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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - August 7, 1981, Bedford, Pennsylvania Combined with the Everett Republican established 1812 168th year 52 Bedford inquire Everett Republican August 1981 to tips 017720 single copy ten cents stayer trades hotel keys for time to travel by Linda Williams its the Only hotel left in the town of Ray stayer somewhat after 34 years in the hotel stayer is turning Over the keys of the Bedford hotel on East Pitt Street to its new Hyndman businessman Don in 1947 stayer and his late bought the old Gephart inn which became the Bedford i would have bought it he but an Eye doctor in beat me to he Only owned it 18 months and i bought it from the basement restaurant bar was added in 1949 and the Motel and apartments were added in people thought i was crazy when i started building a two Story he they told me no one would Ever want to stay on the second As it turned there were More demands for the second Story than there were for the most people liked the idea of having a porch to sit while stayer has been in the hotel business for More than three Hes worked at a variety of jobs Over the one of stayers first jobs was driving a school he drove for 13 years without an during those years he also hauled for eight years he ran the old Amoco station just a Shell a building at he time at the East end of in 1936 he became a partner in the bucket of blood or town tavern on be Fords East we had our liquor and Beer License and some wild stayer during world War ii he worked As a substitute in the Bedford Post office for three a stayer served As a Bedford county commissioner from 1951 to but its the hotel Motel business that dominates stayers he remembers vividly How you often got Little sleep in the the police would Call looking for or there were he truckers have always used the rooms a lot and they would Call me from the interchange to come and get often it was Zero degrees outside and 3 but i stayer remembers several Winter storms when All of the rooms were card tables were set up in the family living quarters and including the stayer grand played during the ice storm of stayer extended credit to a family from Pittsburgh and loaned them enough to get i got it All Back he stayer says the Motel business was booming until about five years travellers began coming before the 4th of july and we had to turn reservations he its an interesting he we had people from All Over the Ger saudia and a lot from the High Cost of gasoline and food Are limiting used to be every car was loaded with now we hardly see any he along with tougher times stayer says he has also seen people becoming less someone stopped from Cleveland one he and wanted to know How to get to a Good i told them to Park their car and walk and they won dered if it would really be they said they never walked anywhere in another Ray continues his Story a Man came Back the Alley looking for two he said there was just he and his wife and a couple of after the paper work was he pulled his car around and 11 people got stayer recalls that one of the 11 was very much i was afraid she was going to deliver any minute and there i would be stuck with this car full of people for at least ten he remembers and laughs when they pulled out the next morning i was so Happy i could have jumped Over a and they haunt taken Over the Only a few items were taken from the mostly just towels or he there was one Man who came in the night of the halloween Parade and paid for a an hour a also staying at the saw this Guy Back up to the taking the and everything that want nailed he got suspicious and wrote Down his License when i found the room he gave it to we called the police and had everything Back in a couple of the Only other theft he remembers is a Little Black poodle he and his wife both some stranger came in one he and the dog ran the next morning we discovered she was my wife said she would never have another then that Day someone called from Everett and offered us one of her it Hurt to go stayer remembers telling his his eyes soften As he remembers How Ethel looked As she picked up that she just put it he that he As he Points to the Black seated happily on a Bedford hotels proprietor for 34 Ray grinned at an item passing through an auction of per Sonal and said he Kitchen chair waiting to have her ears running a room renting establishment takes a lot of stayer he and Ethel did All the work for More than 30 years with the help of a Doneday week cleaning his and his wife ran the downstairs when Ethel died in january of Ray decided it was time to move it was just too much work for a couple of he he plans to retire in a Small apartment located at the Back of the living with him will be his Little a dog so lovable she would keep anyone from being stayer says Hes going to spend a lot of time taking care of the Flowers which Bloom abundantly around the fishing and Ray and his wife once served As ticketing agents for american trailways and together they visited 42 Mexico and travelling just got into my he if theres any time left i just acquaintances chatted with Kay stayer in Light jacket and dark at right of four men while auctioneer Linda Muir