In Years Past

In 1913, one of the chief reasons for the popularity and steadily increasing business of the Jamestown dry goods stores was the fact that each year even more people from away were coming to Jamestown to do their trading and fewer people from Jamestown were going elsewhere to make their purchases. Constant improvements could be found in the local stores and the great strides taken in modernizing their equipment and keeping abreast of the times in their merchandise as well as their ways of doing business. This was particularly emphasized by the very great improvements made at the store of the Abrahamson-Bigelow Company on West Third Street. There was a large addition to the store, the addition of several new departments, increased facilities in other departments, etc., all of which would be completed and ready to show on the days of the Fall Opening and Sale to begin on Wednesday.

Little Women, which captured the hearts of everybody in Jamestown on the occasion of its first presentation here the past season, was coming to town for another engagement at the Samuels Opera House on Oct. 7. It was a genuine pleasure to be able to state that Marian de Forest’s dramatization of Louisa M. Alcott’s delightful story went merrily on its way playing nightly to capacity houses everywhere. The four acts which made up Little Women were each so true that they seemed to be bits cut bodily out of life and placed upon the stage.

In 1938, immediately following this day’s World Series game between the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs, The Journal would issue a World Series baseball extra edition, containing a complete account of the championship contest, box score and other interesting details. Through its membership in The Associated Press, The Journal maintained direct wire service from the ballpark to its editorial department, so that the baseball extra edition would appear on the streets of Jamestown and at newsstands of Jamestown and vicinity a very few minutes after each game was ended.

That the magic of electricity could often be as mystifying to the conjurer as to the layman was demonstrated to the considerable irritation of Municipal Light Plant officials and employees in Jamestown the previous night when electric service was disrupted over an area of the south side and for a distance along East Second and East Third streets, in the business section of the city for about 70 minutes. Light plant employees began an immediate search for the trouble and worked feverishly to locate it. While they were experimenting with branch lines on Circuit 4, which normally served a portion of the south side, service was restored as suddenly as it had disappeared. Officials of the light plant were as mystified this day as they were in the night as to what restored the service as well as to what caused the interruption.

In 1963, heightened public interest in local politics generated by Jamestown’s three-way mayoralty contest and return of the partisan election system was demonstrated Friday when first-day registration of voters was the highest in ten years. Unofficial tabulations supplied by chairmen of the city committees for the two major parties indicated that a total of 3,646 citizens took advantage of near-ideal weather to register for the Nov. 5 election at Jamestown’s 30 district polling places.

Jamestown Mayor William D. Whitehead had refused to join the other two candidates in Jamestown’s mayoralty race in a panel program before the Junior Chamber of Commerce, it was charged by Jaycee President Earl Maggio. Maggio said that as a part of the Jaycee program of keeping its members informed on all phases of civic activity, the three candidates for mayor were contacted and asked to appear before a mass meeting of Jaycees, their wives and guests. Maggio said that Jess Present, the Republican nominee and Fred H. Dunn, the Democratic candidate, agreed to attend the meeting scheduled for October 8. He said that Whitehead, running as an Independent, turned down the invitation because of a “prior commitment.”

In 1988, computers were making cooperation between police agencies easier and turning the business of tracking down murderers into a science, investigators at a conference in Albany said. The speakers at the second annual four-day police conference talked about everything from DNA to defense lawyers, with special emphasis on how to put computers on the trail of killers. New York State Police had been using the Homicide Assessment and Lead Tracking system since June 1987. HALT was a computer database that stored coded information about past homicides statewide. After data was entered the computer would automatically read any similarities between the crime and any other murder in the database.

Jamestown’s 10,000 Maniacs would come home for a benefit concert. The rock band, whose second major label record, In My Tribe, had gone gold, would perform at Jamestown Community College. The scheduled date was Oct. 22. The gig would raise money for Bill Carpenter – a Jamestown native and longtime friend of members of the band who was paralyzed in a boating accident on Chautauqua Lake the past summer. “We’re going to donate all the money,” the band’s keyboardist, Dennis Drew, said.