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McKean Democrat (Newspaper) - April 14, 1921, Smethport, Pennsylvania The Democrat this week goes into More Homes in Mckean county than any other weekly newspaper my Kean volume Xiv Democrat publishing co to. Smethport pa., thursday april 14, 1921. Per year. The Democrat covers the entire news Field of Mckean. It Aims to be your paper. No. 15. For Hail that Smethport is almost unanimously in favor of installing an elec tric Light and Power Plant was practically demonstrated monday night when an enthusiastic crowd of tax. Payers representing All sections of the Borough gathered at the Hose House and Haa Tho matter of installing elec. Trinity explained to them by an expert or. Wellesley of Pittsburgh re presenting the general electric com Pany. A plot of the Borough was exhibited showing that the wires would extend to practically every Street Cor in the town for Street lighting with an artistic and serviceable scheme for lighting the length of main Street with Cluster lamps. The proposed Plant advocated by or. Wellesley is what is known As a double unit station so arranged that should a stoppage occur to the unit in use. The other one can instantly be turned into service. The expert s figures were that such a Plant housed in a Brick building of the latest design including the wiring and in. Stalling of the lights could be placed in operation in Smethport for from seventy to thousand Dou Lars. The plan met with the enthusiastic and unanimous approval of the meet ing and the matter of financing was made when j. C. Backus announced that he was assured that one person stood ready to loan the Bor Ough without interest to help in the installation of electricity and As has also Jeen known for Severa weeks tha t two or three other parties trill the extent of loaning Tut there Sec Little doubt but that the balance of the Money can of quickly raised from Pri vate Loans. It is surmised that Thi through Council will soon take action in the matter either asking for bids on the proposition or setting the Dati for a special election to put the ques lion to the voters As several of Thi Counci Unen were not present at Day night s meeting no action could be taken at that time but it is expected that a special meeting of that Bod will soon be called. Prospects of the electrical matter b ing acted upon favourably by the Vot ers Are exceptionally Bright As the facts seem to have been brought Horn to them that the service will be of in estimable Benefit to the Borough tha it will cent Sallly the expense s o its installation and furnish r. Rcv enu in years to come to take care of oth or Public improvements. I or. Pinchot writes. Or. Russell Lindsley editor the Mckean Democrat Smethport a. or. Lindsley i appreciate greatly your kind Ness in sending me a copy of the Mckean Democrat of March 31st article on the propos eel National Forest. You have taken a very Wise View of it. It seems to me and i am much in your debt. Sincerely yours Gifford pm Cliot commissioner of forestry. Harrisburg pa., april 6. He found his pants but lost his bankroll sometime tuesday night robbers in ered the Home of Andrew Smith at East Smethport by climbing Over the Back porch roof and entering a. Sec window. Or. Bed room was entered and his trousers one of the pockets were taken. The trousers were found next a morning in a vacant lot in the Vicinity but the Money was gone. The Job has the tinge of Home Talent s it looks As though perpetrator just for table sum of Money in his trousers pockets. County detective Allison has the matter under investigation. Hark to the voice from the Mountain top the special dispatch from Kano appearing in the Buffalo evening news last Friday night relating to the new Bervice or Lack of service on the Kush Equa Railroad and which is published on Page 2 of to Day s Democrat has occasioned considerable mirth on the part of Smethport residents. The item would not be so funny were it not for the fact that a resident of the tillage of Kane composed it. When the Cor. Respondent stated that the Kush Equa Railroad formed Smethport s Only out let to the outside world he neglected to note the fact that Smethport has a splendid train service North and South on the Pennsylvania and is on the main line of the Pittsburgh Shaw Mut Railroad further that the distance to Backus on tile main line of the b. R. P. Railroad for which the Kush Etilia Railroad is a feeder is Only a 20 minutes trip by motor Over a splendid Road and that motor Hacks now ply regularly Between Smethport and All main line trains. Even if the new policy of the Kush qua route of operating trains Only on moist Days during the Forest fire season did completely isolate Smith port so far As railroads were concerned surely the Kane scribe it he reads must know that Smethport would still be in closer Contact with the rest of the e world than would the average Vil Lage say for instance Kane by Rea son of the fact that nearly every Oil i. Zen of the Community owns Automo Biles. Assuredly the news correspondent must know even ratio he reside in Kane that statistics of american automobile manufacturers published a few years ago revealed the in., Terc sting fact that there Watt More Money invested in High Grade Auto. Local band will give 1 concerts wide is practically assured that Glass factory will be located at Betula in near future. The Democrat is informed that it is practically a foregone conclusion that the Large factory for the manufacture of Glass jars of a lately invented new Type which has been a contemplated new Industry for Betula the hustling potato Creek stave Mill town As club Lovely mentioned i this paper some time ago will become a reality in it Short time. It is said this Industry will be a to tank concern which will put by Tula on the map with a rousing majority. The Smethport band which has been rehearsing for the past several weeks will eed when called upon and scout faster lev Comoro can Well Feol proud f his Gallant troop. Last week the couts were called out numerous times o tight fire in the Vicinity notary a Blazo started near the Reeves Arm and for a Elmo had n dangerous appearance. However the worst fire of the weak occurred thursday when the scents who Wero in school received a hurry All to