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McKean Democrat (Newspaper) - March 8, 1928, Smethport, Pennsylvania Mckean Democrat volume 53 ii to or at i Lull issuing of. 1ho. Husk la , edit of Smethport pa., thursday March 8, 1928 terms-42.m per yeah. No. 10 this year four blocks abutting county court House and jail to be paved by county and town at the March meeting of the Smith port Borough Council Irold monday evening an agreement was ratified with Tho Mckean county Commisky Ivaora for the paving of Borough at Reorg abutting Mckean county prop court House Square and the county summer. By the agreement adopted Tho Cost of the paving will to defrayed on a fifty fifty basis by the county and Borough. Commissioners Thos. Round world cyclist pays Smethport visit Don Jose Browning a Chicago newspaper writer who is Riding a bicycle around Tho arrived in Smethport monday v night from now York. Browning stopped at Tho grand Central hotel before proceeding to. Warron on the Sray to his Homo in Chicago. To this year Cost would be defrayed entirely by include King Street Here Hungiville . H. Halpenny were present at the meeting and submitted the proposition which was. Naturally accepted with alacrity by Tho Council. The program Calls for the paving of Church Street from main to King Street one Block of Kins Street from Church to state Street Between the court House and jail buildings and of state Street Between main and King streets with Concrete surface 24 feet in Width. The state Street pavement will be extended an extra Block along Side the jail property to Green Street this portion of the Concrete pavement to be. Narrowed to 18 in Width. The Council quickly passed a. Resolution appropriating jg.500 from the earnings of the electric department to defray the four blocks of paving. The county commissioners had already adopted a similar Resolution. Tho paving of the streets abutting the court House Square and alongside the county jail will not Only enhance the Beauty of the county property but will provide be Odd parking space for the automobiles of persons coining to Smethport for court incidentally the paving Job will provide employment for a number of men this summer do ing much to solve the local unemployment problem. It is understood that local labor is to be employed on the construction Job. Inasmuch As the county is interested in this paving project the construct Ion will to directed by the state High Way department Harrisburg which will immediately advertise for bids so gunman reported dead from Allison s Bullet local Mckean county authorities and police of Niagara Falls. N. Y., Are convinced that the italian gunman who tried to murder county detective Jack Allison of this Borough Early the morn ing of february 17th As the local old Jcck was about to enter his residence on Green Street died in the Cataract City on tuesday of last week. Tho gunman who fled after firing four shots at the county detective from close Range with his intended victim in Pursuit was shot through the body by one of the Oicer s Bullet As was attested by Tell tale blood stains to left in the Snow along streets he traversed but managed to elude his pursuer and was whisked away by companions in a High powered Auto Mobile. Or. Allison who is a crack pistol shot was not Able to get his revolver into action following the sur prise attack until his assailant had gained considerable Lead when he emptied the weapon at Tho fleeing Man running at full Speed. Niagara Falls police located a Defi Nite clue in the local Case last week when they found a physician in that City who was asked to attend a badly wounded italian who was brought to ills of lace in an automobile a Day or to following the local shooting. The Niagara Falls physician examined the wounded Man. Finding that he had work can Spring. Be started Early in the proposed proposition of paving Fulton Street for Street to three blocks from water Green Street although the Borough has sufficient electric depart ment earnings to do the work and the majority of Council members in com Mon with Tho majority of Are understood to favor the added paving project. It is probable this proposal will up for action at Early Date. The Borough Street committee and solicitor c. W. Shattuck were authorized to furnish information concerning installation on main atre flt of Auto Matic Stop and go traffic signal lights at a. Special meeting of the Council to be held