SALAMANCA — On behalf of the Salamanca Area Historical Society Museum, Dr. Gail D. Thompson, Ph.D. announced that two of the museum’s newest exhibits are temporarily on display in the foyer of the Salamanca Municipal Building.
One display, “Salamanca’s Earliest Industries,” expounds upon the livelihoods of the earliest settlers (1800s to early 1900s), which were, in fact, directly linked to the area’s abundant hemlock forests.
The hemlock forests provided homesteaders not only with logs for homes but also served as a means for gleaning a cash income.
Cleared land and byproducts from the felled trees eventually spawned the establishment of several local industries which then propelled the initial growth of the City of Salamanca.
Dr. Thompson invites all to check out the exhibit to discover what the area’s first industries were.
A second display focuses on a rather comical episode occurring in 1912 when two NYS inspectors ordered Salamanca to close 15 of its 38 saloons. One can only imagine the ensuing brouhaha that developed between tavern owners.
According to records, the dilemma was solved through a public referendum in which it was decided that all saloons should be closed.
While this did not sit well with many local pallets, Louis Torge, a local businessman, found an equitable solution — a solution that is revealed in the display.