In Years Past

In 1914, an interruption for about a half-hour in Jamestown street car service and considerably longer in commercial power and lighting service was caused by an unusual and unprecedented accident at the Boatlanding power house of the Jamestown Street Railway Company. The trouble was caused by a big copper bar which carried part of the current from the power house to the various distribution cables jarring loose from the brackets which held it to the wall and falling across other similar bars, jarring them loose and cross circuiting currents, burning out cables and other connections. That the damage was repaired so street car service was resumed promptly was the most remarkable part of the entire accident.

So far as could be ascertained, little damage was done by the frost in Chautauqua County on Tuesday night but reports from Cattaraugus County indicated that the lowlands suffered considerably. Up Bucktooth Run, tender vegetables were damaged, tomatoes, beans, etc. in the gardens but the hardier crops apparently did not suffer appreciably. At Great Valley the frost was sufficiently severe to freeze potatoes. Up Quaker Run, most crops suffered. At Little Valley, fog prevented damage by frost but in the surrounding countryside, the damage was heavy. In the Pigeon Valley section, the cold was so severe that the ground was frozen hard. Corn was not sufficiently far advanced to have been injured.

In 1939, plans were complete for the Hunters’ Special trap shoot to be held at the Jamestown Skeet and Trap Club, Hunt Road on Sunday. Fifty targets would be thrown for each shooter not to exceed 50 yards, within a 45-degree angle to the right and left. Five gunners would take the shooting position at one time, each one shooting five targets at each shooting position. Rigid restrictions were keeping experienced shooters away. They would not be allowed to compete in the event but could shoot over the practice traps. It was not necessary for the shooters to be members of the club. As a special feature during the afternoon, there would be staged a crow calling contest for residents of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. The winner would receive a prize.

Steven Monte, 21, of Hudson Street, Buffalo, was sentenced to serve from one and one-half to three years in Attica State Prison by Chautauqua County Judge Lee L. Ottaway on Friday afternoon at Mayville after a jury convicted him of burglary, grand larceny and criminally receiving stolen property. The people accused him of being an accomplice in the theft of several hundred dollars’ worth of tobacco from the Lake City Sales Company, Fredonia the past Dec. 27.

In 1964, Jamestown banks were suffering from a shortage of money and retail business already had felt the pinch despite the fact that vaults were well-filled. The “money” in question was in the form of hard cash; pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and half dollars which started a disappearing act about a year ago. A general shortage of coins, especially nickels and dimes, was getting more and more serious here and was bound to affect the local economy according to local bankers polled by The Post-Journal. Most bankers questioned were in agreement as to the cause of a growing shortage of coins. They blamed Congress for failure to provide funds for expansion of mints and coin production. Jamestown, like most cities in the nation, bankers said, required more coins because of the booming business in vending machines, a general upturn in retail sales and hoarding by coin collectors and others.

The number of patients in Jamestown General Hospital reached an all-time record of 196 a week previously on June 11, Superintendent Mark W. Lyons revealed at a meeting of the Hospital Board. Lyons said the admission records showed no unusual condition to account for the peak patient census other than that there were a large number of persons requiring hospital care. With the number exceeding the institution’s capacity, he said it had been necessary to accommodate the overflow temporarily on cots placed in the corridors. A total of 839 patients, including 58 newborn infants, accounted for 4,858 patient-days of care provided by the hospital during the month. In addition, treatment was given to 483 patients, classified as ambulatory.