In Years Past

  • In 1914, the manager of the Postal Telegraph Company had received the following bulletin of instructions which would be of interest to all persons wishing to send cable communications to Scandinavian countries. “The Swedish administration prohibits the use of secret language, code or cipher. Cablegrams for Sweden must be written in plain language, English or French. Commercial marks and similar expression or news relating to military forces of Sweden were no longer admitted neither would anything incompatible with the neutral position of Sweden.”
  • One of the new steel trolley cars for the Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern Railway was placed in service Wednesday and gave splendid satisfaction. The car was No. 395 and it attracted much attention, its appearance being quite different from the small Chautauqua Traction cars which had been used since the opening of the line. The car stood somewhat higher than any in use out of Jamestown and was of all steel construction. It was finished attractively, the seats in the main section being upholstered in leather and those in the smoking compartment in cane.
  • In 1939, James Nocero, 52, of Hazzard Street, Jamestown, claimed he was assaulted and robbed of $35 at about 1 o’clock the previous morning by a young thug who was believed to have followed him from a saloon to a point on Hazzard Street just south of Newland Avenue. It was the second robbery of this sort reported here within a week. On Sunday night a Chautauqua Avenue man was similarly followed from a downtown drinkery, attacked by two thieves after parking his car in the garage at his home and relieved of nearly $80. Police had no doubt that the thief followed Nocero from the saloon after seeing his victim expose the money in his wallet.
  • The westward expansion of Jamestown’s downtown retail district was seen in the purchasing of the old Charles Samuels residence property at the northeast corner of West Third and Monroe streets from the Charles Samuels estate by the A.&P. Tea Company, which was to immediately proceed with the erection of a large one-story building to house its supermarket food store, now located at West Third and Lafayette streets. The mansion was being demolished. The lot had a frontage of 126 feet on West Third and 175 feet on Monroe Street, providing a total of over 22,000 square feet for the combined purpose of the store building and parking space for customers. The building itself would be a one-story brick structure with a floor space of about 10,000 square feet, thoroughly modern in design and appointments and the work of construction was to begin immediately in order that it might be ready for occupancy in early December.
  • In 1964, a bouncing crowd of some 1,000 youngsters held a screaming contest the previous day, inspired by a movie called “A Hard Day’s Night.” Featured was a mopheaded phenomenon known as the Beatles, four male youths who were billed as entertainers. It was the premiere in Jamestown at the Wintergarden Theater of “A Hard Day’s Night.” And it certainly was – for the ushers at least. The audience, mostly girls in the 10-14 year age group, screamed and screamed and screamed. They thoroughly enjoyed this movie filmed in England. No one yet had been able to explain it, but the four shaggy headed lads from Liverpool were thrill-jerkers for the teenage set. Some six or eight brave adults were seen herding youngsters to their seats. The adults could scoff, but it was a good bet the Beatles were here to stay in Jamestown for quite a spell.
  • Rep. Charles E. Goodell said he was asking federal government officials to write off a $23,000 loan made to Jamestown in 1951 for urban redevelopment planning. When granted, the federal aid included a stipulation that the money be repaid to the government if the urban renewal project was not completed. Mr. Goodell said the grant was supposed to be repaid before the city could apply for additional government funds, including a proposed project to enlarge the city’s water reservoir on English Hill. Goodell said of his efforts to have the loan forgiven, “Actually, this is a touchy situation right now and agency officials have not been too encouraging. But we’re pressing them hard. All we can do now is just keep pushing it.”