In 1913, a very enthusiastic meeting was held in Ashville the previous afternoon at the home of Mrs. Neil Abbott to ascertain the sentiment of the community regarding the establishment of a free public library and to determine the likelihood of its being an ultimate success. Those in attendance included official representatives of the dozen or more societies in Ashville and the feeling was unanimous that the project was entirely feasible and gave promise of financial and moral support amply sufficient to warrant the undertaking.
On Tuesday of the following week, the voters of Chautauqua County would again be called upon to sift the wheat from the chaff and to elect the officers who would administer the affairs of this county for the coming two or three years. While there was much less general public interest in this odd year election than in the general or state elections which come on the even years, yet as a matter of actual fact the choice of the local officials, the supervisors, highway commissioners, overseers of the poor, justices of the peace, etc. of the towns and the election of the district attorney of the county, constituted about the most important duty of citizenship.
In 1938, the new 1.88-mile section of the Jamestown-Warren highway between Jamestown and Stillwater was officially opened the previous day by officials of this city and Warren, Pa. and members of the Jamestown Automobile club and Warren County Motor clubs. After meeting at the state line late in the afternoon, the delegations went to Stillwater, where Mayor Harry C. Erickson and the burgess of Warren spoke briefly. The new road was three lanes wide from the Jamestown city line to the Kiantone intersection. It eliminated the narrow and winding length in the vicinity of Boniwood and was the first section of a proposed new highway between Jamestown and Warren.
One of the largest and most colorful parades ever held in Jamestown, topped only by the Southwestern New York Firemens Association convention parade in 1933 and the city centennial parade in 1927, was envisioned Tuesday night as committees of Ira Lou Spring, American Legion and its auxiliary, met at the Governor Fenton mansion, Soldiers' Memorial Park, to further arrangements for the Armistice Day observance on Nov. 12. In order to raise funds to meet the expenses of the celebration, the local Legion post was planning to place feathers on sale on the streets of the city.
In 1963, area residents were given a forceful reminder of what lay ahead weatherwise when they awakened to discover better than an inch of heavy wet snow blanketing the ground. The rapidly changing local weather within a week went from balmy summer temperatures to rain and then, finally, to snow.
An elderly pedestrian was fatally injured the past evening when struck by a car on Route 17J, Lakewood, during the season's first snow fall. Alice Vaux LaGreen, 78, of 14 E. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, died in Jamestown General Hospital. She was struck by a car driven by Fenton Crossley, 65, of Jamestown, shortly after 7 p.m. in front of her house. Crossley told police he did not see the pedestrian. Officer Leslie McCall of Lakewood Police Department said he was within 300 feet of the accident but did not see it because the rain and snow made visibility very poor. Green had taken the bus from Jamestown. She asked the bus driver to let her off at Cherry Lane and he told he they had already passed it. So the driver stopped approximately 400 feet west of Chautauqua Avenue on Fairmount Ave. She was walking back to her home when struck.
In 1988, a 4-month-old boy had died of whooping cough in the Cattaraugus County town of Conewango's Amish community and officials said it was the first death from the illness in the United States in three years. The death came amid an outbreak of whooping cough that had been diagnosed in at least six Amish children. Among adults and older children, it could seem to be little more than a cold, but it could be fatal for infants and small children according to the Centers for Disease Control. Most children were protected against whooping cough by a series of immunizations but most Amish children did not get immunized.
The intersections of Fairmount, Livingston and Hall avenues in Jamestown had been realigned and grading was being done in preparation for placing asphalt. Concrete was also being poured for sidewalks. The work was part of an extensive project of the state Department of Transportation that involved the reconstructionof the Sixth Street bridge and of portions of West Sixth Street and Fairmount Avenue. The project began in June and was scheduled for completion in August 1990.