In Years Past

In 1914, Margaret F. Jackson, the newly appointed Jamestown policewoman, would commence work July 1 and would be on duty thereafter. Jackson was appointed in response to the demand of the Political Equality Club and other organizations in the city. It was believed that there was a wide field of labor for a woman in a city police department. She would be assigned to duty at railroad and trolley waiting rooms, picture shows and other places where young girls congregated. Her special work would be with the girls, although she had all the power and authority of any member of the police department. Jackson would not be uniformed although she no doubt would have a police badge.

The long struggle that had been going on for years to make it impossible for rich men to buy their way into Congress had not yet ended. Congress did pass a law limiting the contributions of any candidate for the senate to $10,000 and for the house, $5,000 but provided no punishment for a greater expenditure. The house since had voted to practically exonerate a man who spent four or five time the amount in his primary campaign, which was a vindication of the claim of many members that the primary was a purely state function and that the national government had nothing whatever to do with it.

In 1939, Frederick P. Hall, 79, publisher of the Jamestown Evening Journal, received a broken hip late Monday night when he fell from a dais at the Lido Country Club at Long Beach, Long Island just after receiving honors from the New York Associated Dailies which he helped to organize 40 years ago. He was to undergo an operation late on this afternoon to repair the break resulting from the fall. Hall, in arising to acknowledge the honors paid him and receive the life membership scroll in the Associated Dailies, presented by Milton Miller of the Batavia News, apparently moved his chair to the edge of the dais and when he returned to his seat, the chair toppled off the dais and he fell to the floor.

The fifth annual Old Home Week celebration, sponsored by the Frewsburg Firemen opened Monday evening with a large attendance including many persons from the surrounding country. The affair would last through the week. The carnival presented many acts of entertainment featuring at least one free act each evening. This night’s free entertainment being a trained animal act. Early the past evening there was a water battle contest specially for the children. On this evening the senior water battle would be between the teams from Russell, Pa., Kennedy and Lakewood.

In 1964, 19 Jamestown city streets would get new faces starting the following week and the Department of Public Works also would turn more attention soon to crumbly downtown sidewalks. The DPW’s 1964 blacktop resurfacing program would cover seven streets at an estimated cost of $29,267. Surface treatment would be started for a total of 12 streets at a cost of about $8,079. But it was going to be a long time before all downtown sidewalks were in satisfactory condition, said Roger Burgeson, DPW director. He estimated it would take a minimum of five years to complete all business section sidewalk repair and replacement work.

Forty-five minutes of fireworks would begin at 9:55 p.m. the following night at the Lakewood Beach. The spectacular flare jump by sky divers, jumping from 16,000 feet, would start the program. The fireworks were planned originally as a grand finale of the Chautauqua Lake Summer Festival the past weekend but were canceled due to rain.

In 1989, because of interest in the “Jamestown Loves Lucy” exhibit, Fenton Historical Society had decided to extend the closing date of the display to Saturday, Oct. 7. Although most guests were from the area, visitors had come from as far away as Wisconsin, California, Alabama, Florida, Texas and Maine to view the exhibit.

Residents and businesses in ALLTEL New York’s East Jamestown service area would have a choice of five long-distance companies when the utility converted its 665 exchange to equal access in September. That announcement was made by Tim Britton, ALLTEL’s equal access coordinator. Britton said one and two party business and residential customers in Falconer and parts of Jamestown east of Buffalo Street would receive ballots on which they must make their choice of long-distance companies by July 26. Walker said customers not making a selection ran the risk of being randomly assigned to a long-distance company.