In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, there was nothing especially new in the flood situation in Jamestown. The water in the river above and below the Warner Dam was still very high and was receding very slowly. Manufactures still suffered from the flood which prevented them from running their factories. All over town, the talk was about how much of the river was obstructed by buildings and embankments and what would the state do in regard to the matter. Old residents said the stream below the Warner Dam had been narrowed in many places. It did not appear that the narrowing had made the situation very much worse, for there were many old residents who in years gone by had skated over territory that was now high and dry.

The Virginia Hair Shop was installed in its new quarters at 310 Pine Street, ground floor. In case there be anyone not informed as to who or what the Virginia Hair Shop was, let it be said that Mrs. Ellen Taylor and Miss Nettie A. Romano, of the WCA Hospital, were “who” and they conducted an up-to-date business in hair dressing, manicuring and facial massage. The general work room was partitioned off by sanitary curtains into small individual booths. The watchword of the room as well as that of the entire establishment, was sanitation and cleanliness.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, formal opening and dedication of Snow Mountain, the Jamestown Recreational Council winter sports development on Buffalo Street Extension, scheduled for Sunday, was called off as city firemen, members of the Morton Club, proceeded with plans to hold a skating carnival on the Roseland Park rink, Fluvanna Avenue, on this afternoon and evening despite unfavorable weather conditions. The dedications of Snow Mountain had been postponed because of the unseasonable weather, making it difficult and dangerous to conduct the proposed schedule of skiing and sliding events. The sports site would be open over the weekend for persons who wished to avail themselves of its facilities.

William E. Nicol forswore the joys of Lake Erie ice fishing this day, as he recovered from his second narrow escape in seven years from death on drifting floes. Nicol, 37-year-old Buffalo resident, was taken off a half-mile-long island of ice the previous day after coast guardsmen had groped through fog for more than seven hours in search of him. In 1931 he was one of about 20 men trapped off the American shore who drifted more than two hours before planes and scouting parties located him. “I might not be so lucky the third time,” Nicol commented.

50 Years Ago

In 1963, Emory C. Olson received the coveted “Young Man of the Year” award at the annual Bosses’ Night dinner sponsored by the Jamestown Junior Chamber of Commerce. A partner in Alfred Baldwin, Inc., jewelry store, the 36-year-old Olson paid tribute to the City of Jamestown which he said, “will be only as good as we, our citizens, make it.” In his acceptance speech before more than 200 Jaycees, business and industrial leaders, Olson said, “Jamestown has been good to me – I learned my trade here – and if I have played a small part in improving the city I am only repaying a debt in a small way.”

Chautauqua County residents hoped to climb out of the ice box this day after bone-chilling weather overnight which saw the mercury sink below the zero mark once again. Coldest spots reported in the county were at Sinclairville and Panama, whose residents shivered at 10 below zero. The Weather Bureau said that hopefully this day should see the mercury rise to about 15 – and that was warm, compared to the sub zero readings which descended on the area four days ago.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, the head of New York’s Board of Regents said Gov. Mario Cuomo’s plan to guarantee poor seventh graders enough money for college in the form of “Liberty Scholarships” was a good idea. Regents Chancellor Martin Barell said Cuomo’s scholarship idea would fit nicely with a program the Regents and the state Education Department were pushing for – all day community schools. Meanwhile, a Republican state senator denounced the measure as “an insult to the sacrifices” of the middle class.

Extended warm weather earlier in the week resulted in a meltdown of the ice castle under construction in Mayville as part of the “Ice Castle Extravaganza” set for Feb. 12-21. A backhoe dismantled the structure which a spokeswoman for Chautauqua County Vacationland said had reached a height of 10-12 feet before nature began to shrink it. Plans called for rebuilding the castle, weather permitting.