In Years Past

  • In 1913, that efforts of the city of Jamestown to close the areaways in certain alleys of the downtown area would be vigorously contested in the courts might be inferred from the fact that the owners of property abutting on Mechanics and on Factory alley had procured an injunction from Special County Judge Frank S. Wheeler, restraining the city from interfering with the areaways. M.L. Fenton had secured the injunction stopping the work in one alley and Mrs. C.C. Wilson was the plaintiff in the action to stop the work in the other alley.
  • Through the efforts of members of the Ashville Mothers’ Meeting, there had been received from Albany a 50-volume New York state traveling library and it was at the home of the librarian, Mrs. Edwin. Loomis. There was a general assortment of books but special attention had been given to the subject of child study and there were about 20 books on this subject, including some of those specially recommended for teachers to study. The use of these books was free to the citizens of Ashville and they could be obtained from the librarian Saturday afternoon from 2-5 o’clock
  • In 1938, police, firemen and scores of volunteer searchers continued dragging operations in the Chadakoin River at Jamestown as efforts to recover the bodies of Franklin A. Washburg, 30, and William Peterson, 25, drowned in a domestic triangle tragedy the previous night, were redoubled. At edition time this afternoon not a single clue to the possible positions of the two bodies had been brought to the surface. The dragging operations were greatly hampered by rubbish and debris which choked the river channel. Washburn, who was said only recently to have threatened to drown himself, jumped from the Institute Street bridge into the sluggish waters at about 6:45 p.m. Peterson jumped in in an effort to save Washburg.
  • The heavy September precipitation had proved a source of considerable concern for lakeside property owners in the area as waterside properties had been deluged and buildings and other construction wrecked and, in some cases, washed away. Property owners at nearly every point around the lake had seen their docks take a terrific beating from the high waves. Some had placed large stones on their docks in an effort to prevent them from being washed away. Chautauqua Lake residents, however, were still considerably more fortunate than their Eastern coast friends who saw homes, etc., ruined and swept away by the tropical hurricane in almost unprecedented proportions.
  • In 1963, M. Lorimer Moe, former Jamestown newspaperman, had been appointed press attach at the American Embassy, Stockholm, effective in October. Mr. Moe and his wife, the former Helen Vallance of Leroy, N.Y., were spending the weekend in Jamestown visiting friends. The ex-newsman had made two tours of five Nordic countries during the past two months. Mr. Moe had traveled to the five countries as a member of the planning group for the Scandinavian trip by Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Mrs. Johnson and Miss Lynda Bird Johnson early in the month. Mr. Moe then accompanied the Vice Presidential party.
  • Silhouetted against the skyline of Jamestown’s business district, a pair of steelworkers were installing a section of heavy-duty steel curbing preparatory to the pouring of sidewalks on the southern approach to the new Washington Street Bridge. The two-million dollar North-South arterial project was well advanced and into its final stages.
  • In 1988, Chautauqua County Executive John A. Glenzer had hoped to receive word by noon the previous day from the State Department of Environmental Conservation regarding continued operation of the county’s town of Ellery landfill. However, Andrew W. Goodell of the county attorney’s office told The Post-Journal that such a word might not be received until Friday or Monday. He said the county was in ongoing discussions with the state agency on various technical matters involving the landfill.
  • Jamestown Mayor Steven B. Carlson updated the Industrial Renewal and Modernization Program for members of Jamestown’s Urban Renewal Agency. “We have been working with a potential developer who has expressed interest in constructing a new industrial facility on the former Maddox Table site on Harrison Street,” Carlson said. Carlson said he could not reveal the name of the developer at this time, “but there is a very real, very serious expression of interest.”