sparked interest in bidders at stayers Sale at the Bedford hotel this stayer quipped about the junk his late kept during their 52 years was looking Forward to a retirement that officially starts when Don May takes Over the auction memorable for stayer i dont believe in looking says Ray owner of the Bedford hotel on Pitt Street for nearly 35 you have to look its the Only future there stayer spoke philosophically As a lifetimes Worth of worldly treasures were paraded before the Public for auction this auctioneers Claycomb and Muir kept the crowd stayer and his family were both the junk brought Good Money and the Good stuff went they boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations revealed the sentimentality stayers had shown for each year they came out with something new and she had to have Ray she never threw out the she just put it on the attic to be he smiles As he says he will never live with another woman for 52 years who collects so much there Are electric hooked and plaited Dresser Candy boxes and boxes of toys outgrown by and old easter and table a Cherry Dresser goes up for Ethel paid for that at an auction 40 years Ray the Dresser goes for there Are two old Hickory one brings Only stayer is the second not nearly As goes for i paid for that second hand at the Crissey he a Hal dozen ladders Are a Friend walks you wont be Able to get up in the he you sold All your Ray stayer he likes to he continues to watch the he i have no just a lifetime of Good county musicians find time for a song by Bill Clark go Back 200 years and try to imagine a Day with no i radios or no telephones or j electric no no t expressways or a thousand Vij other modern conveniences j we just cant live i a work Day that started and i ended with the first and last rays of the the working in the Fields or the weaving making teaching i Bleak and harsh but it was also a Day when folks shared the work through quilting j Corn busking and barn i Day when i tame together to share food and pm time for a four area musicians have together a collection of traditional music in an album time for a the released earlier this contains eleven songs popular during the 1750 1850 performed by the local and a guest the original purpose was to create a recording for Sale at old Bedford Village with music from the time period the Village is supposed to explained Connie a member of ragweed and the vocalist on the the album cover photo is a scene at the these Are traditional for the reason that people Sang them to themselves As they went about their a Mother Sang these songs to her daughter As they worked passing them Scanga we spent a year researching for the album and that was really the hardest part of producing added Jerry the guitarist who came up with the idea after a visit to there is Little written history of the music in the Miller As we we Learned a lot and the concept of the album changed Miller said the group received some assistance from professor emeritus Samuel Bayard of Penn one of the leading collectors of traditional music songbooks in the world and an authority on traditional As we worked to authenticate the we came up with a list of about 30 and we selected the ones we Felt the general Public would such As Buffalo amazing Grace and Miller sex the album is the work of Scanga and both of Bedford Denny linger of the third member of the and Bob a full time musician from other selections include the Riddle old Joe Billy boy and several the sounds Are soft and just As a Mother might sing to her or a father to his son As they worked together on the family we could have used some extra but we kept the sound More like it was actually Sung or often these songs were Sung three in in Billy is the most on any Miller the instruments used in clude a appalachian dulcimer and hammered while the album was made primarily for Sale at old Bedford Miller noted that it is on Sale at port continued on Page 8 county urged to make changes to safeguard record keeping system the Bedford county bar association has urged the county commissioners to improve the courthouse record keeping those masses of books and documents that seem to record our every Contact with and whose accumulation threatens to burst the spaces holding inadequate facilities in the offices of Register of wills recorder of deeds were the subject of a bar association Resolution july but the Resolution also led to a courthouse tour by the commissioners during which deficiencies in every office were pointed the bar associations Resolution was directed to Register recorder Gerald recommending that he Lake such Steps As necessary to secure sufficient funds from the county to enable you to protect and maintain a report to the association by Martin Reiley concerning the condition of a number of Row offices disclosed alarmingly serious deficiencies of facilities and backup copies of original deterioration in original records and bound insufficient the Resolution signed by bar association president Gordon Stroup also said the association supports any and every reasonable Effort Yoder might make to secure Money for antiquated record keeping methods adversely affect efficiency in the courthouse Row according to Bedford county prothonotary