Clearfield Progress (Newspaper) - April 28, 1966, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
TODAY TOMOFlRbW v BY GEORGE A. SCOTT, EDITOR OF THE PROGRESS Education in Focus A Study in Contrasts Let's go back 20 years - 1o the 1946-47 school year for a look at education in the Clearfield Area in that post-World War 11 year. The contrast with today's educational program and facilities in the same area is somewhat startling. Except in the larger, wealthier districts of Clearfield, DuBois and Philipsburg, education in 1946-47 for the most part seemed to be still the sleeping giant referred to in our previous article and operoting generally in a horse and buggy stage. Some school programs and services which we take for granted today either did not exist or were being introduced for the first time in 1946-47. Each township or borough, with two exceptions, operated its own school district as a separate entity "and the scope of its educational program was limited not only by finances but by the foresight of its school board and educators and by the demand or lack of it of its citizens. There were 48 school districts in Clearfield County that year, plus two jointure systems - the Coalport-lrvona joint operation of a high school and the Houtrdale-Wood-ward twp. jointure for grades 1-12 which was in its first year of operation. This year there ore 36 districts in the same general area and effective July 1 this number will be reduced to eight under the state school reorganization program. Some districts operated their own junior and/or senior high schools; others sent their students to another district as tuition pupils. There were 795 tuition pupils from 16 townships and boroughs attending Clearfield Borough Schools in the 1945-46 school term and Lawrence and Bradford Townships alone furnished 285 jupior high pupils in the 1946-47 term. At least 13 township or borough high schools have since disappeared a$ a result of organization of jointures and new building construction. Twenty years ago there were high schools at Beccaria Township (Coalport), Bigler Township (Madera), Brady Township (Luthersburg), Cherry Tree Borough, Coalport-lrvona (located between the two communities). Cooper Township (Drifting), Houtzdale-Woodward (Houtzdale), Huston Township (Penfield), Mahaffey Borough, Morris Township (Morrisdale), Osceola Mills Borough, Sandy Township (DuBois) and Westover Borough. Most of these onetime high school buildings ore now being utilized for elementary or junior high classes, of course, for along with the discontinuance of the township ond small borough district high schools was a gradual closing over the years of one-room and outmoded elementary schools. Starting cs early as 1913, school districts reporting to the office of the Clearfield County Superintendent of Schools began closing one-room and other schools until payments from the state at the rate of $200 per closed building are being made on 348 buildings this year. The combined budgets of the 48 individual districts plus the two jointure systems in 1946-47 totalled $2,143,-136, In contrast, the DuBois Area District, composed of 11 onetime individual districts in Clearfield and Jefferson Counties, is operating on q budget of $2,870,529 and the Clearfield Area Jointure on a budget of $2,182,137 this year! Perhaps indicative of the seemingly low key role that education played in the lives of the general public 20 years ago is the sparsity of school news thot appeared in The Progress during that school year. School board meetings generally went unreported, in contrast to present day in depth coverage by this newspaper,-, all told we counted only 18 or 20 stories in The Progress files from September, 1946, through June, 1947, that dealt with area schools and their programs or problems. Some of the items were interesting, however. Lawrence Township District announced inauguration of a program of dental and physical examinations for pupils and the appointment of its first full-time music instructor. The new Houtzdale-Woodward Jointure appointed its first supervisor of music for bond and orchestra instruc-, tion. Clearfield Borough Schools announced that motion pictures weris being used for elementary classroom instruction; the use of these instructional films v/os described as "the ideal method of education." In the summer of 1947, a summer recreation program at four playgrounds sponsored by the Board of Education and the Park Commission hod its first start, a program that continues today. These were some other notes on schools appearing in The Progress that year: Bigler Township closed a one-room school at Bonion, leaving only three