In Years Past

  • In 1913, actual work at grade crossing elimination of the Erie Railroad in downtown Jamestown would commence the following Monday morning. Contractors John Mahoney and John Swanson, who had the contract for the elimination work, had been busy all the spring making preparations. They had purchased large quantities of special machinery to be used at various stages of the work. It would be good news to residents of Jamestown to know that operations had reached the point where work would actually commence.
  • The alarming increase in the criminal use of the automobile demanded the serious attention of local police authorities, in the opinion of Secretary of State May, who declared that present conditions “are liable to breed a train of consequences that will ultimately prove calamitous. The people of the state are face to face with a very serious problem,” said Mr. May in a statement. Secretary May advocated the establishment of a New York state automobile inspector’s bureau to cooperate with local authorities in enforcing the motor vehicle laws. The legislature appropriated $120,000 for the establishment of such a bureau but it was vetoed by Governor Sulzer.
  • In 1938, consideration of plans for proposed north-south bridges to span the Chadakoin River valley in the heart of Jamestown, occupied the attention of members of City Council at their special session at City Hall Monday evening when consulting engineers conferred with members of that body, explaining in detail their surveys regarding the Washington Street and Prendergast Avenue sites. Figures submitted by Harrington & Cortleyou, Washington, D.C. and A. Burton Cohen, New York city, showed that the cost of the Prendergast Avenue structure would be approximately double that of the Washington Street project.
  • Increased popularity of lighter alcoholic beverages was reflected by State Tax Commissioner Mark Graves’ announcement of a 13 percent rise during May in sales of still wine and a 6 percent boost in beer consumption. Basing the figures on the taxes collected, the commissioner said 94,862 gallons more of wines were dispensed than in May a year previously, while beer and fermented malt beverage sales gained by 130,756 gallons.
  • In 1963, the new Christian education wing of the Westfield First Presbyterian Church, which had been under construction for the past year, would be dedicated Sunday afternoon. The dedication would be followed by a tour of the building and refreshments would be served by women of the church. The new wing replaced the back part of the church, constructed after the fire in 1878 destroyed another brick church which had been built only four years before. First Presbyterian Church of Westfield founded in 1808, was the oldest church in Chautauqua County.
  • A 24-year-old Jamestown woman was injured and her 27-year-old husband escaped injury when both lost control of their motorcycles after the woman’s machine fatally injured a dog at 1:30 p.m. Thursday on Route 39, Jackson Run Road, 8 1/2 miles north of Warren. Police identified the woman as Mrs. Betty L. Parker of Willard St., who was in Warren General Hospital for observation. As the motorcycles were traveling south a dog rushed into the road from a nearby house and ran alongside the machine driven by Mr. Parker. Suddenly, the dog turned and started to run alongside Mrs. Parker’s motorcycle. The motorcycle struck and killed the dog. As Mr. Parker turned his head to see how his wife was making out with the dog, he also lost control of his machine.
  • In 1988, Mayor Steven B. Carlson said that he had reached an agreement with representatives of WCA Hospital for an asset purchase of Jamestown General Hospital but once again representatives of JGH voiced opposition to the proposed buyout. JGH was in deep financial trouble and had been since 1967. It currently had debts totaling more than $3 million. Carlson said that of the seven prospective organizations or buyers he had contacted, three had responded. Formation of a coalition to Save Jamestown General hospital was announced by Kathleen Moore and Jetta Morgenstern. “The employees of JGH have made a commitment to save the hospital to assure quality health care in our community,” Mrs. Moore said.
  • The Fredonia Village Board voted unanimously to support the Citizens Against Illegal Fireworks in restricting the use of explosives in the area. The board’s action followed a brief address by several members of the citizen’s group. This year, the organization would be supported by area businesses and officials including Brooks Memorial Hospital, the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce, Dunkirk Mayor Madelyn Kubera and the Dunkirk Police Department.