In Years Past

  • In 1913, at 8:45 o’clock Tuesday evening an alarm of fire called the department to the plant of the Ideal Furniture Company, one of the long string of factories located on Allen Street in Jamestown. The fire originated in the finishing room on the second floor and was probably due to spontaneous combustion among the rags used in this room. A quick run by the firemen saved the building from entire destruction. No water was used in fighting the fire, which was extinguished with chemicals and the damage done was entirely by fire and heat. The fire was confined to the room where it started and was extinguished after a short fight. The finishing room was badly damaged, however.
  • The Hartmen-Wallace Company opened at The Samuels under rather trying circumstances. They were inaugurating a second season of stock in Jamestown and they were also following a stock company which, during the past season, presented some very fine dramatic gems. They had to equal or better this reputation and they had to convince their first night audience that they would live strictly to what they advertised. This they had done. They had introduced a company that was far and away stronger than any stock seen here in recent years and their opening play, The Great Divide, proved that they meant business from the start.
  • In 1938, enthused over clear and cold weather and an abundance of snow, winter sports enthusiasts of Jamestown and the Chautauqua region flocked to recreation sites over the weekend to enjoy skating, skiing and tobogganing to their heart’s content. The Jamestown Recreation Council’s site on Buffalo Street Ext. was opened to the public this day and a large crowd of both adults and children was in attendance for the skiing and coasting facilities provided for their entertainment. The slide and run were approximately 600 feet in length. Refreshments were served at heated shelter houses and parking was in charge of a committee of American Legion members headed by Charles N. Jones. Skaters thronged the Roseland Park rink on Fluvanna Avenue maintained by the Morton Club of the Fire Department.
  • Trolley cars operating on the three lines which were wholly within the city of Jamestown would make their last trips over those lines this night to be replaced in the morning by new and modern bus transportation. The trolley lines to be abandoned were the Lake View, Newland Avenue and Willard Street lines. Eight new bus lines, largely eliminating the hitherto circuitous loops, would replace the trolley lines to be abandoned after this night. Twelve of the new motor coaches arrived in Jamestown the previous day after being driven from Pontiac, Michigan.
  • In 1963, a driving storm that buried Buffalo in 19 inches of snow tapered off this day while the Watertown area of Northern New York battled up to 14 inches of new snow. The Weather Bureau forecast oscillating squalls through the next day in the belts off Lake Erie and Ontario and said temperatures throughout Upstate New York would dip to zero and below this night. Numerous multi-vehicle accidents were reported and automobiles were stalled throughout the Buffalo area. Approximately 100 cars on the Niagara section of the State Thruway were stalled for a time. Two Canadian men were injured when their private plane crashed. Carburetor icing caused engine failure.
  • Two persons were injured when the car in which they were riding hit the concrete base of a railroad crossing signal at the grade crossing on Route 60 in Gerry. Driver of the car was Ross Upton, 69, of Camp Street, Jamestown His passenger, Veda Schell, of Fredonia, was taken to WCA Hospital with bruises of the arm and right knee and brush burns of the chest. Upton received arm bruises. The car was demolished. The accident occurred when the driver blacked out from fumes resulting from a leaky exhaust system.
  • In 1988, New York appeared out of the race for the federal government’s $4.4 billion superconducting super collider now that Gov. Mario Cuomo had asked that the Rochester area no longer be considered for the project. Facing growing pressure from politicians and local residents, Cuomo made the request in a telephone conversation with U.S. Department of Energy Undersecretary Joseph Salgado. At the same time, Cuomo asked the agency to reconsider New York’s proposal to put the giant atom smasher in northern New York near the Canadian border.
  • Beginning Feb. 1, passengers on city of Jamestown buses would have to pay a 75-cent fare, an increase of 15 cents. The rate increase for the Jamestown Area Regional Transit System was unanimously approved by the city’s Municipal Transit Commission. Faced with a $102,708 transit system deficit beginning the new year, transit and city officials agreed to a fare increase to avoid adding to that deficit. In addition to increased fares, bus drivers would no longer make change for passengers. Transit officials planned to phase in an exact fare policy by mid February.