In Years Past

In 1914, some time early in the morning the office of the Falconer Milling Company was burglarized. The two burglars, for it was thought this was the number, judging from the tracks which had not been entirely covered with snow, gained entrance to the office by smashing in two panes of glass in a window which faced the D.A.V. & P.R.R. and then removed the part of the sash between with a jack knife. Having gained entrance, the burglars ransacked the cash drawer which they opened with a piece of iron and secured $5 from the safe which was always left open.

At 3:20 p.m. in the afternoon, fire was seen issuing from the interior of the First Baptist Church in Jamestown. That the fire was of serious proportions and the church in danger of destruction was evident from the fact that in less than 15 minutes after the first alarm was sounded, the roof over the main structure collapsed and fell with a resounding crash. The fire seemed to be located in the basement of the church. The west wall, left without any support, was in a dangerous condition. It was feared that it would topple over and if it should happen to fall outward it would be very likely to do serious damage to the home of Arthur C. Wade, which was located 12 or 14 feet west of the church. The church building, constructed of Warsaw blue stone, one of the finest in the city, was completed about 20 years ago. It was situated at the corner of Fourth and Church streets. The fire started the same as many other fires in the past few days, while men were engaged in thawing out frozen water pipes in the basement.

In 1939, folks up Sherman way who were against the sale of hard liquor in the village were rejoicing and Ashville residents who were dead set against the sale of all intoxicants, including beer, expressed disappointment over a decision handed down by the State Liquor Authority. A delegation of Sherman residents appeared in opposition to the application of P.E. Barrett, Jamestown, to sell liquor at the Hotel Sherman and a sizable group of Ashville citizens voiced vigorous protests against the issuance of a license to Walter Stevens for the sale of beer in that village, within the shadows of the Methodist Church. The Sherman license was denied and the Ashville license was granted.

At the regular meeting of the Stockton Fire Company, Bennett Smith of Cassadaga, who installed the new fire siren, explained its use. He said it was connected to Cassadaga central telephone and in case of fire one should notify central at once. When the fire was near the Four Corners at Stockton, one could break the glass on the fire alarm box installed on the telephone pole and push the button. This would start the siren. A special telephone had also been placed in the fire hall which could be used only when the switch on the wall near it was open. The installation of this new high power siren together with Stockton’s fine motorized equipment, would go a long way toward saving property owners fire loss.

In 1964, calling Jamestown’s 70-year-old City Hall “a dilapidated old dump,” Mayor Fred H. Dunn said he would seek advice from civic and industrial leaders to formulate some kind of plans for a new building. His critical remarks of City Hall were made at a Kiwanis Club talk the previous afternoon. He said he hoped to “come up with some plans of some kind, perhaps after the middle of this year.” But he tempered his statement by saying it was too early to predict what chances he would have in promoting the project and added that he also could not predict any time table.

Two colleges, a church and the Boy Scouts were among beneficiaries named in the will of Clyde L. Carnahan, well known Jamestown merchant who died Jan. 20, leaving real and personal property with nominal value in excess of $50,000 each. Carnahan’s will bequeathed $5,000 each to Warren Wilson College, Swannon, N.C. and Pikeville, College, Pikeville, Ky. and $10,000 to First Presbyterian Church of Jamestown. It also placed in trust with Chautauqua National Bank of Jamestown for securities investments with income payable to Chautauqua County Council, Boy Scouts of America, in annual installments.

In 1989, a U.S. appeals court ruling requiring wheelchair lifts on new public buses nationwide was the most important victory yet for disabled Americans seeking access to mass transit, plaintiff’s lawyers said. However, the ruling could cost Jamestown taxpayers $7,000 if the city was forced to add wheelchair lifts to the five buses it had just purchased. “The best information we have right now says it will cost us far in excess of the initial $7,000,” Jamestown Finance Director Douglas Anderson said. That was because it would cost extra money to maintain the lift systems.

The Ice Castle would be built in time for Mayville’s Party in the Park in the coming weekend, according to one volunteer worker. Noel Chesbro called The Post-Journal after reading an article that indicated the castle might not be finished before the Saturday opening of the party. “I don’t think there’s going to be a problem finishing the ice castle,” Chesbro said. “It’s already about three-quarters done.”