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McKean County Democrat (Newspaper) - April 20, 1939, Smethport, Pennsylvania Mckean county Democrat volume 64 Russell r. Lindsley publisher Smethport pa., thursday april 20, 1939 per year Keating twp. Starting spa Road project will be spent for improvement of five More Miles of dirt highways the Federal works Progress administration has approved five new Keating township Road paving projects totalling approximately five Miles. Cost of the improvement will be of which the spa will provide and the township the first project the paving of 6700 feet of the Pierce Brook Road from the intersection with the Coryville Highway is scheduled to Start today. Other projects Are Kent mile. Burbanks crossing one half mile. Gifford mile. Bush Hill old Devil s Elbow mile to Liberty town ship line. A Crew of 40 men directed by supervisor b. L. Hyde of Keating township will be Given employment for a Long period of time. Will surface Road the surfacing of 1000 feet of native Stone Road near Crossmire s crossing will Complete the import ant East Valley Road Between East Smethport and Coryville in keat ing township. This Highway was partly improved with spa funds. Projects save Money it is estimated that Keating township is saving approximately 50 per cent of the Ordinary Cost of paving by taking advantage of spa appropriations. Have charge of maintenance while supervisor Hyde is direct ing the spa projects the other members of the Keating township Board Orlo Ferman and Jack grif Fin Are directing maintenance work and other Highway activities. On Way out of mud progressive Keating township takes great Pride in its three mod Ern consolidated schools and net work of paved highways. Part of the Farmers Valley Bor Dell Road was improved with a spa project last year and the East potato Creek Highway from the Smethport Borough line on Bank Street Extension to the Norwich township line was completed last year. Balance of the Bordell and Pierce Brook Road and a few other sections of Highway Are All that re main to be paved and will be improved As rapidly As possible in the future. No. 16 Comfort Home was never like this when easy going William Porter 59-year-old Odd Job Man of East St. Louis 111., decides to rest a bit he really wants to rest. He has designed an easy chair equipped with 17 at the last count accessories built from the Frame of an old bed the chair contains a built in radio Book Case fan food compartment bar gear shift for raising and lowering the Back and Many other conveniences. Porter plans on adding still More As he thinks of them. Fire damages inn near Here loss at old Anchor is s2500 firemen called fire of unknown origin caused damage estimated at at o clock tuesday night at the old Anchor inn popular Road House located on the Roosevelt Highway at Marvindale Between Smethport and Hazelhurst. Members of the Smethport fire department answered a still alarm and made the Long to the scene of the fire with the Ford Booster pumper in approximately ten min utes. When the local firemen arrived the rear of the Structure contain ing rest rooms was a mass of flames. The 300 Gallons of water in the Booster tank was exhausted and the fire was checked. In the mean time the it. Jewett fire depart ment arrived and hooked up its motor pumper. The inn operated by or. And mrs. Curtis Oakes of it. Jewett was unoccupied when the fire started. Chief r. K. Palmer of the Smethport fire department said will present operetta Here tomorrow night the annual Smethport High school operetta under the direction of mrs. Lucille Mccoy supervisor of music will be presented at the school auditorium tomorrow Friday evening at o clock. Title of this year s production is the in two parts. Chorus numbers will be presented by High school students and pupils of the first three grades. The cast of the operetta includes Hannah Erickson Bill Long Patsy Lou Hileman Jim Herriman Mary Johnson Duncan Mccoy Bob min Ard Marion Greene Bill comes Fred Burlingame Hannah Digel Bill Potter Jack Alderfer Bill bar ton Ruth Sweeley Merrell eng Strom and Marvin Lindell. Tickets Are 25 and 50 cents. Proceeds will be applied to the school piano fund. Temperance talkie will be shown at East Smethport a stirring sound film version of the greatest Temperance play of All time the All talking moving Pic Ture production of ten nights in a will be shown at the Union Church in East Smethport next monday evening at o clock. The Pennsylvania anti Saloon league has shown the picture to capacity houses All Over the state during the past two months. Award Smethport Man state electrical