clerk of courts Dick As he shows All but a few of the thousands of the file drawers in his office Are this system was great in but you cant do business that Way Hess said of the space business in this office is extremely diver and its grown by leaps and he the diversification makes it almost impossible to consolidate such and Hess noted that the Only room to expand his office would mean tossing the sheriffs office out of the it would be possible to microfilm some older then petition the court and state to allow destruction of the actual some of which have been moved to the courthouse basement Over the according to the Row Hess noted that the papers of recent criminal cases have been moved to a new file in another but he added that it took him three years to secure permission to Pur Chase the modern lateral file that allows papers to be stored rather than folded As they Are county records hold facts for everyone by Sharyn Maust some people think these records Are Only used by the tree climbers As i Call meaning genealogical buffs tracing their family said Gerald Bedford county Register or that its the private preserve of the said a nearby attorney with his nose in a Book in voters either the impression is not the thousands of records in this and the one of prothonotary clerk of courts Dick Hess across the Cour Thouse serve everyone in some As the office names these Are the places to Register a record a and file All civil and criminal court these Are also the offices that file financial marriage Oil and Gas military discharge names the principal in a local firm doing business As Yankee Doodle for estate tax Bench Highway building local com Mission papers of local elected and appointed of secured con tax tax collectors Domestic relations and births and deaths in the among other not Only must the Cour Thouse offices keep All these papers on each one must be indexed and putting the papers in the proper files in proper order and then making sure they can be found through proper indexing keeps the office staffs and the office holders seeking More the tasks Are More complicated than they As Yoder recording a deed involves approximately 26 different Steps by his office Hess added that keeping the records separated into the proper files is so important continued on Page 8 who is also the commissioners said the Basic problem of the courthouse is in the Register recorders where despite the efforts of Yoder to preserve the records and update their the records Are falling apart due to use and inadequate Stroup said the bar association has about the problem for six studied and finally decided on the Resolution because the lawyers recognize it will take planning on the com missioners part to solve the everybody has space Stroup pointing out As an example that there is no place to hold prisoners in the courthouse during a after hearing from Stroup and Reading their copy of the Resolution last the commissioners made a trip through courthouse with court administrator William the commissioners said the problems pointed out to them on the second floor included the need for lighting and floor improvements in the jury room and courtroom the poor acoustics in the courtroom the Lack of rooms for witnesses and others involved in and the cramped quarters of the probation the last being a series of cubbyhole that not Only serve the court administrator and probation but often double As space for witnesses who must be sequestered from other holding space for prisoners and places for lawyers to talk with their on the first the commissioners were treated to the crammed shelves and ceiling High filing cabinets in the offices of the Register recorder and Pretli notary clerk of courts Dick where the Only possibilities for expansion would mean displacing treasurer Mike Morrison and sheriff Fred Morrison and Hoover occupy the front Corner offices of the Small rooms that Arent really adequate for their functions but there apparently int any other suitable space for them available in the Complex of county the commissioners themselves moved out of the courthouse nine years ago to give the court related offices More but the crush of documents is overtaking that commissioner Howard Hinish remarked to Stroup tuesday that what the bar association is and the courthouse offices clamouring Are a number of things that require a great Deal of that was agreed by All those and another courthouse was not a replacement for the 1828 but a Structure to supplement although the com missioners contracted last Winter for a feasibility study on use of the former Bedford county Home for the that building was ruled out As a place for court related of the Large Structure in Bedford township is not adaptable to a they noted at the and it int possible to separate offices that have court functions from the court they the Home is several Miles from Bedford so it probably qualify As the county which could preclude either court or commissioners offices the findings of the Cour Thouse Cooks tour apparently Haven been discussed at length but the commissioners indicated some of the improvements suggested might be possible other changes would need Long Range and More

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