next monday eve Ning. Members present at monday night s Busy session were Ost Ninder Bacon Freeman. Karlen. Nellis Burgess bras Ted and solicitor Shattuck. The Council passed a series of Reso continued on Page 5, col. 3 been shot completely through the body by a High powered Bullet and pronounced Tho wound a mortal one. The medical expert told the wounded Man s companions to take him to a Hospital at once. A Check up of hospitals Over a wide radius revealed that the wounded Man received no attention. Leads were secured which revealed the fact that Tho mortally wounded Man waa hidden by friends in Niagara stalls. And Anions arid the body secretly disposed of. For obvious reasons the gunman s employer was Well satisfied to have the wretch die to Seal his lips regard ing the shooting plot. The tip received by Tho authorities that the Gammon died last week came through roundabout sources to Friendly italians who gave the information to or. Allison. The county detective knows the identity of the gunman who was hired and came to Smethport from a Down state Pennsylvania City to commit the murder. He likewise knows tie Iden Tity of the italian who plotted the in tended murder and hired the Assassin and who disappeared following the shooting. Or. Allison is now working on leads to verify the report already fairly authentic that the gunman died warrant for his arrest was Issue last week but the detective would not do Tho Democrat understands that prospects lire Bright for the paving of the Highway Between Smethport and Ormsby also the strip of Highway be tween. Ownsby and Simpson during Tho coming summer. The completion of this needed improvement will form a continuation of the Minard lieu Road Between Diegoli and Simpson now under construction through Smethport and will form an other paved link Between Smethport and Bradford traversing one of tin richest Oil Fields in Mckean county and providing an outlet for Sovera thousand people who live and have their Well Bolin in the Rich nearby of Field. The entire route could be finished this year. Provision for the paving of this 1m portent route was contained. In la omnibus Bill passed by the Slat legislature in 1925, duo to the Effort of state senator Frank b. Baldwin an assemblyman thus. B. Wilson of Thi District and county. A cheers Baldwin and Wilson hav been working energetically to secure continuation of the paving operation now in Progress from Degolia t Simpson on to Ormsby and Smethport it a thought the needed construction thanks to the efforts of our Able representatives will to carried out Ali summer and entirely at state sex pens an interesting feature of the proposed construction program from Smethport viewpoint is Tho Poss Loilit that Tho Road May be routed through this Borough the length of King Stre to the intersection of that thorough Faro with Tho Roosevelt Highway on lower main Street which would insure the paving of that Beautiful thorough fare. To Pennsylvania facts Worth knowing Pennsylvania is producing 12 times of much to Bricco Ixa go Yuvara ago. Over Pennsylvania Famis arc on Concrete Brick or Meorl Riih Road. A Market House la still oper ating1 in Philadelphia it which cd forgo Washington und his wife were Roj Enlar customers. Pennsylvania produced the Botond most valuable potato crop of any Stata in the Union last department of agriculture. Slayer in Al Here commissioners to hear local tax appeals 9th we Burnett batters wife to death in Row shocking Bradford crime much local interest centers on the hearing of appeals of Smethport tax on the Tri Onnal assessment which county will to heard commissioners by w. Ii. Siul Knny and Thos. Hung Tville Friday it Tho court House Smethport. A stated a the Democrat lost Mckean dog licenses a total of 3.861 dog licenses were issued to Mckoan county dog owners from Tho county treasurer s Luce this during 1327. A total of 26 prosecutions for violation of Tho dog Law wore re ported in Tho county during Tho your. In Elk local assessments at the instance of the Borough government and necessitated by Tho increased demands of meeting Tho annual Borough budget expenses Are due for an upward hoist to an extent which will Iner Viso local valuation to the total of j800.000. Naturally the Prospect is not one which enthuses local taxpayers Al though the Foci is generally recognized that local assessments have been extremely Low and the Council has struggled desperately for save nil