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In Years Past

December 20, 2012
The Post-Journal
  • In 1912, an alleged moonshine oleomargarine plant in an isolated farm house near the hamlet of Lathams, 10 miles from Albany, was raided early this day by agents of the federal government and the state department of agriculture. One thousand pounds of white oleo and more than 700 pounds of colored oleo in imitation of butter was packed in one- and two-pound jars, ready for delivery. This was confiscated, together with $300 in money which was found in a trunk. James Upritchard, 40, and William Hickey, 18, were arrested. The officers who broke in the door of the house discovered a plant for the coloring of white oleo, with large mixing vats, paddles, bottles of coloring matter and other paraphernalia. The product was being sold as dairy butter to customers in Schenectady and Albany.
  • The Fairmount Mission, one of the most commendable of the charitable organizations of Jamestown, provided its annual dinner for the worthy needy of the city Thursday evening in the Salvation Army citadel, East Third Street. Over 150 men, women and children gathered to partake of the repast so bountifully provided by the women of this organization. The dinner was served at 6:30 p.m. and it was necessary to reset the tables three times before all were served. During the dinner, music was provided on the piano by Miss Adelle Underwood. The entire membership of the mission contributed toward the dinner and the ladies themselves prepared and served it.
  • In 1937, Charles R. McCann, 76, a former mayor of Salamanca, died at noon in his home on Broad Street following a long illness. He was the twin brother of Henry F. McCann, also a former mayor, who had died Sept. 13 of this year. Salamanca's mayor-elect, Verne C. Randolph died suddenly the morning of Dec. 17. Mayor-elect Randolph was about 68 years old when he died suddenly of heart disease at his home. He had not been ill and his death was entirely unexpected. Randolph was elected mayor on the Republican ticket and would have taken office Jan. 1, succeeding Daniel J. Flanigan, whom he defeated.
  • The tug New York was on its way out of the Dunkirk harbor when one of the crew spied a large bird fluttering helplessly on top of the ice. The captain, despite his hurry to get out to the fishing ground, stopped the boat, churned backwards through the broken ice and alongside the bird. Apparently the gull had fallen asleep while floating in the water and during the night the cold weather froze the surface water, making the bird a prisoner. The hot water hose which was fed by the boiler was brought into use and the crew members directed the small stream in a circle around the bird which seemed to get the idea. It remained quiet while the boys worked. Soon the ice had melted and in a moment the bird flapped his wings joyfully, circling the boat twice before disappearing. Next morning, perched on the bow was the same bird. Crew members were sure it had come back to officially thank them for saving it.
  • In 1962, theft of a $60 spruce tree in Allen Park the previous night put a crimp in the Christmas spirit of Jamestown officials. A 14-foot blue spruce was chopped off about four feet from the ground according to Roger C. Burgeson, director of public works. Footprints were found around the tree. It would cost the City of Jamestown approximately $60 to replace the tree, he said. The tree was one of a pair of blue spruces planted near a comfort station on West Virginia Boulevard, bordering the park. The incident was being investigated by police and park officials. "Topping of fir trees in city parks has occurred almost every year at this time and it's time we put a stop to it," the DPW director said.
  • A street light, the top of a fire hydrant and several signs in the vicinity of Second and Prendergast streets in Jamestown became the victims of a driverless, runaway tanker truck about 6:50 a.m. Officer Cyril Brentley said the truck, laden with fuel oil for delivery at Jamestown Post Office and Federal Building, was operated by Harry Rogers of Warren. The vehicle was registered to United Refining Co., Warren, the officer said. Rogers told police he parked the truck with motor running and tractor and cab brakes set while he went into the building to inquire as to where to unload the oil. The truck faced east on Second Street and in the driver's absence rolled about 300 feet, coming to rest on top of a fire hydrant at Second and Prendergast. Enroute it knocked down a state route sign, an ornamental light standard and Marine and Navy recruiting signs.


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