In Years Past

In 1913, a street car in Jamestown on the south side loop was derailed at the switch near the corner of Foote Avenue and Allen Street at about 2:15 the previous afternoon. The car was running at a good rate of speed when it struck the switch and ran off the track onto the pavement to the curb stone, striking an automobile owned by Dr. Charles E. Goodell, which stood in front of the Goodell residence. The street car finally struck a tree and stopped. The automobile was badly wrecked.

One hundred students in the Lockport High School, members of fraternities and sororities of the school, were expelled this morning by Principal Walter E. Severance as a result of a resolution passed by the school board condemning the existence of the societies. The previous day, on the first day of school, Mr. Severance distributed slips of paper requesting each boy or girl who belonged to a letter society to state it. The expulsion followed this acknowledgment. The boy frats had their club rooms on Main Street not far from the school and it was claimed it had a bad influence on school life and that the Greek letter societies had created a class feeling.

In 1938, the 98th annual New York state fair took on a martial air in

Syracuse as the “Legion Day” program was celebrated with bugles, brilliant uniforms and military reviews. Frank C. Love, state department commander of the American Legion, was honorary marshal of a review of legion men in front of the bandstand. The junior band concert sponsored by the legion was the first event of the day’s program. Finals in the state dancing contest and final judging in several exhibitions and other events were on the day’s program.

Jamestown firemen made two runs during the noon hour this day in answer to alarms of fire of little consequence. At 11:42 a.m., the department was summoned to the home of Henry Ellis on Cook Avenue to extinguish a blaze in a dilapidated shed at the rear of that property. A hole was burned in the roof of the shed. The fire started from hot ashes dumped on a rubbish pile. At 12:20 p.m., Fire Company No. 4 made a run to Hopkins Avenue where a rubbish fire had set fire to a garage owned by Bert Clemenger. About $25 damage resulted, according to the firemen.

In 1963, Murray L. Bob, former assistant librarian for Richmond, California, started his duties this day as director of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System. Mr. Bob succeeded Kenneth Brown, director of the system since its organization in 1960. He had accepted a position as librarian of the Huntington, W.Va. Public Library. The Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System served 30 member libraries and had temporary headquarters at 308 W. 3rd St. The office would be moved soon into a new wing at the James Prendergast Free Library.

Criticism of the Jamestown city administration, going back at least eight years, had come from two councilman candidates for the Republican nomination at Thursday’s primary. Harry J. Holroyd charged administration laxity in failing to maintain adequate municipal water supplies and said: “Where has the council of the past eight or 10 years been? They have been spending the citizens money for surveys on how to raise the elected officials salaries…” Louis A. Brown charged that council members of the “past six to eight years” had “failed” the city in many areas.

In 1988, it was official. Jamestown General Hospital, with a reputation for community service and excellent health care was no more. Mayor Steven B. Carlson and WCA Hospital Administrator Murray Marsh held a news conference to announce the completion of the sale of JGH. The City Council voted last month to sell debt-ridden JGH to WCA for $5 million. “It’s an historic day for this community,” Marsh said. “I’m absolutely convinced that this is a significant opportunity for the Jamestown area to come up with a totally superior health care delivery system.”

With the state in the midst of its worst fiscal crisis in five years, Gov. Mario Cuomo approved legislation tripling pay for members of a panel set up to hear appeals of people who bought land on protected wetlands. The legislation boosted per diems and annual maximum compensation for the five-member Freshwater Wetlands Appeals Board, established the past year to give recourse to people who bought land but were prevented from improving it because it was classified as protected wetlands by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.