1887 – 125 Years Ago
Agricultural Fair Meeting
In response to the call, a number of the prominent citizens met at the council rooms Wednesday evening to take action in regard to securing the North Dakota agricultural fair for Jamestown this fall.
This fair matter is no new one to the citizens of Jamestown and Stutsman County. It has been discussed and talked of until its importance and desirability are fully appreciated. As an advertisement for the town it would be unsurpassed. It would bring here stock men and visitors from all parts of the territory, who would see the city and its advantages, and the citizens all know that it is an isolated case where a visitor departs without a favorable impression of the beauty, location and future prospects of Jamestown. From a financial standpoint it is difficult to see how the fair could be otherwise than a success.
1912 – 100 Years Ago
Some Passengers Are Saved
Capt. Rostram of Steamship Carpathia today sent a wireless message to agent of the Cunard line saying that the Carpathia, with over 800 passengers from Titanic aboard, is proceeding slowly toward New York through a field of ice and expects to reach the city Friday morning. As far as known in this city at noon more than 1,300 persons perished when the Titanic sank. The Carpathia is known to have 866 passengers on board, most of them women and children. Only a fragmentary list of the rescued was cabled here. Officials of the White Star Line believe that the Steamer Virginia has picked up a number of passengers whose names are yet unknown. Mrs. Jno. Jacob Astor was among those saved.
Latest dispatches show that the giant liner Titanic went to the bottom, less than four hours after striking the iceberg and before assistance reached them. Hundreds perished but the exact number is not known. Of the 2200 persons on board some are world wide and prominent, 866 are known definitely to have been saved.
1937 – 75 Years Ago
Company H Passes Annual Inspection
Company H, 164th Infantry, commanded by Captain Robert K. Hall, passed its annual inspection at the armory Tuesday night. The company was given a grade of “satisfactory”. There are only two grades in such inspections, “satisfactory” and “unsatisfactory”.
The inspection included a display of equipment, personal inspection of the men in ranks, demonstration of elementary and advanced machine gun drill.
1962 – 50 Years Ago
City Council Seats New Aldermen, List Appointments
By Lillian Wehler
Sun Staff Writer
Three newly-elected aldermen were seated at the regular meeting of the Jamestown City Council after the biennial election on April 2. They were Ernest Szarkowski, from the Fifth Ward; Patrick J. Folk, Third Ward, and Harold Newman, Sixth Ward.
Keith Ingstad, alderman from First Ward, was re-elected president of the council at the council’s organizational meeting, and J. J. Flannery, Third Ward, vice president.
1987 – 25 Years Ago
Big elm dethroned
By John Damien
Sun Staff Writer
Klaus Park’s “largest” elm tree in North Dakota has been dethroned.
The recent publication of the North Dakota Register of Champion Trees has put the ax to Jamestown’s reigning monarch of giant American elms, and instead crowned a 54-foot exemplar near Lidgerwood.
The register is the state’s official list of its tallest and widest trees. It includes a listing of the top 20 native and 48 non-native trees, according to Walt Pasicznyk, register coordinator and acting deputy state forester for the North Dakota Forest Service.
The nearly 300-year-old elm tree by the Klaus Park foot bridge has a circumference of 186 inches (measured four feet from the ground), a height of 49 feet, and an average crown spread of 70 feet, according to forest service measurements. But an elm nine miles southeast of Lidgerwood has 252-inch circumference, 54-foot height, and a 110-foot crown. The three factors make the Lidgerwood tree the official new champion American elm, Pasiczynk said.