In Years Past

  • In 1914, the Chautauqua County Teachers who had been attending the meetings of the Associated Principals and Academic Teachers of the State of New York and of other allied teachers’ associations at Syracuse the past week arrived home the past night. There was a large delegation from this county present at the meetings, headed by Principal Milton J. Fletcher of Jamestown High School, Principal William A. Torrance of the East Second Street Grammar School, Principal George A. Persell of the junior academic department of Jamestown, Superintendent N.J. Englehart of Dunkirk and Principal H. M. Bowen of the Agricultural High School at Sinclairville.
  • The ice on Chautauqua Lake from Lakewood to Mayville was as nearly perfect for skating purposes as had been noted in recent years, although there were obstacles here and there on the way. There was a stretch of rough ice extending from shore to shore across the lake just above Lakewood. Beyond that there was a long stretch of crystal ice, clear and smooth as glass. At the point near the narrows where the Bemus Creek entered into the lake on one side and Ball Brook on the other, there was a strip of slush ice piled in various forms and hummocks. Crossing that, one had a clear sweep to Mayville on the finest kind of ice.
  • In 1939, Captain Herbert Sackett, 67, Buffalo business executive, who, with his wife, 41, and their daughter, 2, was instantly killed when their automobile was struck by a Lehigh Valley passenger train in the town of Amherst, just outside of Buffalo, was widely known in Jamestown, especially among members of the Masonic order. A captain in the old 74th regiment, National Guard of New York, he was for 12 years, commander of the Arab patrol of Ismailia temple, Ancient Arabic order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine and, in that capacity, visited Jamestown on numerous occasions.
  • More building permits were issued in Jamestown in 1938 than in 1937 but total volume of building construction in dollars and cents was less – $33,000 less to be exact. These and other interesting figures regarding the building program of the year just ended were contained in the annual report of John W. Wheelhouse, building inspector. The total amount of estimated construction in Jamestown during 1938 was $251,912 as compared with $282,153 in 1937. In comparison with other years the record for 1938 was not promising as it was the lowest building year since 1933 when only $211,000 worth of construction was done.
  • In 1964, the condition of Mrs. Helen Wellman, 41, of Price Street, Jamestown, seriously injured New Year’s Day when the family was crushed beneath an avalanche of bricks and debris following collapse of a three-story building across from City Hall, was described as serious by a spokesman at WCA Hospital. Mrs. Wellman was unconscious when rescuers, using hacksaws and crowbars, succeeded in extricating her from the wreckage. Mrs. Wellman’s husband, Ira, and their 8-year-old son, Daniel, both hospitalized with injuries, were reported as in satisfactory condition. Meanwhile, equipment and employees of Scalise Brothers Construction Co., were busy knocking down dangerous upper walls of the structure and hauling debris away. The owners of the property had made no decision as to whether the structure would be razed or rebuilt.
  • Back in 1911 when the Lyric Theater building across from Jamestown city hall was two years old, a picture was taken by Leo Whitney, the movie projectionist, atop the structure with a searchlight, used at night to advertise the movies and vaudeville playing there. Mr. Whitney was employed at JHS and made a hobby of aerial photography. As shown in the photo, the roof, which collapsed New Year’s day under weight of snow, was constructed like a check mark, a gradual slope from the rear to the front with a sharp rise of the final four feet facing Third Street. This created a valley near the front wall and the collection of snow and ice at this point probably pushed the wall outward into Third Street.
  • In 1989, New York’s conservation officials, concerned that the deer population was still too high after the past fall’s hunting season, would ask the state to change the law and allow hunters to take more deer. The Empire State’s deer population hit a record 800,000 the previous year with their numbers being heaviest in western and central New York.
  • Kristen Michelle Terry appeared to be the first baby born in the New Year in The Post-Journal’s circulation area and the winner of the newspaper’s 48th annual “First Baby Contest.” Kristen checked in at WCA Hospital in Jamestown at 1:29 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. She was the 4-pound, 15-ounce daughter of Craig and Brenda Gustafson Terry of Falconer Street, Jamestown. Mother and daughter were scheduled to go home before noon this day to join the Terrys’ other child, Nicholas, who was 2 years old on Monday.