In Years Past

  • In 1914, Wednesday afternoon 40 prominent resident of Clymer and vicinity attended a meeting which was held in the town hall at that place by subscribers to the new trolley project. C.P. Northrop and City Solicitor, G.T. Kincaid of Jamestown, attended the meeting. The session was conducted in a well organized manner. The plans of those interested in the trolley route were explained at length by Attorney Kincaid, who also took occasion to comment on what had already been accomplished by Northrop in the building of the Corry and Columbus line of which the new line was to be a big extension.
  • For some time there had been a good deal of ill feeling between the employees of the Red Stack steamers on Chautauqua Lake and those of the City of Jamestown, a small steamer running to points on the upper end of the lake. This morning when Rowland Barton Jr., the pilot of the City of Pittsburgh, came down the dock to take the boat on its run down the lake, he was met by William Marsh, who ran the City of Jamestown and his son Merl. A quarrel arose and a fight soon followed. The result was that Barton went to Dr. Young’s office and had several bad wounds on his head dressed. He then swore out warrants for the arrest of both of the men and they were arrested by Constable James Cully.
  • In 1939, Solicitor General Robert H. Jackson would be the guest at a testimonial dinner which the Jamestown Bar Association was arranging for Sept. 6 at the Hotel Jamestown. The dinner was being arranged to give Jackson’s former associates an opportunity to fittingly recognize his elevation to high position in the federal government. The dinner would be for lawyers of Chautauqua County and judges before who Jackson had practiced in the Fourth department and eighth Judicial district. The affair was to be informal. Justice Harley N. Crosby of Falconer, who was assigned to the appellate division of the supreme court, would preside over the program. Several outstanding speakers had been invited.
  • Carl A. Jones, 26, an employee of the Jamestown Metal Corporation, died suddenly of a heart attack while eating his lunch at the plant during the lunch period this noon. Efforts of Dr. Ernest Kelley Jr., the family physician, who was summoned to revive him, proved fruitless, death occurring at 12:10 o’clock, a few minutes after the young man was stricken. The fire department inhalator was used without success. Jones, who was born in Jamestown, July 8, 1913, was the son of Adolph Jones, Celoron, former mayor of the village. His father, who was also employed at the industrial plant, hurried to his son’s side when informed of his sudden illness.
  • In 1964, local Democratic Party leaders were awaiting official notification of U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy’s intention to visit Jamestown on Tuesday, Sept. 8, in his bid for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Kenneth B. Keating, Rochester Republican. Milton K. Sigworth, chairman of the County Democratic Committee, and Daniel Larson, Jamestown city chairman, both reported that they had received no word about the Attorney General’s expected visit, as reported the previous day in New York.
  • Three young sisters, 3, 5 and 6, were tracked down by Dunkirk police and taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for examination after Assistant District Attorney Robert J. Sullivan reported two of them were knocked down by his car at North Main and Second streets about noon the previous day. Sullivan told police he was not sure whether the girls were struck by the car or ran against it. Police said he was northbound on Main Street and came to a fast stop at Second Street. The youngsters were released after receiving treatment for minor cuts and bruises.
  • In 1989, nearly nine out of 10 classroom teachers considered the computer revolution a boon to education but a majority also felt less computer-literate than their students, according to a poll. Fifty-nine percent believed teachers were inadequately trained in computer use, according to the poll commissioned by the International Business Machine Corp. Fifty-seven percent of teachers polled said they did not own a computer at home. The poll was based on telephone interviews of 1,100 randomly selected teachers in all 50 states.
  • Changes were being made at Manor Oak Skilled Nursing Facility. The nursing home’s administration would change some employees’ duties and, over the next three years, remodel the entire facility, according to Bernard Becker, executive administrator. After its most recent state Health Department inspection, Manor Oak received a “no deficiency” rating, Becker said. Yet the state suggested ways that Manor Oak could improve its operation, Becker said, noting that it was common for the state to suggest improvements when inspecting nursing homes.