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McKean Democrat (Newspaper) - March 10, 1927, Smethport, PennsylvaniaMy Kean Democrat volume 52. Ulc Pockat i so., inc. Pius sell . K1mtor Smethport pa., thursday March to 1927. Terms-42.00 per year. No. 10 Suffle opel musical Kathleen Here next week reserved seats for Kathleen the romantic musical comedy to be presented at die legion lyceum next twin Silny and Friday evenings for the Benefit of Buckhall Post american , will a new development occurred in thebe on at the Comer drug work of schools being seriously retarded measles epidemic situation in Smith port during the past week when the local Board of health received orders from the stale department of health Harrisburg that rigid Cima Rantane regulations be enforced locally. Informed that children from local Homes under quarantine for measles had been allowed to attend school the state department ordered that this alleged modification of regulations be stopped. At the present time no children from Homes under quarantine Are allowed to attend school Only in cases where they stay away from Home during Hie period of quarantine. Naturally the new regulation has reacted with devastating effect on the already Skeleton Zed classes of the Public schools and the worst is yet to come in View of Tho fact that local medical authorities estimate that less than half of the children at school age have so far been attacked by the Mal Ady. School work is being retarded seriously arid there is talk or organizing several night classes when the epidemic ends to permit High school students to gain Pace with their classes. As members of the teaching staff Are under contract for the term it would be costly to extend the shoo term beyond the regular Date of vacation adjournment. During the past week a number 01 new cases of measles have been re ported. Or. W. A. Ostrander state medical director for Mckean county informs the Democrat 13 the first epidemic of measles in Smith to in twelve years time. Tore not monday. Interest aroused in the coming Home Alint production indicates that the eats Wilt move fast and the Public is advised to arly. Kathleen make their reservations will introduce a Cost of 0 Home artists and rehearsals Are progressing steadily under the direct Lon of. Miss Brainard in expert pm Loyed by the John b. Rogers produce no company of Fostoria. Ohio which he Scenic embellishment of the big ocal musical production insuring a presentation of near professional incr t. Kathleen boasts of a Clever plot with a vein of real comedy running throughout and is Replete with us Solo and chorus musical num Boi a and artistic dance movements. The musical score will be interpreted y an orchestra of eight pieces under addresses canopus club at monday s meeting George Probert victim of Valley Oil refinery i blown through manhole of tank car after saving claims estate Larson proprietor of the new Thompson canc who is a member of the executive committee of he Roosevelt Highway association tvs 3. Guest of the Smethport canopus club at its regular Noonday meeting at the grand Central hotel monday and gave an interesting talk on the work and objects of the Roosevelt association which should materially Aid the drive for local memberships now a Cindy undertaken in Smethport. He explained the purpose of the or Gan Zai Jon As boing to unite All the cities Ana towns through which the great Scenic travel artery passes in us life of Workman body hurled 150 feet in air George Proli Ert. Aged 43, Farmers Valley. Lent of the Oil refinery of Hie my Kean county refining company at nearly Farmers Valley was instantly killed shortly after sio1 o clock lust Friday morning by an unusual explosion of Gas in an empty tank car which shot the body of the victim through the manhole in the top. As from the barrel of a Cannon and skyward higher than toll smoke stacks of the Plant. George Rohert met a hero s death route across Northern Pennsylvania having just saved the life of one of in a movement to boost the great Highway and advertise advantages to tourists of the nation to the Mutual advantage of All communities concerned. Or. Tjai Smi cited statistics of he american automobile association the direction of e. H. South Wink. The which estimated that a minimum of entire production will possess real artistic Merit. Prices for Kathleen Are 50c, 75c and Don t forget the dates next thursday night acid Friday night. Mar. 17-18. Proceeds will be used for tin. Bucktail Post s lyceum fund to Maln Tajn a first class theater in Smith port. Drill in Irons