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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - April 11, 1975, Bedford, Pennsylvania Rat fort combined with the Everett Republican established 162nd yeast Ai Bedford inquire Everett Republican april 1975 single copy ten cents restoration recalls proud past Early Bedford Home retains Rich heritage editors one of the most attractive restoration projects in Bedford in recent years has been the Washabaugh Hartley along the Banks of the Ray town at the Corner of Pitt and East the nearly 150 years is known today As and has been tastefully restored by its current the Forrest former Bedford once the Home of Daniel be Fords postmaster during president Grants administration and an energetic major of the Bedford county it later passed into the hands of John with his brother William built the bed Ford Crystal steam Mill at the East end of and is today remembered for by Winona Garbrick Twenty one in Pennsylvania Money of roughly Between and seems a fairly reasonable Price for four acres of Good piece of land Between the town lots of Bedford and the Bridge on the South Side of the Ray town Branch of the Juniata such were the words on a deed executed Between John Andrew May and the Perm heirs on March when May received the land on which the Washabaugh Hartley House was to Rise half a Century deed Book Page 488 sometime within the next 33 years there appeared brewery and a malt House erected thereon by whom is not but Reading Between the lines of the second one May guess that John May intended to develop some sort of business on his for it seems that he had arranged to sell two acres to a certain John evidently Gorman was to put it he had not Only defaulted on his payments to May but had also neglected to pay the the land had once been offered for Sale by the sheriff but remained in his hands for want of after seven years had May was he wanted his he requested a Legal twelve land viewers met in attorney Job Manns after a they gave their considered judgment of the property and fur spiced their report with the opinion that within seven years Gorman should have realized enough profit from the brewery to get himself out of soon sheriff George armed with a court held a Public on november John May bought Back his two for plus court deed Book Page 471 eight years one Jacob May received the same two acres from John whose residence then was in Bowden possibly this transaction was a private family it comes to Light in the third telling that Jacob of Ross sold the property to Daniel Washabaugh of Bedford on August deed Book Page 516 that raises interesting questions when it is compared with that of a historical plaque on the Washabaugh Daniel Washabaugh is sup posed to have come to bed Ford in if he and if he built that House in one he passed a did some other person build it can the Date on the plaque be verified at this Point it is unlikely that the True answers May Ever be however it May have Washabaugh was destined to live in the mansion for about 70 he was not a county he was born in nun the Washabaugh Hartley House along East Pitt in Bedford is an outstanding in and had moved to Bedford from his wife was Sarah Mclaughlin of state line in Washington archives of the Bedford presbyterian Church give glimpses of the family As the Washabaugh name appears from time to Sarah became a member in by 1840 she had apparently persuaded her husband to join childrens baptismal dates Are in the Church a Tiffany memorial window bears the and death dates of Daniel and his their family included eleven two of whom died in one son was killed during a civil War Washabaugh was a Man of varied in Schells annals of Bedford county he is described As an energetic major of the bed Ford county an organization that existed Between the years of 1822 and example of restoration in the known for the two men who owned it Over a Span the old Brick distillery was one of the Early buildings to go up on the and remains shrouded in a tangle of Briar and heavy wooden doors open to the afternoon of nearly 150 it has been restored and converted into apartments by current and Forrest a Wing the main Lection of the an enclosed Collo Nade connecting the and a grape Arbor original character of the retained in keeping with the old the House today is known As its landscaping designed in keeping with its from time to time he held elective once even serving a term in the state during president Grants one he was be Fords Washabaugh was also a owner of a brewery or distillery located on his As Well As the builder and owner of a foundry and machine shop on the adjoining some years afterwards bought by Peter Shires and John the Bedford Gazette of the 1830s carried occasional advertisements of his its location not apparently it was Well known in this in later he retired and moved to making his Home with a p he died in 1894 at the advanced age of before Washabaugh probably because nearly All of his children had married and moved his House was offered at Public on april it was purchased by George a daughter whose Home was in her deed showed that the lot extended 153 feet along East Pitt Street and 300 feet North to the Ray town Branch including this new data erected thereon a Brick a Brick Spring Brick smoke House and a Frame by this time the property was within the most of the East Pitt Street Section having been annexed some time deed Book Page let Tirol quite two years on March Crane sold the old place to John deed Book Page the Washabaugh House was once More to be the dwelling of a Lon lived its new like Daniel was a Man of Many born at mount Dallas near Everett on november he was a descendant of the William Hartley whose farm Lay on part of the land traditionally belonging in lamed Indian Johns education was obtained at the Bedford classical the historic Entrance carries the plaque at the Side of the main upon his he was employed first by Abraham builder of the old jail Long since then later by Joseph John and his brother William built the Bedford Crystal steam Mill along the Ray town Branch at the East end of it remained in operation until 189495 when it burned to the never to be in John was an employee of William a after the panic of he joined a new the Hartle Russell but later formed a partnership with John Bowers from which evolved the present Hartley National during those Busy Hartley found time to serve a term As county com and for a period he was an appellate at the beginning of his married on May he lived in Snake Spring Valley with his first Lucy later moving to after Lucy died in he married Annie Cramer of when he died on october he left his three and three shortly the House and lot were offered at Public but As a suitable bid was not the family retained some rather complicated arrangements ensued within the next third of a in the course of time it fell into Harrison Hartley it was not until May that the executors of Harrisons will transferred the property to Irace deed took pages 585 and 587 on that same four fifths of the interest became vested