In Years Past

In 1913, the long heralded carnival of the Crescent Athletic Club was auspiciously opened on John Taylor’s lot, opposite the Driving Park Hotel at East Jamestown the previous afternoon and evening. At the latter performance fully 1,500 persons were in attendance. The various attractions, which were put on by the Great Empire Shows Company, all proved well worth seeing. In the large motordrome, exciting motorcycle races were held and in addition there was the Raffling show, the Cabaret show, snake den, dog and pony show as well as a number of others. One of the big features of the affair was the athletic show, featuring Paul Bowser, a wrestler well-known to local followers of the game and Miss Cora Livingston, recognized as the champion woman wrestler of the world.

Residents of Jamestown would read with interest the details of a trolley project which contemplated another trolley line to Jamestown from Warren via Youngsville and Sugar Grove and connecting at Jamestown with the Warren & Jamestown line. Announcement was made the past spring that plans were being made for the building of a trolley line to Youngsville. This announcement brought much pleasure to the people residing west of Warren along the route that would be traversed by the line. They were much disappointed when work did not begin in the summer. It was learned that the project had not been given up but was still being worked upon in an enlarged form.

In 1938, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain of Great Britain left for home this day without having obtained a guarantee of peace which he came to Germany to seek from Chancellor Adolf Hitler. The way was paved, however, for a further conversation between the two possibly the following Tuesday, about Germany’s and Czechoslovakia’s dispute over Czechoslovak minority rights. Chamberlain appeared well despite the air sickness he experienced on the dramatic flight from London, the first in his 69 years and there was a cheerful smile on his face, if not in his heart.

To the Jamestown High School students who wondered how they would keep score at the coming pigskin classics, came a message of hope. A large scoreboard was to be erected at the end of the Industrial Arts building which would be visible from all points of the new stadium. This board would be complete in every manner, containing a lighting system which would afford better vision and a complete account of scores and yardage. In order to assure accurate scoring a field telephone would be connected from the sidelines to the scoreboard. The student body would be seated on the south side of the field and the band would have a reserved section on the west end of the bleachers.

In 1963, officials took extraordinary steps to head off any new racial violence in bomb-shaken Birmingham, Alabama, after a dynamite blast killed four Negro girls, caused hours of terror and brought outraged protests from national Negro leaders. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., flew into town to urge Negroes to be nonviolent – just as he did in May when the bombing of a Negro motel touched off rioting. National Guardsmen were placed on alert. Gov. George C. Wallace sent 300 state troopers into town at the request of Mayor Albert Boutwell. The Sunday morning blast at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church occurred during a youth day program. It killed four young girls and injured 23 others. Within a few hours, two Negro boys were shot to death in other parts of the city and three other persons were wounded.

A brawl involving 80 persons, egg-throwing and scuffles with police developed from a rally held near Times Square in New York Sunday by students who recently violated the State Department ban on travel to Cuba. The students held the Town Hall rally to discuss conditions they found in Cuba. They contended they were not allowed to describe them at violence-marked hearings before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in Washington the past week. An anti-Castro demonstrator was knocked unconscious and required hospital treatment.

In 1988, modern-day roustabouts put the finishing touches on the big top of the Tarzan Zerbini Circus, which had moved into Chadakoin Park in Jamestown. The circus would open at 7 p.m. this night. “We have a good, clean family circus,” Tarzan Zerbini said. “We have a first-class operation. We give the people good entertainment. Every act is first quality, center ring, feature act. Everybody’s going to have a good time.”

No information was available locally on the possible effect of the announced purchase of Zayre Corp.’s 388 discount stores by Ames Department Stores of Rocky Hill, Conn., for $800 million in cash and stocks. Among the Ames Stores operations in this area were locations in the Fluvanna Plaza in Jamestown and in Mayville and Dunkirk. Zayre Corp. had a large store in Lakewood.