In 1913, Jacob Hardenburg, a wealthy retired grape farmer, whose home was in Westfield at the corner of Franklin and Jefferson streets, was struck by a Nickel Plate passenger train at the Franklin Street crossing the previous morning and instantly killed. Hardenburg was returning to his home from the Arnold Hotel in a light buggy and in the buggy had 150 pounds of dynamite, together with the percussion caps, fuses, matches, etc., ready for use. As it happened, the dynamite did not let go, one of the freaks of this explosive which could not be explained. The buggy was demolished but the horse Hardenburg was driving escaped practically unhurt. Hardenburg, well-known in Westfield, was in his 90th year.
Henry Rathben of Buffalo, an Erie railroad passenger trainman, was the victim of a bold robbery Friday afternoon when his watch, valued at $48, a watch chain valued at $15 and a charm worth $5 was stolen while he was asleep in a room at the Erie station in Jamestown reserved for train crews. Rathben awoke in time to find two men, both strangers, in the room, one of them having his hand under the pillow where he had put his watch. Rathben made a grab for the men but both got away. Rathben pursued them as far as the entrance of the station on West First Street but could go no further as he had taken off his shoes. One of the men was captured with the watch in his possession. The other man escaped with the chain and the charm.
In 1938, Jamestown and its potential clientele would have a full Christmas dinner basket. In fact, there was no imminent danger of a shortage of edibles and other household goods because of a strike of warehouse and produce workers in Buffalo. While considerable foodstuff normally came into Jamestown from Buffalo, there were numerous reasons why the city and suburbs need have no fear of the situation in Erie County according to local distributors and other handlers of foodstuffs who were interviewed by the Journal.
This day, the shortest day of the year, brought a 3-inch snowfall overnight to give Jamestown a "white Christmas" setting. Barren streets and roads were covered with nature's ermine, making both walking and driving slippery and precarious. The temperature remained practically stationary, holding near the freezing point most of the day when light flurries of snow filled the air.
In 1963, ironically, the beginning of the official winter season was expected to bring a respite to Chautauqua County from a weeklong battering of snow and arctic cold in the form of moderating temperatures. High winds, isolated snow squalls and bitter cold would persist this day but the Weather Bureau predicted temperatures would moderate the following day. It was expected to end a week of continuous snow storms, resulting in about three feet of snow. The total snowfall for the autumn season in the Jamestown area was 43 inches.
Through the help of volunteers, hundreds of Happiness gifts would be delivered over the coming weekend with the Merry Christmas greetings of all friends who had helped make them possible. The last packages were being done up in their Christmas wrappings so that all might be completed by Monday morning when the Morton Club of the Jamestown Fire Department would be on hand to deliver the remaining gifts to Jamestown families. Hundreds of volunteers had taken part in the project again this year.
In 1988, the Chautauqua County Department of Social Services had scrapped plans to publish a full-page newspaper advertisement to disclose the names of people who were behind in child support payments. The development occurred after both daily newspapers in the county - The Post-Journal in Jamestown and The Evening Observer in Dunkirk - had reservations regarding their liabilities if the list had been run as an advertisement as originally intended. "There were certain questions that needed to be answered before publication," said Donald L. Meyer, publisher of The Post-Journal.
Western New Yorkers might be dreaming of a white Christmas but they might not get one. That was the word from Chuck Tingley, meteorologist with the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service, on the official first day of winter. For a couple of hours the previous day, Tingley said, there was a chance of a record high for the date. But the mercury fell short, allowing the record of 63 degrees to stand. Temperatures began to cool this time after reaching 57. He said the snow had disappeared in Buffalo. "It's not looking too good for a white Christmas."