In Years Past

  • In 1914, Friday, the second day of the convention of the Art Metal Construction Company’s salesmen, was occupied by a demonstration of salesmanship in Plant No. 1 and a banquet served at 8 o’clock in the Hotel Samuels’ dining room. The banquet, which was attended by about 80 of the salesmen and the heads of the local departments, was a fine example of the friendship and good business relationships which existed between the salesmen and the Art Metal Construction Company. The great esteem in which B.C. Couchman, the sales manager of the company, was held by the salesmen, was made manifest at the banquet, when he was presented with a gold watch and a beautiful silver loving cup as a token of the salesmen’s appreciation of him
  • C.M. O’Connor and James Williams of the Emery Pipe lines were driving toward Bradford, Pa., in an automobile when they discovered a forest fire in the vicinity of Howard Junction. Dismounting, they at once made efforts to extinguish the blaze and were shortly spurred to renewed efforts by the discovery that nitro-glycerin magazines and barn of the American Glycerin Company were in the immediate neighborhood and were threatened with destruction. A battle of this character was not usually sought but as there was also danger in retreat, the fight was continued until the fire was beaten out and the property saved.
  • In 1939, truck drivers and operators resumed negotiations at Syracuse in an effort to avert a statewide tie-up of the over-the-road trucking industry. The meeting at which a state labor mediator was expected to take part, was a continuation of a five-hour meeting at which representatives of the truck drivers, chauffeurs, dock workers and helpers union (AFL) and the Associated Trucking Industries Inc., representing the operators, failed to agree. Union officials then postponed for 48 hours the deadline for a strike, which would bring the new deadline to midnight this night.
  • The Kendall Service Station on East Main Street at Fredonia was minus the sum of $42. A holdup at the point of a gun the previous night, resulted in the loss. D.V. Hogan, the station manager, was checking the days business and stood at the cash register with his back to the front door when a man with a blue handkerchief covering his face, except his eyes, came in and came close to Mr. Hogan, saying, “Stick ’em up or I’ll drill you.” He then ordered Hogan to the corner of the room, keeping him covered with his gun all the time. The burglar then rifled the cash register and took all out including one Canadian dollar bill. The police were called and all surrounding area was searched by flashlight but no clue was obtained.
  • In 1989, in an effort to clear city streets of illegal drug use, the Jamestown Police Department had made 44 arrests of alleged drug users in the past six days. “Street checks have quadrupled in the last month. When you do that you are going to have an increase in arrests,” Capt. William MacLaughlin told The Post-Journal. The increased patrols and arrests had made a marked difference in drug use and loitering on city streets so far, MacLaughlin said. The push was in response to citizens’ and local merchants’ complaints about loitering and blatant drug use in public.
  • Local party leaders were split over what impact Gov. Mario Cuomo’s campaign bank account would have on the 1990 gubernatorial race. So far Cuomo had $5 million but hadn’t said whether he would seek a third four-year term as governor. “It’s quite a war chest to have. It will make it difficult for the Republicans,” Warren I. Gertsch, Chautauqua County GOP chairman, said. “It’s a hell of a head start, let’s put it that way. I wouldn’t mind having that much,” Gerard Fitzpatrick, Cattaraugus County GOP chairman, said. But the Democratic county chairmen had a different view. “That isn’t a lot of money,” said John Dillenburg, Chautauqua County Democratic chairman.