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In Years Past

January 14, 2011
  • ?In 1911, police in Albany had taken precautions to prevent hostile demonstrations against Mrs. Edith Melber, when she was brought to this place from Rochester to answer to the charge of murdering her five-year-old son. On account of the atrocious features of the charge against her and the fact that the Rochester police said she had confessed, Albany police feared that a revengeful crowd would be at the station to meet Detective John Reed, when he arrived with his prisoner. Details of the crime had filled the Albany and Schenectady papers.
  • Friday the 13th might have something to it after all. That date did prove disastrous to Jamestown basketball teams as both local teams that played the previous evening met defeat. The Jamestown Outlaws lost to Chamberlain Military Institute at Randolph by a single point, 20 to 19, but the most disastrous defeat of the night was that administered to the Jamestown High School team at the hands of the whirlwind quintet representing Kane (Pa.) High School. The score was 42 to 33.
  • In 1936, the board of governors of the New York State Association of Young Republicans clubs had awarded the 1936 convention to the Chautauqua County Young Republican Club, Inc. and in view of the presidential campaign, this gathering promised to be one of the most important political events in the history of the state this year. The convention would be held here in May, only a few weeks before the national Republican convention in Cleveland, June 9.
  • The younger members of the Clymer social set enjoyed one of the most attractive parties of the season when they took possession of the home of Miss Marjorie Kooman to remind her of the arrival of her birthday. Happy hours were spent playing games. Mrs. Kooman assisted by Miss Constantine Markello served refreshments and a purse of money was presented to Miss Kooman.
  • In 1961, Jamestown Councilman-at-large Trygve B. Lindahl said that the city's municipal golf course had operated at a net loss of $11,974,69 during the past four years. Mr. Lindahl, who cast the lone dissenting vote when council passed a record $6,153,114 budget for 1961, took exception to a $15,100 appropriation for the golf course account. Mr. Lindahl said, "In order to give the public a clear picture of why I took this stand on the golf course appropriation, I have done a bit of research on the income and expenses of this account for the past four-year period. I do not believe that the City should spend any more money on the golf course when we know in advance that we are going to lose money operating it," he said.
  • Patrons of Jamestown's new post office and federal building went back to walking up and down stairs again after the structure's self-service elevator became inoperative. Harry Detlefsen, building superintendent, said the elevator had been in public use about a week when a young boy disrupted service by causing a resistor to burn out so the doors would not close. A new part had been ordered and repairs would be effected as soon as the part arrived.
  • In 1986, the J.C. Penney Co. was to close its Chautauqua Mall store in Lakewood on May 3, according to the local sales manager. William Mauser announced the closing after notifying the staff of about 75 employees. He said the store's closing came as the result of the area's economic situation.
  • Blue Bird Coach Lines passenger line service from Jamestown to Olean and Erie was canceled as the result of a midnight strike of members for the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1342. Their contract expired at midnight Saturday. Connie Lindstrom, manager of the Jamestown Blue Bird passenger line service between Jamestown, Olean and Erie would be affected until further notice from the company.


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