In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, all attractions booked for Celoron over the summer had been canceled. The Celoron Amusement Company had abandoned all intentions of conducting the place as heretofore. This move was due to the strike of the employees of the street railway company and the traction company. Rather than undertake to present the free amusements furnished heretofore, it was deemed best to cancel everything. Celoron had been running for many years without a break. At the time of the other street railway strike the resort was kept open but the management had decided not to repeat the experiment. The past year had not been a very successful season. In this year, with the hostility of one element in the city there was little encouragement for opening and hence the resort would not be opened.

The furniture manufacturers of the city were considering the advisability of adopting a plan which was said to be working well in Grand Rapids, which was to cut down the working time to five days in the week instead of six. Business in the furniture line was not as brisk as could be desired and this plan would curtail production considerably. No definite steps had been taken further than to discuss the matter in an informal way. At the present time the factories were operated six says in the week. The plan contemplated reducing the working time half a day, half holidays now being allowed on Saturday. The matter would be considered further in the near future.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, volunteers, answering a call for 1,000 able-bodied men set out soon after the break of another cold northern Pennsylvania dawn to beat through heavy woods in a final search for little Marjory West. A reward of $200 for information leading to the discovery of the blue-eyed, auburn-haired child “dead or alive” spurred the volunteers to press foot by foot through the wild, heavily forested country 16 miles south of the oil producing fields near Bradford. The Bradford American Legion post offered the reward, four days after little Marjory, 4-year-old daughter of an oil field worker, wandered away from a family picnic on Mother’s Day to gather flowers on a mountainside.

Officials reported that Niagara Falls once more had changed its shape slightly during the past winter and the American falls was taking on a horseshoe shape similar to that of the famous Canadian Horseshoe falls. The city publicity department announced that a survey had revealed that the crest of the American falls had developed a more decided sawtooth appearance than in former years. Two V-shaped indentations had appeared in the crest, each about 20 to 30 feet deep. “It is clearly evident that erosion is progressing at a rapid rate and that the heretofore fairly even and straight American falls is taking on a horseshoe shape, similar to that on the Canadian side of the river,” the bureau reported.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, there were no devil-worshipping cults in Jamestown, Warren and Youngsville high schools. That was the word from police and school administrators in those areas. Rumors had been flying about the supposed cults but no police department or school official had found anything to substantiate any of the reports. “For the life of us, we’ve just been amazed,” Youngsville Principal Douglas Allen said. “We continue to receive calls.” But Allen said despite reports that there were black roses being sent to the school and that 300 people from Jamestown and Ohio were congregating at the school this day, “School is operating normally and has been operating normally. As far as we’re concerned, everything is simply rumors,” he said. “There is no basis for any of those things,” Jamestown Police Chief Richard D. Ream said.

A new restaurant planned for Jamestown’s south side was among five applicants approved by Jamestown Local Development Corp. directors for $179,500 in loans in connection with projects totaling $1,035,581. It was proposed as a 3,500-square-foot A&W Restaurant at 800 Foote Ave., with seating capacity for 130 people and parking for 64 cars. The project was designed as a one-floor wooden/masonry building with professional landscaping.