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In Years Past

November 16, 2012
The Post-Journal
  • In 1912, by the vote of the past Tuesday, four brand-new stars had been added to the womens' suffrage flag and the cause for which women had been working for many years had received its greatest impetus. One by one six states were brought into the fold, but when Ohio's voters rejected the proposition, some doubters predicted that the blow would have its effect on the fall election. But the test was made and Michigan, Kansas, Arizona and Oregon voted in favor of granting women the right to vote. The victories had inspired the leaders with new heart and hope for a contest which they declared would end only with complete triumph in every state in the Union.
  • The Myobs Athletic Club football 11 would play the strong Knights of Columbus team of Warren, Pa., Sunday morning on the Celoron grounds, the kickoff being scheduled for 10 a.m. This should prove a rattling good game as the teams were about evenly matched. These elevens had played three games against each other already in this season and each had won one, the third game ending in a 0-0 score. This would be the deciding game of the series and both elevens were counting on taking the larger end of the score.
  • In 1937, John Kruse, 75 years old, retired federal milk inspector of the Randolph district, and well-known Mason, and Mrs. Kruse, were fatally injured in a motor accident near New Castle, Pa. Both were taken to the New Castle hospital, Mrs. Kruse dying at 5 p.m. and Mr. Kruse an hour later. They had been on their way to Pittsburgh to visit two of their three sons. According to Motor Policeman C.G. Yahner of New Castle, Mrs. Kruse drove on to Route 19A from a side road. It was said she failed to make the stop in entering the main highway and collided head-on with a heavy truck.
  • Charles Smith, a farmer on the Van Buren Road near Fredonia owed his life to the vigilance of a neighbor who the previous night saw flames issuing from the house and aroused him. Smith got out of bed to find his house and barn ablaze. With the help of neighbors he rescued his livestock but the crops in his barn and the furniture in his house were entirely destroyed along with the two structures. The damage was estimated at between $5,000 and $6,000. Cause of the fire was thought to have been an overheated stove.
  • In 1962, efforts to settle the Cuban crisis had been jolted by a threat from Fidel Castro to shoot down the U.S. planes flying reconnaissance missions over Cuba. The Cuban prime minister warned against the aerial surveillance in a letter to acting Secretary-General U Thant. Thant disclosed the contents of the letter to U.S. Ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson. The letter warned: "Any war plane which violates the sovereignty of Cuba by invading our air space will be able to do so only at the risk of being destroyed by our anti-aircraft defenses." The U.S. Defense Department made plain it would continue air surveillance of Cuba as long as it was considered necessary and would take whatever measures were deemed essential to protect its fliers.
  • The Jamestown Area Community Chest/Red Cross fund drive soared over the top in a resounding demonstration of community responsibility. The $349,572.31 total was the largest raised in the 42 years such united campaigns had been conducted here. It also was the second time in 14 years the goal was reached. The announcement was met with thunderous applause by the campaign leaders and workers at the final report luncheon at Red Cross Headquarters, 325 E. Fourth Street.
  • In 1987, Celoron firemen quickly doused a suspicious fire at the Lakeview Hotel in Celoron Saturday night. Fireman Rodney Dupler said firefighters responded to a call at 10:22 and were at the scene for several hours, though the fire was extinguished within minutes. He said damage was limited to the front porch though there was some smoke damage inside. Lakewood and Busti firemen assisted at the scene. Town of Ellicott police were investigating. The Lakeview Hotel had closed about one year previously.
  • Charges of vandalizing South Napoli Cemetery Friday night and removing markers, had been lodged against three Little Valley teens, who were under arrest in Cattaraugus County jail. As many as 25 tombstones, many weighing several thousand pounds, were toppled by hand or downed by a vehicle. Some of the stones, dating back to 1841, were broken off at the bases and lead strips inside were also removed. "Some of the stones are irreplaceable, due to age," said David F. Edgar, president of the South Napoli Cemetery Association. He estimated the cost for materials could be as much as $3,000 plus labor costs, to make repairs.


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