In Years Past

In 1914, good progress was being made in the work of electrifying the Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern railway running along the northern shore of Chautauqua Lake from Jamestown to Mayville and thence over the hills to Westfield. The poles had been set and the wiring completed much of the distance. Friday afternoon, President A. N. Broadhead and General Manager George E. Maltby enjoyed the first ride in a passenger car from Jamestown to Bemus Point although work cars had been in operation over this part of the road for several days.

A correspondent wrote The Journal that an abandoned White Steamer automobile had been found and stood beside the road a short distance south of Blockville. This was a few miles west of Ashville. The residents thereabouts were very curious as to who owned it, how it happened to be left there and what was to be done about it. The story was that it was hastily driven there on Sunday last, coming from the direction of Watts Flats. The occupants at this point got out of the machine and made tracks down the road. The machine was driven into the ditch beside the road before it was left and there is still stood.

In 1939, an assembly-approved bill requiring minors to continue educational studies even though employed was discarded by the legislature in Albany after its defeat in the senate 45 to 2. Several senators objected to the measure on the ground it would impose additional costs on local boards of education. It would have required boards of education to prescribe with the state education commissioner’s approval, part-time instruction for employed minors 16 to 17 years of age.

Four Angola women, on their way to the Rebekah State Assembly convention at Jamestown, were injured in an automobile accident near Ellington around 8:30 a.m. and forced to return to their homes. According to Mrs. John Dash, driver of the car, the accident occurred when a car, driver unknown, turned directly in front of her automobile and to avoid collision she took to the shoulder of the road and her auto turned over. The accident occurred near the home of Supervisor Garfield O. Gilbert. Mrs. Gilbert, who was a trained nurse, had the injured women taken to her home and she gave them first aid until the arrival of Dr. C.H. Culver of Falconer. Word was sent to the women’s husbands who arrived to return them to Angola.

In 1964, a fast-spreading blaze, possibly due to defective wiring, caused an estimated $150,000 damage with destruction Friday afternoon of the R.C. McAteere Co. warehouse in Ripley. The loss estimate was made by Frank Walzer, building owner, who said the warehouse contained 2,800 barrels of raw, pitted cherries, 25 barrels of olives, 2,000 new, empty steel drums and 800 empty wooden barrels. The fruit had been slated for processing into maraschino cherries at the firm’s main plant on the opposite side of Shaver Street. Efforts of firemen from four departments proved futile as they sought to halt the spread of flames through the sprawling building.

When Marcia L. Bowerman of Lakewood played the role of Queen Victoria in the Miss Jamestown Pageant, little did she realize that several minutes later she herself would be crowned a “queen.” Singing and dancing to “Won’t You Come Home, Disraeli,” Queen Victoria’s apparently wayward prime minister, and displaying beauty and personality, the Southwestern High School senior was crowned Miss Jamestown of 1964 before a capacity crowd at the Jamestown High School auditorium. The reigning Miss America, Donna Axum, made several appearances on stage and explained what holding the crown meant to her.

In 1989, Jamestown Public Schools’ Board of Education should complete next school year’s budget in a few weeks, according to Superintendent C. Tod Eagle. “There are no easy answers,” Eagle told The Post-Journal. He added that the board had cut $900,000 from what it had hoped to spend in the coming year. “We don’t have many pockets of fat left,” he said, but the board was still looking. One problem facing the district was a declining tax base, he said, noting that Jamestown’s was declining while those of most other districts were rising.

More than $15 million was slated for construction projects at the Jamestown power plant and the Dow Street substation, Mayor Steven B. Carlson told City Council. “Some of these projects have already been put out for competitive bids,” Carlson told council members at the previous night’s work session. Only 25 percent of the $15 million would be added to the city’s debt-in-use, the mayor said.