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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - May 9, 1975, Bedford, Pennsylvania Combined with the Everett Republican established 162nd year 45 Bedford inquire Everett Republican May 1975 single copy ten cents dedicated in 1860 Bedford primary school is 115 years old it was a cold mor Ning on february when David Over stepped out of the doorway of the Bedford inquirer pulling his Muffler up around his ears and hunching his shoulders against the Force of the he May have wished he had not read the Farmers almanac which told of More sleet and storm to he followed a narrow Slick and smooth in places where children had making his Way South to the Edge of where half a Block beyond the Barclay Home stood the new com Mon schools recently completed and on this Day opened for the Winter whatever discomfort he suffered on his Way to visit this Fine building in appearance and a most Beautiful lot of about two acres in the Southern part of town pleased him for he described it As by far the Best looking building in four new teachers his delighted comments almost approached the Point of his editorial in the Bedford dated february closed with these words we feel proud of our new school House and doubt whether there is another town in the state anything near our size which can show As Fine school according to Over Many years past the children of our Borough have been stored away in Damp basements of churches and rickety excuses for school and the schools themselves were conducted upon such an old fog and ineffectual plan that the erection of this Brick and Stone and the hiring of a new staff of four new and experienced teachers was a cause for great coat rooms outside shown on the county map of 1861 is a picture of the today known As the Bedford primary and As Bedford South the Fine new building consisted of Only the Middle Section of the present Lessig and Lynch were the contractors for the framework and exterior masonry John Jordan was in charge of the finishing it had an 80 foot was 54 feet and had two each 14 feet Entrance was made on either the North or South Side by wings each ten feet deep outside the building the teachers had their coat there were four rooms on the lower each 25 by 30 and on the second Story there were two rooms of the same and a elegant room 25 by 60 by the standards of the Day be Fords primary built in and dedicated in will be 115 years old this the equipment was for these rooms Are All fitted up with Large and firs class and Means of and the furniture is being placed in v one ungraded school it is Likely that White children were the Only ones sent to the big new common for in the 1861 county superintendents mention is made that Bedford had one ungraded school for coloured we also know that Pennsylvania Law enforcing integration was not passed till some years after the civil records formerly in the Possession of Lizzie Bain Lysinger showed that in some years the coloured school enrolled Between 50 and 60 they must have crowded the Little two room Brick building still standing diagonally across from the Atlantic service station on West Pitt the negro population has steadily dwindled since those when coloured men were the Hack stable janitors and handymen of the and the women were the hotel Cooks and it is doubtful if at any time since 1900 there have been As Many coloured children at school in the whole District As were registered in the 1860s and 70s in that one and what of the teachers who were the men and friends of those 211 pupils who braved the wintry weather to be present on the first Day dedicated on a bitter cold morning in it was described As by far the Best looking building in and since has seen generations of local youngsters pass through its in its including ornamental trim was Spring Blessing in during the old Home week Celebration held in the Trees which Tower Over the school today were just much As the children in knickers and Pinafore who played on its front the Saint James episcopal Church celebrated rotation sunday in the rotation gives thanks for All growing things and for the oncoming As part of the Peter Mackey gave blessings to animals brought to the ser vices by members of the Over tells us the school opened last monday under the superintendency of Dickerson a graduate of the Lancaster county Normal school now Millersville state teachers assisted by misses and Bellinger of our for Many years to come the attendance on the first Day was 211 which will probably be increased to building affords sufficient room for our Borough for Many years to those Lucky teacher have had Only 50odd pupils in each room the annual report of Henry then county superintendent of reveals that Dickerson received the princely sum of and the ladies each a month for the and the term that year was two today our most 1 of whom have had Long experience and College receive from to depending on their and teacher classes much smaller in size those of a Century by the end of the 1860 school year in Bedford Borough 145 males and 128 females had been it is almost incredible As one reads further to learn that in the Borough the average Cost of teaching each child for a month was in 1860 contrast that with instructional costs of for the Bedford area school system comprising