In Years Past

  • In 1913, the scene in the Buffum poisoning investigation had shifted from Little Valley to Buffalo. Mrs. Buffum was there. District Attorney Cole was there. The detectives in the employ of the district attorney were there. What the next move would be no one in Little Valley could say with authority. That an indictment had been returned against Cynthia Buffum charging her with murder, first degree, in that she poisoned her husband, there was little doubt in the minds of those who were present in the courtroom the previous day and witnessed the appearance of the grand jury. That Mrs. Buffum was taken to Buffalo, for the purpose of obtaining from her incriminating statements, seemed equally certain.
  • The death of Edward Brown Mitchell, one of the most highly respected and best known residents of Sinclairville, occurred at the family home in the village the past evening, following a serious operation for acute laryngitis. Mr. Mitchell had suffered very seriously from throat trouble for some time and the poison from the diseased portions had so permeated his system that he was unable to rally from the operation. Sincere sympathy was extended to the afflicted family. Mr. Mitchell had been a native of Sinclairville, born there March 6, 1850 and had spent his entire life there. About 30 years previously, he went into the vinegar business developing an extensive plant in Sinclairville and recently acquiring the practical ownership of the still larger plant at Kennedy. He was a man of sterling character and splendid disposition, loved and respected by all who knew him.
  • In 1938, Charles Long of Bird, near Salamanca, was killed Thursday by a falling tree, dying before his son Wesley, summoned from nearby Machias, could reach him, it was reported. Mr. Long was said to have been crippled by rheumatism, to such an extent that he was unable to get out of the way of the tree when it fell. He had been cutting wood on the Clarence Pixley farm where he was employed. Besides his wife, he left two sons, Wesley of Machias and Ralph of New York City and a daughter, Mrs. Pauline Snow of Ithaca.
  • The new traffic circle plan for control of congestion in Brooklyn Square in Jamestown was hastily shelved by city council after a single day of trial but the system would probably be revived soon after the Christmas holiday. A petition protesting the ban on parking in Brooklyn Square as a result of the new system was received from 39 merchants of the area. This was backed by the personal appearance of George Moon, Harold Lundquist and Ernest Carlson. Their objections, based entirely on the disappearance of parking space, left room for the statement that the new plan might be workable and acceptable if inaugurated at a different time.
  • In 1963, an 80 percent increase in enrollments at Jamestown Community College was expected by 1970. This was disclosed in a special report prepared by L. Douglas Fols, director of student personnel services. Projecting data obtained from 11 area high schools which collectively accounted for 70 percent of present JCC enrollment, Mr. Fols predicted that the present enrollment of 456 full day students would be increased to 819 by 1970. The figures indicated that the first impact of the population bulge confronting high schools could be expected at JCC in 1965 when enrollment of 682 students – 50 percent more than at present – was predicted.
  • The Jamestown Retail Merchants Association would provide free bus rides for downtown shoppers between 10 a.m. and noon beginning the following day until the day before Christmas. The trips would originate from Falconer, Greenhurst, Ashville, Lakewood and Celoron. Seventy-five merchants were sponsoring the service which was expected to transport close to 1,000 people downtown daily.
  • In 1988, the Civic Center Development Plan would be used as a guideline for revitalizing the central downtown business district of Jamestown but specifics of the plan were not carved in stone, according to local officials. “The plan is a concept – a guide for growth,” said Mayor Steven B. Carlson. “We’re not bound by anything in it. It’s just a consultant’s suggestions.”
  • A Jamestown retailer who claimed seniority over the competition in downtown Jamestown, was in his 50th season of operation. “I am not aware of anyone who has been in the downtown area any longer than 50 years,” said J. Raymond Peterson of Lynn’s Jewelry at 7 W. Second St., who was marking a half century of near continuous activity in the city’s business district. The only break in his association with the store was the result of his brief service with the Army in 1944. The business that was Lynn’s Jewelry was founded in 1891 by S.P. Carlson, who came to this country from Sweden in 1881.