contract Forrest h. Nourse of Smethport has been awarded the electrical contract for the Pennsylvania liquor control Board s new million Dollar building in Harrisburg. The local electrical bid was contractor s Gas company prepares lines prior to paving a Large Crew of men employed by the Smethport natural Gas com Pany is now engaged in altering and improving local Mains. The work will be completed on All streets to be improved by the Bor Ough this year before actual ing operations Start. Streets to be hard surfaced this year include sections of Long by Ron. King Holmes Church Union a a. Allegany Nelson Willow Ful ton Pine and South. Yesterday that while it was impossible to determine the exact cause of the Blaze there is a possibility that it was started by a hot water Heater. The building set Date for alumni event saturday evening May 27, is chosen by committee is an abandoned schoolhouse which was erected by the Hamlin township Board of education a number of years ago. It is reported that there was no fire insurance on the Structure. Daring youths lift spuds from moving truck to car displaying courage and skill Wor thy of a cause three Brad Ford youths Carl Walker 17, Wil Liam Riggs 18, and Marvin comes 23, Are alleged to have stolen a 100-Pound bag of potatoes from a moving truck on Hazelhurst Hill last saturday afternoon. County detective j. Allison of Smethport reports that the Trio admitted driving behind the truck operated by Robert Wood of Eden Boro while Walker climbed onto the Hood of their roadster which Riggs was driving at 25 Miles an hour seizing the potatoes from the truck and transferring them with the Aid of comes to the roadster s rumble seat. When the roadster passed the truck the Driver saw the sack of potatoes protruding from the rum ble seat or. Allison said. Stopping the truck in it. Jewett the Edin saturday evening May 27, was decided on As the Date of the an Nual banquet and dance of the Smethport High school alumni association at a meeting of the executive committee held at the Home of or. And mrs. Kenton Abbey last thursday evening. The Date is the saturday previous to memorial Day which comes on tuesday May 30. Annual commencement exercises of Smethport High school will be held on tuesday june 6. The alumni executive committee invites any local organization which May be interested to submit a bid for the banquet to mrs. Ellanorah Richards the Secretary. Negotiations Are now in Progress to secure one of this Section s Lead ing orchestras to provide music for the dance. The executive committee decided to adopt a new policy of sending formal notices of the annual reunion to graduates of Smethport High school. Those who do not dues of 50 cents for the current year will not receive notices in the future. This ruling does not apply to this year s graduating class members of which Are exempt from payment of dues this year. The new ruling does not mean Chat any Bona fide graduate is to be barred from the reunions. There Are now approximately 800 living graduates of . And the num Ber is increasing every year. It is considered to be a waste of time and Money to attempt to mall a communication each year to every graduate. Many eligible alumni have never attended a reunion and the Only feasible method of determining their interest in the annual reunion is the payment of dues. The alumni association will Endeavor to raise a fund in memory of the late miss Emma Tretton a member of the Smethport High school faculty for Many years. Members of the executive com Mittee present at the meeting last thursday night were Clarence Gregory president miss Martha Colegrove vice president mrs. Ellanorah Richards Secretary Ken ton Abbey treasurer and John comes. Promise bigger horse show for Allegheny Foothills Assn. Is formed at meetings held in Warren and Bradford a bigger and better horse show for the thirty fifth annual Mckean county fair and races which will open Here next labor Day and continue four Days and four nights is assured As the result of the forma Tion of a District horse show Cir Cuit last week. The new circuit will be known As j the Allegheny Foothills horse show association. It will be affiliated with the National horse show association and All shows including the annual event at the Mckean county fair will be conducted in accordance with National regulations. Most of the various units Are Al ready registered with the National governing body. Preliminary meeting in Warren a preliminary meeting of the District horse show association was held at the Carver House in War tuesday evening of last week. Or. C. Frantz presided at the session. Representatives