ten municipal areas and roughly on fourth the this sum was by far the highest in the county the one most nearly approaching it was the monthly Cost per Pupil of Broad top at the other sex Schellsburg was Able to educate its youngsters at the lowest per capita Cost in the com menting upon the Beauty and convenience of the new Union school in it will have a salutary effect upon the Rural districts of the entire it made them Happy in a Way that he had not the Penny at for in the civil War year of 1860 Pur Borough citizens were burdened by a heavy tax rate of Mills for school and Mills for other school expenses in this District were quite High for the Little Community of 800850 for comparisons Sake the Bedford with a total budget of million last listed anticipated local tax revenues totalling ground for the slightly Over two acres Pur chased from William Daugherty and his wife had Cost the building itself Cost nearly while in furnishing the school fencing the ground the old Iron Fence still is and Orna menting the Campus brought the total close to compare this with the million Cost today for the joint project of constructing a new Bedford Middle school and renovating Hyndman High a Day of glory for the new school came with its on the Village Square the found in the Bedford inquirer of March says in part the dedication of the Union school House took place on Friday there was quite a gathering of our people on the the meeting was opened by who introduced the superintendent of Dickerson delivered a com and practical speech on the subject of school and con Vinced our citizens that our school is in charge of a gentleman fully competent to discharge his state spoke on the subject of education and the common a lec Ture that occupied some two hours in the thereafter the building entered upon its Long term of duty that has age up to the Century and contributed by Winona with grateful acknowledgement to Fred files of both the Gazette and Samuel past county superintendent of schools Robert Robert and our own Lizzie Bain the Post office again reminds Rural route customers of the Bedford office to have correspondents use their Correct re and Box numbers for All mail they new employees will soon be starting on several of these routes and the Lack of a Box number will make on time delivery More nostalgia was the theme Lor the annual Spring concert of the Bedford High school chorus Friday As selections ranged from the roaring twenties to the the 96member chorus was joined for the first time by the eighth and ninth Grade which each Sang special the United methodist Church of new Paris consecrated the renovation of its Sanctuary and building addition with the Hugh District of Ruth Hammer and Margaret Adams of the Bedford county Anne Paul and Iva Johnson of the Everett free and Lila Pennell and Pauline Ross of the Saxton Library at tended the Library workshop held in Bernice Hadesty of Everett returned this week from a visit with her brother in and her first plane and Ethan Barron have returned to their Juliana Heights Home after a weeks visit in new where they attended the National hotel and Motel con Ruth Ann and Melvin Mearkle received the band band Booster award at the Abc bands Spring concert the award commemorates the Many hours devoted to fund raising activities by the two Over the last five the Bedford unit of the Bedford county memorial Hospital auxiliary held its annual membership Coffee wednesday at the Home of and Bruce Hoare in Meadowbrook a program to Recycle Glass and paper began sponsored by the seven churches in Cove Council of ministry youth activities sponsors will announce centers where separated Glass and bundled paper May be picked Nellie Mellott has been a patient at rehab Hospital in and would appreciate cards from the mailing address is room rehab 4950 Wilson and Salvey and children of Clearville have moved into the former John Nave property in friends which they acquired parents of students in Chestnut Ridge High schools senior class plan an after glow following the prom on May interested persons Are asked to donate door or contribute in any other Way Contact May be made with the High Westinghouse names general manager for three area plants Ronald Hart has been named general manager of the Westinghouse electric corporations insulating materials which is comprised of plants in West Manor and following his graduation from Penn state University in 1957 with a Bachelor of science degree in chemical Hart joined the Westinghouse transformer division As a materials and processing in 1961 he became a technical service Engineer with the Licarta materials division from 1966 on Page 8 events of the week Hoxie of six mile died monday morning of Burns she sustained when her clothing caught fire at her Home officials at the Burn Center in West Penn said Johnson died As the result of Burns on 80 per cent of her her Ruth Ann remained in critical condition at the Pittsburgh Hospital she sustained Burns on 20 per cent of her body while trying to extinguish lie a spokesman for the Hospital said the fire apparently ignited when Johnson was putting a pan of water on the stove around 7 her daughter was in another room at the two persons were admitted to Bedford Hospital and four others were treated following a Headon collision on route 30 