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In Years Past

December 27, 2013
The Post-Journal

In 1913, carrying home Christmas groceries and packages to his family in their little home on Johnson Avenue in Jamestown on Christmas Eve, John D. Laphey slipped and fell into a pile of broken glass severing the artery in his right wrist. It was a sad Christmas Eve in his home, where his homecoming was awaited until the following morning when his body was discovered and the news of the accident reached his wife and family. Laphey had been a character about the city. He was better known as "Shorty" Laphey. He sold cowslips, horseradish and various greens and in this way, was well known. He had been also a member of the street cleaning department work force.



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