I’ve been bedeviled about the name of what was once the Inland Valley’s grandest department store. Was it spelled Buffum’s, Buffums or Buffums’?
The store was mentioned in Sunday’s blog, in which it was spelled Buffum’s. A recent letter to me from a former employee spelled it Buffums’. I checked some books.
Charles Phoenix spelled it Buffums. Gloria Ricci Lathrop spelled it Buffum’s. The Pomona Centennial Committee book spelled it Buffums’. Sigh.
I asked the kind folks in the Pomona Library’s special collections room to lay this matter to rest. After some checking, the intrepid Allan Lagumbay e-mailed me back: It’s Buffums’. He attached two photos of the exterior as proof. If I could put photos on these blog posts, I’d present one of them.
This matters because tomorrow’s post is about the store. Which store? Why, Buffums’! Now the name will be spelled correctly. And I’ve gone back and fixed Sunday’s post.