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From the Past . . .

From the files of The Jamestown Sun... Feb 2 – Feb. 8

1889 – 125 Years Ago

A Sociable Social.

A merry crowd assembled at the Baptist social last night, and chatted, listened to music and consumed vast quantities of oysters served in every style. The music was furnished by Mrs. Merry at the organ with some good singing by a male quartette, and interspersed with selections on the cornet by Prof. Voigt in his well-known style. The candy and peanut stand presided over by Miss Bennett did a large trade, but the chief attraction of the evening was the art gallery under the direction of Miss Atkinson which, however, had quite as much to do with nature as with art, and required to be seen to be appreciated. The subjects were mostly taken from home scenes, among those from foreign lands No. 25, “Caught in a squall off Yarmouth, England,” — a smoked herring — was very realistic.

1914 – 100 Years Ago

Substantially Built Building Used For Sleeping Rooms At State Hospital

Tuesday night the new building just completed for poultry purposes at the state hospital was used by about thirty patients and a number of employees as sleeping quarters. The building is a substantially built brick house, consisting of a central part of two stories, 20x30 feet in dimensions, and two wings 20x50 feet, with communicating doors from the middle building. The floors were laid with concrete, the building is lathed and plastered, and the walls have been painted, making the interior warm and comfortable. The rooms were heated with stoves, the building has electric lights and makes a good sleeping apartment for a number of more trustworthy patients who asked to be allowed to use the new chicken house for that purpose.

 Supt. Hotchkiss and the board of control decided to make use of this building, which has just been completed, as a temporary sleeping quarters, in order to make room for the other patients that are arriving from all parts of the state to be cared for at the hospital. The chicken house serves for an emergency, and unless it had been utilized for the purpose there would have been no way to care for the increase in the number of patients.

 1939 – 75 Years Ago

 Snowfall General Over State Today

 Seven Inches Had Fallen Here Up To Two o’Clock This Afternoon

By The Associated Press

 A rising wind and intermittent snow threatened to paralyze highway traffic in western North Dakota before nightfall as the state highway department warned all motorists to keep off the highways. The wind rose to 20 miles per hour during the day, driving the light snow into drifts and reducing visibility. Buses and trains maintained schedules but a Northwest Airlines plane skipped Bismarck although airlines officials reported visibility was fair.

1964 – 50 Years Ago

Beatles Get Delirious Welcome In N. Y.

New York (AP) — The Beatles, Britain’s rock ‘n’ rollers with the haystack hairdos, blew up a teen-age storm by arriving here. At Kennedy Airport Friday, about 3,000 delirious, shrieking, hooky-playing youngsters, many of them carrying Beatle banners, strained against police barricades to welcome the singing, guitar-strumming quartet. It was mostly girls, girls, girls. “I love them, I love them!” cried one. “They’re so cute!” said another. Pelted by jelly beans and candy kisses, all loving every bit of it, were Beatles Paul McCartney, 21; George Harrison, 21; Ringo Starr, 23, and John Lennon, 23. Lennon’s pretty blonde wife, Cynthia, accompanied the group but stayed well in the background. The Beatles, their records best sellers for months, were almost an American institution before they got here. Already on sale are Beatle wigs, boots, t-shirts, sweatshirts, toss pillows and scarves. In Britain, 20,000 rag-mop wigs have been sold.

1989 – 25 Years Ago

All Schools Closed

By The Associated Press

Gov. George Sinner said Wednesday it would be negligent on his part to have students attend class in 80-below wind chills and ordered all elementary and secondary schools closed in North Dakota to close today and Friday. The National Weather Service on Wednesday issued a winter storm warning for the entire state through today as the bitter-cold weather that had been plaguing Alaska blasted into the Plains, dropping wind chills to life-threatening levels. Sinner said he issued the order after consulting with Superintendent of Public Instruction Wayne Sanstead. Schools will not be required to make up the lost days, the governor said. Forecasted temperatures of 40 degrees below zero and 80-below wind chills are “as cold as I ever remember,” Sinner said. “I think to not recognize the risk that children will be in would be to be negligent to my duty,” he said.