In 1912, a patriotic service appropriate to Independence Day would be held in the First Presbyterian Church of Jamestown at 7 p.m. And while the public was cordially invited, special invitations had been extended to James M. Brown post, G.A.R. and Encampment 95, Union Veteran Legion, and their ladies' auxiliaries; Samuel M. Porter camp, United Spanish War Veterans and James Hall camp, Sons of Veterans. The pastor, Rev., Charles T. Shaw would give a sermon on The American Flag and there would be a special musical program in keeping with the spirit of the occasion. It was expected that the church auditorium would be crowded to the doors.
"Farms for sale cheap." This sign might soon be posted in front of the different stations of the Erie Railroad, and persons not knowing the facts would wonder if the company had gone into the real estate business in addition to being one of the main railroads crossing the country from New York to Chicago. It would not mean that, but it would mean that the company had a number of farms for sale and, as stated, they could be purchased cheap. The farms came into the possession of the company by reason of being compelled to purchase them from the owners to secure the right of way for the double tracking in progress.
In 1937, Navy ships and planes, coordinating efforts in the vast hunt for Amelia Earhart, aimed at a new region in the south Pacific where growing belief and some facts indicated the missing aviatrix might be marooned. Five discouraging days of scanning the immense area north northeast of bleak Howland Island, which the aviatrix missed the past Friday, turned the search to the corresponding area centered south southeast of Howland, where 280 miles away centered the Phoenix Islands. The coast guard cutter Itasca and navy mine sweeper Swan had searched more than 104,000 square land miles north of Howland without a trace of the missing world-girdling plane.
A deer, a young buck with antlers still in the velvety stage, said to have followed a golfer into the south gate of Chautauqua Institution late the previous morning, spent the day on the Institution grounds. He was noticed by Tom Ireland of the Chautauqua Repertory Theater, who observed the graceful animal following a man with a basket of vegetables. Mildly disturbed by some who wished to pet him, the deer turned north on Wythe Avenue and cantered to the Arts and Crafts building where he paid a visit to the summer school art department. Later on in the afternoon he was seen paying a courtesy call at the Bestor residence on Root Avenue, staying long enough to nibble some leaves.
In 1962, shoppers in downtown Jamestown and construction crews putting in the new sidewalks for the Washington Street arterial project still were not quite sure they could believe their eyes. The previous afternoon, a pretty young thing strolled west on Third Street, casually removed a barrier beside a newly-poured block of concrete, strolled nonchalantly through the fresh concrete, and continued on her way without a by-your-leave. Shoppers and construction men stood helplessly by, mouths agape and watched the performance.
Apprehension touched off by the rusty discoloration of water which flowed from taps of homes in some sections of Lakewood was dispelled by Mayor Nels Carlson. Mayor Carlson assured residents that the roiled appearance of the water should not be regarded as an indication that the village water supply had dwindled to dangerous levels. Discoloration of the water, he said, was accounted for by the fact that a contractor installing a new connection to a home on Fifth Avenue in Vukote had accidentally ruptured a water supply line with his backhoe. This, coupled with the fact that the village had not been flushing out its lines as frequently as usual in an effort to conserve the water supply, was responsible for the discoloration of the water.
In 1987, the sewer system along the east side of Chautauqua Lake couldn't handle the flow from Midway Park, sewer district board members were told. The summer increase in sewer line use had prompted district officials to order engineers to prepare a detailed report on changes that needed to be made to handle the extra demand. "We're not looking for any Band-Aid solutions, but some very comprehensive solutions," said Angelo P. Bennice, the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer District's director.
J. Michael Collins, known in Western New York for his successful pledge drives for WNED-TV, would speak in Chautauqua's Amphitheater on the following morning at 10:45. He would focus on the role of public television in communications as a part of Chautauqua's Communications Week. The opening speaker for the lecture would be Barbara Bush, wife of Vice President George Bush.