years past to keep them Low having really performed miracles in staying the final play of reckoning thus far. Consequently to Tho county com missioners Falls Tho not enviable Job of setting of a Board of appeals to adjust the local situation to the Best of their ability. Showing no remorse for his terrible crime w. J. Burnett of Bradford who murdered his wife by beating her Over the head with a Hammer is a Model prisoner it Tho fat clean county jail Smethport. Awaiting trial it the next term of criminal court. Burnett was brought to Tho local jail by county detective Allison Sapir Bradford family Row at 90 Forman Street ended in a tragedy Early this morning when mrs. Hosa a cilia Burnett in died in the Bradford Hospital after being beaten on the head with a heavy claw Hammer by her husband w. J. Burnett. Burnett it is confessed to Tho deed but expressed no regrets. The argument Between the husband and wife started Early yesterday and was in Progress intermittently through out the Day neg Lehors of Tho couple say. Loud talking and crashes of Hying furniture kept recurring from time to time. Willts fixing the Kitchen sink. Burnett told police Olla Ciach his wife struck him. Lie picked up a too did not usow struck Tho woman ii could not remember How Many times. An Anonymous Call to police head quarters informed police Ollices trouble occurring in the Home. The the was her local Man one of new fight Arena owners the Seneca boxing club inc., with official status recognized by the new York slate boxing commission in converting the Large Seneca Junction dance Pavilion situated Midway be Ween Olean Salamanca and Bradford originally built by Arthur m. Dort of local folks get Oil two Smethport Oil companies have just completed new Oil Wells on adjoining leases near East Bradford. Last week the Gallup Oil company composed of w. H. Gallup a. J. Hyatt f. L. Holmes Anil others completed a new Well on their lease which starts off with a Dally production of six barrels. The Drake Oil company composed of b. E. Drake b. A. Studholme and ethers which owns a lease adjoining the Gallup company has just completed a. New Oil Well starting off with seven barrels production. The local companies Are located in a territory in which a splendid flood is starting. Bulge his name and he will not Dis close it now until lie has definite Prool of his identity. All that or. Allison will say is that his assailant was an italian and that o was apparently seeking to put the county detective out of the Way be also he knew too much about the connect Lon the Man who employed him Rolth italian murders and evidence connection with the recent Femia Al Guidice trial at Little Valley. N. Y bereaved by father s death John e. Cather Well known local Man was summon Tel to red Cloud neb., sunday by news of the death of his father. Chas. S. Cather. A prominent Pioneer resident of that City which sad event occurred saturday afternoon. The deceased was 75 Yeara of age and is survived by his wife and seven children including Willa Cather celebrated american novelist of new York and j. E. Cather of this place. 65 apply for citizens papers Here this week sixty Flea foreign born residents o Mckean county towns appeared a prothonotary k f. Starsky s office a the court House Smethport. Tuesday and wednesday and flood petitions of american citizenship at Vilior. Court to be held Here june Lith persons desiring citizenship h until next monday to file their Appl cations and it is believed the number of applicants will be materially in creased by that time. Federal examiner Ralph White Buffalo formerly of Smethport. Spending tiie week at prothonotary Tarsky s office. Port into it big boxing Arena with seats for 1600 spectators. The fight cards which will Start soon will introduce some of the Best Luna eur Talent of a wide radius of country. The personnel of the club is Arthur it. Dort of Bradford. A. B. Comes of Smethport and Mike Wise of Bradford. Memorial at Valley refinery for blast hero a memorial tree for George Rohert was planted monday afternoon adjacent to the refinery of lace. To refresh employees memories of or. Probert first superintendent of Tho Mckean county refining co. Of his Loyal ser vices his companion ate Fellowship and above All of his heroic act in which he sacrificed his life for his fellow men. Rev. Chase of Farmers Volley spoke a few appropriate words before the planting. A Floral Wreath was placed near the