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In Years Past

December 1, 2012
The Post-Journal
  • In 1912, Rev. Father Joseph Diamond, formerly rector at St. Joseph's Church in Warren, assisted Bernard King, an employee of the Pickett Hardware Company of Warren, in catching a burglar Thanksgiving afternoon. King went to the store to get a package and saw a man sneaking into the store basement. King started in search of a policeman and met Rev. Father Diamond, who volunteered to assist him. The priest went into the basement and King to the store and there found the thief - Francis Ryan of Philadelphia. He had cleaned the cash drawer of change to the amount of $8.85. King grabbed Ryan and notified Father Diamond of the capture. The clergyman came upstairs and held Ryan in the store until King went out and returned with an officer.
  • Joe Clark, the local featherweight boxer, was breaking into the spotlight by leaps and bounds and only Friday received a flattering offer from Billy Gibson, manager of the Madison Square A.C. of New York, who wanted to put Clark on with one of the best featherweights in New York. Doc Wynn, the local lad's manager, wired back, stating that Clark was willing to meet any of the New York lads.
  • In 1937, the problem of Niagara River pollution, accentuated twice within two weeks by the slaughter of millions of fish, would receive the attention of the Industrial-International conference within a week. Plans for the conclave were sketched at a meeting of the state conservation department. Meanwhile, investigation of the mysterious agent that first caused the death of an estimated 500 million fish two weeks previously revealed that Cyanide poisoning and not oxygen deficiency, caused the death of the fish. The source of the pollution had been traced to the highly industrialized Buffalo River tributary to the Niagara.
  • Traffic safety headquarters were opened at 121 E. Second St., Jamestown, in conjunction with the current safety campaign which would be conducted the next four months, with John Worth, traffic safety educator, in charge. Two electrically operated action displays would be shown, instructing automobile drivers as to the distance a car traveled before the brakes were applied after the decision was made and the number of feet required to bring it to a complete stop at various speeds. Traffic safety and safe driving booklets were being distributed. A continuous sound motion picture was a feature which would be inaugurated soon.
  • In 1962, a four-engine airliner, feeling its way toward a landing through a hole in the fog smothering Idlewild Airport in New York the previous night, crashed and burned, killing 25 of 51 persons aboard. Survivors scrambled through emergency exits, crawling and running from the flames that engulfed the forward portion of the propeller-driven Eastern Air Lines DC7B, arriving from Charlotte, N.C. Idlewild had been completely covered by fog earlier in the evening and Capt. Edward J. Bechtold, a veteran frequently used as an expert cross-examiner in government inquiries into crashes, told the passengers they might try to land at Philadelphia. Then the pilot announced, "We can make it. There is a little hole. We should be down in about six minutes."
  • Rochester police said a man held up a beauty salon the previous evening, recited poetry for 15 minutes and left with $1.35. Three women customers and the woman salon manager collected the $1.35 between them. "You've been so good about this," the intruder told them, "that I'm going to recite some poetry." The women thought it sounded like "beatnik blank verse." They said he was still reciting poetry as he closed the door behind him.
  • In 1987, on the heels of an Agriculture Department report announcing it would cut in half the annual allocation of surplus food to be given away through food banks, representatives from Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. reported there was an increase - not a decrease - in the amount of food to be given away in January. And as for the rest of the year, "everything remains to be seen," said Toni Vesotski, community development and nutrition program coordinator for Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. "The rumor machine said there will be cuts," she said.
  • A sound system rented by Jamestown's Reg Lenna Civic Center for the musical Sophisticated Ladies should make it possible for everyone in the theater to hear well, according to Philip Morris, executive director for the Arts Council for Chautauqua County. "The company in Erie (Raven Sound Co.) that we are using is the same one that has done sound for the specials at the amphitheater at Chautauqua. It was the one we used in Chorus Line here and it was terrific," Morris said. During the recent performance of the musical Evita at the civic center, some people had difficulty hearing because the live sound reverberated differently from the amplified sound so that the words and the music were not synchronized.


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