In Years Past

In 1914, the trail of Cynthia Buffum for the murder of her husband, Willis Buffum, by the administration of arsenic was drawing to a close. It was expected all the evidence would be in by Saturday and by the end of the week the woman might know her fate. Wednesday was a discouraging day for the defense. The prosecution hammered away on the motive which, it was alleged, impelled the woman to kill her husband and on the manner in which it was alleged he was killed. The confession which Mrs. Buffum made to Prosecutor Cole at the Hotel Touraine in Buffalo was admitted in evidence. In this confession she told how she put poison in her husband’s food and she told of her relationship with Ernest Frahm. She had asserted over and over again that this confession was made without any promise of immunity.

The most important matter from a newspaper standpoint considered by the grand jury in Mayville which completed its work and was discharged this afternoon, was the case of Edward Beardsley, the Chautauqua County outlaw who for over a week stood off the sheriff department of the county after shooting Overseer of the Poor, John G.W. Putnam. The jury returned four indictments against Beardsley. Two of the indictments were for assault, first degree and two for burglary and larceny and receiving stolen property. The burglary was alleged to have been committed in the town of Chautauqua a year previously. It was alleged Beardsley stole a valuable harness and $75 worth of furs.

In 1939, while William Young, Fredonia Village Electric lineman, was at work in the topmost branches of a tree Friday, his neck came in contact with a high voltage wire. He tore himself loose from the line and fell 25 feet to the ground. At Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, it was said indications were he had suffered a broken leg in addition to a bad neck burn.

The next Democratic National Convention for the nomination of a presidential candidate would take place in 16 months, about the first of July of 1940. For that event the pattern was taking shape. The situation might be modified by foreign war – with or without our participation. Omitting that possibility, the pattern was emerging with fair clearness. As of the present, there was little likelihood of the Democrats re-nominating Mr. Roosevelt. They were not likely to re-nominate him nor to nominate any one of his choosing.

In 1964, the New York Legislature’s Republican leaders moved to clear Gov. Rockefeller’s $2.92 billion budget for passage with only token reductions after giving up hopes of increasing school aid. Assembly Speaker Joseph F. Carlino’s bid for a multi-million-dollar boost in state aid for education collapsed when Rockefeller turned down two plans to provide more money for the schools. “There’ll be no increase in school aid,” Carlino told The Associated Press. “I did my best but I was outweighed.” Carlino, R-Nassau County, had championed the cause of New York City suburban-area lawmakers who sought more financial help for their mushrooming school districts.

Purchase of two portable “fogger” spray machines for use in an experimental project to combat the lake fly was authorized by directors of the Chautauqua Lake Association. James D. Bayliss, Driftwood, chairman of the CLA Pest Control Committee, said chemicals used in the “foggers” had been demonstrated as effective in killing flies without harm to other animal or plant life. Under the pilot program which he outlined, it was planned to keep one machine on each side of the lake where they would be quickly available to deal with swarms of flies as soon as they were reported.