In Years Past

  • In 1914, reports of inspection of the lockups at Silver Creek and Portland had been made to the state commission of prisons. The report regarding the Portland lockup said that the one in Brocton had been discontinued but one was needed there during the grape season. The one in Portland was in a rented building and should only be considered a temporary arrangement. The town should provide a modern lockup on plans to be approved by the state commission of prisons. The recommendations in regard to the Silver Creek lockup were that it should be provided with water, including toilet and drinking facilities and supervision should be provided when any person was confined in the building.
  • One of the most successful picnics of the year was held when the Retail Dry Goods Merchants of Jamestown gave the inaugural picnic to their employees. The Merchants closed their places of business at noon in order to give their clerks a half-day holiday and all left on the City of New York for Midway Park. The day was perfect for a picnic with the exception of at one time it looked as though a storm was to break but the clouds soon passed over. On the steamer trip to the grounds, a program of music was given by the Eagle Military band. Fully 600 employers, employees and their friends attended the picnic.
  • In 1939, the mayor and 15 other Jamestown city officials were accused of “collusive and fraudulent” acts in a Supreme court action started by the Jamestown Macadam Co. Inc. in connection with the city’s contract to purchase hot-mix asphalt paving material from the Driscoll Brothers Company of Buffalo. Service of summonses on the various defendants was commenced early in the afternoon. Mayor Erickson was the first of the officials to be served. The Driscoll Brothers firm started delivering hot-mix “Stanolithic” asphalt to the city a week ago. Thus far, the material had been used only on Willard Street.
  • Firemen from Falconer and vicinity displayed their best in the colorful parade Saturday evening, closing the firemen’s carnival in the Jamestown suburb, and also serving as the climax to the observance of Chautauqua County Volunteer Firemen’s Gala Days. Baton twirlers received particular attention during the reviewing. Chief of Police Wesson M. Paplow was chairman of the parade led by Jack Hoxie, Western movie star.
  • In 1964, members of the Lakewood Methodist Church removed the cornerstone from the current structure, which was laid Nov. 22, 1914, and hoped to place the face of the stone and possibly some of the contents in the cornerstone of the new church building, under construction at Shadyside and Summit avenues. The cornerstone contained copies of the Nov. 21, 1914, editions of the Jamestown Morning Post and the Jamestown Evening Journal, the Erie Conference Journal for 1914, “Discipline of the Methodist Church in 1912,” and 17 handwritten pages of information about church officers and history.
  • A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a car and damaged a garage and kitchen at the home of Ralph Davis on Canterbury Drive, W.E., shortly after 1 a.m. The loss had not been estimated. No one was injured. The brick home was erected several years previously. Davis, an official of the Sanitary Wiping Cloth Co., discovered the fire. He notified the Jamestown Fire Department, which notified the Fire Control Center at Mayville and called Celoron Fire Department since the property was in the Celoron Fire District. The fire started in the car in the garage and the flames spread to the adjacent kitchen and started up a partition to the attic.
  • In 1989, sending Chautauqua Central School students in grades 7-12 to another district continued to be a controversial topic in Chautauqua. A petition calling for a vote on three questions was presented to Board of Education President Evan Miner at the past week’s annual reorganization meeting. The petition called for votes on renovating the junior-senior high school, building a new junior-senior high school or sending students to other districts. But almost 160 people said they wanted the board to step on the brake. Residents signed a letter asking the board to table the petition and explore its alternatives thoroughly.
  • When President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, the news took five days to reach London. When President Reagan was shot in 1981, word reached London in five minutes. “Television is erasing our national borders,” said David R. Gergen. “Everything can now be seen, heard and digested in real time.” Gergen, editor-in-chief of U.S. News and World Report, gave the final morning lecture during Chautauqua Institution’s week on Communications: TV, Its Impact on Worldwide Thought.