In Years Past

  • In 1913, it would be good news to residents of Jamestown to learn that the new 5 million-gallon reservoir on English Hill was now practically completed. It was likely to be formally opened in a week or two. Superintendent Hapgood of the water department, who had charge of the work since it was abandoned a year ago by Contractor Bame, had conducted operations with little display but great efficiency. Contractor James P. Calahan, who had the contract to lay the big main up the hill had completed his work.
  • A camp with seventy young women in attendance was established at Overlook on Chautauqua Lake and the girls were having the best time imaginable, with health and strength thrown in. It was the camp of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Chautauqua County and the seventy girls came from Jamestown, Westfield, Fredonia, Ripley, Silver Creek, Forestville, Sherman and other places. The camp name was Chedwel. The place was made possible through the generosity of Dr. Charles Edward Welch of Westfield and the name was in his honor.
  • In 1938, the Jamestown-owned cement mixer was moved from the city warehouse to a point on Steele Street. The action was apparently pursuant to Councilman Peterson’s motion, adopted at the July 18 council session, which provided as follows: “Resolved: That the director of public works be directed to arrange for the placing of the large city cement mixer on a convenient job, for the purpose of giving it a good trial in order to ascertain the cost and practicality as compared to the use of ready-mixed concrete.” The mixer remained on Steele Street for 11 days.
  • With the mercury mounting steadily, residents of Jamestown and the Chautauqua Region sweltered in the sizzling heat this day, one of the hottest of the summer. The maximum temperature for the 24-hour period ending at 2 p.m. was 91 degrees and it was apparent that the high reading of 92 set July 8 would be surpassed before sunset. The low temperature for the day was 66 degrees. During the June heat wave the first of the season, 90 was recorded on the 25th of that month. The hottest day in the history of Jamestown’s weather bureau was July 9, 1936, when the century mark was reached.
  • In 1963, Paul A. White, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ward G. White of Frewsburg, was killed the previous day by a hit-and-run automobile while he was hitchhiking back to base after visiting his fiancee in Camden, S.C. Kershaw County Sheriff D. E. Hilton said Airman White, 21, was found dead on Highway 521 near Camden’s corporate limit. White’s fiancee, Miss Sue Hopkins, had left the young airman on the highway a short time before the accident.
  • Murray S. Stevens, Executive Vice President of the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce, issued a warning to area service organizations to beware of a self-styled health food lecturer known to be operating in Western New York. Mr. Stevens said the man had been known to use the vantage point of the speaker’s table to sell his so-called health products. Organizations contacted by this man were urged to call the Chamber of Commerce.
  • In 1988, little did Jamestown General Hospital Administrator James H. Schaum know what he was getting into when he accepted his new job the past November over two other offers. Nevertheless, through all the emotional debate in recent months over the issue of selling or saving JGH, Schaum had remained determined to make the best of the situation. Schaum said he accepted the position in good faith, with the intention of working hard to turn around the financial mess that had developed there. But JGH might be sold out from under him. If that happened and “if there is a position in the new institution where I feel I would make a difference and could make a contribution to the organization and the community, I would be interested in staying here,” Schaum said.
  • It was hot in Sinclairville the previous day. How hot? Hot enough to activate the smoke-heat detector in the upstairs clubrooms of the fire station and sound the alarm. So reported Mayor Earl Minckler who noted he was in his village office at the time and went out to find one of the volunteer firemen working on the detector. The high for the day in the community was 96 degrees, according to Weather Observer Patricia Webb. She said it ranked a little below readings the past month when the thermometer registered 99 degrees July 9, the highest reading of the season to date, 98 degrees July 8 and 97 on July 7.