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In Years Past

November 26, 2012
The Post-Journal
  • In 1912, one of the finest looking samples of apples grown in this section ever shown in Jamestown was brought to The Journal office by C.D. Lamb of Ognawenoc Gardens, Akeley, Pa. It was a fancy packed box of Northern Spy apples, each apple wrapped in white tissue paper, except for the rosy top, and packed twelve to a box in white cardboard boxes, making a most tempting package to take home for the Thanksgiving table. Mr. Lamb had just completed making arrangements for the sale of these packages at one of the local fruit stores and was confident that there would be a ready demand for them.
  • Visible evidence that a state highway was soon to be built in the area of Mayville were the piles of large iron pipe which had been placed at the corner near the court house and other piles at street intersections on Chautauqua Street. Also some machinery for the building of such a road had been uploaded at Chautauqua Street station. The new highway was to extend from Mayville to Dewittville. Residents of Mayville appreciated that much of the state highway went through this town but there were many who thought that a good automobile road direct from the main road in the north part of the county to the gates of Chautauqua Institution, should be given consideration by the board of supervisors.
  • In 1937, Jamestown was the only city in the United States visited by representatives of the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation in their "recording" tour that would be the subject of a radio program to be presented in January over the Swedish government-controlled chain of 31 stations. Sven Jerring, chief commentator of the Swedish Broadcasting Corp. of Stockholm and Axel Hedin, technician, were in Jamestown making recordings of talks by, and interviews with, various outstanding Swedish personalities, also making recordings of Jamestown's musical groups and soloists for the special program.
  • Local post office officials announced that results of the recent voluntary census of unemployment and partial unemployment in Jamestown were to be tested for accuracy by an actual house-to-house enumerative census covering several local mail delivery routes, Nov. 29-Dec. 4. Returns from the Nov. 16 distribution of cards would then be compared with those of the test census over these same mail routes. Designation of the routes over which the test census would be made was decided Nov. 19 when Vice President Garner drew a numbered card from a hat. The numbers on the card indicated which routes in various cities would be covered by the house-to-house canvass. A careful checkup would be made at each home on these routes.
  • In 1962, the Allen Nursing Home gave $25 to The Post-Journal Christmas Happiness Fund in memory of Charles F. Stuart, Post-Journal Saturday Magazine editor, "because of his sincere enthusiasm for the program carried out by the Happiness Fund and for the many hours he spent lending a helping hand to the elderly and needy." Mr. Stuart died of a heart attack on Oct. 19.
  • A tough new drive to halt crimes by "young hoods and vandals" was under way in Syracuse following the weekend death of a woman who fell when her purse was grabbed from her hands by a youth on a downtown street. Police Chief Harold Kelly ordered the crackdown on juvenile law-breakers and declared: "There will be no more kid glove handling of smart-aleck juveniles who think the law is something to smirk at." The death of Miss Irma Snyder, 65, climaxed a series of muggings and purse snatchings that had plagued the city in recent weeks. A detective called it a "felony murder."
  • In 1987, while several delays had slowed the opening of a seafood restaurant in Jamestown's Brooklyn Square, officials said the wind had not been knocked out of its sails and groundbreaking was expected around Jan. 15. Long John Silver had received permission April 29 to open an outlet in the Hills Department Store parking lot.
  • Four years after the first cellular telephone service began, a million cellular phones were being dialed from cars, tractors and even wheelchairs. Real estate and other sales agents and construction workers made up the largest group of users but as the price of equipment and service declined many others from farmers to doctors said their cellular phones were saving time and increasing productivity. But some analysts were skeptical of the picture that someday the average American would carry a cellular phone everywhere. "I don't believe the normal, average middle-class American will ever have a cellular phone," said Jack Grubman, a telephone analyst with PaineWebber, Inc.


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