In Years Past

  • In 1913, from 25-30 lives would be the toll of the explosion which late the previous afternoon wrecked the mill and elevator of the Husted Milling Company at South Buffalo. Five dead had thus far been recovered and there were 62 injured in the various hospitals scattered throughout the city. Doctors estimated that at least 25 of these would die. There were some employees not yet accounted for and their bodies might be found in the ruins when the search started. The explosion was believed to have been caused by spontaneous combustion in the big pit where corn was stored. There was no warning. With a roar that could be heard and felt for a mile the entire north side of the big plant was blown out. A second later, flames burst from all parts.
  • Everything was in readiness for the opening of the season at the Chautauqua assembly the following day and plans were completed for the program which included an attractive list of lecturers, speakers of all kinds, preachers, music and other entertainments. The institution was making special efforts this year to renew the interest of the communities immediately surrounding Chautauqua in their programs. For years before Chautauqua became so large and so nationwide in its scope, the local people went to Chautauqua in large numbers. The effort was to secure this condition again by means of getting lecturers and entertainments which would attract the local people.
  • In 1938, plans were discussed for the teachers’ course in highway safety and driving to be given in connection with the summer schools at Chautauqua this year. Edwin F. Cudlipp, Jr., member of the faculty at Jamestown High School and one of the pioneers in the work of training pupils to drive through the medium of classes, would be in charge of the instruction at Chautauqua. A new sedan with dual controls would be used during the course of instruction.
  • The Public Works administration informed Regional PWA Director Colonel M.E. Gilmore that President Roosevelt had approved an outright PWA grant of $78,750 to the Union Free School District No. 1 of the Town of Busti, Village of Lakewood, for the construction and equipment of a school addition to Lakewood High School, the total estimated cost of which was $175,000. The project comprised the construction and equipment of an addition to the present school building and the grading and landscaping of grounds. The addition would include two locker rooms, a storeroom and athletic room in the basement; an auditorium, gymnasium, thirteen classrooms, office, storerooms and toilet rooms on the upper floors.
  • In 1963, “The Many Moods of Ferrante and Teicher” one of the country’s top duo-piano teams, would be presented Saturday evening, June 29, in Chautauqua Amphitheater as a pre-season attraction, and would usher in the Institution’s 90th season. Concerts in the 7,000 seat amphitheater the first week included Roland Hayes, tenor, who at 75 years of age was still a teacher and performing artist; The Four Freshmen, popular television and recording stars; Pennsylvania’s Singing Boys, one of the nation’s unique boy choirs and Mischa Mischakoff, violinist and concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestras.
  • A familiar political figure would return to the primary arena in September with the announcement by Samuel T. Bowers that he would be a Republican candidate for supervisor at large in Jamestown. Mr. Bowers retired as coroner in 1961 after a service of 21 years. He had served as Republican city chairman and had been a Republican committeeman for many years. “Sam” was one of the county’s best known residents. As a county coroner he followed in the footsteps of his father, the late Dr. Abraham H. Bowers and his brother, Henry A. Bowers.
  • In 1988, “This is the most important decision and the most important resolution that we’ll ever act on, and we’re expected to act on it Monday,” said Third Ward Councilman Vivian Taylor. Jamestown City Council members might decide the fate of financially ailing Jamestown General Hospital by approving one of three proposals to bail the facility and the city out of debt. JGH had not turned a profit in two decades and it was in debt more than $3 million, according to Mayor Steven B. Carlson. Perhaps this was one of the most controversial decisions a Jamestown City Council ever had to make and Taylor said he was worried. “We haven’t had time to really study the proposals. Everything has been thrust on us so fast. We’re supposed to act on something that will affect the lives of the next generation.”
  • Jamestown native Daniel Johnson, 29, recently returned from Provideniya, U.S.S.R., across the Bering Strait from Alaska. Johnson, who was a communications teacher at the University of Alaska, was home on summer vacation and planned to return to Nome, Alaska, in September. He was part of a group that flew over to help reunite two groups of Yupik Eskimos – one in Siberia and one in Alaska – who had been separated by 90 miles of Bering Sea since the Soviet Union closed its borders 40 years ago. Eighty-two people made the historic trip.