In Years Past

  • In 1914, Mayor John P. Mitchell of New York City, who delivered an address in the Chautauqua amphitheater the previous afternoon on The City and the State Constitution, reached Westfield at 8:45 yesterday morning accompanied by his wife and City Chamberlain, Henry Bruere. They were met at Westfield by an automobile party composed of Director and Mrs. Arthur E. Bestor, Judge and Mrs. W.L. Ranson, Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Gallup and County Judge A. B. Ottaway of Westfield. The party rode around the lake as far as Bemus Point and thence to Chautauqua. A luncheon was tendered Mayor Mitchel by the Chautauqua Institution in the Colonnade Tea room. At the same hour, Mrs. Bestor entertained a company of ladies at the Bestor house in honor of Mrs. Mitchel.
  • Jamestown firemen had a stubborn fire to contend with in the frame block at East Second and Institute streets the previous morning. Prompt response to the general alarm and well directed work on the part of the fire department prevented what might easily have been a very disastrous conflagration. As it was, the damage by fire was practically confined to the attic, where it seemed to have started in some old clothing. Water damaged the apartments of Mrs. C.H. Curtis and Ira Breth on the second floor and flooded the plumbing establishment of the Joregenson Plumbing Company in a serious manner. The alarm was turned in by several different people. Mrs. Curtis was awakened and going into the hall found it ablaze. She turned in a still alarm immediately. About the same time, a party of exempt firemen were passing and attracted to the fire. They also turned in an alarm.
  • In 1939, three children of about the same age were admitted to Jamestown General Hospital the previous day with injuries sustained in an assortment of accidents. William Hyde, 8, of Lake View Avenue, received head lacerations in a fall from a swing at a city playground. He was treated and dismissed. John Arthur Nelson, 7, of Washington Street, suffered a laceration to his right hand when it was caught in a washing machine wringer. He was dismissed after treatment. Shirley Hitchcock, 7, of Lakewood, fractured her right arm in a fall from a tree.
  • Announcement of a new industry for the Greater Jamestown area, starting the manufacture of chemicals, plastic materials and products for the electrical trade in the former Odsonia Worsted Mills of Falconer, was made by the industrial committee of the Chamber of Commerce. According to those interested in the project, the concern would probably be known as the Chemetals Corporation. The stock issue had been subscribed in full by a group of Jamestown and Chicago men and it was expected that about 20 men would constitute the production staff when operations in the former suburban textile plant, idle for the past decade, would get under way Sept. 1.
  • In 1989, neighborhood residents in Jamestown, concerned about the vacant Euclid Avenue School building were forming a committee to take their case to the next City Council meeting. About 30 residents met on the steps of the building Monday evening to discuss their options and plan a course of action. Jamestown attorney James Westman conducted the meeting at the request of residents, who called him with questions and concerns. One possibility was the vacant building could be renovated, Westman, a former city councilman, told his audience. “Realistically, I don’t think it’s going to be developed. I think it’s either going to stand here or it’s going to go away,” Westman said.
  • Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Warren county residents were riding out the heat in the breeze of their fans and air conditioners, if sales of those items were any indication. Some area hardware stores had run out of these items but others had “hundreds” of the heat-relievers left. Brian Nelson, owner of Falconer Hardware in Falconer, said sales were brisk at his shop. “It’s super,” Nelson said. “We have a couple of hundred left.” During the first weeks of August the past year, Nelson said, he sold a record number of fans. “We sold 475 fans in those two weeks,” he said. This year, he was ready with a large stock of fans but all 10 air conditioners sold quickly. Asked how his customers were handling the heat, Nelson said, “They love it. Don’t you?”