100 Years Ago
In 1912, six doctors, making the most extensive surgery of Col. Theodore Roosevelt's condition attempted since his arrival at Mercy Hospital, found his condition as near normal as a wounded man could be, and renewed their assurances that there was no longer cause for worry. It also was positively announced that Col. Roosevelt would not leave the hospital until the following week at least. The case was progressing so favorably that unless some complications occurred the bullet would not be removed at present.
In order that the men might be kept in touch with the doings of baseball's World Series, the officials of the Brooks plant in Dunkirk had a number of scoreboards arranged conveniently in different sections of the shop. As soon as the returns of the game were received, they were placed on the boards so that the men who were at work could know the facts of the game as soon as those outside.
75 Years Ago
In 1937, Sunday hunting was permitted in only five townships of Chautauqua County, which was a good thing for sportsmen to remember as they made ready to take to the woods and fields for the autumn season. The matter of Sunday hunting was determined by various town boards, which in a majority of cases had passed ordinances prohibiting shooting on the Sabbath. Sunday hunting was permissible in the towns of Ripley, Mina, Sherman, Chautauqua and Ellicott. Other towns in the county had long been closed to hunters on Sunday.
Earl Billsborough, 19, of R.D. 3, Warren, was in the Warren General Hospital with serious injuries received late the previous afternoon when a motorcycle he was riding crashed into the side of a large sedan operated by C.C. Miles, West Third Avenue, Warren, on Route 6 at the Lily Pond crossing of the New York Central Railroad, near Starbrick. Billsborough had a compound fracture of the right thigh, a compound fracture of the left leg and a severe scalp laceration. His condition was fair. According to Pennsylvania motor police, Billsborough lost control of his motorcycle while rounding a curve. The machine skidded on the wet pavement and crashed into the side of the automobile.
50 Years Ago
In 1962, western Pennsylvania's mammoth Kinzua Dam might be completed early in 1965, six to nine months ahead of schedule with its resultant recreational facilities expected to attract 10 million annually. The $114 million dollar project about 30 miles south of Jamestown, would provide a reservoir 35 miles long with 91 miles of shoreline.
Rep. Charles E. Goodell would continue a three-year legislative struggle to permit the Japanese wife of a Jamestown soldier to enter the United States. She was Mrs. Kyoke Stanton, wife of Sgt. Richard S. Stanton whose mother, Mrs. Minnie Drake, resided on Rural Route 1, Jamestown. Private legislation asking for an exemption in immigration laws to allow Mrs. Stanton and her two children to enter the U.S. was first introduced by Mr. Goodell in January 1960. The bill was turned down during the recent final session of Congress. The Stantons were married in April, 1953, at Yokahama, Japan. Sgt. Stanton was currently stationed at Fort Sheridan, Illinois.
25 Years Ago
In 1987, 18-month-old Jessica McClure was rescued the previous night from an abandoned well by workers who spent 2 1/2 days drilling through solid rock to reach her as the nation waited anxiously to learn her fate. Barefoot, caked with dirt and strapped with gauze to an immobilizing backboard, Jessica was hoisted by cable out of the shaft just before 8 p.m. The toddler, who had gone without food or water since plunging into the narrow well in her aunt's backyard, appeared alert as she rubbed her eyes. Paramedics rushed her to a waiting ambulance for the one-mile drive to a hospital. The extent of her injuries was not immediately known. A great shout of jubilation rose from the crowd of rescue workers, friends and relatives gathered around as Jessica emerged and horns honked throughout the neighborhood.
Just two days away from a celebration to honor it as the world's longest running boiling-water nuclear plant, the Nine Mile Point 1 reactor near Syracuse automatically shut down because of a malfunctioning electronic pressure regulator. The 18-year-old Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. plant had been providing power continuously since Aug. 26, 1986, a period of 415 days. The world record of 417 days of consecutive operation was held by Taiwan's Chin Shan 1 plant.