In 1914, a good many Jamestown folk watched the old year out and the new year in at the Hotel Samuels grill room. The event was one of the most interesting of the kind ever noted in Jamestown, for it was almost as if a section of New York City had been moved to Jamestown. Down New York way they made a good deal of fuss on New Year's Eve. They have what was termed watch meetings in every big restaurant and those who desired to attend these meetings had to reserve their tables in advance and pay a pretty penny for the privilege. Landlord Hurlbert of The Samuels used to run a hotel in New York and he imbibed some metropolitan ideas. Among others was the New Year's Eve celebration. He arranged one of his own on very much the same lines as in the big town and his patrons had a very pleasant evening.