In Years Past

In 1914, the Bisbee players would present The Girl in the Taxi at the Samuels Opera House the following week. This play had been termed “a carnival of laughs.” The story dealt with the adventures of a girl who attempted to keep three admirers in abject attendance at one time and her efforts for success in doing so formed the basis of this hilarious play.

The Spanish-American War Veterans Field Music gave a benefit dance in the new Eagles’ temple on Washington Street in Jamestown Friday evening. The attendance was almost too great to be accommodated in the magnificent commodious hall, there being about 300 couples present. A delightful program of dance music was played by Wickfield’s full orchestra, stationed on the platform at the east end of the hall. The waltz and two-step alternated with the exception of one plain quadrille and a tango number, which were introduced late in the evening.

In 1939, District Attorney David L. Brunstrom said that “Rev. Dr. Schaerwood” and Robert Castle, two alleged swindlers who were sought in California and Texas for a long period and who had been under arrest in Texas for several months, would be brought back to this area as soon as possible. They would be tried on three charges of grand larceny by a Chautauqua County jury. “Rev. Dr. Schaerwood” and Castle were alleged to have swindled a total of $7,000 from Sarah Furey, an 82-year-old widow living at Irving and were said to be wanted for similar transactions in Pennsylvania and Maine.

That America was destined to become increasingly and dangerously involved as the international conflict over the fate of China would sharpen and the Sino-Japanese war continued for an indefinite period was the sentiment of Nathaniel Peffer, noted authority on the Far East, in a lecture on “Can Japan Dominate the Pacific?” given before the Jamestown Civic Forum in the high school auditorium. That China had not been defeated by the Japanese was punctuated by Peffer time and again in his lecture. If Japan could dominate the Pacific, said Peffer in beginning his lecture, it would prove one of the turning points in the checkered melodramatic and sad state of facts called human history.

In 1964, Eileen Harte, 11-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harte of West Ellicott, was chosen by the girls at the Jamestown Girls Club to be their Snow Princess for 1964. She was crowned the previous afternoon at a Snow Ball Party which ended the Winter Wonderland month of festivities at the club. Four younger girls, chosen as Snow Fairies from the various age groups at the club would serve as aides to the Snow Princess during the year. They were: Cynthia Rosenquist, 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Rosenquist; Cheryl Foti, 8, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Foti;Charlene Borton, 9, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Borton and Elsie Pekick, 10, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pekick, all of Jamestown.

The area month-long March of Dimes Campaign ended on a successful note with donations collected during the three-day Mothers’ March expected to exceed the previous year?s contributions. Mrs. Harry Brocklehurst, Mothers’ March chairman, said the unofficial total already stood at $7,430, with portions of five districts not yet reported. She said the outstanding amounts, plus the anticipated number of contributions yet to be mailed, should put this year’s Mothers March total above the past year’s $7,700 by a substantial margin.

In 1989, New York’s grape production declined significantly in 1988 and agricultural experts said grape growers could have a real gripe when the effects of the past year’s dry weather on the current crop became apparent. Grapes produced for processing in Niagara County were off by 25 percent during 1988 and down by 19 percent in the state’s Finger Lakes region. A smaller decline, 9 percent, was reported by grape growers in the Erie-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus county region of Western New York.

Business had been slightly slower at the Apples store on South Main Street in Jamestown but not enough to mean layoffs, Kathy Kahle, the franchise’s manager, told The Post-Journal. She said the following week was usually the heaviest business period for the store and should be a good indication of how the store weathered the storm of rumors that occurred after an Apple employee who handled food at the store was diagnosed as having hepatitis. There was now no danger of contracting the illness from food purchased at Apples, the county Health Department had verified.