In 1913, the singular poisoning case at Little Valley was attracting more and more attention in Western New York. A staff man from the Buffalo Express commenced following the story on Sunday. Laura Buffum, 10-year-old daughter of the late Willis Buffum, the contents of whose stomach was being analyzed for arsenical poisoning, was herself being treated for the same drug. The child was dying from the results of poison said Dr. M.L. Hillsman. He claimed that her condition showed an improvement. He did not think, however, that she would live. When The Express' reporter climbed the hill to the Buffum home back of the fairgrounds in the bright sunshine, he was confronted at the door by Mrs. Buffum's mother, Mrs. Colf, of Jamestown, who had come to take charge, as she put it. "Has Mrs. Buffum any statement to make as to what she thinks is the nature of the malady that affects Laura?" was asked. "No," was the emphatic reply. "She will not talk to anyone."
Fire caused by lightning at 11 p.m. Sunday night destroyed the large farm barn on the Benjamin Clark farm, on the road between Levant and Ross Mills, destroying the building and all its contents. The fire lit up the sky as seen from Jamestown so that hundreds of residents saw the reflection and many thought the fire was inside the city limits. The lightning struck the barn when all the members of the Clark family were asleep, so before anyone could get to the barn, it was all in flames. Fortunately, no livestock was in the barn except for two pigs which were destroyed in the fire. The granary and horse barn were saved by a shift in the wind.
In 1938, Dickson Seagard, accomplished young singer with the A Cappella Choir, who graduated with the June class at Jamestown High School, died Tuesday afternoon at the family residence on Linden Avenue in the city. He was aged nearly 20 years. He had been afflicted with a chronic heart ailment for a long period. The youth was born in Jamestown, Nov. 1, 1918, the elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Axel L. Seagard, who survived with a son, John Seagard. Seagard possessed an unusually beautiful high baritone voice and won a superior rating in the sectional contest of the Western New York Music Festival at Fredonia, making him eligible for the state contest, where he received the rating of excellent-plus the past May. This in turn made him eligible for national competition which he was never able to enter.
The Creche sponsored a beautifully staged fall fashion show of apparel furnished by the Abrahamson-Bigelow Company at afternoon tea the previous day at the Hotel Jamestown, with over 400 women in attendance. The proceeds would go toward the Creche children's ward maintained at the WCA Hospital. An artistically lighted runway, banked with autumn foliage, had been erected nearly the length of the ballroom from the stage, with a gorgeous stage lighting scheme and background. The society mannequins promenaded the length of the runway and back with the audience seated at either side. The fashion commentator was Mrs. Harvey M. Osgood, who announced from the stage the various numbers listed in groups on the printed program and gave pertinent hints at the latest in the correct milady fads.
In 1988, despite a statewide population increase in New York, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties lost a total of 5,422 residents between 1980 and 1987, according to figures announced by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Chautauqua County's population in 1987 was 141,600, down by 5,325 from the 146,925 residents counted in the 1980 census. That was a 3.6 percent decrease. Cattaraugus County lost 997 residents, bringing its population to 84,700 in 1987. That was a 1.2 percent decrease. The 1980 census figure was 85,697.
The year's grape harvest was about finished and the crop looked fine, according to James Weidman III, vice-president of communications for Welch Foods, Inc. Welch Foods was the world's biggest producer of Concord grapes. Weidman told The Post-Journal he expected the year's harvest to be down about 5 percent from the previous year in the tri-state area of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Weidman said, however, that the past year's harvest was the second largest in Welch's 119-year history.