In Years Past

In 1914, in response to a complaint made by Amy Pryor Tapptug, Chautauqua County agent for Dependent Children, Sheriff Gust Anderson made an investigation of alleged serious conditions at the home of a Beardsley at Summerdale. They found matters in such a condition that prompt steps were being taken to relieve them. There were four adults and nine children living at the place, the oldest child being but age 7. The children were practically without clothing. There was no food in the place and no apparent means of securing any. Anderson said that in all his experience this was the worst case of destitution with which he had ever had to deal. There was no question but that the children could not be left there. They would be placed in some institution until homes could be procured for them. The matter was reported to the Overseer of the Poor, J.G.W. Putnam, at Mayville.

The first suggestion of genuine old-fashioned Chautauqua County winter weather was afforded Jamestowners this day. It was not much in comparison to some storms the old timers told about but it was considerable for this season. The wind Sunday night got a position in the northwest and by morning had developed into quite a lively gale. It was cold enough to make things unpleasant outdoors, particularly when the weather for the preceding few weeks was taken into consideration. Fortunately, the snowfall was not unduly heavy. Otherwise the usual breaks in the train and trolley schedules would have been reported. As a matter of fact, the railroad people apparently had little trouble. It was reported that the D.A.V.& P. morning train, southbound, was stalled in a snow drift at Moons Station.

In 1939, with the exception of some 60 dogs, which this day took over the benches vacated by cats, judging had been completed at the 31st annual Chautauqua County Poultry and Pet Stock association show in the furniture market building, West Second Street, Jamestown. Fred Newton, Salamanca, would begin to judge the canine blue blood entries the following afternoon. There was a large crowd on hand the previous day for their last glimpse of the feline exhibits and to witness the special entertainment program presented during the evening. Clyde L. Thrall, Jamestown, gained the honor of owning the grand champion bird of the show, a Light Brahma male cockerel.

“While I still abstain from direct prophecies, I feel confident that war will come in Europe in the very early spring,” said S. Miles Bouton, former Berlin and Stockholm newspaper correspondent before the Kiwanis Club at its weekly lunch meeting at the Masonic temple in Jamestown. “That is the opinion generally held by well-informed observers. It seems also to be universally assumed that it will come in the form of a thrust eastward by Germany. You will doubtless be astonished when I say that this assumption may be wrong. I do not guarantee the accuracy of what I am to tell you but my information comes from a source which had proved reliable throughout the last four years.”

In 1989, the coming construction season promised to be a busy one at the Chautauqua County Landfill as plans were implemented to expand it by 6 acres. Richard D. Sturges, deputy director of public works, said the county expected the state Department of Environmental Conservation to issue a construction authorization permit soon for the $3 million project. Sturges said the landfill was in the first stage of a three-phase operation which encompassed an area considered adequate to the county’s landfill needs for at least the rest of this year.

Jamestown’s Community Energy System, also known as the District Heating System, was one of the best in the world, according to those who helped create it. The District Heating system provided hot water heat to customers throughout the downtown Jamestown business district. “Our system is impressive, even to people from other countries for several reasons,” said Douglas Champ, district heating supervisor. “Visitors have seen that, in a very short period of time, we have been able to construct a fairly significant system.” Jamestown was a small city with a municipally owned power plant, Champ noted. In cities the size of Jamestown without a city-owned power plant, “They have institutional and other barriers against developing a heating district system.”