In Years Past

In 1913, Jamestown was again confronted by flood conditions. The Chadakoin River rose 16 inches in the past 24 hours and was still rising. The water was over the flats on Jones & Gifford Avenue and was lapping the street railway tracks. Wilson’s Mill was forced to shut down. Other factories on the Chadakoin would be closed soon if the water kept rising. The water was within six inches of the limit the Shearman Brothers’ factory could stand. The factory was still running but a rise of six inches more would mean a shut down there.

Memorial Day in Jamestown in this year would possess a double significance for the reason that not only would the veterans of the Civil War and the people of the city in general do honor to memory of the soldiers and sailors who gave up their lives in that conflict or had died since, but Samuel M. Porter camp, No. 43, Spanish War Veterans, would honor the memory of their comrades of the Spanish-American war and the Philippine insurrection by dedicating a 10-inch shell from the United States battleship Maine, mounted on a huge granite boulder. This unique memorial had been placed on the summit of Monument Hill in Lake View Cemetery.

In 1938, seventy-seven percent of the 336 students at Hamilton College in Clinton participating in a recent poll said they would not participate in a war abroad. Announced and conducted by the college press board, the poll also disclosed that 81 percent would serve in the United States armies if this country were to be invaded. Asked whether they would bear arms in defense of American interests in other countries, the students returned an overwhelmingly negative answer. Only 23 percent said they would be willing to participate in any war the United States might declare and of those, only one-third would volunteer for service.

“On the same balcony on which Hitler stood on the Ides of March and annexed Austria, Pontius Pilate stood in 37 A.D. and annexed Austria to Rome,” declared Rev. Harry S. Longley, rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Corning, at the noonday Lenten services at St. Luke’s church in Jamestown this day. “And,” he added significantly, “one year later, 1900 years ago, he committed suicide.” Taking as his text the nine words, “Love is necessary; love is powerful; love is beautiful,” Rev. Mr. Longley said further of the situation in central Europe, “when Hitler says ‘sit down’ Germany sits down; when Hitler says ‘stand up’ or ‘salute’ Germany stands up or salutes, but the regime will fail for they are elements of self-destruction and inherent weakness.”

In 1963, Italian furniture manufacturers on a two-day tour of Jamestown area furniture manufacturers’ plants and retail furniture stores were amazed to find the mammoth room displays of furniture and other household goods in the several stores they visited. Stores visited were Field & Wright Co., Wellman House and Caprino’s The group also visited the new St. John’s Roman Catholic Church and had lunch at Jamestown Community College cafeteria. Every one of the visiting furniture manufacturers, mostly from northern Italy, brandished notebooks and asked many questions of retail furniture men through their Jamestown Italian interpreters.

Following a hectic day of re-routing curiosity seekers and untangling traffic jams at the flood-stricken Sunset Bay community, Town of Hanover officials directed operations for repairing streets and filling washed-out spots. Warm weather brought out a score of Sunday drivers the previous day and the narrow streets of this six square-mile community soon became crowded with cars. The congestion of autos hampered and finally stopped trucks from hauling away debris caused by the flood of one week ago. Deputy sheriffs and Sunset Bay Association members set up at Allegany Road, the entrance to the bay, to check identification of drivers.

In 1988, statistically it looked as if unemployment was down in February in Chautauqua County, but the drop was recorded because not as many people were looking for jobs the past month as there were in January. Overall, more people were working than a year ago. The evaluation was made by Ronald Scrace, senior economist with the Buffalo office of the Unemployment Insurance Division of the state Labor Department. He said non agricultural jobs in the county increased by 1,800 the past month for the highest February level ever in the category.

Jamestown General Hospital’s $3.6 million plan for a mental health complex had been dealt another blow by a state health advisory panel, which turned down the proposal and instead supported WCA Hospital’s $36,000 plan for a 20-bed alcohol rehabilitation unit. After no discussion, the state Hospital Review and Planning Council voted to reject Jamestown General’s plan to build the Institute of Behavioral Medicine, making it the third thumbs-down recommendation the project had received.