In Years Past

In 1914, Simeon G. Cooney of Bradford, Pa., murdered his wife at a sanitarium in Dansville, N.Y. this day. Mr. Cooney, unperturbed, announced the fact to the clerk. An immediate investigation resulted in the finding of Mrs. Cooney’s body in the room assigned the couple on their arrival the past night. She had been hit with a picture and then choked. Mr. and Mrs. Cooney arrived last night, the wife stating that her husband was ill and that she had brought him to the sanitarium for treatment. hey were assigned a room but no record was taken of the man’s illness. Superficial inquiries by Dr. Arthur Jackson, head of the sanitarium, indicated that Cooney was suffering from acute mania. He was approximately 40 years of age as was his wife.

Patrick S. Collins, attorney for Cynthia Buffum, was unable during a day of technical questioning to shake the testimony of four physicians that Willis Buffum died from arsenical poisoning.With the testimony of Dr. Herbert M. Hill of Buffalo; Dr. O.S. Martin, coroner of Cattaraugus County; Dr. Marshall L. Hillsman of Little Valley, who attended Buffum during his last illness; Dr. William B. Johnson of Ellicottville and Dr. Albert G. Lake of Gowanda, who, with Martin, Hillsman and Hill were present at the exhumation of Buffum’s body, the people closed the first stage of its case against Mrs. Buffum.

In 1939, in a Nazi demonstration that filled vast Madison Square Garden in New York, leaders of the German-American Bund stood under the sign of the Swastika to denounce international Jewry, some members of the Roosevelt cabinet and any American alliance with European democracies. While uniformed storm troopers marched inside the Garden, which at official estimate held 20,000, a moving throng of anti-Nazi theatergoers and the merely curious, milled about in the streets outside. About 1,500 police reserves stood guard over the area while violence spurted up inside the Garden and out.

Gabriel Rhodus of Sanford, Fla., a panhandler, charged with being a disorderly person, received a sentence of 30 days in the county jail at Mayville when he entered a plea of guilty to the charge before Justice Howard J. Fisk at the Falconer Community Building. Rhodus was arrested by Chief of Police Wesson Paplow after he had turned loose a barrage of verbal abuse at Manager Lathrop of the State Theater. “You might just as well give me 20 years now,” was the comment of Rhodus, “because I am a deserter now anyway.” As near as officials could determine, Rhodus claimed he was on his way to join the navy or some other branch of service when he was arrested. He had been imbibing bay rum at the time of his arrest.

In 1964, Kathy Buck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Buck, was Bemus Point High Schools 1964 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow. She achieved the highest score at Bemus Point in a written knowledge and aptitude examination given in December. General Mills, sponsor of the program, had awarded her a “Homemaker of Tomorrow” pin to signify achievement and her test would be entered in competition for state honors.

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities adopted 1964 budgets for its Electric and Water Divisions authorizing disbursements for the year which added up to $6,064,576 – 9 percent above the past year’s total of $5,571,126. More than 41 percent of the new budget was accounted for by a list of nearly 30 projects for improvement and expansion of the electric and water systems designated as special projects. A proposed $200,000 item for the construction of a new office building for the BPU, which had been included in the list of special projects presented to the board, was the only item eliminated from the list.

In 1989, an amended bond resolution to finance renovation of the Unigard Building in Jamestown as a south county government office complex was expected to come to the attention of the Chautauqua County Legislature again the following night. The resolution called for borrowing $1.7 million to add to the $2.4 million already approved for Unigard Building remodeling and was intended to complete renovations to the sprawling structure on Fourth Street. The resolution failed to get the required two-thirds vote at an earlier meeting, when it was opposed largely by the Democratic minority.

Jamestown Mayor Steven B. Carlson would participate in a news conference in Buffalo set for 11:30 a.m. the following morning to make an announcement that would be “very important and very exciting for our community,” Carlson told The Post-Journal. However, the mayor said, “I can’t tell you what it’s all about yet.” He did say there would be two major announcements, one in Buffalo and one in Jamestown. He could not specify the location of either news conference but that the information at both, “is tied together.”