still operating in the township.....A junior high school was proposed for Bradford and Lawrence Townships, a move which it was pointed out would cost Clearfield Borough's School District $40,000 because of the loss of tuition pupils from, the two townships..... The Philipsburg School Board discussed Kindergarten and authorized Supervising Principal Frank Ehrenfeld to take a census of potential nurollment.....Vocational Agriculture courses were resumed at Clearfield High after a three year lapse.....Curwensville citizens began talking about a new high school building that would include facilities for vocational training (eight years later, in May, 1955, the new Curwensville Junior-Senior High School building was dedicated)..... The lack of vocational training courses in the area was emphasized in an American Education Week article by William J. Thomas, then editor of The Progress, that same year. Mr. Thomas observed that "only Clearfield Schools have a vocational education department; DuBois has made some progress (actually DuBois had a full-fledged department) and Mahaffey has a vocational department in home economics. This is about t-he extent of vocational work, except for commercial studies, in our county school systems." Meanwhile, with the war over, Harrisburg seemed to be taking a new look at education in the state. In a statement on the opening of schools in September, 1946, Dr. Francis B. Haas, then state superintendent of public instruction, declared that "emphasis in all courses of study will be placed on citizenship training, as well as health and physical education, safety and conservation." Later he was quoted as saying that schools need a "curriculum built on the principle that growth and learning come from experience" and that revision and modernization of the school curriculum tops the list of Pennsylvania's post-war education plans. The Legislature was considering higher minimum teachers' salaries (typical teacher salary in 1946-47 was $1,500 and one supervising principal was getting $2,100 after 21 years experience). Undoubtedly, however, the most important legislative action token that year was adoption of a bill introduced by Senator A. H. Letzler of Houtzdale which set up the State Public School Building Authority and started a construction program across the state that continues to this day. Dogpatch Sale Daze Nears The Progress Today's Chuckle Nothing makes people go Into debt like trying to keep up with people who already are. Vol. 60 - No. 100 Our 56th Year Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, Pa., Thursday, April 28, 1966 14,518 Copies Daily 38 PAGES TODAY Nlountains Coated... Ice Creates Winter Scene It looks like winter in the mountains. Freezing rain has coated the higher elevations of Clearfield County and Moshannon Valley with a glitter of ice in the trees and along guard rail fences. "It's just like a winter scene," said County Commissioner Wesley J. Read of DuBois after arriving in the courthouse at Clearfield this morning. "Some free limbs are bowed and- some are broken." Clearfield Girl Wins Merit Scholarship Bounie Lee Burns, above, a senior in the Clearfield Area High School, has won a Buck-nell University Merit Scholarship in nationwide competition. Her name was among the 2,250 Merit Scholarship winners throughout the nation announced today by John M. Stalnaker, president of the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Miss Burns is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Burns of Clearfield R. D. 1. She has been first in her class since seventh grade and is a member of the National Honor Society and on both the chemistry and physics honor rolls. Her extra-curricular activities include serving as business manager of the Bison Board and as a member of the marching band and concert band and the school chorus. In March of this year she was Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 5 firemen Open Ambulance Drive At Clearfield Clearfield's No. 1 Fire Com pany has opened its annual month-long ambulance member ship drive which offers reduced rates to persons joining the plan. The 1966 membership fee will remain the same as in the past - $1.50 for single persons over 18 years of age and $3 for family memberships. A family membership includes all children under 18. Ambulance plan members re ceive ambulance service free within a 25-mile radius for an entire year. They are also entitled to reduced rates on trips outside this radius. The plan offers considerable savings, particularly on out-of-town trips. P'iremen in charge of the drive point out that the cost of an am bulance trip to Altoona is $11,25 to