In 1913, Edward L. Snyder of Frankfort, Ky., who was spending his vacation at Lone Oak Cottage in Fluvanna, while fishing near Greenhurst landed two fine muskellunge, one of which weighed nine and the other 10 pounds. Snyder was a regular summer visitor to Chautauqua Lake and he was an expert fisherman. His friends at Frankfort had heretofore shown annoying skepticism regarding stories of his catches so this time he headed for the nearest photographer and had postcards of himself and the fish made. These postcards would be mailed to the doubting Thomases in Kentucky and supplemented with this account, were expected to be sufficient to convince the most stubborn that there were really muskellunge in Chautauqua Lake that weighted 10 pounds. As a matter of fact, there were muskellunge that weighed 40 and 50 pounds but they were not very frequently caught.
The Jamestown organizations which participated in the military parade in Buffalo on Thursday morning, in connection with the Perry Centennial celebration and the national encampment of the United Spanish War veterans, made a fine appearance in line and every Jamestowner who saw them on the march was proud of the showing made by the representatives of his home city. Samuel M. Porter camp, No. 45, Spanish War veterans, turned out about 40 strong under the command of Commander G.F. Berg with St. Luke's legion (Company E cadets) as escort. The Spanish War Veterans' field music band furnished stirring march music which received applause all along the line.
In 1938, in addition to its many other subjects in the commercial field the public evening school, in collaboration with the retail merchants of Jamestown, would offer a course in retail selling to meet the need for training. Since service was the keynote of modern retail selling, much of the work of the course would be devoted to the study of people and merchandise with the aim of helping the salesperson render greater service by assisting the customers to buy more intelligently. Stress would also be given to the technique and fundamental principles of salesmanship. Its object would be to help the individual understand people from the psychological point of buying and to develop the powers of observation, imagination, reasoning and judgment in dealing with the public.
Berenice Alarie, petite opera star, had been engaged to return to Jamestown to do the role of Josephine in the Gilbert & Sullivan opera, "Pinafore," for the benefit of the WCA Hospital on Sept. 16 at the high school auditorium. She was the former Berenice Johnson of Jamestown, daughter of Mabel Woodworth Johnson. She had appeared with the Chautauqua Opera Company opposite the Metropolitan star, Josephine Antoinne, in the Mozart opera, "Abduction from the Seraglio," this past summer. Alarie had a brilliant concert career as well as appearing in musical comedy and was one of Jamestown's most distinguished and talented daughters.
In 1963, reaching for her pocketbook which had fallen upon the floor, a 59-year-old woman driver lost control of her car which struck a bridge abutment at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in front of the Lincoln Fisher farm, County Road 316, also known as the Open Meadows Road. Deputy Ronald B. Hess reported the driver, Erma H. Blakeslee, Ashville, was en route home from Westfield. She suffered facial lacerations, a right knee injury and possible fracture right collar bone. She was taken to Jamestown General Hospital by ambulance. Blakeslee was traveling south when she took her eyes off the road to reach for her pocketbook and the left front of the car struck the bridge abutment. Her home was destroyed by fire about two years ago.
Influx of pupils at Southwestern, Falconer and Bemus Point schools for the 1963-64 academic year boosted first-day registrations in each of the districts to new record levels. The combined first-day registrations in the three districts was 6,253 pupils - compared with 6,133 a year ago. Registrations at Southwestern schools totaled 2,851; at Falconer, 1,927; and at Bemus Point, 1,458. Holland W. Rood, supervising principal of Southwestern schools, reported that an increase of 86 students at the junior-senior class level had boosted enrollment to 1,235, more than offsetting a drop of 49 pupils in the district's four elementary schools.