In Years Past

  • In 1914, F.W. Fairbanks of Jamestown had just recently completed two handsome bronze tablets which were to be placed on The Ancient Seneca Council House and the log house built by Mary Jemison about the year 1800 at Letchworth Park. The tablets measured about three by one and a half feet in size and in each corner appeared the design of an Indian arrowhead. The workmanship displayed was of superior quality and each tablet let was a gem in itself. Mr. Fairbanks was the man who made the tablets at the Eagle’s temple in Jamestown.
  • The earth tremors the previous afternoon described in the press dispatches this day as disturbances in the Devonian and Silurian strata – in plain English, the earthquake, was felt more generally in Jamestown than had hitherto been indicated in the printed stories. Many people in the city felt the shaking of their houses and offices but the shock was not sufficiently vigorous to awaken many to the knowledge of what the real cause was, so little comment was made until people began to read the press dispatches in the evening. The tremor was sufficiently great to cause Arthur Goranson in the Wellman building to go outside to investigate.
  • In 1939, a fight against a censorship decree banning showing in New York state of the movie version of the Broadway stage success, “Yes, My Darling Daughter,” was opened this day by the Warner Brothers studio. Denying the movie was immoral, Mitchell Rawson, Warner executive, said the company had filed an appeal with the board of regents in Albany. Rawson said the movie version had been edited to eliminate all questionable sequences and approved by the Will Hayes office.
  • George Keller, 62, of Jamestown, entered a plea of not guilty through his attorneys, Cass & Cass, to a charge of assault in city court and was released under bail of $100. He was arrested Thursday night after a fight with Harold Young, 42, also of Jamestown, who was taken to Jamestown General Hospital with a serious head injury, said to have been sustained when he was knocked to the pavement. Young’s condition in the afternoon was reported to be improved.
  • In 1964, religious and educational leaders in the area pledged a non-stop campaign against a more expanded liquor market in New York State as urged by Gov. Rockefeller. The fight against proposed legislation to allow liquor sales in grocery stores and other outlets would be led from the pulpits of more than 50 area churches Sunday. Officials of churches, Parent Teachers Associations, the WCTU and other civic groups met in the Hotel Jamestown to discuss recommendations by the NYS Moreland Commission on changing present liquor control laws.
  • Local property owners would be encouraged to improve their buildings under a tax-exemption plan proposed to city officials by Fred J. Cusimano, one of Jamestown’s six representatives on the Chautauqua County Board of Supervisors. In a communication to Mayor Fred H. Dunn and City Council, Mr. Cusimano urged that they take the lead in encouraging “an all-out face-lifting and renewal program by taking the necessary legal action that would make it possible for persons who remodeled or in any way improved existing real property not to be taxed for the amount of the improvement for a period of time.”
  • In 1989, the Ice Castle Extravaganza, called off earlier in the week due to a lack of wintry weather, was back on, according to organizers of the event. Beginning on this morning, some 15 volunteers would attempt to build an ice castle at Mayville for the extravaganza the following weekend. With the weather change that had occurred in the area since the event was canceled, ICE officials decided to go ahead with plans to build the castle on the lake, which had been constructed for each of the past three years.
  • Although it was officially banned, trekking across the ice bridge that formed at the base of the Horseshoe Falls in frigid weather at Niagara Falls, Ontario, was still a thrill that some people compared to going over the falls in a barrel. “I’d love to be out there,” said Melinda Peters of Cleveland, who was sightseeing at the falls. “I’ll bet you can really get a feel for the power of the falls from down there.” Ms. Peters was pointing to a massive ice shelf below the falls that was declared the season’s first ice bridge by Canadian Parks officials.