just East of the Bedford Borough line wednesday bar Bara Ann of Bedford re one of the and her were listed in fair treated for cuts and abrasions were Margaret Marie of 30fl Penn and three More Hall 14 and state police said Blosser car was eastbound and went on the wrong Side of a medial strip where Pitt and Penn streets damage to Blosser convertible was set at to Halls 1968 the first National Bank of Bedford announced thursday it intends to establish a Branch Bank in or near Manns first National applied april 21 to the office of the comptroller of the currency for permission to establish the the Banks third such office in addition to the main the Bank has a Branch in Schellsburg and a driven facility on North Richard Street in first National officials said the move will alleviate the Large volume of business now handled at present will provide More convenient service to the Manns Choicener Baltimore and is an indication the Bank retains Confidence in the potential growth and development of the Bedfor Manns Choice a Complete description of the proposed Bank must await final approval by the comptrollers work resumed tuesday on the Bedford following a Long workers began delivering materials for the roof of the Structure on and tuesday began or waterproofing the corrugated Metal deck currently covering the other construction will continue when the roof is principal tenants of the Plaza will be the Murphy and a and with additional space for a theatre and drug approximately Square feet of space Hast yet been the plazas opening is anticipated in about five or six officials James and his of new visited recently in Charles son of the Charles Waltemire of Green receives his degree in elementary education saturday at Shepherd Charleswil be among More than 430 to with the commencement address to be Given by archbishop Fulton Charles was named to who was a member of Theta i president of his residence member of the student an Honor and this year assumed the presidency of the student a total of Cou lians Are qualified to vote in the May 20 according to county election who completed their tally the number is a decrease of from last novembers the current breakdown shows republicans and 214 other since last the republicans lost 714 parly the democrats 3c5 and such As independents and for the 1974 registration stood at including republicans and 243 april 1975 the Pleasantville pharmacy has received a 60day Extension of its temporary sewerage holding tank which was to expire april the Bedford county townships and boroughs sanitary had issued a 90day permit in by the end of the three the corporation said that either West Clair township had to enact a holding tank or the a permitted septic tank at the pharmacy would have to be removed and an alternative on lot disposal system the located along route 56 at Alum Bank and built by the Chestnut Ridge economic development could have been the township enacted an but recently the department of environmental resources refused to approve the ordinance because it did not conform to certain terms of the state sewage facilities the township and and their Are studying rewording of the the county commissioners tuesday proclaimed May 411 As resource stewardship the proclamation was requested by the Bedford county conservation the action is to encourage local churches to cooperate in holding special services to proclaim our dependency on our natural May 1975 the county planning commissions vote monday to approve a package sewerage treatment Plant for the bed Ford Village Park and three Industrial Sites want necessary or intended at this county commission Robert Sweet said the Plant was not a formal proposal to be presented for commission Sweet explained it was Only an inquiry by Engineer Joseph Lehman to various agencies to find out what their reaction would be to the the letter dictated by commission director Olin Horton said Only that there would be no objection to the proposed Sweet he explained that the idea was Only one of three being explored the other two entail a per Day Plant for the Park Only and a system to pump the water across the River to a Plant to be located there instead of on the Southeast Corner of the Park property As in lehmans the final Choice Hast been when it Sweet a proposal will be submitted for commission review and he noted that the com missions vote this week apparently would constitute Legal approval if the Plant is the one a building under construction on North Spring Street at the Corner of West third in Everett will House a highs the store will be a combination Dairy and Quick highs is owned by of the company has a Chain of 30 such Bedford firemen were called to a flue fire at the Robert Baker residence near Imle town at the Blaze was quickly Bedford postmaster Woodrow Clapper reminded recipients of monthly veterans and social Security payments that they should be sure their checks carry Correct recent realignment in be Fords Rural routes has changed Many patrons route numbers and Box Clapper noted that there is space provided on the reverse Side of their monthly payment envelope for address and if the change is submitted within 12 Days after it will be corrected by next veterans checks Are normally distributed on the on Page 3

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