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In Years Past

December 22, 2012
The Post-Journal
  • In 1912, Hugh Bedient, the Falconer boy who had caused so much baseball enthusiasm in Falconer and Jamestown because of his phenomenal success as a twirler of the horsehide in the big leagues and who figured so prominently in the recent World Series, was to start out the last of the month on an indoor baseball tour throughout New York state and southern Canada. He would be accompanied by Hal, Chase, Simmons, Speaker, Wagner, Jake Stahl and, in fact, by the entire team of the recent World Series champions.
  • Meade and Frank Harrigar, brothers, were stabbed by three laborers in the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh railway shops at East Salamanca two days previously. Frank, 22 years old, received six knife wounds in his back and Meade, 23 years old, was seriously cut in the abdomen. They were machinists. Frank was attacked as he left a switch engine on which he had just completed repairs. He had the man on his back when two others appeared and stabbed him. Meade Harrigar, who was at work on a locomotive a few yards away, heard his brother's cries for help and went to his aid. He drove the wielders of the knives away and helped his brother to arise. The man Frank had downed had opened a knife and on getting up, drove the blade into Meade. The chances for recovery were good.
  • In 1937, three cars left Westfield on a Christmas holiday trip that would take them 3,200 miles to Florida and return. However, it was not an ordinary auto trip for it had in the party an agricultural department teacher and ten of his students who had qualified for the trip. They were on the trip by right of winning an contest conducted by the Westfield High School's chapter of Future Farmers of America. The trip was all mapped out, where the cars were to meet each noon; where they would stop each night; the name of the agriculture teacher in each town where a stop was made. In fact, Cooks Travel Tours could not have planned the trip more completely.
  • New York state officialdom, from Gov. Lehman down, joined in wishing residents of the state a merry but cautious Christmas. By proclamation, the governor called upon New Yorkers to join in "united effort" to reduce the annual traffic death toll. Lehman pointed out that the National Safety Council was conducting a campaign to reduce the traffic death toll, which the previous December was 4,200 in the United States. He added: "Such a serious situation that claims more lives in one month than were forfeited by American soldiers in the Revolutionary War, certainly calls for immediate and concerted action."
  • In 1962, a former Jamestown woman and her husband were killed and their three children were injured, one critically, in a two-car accident the previous evening at Fulton, N.Y. They were Dr. Gordon M. Lewis, 32, of the music department faculty at the State University College, Oswego, and his wife Betty, 30, the former Betty Kilpatrick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Kilpatrick of Buffalo Street. The Lewises' son David, 3, was injured critically in the crash. David's twin, Jeffrey, and a sister, Kathy, 7, escaped with minor injuries. Mrs. Lewis was graduated from Jamestown High School in 1949 and was graduated from Fredonia College in 1953. Dr. Lewis was also a graduate of Fredonia College.
  • Mrs. Loretta Forbes, 47, of Gerry, was in Jamestown General Hospital with extensive injuries received in a two-car crash the previous night on North Main Street Extension at the entrance to Jamestown Municipal Airport. The condition of Mrs. Forbes, who was the wife of Louis Forbes, purchasing agent of Lundquist Hardware Co., was listed as "fair" by an attendant at the hospital. Authorities reported that the accident involved a new compact driven by Mr. Forbes and a late model auto operated by Norman B. Tinkham, Jamestown architect. Mrs. Forbes, her husband and son, Gary, 7, were taken to the hospital by Jamestown Ambulance Service. Mr. Tinkham, who was reported to have escaped injury, was driven home by a friend who arrived on the scene shortly after the accident.
  • In 1987, parents crowded into toy stores as usual, but the lack of any bright stars in this Christmas season was putting a gloomy finish on an already dreary year for many toy manufacturers. The problems that plagued the toy industry for much of 1987 continued through the holiday season and as one executive put it, "Most people are glad the year is over." Some of the biggest names in the business had announced cutbacks in production and layoffs in recent weeks. Worlds of Wonder filed for protection from its creditors under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code. The company, maker of past hit toys such as Teddy Ruxpin and Lazer Tag, cited generally sluggish market conditions as key factors in the move.
  • The Westfield Village Board came closer to allowing bed and breakfast businesses within the village limits. None of the dozen or so residents attending the public hearing spoke against the proposal to amend the village zoning law to permit bed and breakfasts. The board expected to act on the local law at its next meeting.


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