In Years Past

100 Years Ago

In 1913, before the parcel post system was in complete and satisfactory operation quite a number of changes in the postal service would be necessary. It had already been demonstrated that more cars, more wagons, more employees and better terminal facilities would be necessary to make it a success. And then there would be other adjustments. As parcels went astray to a greater extent than letters, it was probable that half a dozen or more dead letter offices would be established so that parcels might be sent to the nearest places without coming all the way to Washington.

Sympathizers with the striking street railway employees made quite a demonstration at the corner of Main and Third streets in Jamestown on Friday evening. The occasion was assumed to be in celebration of the arrival of two large auto cars from Buffalo and which were put into immediate service and which carried a good many passengers between Jamestown and Falconer during the afternoon and evening. The demonstration was confined to shouts and cheers and there was no disorder worth mentioning.

75 Years Ago

In 1938, if Jamestown was to have a third bridge, the logical location for it was east of Main Street and preferably it should be built between Main Street and Foote Avenue, in the opinion of former mayor Samuel A. Carlson. Asked by The Journal as to whether he favored the proposed Washington Street site or one east of Main Street, Carlson said that he favored the easterly location. He, too, pointed out that two bridges already connected the Sixth and the Second wards and said that in his opinion the building of a bridge at Washington Street would be a serious mistake.

Shower baths would be a required course in New York’s new Food Trades High School and a physical examination would be the only test for admission. The new public school, to open in September with $25,000 worth of equipment, was the first in the city for the exclusive training of chefs, butchers, bakers and restaurant, soda fountain and retail food shop workers. More than 200 prospective pupils visited the new institution and learned of the requirement of a daily shower bath without objection.

50 Years Ago

In 1963, a split rail derailed eight New York Central Railroad freight cars and a caboose, which burst into flames and injured two men the previous afternoon a half-mile north of the Warren State Hospital. Damage was not immediately known. The derailment ripped up 700 feet of track and 200 feet of roadbed. The freight was enroute from Titusville to Dunkirk. A coal fire was burning in the caboose stove, which ignited the car after it overturned. Flames also ignited the cargo of chipwood which was in the other derailed cars.

A major construction project was launched on this morning with formal groundbreaking ceremonies for the new $500,000 distribution center and office of Quality Markets Inc., on Jackson Avenue at the Celoron village line. The one-story structure with an area of more than 100,000 square feet, was scheduled for completion and occupancy before the end of the year. It would replace the present complex of buildings at 57-59 River St. in which Quality Markets’ office and warehouse facilities had been located since 1921.

25 Years Ago

In 1988, Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers outlets in Jamestown, Lakewood, Olean and Fredonia closed their doors Sunday, a response primarily to economic conditions, a spokeswoman for the chain’s area office told The Post-Journal. The closed restaurants reportedly could reopen if a buyer for them was found by Wendy’s International, which issued the franchises. About 200 employees were reported out of work as a result of the latest closings.

Proposed purchase of the Towne Center, formerly the Unigard Building, on East Fourth Street in Jamestown as a south county office building was expected to be backed by one Republican and opposed by another. Republican County Executive John A. Glenzer had recommended that the structure be acquired. Donald W. Ahlstrom, chairman of the Jamestown City Republican Committee, was to oppose the proposal. Ahlstrom said, “Our contention is the task force committee he (Glenzer) named to study and recommend the south county office building did not analyze some very critical information we feel should be analyzed and addressed in such a selection. The most important is convenient, ample parking. The Unigard Building and its location certainly does not provide now, or in the immediate future could provide, adequate parking for such needs.”