In Years Past

In 1914, the New York Stock Exchange was closed this day on account of the European situation. The consolidated stock exchange and the New York curb market also ceased business. This was followed immediately by announcement of the closing of exchanges in the other chief cities throughout the country. An official announcement was made by the secretary of the stock exchange. “The governing committee decided that the exchange be closed until further notice and that all deliveries be suspended until further notice.” With the suspension of business, transactions in securities the world over came virtually to a halt.

The convention of the Art Metal Construction Company’s salesmen from various parts of the country opened at the local Jamestown plants and would continue this day. A large number of the visitors were met at Westfield Thursday morning by D.C. Conchman, W.C. Strong and L.M. Sterns and were brought to this city in a special trolley car. Following breakfast at the Hotel Samuels, an inspection of Plant No. 2, on Taylor Street was conducted and at its conclusion a fire drill was given for their benefit. In going through the factory in small groups, each in charge of a guide, the salesmen were given an opportunity to see all stages of the manufacture of the products of the plant.

In 1939, Professor Harry D. Churchill, faculty advisor to the board of managers of the Case School of Applied Science at Cleveland for the past 13 years, was the first faculty honorary key recipient in the history of the college. He was the son of Mrs. DeWard S. Churchill of Jefferson Street, Jamestown and was graduated from Jamestown High School in 1909 and Case School of Applied Science in 1915. Over 700 students and faculty were assembled in the gymnasium at the Case Club to witness the annual honor key ceremony.

Soon it would no longer be necessary to pay more than five cents for local telephone calls made from rooms in apartment houses, hotels or clubs. By a three to two decision, the Public Service Commission in Albany directed the New York Telephone company to reduce serviced charges on calls by guests in those buildings, effective Sept. 1. The maximum rate schedule called for a five-cent fee on local calls, five cents on toll calls when the charge was 50 cents or less and 10 cents on toll calls when the charge was more than 50 cents. The ruling also prohibited the phone company from paying to an hotel, apartment house or club, commissions which were not paid all similar institutions.

In 1964, opening of the Jamestown municipal beach at Burtis Bay was scheduled tentatively for Sunday or Monday, depending on how soon the staff of lifeguards needed to man the operation for the remainder of the summer season could be assembled, Russell Diethrick, city recreation director, announced. Diethrick revealed that he had already appointed a manager and two lifeguards, leaving only four more guards to be recruited to complete the staffing of the operation. Re-opening of the beach for the remainder of the summer was authorized by City Council after Jamestown Jaycees, who originally developed the facility as a civic project, pledged to underwrite $1,000 of the estimated $1,800 cost through the sale of tickets for swimming privileges.

The Jamestown Police Traffic Bureau had initiated two moves designed to speed the flow of heavy traffic on Third Street and at the North Main Street-Fluvanna Avenue intersection. All turns for eastbound and westbound traffic on Third Street had been eliminated at Cherry Street. The “No Turns” sign on Third Street at Cherry would expedite a more continual flow of traffic because motorists would not be forced to stop for pedestrians. When turns were allowed from Third Street into Cherry, it created a bottleneck because motorists turning into Cherry held up Third Street traffic while waiting for pedestrians to cross Cherry Street.

In 1989, it was standing room only as Sheena Easton and Michael Damian electrified a sold out Chautauqua Amphitheater audience Saturday night. “We want Michael! We want Michael!” chants filled the first 10 rows of the Amphitheater. Screams echoed throughout the Amphitheater as the 27-year-old actor from “The Young and the Restless” soap opera took the stage and let the party begin. Easton’s stage presence was very elegant but it seemed like she was not crowd warming. She didn’t hit her stride until the middle of the show. There were no flaws to her voice. It rang true from her opening notes.

More than 12,000 visitors prowled among 400 classic cars during Sunday’s World Series of Cars at Bergman Park. It was the show’s sixth year in Jamestown. Not including this year’s receipts, it had netted a total of $40,000 for the Babe Ruth World Series Committee, according to Russell Diethrick, director of Jamestown’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. During the show, some 130 trophies were given out in 31 classes. John Mancini’s 1970 Mustang took “Best in Show.”