In Years Past

In 1914, Jamestown Mayor Carlson, who announced himself as the non-partisan candidate for mayor and who for the past year or two had been a supporter of the Progressive Party, was now partly back in the Republican fold. His friends had prepared a petition to place his name on the official ballot to be voted at the caucuses in March. To accomplish this, it was necessary to change local party rules. A meeting of the Republican city committee was held and it was decided that involuntary petitions could be filed. This meant that a fellow’s friends could file a petition for him regardless of his own political beliefs. It was designed for the purpose of letting the mayor in the Republican caucus.

It became public the previous day that Charles J. Wirtner, one of Dunkirk’s best known merchants and a former mayor and member of the common council, had been unaccountably missing since the past Sunday evening. At that time he left home ostensibly for the purpose of attending a moving picture show. He failed to return that night and his family became greatly alarmed but said nothing about it, expecting he would return. Since then, no trace of him had been found, although his relatives and friends had searched everywhere they could think of in an effort to discover his whereabouts. It was said that Wirtner had been acting rather strangely for several days before his disappearance.

In 1939, James Lewis Baker, better known to his many acquaintances as “Jack” Baker, purchasing agent for the Emblem Oil Company, was found dead Sunday morning in his car at the garage owned by Ernest J. Anderson at 11 Madison St., Warren. Baker rented a stall for his automobile in the garage. R.H. McWilliams, who also rented space in the garage, discovered the body. According to police officials, Baker spent Saturday evening in Jamestown. He returned early Sunday morning and it was believed he had fallen asleep in his car. The ignition was off but the heater was operating. It was learned that he had been ill and complained during the evening in Jamestown that he did not feel well.

The Ford Motor Company, in cooperation with local dealers, was staging a special salon showing of Lincoln-Zephyr and Mercury motor cars at Chadakoin Motors in Jamestown. This salon was one of several special displays being held in major cities of the Buffalo branch territory. The various models of the Lincoln-Zephyr and Mercury were being shown, the interesting features of the new Mercury included its V-8 type 8-cylinder engine developing 95 horsepower. All bodies were extra wide, seating three persons comfortably in both front and rear seats. Running boards were narrow. The roominess of the bodies and the large luggage space were both achieved without excessive overhang as a result of able designing.

In 1964, more than a century in retail sales and 57 years in local business was represented at the formal re-opening of Zuckerman’s Ladies Wear, 205 E. Third St., Jamestown. The completely rebuilt and redecorated store boasted a sales staff with combined careers totaling some 115 years. The business was started in 1906 in Brooklyn Square by Samuel Zuckerman. In its present location, a new single-story building had been reconstructed from a three-story building which collapsed under the weight of snow on New Year’s Day. One of Jamestown’s oldest retail stores, Zuckerman’s had seven ladies on its staff.

Measles were still on the increase in Chautauqua County, according to report by Dr. Lyle D. Franzen, New York state district health officer. The number of cases reported in January was 79 and up to this date in February, the number was 114. Of these, the majority were from Jamestown. Of 33 cases reported in this week, 32 were from Jamestown and one was from Busti. This was much higher than the past year when four cases of measles were reported for January and two for February.

In 1989, local property taxes, especially in Jamestown, were in line with a report showing steady rises statewide during the past three years. According to a report from the Conference of Mayors and Other Municipal Officers, local property taxes were going up at “an alarming rate” in New York state. Property taxes were the main revenue for towns and villages while cities had other revenues and got more state and federal aid.

The only ingredient missing during Saturday’s Meet Us Downtown Festival in South Dayton was mud. Instead, the ground was frozen with a light coating of snow but the crowd was enthusiastic. Participation at all events was up this year, according to committee spokesmen. Entries in the dessert contest nearly doubled and some 28 individual craft exhibitors, along with 14 organizations, offered information and helpful hints. Vivian Gould of the Firebelles said the chicken and biscuit dinner was very successful.