In 1912, Charles Mosshammer, a laborer in the employ of the Woodhead, Olson and Rifley Plumbing Company, was instantly killed in the morning about 10:30 o'clock while engaged in digging a sewer ditch in front of the new residence of J. W. Graff on Lafayette Street near the corner of West Fifth Street in Jamestown. He had the ditch down to the depth of about seven feet when the banks caved in on him. A number of the other workmen rushed to the rescue and soon dug him out but he was dead. So far as could be learned, the unfortunate man had no relatives in this city. He had been rooming at the YMCA and had worked for the plumbing company about three months.
Residents of the lake road in the vicinity of Fluvanna the previous evening witnessed the burning of an automobile owned and driven by E. H. Lindstrom of 617 East Sixth Street, Jamestown. The car was totally destroyed. Mr. Lindstrom was driving the car at the time with a companion. He said he had no knowledge of the cause of the fire. All he knew was the car suddenly burst into flames. He and his companion climbed out in a hurry and got out of danger. Mr. Lindstrom said the car was valued at $2000. He had insurance on it of about $750.
In 1937, New York state Democratic clubs in convention at Niagara Falls were asked to pledge continued support to the politics of President Roosevelt and Governor Lehman. A resolution proposing such endorsement was introduced by Assistant United States Attorney General Robert H. Jackson of Jamestown. Jackson's resolution also declared that "the record of Governor Lehman's administration is our platform in the state election this fall." Before the resolution was proposed, delegates heard Postmaster General James A. Farley predict in a speech that "the accomplishments of the Roosevelt administration will last as long as the republic."
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Lakewood Hose Company met at the village hall Thursday evening. It was decided to have a baked goods sale October 2 at Tabor's News Rooms. The dues would be increased from 25 cents to 50 cents, payable twice a year. The auxiliary would buy uniforms to be worn at firemen's conventions, parades, etc. After the business was conducted, Bunco was played, the first prize going to Mrs. Harry Hoag and second prize to Mrs. Merle Homer. Refreshments were served.
In 1962, Crescent Niagara Corp. of Buffalo, parent firm of Jamestown's Crescent Tool Co., had purchased a Hartford, Conn. business, forecasting the possibility of increased production and employment here. Announcement of the purchase of the hand tool division of Billings & Spencer Co., of Hartford was made the previous afternoon. Company officials said the move strengthened Crescent Tool's position in the hand tool industry.
Around-the-clock police protection was requested in a communication received by the Lakewood Village Board from the board of directors of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Noting that there had been a number of burglaries and break-ins, as well as auto thefts, recently, the Chamber of Commerce asked that police service be put on a 24-hour a day basis. The police force operated with a three-hour gap, from 3 a.m. until 6 a.m. when village police officers were not ordinarily on duty. Acting Police Chief Anthony Caprino concurred in the desirability of having his department functioning on a full-time basis.
In 1987, upper window panel insets were in place in the addition to ALLTEL New York at Fourth Street and Prendergast Avenue in Jamestown as progress continued toward completion by late January or early February. The building and the new addition would house the utility's local, district and state operations, along with headquarters for its northeastern region.
The fledgling Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History was looking for a new president. Dr. Harold D. Mahan, president since January 1986, announced he would leave in November to take the post of executive director of the prestigious San Diego Museum of Natural History. "I'll really miss all of my friends here and being president of this emerging Institute but an opportunity like this comes only once in a lifetime," said Mahan.