In Years Past

In 1913, with flags flying and almost every building in the town covered with bunting, the Old Home Week that was to mark the 100th birthday of Youngsville, opened Friday morning crisp and cool. The celebration was being hailed by hundreds throughout this section as the greatest that this little village would ever know. Not only was the celebration in honor of the 100th birthday of Youngsville, but it was also the centennial of the Methodist Church and the 60th anniversary of the formation of Lodge No. 500 of the Odd Fellows. Thus, the whole town, the church and the lodge were engaged in the celebration and there was in some way a binding together of all Youngsville’s people.

The Lyric Theater in Jamestown, which would open its first season under the management of Edward T. Connelly on Sept. 1, was being decorated and painted all over and would present a very attractive appearance when the work was completed. The auditorium was being decorated in two shades of green and white, with panel effect and a scenic oil frieze and several plaster plaques used to excellent advantage in some of the panels. In the lobby, there was an elaborate plaster relief ceiling, tan colored walls, with a 4-foot scenic frieze supported by massive columns, and a wainscoting of lincrusta.

In 1938, action by the Jamestown Board of Education in instructing the city treasurer to sell all properties for which school taxes had not been paid for a year, met with amazement at city hall this day and elicited a statement from Mayor Harry C. Erickson that the move might precipitate a “major civic disaster.” A summary study of the properties for which school taxes were unpaid for more than a year revealed that there were approximately 2,400 such parcels. The large percentage of these were small homes. No city official had declared that the board was not acting within its legal rights when making the demand for a tax sale but they were unanimous in declaring that it would wreak a terrible toll among small property owners. Mayor Erickson said he would do anything in his power to see that the board’s intent was not carried out.

Tomorrow morning 30,000,000 bottles of milk would be placed on the doorsteps of American homes. The milk would be clean, pure and safe from contamination. Special milk trains would serve the large cities, rushing the precious fluid at express speed direct from cows to customers. In no other country did customers enjoy such a wonderful milk distribution system as we enjoyed in this country. In Europe, milkmen still dipped milk from their cans into the open containers of householders. Only a generation ago, our own milk supply was unsanitary and the source of much disease. Bacteria in milk took a staggering death toll among babies. Now the dairy industry was almost a miracle of cleanliness and rigid sanitation.

In 1963, Fifth Ward Councilman Fred J. Anderson officially broke his political ties with Jamestown Mayor William D. Whitehead and pledged his full support to Council President Jess J. Present. n a formal statement, Mr. Anderson disclosed a feeling of disenchantment with Mayor Whitehead’s policies that began shortly after the mayor took office on Jan. 1, 1962. Mr. Anderson ran with Mayor Whitehead in the November 1961 city elections. He was one of three councilmen elected on Mayor Whitehead’s ticket. But, he said “It was only a short time after the inauguration that we started to grow further apart, as a team.”

Forestville Central School would open Wednesday, Sept. 4, with a regular session scheduled. Preliminary census and registration cards indicated nearly 1,000 students for an all-time high registration in the Forestville system. In order to accommodate the increased number of students, two new faculty positions were added for the session.

In 1988, Sept. 2 was the scheduled closing date for the sale of the assets of Jamestown General Hospital to WCA Hospital and both hospitals were working hard to make the transition a smooth one. Transition plans were “going very well,” according to Mary Weedon, WCA?s community relations director. A major issue during negotiations between WCA and the city of Jamestown had been the fate of skilled workers at JGH. Mrs. Weedon noted, “When the Jones Hill facility opens for business under new management, we will of course be needing skilled nursing and other help, and we will be hiring more people, many of them former JGH workers.”

Smoking restrictions in larger restaurants and all Chautauqua County office buildings would go into effect the following day, with many eating places already in compliance. The local law was adopted in late May and called for a 70 percent designation as non-smoking areas in restaurants with a seating capacity of more than 50. Such places with a seating capacity of 50 or less would be required to post a sign at all entrances informing patrons of their smoking policy. It had to indicate whether the policy was to prohibit smoking, segregate smoking or if other regulations were in effect.