j. B. Pouter of Buffalo who leased considerable land in Irons hollow for Oil and Gas drilling developments a year ago. Was a Smethport visitor monday and was a caller at the Democrat office or. Porter stated that he has organized a company composed of Buffalo and Canadian men with capitalization sufficient to thoroughly test the nearby leases he controls and which comprise one of the few acreages in this Vicinity which Are yet untested for Oil or Gas. Drilling operations will be started this summer. W. B. Hopper accepts Fine position in Cincinnati w. B. Hopper Well known local Printer who for a number of years was superintendent of the boys mag Azine Plant in this Borough and who for several months Post has been mechanical superintendent of the Kane ?a., daily Republican s Plant has re signed that position to act As superintendent of a Large Job printing plantain Cincinnati Ohio. Jar. Hopper left automobiles would pass Over the Roosevelt route daily during the four months of the tourist season and figuring the average dully expenditures of each automobile at daily the total in dollars and cents reaching a total of Gigantic proportion from which All towns along the route Ara bound to Benefit. Or. Larson cited the fact that the Roosevelt Highway not Only materially reduced the paved Highway mileage continued on Page 4, col. 5 or. Far Nam had both legs broken week to enter upon the duties of his splendid new position. The Democrat understands that or. Hopper and family who own a Fine residence on Bank Street this Bor Ough Are contemplating to moving to incl Nati in the near future. Port friends while glad to learn of the Spendle deserved recognition this capable printing executive has received will deplore the. Prospect of or. Hopper and family moving away from Smethport. Auditors give annual report the Eft cont Board of Mckean county auditors composed of or. D. Elva Cooper a. L. Gallup and f. A. Bur Dick completed the annual audit of the several accounts of Mckean county at the court House this Borough last week accomplishing the big Job in splendid time. The annual report of the auditors comprehensive in scope is being published this week in the Mckean county Miner the the Democrat. Bradford Star and to inoculate local school children cards have been received in Smith port for the free inoculation of pupils of the Borough schools with to toxin is a diphtheria preventative which will be conducted under the direction of the state department of health at an Early Date. This is part of the detriment of health s warfare against diphtheria which exp Enta say will banish the disease from the state by 1930 and which was described in the Democrat the first of the last week. Inoculation is optional. Parents allowed until yesterday to fill out consent cards. The majority is understood have Ashon Ted to Cooper ate in the Campaign. The inoculation for diphtheria prevention is absolutely effective physicians state. County Oil men abreast of times Oil producers of the Mckean county Fields Are adopting the latest methods to keep up the rapid Pace of extract no the fabulous fluid wealth which is under a great portion of Mckean county from the Depths of the Earth. In the Kindred Field whore a shortage of for Power fuel has hampered drilling operations when Gas engines Are used during the past Winter one energetic contractor has purchased a a Large Oil burning engr inc of the Dei Sel Type which has solved his drilling problems splendidly. A network of transmission Linea now bring Niagara Falls electric pow or to the Oil Fields Between Smethport Bradford and Eldreid for drilling and pumping Power and Many contractors and producers Are usin it. The South Peron Oil company v Jupt ordered an electric drilling motor of 15-40 horsepower capacity m to used on their Leasea in this Section another innovation which has been successfully adopted in he Oil Fields near Eldred is the establishing of a three eight hours suit system for drilling crows replacing the Long established two twelve hours shift sys tem. The addition of an extra Drill inst shift working smarter hours has resulted in a marked speeding up of drilling time. Another Cut in local Oil a 10 cent reduction in Pennsylvania crude Oil was rated by purchasing agencies tuesday. The Price of Oil produced in Tho local Flold is now per barrel. Subscribe for the Democrat advices received the latter part last week regarding the condition of known local Man who is a patient at the Gonesee hos Pital Rochester or. T., suffering from serious injuries received when an automobile in which