In Years Past

  • In 1914, a large number of Jamestown people were among the guests at the Lakewood Country Club Friday evening who danced and played cards for charity. The party was given under the direct supervision of Mrs. E.P. Phillips of New York City, who was actively engaged in philanthropic work in her home city and who was interested in the Woman’s Christian Association Hospital of Jamestown which was benefiting from the entertainment. Mrs. Phillips was assisted in promoting the affair by groups of summer guests from various lake points and the ladies who were stopping at the club. The management of the club generously offered its house and help for the occasion and the ballroom and adjoining room with their pretty decorations of Japanese fans and flowers made an attractive setting for the entertainment.
  • Mrs. Howard, an employee in the Nu-Bone Corset factory at Corry, Pa., met with an accident about three o’clock Thursday afternoon which proved more embarrassing than injurious although she narrowly escaped serious injury. During her work, she attempted to step over a shaft instead of walking around it, when her skirt became entangled in the swiftly rotating wheel, completely tearing it from her body. She was thrown to the floor and her screams attracted Mrs. V. Graham, who instantly shut off the power, saving her from terrible death. She was only slightly bruised and was soon fitted out with apparel and returned to her home in a taxi.
  • In 1939, requesting that women refrain from buying silk stockings made out of Japanese silk, Dr. Walter Judd, head of the Missions Hospital at Fenchow, China, declared that the “greatest single contribution we, as Americans, can make to the pacifism of Europe is to stop our assistance to Japan.” “We hold most of the trump cards; it is still not too late,” he declared, speaking on The Significance for America of the Japanese Invasion of China, as a part of the Institute of World Missions being conducted at Chautauqua Institution this week. In urging his audience to refrain from buying stockings made of Japanese silk, he stated, “It’s your stockings today or your sons later. Remember, we can’t get out of war for nothing.”
  • A half-block of pavement east of Washington Street on west Third Street in Jamestown was in bad shape as the result of breaks in an 8-inch water main which heaved the pavement for the entire width of the street. Water department employees claimed that the tight condition of the pavement caused the heaving when the main, with a pressure of over 100 pounds, broke. The terrific pressure ripped a hole beneath the pavement, nearly 15 feet in width with a depth of over 3 feet. Users of water on the south side of West Third Street between Washington and Cherry streets were without water service for about six hours.
  • In 1989, several more days would be needed to clean up debris and damage left behind by a thunderstorm packing violent winds that moved through Warren County early Tuesday evening. No one reported seeing any funnel clouds but the velocity and power of the wind made residents think of a tornado. The storm and winds moved in a northwest to southeast direction over the east side of Warren and down Route 6 through Clarendon, Tiona and Sheffield. Electrical power, telephone and television cable were still out in many of the affected areas, although crews from utility companies worked through the night to repair downed lines.
  • No one had kept an exact count, but people who lived on or used Chautauqua Lake knew the number of recreational vehicles commonly called Jet Skis was increasing and, along with them, concerns about safety. The machines resembled water-worthy snowmobiles and were capable of speeds of up to 40 mph. They could be legally operated by children as young as 10 who had taken a state water safety course. No Jet Ski accidents had been reported on Chautauqua Lake but operators had been fined for reckless operation of the equipment.