In Years Past

  • In 1913, one of the most important changes among the manufacturing establishments of this community in a long time was the purchase of the factory of the Lynndon Worsted Mills at Falconer Junction by James Simpson of Falconer and F.P. Hue of Warren, Pa. They had just taken possession and had not yet decided whether to continue the business under the old name or adopt a new one. The concern was engaged in the manufacture of worsted yarns and employed about 75 hands. The factory was located on South Work Street, fronting on the Erie railroad and was a substantial brick structure, well adapted to the business for which it was used.
  • Inasmuch as some 200 veterans of the Civil War from Jamestown, many of them accompanied by their wives, were going to Gettysburg, Pa., for the semi-centenary celebration July 1-4, the following information was issued by Gen. Horatio C. King, chairman of the New York commission for the Battlefields of Gettysburg and Chattanooga. Congress was to limit the attendance to 40,000 Union and Confederate veterans from all the states, as the officials of the railroads entering Gettysburg had decided that they could not provide transportation for a greater number.
  • In 1938, newly confirmed Solicitor General of the U.S., Robert H. Jackson disclosed his method for getting an oratorical wallop into his speeches. He tried them out first on 17-year-old daughter, Mary, during before-breakfast horseback rides. And if Mary was not along? “Why, in that case,” he said, “I try ’em out on the horse.”
  • The average maximum age at which New York state employers would hire new workers was 35 according to results of a survey announced in Buffalo this day by the New York state League of Economics. Secretary Helen Smith of the league, giving the results of the survey at a meeting of the league’s executive council, said the figures were the result of interviews with 403 employers in New York city, Yonkers, Albany, Schenectedy, Troy, Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Jamestown, Elmira and Binghamton.
  • In 1963, damage to Jamestown buildings from ice and snow over the winter was expected to be the heaviest in history, costing hundred of thousands of dollars, roofing companies reported. Huge chunks of ice crashed to the ground the previous evening from the roof of the home of Mrs. Lucile Wright, 25 Liberty St., damaging a front porch and smashing shrubbery around the home. “I thought the house was falling down when those pieces of ice came crashing down,” Mrs. Wright said.
  • Officials of Lakewood, Falconer and Bemus Point would make a house to house survey to learn what sort of bus improvements were desired to bolster sagging revenue of the Jamestown lines in suburban communities. The previous day, the Municipal Transit Commission met with officials from the three communities to study the situation and possible solutions. Mayor Nels Carlson, Lakewood, said he had received several calls and communications expressing a desire for later evening bus service, resumption of Sunday service and a cut in fares.
  • In 1988, Britain’s Prince Charles, preparing to chair a meeting of American and British architects studying urban redevelopment, visited aging steel mill towns and offered encouragement for better times ahead. The Prince of Wales met with about 50 architects, urban planners and community leaders in Pittsburgh and was briefed on a proposal to rejuvenate the Monongahela River Valley near the city. “What concerns me, did you actually talk to the people in the area? … Have you actually identified what to do with the steel mills?” the prince asked.
  • In “This Is Our Story,” Welch’s related its history as beginning with Dr. Thomas Bramwell Welch, the company’s founder. It stated that not only was he the first to make grape juice more than 110 years ago but by doing so developed the fruit juice industry as it was now known. In 1869, Welch, a New Jersey dentist, determined that the theories of Pasteur could be applied to grape processing to produce an unfermented wine. His experiment involved about 40 pounds of Concord grapes grown in the family’s yard, with the juice strained into 12 quart bottles which were sealed with cork and wax before immersion into boiling water to kill yeast organisms in the juice and to prevent fermentation. When Welch opened the bottles some weeks later, he found a sweet, unfermented grape juice. And so was born an industry.