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From the Past . . .

From the files of The Jamestown Sun ...

Dec. 8 – Dec. 14

1888 – 125 Years Ago

The mass convention that met in this city yesterday was undoubtedly the most important political gathering in the short history of North Dakota. In this country of ours, statehood makes a great epoch in any community’s history, and that convention arranged the preliminaries and mapped out a line for concerted action which will place North Dakota in the sisterhood of states by January 1st, 1890. The great significance of the convention lies in the fact that it was the occasion of the first concerted move for statehood in North Dakota, and that such was its sole object. The delegates numbered over 300, and were composed of our intelligent, representative people.

The convention in its wisdom endorsed the conservative plan which contemplates admission in the winter of 1889-90, depreciates “undue haste” and favors the calling of a constitutional convention by the legislature.

1913 – 100 Years Ago

More Bros. Store Burns At Wimbledon

$40,000 Blaze Destroys Large Hardware Store – Origin Unknown

Wimbledon – Fire of unknown origin totally destroyed the large More Brothers hardware store this morning. The fire was discovered at 3 o’clock and then had such a headway that it was impossible to check the flames or save anything of value.

The total loss is estimated at $40,000, $20,000 on the stock and $20,000 on the building. It is thought that spontaneous combustion from mops used in oiling the floors started the blaze. The loss is fully covered by insurance.

The building was a double store structure, two stories high, or brick construction. The fact that the building was equipped with fireproof windows prevented the flames from spreading to nearby buildings. The large machine shed used by the firm located near the store, caught fire several times, but the flames were put out and no damage was done to the machinery stored there. A frame store building adjoining the burned structure was saved.

1938 – 75 Years Ago

Toys Will Serve As Show Tickets

Opera House Will Cooperate With Boy Scouts In Toy Drive

Jamestown children will be admitted to the Opera House to see a special comedy show Saturday morning at 10:30 o’clock if they will bring a toy – old, new, large or small – as their ticket of admission. Boy Scouts under the direction of A. B. Demo will repair, repaint and otherwise rehabilitate the toys for gifts to underprivileged children at Christmas.

The Lions Club is arranging for a room in which the Scouts can work in the preparation of the toys. Lions also furnish paint and other materials and, assisted by Boy Scouts, distribute the gifts the day before Christmas.

Toys of all sizes and descriptions will be accepted as Opera House tickets Saturday morning. If they are broken the only criterion will be that their repair must be within the extensive ingenuity of the Scouts.

1963 – 50 Years Ago

Officials ask drivers, pedestrians for cooperation after snow storms

As the city gears to face its second blizzard of the season, Jamestown law officials have called for more alert driving under the hazardous conditions.

Police Chief James Tally said this morning that accidents in the city have tripled over the normal average in the past five days, since the first blizzard hit town Saturday. All told, the police department has investigated 31accidents, 14 of them coming between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday shortly after the blizzard arrived.

Tally said that snow removal crews are working as fast as possible to alleviate the dangers of skidding and becoming stuck, but that drivers must exercise caution despite the efforts.

The city has had four trucks, four blades, two payloaders and a one-way plow working steadily since the storm subsided Sunday night. Twelve men have also been on fulltime duty removing snow, putting in a total of 480 man hours on the task since the project began.

Jamestown’s snow removal budget is $2,000 per year, but is usually exceeded. Last year, for example, the total cost reached around $8,000.

1988 – 25 Years Ago

Group set up to snag Sports Hall of Fame

By Michael J. Breen

Sun Staff Writer

Jamestown may soon be the site of the state Sports Hall of Fame if the town’s second effort to establish the tourist attraction is successful, according to Parks and Recreation Department Director Jack Brown.

Brown told members of the Parks and Recreation Commission Tuesday during their monthly meeting that by-laws are being composed and a location for the hall is under research.

A steering committee has been formed to bring the Hall of Fame to life in Jamestown. The lack of an organizing body contributed to the failure of a similar movement about four years ago, Brown said.