In Years Past

In 1914, fire at 3 a.m. Sunday destroyed the Mayville House, the principal hotel of that village and a landmark of more than countywide reputation. The blaze was a fierce one. From the time Charles Caler, a boarder at the hotel, discovered the fire, until the building was a mass of smoldering ruins was less than two hours. Only the best of work by the three volunteer fire companies of Mayville prevented the destruction of adjoining buildings. The old Crossgrove meat market, standing across a narrow alley to the south, was badly scorched and at times six lines of hose dumped tons of water into that corner of the hotel and over the meat market building and it did not take fire. Sheriff Anderson was the first person from the outside to get on the scene. He made a trip through the hotel, visiting every room to be certain every person was out of the place.

A basketball bill that promised to surpass any on record, would be staged in the high school gymnasium on this evening. In the main attraction, the Jamestown YMCA team would battle with the strong Oswego five, while in the preliminary event, the Spirals, junior champions of the county, would clash with the Outlaws. Manager Vail of the YMCA five was living up to his promise to give local fans the best there was in the basketball line and all the teams that had appeared in Jamestown so far this season had ranked as top notchers. The Oswego team was no exception to the rule and in fact ranked a little higher than the rest, the Germans included. So far this season the Germans and Oswego had clashed four times and in three of the games the Germans were forced to taste the bitter dregs of defeat.

In 1939, an elderly woman was badly hurt when struck by an automobile at Eighth and Main streets in Jamestown the previous evening. Mrs. Emily C. Lindell, 62 years old, of North Main Street, was seriously injured when she was struck by an automobile driven by Paul Hoff of Lakewood. Hoff made a statement to police and was not held. Mrs. Lindell was taken to Jamestown General Hospital where it was said her condition was not believed to be critical. Hoff said that as his car came within about six feet of the crosswalk at the southwest corner of Main and Eighth streets an object suddenly appeared in the path of his machine and he felt an impact. He stopped and discovered the object was Mrs. Lindell. Hoff further expressed the belief that Mrs. Lindell must have been running because she loomed up so suddenly.

Winter’s coldest weather gripped the Chautauqua region and Upstate New York as the mercury tumbled to two degrees above zero in Jamestown. Virtually every section of the state reported minimum zero or sub-zero temperatures going to 40 below in the northern sector. There was a trace of snow in Buffalo where the temperature rose slowly after a low of 13 degrees below zero. County highway department plows and trucks were clearing away drifts in some rural sections this day and all roads were reported open and in good condition.

In 1989, efforts were underway by Chautauqua County to sell the Unigard Building in Jamestown, County Executive John A. Glenzer told The Post-Journal. “I intend to dispose of the building, and as far as I’m concerned, the process has already started,” Glenzer said. Glenzer moved quickly after the County Legislature failed to approve a resolution calling for an additional $1.7 million to finance the costs of interior renovations at the structure on Fourth Street. Legislators earlier had approved spending $2.4 million on the project. Some of them had said they believed this was to be the total cost of acquiring and renovating the building for use as a consolidation of county offices.

An improved 911 emergency services telephone system throughout Chautauqua County should be in place within two years now that a way to pay for it had been approved. The approach called for alternate ways of paying for the system’s installation and operation. If a telephone surcharge could not be used to collect money from residents, the county would pay half the cost, with the balance to be paid by the county’s towns, cities and villages or other public private funding sources.