In Years Past

In 1914, plans having been prepared, considered and adopted – the Farmers & Mechanics Bank of Jamestown had contracted with the Warren Construction Company for the erection of a practically new building on the site of the bank’s location, at 215 Main St. The work on the structure was commenced on this morning and would be pushed to completion as speedily as consistent with the requirements of good workmanship. Arrangements had been made for the temporary removal of the bank, to the two corner rooms of the Barrett building at the northwest corner of Cherry and West Second streets.

John Wasielewski, alias John Curley, was locked up in Dunkirk, charged with having broken into the D.A.V.& P. depot at Lily Dale and stolen property valued at more than $700. The burglary occurred several weeks ago. A trunk belonging to Dr. George B. Warren of Chicago, treasurer of the Lily Dale Assembly Association and containing expensive wearing apparel, was broken open and its contents taken away. A traveling bag, belonging to Mrs. Turner of Lily Dale and containing jewelry and clothing to the value of about $100 was also taken. The day after the burglary a Dunkirk woman known to be friendly to Wasielewski, was brought to police headquarters to explain where she obtained certain articles of expensive clothing she was wearing. It was alleged she admitted that Wasielewski gave her the garments which were identified as part of that stolen from the Warren trunk.

In 1939, Japan would never conquer China, in the opinion of Frank W. Cheney, formerly of Jamestown, who was here for a few days on his vacation from teaching duties in the American school at Shanghai. And Cheney ought to know a lot about real conditions in China, as he had been teaching in that school in the international settlement in that teeming Chinese city which was said to have a population between 3 million and 4 million. “The Japanese,” said Cheney, “are rather bewildered at the turn of events. They have found that the farther they penetrate China, the more difficulty they experience in holding what they have got and keeping the line of communications to the seaboard open.”

Safe crackers invaded the office of the West Ridge Transportation Company at West Fourth and Cherry streets in Jamestown during the night, smashed their way into the company’s vault and escaped with cash in an amount which had not been definitely established at edition time. It was the second time the same office had been visited by burglars in less than three months.

In 1964, extremely hot, humid weather had brought out hundreds of children at Lakeside Park in Mayville over the past week. Total recreation registration numbered over 500 children. The favorite pastime tended to be the swimming classes where local lifeguards and swim instructors were kept busy supervising the throngs of swimmers. It was not uncommon to have over 400 people in the water at one time. Elsewhere on the playground, boys and girls had been busying themselves playing softball, kickball, dodgeball, group games and arts and crafts.

A parade under the lights – Jamestown’s new lighting system – would highlight the day the city had set aside to officially mark the downtown improvement. The entire community was invited to take part in the celebration set for Friday, Sept. 11. Under the new mercury-vapor lights, the parade units would leave from Brooklyn Square at 8:30 p.m., enter the arterial at Forest Avenue and proceed across Washington Street Bridge to Third Street. The parade would then move east to the Second and Third Street intersection and return on Second Street to the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station. It would include marching units, musical units and floats.

In 1989, although they wouldn’t be shaking hands or getting together much, most residents of the village of Brocton would be glad to see their new neighbors. The Lakeview Correctional Facility, a new medium-security state prison built to help handle the overflow of criminals entering the prison system, was scheduled to open Aug. 7. In addition to its 750 felons, the prison was bringing the first major new construction in the community in 20 years and some of the highest-paying jobs in Chautauqua County.

The director of the Chautauqua County Emergency Management Office was not told of a state-sponsored study claiming that the county could take an additional 266,000 people in the event of a nuclear attack. Wanda Gustafson, emergency management director, blasted state officials for not informing her of the study and described the report as “ridiculous.” “They expect us to do all the work and take all the heat, yet we weren’t informed,” Gustafson said of the study. Cattaraugus County Emergency Management Director James Johnston said he also was not told of the study.