In Years Past

  • In 1913, the little Chautauqua Lake Railroad was still badly crippled by reason of the strike of the employees but Superintendent Smith said he expected to start the regular passenger schedule on the Fourth of July. At present only two passenger trains per day were run. The railroad had experienced much inconvenience by the crippling of the freight service. Recently, J.J. Murray of Buffalo, traffic manager of the public service commission, made an investigation regarding the complaint that six carloads of ice were left tied on a switch near an ice house at Mayville. The difficulty in the operation of the trains was that the new men did not know the railroad.
  • The Jamestown veterans who went to Gettysburg, Pa., to attend the 50th anniversary celebration on the battlefield, were returning in small parties and those who had arrived thus far expressed themselves as being thankful to get home. The heat had been almost unbearable and in spite of the most strenuous efforts on the part of the government, the several thousand old soldiers more than were expected or provided for, had made it impossible to furnish adequate accommodations for all. For this reason, large numbers of old soldiers had been leaving for home daily, although the camp was still overcrowded. The Jamestown party which left here the past Monday morning did not reach Gettysburg until 10:15 that night, being delayed at several points along the line on account of the heavy traffic and the nearly 17 hours on the train on a hot day was an experience which many of the old soldiers were not in a hurry to repeat.
  • In 1938, Chautauqua Institution was opening its 65th season this day, although no admission would be charged at the gate until July 5 at noon. The institution would be operated on daylight savings time, the same as Jamestown, during the season. The formal opening would be conducted by President Arthur E. Bestor at 10:30 a.m.. On Independence Day The Life of Stephen Foster would be presented by the Buffalo Historical marionettes at Norton Memorial Hall. Sailing, motorboat races and swimming races on the lake were also scheduled.
  • Six races sanctioned by the American Motorcycle Association were scheduled for the Jamestown Motor Speedway half-mile dirt track, Stockton Road, by the Jamestown Motorcycle Club, which was bringing some of the leading riders of the United States and Canada here for the competition. Norman E. Skinner, publicity agent for the local club, announced an entry list of 30 riders, including Carl Pintagro, Don Gesaman, Cliff Pickard and Art Eggert, all of Jamestown.
  • In 1963, extremely rapid and severe weather which changed within a 10-minute period was a major cause of an airliner crash in Rochester that took seven lives and injured 36 persons during an electrical storm. A twin-engine Mohawk Airlines plane with 40 passengers and a crew of three crashed seconds after takeoff in the storm, which was accompanied by high winds and hail. “It was like flying into the dead of the night,” said one survivor from his hospital bed. “The wind grabbed us the minute we left the ground,” another said. At least six Sylvania Electric executives were on board the plane. One was among the seven persons killed. Gene K. Beare, president of Sylvania, was among the injured.
  • A severe electrical storm that hit the area included a miniature “twister” which struck the Ashville area. James Pullan, senior electrical engineer with Jamestown’s Board of Public Utilities, termed the storm in the city “the worst in quite some time” and said all electrical division workers were kept busy making emergency repairs. The abbreviated tornado hit at South Maple Street, just south of the four corners in Ashville, at 12:20 p.m. The powerful stream of wind leveled the one car frame garage of Miss Clara Stevens, Linden Ave., just off Maple Street in the village. It also blew out windows in the home of Miss Emiline Meyer, S. Maple St. and blew down a number of trees on Maple Street and along Route 74 to where it intersected with Route 17-J. The temperature dropped from a high of 83 in Jamestown to a refreshingly comfortable low of 52 overnight.