from Warren Youngsville Titusville Jamestown Bradford and Smethport were pres ent. Delegates of the Mckean county fair association were b. W. Hil ton president b. T. Garlock act ing Secretary and d. L. Dennis a member of the Board of directors. Officer Are elected officers were elected at the meet ing in Warren As follows c. Frantz War Ren. I. Layborn Bradford e. B. Harrison Titusville Harry Lewis. Warren d. L. Dennis Eldred h. C. Herger port Alie Gany h. Of Holquist Jamestown Harriett Behrand Erie and Wal Ter Cox Ludlow. Day Youngs Ville. Perfect organization organization was perfected at meeting held at the Valley Hunt club of Bradford last thursday. The name Allegheny Foothills horse show was adopted at this session. Benefits Are cited formation of the new District association is bound to create More interest in the various horse shows held each summer in this Section. Reports indicate that the usual prizes will be awarded at the individual shows and in addition there will be grand prizes for circuit win ers. Saddle horse owners and fans in general Are enthusiastic Over the Prospect of larger entries Keener Competition in All events and simplified procedure of staging a cite a few of the advantages expected to result from formation of probable european Power lineup map shows current status of european Powers forced by Italo German aggression. Although great Britain and France alone of the allies Are permanently aligned against the Rome Berlin Axis democracies won tentative Solidarity agreements with Poland Rumania and Greece the latter a direct result of Unis Ollil i albanian coup. Turkey and soviet Russia noncommittal at present Are also considered Poten tial members of the Stop Hitler group. Yugoslavia Hungary bul Garia and the Baltic nations have been neutralized by Germany and Italy who count on Spain As an ally in any future european War. Passes state Herman Grabe lawyer exam Dies in Florida 3auin Mccoy to be admitted to county bar monday gain h. Mccoy son of or. And mrs. Guy Mccoy of Smethport. Was one of 88 successful candidates out of a list of 182 who recently took the Pennsylvania bar examination. Attorney Mccoy has served the required 6-months period As clerk in the local Law offices of Gallup Potter Gallup. He will be admitted to the Mckean county bar next monday and will be admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania supreme court next month. The Well known local Young Man graduated from Smethport High school with the class of 1928. Dur ing his school Days Here he played Center on the Best football team Ever developed at . Funeral services held for mrs. William Sloppy funeral services for mrs. Minnie covely Sloppy of Lewis Sis Ter of mrs. E. W. Jones of Smith port who passed away at the Brad Ford Hospital monday of last week Boro Man took inventory of his were held at St Bernard s Church cargo and found one sack missing. In Bradford thursday morning. He notified the Pennsylvania Moer o Carlton Ritchie celebrated requiem mass and Stanley to Szefc directed the music. Pallbearers were Frank Pantuso John Wozer Beryl Sweeney Ray mond Deprater Caesar pals and Russell Linn amen. Burial was in St. Bernard s Ceme Tery at Bradford. Tor police at Kane. The roadster had already passed through Kane bound for Warren and the alarm was forwarded to Warren police who apprehended the Trio there and held them sat urday night. County detective Allison and ser Geant John f. Mullaney of Kane went to Warren and brought the youths Here sunday. Lack of evidence frees Trio comes Riggs and Walker were released tuesday by county authorities because of Lack of evidence in the Case. Noted sculptor Here Frans Aretz noted Pittsburgh sculptor was a week end guest of or. And mrs. Thomas Kennedy of Smethport. Or. Aretz was accompanied by his wife or. And mrs. Willard Ken i by he i Tiu Lydia. In mrs j the truck Driver Robert Wood Fly Pistub and failed to appear to testify against mrs t d Kennedy of it. Them. Local girl to participate in state Center program miss Loretta c. Neely of Smith port has been named As a member j of the program committee in charge of the annual Spring Celebration sponsored by the woman s Organiza Tion of Pennsylvania state College s Dubois undergraduate Center. The Celebration will be held on Friday May 19. Jewett. Willard Kennedy is a brother of the local Man. His wife is a student in the Aretz studio in Pitts Burgh. Township buys truck Thomas Chevrolet of Smethport submitted a Low bid last saturday to furnish a 214-Yard dump truck the Board of Keating township. The contract for supervisors of the truck was awarded to the local