In Years Past

  • In 1913, the little Chautauqua Lake railroad was still tied up, although the management hoped to have engineers and conductors to operate the trains very soon. Examinations, it was stated, were being held at Mayville this day but the result was not as yet announced. The steamers were taking care of the railroad traffic along the lake as well as possible. The steamer Pittsburgh had been put in commission ready for operation.
  • Gurth Reidout, 26 years old, a telegrapher at Erie tower at Wildwood crossing near Salamanca was cut in two by a coal train running from Bradford to Buffalo when he attempted to board a car as it passed the tower. Leon Bean, a young man employed on the B. R. & P spent the night with the telegrapher. He said that before he went to sleep on a bunk in the tower, Reidout remarked that he intended to get on the coal train when it reached the tower to secure some large lumps of coal with which to build a fire. Mr. Reidout had been a member of the Order of Railway Telegraphers, having joined but recently.
  • In 1938, Commissioner Brian Mead, marshal and staff, had completed plans for the Boy Scout parade in Jamestown on this evening. About 500 Scouts, representing 44 troops and leaders would be in the procession which would demonstrate what was being done for boys of the Chautauqua Lake Area Council and was being held in connection with the financial campaign of the council to raise $4,000 necessary to insure continuation of Scouting in this area. Floats, special demonstrations and stunts would be features of the parade.
  • Acting upon the theory that, if the city of Jamestown was to build a new bridge across the Chadakoin River, those who must pay for it should have a voice in where the span was to be located, Councilman John W. Hartley would introduce a resolution at this night’s meeting of the city council calling for a taxpayers’ referendum. Mr. Hartley pointed out that a referendum would not commit anybody to anything. It simply would give the taxpayers an opportunity of expressing their preference as to location, and the decision registered at the referendum would act as a guide to the city council in finally determining a site.
  • In 1963, the Cuban Revolutionary Council said it had sent commando forces ashore at several places in Cuba and the invaders were being “welcomed by farmers” on the Communist-ruled island. In Washington, a spokesman said the State Department had no information on the reported invasion but was asking its Miami office to investigate. Early reports gave no information on the number of invaders but other sources said 500 men had landed. There was no word, either, on where the landings took place or the place from which the invasion was mounted.
  • Construction work on the new $365,000 addition to Jamestown General Hospital was progressing on schedule according to a report received by the Hospital Board from Joseph Valone, building committee chairman. Mr. Valone said erection of walls for the first story had been completed and partitions and room divisions installed. Work on the structure started in February and was expected to be finished by the end of the year.
  • In 1988, area grocery shoppers might find themselves paying a little more for certain foods in the near future, if not already, as a result of the drought in various parts of the nation. Thomas W. Sexton, vice president/division manager with the S. M. Flickinger Co., said of the situation, “It looks like it already has begun. Most grocers work off of last year’s product list and set the prices on the replacement product. It’s started already and it looks like its going to go up quite a bit.”
  • The Chautauqua Belle backed out of the slip at McCrea Point Municipal Dock in Jamestown the past Saturday. The old-fashioned paddle wheeler visited the city on Father’s Day weekend to offer rides for the first time in three years. Area residents enjoyed an early morning nature cruise, a breakfast cruise and a picnic cruise aboard the historic vessel.