In Years Past

  • In 1913, a large party of Jamestown veterans and their wives and friends would go to Chautauqua the following day for the purpose of attending the National Army Day exercises, leaving on the Chautauqua traction car at 9 a.m. Free admission to the grounds would be granted all veterans of the Civil War, all wives and widows of veterans and all members of the Woman’s Relief Corps and the ladies of the Union Veteran Legion wearing badges. There would be a patriotic concert by the Chautauqua band in the morning at 11 o?clock.
  • The Warren Mirror said that in all probability the mail service between Warren and Jamestown would be materially improved by the placing of a closed pouch on the Warren-Jamestown traction car leaving Warren daily at 2 p.m. and returning at a time not yet decided upon. The matter had been taken up by the superintendent of railway mail transportation and a conference between the postal officials of Jamestown and Warren was being held to ascertain the amount of mail that would be handled by such a service.
  • In 1938, America had a new soaring champion this day, quiet dark-haired Emil Lehecka, 25-year-old Long Island city transport pilot. Lehecka won the American glider’s crown from Millionaire sportsman Richard C. Dupont of Wilmington, Del., by piling up 1,271 points to Dupont’s 968 in the two-week national meet which ended the previous day in Elmira.
  • The Red and White Day which was held at Celoron the previous afternoon and evening was reported to have drawn more people than any other time. The thousands of people that attended used 80,000 three-cent ride tickets, the greatest number in the history of the park. Late into the night crowds were still waiting in long lines before some of the rides and concessions. Extra buses had to be put into service to handle the throng late in the evening as earlier buses were jammed to the doors and home-bound persons fought to get into then. Various estimates of the number of persons to visit the park during the day ran from 20,000 to 30,000. The S. M. Flickinger Company sponsored the picnic and served free coffee, cream and sugar.
  • In 1963, a 17-year-old Kennedy youth was struck and killed the previous night in Falconer by a car, which police said, was stolen 10 minutes earlier from a parking lot in Jamestown. The car slammed into a utility pole with a grinding crash, snapping the pole at its base and causing a power disruption in the area. The victim was identified as David Allen, who made his home with his grandfather, Grant Meabon, of Second Street, Kennedy. Bruce LeBaron, a friend of the dead youth, told Falconer Police Chief Phillip N. Van Rensselaer, Allen was on his way home after visiting a girl friend in Jamestown.
  • From the halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, America’s fighting Leathernecks had enriched their proud tradition with historic landings at Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Korea – and now -Jamestown. Unlike the others, the invasion of Jamestown this day would be a friendly operation as ex-Marines and personalities of the Corps, together with their ladies, rendezvoused at the Hotel Jamestown for the 32nd annual state convention of the Marine Corps League.
  • In 1988, the industrial age had produced increased carbon dioxide levels, which caused the air to retain more of the sun’s energy, said a Drexel University professor studying the atmosphere for NASA. Frederick House called it the radiation budget, the amount of energy from the sun flowing through the atmosphere. “Man is contributing to the increase by burning fossil fuels which produce carbon dioxide,” he explained. “One or two degrees Celsius (over a long-term period) might be the result.” The increased level of energy remaining in the earth?s atmosphere affects the temperature differences, which then affect the circulation features of the weather throughout the world.
  • Area residents flocked to beaches and swimming holes in record numbers over the weekend trying to stay cool as temperatures soared into the high 90s. About 7,500 people were at Long Point on Lake Chautauqua State Park during the weekend, a figure that was “up considerably over last year,” according to park manager Jim Lindblom. Allegany State Park had been busy as well. “I think the beaches have been heavily used,” Dann Colvin, Allegany assistant regional director, said.