In 1913, another big deal in West Third Street realty would be the erection of a mammoth furniture exposition building in that section of Jamestown. The location was the northwest corner of West Third and Lafayette streets. This block, fronting 120 feet on West Third Street, from the corner of Lafayette Street west to the alley and extending back along Lafayette Street 100 feet to the line of the property occupied by the apartment house recently erected there by Dr. Darwin C. Perkins, had been transferred by a deed under date of Dec. 1 by Ernest Cawcroft, F.E. Wallace and Mrs. Ella J. Stocker to Charles B. Coyle and Association. The location was considered one of the best in the city.
Robbery was no longer considered to have been the motive of the man who killed John Barrett on Saturday night in his home a few miles east of Fort Plain. It was recalled that not long ago he was a member of a Montgomery County Court jury that convicted several Italians of serious crimes for which they were sent to prison. Sheriff Kurlbaum was working on the theory that one of the convicted men's friends selected by lot, committed the murder and close tabs were being kept on those known to have been the convicted men's friends. The murderer evidently anticipated the use of bloodhounds for he bridled Barrett's horse and rode it a mile or more before turning the animal loose.
In 1938, a record throng of Christmas travelers journeyed toward "the old home town" this day, seeking refurbishment of spirit at family reunions brightened by the prospect of a traditional white Yuletide for many sections of the nation. Snow, sleet and rain were general from the Atlantic coast to the Mississippi Valley, adding an element of peril that brought death to many on ice-sheathed highways. The snow was skimpy except in the northernmost tier of states. Bus and railroad lines reported holiday traffic 10 to 15 percent above the past year. Harried airlines executives reported record request for reservations.
For lack of sufficient snow on ski trails and toboggan slides, the opening of Snow Mountain, winter sports site of Jamestown's Recreation Council on Willard Street extension, scheduled for Monday, Dec. 26, had been postponed indefinitely, it was announced. Wind and rain had laid bare large patches of land, making it impossible for use. If there should be a snowfall of several inches over the weekend it would be possible to open Snow Mountain to the public.
In 1963, as Chautauqua County continued to be buffeted by snowstorms and the hour of Santa Claus's arrival neared, his mode of transportation looked more practical to many motorists. The previous night's 3 inches of new, wet snow had autos of last-minute Christmas shoppers skidding and slipping along city and county roads. The possibility of Santa being stranded in the county because of lack of snow was remote. Since Dec. 14, 50 inches had been dumped on the area.
Plastic trees and wreaths, cotton snow and Yule songs were the order of television days and nights and too much of anything could get a bit boring. Judy Garland, in hostess gown, invited viewers into a living room set Sunday night and sang holiday songs while surrounded by her three real-life children. Ed Sullivan's little Italian mouse puppet was dressed up in a tiny St. Nick outfit and was ho-ho-hoing around in a Neapolitan accent. Even Mr. Ed was full of Christmas plot, so by the time Tennessee Ernie Ford turned up on NBC with a Christmas special, viewers had done about as much vicarious celebrating as they could absorb.
In 1988, an overheated motor in a drying kiln at Southern Tier Forest Products in Salamanca had been identified as the cause of a fire which had temporarily halted operations. City firemen were called shortly after 6 a.m. the previous day and found flames coming from one section of the building on Rochester Street. The firm produced prepackaged firewood, called Bundles of Warmth, which were marketed throughout Western New York and the Northeast.
Far-ranging plans were being considered by many Jamestown business and civic leaders: developing the Reg Lenna Civic Center district, revitalizing Jamestown's central business district, renovating the north and south gateways to the city and solving Jamestown's parking problem, among many others. The first step was a non-scientific survey of shoppers. This took place the past Saturday at a shopping area outside the city limits. Other surveys would be done over the next several months to gather information about shopper and merchant attitudes toward the downtown area.