In 1913, a report from the Jones General Hospital in Jamestown the previous afternoon stated that Mike Capuana, the Italian who was shot Wednesday morning was still living and that his condition was practically unchanged. Joe Aleo, the man accused of shooting him was still a fugitive. He had disappeared as utterly as though the earth had swallowed him up. Realizing the importance of capturing the man, the entire resources of the police department were drawn upon to head off his flight but without avail.
Developments in the Buffum case came rapidly after the arrival of Mrs. Buffum at Little Valley. The first was the withdrawal of her counsel, Henry P. Nevins. The second was the appearance of Mrs. Buffum before the grand jury. The third was the indictment of Ernest Frahm, the young farmer who was supposed to have furnished the motive for the wholesale poisonings. The district attorney was quoted as saying that he regarded Frahm as more guilty than Buffum. It was alleged that Frahm suggested the plan of poisoning husband and children, promising to take Buffum away from Little Valley after they were dead. With husband dead and children seriously ill, it was said that Buffum had claimed Frahm urged her to increase the dose of poison.
In 1938, Lillian G. Dickson, principal of the Falconer Street school in Jamestown for 41 years, who taught school over 50 years, died the previous day at the hospital in Sarasota, Fla. after an illness of five weeks. She retired in 1933 after serving as principal since 1892. Dickson spent the greater part of her life in Jamestown and was a general favorite with the children and teachers alike who came within her sway.
High among the profound events which each year ushered in the Christmas season in Jamestown was the Sunday afternoon vesper service at the First Presbyterian Church, when the high school A Cappella choir presented its annual Christmas program for members of the Mozart Club. The large auditorium was packed to its utmost capacity for the impressive musical ritual, which would be repeated the following Sunday afternoon for the public at the same church.
In 1963, Jamestown Municipal Airport was within "shooting distance" of setting a new record in the volume of its commercial airline traffic. This was the rosy prospect reported to the City Airport Commission by Chairman Theodore A. Peck. Peck cited reports from Allegheny and Mohawk Airlines indicating that during the first 11 months of the year, 24,012 passengers arrived at or departed from the Municipal Airport. This was 2,708 more than was recorded during all of 1962. If traffic held up during the remainder of December, the airport might top the 26,000 mark which would surpass the current record set in 1959.
The big-game hunting season in New York state was over, and statistics showed that fewer deer, bear and hunters were killed during the current year's season than in 1962. An Associated Press tally showed that nine hunters lost their lives while after big or small game. Two others died of heart attacks. The past year's total was 15 and 4. Final figures on deer and bear taken were not yet available. However, the total probably would be below previous years. The apparent drop in the number of big game taken was attributed to a disruption of hunters' plans by the closing of the forests, a sharp decrease in the number of hunters in the woods the weekend of President Kennedy's assassination and unusually warm fall weather that slowed hunters down.
In 1988, four turtles wielding ninja weapons, the brainchildren of a sandwich maker and a self-described hack cartoonist, were threatening to move into the top 10 of the Christmas toy market. "They are just flying off the shelves," said David Valentine, a toy industry analyst for Standard & Poors. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had hit No. 11 in the Toy & Hobby World charts of best sellers just four years after they were conceived by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman during a late-evening sketching duel.
"Brrr" just about summed up the reaction of most folks to temperatures on this morning that set a record low at the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service. Meteorologist Dave Sage reported an official low reading overnight of 9 below zero, commenting, "It's certainly a record for us here and for so early in the season." Readings ranged from a relatively balmy zero in the Westfield area to minus-24 and 27 in the Conewango Valley.