Sam Mednicow's Used Cars 2230 State Street, corner of London Drive Monday, January 25, 1971
Legendary local used car salesman, Sam Mednicow, was slightly injured when the space heater in the office of his used car dealership exploded on Monday, January 25, 1971. Several cars in his inventory were destroyed along with the office. Platoon 2, under the direction of Deputy Chief James Strain, responded with Engines 3 and 4, Ladder 2 and Rescue 1. The ladder pipe of the new ladder truck was put into action successfully despite the notoriously narrow mains on State Street at that time.
May 1, 1970 - (L-R) Councilman Ray Chase, Sr. joins Councilman Tom Pagnam, Mayor Bill Adams and Councilman Dick Macaboy, as the first foursome to tee off at Laurel View Country Club. (Photo courtesy of Tim Pagnam)
Councilman Ray Chase, Sr. (1923-2012)
Former Hamden Councilman Raymond Chase, Sr., father of HFRA member Ray Chase, passed away on January 21st.
Mr. Chase served as 1st District Councilman on the Hamden Legislative Council from 1968 to 1972, when he was an ardent proponent of many fire department improvements. Two new fire stations were built during his two terms on the Council. An avid golfer (see historic photo at left), Mr. Chase also served as Chairman of the Council's Public Works Committee.
The funeral for Mr. Chase was Thursday. The members of the HFRA extend our condolences to our brother Ray and the entire Chase family.
These photos were obtained through the efforts of Bob Mordecai. Much appreciated!
Church in factory photo was a case of mistaken identity!
Over the years, almost everyone who has commented on the 1938 Emergency Squad photo below thought that it was taken in front of Hamden's Whitneyville Congregational Church, including the website editor. But a recent revelation (no pun intended) confirmed (sorry!) that the church in the background was in Topsfield, Massachusetts, up the street from where the truck was manufactured.
The brass at the Wood Engineering Co. undoubtedly wanted a dignified backdrop for their handiwork before sending it off to Hamden, where it would serve more than 20 years as the "Squad," and another ten with Volunteer Co. 9. It was sold to a private buyer in 1971. Its present location is unknown.
February 27, 1938 - Hamden's brand new 1938 Diamond-T "Emergency Squad" pictured in front of the Topsfield (Massacusetts) Congregational Church, which still stands, just up Main Street from where the Wood Engineering Co. was located until the early 1960s.
From Editor Francis J. "Bud" O'Connor's weekly column, "The Melting Pot," in the December 30, 1952 issue of The Hamden Chronicle, we learn the truth!
Today - Topsfield Congregational Church (image taken from Google Earth)
1976 photo of the Whitneyville Congregational Church (photo by John Frohlich)