In Years Past

  • In 1913, it required little more than the mention of the attraction which had come to the Samuels Theater in Jamestown to start the theater-goers smiling. The theme and fun of this Pullman car carnival, as Rupert Hughes, its author, had dubbed it, were so familiar that one was apt to forget “Excuse Me” had a story. The eloping bride and groom; the young lady missionary bound for China; an old bachelor who becomes a convert to matrimony; the inevitable English tourist; the mismated couples who chafe under the ties-that-bind and are bound for Reno at top speed to get their matrimonial knots severed; with special remembrance of the philosophic porter and the pompous conductor who do so much to make the journey an event in the lives of both the passengers and the audience. “Excuse Me” was a welcome visitor to any city.
  • Floyd Woodward, charged with stealing a suitcase from the Erie station at Lakewood the past summer, was arraigned in Justice Cowing’s court at Lakewood and pleaded not guilty, demanding a jury trial. The date for the trial was fixed for the forenoon of March 12. Bail, in the sum of $200 was furnished by the father of the defendant. Woodward was only recently released from the jail at Erie, Pa., where he had been confined pending the disposition of a charge preferred against him by Pennsylvania people. The complainants did not care to push the charge.
  • In 1938, the Buy Jamestown Furniture campaign of the Upholsterers’ Local union No. 38, American Federation of Labor, would be launched the following week to continue indefinitely in cooperation with local retail merchants and manufacturers. The campaign would consist of newspaper advertising, posters in store windows and letters to unions and other organizations. The upholsterers’ union voted to offer a consulting service to all shoppers. Union men familiar with various phases of furniture manufacture would meet with retail clerks to demonstrate the important features of upholstered furniture. In addition, the union would have available men who would accompany furniture shoppers and give them similar information.
  • Donald N. Morse, about 30 years old, of Jamestown, met instant death Tuesday evening about 7 p.m. while driving on the main road about four miles east of Westfield. His machine left the road and crashed into a telephone pole when the front left tire blew out. Coroner W.R. Crandall of Westfield was notified and following investigation, issued a certificate of accidental death. State troopers also investigated the accident. Morse, a native of Brocton, was credit investigator for the Hooper-Holmes Company, working out of Buffalo. He was returning from Buffalo and was on his way to Brocton when the accident occurred.
  • In 1963, the first day of March, which started off in comparatively docile fashion, became lion-like before the day ended, with traffic at a standstill from time to time throughout the area as a heavy blanket of wet snow fell. Temperatures reached a mild 30 degrees during the day, making the snow extremely slippery. The overnight low was 10 degrees. Heavy snow tapered off in most other parts of the state this day after a downfall that measured up to seven inches. Storm-related accidents caused at least three traffic fatalities on slippery and snow-laden highways in the state.
  • Jamestown-area dance lovers would have an opportunity to enjoy the thrill of dancing to tantalizing tunes performed by a unique orchestra which perpetuated the name and incomparable melodies of one of the music world’s all-time greats. This was revealed with the announcement that the 48th annual Policemen’s Ball, to be held in the state armory on Porter Avenue on April 18, would feature a performance by the new Glen Miller Orchestra under the personal direction of Ray McKinley. The ball, one of the oldest traditional events on the Jamestown social calendar, was the association’s only means of raising money to provide insurance for active and retired members of the department.
  • In 1988, William Warner was hard at work on the deck of the Bemus Point-Stow ferry, being renovated by Medina Services, Inc. of Westfield. Beams and a third of the ferry’s steel deck would be replaced and then covered with a new wooden deck. The renovated ferry, also to be repainted, would be ready to sail by Memorial Day.
  • A decision had been made to postpone the fourth Chautauqua Conference on U.S.-Soviet Relations to September from late May as originally scheduled. The announcement was made by Joseph C. Johnson, Chautauqua Institution vice president/treasurer, who said the decision was a reaction to a possible U.S.-Soviet summit conference in May or June. “There’s no way we want to compete with that,” Johnson said. About 275 people were expected to make the trip from the U.S. to the Soviet Union for the conference, to be held at Tbilisi, with about 180 of them as the Chautauqua citizen delegation.