members and $37,50 to non-members; to Pittsburgh, $42.75 for members and $79.50 for non members; and to Philadelphia, Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 3 County Agent Homer Mazer had the same feeling about the scenic beauty of ice-covered trees in spring. He was traveling from DuBois back to Clearfield late yesterday. Road conditions are reported satisfactory as far as ice is concerned. However, they are slick in spots as the result of almost continuous rain. The Federal Aviation Agen cy at Mid-State Airport report, ed that light snow fell yesterday from 5 a. m. to 2 p. m. followed by freezing rain until midnight. The rain started again at 2 a. m. today. In the Philipsburg area there were some reports of tree limbs falling onto roads. And at San dy Ridge the ice felled a large oak tree last night at 8 o'clock, closing Route 350 for some 20 minutes. A highway crew clear ed one lane for traffic but it was several hours before the second lane was opened. Sandy Ridge firemen helped direct traffic and remove some of the limbs and branches, John Reed, county maintenance superintendent for the State Highway Department, said that his crews have had no serious problems. They have picked up some small branches from along the highways, he noted. But, Mr. Reed added, if the wind picks up there may be serious trouble with ice-laden trees falling. Whatever problems occur they Please Turn to Page 10, Col, 4 Cloudy and not as cool with occasional showers and a chance of thunder-showers tonight and early Friday. Showers ending and turning cooler Friday. Low tonight in the 40s. Sunrise 6:13-Sunset 8:06 Clearfield River Level Wednesday 7 p. m. - 5.00 feet (falling). Today 7 a. m. - 5.20 feet (rising). Clearfield Waather Wednesday low 38; High 39. Overnight low 35. Precipitation 1.28 inches. Mid State Airport Wednesday low 31; High 37 Overnight low 31. Five-Day Forecast April 28-May 2: Below normal temperatures are expected, averaging four to seven degrees below the normal highs of 61 to 65 and lows of 42 to 43. It will be warmer Thursday, turning cooler Friday, warming d little over the weekend, then becoming cooler again about Monday. Precipitation will total one-half to one inch as rain or showers Thursday and again about Sunday. Dogpatch Sale At Clearfield It's going to be Dogpatch Sale Daze tomorrow and Saturday at Clearfield . . . Li'l Abner and Daisy Mae won't be there . . . but there will be plenty of end of the month bargains plus fun for the entire family. Some 35 stores in the Clearfield Merchants Association have placed new spring merchandise on sale and are urging area shoppers to come to Clearfield - meet your kiufolk and save money too. A variety of things have been planned to make the shopping excursion fun. A Dogpatch Village will be set up on the Courthouse Plaza, complete with animals, through the cooperation of county granges, Dogpatch style music will be provided by a hillbilly baud tomorrow from 7 to 9 p, m, and most of Saturday. As a special attraction, square dance teams from the area granges will demonstrate all the "swing your partner" and square dancing steps. Shoppers are invited to join in the fun. In addition, juice in the form of soft drinks will be available both days for thirsty shoppers through the compliments of the 7-Up Bottling Co. Clearfield stores will be open all day tomorrow until 9 p. m. Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 3 Most Applaud Merger.. Better Railroad Service Predicted By RONALD I. DEUTSCH NEW YORK (AP) - The heads of the New York Central and Pennsylvania railroads predict the merger of the once-biffer business rivals will result in improved passenger and freight service and possibly lower fores. Most unions, state officials and other railroads applauded the unanimous ruling Wednesday by the Interstate Commerce Commission - ICC - that turned two of the nation's rail giants into one of Leitzinger's To Mark 84th Year at Store May is Anniversary Month at Leilzinger's. Lcilzinger Bros. Department Store of Clearfield is celebrating 84 years in business. Values will be offered in each department on all five floors in clothing, housewares, gilt items, furniture, toys, books, records and many other kinds of merchandise during the month-long sale which begins tomorrow. As a special feature the firm is awarding a cash prize of $84 every Saturday next month. Shoppers can register for this cash award on any floor in the department store without obligation. However their eligibility is limited to the week in which they register. In order to be eligible for all awards, registration must be renewed each week. Many other weekly special