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In Years Past

November 3, 2012
The Post-Journal
  • In 1912, residents of Jamestown would be gratified to know that the epidemic of infantile paralysis in this city was practically ended. In the past three weeks, only two cases had been reported to the health superintendent. This statement was made by the health superintendent at the meeting of the board of health Friday evening. The two cases were located at Stearns Avenue and Palmer Street. The report of the health superintendent regarding other contagious diseases showed four cases of typhoid fever, four of whooping cough and one of mumps.
  • The paving of Prendergast Avenue in Jamestown was completed Friday evening. This work had been done under the supervision of the board of estimate and review and the members of the board were pleased to be able to complete it before winter set in. There was a terrace on the avenue a short distance from its intersection with Buffalo Street. This terrace would be completed by the park commission.
  • In 1937, by the narrowest margin in the history of city elections in Jamestown, Councilman Harry C. Erickson defeated former Mayor Leon F. Roberts with only 40 votes to spare in a total vote of 14,177, the result being in doubt until the last of the 24 election districts had been heard from. Harry J. Holroyd, former city councilman, ran third, nearly 1,600 votes behind Roberts. There had been a long line of expectant voters at many of the polling places in the city when the 6 p.m. deadline was reached. Slow voting, with many voters taking as much as four or five minutes to make their selections, was responsible. As a result, scores of voters dropped out of line and did not vote.
  • Fireman were called out at 2:34 a.m. to fight a fire in the kitchen and attic of the Gilbert Smith home on Tower Street in Jamestown. Smith's 84-year-old invalid mother was carried from her bed to the home of a neighbor by firemen. Neither she nor her son were endangered by the flames, however. The kitchen of the home was gutted by the blaze, which started, according to fireman, from a defective chimney. There was also some damage to the attic. The loss, estimated at a few hundred dollars, was covered by insurance.
  • In 1962, Paul E. Zock, Jr., of Warren, a 21-year-old student at Pennsylvania State College, was hurled to instant death in a freak motorcycle-truck accident near the campus at University Park, Pa. The dead youth was the son of Paul Ellison Zock, of Warren and of Mrs. Bertha Lindgren Bernard, of Fair Oaks, Pa. The tragic accident occurred while the youth was engaged in making some repairs to his motorcycle in front of an apartment house. Apparently he mounted the saddle and attempted to start the motor to test its operation. Suddenly, the vehicle burst into motion, careened across a sidewalk and crashed head-on into an approaching truck. Young Zock was in his senior year as an engineering major at State College.
  • Formation of a "City Traffic Commission" to regulate Jamestown's booming traffic problem, could become a reality in the not too distant future, Mayor William D. Whitehead said. Russell C. Bloomquist, president of the Retail Merchants Assn., explained: "We believe that we should follow the example of most progressive cities - such as Elmira, Rochester and Binghamton - who have created a parking authority or commission composed of property owners, retailers, businessmen, councilmen and the police department to handle the whole problem of off-street parking lots, parking ramps and so forth."
  • In 1987, from watching the tear-stricken faces of Dunkirk High School students the previous day, it was obvious that the tightknit community would suffer for a long time from the tragic loss early Sunday of six of its high school students. The fatality occurred when an 89-car freight train slammed into the car with the teens, who were still dressed in Halloween costumes. "Now we're trying to find out where they were and where they were going to," Police Chief Andrew Balzer Jr., said as he sifted through a hefty load of paperwork on the collision.
  • In time for shoppers to travel to downtown Jamestown, the new Third Street Bridge would open Nov. 23. Mayor Steven B. Carlson announced at a City Council work session that the date for the bridge opening has been set. The mayor said details on the bridge-opening ceremony were still being worked out. Gov. Mario Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Stan Lundine had been invited to the ceremony, he said.
 
 
 

 

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