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Chadakoin River Essential To History, Growth Of City

August 18, 2013

Jamestown is here because the Chadakoin River is here....

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Aug-24-13 5:57 AM

I agree Parentcity, but what a wonderful letter to read. We do have a lot of history to celebrate. The people who came to the River before were hard working and clean. Now, generous welfare benefits have become a magnet for those who do not care about history, the city the river or themselves. What can we do to encourage dignity and a work ethic? More jobs would be a good start.

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Aug-22-13 2:10 PM

It was interesting to read about how local timber (White Pine) was cut from the area and floated to markets down the Mississippi drainage as far south as New Orleans. In 1842 my then 14 year old great-great grandfather was living with his family in Alsace. At the time German warlords were raiding across the Rhine River in search of young conscripts to use as "cannon fodder" in their seemingly unending wars against their fellow German principalities. His father made arrangements with an ethnic French family, which was emigrating for a new life in America, to take the boy with them. Upon arrival in New Orleans the boy found a job pushing huge rafts of logs down the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. The work was VERY dangerous. Hearing of the influx of Germans into the Buffalo area, he worked his way upriver to a point where he abandoned that job and took one at a shingle mill near what is now Rich Stadium. In short order he managed to get the rest of the family to America.

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Aug-21-13 9:50 AM

As a resident of this city, I am trying my best to encourage my children to see the good in this area. Last night my youngest son and I took a walk from our home to McCray Point. Along the way we encountered two drug dealing transactions, a woman smoking pot on her porch, numerous condemned houses and houses that were not fit to live in that had people living in them. When we reached McCray Point, we discovered a severely neglected dock, a sad looking playground, and flower boxes full of weeds and old dirt. While the city is developing some areas, it is clearly neglecting others. Shouldn't the city be taking care of what it already has? I recently read in the paper about how a grant was given to a building owner downtown to develop apartments for young professionals. On our walk I saw many homes that could use a grant for improvement. Instead of developing train stations and new apartments, why not maintain what the city already has?

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