garage. Mrs. Dorthea Omundson mrs. Dorthea Omundson 83, Mother of mrs. Claude Hackett of Smethport died at her Home in it. Jewett wednesday evening of last week. Born March 5, at Kristian Sand Norway mrs. Omundson Camo to America in the Spring of 1884 on february 8, 1885, she married Charles j. Omundson. Surviving her Are three Daugh ters mrs. Hackett of Smethport and miss Margaret Omundson and mrs. W. E. Anderson of it. Jew Ett four sons d. D. Omundson of Quebec p. E. Omundson of Corpus Texas Carl t. Omundson of Warren and d. C. Omundson of Hornell nine grandchildren one great grandchild and a sister in Norway. Funeral services were held at the family residence in it. Jewett Sun Day afternoon at o clock Rev. G. H. Bomgren pastor of the it. Jewett lutheran churches officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery Here. Husband of local woman buried Here yesterday Herman f. Grabe 60, prominent port Allegany undertaker and furniture dealer husband of mrs. Edna Specht Grabe formerly of Smith port died Early last saturday morn ing at Holley Hill Florida. Or. Grabe who had been in poor health for the past year went to Florida last fall with mrs. Grabe. The eldest of six children of Gustave and Emelie Grabe he county. Attorney Mccoy graduated from peddle prep school in Hightstown n. J., and received the degree of j was born in Coudersport on Decem Ber 3, 1878. He was educated in the Coudersport schools Rochester bus iness Institute and the Pittsburgh College of embalming. On september 20, 1905, he mar tried Edith Alverna Hafner of Smethport in this town. His first t he married miss Bachelor of arts at Yale in 1934 he a orowne11 s1kcm of Smeton graduated from the Law school of the University of Pittsburgh last june. In prom 1902 to 1908, he was a part j Ner in an undertaking business the Board of Law examiners also mown As Cloan Orabe m Brad announced that James j Vogel of i Ford afterwards was in the in Bradford passed the state bar sex business in Coudersport new rotary club officers we rejected Robert a Digel was named president for year which starts Early in july officers for the year starting july 3 have been elected by the Board of directors of the Smethport rotary club according to an announcement made at the regular luncheon meeting of the club at the colonial hotel on monday. The new officers Are a. Dugel. H. Rockman. Albert Johnson. W. Barnum. Tile Board of directors elected to weeks ago is composed of a. M. Anderson r. A. Digel h. G. German Raphael Kessler Iii c. W. Lillibridge e. G. Potter and w. H. Rockman. Explains crippled children drive m. B. Mcdowell representing the Bradford rotary club and Mckean county society for crippled Chil Dren gave a timely and interesting discussion of the work of the society in Mckean county at the rotary meeting Here monday. He pointed nut that the work was first started by Kane and Bradford rotary clubs in 1924, and that the project grew to such proportions that in 1930, the society secured the services of a full time nurse. Miss Edith Mckeen to carry out detailed nursing routine in the county. Since the organization of the society More than has been expended in the treatment and care of hundreds of cases Many of whom would have been doomed to inactivity and pain had it not been for the help afforded by the crippled children s society which now num Bers thousands of members in the animation. For a year and a half and then in Austin for two years being there at the time of the Austin flood. He spent two years in state College operating a furniture and undertaking establishment. Then he moved to port Allegany where he had been in the furniture and under taking business Ever since. Widely known he was highly esteemed and had Many friends. He was a member of the local Presby Terian Church. Arcana Blue Lodge. F. And a. A. Of Austin. Couders j port consistory zem zem 2 Young men arrested for theft of local Gar a Bulck convertible Coupe owned by mrs. Robert Denfield stolen from its parking place on Marvin Street adjacent to the Redfield residence tuesday night of last week was recovered at Waterford near Erie. Two youths Arthur Floyd spies the shrine at Erie and the Penn boy has pneumonia Richard Dragoone 12-year-old son of or. And mrs. Frank dra Goone. Of West water Street suffered an attack of pneumonia this week and was taken to the Kane Community Hospital on tuesday for treatment. Local patrolman on duty in Stike bound Section patrolman f. P. Angell of the Smethport sub station. Pennsylvania motor police was assigned to temporary strike duty at Clarion pa., this week. A request for Aid in protecting property from damage was Tele graphed governor James monday by sheriff Mervin o. Mckinley and District attorney Merritt h. Davis of Clarion county after reports Nade to them that groups of men said to be members of the United mine workers made Idle pending the outcome of the hour negotiations in new York had closed several mining operations in the county. 