tree by Tho employees of the refinery. The tree a Pine was generously donated by John b. East american May install Sheet Glass machines in Kane Kane Republican March 5. Instal lation of Sheet machines in Tho Kane factory of the american window Glass company hinges upon the Suc Cess or failure of the use of tie Mach Ines recently of stalled at the Belle Verjin Plant according to information fron Tho Pittsburgh office of the com Pany today. Persistent rumours that the american company in resumption o operation at tha. Local Plant Ristl news went to investigate and found woman mortally wounded. She rushed to the Hospital where death occurred at o clock this morning. Liu Nett made no Effort to escape nor did to resist arrest by City do Testivo Fairbanks and officers Liln Chen Forko and Plowman. Ofil class say that to was in similar trouble when he lived in Limestone. At that time the woman recovered but he served a term in the Little Valley jail Canonico fake healer Given Long prison term judge Harvey w. Whitehead pres iding at a term of criminal court in Williamsport. Lost week sentenced Blago Cono Nocco self styled to Servo from eighteen months to three yours in Tho Eastern Penitentiary. Tho defendant pled guilty to charges of obtaining Money under also pro tenses from Llllian Niort italians. Sentence included a Fine. Conn Ricco was arrested at Hazel Laurat a Short time Typo when local authorities obtained information that to had Conin to this Section and was about to hold a big Healing eos Filon for Tho alleviation of Tho ills of Nui Seroua italian while Tho alleged healer was boing held in the local county jail it waa Learned that to was wanted in a num Ber of cities whore Liu had obtained Largo sums of Money. Tho authorities decided to turn the prisoner Over to Tho Lycoming county courts inasmuch As the strongest raise of All had Boon Mode against him there. Just before leaving for will tar port Cono Nocco attempted to commit suicide in Tho local jail by slashing both of Bis arms with a. Razor but was waved by till timely intervention county detective Allison. Mckean May have two cow testing association county agent informs the Democrat that plans for forming a second cow testing association in my Cean county this Spring Are now pro Ressing. This county already Lias one highly successful cow testing association. Composed of the Bradford. Smethport and Kane Dairy areas which was or a year ago. Tho proposed new organization would serve dairymen of others areas of the county not served by the local organization. Boys and girls calf club under auspices of the local agricultural Extension office a boys and girls Dairy calf club is to lie organized in Mckean county this county juvenile dairymen Between the Ages of 10 and 20 years. This movement is becoming a pop ular one through Pennsylvania and will undoubtedly enlist a Large membership in Mckean county. Service interviewing at Pitts Burgh. The following dispatch was received at this of lace today Pittsburgh March 5. While officials of the american window Glass com Pany Here denied today that they were planning to install Sheet machines for Tho Kane Plant it was Learned that if the Experiment at Belleverno i is Suc and Battery. Signed confession Cess Ful Tho machines Are to be installed in All of the company s plants. Officials of the window Glass Cut ters and Flattener association of America told International news ser vice that w. L. Monro. President of Tho american window Glass com Pany had let it to known that if the use of Tho machines is proved successful at Belleverno. They will be installed in All of the company s smaller plants. Fur in a signed confession made to county Deto Calvo Jack Allison of Smethport chief Salt and Captain Peterson of Bradford last night Bur Nett said Fly name w Burnett i am a Ori the 8th Day of november 1875. My present address is 90 Forman Street City of Bradford. My wife and t have never lived happily. We have always quarrelled. We were married on the Lith Day of August 1917. She has always abused me Al ways cursed me. F have lived in Hazelhurst 1.0. O. Banquets Tho Marvin Valley Lodge i. O. O. F., hold their annual banquet at their Hall in Hazelhurst wednesday. Oven ing. Supper was served to Tho members and their families and guests at followed by Tho regular meet ins. After Tho meeting a Home Talent Ilay was enjoyed by those present. Visitors were in attendance from Many towns in this