of the first-day figure in 1958, an unofficial compilation by The Post-Journal showed. The previous day, 2,985 persons registered in the city, while the first day figure for 1958 was 3,895. Every resident in the city who intended to vote in the Nov. 6 election had to qualify by registering at his regular voting place this day or the following weekend.
  • In 1987, for the fourth time in as many months, Celoron firefighters had to extinguish a fire Monday in the vacant home at 577 Hunt Road behind the Jehovah's Witness Congregation. "It didn't amount to much," Fire Chief Ronald Hasson said, adding that the blaze was extinguished in a few minutes. The cause of the fire was listed as suspicious and was being investigated.
  • Jamestown city crews were checking the West Sixth Street Bridge daily to make sure crumbling concrete was not a danger to drivers, Public Works Director Jack O. Thompson said. Concrete on the bridge supports had been crumbling, causing a problem that would force the bridge to close the week of Oct. 19 if it was not repaired.
 
 
 

 

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