in Harry her together they lived there the remainder of their joined in later years by another during their a number of changes were within the House a new Furnace was new bathrooms came the old time Kitchen with its fireplace was much Inix Ier the Kirn was replaced continued on Page 8 on the Village Square guests from new and Windber were among More than 200 to attend the 50th anniversary open House of the Paul Detwiler on sunday the Detwiler also received numerous bouquets of gifts and cards on the arranged by their two Emmert Beegle of mar and of and Dave Wilkinson and Todd and of visited his and Harold Over the easter the Everett Bible Baptist Church honoured its oldest living glee with a special service sunday Spencer is 72 years old and has been a member of the Church for at least 45 Chestnut Ridge High school presented the Loaring twenties Nanette april it and 4 at the High the shows stars included Joe Handy Kelly voc Beverly Nancy Colleen Iai Moss Snider and Cheryl Dikum Victoria Smith directed ingenuity seas the word Over the As county residents rushed to cover up the first of the Early Blooming Spring Flowers from the chill of the latest cold snap continued on pane r events of die week postal officials filed a juvenile petition monday against a Bedford area charging him with the theft of a Treasury Check and attempting to Cash the Check was reported stolen april i from the Mailbox of Kose mounted the youth was picked up by state in an unrelated matter involving stolen social Security postal inspectors who were in Bedford monday said they were still investigating a series of such thefts in an area encompassing and the inspectors and secret service agents have been working since last september on what appears to be a mail theft Check forgery postal inspectors from Altoona said their information and that of secret service agents from the Pittsburgh office has been turned Over to the and offices in order to coordinate the efforts a Large number of the thefts apparently took place within the jurisdiction of those divisional postal inspectors had said some time ago that they were hoping to go for indictments of at least three the charges will be presented to a Federal grand jury by at the inspectors said one of the arrests took place As far away As and indicated that no one from the Bedford county area is suspected of being it was suggested by postal authorities thai persons receiving regular government checks should meet the postman or retrieve the checks from their mailboxes immediately in order to remove the Opportunity for such a and pension checks arrive on the 1st of each month social Security checks on the Bedford Borough workers Are greening the grass in the Public sediment from the sewage treatment Plant was spread tuesday to fertilize the nearby residents recommended a Gas mask for strolling around the Square and courthouse owners of about 500 downtown Bedford properties Are being asked to help document the history of their a research team of heritage commission members gathering data and a questionnaire has been prepared for the which to Date is be Fords Only federally approved Bicentennial it involves production of a new map and tour guide of a 20block work has begun on the map and on plaques that will designate historic buildings detailed information is needed before either is hopefully by the project area covers All properties Between East and West streets and from the River South to Watson it was noted that some plaques installed in a spa project during the 1930s were inaccurate because of insufficient data or inadequate questionnaires for use by current owners Are available at the county commissioners heritage commas sign office in the Anderson and rpm the research the team includes Bill coordinator Vaughn Elizabeth Legrand Perce Tom Imler and Austin the wind just it was clocked at a steady 25 Mph most of with gusts in the 35 to 40 Mph in windows were broken at Murphys and Becks mens a House still under construction South of Everett was seen flipping its garage roof during the Day and a Large portion of the garage was a window was also broken in the Bedford Murphys Bedford Hospital had to switch to its own Power for a time in the morning when a transformer a roof was peeled off an old store building in new and a barn near Buffalo Mills was observed to be losing its utilities reported some outages scattered around the the ban on vehicles in Tow on the Turnpike was continued until Daybreak the Somerset Pike interchange had been closed to traffic attempting to exit there thursday evening it was reopened Friday a trucker was admitted to Bedford Hospital for observation thursday night after his Rig flipped on its Side on the Breezewood exit ramp it was caught by a blast of wind on the ramp a Frame apartment under construction at Hopewell re 2 was picked up by High winds thursday about 6 tossed against a Concrete Block three car forcing the garage to fall against a nearby Frame the garage and two cars parked inside it were according to a report by a member of the the buildings and one of the autos Are owned by Fred the other Auto is owned by his Cheryl Dodson had left the apartment where he had been working just shortly before it blew on Friday the remains of the garage were stacked against the Dodson Home which suffered some damage in the and Dodson and their five children Are remaining in the remainder of the undamaged part of their a family member estimated total damage at approximately she said the buildings and their contents were april 1975 state police Are investigating the theft of eight Rolls of Snow Fence from the patience cinder pile along legislative route Penn Dot said five Rolls of Fence disappeared Between March 19 and three More Rolls were reported a truck stolen in Bedford last wednesday night or thursday morning was recovered monday outside the truck belonging to Paul Patterson was found in the parking lot of the first United Church of Christ in Borough police said there was no damage to the and no sign of the Kenneth of Bedford re was handed a or sentence by magistrate Kenneth Jewell tuesday for failure to pay costs on a guilty plea to four charges filed in Claar had apparently failed to make payments on fines assessed after he pleaded to charges of underage consumption of reckless driving and driving with an altered All filed by Bedford and operating without a lodged by stale Claar was jailed last week on a theft by deception charge filed by Borough police and was recommitted in lieu of the Ali burglary of a summer Home in Mann township was reported to stale police the Keith Carpenter of Loti said a stove and numerous household items were police Are april 1975 the 1utilu Utility commission has granted Potomac Edison i conditional million annual rate increase for electric customers in Fulton and Somerset coun another million increase sought by the company was suspended by the Puc in a 41 ruling rates will climb about 9 per cent under the new continued Page t

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