In Years Past

  • In 1913, with the new Temple on Washington Street in Jamestown gradually assuming the proportions of a large and imposing structure and all sorts of activities planned for the winter months, Jamestown aerie, Fraternal Order of Eagles, was booming in every department of activity and the indications were that the goal of 1,500 members would be reached long before the year was over. The board of directors of the Eagle Building Company decided to issue a 12-page booklet setting forth the features and advantages of the new temple, illustrated with views of the exterior and interior of the building, as well as the plans.
  • A pretty home wedding was celebrated Wednesday evening at the home of Mrs. Claus Ruckman on East Harrison Street in Falconer, when her daughter, Alma, was united in marriage with Emil Anderson of this village. There were about 40 of the immediate relatives and friends present and the house was pleasingly decorated with green and white crepe paper, ferns and plants. At 8 o’clock, Miss Mable G. Eckbloom took her place at the piano and, while the bride and groom were descending the stairs, played the Wedding March from Lohengrin. During the ceremony she played softly a selection of Schuman’s. The bride wore a gown of white landown, trimmed with lace medallions and had a white rose in her hair. The couple was unattended.
  • In 1938, an impressive tribute to the remarkable career of Mayor Emeritus Samuel A. Carlson of Jamestown – a career extending over 44 years – was extended by a non-partisan gathering of 400 persons at a testimonial dinner held in the ballroom of the Hotel Jamestown Saturday night. Ranged side by side were those who had been the former mayor’s most ardent supporters and those who had been his most persistent foes. Their intermingling seemed to add rather than detract from the luster of the occasion. A genuine spirit of community goodwill and of affection for the guest of honor pervaded the atmosphere.
  • A terrific gas explosion miraculously spared six members of the family of Mr. and Mrs. William Pitts from injury but caused damage estimated at $10,000 when their home, located at Union and McClurg streets in Westfield, was practically demolished. Four children of the family were at home when the explosion, originating in a well room in the basement, literally tore the walls out, splintered an expensive piano and tore Persian and oriental rugs to shreds. Doors were torn from their hinges and furniture was damaged almost beyond repair. An oak door, leading from the kitchen to the basement, was torn from its hinges and thrown across the kitchen where a few minutes before, the children had been eating their breakfast.
  • In 1963, a permit for a 53-by-96 foot addition and alterations to shipping facilities at Dahlstrom Manufacturing Corp., 443 Buffalo St., Jamestown, had been granted by the office of Roger C. Burgeson, public works director. Estimated cost was $8,000.
  • Capt. Edward V. (Eddie) Rickenbacker, World War I air ace, auto racing daredevil and president of Eastern Airlines, had accepted an invitation to sponsor the Spring Reunion class of Jamestown Consistory, Scottish Rite and speak at the closing dinner in the Hotel Jamestown on Thursday, May 2. Announcement of the hero of two generations coming to Jamestown was made by Burton W. Lesser, 33rd commander-in-chief, and Donald R. Livengood, 33rd secretary. Rickenbacker was a 33rd degree Mason.