In Years Past

  • In 1913, a two-passenger Maxwell roadster, the property of Ed Johnson of the Warren National Bank, was stolen from his garage at his south side home on Wayne Street in Warren Thursday night. Neighbors heard the car when it was run out of the garage during the night but not believing anything wrong, no alarm was raised until the morning when Mr. Johnson himself discovered the lock of the garage broken and the car missing. The car, valued at $1,250, was painted a battleship gray, trimmed with a white stripe. It was equipped with non-skid tires and had directly behind the seat a twenty gallon oval gasoline tank. The police of all neighboring towns had been notified by wire and telephone of the robbery and every effort would be made to recover the car.
  • This would be the biggest day in the history of SS. Peter and Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. The church edifice at Cherry and West Sixth streets in Jamestown was to be consecrated by Right Rev. Charles H. Colton of Buffalo, bishop of the diocese of Buffalo. This ceremony was indication that every penny of the indebtedness on the building had been paid and the occasion was not only an important one on account of the visit of the bishop, but it was also a time of great rejoicing on the part of Rev. Father Richard Coyle and the people of the parish, who had labored long and faithfully in order to bring about this result.
  • In 1938, the second largest class in history would graduate from Jamestown High School at commencement exercises in the school auditorium Wednesday morning. The class roll, as announced late this day, revealed a membership of 387 students. The girls outnumbered the boys in about the usual proportion, 212 to 175. The class of 1936 held the record as the largest group having had a membership of 419 students.
  • Anticipating an attendance of 150 persons, members of the Jamestown Furniture Salesmen’s Association were completing arrangements for their all-day outing scheduled for the following day at the Greek Club grounds in Celoron. The outing was to be followed by a two-day informal opening of spaces in the Furniture building for the accommodation of dealers who might be in the city and might wish to refresh their impressions of Jamestown’s Spring Furniture Market. A program of lunch, sports, dinner, music and a Dealer-Salesmen softball game, had been arranged by the committee.
  • In 1963, a 68-year-old woman was killed and her daughter injured in a two car crash near Varysburg in Wyoming County. Killed was Mrs. Rosalie M. Torsell, of E. 5th St., Jamestown. She died after being admitted to the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. Admitted to the same hospital was her daughter, Mrs. Audrey Snyder, 45, also of Fifth Street. She was driver of the car. She suffered bruises and lacerations. Miss Melinda Gay, 23, of Buffalo, driver of the other car, was issued a summons, charging her with failing to halt for a stop sign. She was not hurt. The accident happened at the intersection of Routes 20-A and 77.
  • Marking its 10th anniversary year by unveiling a new weed harvester, the Chautauqua Lake Association would launch a campaign to raise $35,000 for lake improvement. Under the direction of W. George Weaver of Chautauqua, a vice president of the lake group, a team of nearly 200 workers would seek to raise more money than in any previous year. Of the amount sought, Mr. Weaver said, $15,000 would be earmarked to pay off the balance due on the harvester, which cost $21,500.
  • In 1988, the Lakewood Village Board voted 4-0 against a proposal to close West Lake Street from Vista Way to Packard Way to vehicles from June 1 to Sept. 30. “When the people have spoken up, we do what they want. If the people don’t tell us what they want we can’t properly represent them,” Lakewood Mayor Anthony C. Caprino said to the more than 50 area residents who attended the meeting to discuss the proposal. None of the 50-plus people attending the public hearing favored the plan.
  • Mayor Steven B. Carlson said he was working on a contingency plan to keep Jamestown alive should recent events fail to bear fruit. The WCA agreement to purchase the assets of Jamestown General Hospital had been approved by the City Council, but that agreement could still fall through. If that happened, and if proposed home rule legislation at the state level was also defeated, it would leave the city “absolutely dead,” according to Mayor Steven B. Carlson.