In Years Past

  • In 1913, several women appeared before the police commission at its meeting in Lansing, Mich., to request the appointment of a woman on the police force of the city. There was considerable discussion of the proposition, during which Commissioner John Bohnet said: “What is needed more than women policemen is better training for parents in the care of their children. If parents put their foot down on their daughters wearing the split skirts and skin-tight clothes of the present day fashions, inviting attention from men when they appear on the streets, there would not be so many wayward girls. If the present trend of fashion continues, the time will soon come when there will be a fortune in it for the man who starts a manufactory to turn out fig leaves.”
  • The annual picnic of the Unitarian Church and Sunday School was held at Midway Park on Wednesday. The day was an ideal one for a picnic and the 200 persons who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The picnic boat left the boat landing early in the morning and arrived at the park some two hours later. During the day, lemonade and coffee were served by the committee in charge and at noon a basket dinner was enjoyed. Shortly after noon an excellent program of sports was carried out.
  • In 1938, work to exterminate leaf hoppers in the Chautauqua County grape fields would be started on a big scale in the following week. The millions of hoppers were destroying the vineyards and cynao gas in large quantities would be used to exterminate them. The hoppers punched the leaves in the vineyards, creating havoc with the unnourished vines.
  • Excellent weather spurred interest in the 15th annual Jamestown Horse Show sponsored by the Moon Brook Saddle Club. It opened at the Moon Brook Stables on North Main Street extension the previous afternoon. Many colorful equipages added a gala note. The show would be continued this day at 1 o’clock. Many fine entries were reported for the affair, which was considered one of the larger events of its kind in this section of the state. The exhibitors and their friends were guests at dinner in the Parisian Room of the Hotel Jamestown the previous evening. Dancing followed.
  • In 1963, 84-year-old Clarence H. Brown of 105 E. Eighth Street, Jamestown, gazed ruefully at stalks of vegetables and flowers which were uprooted and trampled by vandals who raided his garden on North Main Street Extension just beyond the Jamestown city limits. Brown, former inspector of Marlin-Rockwell Corp., cultivated the garden as a hobby, sharing its harvest with needy families, since his retirement four years ago. The vandals, believed from footprints to have been children, also broke into a small tool and supply house at the garden, smashed the doors, broke a number of glass containers and strewed fertilizer, plant food and insecticides on the floor.
  • A move to stamp out unsightly buildings in Jamestown was underway and was expected to move into full gear shortly. Two developments underscored the concern felt by city leaders over what one group termed the long-felt need for “correction of many eyesores around the area.” Just what weapons would be used to attack the problem had not been determined as yet. However, it was understood that the city legal staff had been gathering information and advice from state authorities and other agencies to serve as a guide for local action. The buildings, many in residential areas, were empty and had been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair, Mayor Whitehead said.