In Years Past

In 1914, a joint meeting of the Pennsylvania State Independent Telephone Association and the New York State Independent Telephone Association, would be held in Jamestown Friday and Saturday at Eagle Temple. The occasion was the quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Association and it would be a meeting of unusual importance and interest because of the presence of the New York state independent telephone men and also of the presence of prominent telephone men from all over the United States. The members of the associations hoped to secure the services of a telephone engineer and traffic expert for the purpose of improving the efficiency of the long distance lines. This was not a matter of great interest to newspaper readers except in so far as results were concerned. The details of how a connection was made between Jamestown and Buffalo concerned the telephone men but not the patron so long as the connection was quickly made and a good service provided.

  • “That isn’t Stow, George, that’s a couple of trees,” remarked Clem Jones to George Stuart before daylight this morning as, tired and dusty, they trudged along a lonely road several miles out in the country between Stow and Panama. George Kohlbacher and several others were close behind Clem and Stuart and all were looking for Stow or at least a sign of the trolley track which would lead them to Jamestown.They had not been walking around the lake but felt they had been around it twice. Back a mile or so at the side of the road stood an automobile which absolutely refused to proceed farther. All hands involved were obliged to stand a good deal of joshing this day over their experience. Stuart insisted that he would never volunteer as a guide again.

In 1939, trolley fans from six states and officials of railroad associations would honor the last two passenger-carrying inter-urban electric lines in New York state Sunday, when a group of about 150 persons from Buffalo, Rochester and Cleveland would make a tour of inspection over the Jamestown,Westfield & Northwestern Railroad company lines. The ceremonies would pay tribute to the only surviving lines of the many which flourished a few years ago. The National Historic Association and the Electric Railroaders’ Association would be represented on the trip with members from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New England participating. Two special cars would meet the visiting delegation at Westfield on arrival by New York Central train. After stops at Mayville and Bemus Point, where substations would be inspected, the party would visit Midway Park and arrive in Jamestown at 1:30 p.m. to look over the railroad properties before departing at 5 p.m.

  • “Jamestown looks like Europe.” That was what two boys from Denmark said about it. The Danish boys, Erling Morsbol, 16, and Asger Falkenberg, 18, who were guests of John Sterns of Jamestown, arrived here July 12 and would visit this section until July 25, when they would go to another part of the country. Tours of this kind were originated in 1928 when Dr. Sven V. Knudsen of Boston, invited several boys to America from Denmark. They stayed in the home of American families while in this country. The boys declared Europeans were not as fearful of an immediate world war as Americans appeared to be. Asked what surprised them the most they replied, “This country being so much like Europe.” On their ride from New York to Jamestown, they noticed how like it was to Europe and when they arrived in Jamestown, the likeness was much more striking.

In 1964, the previous day’s showers did little to offer relief from the current sticky-hot weather and probably less to help the city of Jamestown’s water supply. City officials were keeping their fingers crossed in hope for more rain and public cooperation in water usage. The weatherman, however, called for continued hot weather with a few scattered showers through this day and tomorrow. The water level at the city’s supply wells was more than 3 feet higher than the previous year at this time – but water consumption during the past three or four days had increased.

A $1 million to $2 million recreational project would be constructed on Chautauqua Lake by the Recreation and Development Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, it was announced. Everything was definite but the site, said company official Robert Keller. The company’s stipulations, however, stated that the multi-purpose project would be on the lake and near Jamestown. The project would be a combination of a club setup, rental units and units for purchase. The club, which would include an indoor-outdoor swimming pool, eating facilities, steam room, tennis courts and a marina, would be operated on a membership basis, Keller said.