100 Years Ago
In 1912, Mrs. Amanda Kelsey of Dayton died in Jamestown Sunday evening under rather unusual circumstances. She was on her way to Dayton from California, being a passenger on train 8, when she was taken ill. At Jamestown she left the train, called an automobile and was taken to the Jones General Hospital where she died a few minutes after arriving. Coroner Illston was called and pronounced her death due to heart disease. Her age was 77. Mrs. Kelsey was survived by a daughter, Mrs. Estelle Howard of Dayton; two brothers, Frank Bacon of Wampum, Wis. and Constant Bacon of Humboldt, Neb. The remains would be taken on to Dayton for interment.
From Russell, Pa. came news that Frank Thompson, a well-known hunter of the Pittsburgh area was attacked by a wildcat while hunting rabbits in the woods near Torpedo the previous afternoon. Thompson traced a rabbit into its hole and had started a fire to smoke the animal out when the big cat leaped on Thompson's back and tore the heavy leather hunting jacket to ribbons. Thompson grabbed his gun and fired both barrels at the animal, which dug a deep hole in the ground in its death struggles. The wildcat weighted 70 pounds. This made the fifth wildcat killed in the vicinity of Torpedo so far this year.
75 Years Ago
In 1937, Arthur Helliwell, 68, of Robinson Avenue, Jamestown, head of the spinning department of the former Broadhead Worsted Mills, was fatally injured about 6:30 a.m. when struck by an automobile driven by Einer Johnson, 29, of Mayville on the Lakewood Road about 200 yards east of Dunham Avenue. Both men were on their way to work in this city, Helliwell being employed at the Jamestown Worsted Mills. Johnson informed Coroner Henry C. Wadsworth that he did not see Helliwell until he felt the collision. It was still dark at the time of the accident and snow swirling before a stiff wind made visibility even worse. Johnson took the injured man into his car and drove to Jamestown General Hospital. Helliwell was dead, however, when the hospital was reached.
Gales and snow continued to lash Western New York, adding two deaths to the upstate storm toll and increasing a serious traffic snarl. The death toll from the storm stood at eight. A food shortage threatened homes in Kenmore, populous Buffalo suburb where grocers had been unable to make deliveries in many streets for over two days. Twenty-seven persons were marooned in a garage having had no food since the previous morning. New drifts rose before a 52-mph gale in Buffalo, bringing several large industries to a standstill.
25 Years Ago
In 1987, Danish-born and New York City-reared Chef Jorgen Larsen had been named restaurant manager at the Front Porch Lounge in Chautauqua Mall, to which he came from Peek'n Peak, near Clymer. He served his apprenticeship under his father, John Larsen, who was chef to Gen. Douglas MacArthur and who catered parties for such personages as Allen Funt and Victor Borge. Larsen said the menu at the Front Porch Lounge soon would include such favorites as stuffed pork chops, along with veal, chicken dishes and seafood including pan fried fish. The lounge offered cocktails, snacks and specials, along with large screen television and live entertainment on weekends.
In putting together Jamestown's 1988 budget, city officials found a decline in both outside-revenue and places to cut without affecting services, Finance Director Douglas M. Anderson said. Mayor Steven B. Carlson announced his $17,779,207 budget and City Council members were to begin reviewing it the following Monday. With federal revenue sharing eliminated and no increase available in state revenue sharing, Anderson said city officials were being forced to become less dependent on outside help.