the red Mill Brook District near in Mont where a fro had 8 tar Tod to Sweet Fern growth on the old Bun Leer Hill farm and was spreading with great rapidity. The boys Are always Eady to respond to a Forest fire Call which contains the element of excl a. Ment necessary to fill them with Pep consequently they Wero soon on the scene of trouble where their skilled endeavours soon made a marked differ ence in stopping Tho names. This fire had reached such Verlous dimensions that a Call Lor men Volun Teers was sent to smothport1 and was responded to by about Twenty among whom members of the Olds Rod gun club were in the majority. Oas and Oll leases in the District were also protected by gangs men sired Ion the 10 next week will Mark the first appearance of women As jurors. Woodmen s convention delegates elected to state convention next meeting at Coryville. The regular term of civil court which convenes in this Borough next monday with jul go j. W. Bouton on the Bench will Mark a new Era in the conducting of in not trials. Inasmuch As of the -13 jurors summoned Are women. The Calendar contains 30 cases including Iho surcharge cases against sex county commissioners Marsh and Flaherty. Tha in Tho. Fire Nihti Nof repro is speak in the most lavish the scouts actions in this. Sort they Are Active and willing and can get around Over the rough country quickly As Well As being thoroughly trained in the methods of backfiring while their All embracing enthusiasm for the work keeps hustling to the limit of endurance. They were a tired and Grimy looking lot of youngster when they reached Home thursday night. Friday a fire in the Vicinity of Holmes Gilfillan s comp which was undoubtedly a spread of the red Mill Hook fire kept a Large Force of men lighting All Day Nurt along in Tho afternoon reached alarming pro portions. However about c o clock a soaking downpour of rain occurred extinguished flame Sand abated danger of further res for Sev. Oral Days at least. De and placet in the new quarters in splendid time. The work of moving Tho huge door of Tho vault was a gig Antic task. To remove this an Acety Ino Torch was used and it required 24 j Beautiful and Best banking hours steady work to Burn Tho fasten houses to be found any where. Opening of Trout season. The Trout fishing season opens Fri Day. And As last year it is Pori stable to catch Trout of any size. Most of the Best streams in this Section have been posted against trespassers. The county convention of the Ern Woodmen of America held at the Lodge rooms Here wednesday of last week brought out Tho interesting in formation that there Are Woodmen in Mckean. The number having almost doubled in the last four years. This gives Mckean county two represent a. Tics in the state convention which will be held in Reading in tune. J. W. Babcock of Bradford and j. H. Larson of Smethport were chosen delegates to represent Mckean county at that which will name the state Doles lies to attend the National convention to be held in St. In ills mo., in july. The delegates Here wednesday were entertained with a banquet and at the business session decided upon holding the next county convention in Cory Ville in april 1025. Heretofore conventions Kave been held every three years but the county has been changed to once in four years to Cor. Respond with slate and National conventions. A Booster society was formed at the convention to meet every three months and help along the interests of Wood Mansilp. The first meeting of this society will be held in port Allegany july 10. Work on in Warren Moore con reasonable to suppose that the work will Progress with much More Speed and it would also seem the proper time for Trio state to let the Smethport to Kasson Section of the . Jowett Highway while labor is plentiful and not demanding exorbitant charges for its services. To doubt contractors figures on the bids to be submitted will show a marked decreased As not Only labor but materials of several kinds Are lower in Price. High freight Raus form the most serious obstacle to this Branch of Well As Many others at time. Canopus club banquet the members of the Smethport con opus club and their ladies will ban cruet at the m. K. Church dining Hall next monday night. An interesting pro Gram is boing arranged. Seed potatoes. Nibbles White russet seed potatoes i for Sale. Pure Stock. Adv 4t a. Smethport a. R 1 str Stirm Job on the Smoth por to Highway was started last week and is now progressing in a satisfactory Man. Ner. About 50 men Are employed working on the Grade and next week it is expected that the laying of Concrete will commence. The mixer at the end of the Smethport stretch and the one near Herzog i Corners will be placed in operation simultaneously and Given Good weather the work should Progress rapidly. Superintendent Aldrich told the Democrat monday that it was his intention to put a gang of men with a Keystone grader at work on the Rew Hill Sec Tion As soon As the weather would War rant Tho move. He said that Many men Are seeking work and anticipates no trouble in getting help he needs. When working operations Are at their height he expects to have us men employed. Last year it was impossible to get anywhere near the number of work men that could have been used to advantage with wages ranging from to 56.50 Over Day. However Many men this year seem to willing to work for per Day and some on the High Way work ire not making that figure. For several year a past the Scarcity of labor has Hcan Given is an excuse for flow Progress on Highway work. Now that that condition does not exist it jail awaiting trial. Industry As the present wife deserter captured county detective j. J. Allison return cd thursday from Detroit mich., hav ing in custody l. S. Brown who is wanted by the court Here for Deser ton of his wife and three children who reside in Eldred. It is alleged that Brown deserted his family two years ago and the county authorities have been after him for a Long time. He was located once sometime ago. But got away before he could be apprehended. Recently he was located in Detroit and detective Allison went there last week and arrested him. Brown waived extradition and came with the officer to Smethport without trouble and is now

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