20, of Farmers Valley and James Gemmell 18, of Rixford were arrested by Pennsylvania motor police from Erie and charged with the theft. They Are being held Sylvania funeral directors association. Surviving Are his wife two sons George Grabe of Coudersport and Frederick Grabe of port Allegany for trial in the Mckean county jail j a daughter. Miss Pauline Grabe of Here. Port Allegany his Mother who on wednesday of last week the lives m Coudersport two Brothers Lawrence Grabe of Holley Hill and g. Harold Grabe of Camp Hill pa., and a sister mrs. Caroline Coleman of East Lansing Mich. The body was brought to port Al legacy where funeral services were held at the presbyterian Church yesterday afternoon at o clock. The pastor Rev. P. N. Osborne officiated. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery Smethport. Pallbearers were j. F. Pfiel. T. E. It orld. Norton Lillibridge w. Erie motor police noticed the local car which had Bern reported stolen parked along the Highway at Waterford. Stopping to offer Aid the police became suspicious and questioned the youths who Are alleged to have admitted taking the car in Smethport. The Young men headed for Erie via Jamestown it was reported. The car was undamaged. A radio and Windshield fan had been Dis connected but were still in the vehicle. Smethport motor police were no barrho George Maloney and Guy tidied and Corporal Roger Pflug Felder and patrolman h. F. Gorka went to Warren where they took the youths into custody and received the stolen machine from the Erie police. Sprester and Gemmell waived Witter. Mrs Van Dusen elected head of travellers Clud the speaker enumerated the number of cases nearly a score from Smethport and neighbouring areas who have been helped by hospitalization and clinics during the years the society has been carrying on its beneficial Aid to Handi capped children. Or. Mcdowell said that approximately 200 cases come under the care of the society each year and that now the aim is to reach the very Young children in each Community who Are suffering from physical ailments and by remedial measures prevent the serious cases that first came to the Atten Tion of the society. Members of the local rotary club and guests were greatly impressed by the worthwhile efforts of the society for crippled children to make life a Little More Worth living for a group of unfortunates who would otherwise be permanently Handi capped. Invitation from Bradford the Secretary read a communication from the Bradford club which is holding its anniversary and rotary Ann meeting in the Bradford Junior High school april 24th. Members of other clubs Are invited. The Secretary also Drew the at Tention of club members to the in door rotary plaque and rotary Flag which have been secured to acquaint travelling rotarians of the time and place of the meeting of the local club. Preliminary printed announce ments of the second annual Confer ence of the 175th rotary District to be held in new Castle on May 9 10-11 were distributed by j. V. Mcalpin jr., who is representing the Smethport club for convention Pur owes. Large attendance at meeting the rotary Chib meeting Here this week was largely attended. There were thirty one members and the following guests present Rev. H. Bailey Crosby Rev. John a. Taylor Smethport William Gallup Mith Mckeen r.n., t. A. Mcdow Ell James d. Wolfe m. B. Mcdow Ell and j. Paul Jones Bradford county commissioner Andy Ander son port Allegany sergeant John a Mullaney Pennsylvania motor to ice Kane. Fit for a Queen Jennie Kopicka of Passaic n. A. Holds up the Wool finest from the 34 Wool growing states which he gone into the dress to be presented to Queen Elizabeth of England by the Wool grower of the United states. Presentation will be nude daring the Royal visit to the u. S. Civil court to Start onday Large docket of regular april term announced hearing before Justice of the peace c. H. Heath in Smethport saturday j the annual stockholders meet i. Ii Tom ill i Chou Quay j in. M and were held for at the june Smeu port travellers club held at the club House last afternoon. The following directors were elected mrs. C. A. Lillibridge mrs. Term of Mckean county criminal court under bail each. They were unable to provide bail. The youths were charged with operating