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In Years Past

January 11, 2013
The Post-Journal

In 1913, the large Oldsmobile car owned by Almet Burland of Jamestown and valued at about $3,000 was completely destroyed by fire near Stow when the car slewed into a ditch and turned turtle. Gerald Tiffany of Jamestown was with Burland in the car and was driving. The two young men left the city of Jamestown for Mayville on business. The roads were poor, however, and when they reached the outskirts of Mayville the car became firmly stuck in a large snow drift. After futile efforts to dislodge the car, the young men went to Mayville by foot and transacted their business, returning later to the car. They finally got it free and started for Jamestown. When about a mile from Stow, Tiffany, who was driving, speeded up to 20 mph so as to plow through a snow drift on the road. They crashed into a ditch and the car was in flames. Both men escaped unharmed and returned to the city by traction car



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