In 1912, one of the chief charms of vaudeville was its ever changing scenes and offerings and the previous week's bill at the Lyric Theater in Jamestown was of such a character as would easily lead one to believe that another equally pleasing bill could not be offered again. The bill that Manager Deardourff had secured for the following week at the Lyric was entirely different and of that class of shows that was seldom ever seen outside the larger cities. One of the principal features was Joe Edmonds and Company of eight in the musical comedy offering, A Naked Truth, which came highly recommended. The act was beautifully costumed and staged and should prove one of the delightful feature acts of the season.
The 9th New York cavalry reunion was held at the home of Philo Gates on East Street, Salamanca, on Sept. 5. The house and lawn were decorated with American flags and a large gathering met there to observe the anniversary. At 1 o'clock a chicken dinner was served on tables on the lawn by the hostess, covers being laid for 40. Mrs. Glenn Gates sang Silver Threads Among the Gold and Keep Sweet. A vote of thanks was extended to Philo Gates and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Gates for the entertainment of the guests.
In 1937, the annual safety lane of motor car inspection, sponsored jointly by the Jamestown Automobile Club and the local police department, would be operated Monday through Saturday on West Sixth Street, between Cherry and Washington streets according to Harold C. White, Jr., manager of the club, who predicted that 3,000 cars would be tested. The tests consisted of a thorough examination of steering wheel alignment, headlights, brakes and required safety equipment such as horn, rearview mirror and reflector. Motorists who participated would be issued windshield stickers emblematic of successful completion of the tests, as in the past.
The rental charge on new books which was made during the depression until the books had paid for themselves, had been discontinued at the James Prendergast Free Library. During the depression many libraries throughout the country found it expedient, in order to keep up with new literature and books, to purchase such material and then make a small rental charge for the book until the price of it had been collected. The local library found itself in such a situation for a few years and adopted this rental system for new books.
In 1962, James T. Hobbs, 21, escaped convict from a Georgia State Prison, was being held in Warren County Jail to await a warrant issued Aug. 27, by the FBI. He was charged with unlawful flight to avoid confinement. Hobbs was picked up by Borough police for questioning about a 1961 Impala which had been parked in the rear of an apartment on Market Street with only one Texas license plate, though two were required by that state. Hobbs denied ownership of the car but later said that the car had been loaned to him by the owner, T. W. Bridges of Houston. When Bridges was contacted he stated that Hobbs had worked for him and had stolen the car.
The first edition of the Jamestown Morning Star, a 5-day tabloid newspaper, would be published Monday morning, Sept. 10, officials of the newspaper had revealed. Earle O. Hultquist, a prominent Jamestown industrialist, purchased the plant and equipment of the former Jamestown Sun and would serve as chairman of the board of the new firm. Edward J. Byrne, former editor and publisher of the Sun, would be general manager and editor of the Star.
In 1987, a proposal to acquire and renovate the property operated in downtown Jamestown as the G.C. Murphy Co. for more than 50 years was expected to be approved at a meeting of Jamestown Local Development Corp. Mayor Steven B. Carlson said local brothers Brian and Fletcher Johnson proposed to buy the building at 16-22 W. Third St. which had been vacant since late 1985. The mayor said the Johnson brothers planned to renovate the downtown property and lease it for business uses.
The lateness of Labor Day might have kept attendance down at area recreational sites but the unofficial end of summer still went out with a bang over the weekend. Many spokesmen said Labor Day was as late as possibly could be. It was pointed out that many summer visitors undoubtedly had returned to their homes and that some colleges and secondary schools already had begun classes. Despite this, most of them reported a good attendance to close out the traditional season.