events have also been planned in connection with this annual anniversary celebration. Regular business hours will be observed with the exception of tomorrow when the store will not open until 10 a. m. It was on March 8, 1882, that A. E. Leitzinger bought one-half interest in the Kratzer Store on Market Street, promising to devote all his time to the interest and management of the store. Since then that small four-em- School's IOC Acts on Taxes At Philipsburg PHILIPSBURG - The Interim Operating Committee of the Philipsburg Osceola Area School District in a special meeting in the senior high library here last night took action on several matters relating to taxes. Developments went like this: -Unanimously passed a resolution adopting a one per cent wage tax for fiscal year 1966-67 with collection on a quarterly basis. -Authorized the printing of copies of the resolution dealing with the wage tax and letters of explanation to be mailed to taxpayers living in the school district. -Named Charles B. Mills as receiver of taxes and increased his salary to $100 monthly. -Designated the First Nation al Bank of Philipsburg as the depository for the receiver of taxes. -Accepted the recommenda tion of the Tax Committee for equalizalion of taxes on real estate. The committee rccom- Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 2 Please Turn to Page 10, Col, 3 Seven District Men Drofted Into Army Seven district men have been inducted into the U. S. Army from Local Draft Board No. 48 at Clearfield, the board reported today. They are Grovcr Carl Beigh-tol, Clyde Vance Bracken, Lewis Cortis Fleming, Donald Eugene Holes, Raymond Richard Shaffer, Dennis Lee Shaw and John Edward Thorn. The board did not list their addresses. The men were inducted at Pittsburgh and sent to Ft. Ben-ning, Ga., for further assignment and training. The People Speak... College 'Rebels' Set At 10 Per Cent of Student Body Editor's Note: Fourth in a series of six articles by public opinion reporter Samuel Lu-bell on how today's college students differ in their thinking from their parents. By SAMUEL LUBELL Progress Special Correspondent From all the students interviewed in my survey of 36 colleges and universities, four faces stand out. Taken together they yield a composite picture of today's campus "radicals" and of the challenge this "new left" poses for the future. The first face is that of a cheerful education major at Cornell who recalled, "I was only five when my parents - they were Communists - took me to my first demonstration," This youth is typical of the sons and daughters of one-time Socialists, Communists and other leftists who provide the organizing leadership for demonstrations at many campuses. Far from rebelling against their families, they are projecting the old radicalism of their parents into the present. Then there is the almost-beautiful coed at the University of Texas. She had tried to integrate an Episcopal Sunday school class, and "when that failed, I decided to join the Please Turn to Page 23, Col. 3 Only Two Days Left To Buy Season Ticket For Area Concerts Two days remain to take advantage of this year's Clearfield Community Concert mem bership drive. (See Editorial Page 4, Picture on Page 7) Inside The Progress Classified Ads .....20, 21 Hints From Ueloise......30 Comics.................2D Sports .............. 16, 17 Obituaries .............. 11 Hospital News .......... 14 Editorial, Columns ..... 4 Sncial News .......8, 24 More on Highways____ 6, 9 School News........ 15, 27 Church News .......21, 23 More on Vict Nam ...... Sunday School Lesson .. 28 Olanta Soldier Killed in Missouri Highway Crash history's largest corporate merger. Unless legal action is taken to block tlie consolidation, which had been sought for five years, the two systems are free to unify beginning June 1. In an effort to insure no Job losses from tlie merger, the ICC ruled the system may not reduce its work force without showing a 5 per cent business drop in any 30-day period. Another condition imposed on the merged railroad is that it assume operation of the freight and passenger service of the deficit-ridden New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad through 1966. It said the New Haven could not abandon the bulk of its passenger service. In another action, the commission rejected by a 6-5 vole the merger of the Northern Pacific, Great Northern, and Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroads. The decision against creation of a 25,000-mile system linking the Midwest to the Pacific drew bitter opposition statements from four commissioners and faces the challenge in the courts. The new Pennsylvania