Section. Veterans visit Emporium ten members of Bucktail Post. Arm mean legion headed by com Mander Edwin Lim Holm motored to Emporium monday evening and were guests of the american legion Post of that town and witnessed the initiation rites conferred on a class of candidates. The local speak glowingly of Tho hospitality of the Emporium com rades. Selling Many dance tickets members of Bucktail Post Ameri can legion report a tremendous and Vance Sale of tickets for their big St. Patrick s night Ball to be held at the legion lyceum saturday. March 17, at which a Beautiful Chrysler "62" Sedan will be Given As a door prize. Prom present indications the proceeds of Tho coming Hall will be sufficient to wipe out tie existing indebtedness of the veterans project of providing Smethport with a theater. Tunnel for Bona crossing clean March to proceed with an under Roxie crossing at Alle Gany near St. College whore the Erie and Pennsylvania Cross the Highway have been received at Buffalo from Albany it was reported Here. Tho project incurs the expenditure of j750.000, the report stricken family relieved mrs. A. Green of King Street who conducted measures for the Relief of a family of nine which was found to be iving in pitifully destitute Circum stances on a rarely travelled Rural Road near Smethport which was mentioned in Tho Democrat Lant week reports that response to this dire emergency All by local residents was spontaneous and generous. The family the Hus band of which had been without employment for a Long time is now being provided with Tho necessities of life. Resigns As garage manager Frank Dunbar. Who for Tho list three years has been manager of the Smethport garage has resigned that position to accept a position in Olcan. The Democrat understands or. Dun bar has accepted a position with the Olcan n Ash Agency and will enter upon the discharge of his duties in Tho nearby City at once. Sudden Call for plows a terrific snowstorm of Blizza proportions swept this Section sunday afternoon burying nearby highways and resulting in a hurried Call out of Tho Fino plow Crews of the state Highway maintenance Headquarters this Borough to combat Tho drifts. As usual the plows kept the roads open for traffic. Milroy. For Sale 8x10. Inquire Fred Avlo car skidded into Creek Early tuesday morning in bile Coupon driven by a Salesman from Warren skidded on the pavement near Tho Mundy residence on Marvin Street and went Over the Bank into to Small Creek. The car s slightly damaged in the crash. Tho car emerged under its own Power. Bradford Areo club an Aero club with a membership of 50 la to to . J. I b Meara b. J. Boezer Andl 6te to Ybon ton have . A new onco for training purposes and Lieut. Harrl. Emory Well known Bradford aviator has been engaged Tut. Instructor to teach Tho club members to ii. Car hit Pennsy train a Chevrolet coach and driven by Wesley Shazer of Bast Smethport hit the Pennsylvania local train on the crossing near the East Smethport Sta Bacon named tips ave at the february term of Mckean county criminal court held in meth port last week. Judge j. W. Bouton appointed Daniel Bacon of Smethport As a member of the staff of tips aves of the local court said appointment becoming effective immediately. Milk truck damaged a milk truck of the r. Ii. Almony farm was hit by another Auto to on last Friday evening. The car Arul in munged re the in suffered a smashed Radiator and crumpled fender. Tho Driver was not injured. Bizzaro Disorbo the marriage of miss Antonnette Buzzaro of Marvin Street Smethport. Well known local Young lady and Potor John Disorbo of Olean was solemnized in Olean last saturday. Boxing show at the Bradford armory last night Sailor Boh won by a knockout and Vandernick fought to a draw. Both Are local boys. Tor Section of main Yos Leday noon. And Kast streets building Home at r1xford Cal Vorhies local cart renter who is now. Employed in Rixford. Is erecting a new Homo in thai town and will take up his residence there. Judge Bouton in Erie judge j. W. Bouton left sunday for Erie where he will preside at a session of the brie county courts for the next three weeks. Bradford nearly All my life. We moved from Bradford to Lime Stone n. Y., september 18, 1926. Lived there 10 months. Moved to Salamanca. A y., Tho 27th Day of june 19a7. I have been working for Tho Fairview Nursery of Geneva n. I moved Back to Bradford the 27th Day of february. 