In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, although the requested franchise to lay a street railway line on Willard Street had not been formally granted by the Jamestown Common Council, the company had received informal assurances that there would be no opposition to the franchise and preparations for the building of the road were now well underway. Iron trolley poles were being set along the street and employees of the company commenced hauling ties. No work at track laying would be undertaken until the weather was more settled because track laying involved considerable concreting and it was risky to undertake concreting at this season of the year.

Motorists who had occasion to use the newly completed stretch of state road between Poland Center and the Cattaraugus county line at Waterboro hill on the road to Randolph and the people who lived along the line of this road had been making serious complaints over the condition of the completed road. The allegations as to its condition had been so serious that a Journal representative was sent to the place to make an investigation and report the condition it was in. The road was constructed during the season of 1912. It was what was known as a concrete road with a bitumen surface. Close examination of the road material at the point where it was soft showed that apparently the concrete had not set at all. The top two inches was as loose as mud.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, Floyd C. Pickard, of Barrett Avenue, Jamestown, manager and treasurer of the Jamestown Sterling Furniture Company, received fractures of both knee caps and facial brush burns when an automobile he was driving collided head on with a Westfield-bound West Ridge Transportation Company motorbus near a sharp curve in the lakeshore road near Stow. Pickard was the most seriously injured of seven persons.

Kennedy was in the throes of reminiscing. The oldest inhabitants were comparing notes and the younger folks who had no memories worth recalling were just sitting back and letting grand dad have his day in the sun. This all came about because of the passing of Kennedy’s best-known landmark, Woodward’s Hotel. For long years, some said more than 100, it stood on the Main Street corner watching the trains go by or better yet seeing them stop and let off a few passengers. The passing of this old hostelry, damaged the past winter by fire, would leave no blackened ruins in the center of town for it was being replaced by the inevitable gas station.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, only about half the adults who had a computer at home actually used it as opposed to nearly three-quarters of all children, the Census Bureau reported. Youngsters used computers for learning and for games and many children were also exposed to the machines in school, said bureau statistician Robert Kominski, whose survey was released the previous day. Even though many adults used computers at work, the home computer might have been bought by one adult for a specific use, and not be of interest to others in the home, Kominski suggested. In addition, many computers were bought “as learning tools and game machines for children,” he said. “So there probably are quite a few situations in households where children use a computer and not the adults at all.”

Water rates might be going up in the town of Ellicott. Town Clerk Howard Lyon told the Ellicott Town Board that Jamestown, Ellicott’s water supplier, had given him the list of new water rates. After he looked at last year’s records, he told the board, “I’ll compare them with last year’s and give a report.” Lyon said he wasn’t sure whether there was an increase in rates or not. “That is usually the case, that rates go up instead of down, but I can’t say until I study last year’s records.”