John Buffum (1891 - 1968)

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John Buffum
1891 - 1968
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March 5, 1891
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October 1968
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Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa 50536
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John Buffum was born on March 5, 1891. He died in October 1968 at 77 years of age. We know that John Buffum had been residing in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa 50536.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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John Buffum passed away in October 1968 at 77 years of age. He was born on March 5, 1891. There is no information about John's immediate family. We know that John Buffum had been residing in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa 50536.

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In 1891, in the year that John Buffum was born, James Naismith, at the Springfield Massachusetts YMCA, invented the game of basketball. Originally using two peach baskets and a soccer ball, he created the game to keep his students active during the long, harsh New England winters.

In 1905, at the age of merely 14 years old, John was alive when the Niagara Falls conference was held in Fort Erie, Ontario. Led by W.E.B. Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter, a group of African-American men met in opposition to racial segregation and disenfranchisement. Booker T. Washington had been calling for policies of accommodation and conciliation and these two men, along with the others who attended the conference, felt that this was accomplishing nothing. The group was the precursor to the NAACP.

In 1915, John was 24 years old when in April, the Ottoman Empire rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Turkey. As their actions continued through the next several years, an estimated 600,000 to 1 million Armenians were killed by Turkish soldiers.

In 1948, John was 57 years old when on May 14th, the State of Israel was proclaimed by David Ben-Gurion, who became Israel's first Premier, and the U.S. officially recognized Israel. That evening, Egypt launched an air assault on Israel.

In 1968, in the year of John Buffum's passing, on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

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