Brooklyn Square Pharmacies

Brooklyn Square Pharmacies

Article Contributed by Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist Before the advent of modern pharmacies, such as Rite Aid and CVS, old Brooklyn Square offered residents on the south side of Jamestown two pharmacies: South Main Pharmacy at 39 South Main Street and Harvey and Carey Drug Store at 7-9 South Main. When I was growing up […]

Fenton Park

Fenton Park

Article Contributed by Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist Before the Fenton mansion became the Fenton Museum and History Center and before its address was changed from 68 S. Main Street to 67 Washington Street, the dwelling and its grounds, originally named Walnut Grove, were known by the residents of the Lost Neighborhood and the adjoining area […]

Christmas Past Perfect

Christmas Past Perfect

Article Contributed by Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist Brooklyn Square is the guiding light of this column, and it has always been my pleasure to share my memories and those of other historians with my readers about that area of the city that was once considered the heart of Jamestown. I say heart because it was […]

The Salvation Army in Brooklyn Square

The Salvation Army in Brooklyn Square

Article Contributed by Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist With the holiday season approaching and Thanksgiving just around the corner, many Jamestonians may recall the neighborliness that has existed between city residents and one of Jamestown’s oldest organizations that always found its home in Brooklyn Square–the Salvation Army whose campus is now located at 83 South Main […]

The Roosevelt Theater

The Roosevelt Theater

Article Contributed by Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist The Roosevelt Theater, beloved movie house of children who lived in or near the Lost Neighborhood and beyond in the late 1930s and 1940s, became a staple of childhood Saturday and Sunday afternoon entertainment. Matinees featured Westerns starring Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, the Lone Ranger, and […]

JCC and the Lost Neighborhood

JCC and the Lost Neighborhood

Article Contributed by Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist When Ann Dahl Luce wrote about her memories of Jamestown Community College in the Winter 2011 issue of the JCC Alumni Magazine, she reminded all of us that the first community college established by the state of New York in 1950 had a rather humble beginning. Having no […]

Fashion Clothes

Fashion Clothes

Article Contributed by Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist When M. Lorimer Moe claimed that a Swedish immigrant had “long operated one of the last old-style Swedish tailor shops in the city” in his book Saga From The Hills: A History of The Swedes of Jamestown, he was referring to Ernest Lindquist who owned and operated Fashion […]

The Palace of Sweets

The Palace of Sweets

Article Contributed by Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist The Palace of Sweets! What a royal and mouth-watering appellation for a confectionery shop owned by three Greek brothers from the charming town of Amalias. Chris and George Hennas came to Jamestown in the early 1920s to open their business in what was then Roosevelt Square. They had […]

What’s in a Name? (II)

What’s in a Name? (II)

Article Contributed by Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist In my previous article “What’s in a Name? (I)” that appeared in the April 17 issue of the Jamestown Gazette, I speculated that Jamestown’s Brooklyn Square was named “in honor” of Brooklyn, New York. What gave credence to this “Brooklyn-by-analogy” theory was my research that was based on […]