a motor vehicle without the knowl Edge or consent of the owner. Plead guilty at special court Rose Herzog. Mrs. B. Eastman mrs. L. K. Hogarth and miss car Rie a. Day. Sprester and Gemmell appeared j annual reports of officers and before judge Charles g. Hubbard committees were submitted and the at a special session of Mckean following officers were elected county criminal court tuesday and Laura Van do entered pleas of guilty to charges sen. Of operating a motor vehicle with out consent of the owners. Judge Hubbard deferred sentence in the Case. New lumber company a new concern the Norman Bros. Lumber co., has been established in Smethport at the Corner of Long and West water Street. The proprietors Are and Robert Norman Well known local building contractors. First Jennie Biever. Second m. Lindell. R. S. Minerd. E. E. Drake. Executive j. N. Apple mrs. Bessie Dale. Mrs. W. W. Barnum and mrs. Backus. The choral club Sang Gounod s Praise be the hang in out do clothes in a pleasing to society will hold Spring dinner meeting at pen Hills club the Mckean county tuberculosis and health society will hold its Spring meeting at the pen Hills club next tuesday at p. M. At his dinner meeting or. H. D. Lees director of the student health ser vice of the University of Pennsyl Vania and associate professor of Hygiene medical school University if Pennsylvania will address the directors and friends of the society. The Public is cordially invited to attend the dinner and reservations hould be made at the office of the society located at 23 main Street Bradford Telephone 5864, by Mon Day noon april 24th. Addresses . Meeting e. E. Currier of Roulette form in Well known Smethport chemist poke on the beginnings of chemistry in nature at a recent meet no of Canoe place chapter Daugh cars of the american revolution in port Allegany. The regular session of the my Kean county court of common pleas will Convene at the court House Here next monday morning at o clock with judge Charles g. Rub Bard presiding. To cuty eight cases Are listed for trial on the docket issued by prothonotary Joseph r. Carvolth. The docket is As follows Bernard a. Ball is. Mckean county feigned Issue George p. Pitch is. Mckean county feigned Issue Pearl Schoonmaker is. My Kean county feigned Issue Clif Ford j. Zerbe is. Singer sewing Macine company Assum sit Ruth Lethe administer matrix of the Harley Miethe estate is. Tay Lor aircraft company amended to Piper aircraft Corpora ton Suc Cessor trespass Julia Haughney is. D. Davidson and Nathan and Louis Nichols ejectment Florence l. Fins or and j. A. Fitzgibbon guardian of Marjorie r. Winsor is. Equitable life insurance society of the United states Assum sit Flor ence l. Winsor is. Metropolitan life insurance co., Assum sit John Baleski is. Robert b. Apple guardian and item for Morris Schneller and Edward j. Conwell and Bernard Shea individually and trading As Conwell and Shea tres pass May Mcgaughey is. Smith continued on last Page col. 2 six plead guilty before judge in special session six defendants appeared before judge Charles g. Hubbard in a special session of Mckean county criminal court Here on tuesday and entered Pelas of guilty. Sentence was deferred in the Case of Arthur Sprester of Farmers Val by and James Gemmell of Rix who Are alleged to have Stol m a car owned by mrs. Robert Redfield of Smethport last week. The following were sentenced by judge Hubbard Charles billiards 23, Eldred fraudulent Check charge 30 Days in the county jail costs of prosecution and restitution. George Kilmer 32, Kane break ing entering and larceny two to six months in the county jail Fine and costs. Stephen Solomon 22, mount Morenci near Ridgway Drunken driving two months in the county jail and costs. Jerry Latshaw 40, Bradford bar tender at the legion club there Vio action of the liquor Laws by Selling to non members Fine and costs. Receives autographed Hoto of James a. Farley postmaster Russell r. Lindsley of Smethport has received an Auto graphed photograph of postmaster general James a. Farley. Truck loud of oxygen tanks wrecked nearby a truck owned by the d Industrial Gaser co., of Dubols pa., transporting sixty five charged Sygen tanks struck a head Wall and upset on the Roosevelt High Way Between Farmers Valley and Coryville last thursday morning. The Driver Bernard out Irle and ils assistant Joe Atkinson both of Rubols escaped uninjured from he crash. A rear wheel was torn rom the track when it hit the or. Guthrie reported that he swerved his truck from the High Way to avoid a Coul ilm Witk approaching automobile

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