In Years Past

  • In 1913, a minimum wage bill would be introduced in the New York state Senate and Assembly by Progressives. It provided for the creation of a minimum wage board of five members with power to appoint local wage boards for any industry or locality where wages were probably below the living standard. The local boards would have the power to investigate, recommend and report to the state board which in turn would give hearings and have power to modify, approve or set aside the findings of the local boards.
  • The body of the man who was found in the Chadakoin River at East Jamestown near the city line Saturday afternoon, had been identified as that of Benjamin Swanson of Peach Street. The identification could only be made by articles in the pockets. In one pocket was found some tax receipts bearing the name Benjamin Swanson. Other articles found were a silver watch and pocketbook containing $5.61. The family was notified and Mrs. Swanson, along with two of her three sons, completed the identification. Swanson had been missing from his home since the past Christmas evening, having left the house about 6 p.m. His watch had stopped at 7 o’clock. It was surmised that he accidentally fell into the river.
  • In 1938, the Jamestown Evening Journal had added a local photographic department to the organization of the newspaper which would make possible the featuring of spot pictures of the news events in Jamestown and vicinity. Several such pictures had already appeared in The Journal over the week, supplementing in graphic pictorial details the news of the day. A photographer had joined the staff to supplement present world pictures. Included among the several pictures made had been scenes from a safecracking attempt, Falconer’s village election, city firemen in their gas masks responding to an emergency call when gas fumes filled a local restaurant, and the opening of the high school debate season.
  • The introduction of an amazing tableau of new color combinations, new lines and new beauty, was made by merchants of Jamestown in their attractive spring opening displays which would be continued through the end of the week. Discarding the dark, dull shadows of winter, the new colors at first seemed almost breathtaking as they burst forth in their combining effects, such as green and violet and turquoise, magenta and purple, copper, mustard, and even soft pastels. What caught the eye first were the straight and slim lines in the new spring coats of fine wool, the smart tailored suits and ensembles, the youthful cut of daytime dresses and the variety of styles for evening wear.
  • In 1988, loans involved in the purchase of two Jamestown businesses and the expansion of another city business had been approved by members of Jamestown Local Development Corp. Thomas D. Johnson, operations manager of the area’s Empire News, proposed to acquire and renovate U.S. News at 107 W. Third St. in the city in a project with a total cost of $200,000. Approval by corporation directors of a $50,000 loan was made. Thomas P. Stear attended the meeting as prospective purchaser of Swanson’s Potato Chips at 300 Steele St. in the city. He also was approved for a $50,000 development loan. Ulla Larsen of Ulla’s Catering in the Commons Mall on East Third Street was approved for a $15,000 loan under the corporation’s “greenlining” program as part of a $30,000 project to establish a coffee shop in the downtown Gokey Center at 16-22 W. Third St.
  • Changes in Pennsylvania’s regulations on milk temperatures and enforcement of the New York state Department of Agriculture and Markets rules were causing concern among local Amish farmers who shipped their milk for cheese production. The Amish had requested assistance from area representatives. The Amish concerns were as follows: once the Amish met the current regulations there were no assurances that new guidelines wouldn’t be imposed after that; the cost to make the improvements was estimated at $1,500 to $2,000; and that the new rules conflicted with their religious beliefs.