In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, complaint was made of the extreme speed at which automobiles and motorcycles passed through Falconer, especially on Main Street. This street was a part of the state road leading from Jamestown to Buffalo and hundreds of tourists passed through the town every season on motor trips, in addition to the local autoists and autocyclists, of which there was an ever increasing number in Jamestown and in Falconer. The matter was brought up at the last meeting of the village board by Trustee H.L. Ames, whose residence was in that section and the board decided to rigidly enforce the village ordinances regarding speed.

The Harmony Farmers Club held a regular meeting with Mr. and Mrs. Mark Baker, April 24. The time before the dinner hour was spent in sociability and admiring the beautiful view of the lower portion of Chautauqua Lake. The two peach orchards on the farm also attracted attention and Mr. Baker announced that every indication was for a bountiful yield. After a most refreshing dinner served by Mrs. Baker and her assistants, President Lewis called the meeting to order. One notable feature of the club was that a goodly number of the members were retired farmers, that was, retired from the work part, although they still owned farms. This fact always insured a good attendance.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, the unsightly conditions which had developed at the Boatlanding in Jamestown since the old steamboat dock fell into disrepair, would disappear if plans proposed by the Chamber of Commerce and approved by City Council were actually carried out. Council voted to spend not to exceed $600 for construction of a new boat dock, adequate for both the Steamer City of Jamestown and smaller lake craft, if present owners of the strip of land would deed it to the city. The outer row of pilings protruding from the water indicated the front of the old steamboat docks in the old, gold summer days when boats arrived and departed at frequent intervals all day long and well into the night.

Milady’s hair had been going up – it was going higher – and the later in the evening, the higher it would go. Such was the decree of the New York State Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association meeting in convention in Buffalo this day. Mrs. Louise E. Schaad, Rochester, explained hairdresses had been climbing steadily up milady’s head recently. First, part of the ear was exposed and style now insisted on moving the hair completely above the ear. Called the “Swing” and “Empress Josephine” vogue, the evening styles featured the brushing of the hair straight up to end in waves, ringlets and curls at the top of the head.

50 Years Ago

In 1963, Jamestown’s former post office and federal building at West Third and Washington streets had been purchased by a Rochester firm which would raze the structure for a 100-car parking lot. The property had been sold for $38,000 to the United Schmitt Corp., operators of several parking lots in Rochester. Demolition of the 59-year-old landmark was expected to start sometime the following week, according to Bernard B. Toor, agent for the seller, Michael Jawitz of Miami, Fla. Mr. Toor said the wrecking job would be completed in about six weeks and the parking lot should be in operation by June.

“I should have placed Jamestown on my Swedish-American map long ago!” This was the greeting of Sweden’s ambassador to the United States at a press conference in the Governor’s Suite at the Hotel Jamestown. Highly impressed with the distinct Swedish-American background of Jamestown, Ambassador Gunnar Jarring spoke of the deep and sincere feeling of affection and pride on the part of Sweden over all that her sons and daughters had accomplished in this country.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, U.S. Rep. Amory Houghton Jr., R-Corning, said he did not believe the U.S. Postal Service was in any danger of being replaced by private mail delivery services. However, the congressman would like to see all government agencies run in a businesslike manner and make a decent effort to stay in the black. The question of whether the U.S. Postal Service should lose its monopoly arose because of the recent increase in postage rates-combined with a decrease in services.

The dateline would be Freedonia Saturday and there would be a special U.S. Postal Service cancellation stamp to prove it. The State College at Fredonia would celebrate its second annual Fredonia Marxonia Festival Saturday, April 30. The daylong event honored the mythical setting of Freedonia, the location of the Marx brothers’ movie, Duck Soup. As part of that celebration, Karen West, assistant to the president, had commissioned a special stamp which would be used to cancel letters sent from the college between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday.