In Years Past

In 1914, two men in a Ford automobile at 2 a.m. in the morning drove up in front of the E.E. Guignon Hardware Store on North Center Street in Corry, in the main business center of the city, jumped out of the machine, heaved a brick through the plate glass window, cleaned all the goods out of the window and made a quick getaway. The police were still looking for the burglars. The haul included revolvers and flashlights. It looked as if the two were searching for tools to pull off some bigger job.

Martin Dennison was seriously injured near Ashville by falling from a barn on the C.O. Scofield place on Stone Ledge the previous afternoon. He was working with A.D. Lloyd and Clayton Lloyd roofing the barn, but strangely enough no one saw the accident. It was thought he might have been blown off the roof as a small hurricane was raging at the time. He was soon discovered in an unconscious condition and efforts were made to revive him which were only partially successful.

In 1939, hundreds of dollars damage to buildings, trees and crops was the result of the severe electrical, rain and wind storm which visited the French Creek section Thursday evening in addition to the $1,500 fire which destroyed the barn on the Earl Storer farm. The large basement dairy barns on the T.J. Neckers and Charles Green farms were each about half-unroofed and the steel roofs remaining on the buildings were so badly damaged that they would have to be removed and repaired. Anna Vander Schaaf’s barn lost about a quarter of its roof also. Silos on the farm of J.A. Beach and on the farm owned by Clifford White were in the path of the wind and were blown down.

William Peterson, farmer of Woodchuck Hill, not far from Frewsburg, was robbed of $100 by gypsies. He had been haying and was walking behind his team on his way home. A sedan drove up, the man driver, a gypsy, stopped and, with two gypsy women, got out of the car and came over to talk to Peterson who pulled over to the side of the road. They inquired where they could get some chickens and after Peterson answered their questions they jumped back in the car and drove away. Then Peterson remembered he had quite a bit of money in his pocketbook. He found it in his pants pocket. It was empty and he discovered he had been robbed.

In 1964, a search for a plane carrying a honeymoon couple reported down in Lake Erie near Silver Creek was called off the previous afternoon. The U.S. Coast Guard, responding to a report by residents along the lake shore between Silver Creek and Farnham that the wreckage of a plane had been spotted, conducted an extensive search of the entire area. No evidence to confirm the report was found. The search was sparked when it was revealed that a plane was six days overdue at Westfield, Mass. Coast Guard officials said the plane, believed to be piloted by Steward Simons, 38, of New York, could possibly have crashed in the vicinity of where witnesses reported the wreckage. Delores Geoffrey, 22, Simon’s bride, was a passenger in the plane.

From beneath the water to beneath the land was the transition slated for weeds currently being harvested by the Chautauqua Lake Association. The weeds were being trucked from pickup points around Chautauqua Lake to the dairy farm of Shiloh at Sherman where time and nature would decompose them into nitrogen-rich compost which would be worked into the soil as organic fertilizer. This was the second year Shiloh members had been involved in the laborious task of disposing of the lake’s abundant weed crop. Last year, one dump truck was used to transport the harvest to a pasture on the 220-acre farm.

In 1989, members of Cummins Engine Co.’s founding family paid $72 million for Hanson PLC’s holdings in the company, ending speculation the British conglomerate might try to take over the diesel-engine maker, officials said. The family members then exchanged the shares with Cummins for $67 million in notes, the officials said. Cummins was founded in 1919 by Will Irwin, the great uncle of J. Irwin Miller, a Cummins director and former chief executive officer. Hanson Industries, the American arm of Hanson, maintained all along that its purchase of Cummins stock was for investment purposes only.

Being reduced to a pile of rubble was the Triangle Restaurant, a sight familiar to motorists who frequently traveled either Route 394 or 474 in the Lakewood area, since it was located in the point formed by the intersection of the two highways. By later this day, most of the demolition debris was expected to be gone and the restaurant would be only a memory.