From the files of The Jamestown SunNov. 25 – Dec. 1
From the files of The Jamestown Sun...
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1
1887 – 125 Years Ago
A Big Coal Shortage
The announcement comes from Duluth that nearly 1,000,000 tons of coal have been taken there, over 200,000 more than last year, and yet it is already evident that there will be a great shortage in the supply this winter. The first blizzard has come and the towns of Western Minnesota and Eastern Dakota are even now showing signs of great anxiety. The report comes from Huron that many people are preparing to bring hay burners into requisition, and a telegram from Adrian announces that there is not a pound of coal for sale in that town and some distress is reported among the poor.
Jamestown is going to have an important convention next week. The stockmen of North Dakota, who represent three fourths of the blooded stock in the territory, will meet here and discuss their important interests. Ex-Governor Pierce, President McLeod of the Brookings Agricultural college, Governor Church and other territorial officials are expected to be present. A full program shows the extent of the work laid out. Some fitting reception should be given these people, and Jamestown’s courtesies to strangers, so well and widely known, be again extended. It is conceded that Jamestown’s location and railroad facilities, make it preeminently the most convenient city in Northern Dakota for convention proceedings, and nothing so happily advertises the town as taking good care of strangers and showing them proper attention when here.
1912 – 100 Years Ago
The Midland railroad trains are now arriving and departing at the new station in Jamestown, and freight, passenger and express business are accepted from this station. The company is making out a new time card which will be ready in a short time. A daily train to Edgeley to connect with trains for the Twin Cities, South Dakota points and Chicago is now running. The handsome new passenger depot of the company will be ready for use about January 1st. The freight house is all ready in use and a portion of the same is being used temporarily for the convenience of passengers. Another engine to take care of the increase in traffic will soon be secured.
The grade for the new spur from the Midland tracks to the state hospital boiler house has been completed and is ready for the rails, which will be laid as soon as they have been received. This spur is three quarters of a mile long.
1937 – 75 Years Ago
Jamestown Residents Pay Tribute To Championship High School Grid Squad
The residents of Jamestown, led by a committee of football fans and with the assistance of the Elks and Masonic lodges and the city’s three service clubs, the Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions organizations, paid tribute to the Jamestown high school Blue Jays, unofficial state high school football champions, at a banquet and meeting Tuesday night. The banquet, attended by the members of the squad, their parents and representatives of the five sponsoring organizations was held at the Masonic Temple.
1962 – 50 Years Ago
Astronaut Writes To CC School
The Crippled Children’s School here has received a warm letter of praise and encouragement from Lt. Col. John H. Glen, one of American’s Mercury Astronauts.
Glenn had been sent a copy of the book, “The Best of Dogs in Peace and War,” by Harold K. Jensen of Mandan, a benefactor of the school. The book contained pictures of work being done at the school, which receives proceeds from the sale of the book.
Col. Glenn, addressing his letter to the boys and girls of the school, wrote: “There are certainly many kinds of courage, and the type that you must display in your constant work at the school is something that I admire very, very much.
“There are many types of handicaps, of which you are aware, but there are some that are not so visible also. Maintaining a constant ‘can do’ attitude in your endeavors is certainly of the greatest importance because it takes real courage to constantly strive for something that is very difficult.”
1987 – 25 Years Ago
Jamestown lift helps travelers
By John Damien
Sun Staff Writer
A prototype platform and lift assembly is making holiday travel more convenient and dignified for Jamestown Airport passengers with physical disabilities.
The lift is also the only such device known to be in use at any regional airport in the nation.
Passengers on crutches or in wheelchairs get on the steel-frame platform at the Jamestown terminal building. The unit is then lifted and carried by a fork lift to the door of the twin engine Mesaba Metroliners.
The unit provides a welcome change of service from what other airports across the nation offer passengers with mobility problems, according to Dr. Anne Carlsen, consultant to the Anne Carlsen School, Jamestown.
The unique orange and yellow platform assembly used here was designed by airport manager Gary Baker and airport shop mechanic Harold Mickelson.