In Years Past

  • In 1913, the state agricultural department which had declared a dog quarantine in response to the request of the Jamestown board of health, said that sheriffs, under-sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and police officers had been called upon to enforce the orders in their respective districts and it was their duty to do so. The police committee of the common council authorized the chief of police to employ a pound master for the enforcement of the quarantine and to secure a pound for the dogs that were caught. The chief selected the old garbage disposal plant and employed D. Martin Forbes for pound master. Forbes immediately went to work and it was not unlikely that before night he would have a canine or two in the new dog pound.
  • Miss Mary Carter entertained a company of former schoolmates at her home in Kennedy in an all-day party. The guests arrived on the early morning train and remained until late evening. The reunion was planned on informal lines. Games, conversation and fancy work made the hours pass all too swiftly. Several snapshots were taken of the company. A four-course dinner and delicious supper supplied their material wants, the place cards affording much merriment. All the young ladies were classmates when in the junior grades of the village school and had held occasional meetings at irregular intervals.
  • In 1938, hopes for a substantial flow of gas right on the doorstep of Jamestown were boosted when a well being sunk on the Nelson farm on the Falconer-Kimball Stand Road entered a natural reservoir of gas at a depth of about 800 feet. The gas rushed up with a roar and flowed for some time at a rate of about 100,000 cubic feet per day, according to the drillers but had subsided to a flow of about 15,000 cubic feet per day by the afternoon. The well was the wildest venture financed by a group of Jamestown and Silver Creek men. The drillers had hoped to strike oil and still expected to find oil but felt that a substantial pool of gas might reward their drilling operations.
  • George A. Persell resigned as superintendent of the local school district, which position he had held for the past six years, at a meeting of the board of education Tuesday evening. The resignation, effective at the end of the present school year, would mark the end of an association of 35 years with the local public school system and came as a complete surprise to board members. Clinton V. Bush had been prominently mentioned as Persell’s successor.
  • In 1963, the Jamestown public works and police departments would join forces to combat one-lane traffic bottlenecks caused during heavy snowfalls on Fifth and Sixth streets. Sections of Fifth and Sixth streets became targets of complaints from motorists earlier in the week when cars, parked several feet from curb lines, caused one lane traffic. Crews were unable to remove snow from the curbs in some sections because of the parked cars. In some sections of the streets, parking was prohibited between the hours of 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. But snow plow crews normally were not dispatched during those hours except under emergency snowfall conditions
  • Use of James Prendergast Free Library increased the past year as compared to 1961 despite the extensive building program that had interfered with normal use of many facilities. The annual report of Miss Pauline M. Fancher, director, on library use showed circulation 1962 totaled 234,291 – an increase of 1,608 from the previous year.
  • In 1988, with the goal of establishing a scholarship program allowing Nicaraguan students to study at colleges in Western New York, U.S. Rep. Amory Houghton Jr., R-Corning, returned from a weekend in that nation saying the trip was a success in establishing just that. “I wanted it to be a success and I don’t see any major blips,” Houghton told The Post-Journal. “I was very encouraged.” Houghton said nine college presidents went to Central America where they set up the program that would bring Nicaraguan students to the area in the coming fall.
  • Democratic presidential contender Gary Hart said if elected he “won’t be the first adulterer in the White House,” but contended that voters had been “warm and accepting” despite his well-publicized personal problems. Republicans and Democrats alike were gearing up for major candidates’ debates in Iowa and New Hampshire, where key early tests were only weeks away. Hart, in an interview with the Des Moines Register also said, “I may be the first one (adulterer) to have publicly confessed, but I wont be the first.”