Witkop and Holmes

Witkop and Holmes

Contributing Writer Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist One of Brooklyn Square’s success stories was the growth of a small, perhaps little remembered business called Witkop and Holmes that grew from a single horse and wagon enterprise in the 1890s to a company that, by 1942, maintained five complete stores in western New York and had more […]

The City Market

The City Market

Article Contributed by Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist Old Brooklyn Square held one of the most marvelous places to shop in an establishment that was located at the convergence of Market Street and Forest Avenue when that thoroughfare made its way straight into the heart of the Square. I’m talking about the City or Public Market […]

Crescent Tool Company

Crescent Tool Company

Article Contributed by Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist The Crescent Tool Company was one of the premier industries in Jamestown when I was growing up in the 1940s and 1950s, and in their 2004 book Jamestown, Currie and Crocker referred to this company that had been established in 1907 by Karl Peterson, a Swedish immigrant from […]

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 […]