In 1912, a shooting affray which might have a fatal result, occurred in the morning at Westfield when, after some wrangling, Angelo June sent four or five bullets into the body of his son-in-law, Willie Pau, shortly after they, with others of a gang, had started work on a trench for the South Shore Gas Company on Franklin Street. At last accounts the wounded man was still alive but those who took care of him had little hope of his recovery. The one who did the shooting had not been arrested. Pau was the man who was arrested some time ago after chewing the ear of another man in a fight and was also credited with striking a foreman in the back with a broadax while at work on the overhead bridge on Portage Street.
The Spanish-American War Veterans' field music was in a flourishing condition, with a membership of 19, the largest of any fife, drum and bugle corps ever organized in Jamestown and rehearsals were held in the state armory every Tuesday evening. The members were supplied with khaki uniforms for the present, but it was expected to secure new uniforms before long and the organization would then be in a position to make a splendid showing on the streets of this and other cities.
In 1937, upstate New York counted two dead this day as the result of a heat wave from which weather forecasters predicted no immediate relief. William P. Liberty, 39-year-old WPA worker fell dead while helping to load a truck at the Glens Falls Airport. His death was attributed to "heat stroke." In Troy an iceman discovered the body of Mrs. Mary Mercier, 70, on the floor of her home. Her death was caused by heart disease aggravated by heat. Three deaths of swimmers seeking relief from the heat were also recorded. At Salamanca, Milford Howe, 16, was killed by lightning that struck a tree under which he had sought shelter from a thunderstorm.
Just as the final parade of the Southwestern New York Association of Volunteer Firemen was about to conclude the 29th annual convention of that body in Dunkirk Friday afternoon, the clouds opened and the rain fell in torrents. It was one of the worst thunderstorms of the entire summer. About 1,000 men and women marchers were drenched in the downpour, which filled some streets almost to the curbs. At the start of the rain thousands of spectators who lined the streets ran for cover. The first division of the parade continued to march despite the torrential rain. Bands played and marchers stepped, although uniforms were being ruined as bright colors mingled in the rain.
In 1962, a mysterious phone call in the night shortly before Marilyn Monroe was found dead added further conjecture to the tragedy that befell the blonde movie queen. There already remained the question of whether she died intentionally or accidentally. "I don't remember what time the call came in," said the actress' housekeeper, Mrs. Eunice Murray. "And I don't know who it was from. But knowing Marilyn as I do, I think that if this call awakened her, she might have taken some more sleeping pills." Coroner Theodore J. Curphey said the death of the actress was caused by a massive overdose of barbiturates.
A former Silver Creek woman who lost her life so that two small children might live, was buried there in the morning in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Mrs. Rose Josephine Valentine, 68, died August 3 in Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona of injuries received when she was struck by a car at a crosswalk at a city intersection. Mrs. Valentine was wheeling a baby carriage, containing two small children but managed to push it out of the path of the car before being hit. She had moved to Phoenix two years previously.
In 1987, a proposal that Chautauqua County Legislature contribute $500 to help buy black powder for a War of 1812 re-enactment was shot down by the Legislature's Finance Committee. The request was presented by James Muscato, D-Dunkirk, on behalf of Martin Garvey, public relations director for the battle re-enactment, set for the following Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15 and 16, near the Dunkirk Lighthouse. Muscato explained that the black powder to be used in the battle scene was expensive and the county might want to make a contribution toward its cost.
Gov. Mario Cuomo, the Senate and the citizens wanted it. The Assembly, superintendents and the school boards didn't: the right to vote on small city school budgets like Jamestown's. In his speech to announce the signing of the Hurd Aid bill which helped those districts, Cuomo indicated his displeasure with the Assembly for refusing to approve legislation giving residents of those cities the right to vote on their schools' spending plans. The Senate had approved the bill.