In Years Past

In 1914, five jurors were selected at the trial of Mrs. Cynthia Buffum the previous day and more were selected this day. It was not unlikely that the trial would really begin the following day. As usual in murder trials, the defendant exhibited the utmost composure. Throughout the proceedings, Mrs. Buffum had not displayed any greater interest than the ordinary spectator. Indeed, she was quoted as referring a few days ago to the approaching trial as “the Buffum carnival.” It was also reported that in conversation with a visitor a few days ago she said: “I have never been afraid of death the way some people are. What’s the use of worrying?”

In spite of the fact that the money known to have been in the Lillie farm house at Silver Creek was missing and that both George Lillie, the aged man whose death occurred Sunday forenoon and his weak minded daughter, both showed decided symptoms of morphine poisoning, District Attorney William Sterns was of the opinion at this time that there was no foul play in the case and the disappearance of the money and the death at the same time was a coincidence which would soon be explained.

In 1939, when the old steamer Cincinnati was taken from the passenger service on Chautauqua Lake and towed to a trench opening into the outlet, to be used as a dwelling house, it signalized the beginning of the end of the heavy lake traffic of former years. The fire which burned her upper works to the water’s edge wrote finis to the story of the exciting days of steamboat competition and steamboat racing of which the Cincinnati was the most formidable competitor. The old hull buried deep in the mud and water of her berth would last indefinitely, if undisturbed.

Relief clients who pawned clothing issued to them and who cheated the welfare department in other ways would be prosecuted to the limit. Decision to this effect was made Thursday night at the regular meeting of the Jamestown board of public welfare when it was voted to request the corporation counsel’s office to assign one of the assistants to the prosecution of relief chiselers. The matter was brought up by the chairman, Fred A. Moynihan. Always a strong advocate of the prosecution of fraud cases, Mr. Moynihan said that such a policy would not only save money for the city of Jamestown but that it would protect the interests of relief clients who were rightfully entitled to relief wrongfully obtained by others.

In 1964, police moved in at midnight Saturday to raid a cock fight being staged on a farm near the Corry Country Club. Sixty-nine spectators were arrested and 42 gamecocks were taken away. The arrests were made in a barn on the farm. Officers said the fight apparently was no impromptu affair as the barn housed a special sawdust ring for the fighting arena and a concession stand had been erected for convenience of the spectators. In the fighting, the birds would slash at each other until one was dead or so badly cut he could not continue. Five of the cocks were dead when police arrived. Six others, badly wounded, had to be destroyed.

It cost pilot Arthur Peevers $310 to fly his plane from one of the world’s longest runways. Peevers of Cooperstown became something of an historical figure in the bargain. He was the first pilot to take off from the New York State Thruway in an airplane under a new state law. Peevers, a former bomber pilot, landed his plane on the 559-mile highway Sunday night when his fuel supply ran out. The $300 was the fee for taking off from the superhighway. The $10 was a fine for landing on the road in violation of the law. Previously, the law barred takeoffs and required that the planes be dismantled. State Police halted traffic while Peevers took off.

In 1989, the nation’s largest bookseller, Waldenbooks, ordered The Satanic Verses off store shelves for fear that threats of violence against the book’s author and publisher might extend to its employees. Telephone calls by The Associated Press to Waldenbooks stores nationwide found that the Salman Rushdie novel – which provoked the Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, to call for the author’s death – was available for sale on request in a few stores but was not on display. Employees answering the telephone at most stores said they had been instructed to say “No comment” to any questions about the book.”

Rescue crews prepared to take two Jamestown residents to WCA Hospital after a collision at the east end of the West Third Street bridge at 9:27 a.m. Linda Hines and Charles R. Jackson were listed in satisfactory condition at WCA Hospital late in the morning. Police said they were injured when Jackson’s car collided with the rear of a car driven by Tod Hines, 22 of Jamestown, which was attempting to make a left turn, according to police.