1928, and rented a House from Nick Bove no. 90 i orman Street on March 2, 1928. Bove and i were fixing the water lines. They were All filled with rust and the Gas lines were Frozen. I had been working at the to b since March 2nd. Bovo had been helping off and on. Lie had to attend to Tho store. On March 2nd Bovo Camo to the House about 2 p. M. My wife continually was finding fault about Lino and und being open All the time. About p. M. Bove and i were standing in the Kitchen taking Tho sink apart. My wife came from the dining room curs ing and swearing and struck me across Tho Back. I Don t know what she lilt me with. Bovo told her to sit Down and behave herself. I picked up i tool. I Don t know what it was und hit her. I Don t know whether i hit her More than once or not. I Don t know whether i hit her with a Hammer or a wrench there were a lot of tools lying around. I am so sick and disgusted i Don t Caro what you do with me. I am sorry i am in trouble but i am not sorry i hit her for she hit me. It s All Over but the prosecution. She always was fighting and kept me fighting with the neighbors taking her part. Khe made me All my troubles. I never had any trouble Only the trouble she made for the document was signed by Bur Nett and by detective Allison chief soil and Captain Peterson As witnesses. Another statement signed by the same persons sets Forth that i have made the foregoing statement to the officers of Tho Law knowing that any thing i Havo paid May be used against me and Tho statement was made of my own free will without Promise of leniency or mrs. Burnett the victim of the Ham Mer attack was Horn March 4, 1885, and was formerly mrs. Albert from. Roam. killed on the new York Central Railroad. They had a child a Fri re who is married to Pearl Price of 52 Rochester Street this City. Burnett also has a daughter by a former marriage. She is now mrs. Steven of Turtlepoint a. County detective Allison brought Reneth Nurt saturday and lodged him in Tho count ail where he Crosby Defeated Bradford Tho fast Crosby basketball quintet Defeated the Bradford heralds Ono of Tho county s fastest combinations in a Gamo at Crosby saturday night. Tho final score waa 32-19. Dies at Auto wheel near it. Jewett Jitt. Jewett. March driving his automobile off Tho Highway near Lantz Corners in order to prevent an Accident Tony Frasyna 31, Highland woodcutter slumped Over Tho wheel dead at about this morning. The Cau Norof the Man s death is unknown although physicians say that it was probably due to a heart attack. The body was taken to Tho Lantz under taking Parlours at met. Jewett pending an inquest by the acting Coroner. Frasyna accompanied by Throe other Highland men started Early this morning for Westline to visit an Uncle. Arriving at Lantz Corners where he had intended to turn off the improved Highway to take the dirt Roa d to West line Rasina saw that Tho recent snowstorm had made the Road Imp he turned the car around and started on the return trip to Highland. To had not gone very far however when he drove Tho car off Tho right hand Side of. Tho Road and dropped Over dead. The car rested at a 45 degree Anglo when it Camo to a halt. I Yakin. companions immediately called or. H. No Cleveland of lift. Jowett who pronounced the Man dood on his or. Cleveland stated that the Man s body bore no Marks or indications of foul play. The it. Jewett physician notified. Or. S. A Mccutcheon of Bradford who is acting Coroner in the absence of Coroner in Clay Heffner. Will to held for Tho next term of Crim Inal court. Bradford March deliberating for Only a few minutes a Coro Ner s jury lost night decided mrs. Rns Abello Burnett 43, met her death from a fracture of Tho Skull caused blows on Tho Hood from a Blunt instrument in the hands of her husband w. J. Burnett. The inquest was in Mcallister s undertaking up Tabign ment by or. S. A. Mccutcheon acting Coroner during Tho absence from Tho City of Coroner h. Clay Pleffner. Or. Mccutcheon himself testified an Tho first witness telling How to performed an autopsy on the body saturday finding the Skull fractured in three places. Ono of on top of Tho head another on the Hack of the head and the third and largest Over the left Eye and on the loft Side of Tho head. This latter fracture must have been caused by More than Ono blow. He stated probably two while the other two fractures might Foottit have been caused by the Samo mow

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