In 1912, Frank W. Stevens, chairman of the public service commission, had a conference in Jamestown with Morgan D. Evans, who was managing the Jamestown, Chautauqua & Lake Erie Railroad, relative to the recent complaint of unsatisfactory train service. The railroad did not run any morning passenger train out of Jamestown. As a consequence, the mails for the post offices on the east side of the lake did not get there in time for the rural delivery the same day. The contention of the railroad was that if another train was put in commission an entire train crew would have to be employed and that the revenue from the service would not pay the expenses. The contention of the complainants was that the railroad company had a contract to carry the mails and it was in duty bound to give a service that was reasonably good.
The Jamestown Fire Department was called at 8:46 Sunday evening to extinguish a blaze at the home of Marshall Davis, 4 Seneca St. The fire started from an open fire place. Davis had built a wood fire and the heat of the flames set fire to the wall. The blaze was extinguished with small loss. At 9:23 this forenoon an alarm was sounded which called the firemen to 510 E. Seventh St. where a fire had started in a house owned by David Smith. The fire started in the clothes press on the second floor. Some clothes were damaged and there was damage to the carpets and furniture but nothing serious. There was no insurance.
In 1937, Maxwell Webber, 40, of Ionia, Michigan, a former resident of Jamestown, was killed when his car crashed into a ditch on a state highway six miles east of Grand Rapids, Mich. There were no witnesses to the accident. Webber was president of the Michigan Colprovia Construction Company, road builders. He had built roads in Michigan, New York and Illinois. Webber first came to Chautauqua County in 1925 to construct the Mayville-Sherman highway. He had built other roads in nearby Western New York counties prior to that. In 1928 he joined with the Mayer brothers of Erie, Pa., to form the Jamestown Asphalt Paving Materials Company.
Sam A. Garey, manager of the Neil House at Columbus, Ohio, for the last eight years, had arrived in Jamestown and would take over the management of the Hotels Jamestown and Samuels the following day. He would have charge of the two local hostelries for the DeWitt Operated Hotels, a chain which up until the present had limited its operations to Ohio and Florida. Garey stated there would be no change in the present personnel of the two hotels. He expressed the belief that he would enjoy his residence here. He and Mrs. Garey would make their home at the Hotel Jamestown.
In 1987, a 58-page draft report aimed at improving rural health care in the state drew cautious support at a public hearing from a handful of officials, who stressed that rural communities should be consulted. The report made by the state Task Force on Rural Health Strategies had more than 30 recommendations. The proposals focused on what one task force member called "bottleneck" problems. "We haven't covered everything that is wrong in rural health care," task force member Morton Abramowitz said at the hearing at the State College at Fredonia.
State officials had made their final pitch to have sweeping new restrictions on public smoking validated by New York courts. The state Court of Appeals, New York's highest court, would decide probably by the following month, whether the tough new restrictions would be allowed to take effect, a court spokesman said. Two lower courts had found the guidelines unconstitutional, contending that the Public Health Council usurped the authority of the Legislature when it approved the regulations in February. The council's rules would prohibit smoking in malls, schools, arenas, auditoriums, food stores and taxis. Smoking would be restricted in larger restaurants, workplaces, nursing homes and bowling alleys.