100 Years Ago
In 1912, Roy Keith, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Keith of Randolph, was killed near Gainsville, Fla., last Thursday evening. It was supposed he was accidentally killed on the railroad. He was in company with Alton Staples, son of Richard Staples, formerly of Steamburg, and living at Falconer. Staples was badly injured and it was reported he was in a hospital at Gainsville. Keith left Randolph about two weeks previously for Florida and was going to St. Petersburg, where he spent the past winter. He had purchased some real estate in that city and he intended to make arrangements for the erection of a house.
The residence of J.M. Himebaugh, 7 Fairmount Ave., was entered by a burglar or burglars Thursday evening between the hours of 10 p.m. and midnight and two chain purses and an amount of money were stolen. Mr. and Mrs. Himebaugh were home at the time but knew nothing about the theft until later. The silver purses stolen were on the library table. In another room on the same floor was a writing desk on which was a pocketbook containing $2. The money was taken but the night prowler very obligingly left the pocketbook. The door by which the night visitor entered was locked but the key had been left in the door, so it was a simple matter to gain admittance.
75 Years Ago
In 1937, regarding the disposition of the funds raised a few years previously for the erection of a soldiers and sailors' monument in Jamestown which had claimed the attention of veteran and patriotic organizations at recent meetings, it was learned from R. Jay Barrows, treasurer of the monument commission, that the sum of $544.26 was on deposit in an interest account at the National Chautauqua County Bank. This sum represented the subscription actually paid, with interest to date. At least one organization had indicated that it favored the renewal of the campaign in the near future.
The Jamestown Evening Journal published on Monday the facts concerning the return of Col. and Mrs. Charles A. Lindbergh to this country. That was news. But this newspaper did not regard as news the routine comings and goings of the Lindberghs' while they are in this country. Such reports are not news, but are rather an unwarranted invasion of the privacy of an individual. When Col. Lindbergh or any member of his family does something or says something that is of public concern. The Journal will report it promptly and fully. Otherwise, this newspaper proposes to grant the Lindberghs the privacy they desire.
50 Years Ago
In 1962, a busload of Falconer Central School students returned home on this morning after spending the night stranded in the season's first major snowstorm. The storm brought out city, county, town and state plows and salt spreaders in force, resulting in bent fenders and broken spirits as motorists tried to acquire the "feel" of winter driving. Twenty-three members of Falconer Central School's wrestling team were stranded all night when their bus developed mechanical trouble about 4 miles out of Wattsburg. Bus driver Marion Peterson said the group was well behaved and cooperative despite being cold, tired and hungry. The Falconer High orchestra's concert at the School for the Blind in Batavia had been postponed due to the weather.
A radiological fallout monitoring refresher course would be held at the Sherman Fire Hall on Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. Sherman and area firemen had been invited, as well as the public. Roger Phillips and Jerry Okerlund of the Fluvanna Fire Department would show training films, followed by a question and answer period. More than 200 firemen had been trained in the past several years, according to a civil defense spokesman. Other meetings for the course were being planned for the near future throughout the county.
25 Years Ago
In 1987, Jamestown Mayor Steven B. Carlson might be profiled as one of the best elected officials nationwide in an upcoming edition of U.S. News and World Report. Paul Vizza, editorial publicity coordinator for the magazine, said that Carlson was one of a group of mayors, members of Congress and others who might be profiled in the Dec. 21 edition. "We are doing a piece on the best elected officials in the country," he said. "One of our reporters has targeted your mayor as one of the best in the country." Since it was early in the week, he said he was not sure Carlson would make the final cut.
The seventh annual Old Fashion Christmas in downtown Warren would swing into high gear in the coming week. Again this year the Warren Business Group had planned a host of activities, including a Living Windows display and Christmas Walk, parade, free hayrides and community Christmas caroling. The second annual home decorating contest was also being planned with awards to be given the best decorated homes in Warren and surrounding townships.