New The sale of tickets for three concerts during the 1966-67 season will continue until Saturday night. The cost is $7 for an adult ticket and $4 for a student. This entitles one to attend all three Clearfield concerts as well as similar com-mimity concerts at DuBois, Huntingdon and Lock Haven. Already announced for Clearfield are the Westminster Choir, Please Tura to Page 10, Col. 5 PORTAGE DES SIOUX, Mo. -An automobile crash has claimed the life of Army Spec. 5 Ronald J. Knepp, above, 31, of Olanta, Pa. Authorities said the soldier's car struck a tree on Missouri Route 94 near Portage Des Sioux m St, Charles County Tuesday. He was stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. Spec. Knepp was a son of Clyde and Anna Knepp of Olanta B.D. He had been in the Army since December 1955, He attended Curwensville Jotat High School and was employed Please Turn to Page 11, Col. 2 Please Turn to Page 11, Col. S Red Targets Blasted With Renewed Vigor By PETER ARNETT SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) - U.S. military spokesmen reported today that the Vietnamese army and air force are hitting the Communists with renewed vigor after weeks of lessened activity during the political crisis. Government forces waged 77 b a 11 a 1 i 0 n-sized operations against the Viet Cong in the past week, an increase of 10 per cent, and the air force stepped up its sorties against the enemy by 30 per cent. The Viet Cong mostly continued to avoid contact with American forces, and U.S. casualties dropped sharply last week. Government losses also were down, but Viet Cong casualties in- Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 7 Houtzdale R. D. Woman Marks 100th Birthday HOUTZDALE - Mrs. Theresa Concel, above, of Whiteside, Houtzdale R. D., marked her 100th birthday yesterday. Neighbors and relatives have remembered her with cakes, cards and gifts, and a celebration is being planned for Sunday. A special card was received from President Johnson. A daughter of Louis and Agnes Bouna, she was born in Italy, came to this country at the age of 24 and was married the following year to James Vincent Concel who died in March 1943. The couple had lived at Curwensville before moving to Whiteside. The famUy consists of 12 children, four of whom are deceased; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great - great - grandchild. Three daughters, Agnes, Elizabeth and Verna, reside with their mother. Despite her years, Mrs. Concel is in good health. Clean-Up Starts in May.. Slogan Selected For Beauty Drive A word with an Indian sound will be used to promote the Clearfield County Beoutification Committee's year-round program of improving the county's eye appeal. At a meeting last night at Clearfield, the committee chose the slogan T'CCHINE (pronounced "to shine") a� the grand prize winner in its slogan contest. The slogan, submitted by Martin J. Sedlok of Winburne, stands for "Tidy --f Clearfield County Helps Invite New Economy." Two Iniured In Area Accidents*, Damage $1,400 Two persons - one a 17-year-old Clearfield R. D, 3 girl-were injured in area traffic accidents yesterday and Tuesday. Property damage in the three mishaps totaled more than $1,-400. Darleue Ann Borsl of Clearfield R. D. 3, is listed in satisfactory condition in the Clearfield Hospital where she was taken yesterday after her Jeep went out of control on Route 17038 and overturned after going over an eight-foot embankment. The accident happened at 3:45 p. ni, near Glen Richey. The girl, who was traveling alone, was taken by ambulance to the hospital. It is believed that she suffered only bruises but X-ray examination is being made today to learn if she has other injuries. First reports were that the accident involved more than one car and that several people Please Turn to Page 11, Col. 3 Mr. Sedlak's entry won $10 as best in the adult class and $25 as the grand prize winner. Awards of $10 each will also go to: -Jill Keiser of Grampian tor the best grade school entry. Her slogan was SPIC, meaning Sparkle Plenty in Clearfield County. -Susan McCloskey, 821 Martin St., Clearfield, for the best high school cutry. Her slogan was CRISP, Clearfield County ncsourt-e Improvement Stimulates Progress, A lota! of 83 county residents Please Turn to Page 11, Col. 4 Grampian Minister Greatly Improved GRAMPLAN - The condition of the Rev. Douglas Hine-BuUsr, Grampian Methodist minister who was seriously injured in a traffic accident alter suffering a heart attack in March, has improved considerably. A friend who had visited the minister In the Presbyterian Hospital at Pittsburgh last night said thdt Mr. Butler was able to speak to him.