In Years Past

  • In 1913, the Jamestown Board of Health intended to impress upon citizens the importance and necessity of obeying the health ordinances and citations of the board to appear and show why nuisances were maintained. To that end those who paid no attention to these matters would be prosecuted in police court. Definite action along that line was taken at the meeting of the board the past Friday evening in the shape of an order to Sanitary Inspector John A. Hultquist to cause the arrest of several who had heretofore failed to appear in answer to citations.
  • All the children, big girls, little girls, big boys and little boys, gathered at the Sherman Street playground in Jamestown Friday for the biggest day of the playground season. Children from all parts of the city were there. The boys and girls from the two north side playground, No. 1 and No. 6, came down in a body and from No. 9 a big parade marched to the celebration. The doings started in the morning but it was not until 2 p.m. that the real program was held. When the time for the program came, there were nearly 1,000 of the youngsters with their parents on the grounds looking for excitement.
  • In 1938, installation of up to 350 parking meters for a six months trial would be approved by Jamestown City Council at its next regular meeting if the proposal met with the approval of merchants in the downtown business section. Members of City Council expressed approval of the proposed test when Councilman Gust C. Peterson introduced a resolution providing that the city enter a contract with the Dual Parking Meter Company of Oklahoma City, Okla. Under terms of the contract, the company would install up to 350 parking meters on a trial basis at no expense to the city.
  • Five years after nearing ruin with a debt of more than three-quarters of a million dollars, famed Chautauqua Institution faced the future with debts cleared and a $100,000 endowment. Placed on a sound financial footing, the institution had cleared away $765,512 in debt and had piled up a $100,000 endowment. An ambitious musical program and a trend toward the arts had soared attendance figures to new highs in this year.
  • In 1963, a recommendation that the city’s water reservoir on English Hill be enlarged to double its present capacity was received by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities from its consulting engineers, Nussbaumer, Clarke & Velzy of Buffalo. The engineering firm, which had been retained to analyze and evaluate results of a three-year survey of Jamestown’s water resources by the U.S. Geodetic Service, proposed expansion of the reservoir to increase its capacity by five million gallons.
  • A two-car crash in which three persons, including a young priest, were injured during a rain storm, was still under investigation. The accident occurred at 11:50 p.m. the previous night in front of 60 Fluvanna Avenue, just east of the curve in the highway. Rev. John D. Levandowski, 30, an assistant priest at SS Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church on Cherry Street in Jamestown, was one driver. The priest was admitted at the WCA Hospital for further treatment for severe multiple facial lacerations. His passenger, David Elder, 12, of Camp Street, was discharged after he was treated for minor injuries. The other driver, Roger E. Johnson of New Jersey, was also discharged after being treated at Jamestown General Hospital.
  • In 1988, the internationally known Budweiser Clydesdale horses would be in downtown Jamestown from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday on East Third Street between Main Street and Spring Street. They would be displayed on a closed-off portion of Third Street, near the Pine Street Terrace. As part of the event the Downtown Jamestown Development Corp. was extending its Summer in the City Music Series with a performance by the Harold Olson Big Band Orchestra.
  • Ripley Fire Department members directed a stream of water on a blaze that destroyed Papi’s Pizzeria/Restaurant at 11 W. Main St. in the community early Saturday. Volunteers from Westfield and South Ripley also were called in for mutual aid. A rekindle about 9 a.m. brought the firefighters back to the scene. Damage to the post office in Ripley, only about 4 feet away from the destroyed building, was reported as minor.