In 1913, in spite of the disagreeable weather Wednesday evening, it was estimated that about 700 persons visited the Crescent Athletic Club carnival in east Jamestown. Nearly all the shows were open and all did a good business. It was the plan of the club to make Friday evening Fraternal Night at the carnival and it was expected that members of several of the fraternal organizations of the Jamestown would be on hand. Paul Bowser, the well-known wrestler, stood ready to meet any local grapplers, agreeing to throw each one once in 10 minutes or forfeit $10.
William Sulzer, the first governor of New York state to be charged with articles of impeachment, stood trial this day for "alleged high crimes and misdemeanors." Whether the governor would appear in person to plead guilty or not guilty to the charges against him or be represented solely by counsel, as did President Andrew Johnson before the United States Senate, was a matter of conjecture. His council was maintaining the attitude of secrecy concerning the plans for his defense and refused to say what course would be pursued.
In 1938, local election issues competed with the European crises for interest in Salamanca this day as two separate campaigns drew to a close, with elections set for Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, qualified school electors would vote on the proposed issuance of bonds for an addition to the Jefferson Street school and with a sewage disposal plant also to be financed some time in the near future. The city's bonding power was limited and there was considerable difference of opinion on the issue. Tuesday, Salamanca and Cattaraugus County citizens would participate in the state primaries, with a contest for the Republican nomination for county welfare commissioner adding interest. Dr. C.A. Schmiesing, school physician, pointed out that two primary grades were forced to attend classes in the basement of the Baptist Church which was poorly ventilated, inadequately illuminated and heated in a manner detrimental to the health of small children.
Forty girls answered the call for cheerleaders at Jamestown High School on Friday afternoon in the new high school stadium while an apparently disinterested male populace at the school sent but one representative. Appearing somewhat confident that future meetings would net a larger number of boys, the 40 lasses were divided into two squads, temporarily. Junior and senior girls were placed in one squad while the sophomores made up the other. It was interesting to note that the sophomore squad included twins, Anna and Karla Svendsen who were somewhat acrobatic. An acrobatic group of cheerleaders might be formed. An appeal had been issued for more boys to try their hand in this field. Practice would be held every afternoon during seventh period.
In 1963, Jamestown Mayor William D. Whitehead's petitions were officially accepted by the County Board of Election Commissioners making him an independent candidate for mayor in the Nov. 5 election. Albert H. Harrison, election commissioner, said no objections were filed. The mayor had designated an emblem, as required by law and the petitions contained sufficient signatures. Mayor Whitehead, after having acceptance of his petitions delayed because he failed to choose an emblem, yesterday afternoon designated the Statue of Liberty as his Taxpayer's Party emblem.
Bernard Bourdell would return soon to his native France after five weeks in Jamestown. His newly-found goal in life was to find a job which would return him to the United States. Bourdell had spent five weeks in Jamestown as a member of the Experiment in International Living, sponsored by the Jamestown Junior Chamber of Commerce. In a special thank-you note prior to resuming his project in New York City, Bourdell said: "I wish to express my immense gratitude to all the families, associations, clubs, factory staffs, school principals, bankers, doctors and businessmen who have given me the opportunity to discover the American way of life. This sort of experience ... is the best that can be done to understand a country - to live in a small city; because Paris is not France, as well as Philadelphia or Chicago is not the United States. I hope that many American students will continue to go to Europe and have the same experience, because these student exchange programs are fundamental for a better understanding between countries."