In Years Past

In 1914, E. St. Elmo Lewis of Detroit, who was about to move to Jamestown and who on Sept. 1 would become vice president and general manager of the Art Metal Construction Company of this city, had recently been the guest of honor at various farewell functions in Detroit, which events were flattering testimonials of his standing in the business world in that city. One event was an appreciation dinner which was given to Lewis by the Detroit board of commerce on the evening of Aug. 27. A neat folder issued on that occasion referred to Lewis as advertising manager of the Burroughs Adding Machine Company of Detroit and it spoke of him as one of Detroit’s constructive citizens who had taken a prominent part in every move for the advancement of Detroit as a commercial center.

Preparations were practically completed for the funeral of the Rev. Father Richard Coyle, the beloved pastor of Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church for over 40 years. The funeral mass would be said in the church on Monday morning by the Rev. Charles H. Colton, bishop of the Buffalo diocese. The vicar general of the diocese, the Rev. Father Baker, also of Buffalo, would be present to assist and it was expected that there would be a large attendance of priests from western New York and Pennsylvania. Coyle was the dean of several counties and had been in the service of the church so long that his death had brought sorrow to the entire diocese.

In 1939, Jamestown’s new municipal airport on North Main Street Extension would be leased to Frederick Larson under terms practically the same as those given the White Aircraft Company, which failed to exercise its lease, it was decided at a meeting of Jamestown City Council. The city reserved the right to further lease other facilities of the port for manufacturing purposes, to which Larson agreed. Larson agreed that nothing in his lease would prevent the city from leasing to an airplane manufacturing concern rights at the airport to establish a plant. Larson planned to begin operations immediately.

At a Lakewood Village Board meeting Monday night at the Village hall, Mayor Emmett Eckman presiding, the street lighting contract was awarded the Niagara Lockport & Ontario Power Company. A communication was read from the Public Service Commission which stated that the Jamestown municipal power plant could not sell power in Lakewood. The question of a reduction in rates to Lakewood consumers was considered and representatives of the Niagara Power company promised to see what could be done in regard to a possible reduction in electric rates for the village residents.

In 1964, two Clarendon, Pa., youths were injured at 11:35 p.m. Friday when their car went out of control on a curve on Route 62, near Riverside Road, criss-crossed the highway three times and rolled down an eight foot embankment, coming to rest on its top. The driver, Andrew Gerbec, 21, was pinned in the car and Frewsburg firemen were called to release him. Kenneth Hancock, 20, was able to free himself. Both were taken to WCA Hospital by Jamestown Ambulance Service. Town of Carroll Officer Robert Payne, who investigated, reported that Carrol Officer Harold Ryberg Sr., assisting in the investigation, was very nearly struck by an oncoming car driven by Kenneth Bush, 43, of Youngsville, Pa.

Fifteen-year-old Donald Wells, Route 17J, Stow, was one of three New York State youths nominated by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller for the national Young American Medal for Service. Wells’ nomination was in recognition of his presence of mind and prompt action in helping extricate an older brother, Marshall, from beneath an overturned farm tractor 15 months ago. Donald and Marshall were the sons of Mrs. Myron Smith and the late Marcus H. Wells.

In 1989, the words “Buffalo” and “snowing” were synonymous to many people outside of the city. If a new chamber of commerce campaign was successful, the word “snowing” would be replaced by the word “growing.” “Buffalo. Believe It” was the city’s latest attempt to downplay its national reputation for nasty, snow-filled winters and accent its emerging reputation as a revitalized city with great growth potential in the 1990s.

Seventy-five Jamestown residents owed the city nearly $41,000 for sidewalk repairs, City Council was told during its Monday night meeting. By City Charter, homeowners were responsible for 40 percent of the cost of sidewalk work in front of their homes, whether or not they requested the work. Most of the construction and repair work was requested, however, according to Councilman Wyman Ansley. “They requested the work to be done and haven’t paid their 40 percent,” Ansley said. “This money will be added to the tax assessment rolls if they don’t make arrangements for the bills to be paid.”