In Years Past

  • In 1913, the Sarah Bernhardt pictures which were to be shown at the Mozart in Jamestown on Friday showed an enormous stride forward in the art of motion picture taking and would give a great many people who could not afford the time or expense to attend her performances in some of the large cities, the opportunity of seeing the famous actress perform. Bernhardt’s interpretation of the famous Virgin Queen, Elizabeth, convincingly set forth her marvelous intelligence and astounding dramatic powers.
  • Complying with the request of the local board of health, the state department of agriculture had established a dog quarantine in Jamestown and this quarantine would be maintained as long as deemed necessary. This meant that dogs running loose on the street must be muzzled. If not muzzled they were liable to be killed. The sheriff department was charged with the enforcement of the quarantine. Several years ago when a dog quarantine was established in Jamestown men were employed to scout about the city with shotguns and shoot all dogs found without muzzles. Notices of the quarantine would be posted in various sections of the city.
  • In 1938, George Rassmussen of King Street in Jamestown, had a narrow escape from injury at 1:30 a.m. this day as he was driving west on West Second Street and swerved his car suddenly into the corner of the brick building at 9 West Second St. occupied by the Empire Lunch. According to his report to police, Rassmussen was following a taxi cab. The cab stopped suddenly and to avoid striking it, Rassmussen headed his machine over the sidewalk. The brick cornice of the building was shattered but no one was injured.
  • Colder weather had assured Jamestown and Chautauqua Region winter sports enthusiasts of a varied program of activities over the weekend with both the Lakewood rink on Chautauqua Lake and the Morton Club rink in Roseland Park, Fluvanna Avenue, reported in good condition for skaters.
  • Westfield expected its first snow train of the season from Cleveland on Sunday, with a reception being planned at the New York Central station when it arrived at 10:10 a.m. There were several inches of snow in the Gorge sport site, where there would be skating, skiing and tobogganing.
  • In 1963, 39 Fredonia Central School students escaped death or serious injury when the bus in which they were riding left the highway, broke a utility pole and came to rest in a snow-filled ditch. Twelve students were treated by Dr. Oscar Barber, village health officer, and Mary Joy, school nurse, for minor cuts and bruises. Dr. Clayton L. Akin, school superintendent, said the bus passengers were junior and senior high school students. Students who felt the experience had upset them were permitted to go home for the day after they were examined by Dr. Barber.
  • Jamestown set a record the previous day for sale of one-cent stamps. Approximately 90,000 were sold in comparison to an average of 250 a day at normal times. The Post Office, its annex in Brooklyn Square and the three contract stations were prepared for the rush because of the penny increase for first class mail. Raymond Gould, acting postmaster said that most of the customers were individual buyers and must have been those who had a stock of four cent stamps on hand, possibly their Christmas supply. Requests for the new five cent stamps were comparatively light.
  • In 1988, Millard Fillmore’s contribution as the 13th president of the United States might not have been great, a speaker said, but he was a key figure in the early history and development of the city of Buffalo. Fillmore was remembered Thursday at his gravesite in Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery during a ceremony marking his 188th birthday anniversary. Four wreaths, including one from President Reagan, were placed at the grave. Fillmore was born to pioneer parents in 1800 in a log cabin in what is now Cayuga County in central New York state. He was a teacher, postmaster, lawyer and congressman before serving as president from 1850 to 1853.
  • The newest industry in Jamestown was taking advantage of the latest technology to receive orders that formerly were filled in Korea. Jamestown Advanced Products Inc. at 245 Harrison St., had been able to put together the men and machines that could fabricate metal at less cost than the Koreans could. Company President Jon W. Wehrenberg explained, “We’re buying technology. That’s what we’re doing by attempting to tie it together with the CAD/CAM (computer assisted design and manufacturing) was the key. We hope this will give us a little advantage.”