In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, the members of the 13th Separate Company of Jamestown were all well and hard at work in Buffalo. As a part of the 65th Regiment they had to assume some of the most trying tasks of strike duty. To date, however, this duty, while tedious, had not been onerous, consisting merely of policing the streets and listening to the good natured gibes of the passersby. The company was quartered in the 65th armory until 10 a.m. the previous day when it was assigned to duty on Main Street. The particular post was between Chippewa and Eagle streets. The duties of the guardsmen was to keep the crowds moving.

Chautauqua County had some good state roads built in 1912 as well as some sections of other roads which were not so good. That the impression should not become general that all the roads were as bad as the sections described in articles in The Journal on Monday and Tuesday of this week, a representative was sent over one of the roads built the past year, which was all right, and which would stand practically any test which could be applied to it. It was the section of the Jamestown to Frewsburg brick road which extended from the center of the village of Frewsburg to Stillwater. It was a welcome contrast after Burnt Hill near Kennedy.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, the Jamestown High School orchestra returned from the Western New York Music festival at the Fredonia State Normal School Friday evening with a rating of superior and state eligibility tucked neatly in its pocket. The 62-piece unit was given a Division 1 rating in Class A. Ebba H. Goranson was the director. Orchestras from Falconer and Fredonia High Schools were ranked in the first division with ratings of superior, while Randolph was given a rank of excellent in Division 2 – all three organizations being given state finals eligibility.

Pupils of the sixth grade of the Fairmount Avenue school presented a four-act play, “Our Constitution,” depicting scenes from the Philadelphia convention of 1787 at the school auditorium Friday. The heated debates, the signing of the Constitution, the inauguration of George Washington and the inaugural ball were capably done by the children. The play was part of the celebration of the sesquicentennial of the U.S. Constitution which had been a part of the school program this year. The audience was entertained between acts by Bonnie Beaustrom and a chorus of sixth-grade girls who sang “Our Flag,” “Allegiance” and “Duke Street.”

50 Years Ago

In 1963, three youths were arrested following an explosion of a firecracker at Jamestown High School the past Friday night. The explosion resulted in injury to another youth. The arrests were made on warrants obtained by Det. Lt. Earl Thies. Police said a 17-year-old youth suffered a rupture of the right ear drum which, according to his physician, might result in permanent loss of hearing in that ear. According to police, the explosion occurred about 10 p.m. Friday just inside the College Street entrance to the high school. The injured boy, a JHS senior, was just leaving the building after attending a school dance when a cherry bomb, accidentally tossed through an open doorway, exploded near him.

Recreational facilities proposed for Kinzua Dam in nearby Pennsylvania posed a serious threat to the future of the tourist industry in Chautauqua County unless proper steps were taken soon to exploit local attractions fully. This warning was sounded by Jamestown Supervisor Fred J. Cusimano at the annual meeting of Chautauqua Lake Regions Inc. in the Hotel Jamestown. Cusimano said the lake created by the Kinzua Dam would provide more than 12,000 acres of water surface and a shoreline of more than 91 miles. Facilities at the site would include picnic areas, marinas, boat launching ramps, cabin accommodations and summer and winter sports areas.