In 1912, unable to walk owing to an injury to one hip suffered in a fall, William H. West of West Hills, Fredonia, dragged himself about the floor of his home for several hours Monday morning in an effort to open a door or window so that he could call for help. He could not raise himself sufficiently to get at a window catch or to open a door. Finally his cries for help attracted the attention of several men driving by his residence. They investigated and broke down a door to get to him. They found West lying on his back and nearly unconscious from pain and his strenuous efforts to bring aid. West was 83 years of age and since the death of his wife some three years previously, he had lived alone. His injury was sustained in a fall while coming out of his bed in the morning.
Practically every stand in the public market in Jamestown was filled the previous day, with venders of meats, fruits and seasonable farm produce in anticipation of the big demand for Thanksgiving. Especially large quantities of dressed poultry, dressed meats, apples and southern fruit were shown. Turkeys were not in as large a supply as the past year. Live turkeys were bringing from 20 cents to 23 cents up to noon, with a very limited supply. Dressed turkeys were bringing from 26 to 28 cents. The market was very largely patronized during the entire afternoon.
In 1937, Lakewood firemen would begin Monday evening repairing toys for distribution at Christmas time. Persons having toys to be donated were asked to call the Village hall or Mrs. Samuel A. Brown or Chief of Police Max Ehmke or Boy Scouts would pick up the toys. They could also be left at the Lakewood High School on Monday if that was more convenient.
Members of the Chautauqua County American Legion executive committee, meeting in the club rooms of Norton-Raspas Post, Sherman, adopted a resolution calling upon representatives in the United States Senate and House of Representatives to support the universal draft bill, which had the backing of World War veterans. The Legionnaires also decided to request the state park commission to erect a flag staff in the state park at Brocton on Lake Erie. About 80 members of various posts throughout the county attended the meeting.
In 1962, two elderly pedestrians were hospitalized after they were struck by an automobile while attempting to cross Market Street in Brooklyn Square. Admitted to WCA Hospital with a compound fracture of the right ankle was Egbert Daley, 72, of Gifford Avenue, Lakewood. The other victim, Mrs. Marie H. Hokonson, 68, of Sampson Street, Jamestown, was admitted to Jamestown General Hospital with a fractured right pelvis. The operator of the auto which struck the two, claimed he was blinded by the sun as he attempted to make a right turn from Forest Avenue onto Market Street. The driver, an employee of Dibble Pontiac, said the vehicle he was operating was being delivered to a customer.
A problem which received extended consideration by the Jamestown Board of Education was what effective measures could be taken to protect school property from damage or destruction perpetrated by thoughtless, irresponsible and malicious youngsters. The board members were informed of a recent rash of activity by boys armed with air rifles and pellet guns which had taken a heavy toll of window panes and night lights at school buildings.
In 1987, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas, or at least it seemed people were starting to shop like it was. The previous day (black Friday) proved to be the busiest shopping day of the year locally and some store spokesmen said more business than expected was the result. "It's been busy, busy, busy," said Sue Grimm, hostess at the Chautauqua Mall information booth. "It (the mall) is packed," she said. "Yes, we have been shopping at the mall," said Jeanette DiDomenico of Jamestown, as her shopping partner sat down three huge bags from the toy store. "I imagine it's been crazy like this all day," Mrs. DiDomenico said.
Salamanca's second annual Country Christmas Festival, to be held Saturday, Dec. 5, was expected to draw more than 5,000 visitors by car and train. They would be there to view the city's new holiday lights while shopping for antiques, country crafts and Seneca Indian crafts. A holiday rail excursion would depart from Gowanda at 10 a.m. to arrive in Salamanca with Santa on board at noon. During the trip, the dining car would feature an assortment of holiday treats.