In Years Past

In 1914, Cynthia Buffum had written to friends that her attorneys would have a surprise to spring in her plea this summer for a new trial before the court of appeals. The woman had frequent conferences with members of her family in the death house at Auburn and her letters were full of confidence in the new turn of events. It was generally assumed that the surprise to be sprung lay in searching medical and genealogical history on Willis Buffum, the convicted woman’s late husband. She had been found guilty of administering arsenic to him in his medicine and in his food. A bomb had been dropped into the prosecution during the trial that Willis Buffum had for years threatened his life, his wife’s and his childrens’. On that, the defense sought to raise doubt whether the man had not committed suicide.

Two Jamestown boys had good reason to thank luck and a woman’s acute hearing that they were still alive. The affair occurred on the lake a week ago Sunday but had just begun to be told in Jamestown. It was another of those canoe accidents which were coming to be altogether too numerous to be joked abut on the lake. The young men were Roy Brier and Roger Bailey. The two had been up the lake to get a canoe which they wished to bring to Jamestown. The day was raw, the wind quite high and the water, as they found, very cold. The progress down the lake went all right until opposite Beechwood when the canoe capsized, throwing them into the cold water. The two hung onto the boat with what strength the cold water left them. After an hour a woman thought she heard cries for help. Two men rowed out to their aid.

In 1939, 10 members of the nine schoolboy patrols of Jamestown and Lakewood, chosen for their outstanding achievements, would leave the Jamestown Automobile headquarters on Cherry Street the following Thursday to attend the eighth annual National Schoolboy Patrol parade and conference in Washington, D.C. The local board of education, through Clinton V. Bush, superintendent of schools, had excused the local boys from classes to attend the conference. The boys would participate in a street parade Saturday morning from the capitol to the White House, together with nearly 12,000 boys from all over the country.

Representative Daniel A. Reed, Dunkirk Republican, voted for the bill of Representative Hobbs (D-Ala.) to place deportable aliens in concentration camps. The bill was passed in the House of Representatives by a roll call vote of 288 to 61. The measure allowed the secretary of labor to create special places of detention for aliens who had been ordered deported and whose own countries would not re-admit them. Several classes of aliens were affected: Those who were ordered deported under the acts against anarchism and the opium traffic; those who had been sentenced for crimes involving “moral turpitude,” those who had dealt in white slave traffic however remotely and whether or not they had been tried and convicted for it. As opponents of the bill pointed out, men and women could be kept in the camps for crimes committed and punished years previously if their own governments would not take them back.

In 1964, Western New York was a “fertile area” for participation in the economic potential of the nuclear age. This was the view expressed by James C. Evans, Buffalo, general manager of the Western New York Nuclear Research Center, at a meeting of the Jamestown Industrial Development commission at the Town Club. Evans cited the recognized position of the University of Rochester as a leader in nuclear research, together with the new $28 million nuclear wastes reclamation facility under construction at Ashford, in Cattaraugus County and the research center in Buffalo as comprising a “science triangle” which put the western section of the state in a position to share in the benefits of the nuclear “revolution.”

Air travelers to and from the Jamestown area would be introduced to several new Allegheny Airlines services starting May 15, the airline announced. Nelson B. Fry, Jr., executive vice president, said the new schedule would feature air conditioned, pressurized 52-seat Convair service on two New York-Philadelphia-Jamestown-Cleveland flights. This marked the introduction of the airline’s larger equipment here. There would also be a one-stop flight to New York’s Newark terminal from Jamestown. A new flight to Cleveland, making connections there to Chicago and other key points would operate at 9:19 a.m. from Jamestown. Improved connections at Newark to and from Allegheny flights serving Boston, Hartford and Providence would also be featured.