he was travelling from Buffalo to Rochester was wrecked near Churchville saturday night feb. 26, stated that or. Farnham s a Jurlena were much More serious than was first reported. was found at the Hospital that both his less and been fractured in Stead of a single fracture of the right Egas was first thought. It. Has been necessary to reset one of the twice and the patient has been in a greatly weakened condition As a re sult of the unfortunate Accident. It is hoped to move or. Fam Ham to Buffalo the latter part of this week. But it will be a Long time before he will Able to return to Smethport. Ice. Farnham. Who is new York state president of the Gideons and ii. A. Hammond of Buffalo International president of the Gideon movement were Enro Ute to Rochester to address a Gideon meeting. Or. Hammond was also badly injured. Lla men. Six other men in the Vicinity of Iuie explosion were painfully but not seriously burned by the blast which was heard plainly in Smethport. The refinery superintendent directing the work of u arc Vot men in in cleaning an empty tank car preparatory to loading it with Raso line. The tank car which had recently been emptied of a cargo of Texas Oil had been steamed for 24 hours but de spite this fact was still filled with Gas fumes and when Archie Brooder o Farmers Valley a member of the Load ing Crew lower d himself Lato Iuie in error of the car through the. Sixteen Noh opening in Tho cupola on top to Start bailing out some Oil remaining in the Bottom he was Over come by the accumulation of Gas or. Probert unhesitatingly lower himself into the Gas filled car fastened a rope about Brooder s body an instructed other members of the Crew to pull the. Unconscious Man to safety. The men on top of the car had just lifted Brooder from the car onto a High Dock running alongside the Load ing sol Jih and or. Probert was starting to climb through the cupola when a deafening explosion occurred which shot the body of the Brave superintendent through Iho Small opening in the top and to a. Height of i ully Iso feet in the air. The body stripped of All clothing save one rubber Arctic alighted a Short distance from the tank car. Death had been instantaneous. The six workmen including the unconscious Brooder were blown from Tho injured were placed in an Auto Mobile and rushed to Smethport where or. Burg Chadwick them reviving Brooder and dressed the Burns of the others. The cause of the Terr Fin explosion will Ever remain a mystery. It May have resulted from or. Frobert s shoe causing a Park on Contact with the steel Interior or from an electric Light i jihad been suspended in the in error of the tank. The car was not damaged by the terrific blast the full orce of the explosion escaping throw lie opening on top. The body of or. Probert was Takon o the Koch undertaking establishment n Bradford and prepared for burial. The deceased was born in new York City and Hia boyhood was spent there a recognized expert in Oil refinery pro or. Probert had held important positions with the plants of the Whrren and Conewango refining companies in Warren and later was identified the refinery in Eldred for some time four years ago he accepted the Post Tion of superintendent of the Fanci Valley refinery. He was a Man of Sterling qualities and was Hig Lily esteemed by All who knew him. The High Dock but Aji escaped with minor Burns about their faces and hands. The men were Arthur Reeves Wal Ter Daniels and o. Baker of Smith port John Stelock and Axel Safstrom of fast Smethport and Archie Brooder it was the High principle of superintendent Probert not to ask an employee to a anything to would hesitate to do himself. When the extreme emergency arose he brushed other men aside to Brave dentil to save the life of one of his men. Or. Probert s heroic not will be cited to the Carnegie hero award commis Sion for posthumous recognition. The deceased a survived by Hia widow son Irwin at Home his father of Al brother a and Sisters living near new York the funeral was held at Tho Fanelly residence in Farmers Valley monday morning at id o clock the Rev. F Dean Antler pastor of the first pref by Terian Church Bradford officiating mrs. Leanoro Degolier of Bradford Sang asleep in Jesus and Rock of being accompanied by miss Mary White. The body was taken by motor to Warren where interment was made in Oakland cemetery. As a Tri Bute to the departed the big Farmers Valley refinery was closed monday frs. Mcdougall learns her husband secured divorce the wife of William j. Mcdougal air dared Lewis run a Coluso arrived Bradford last week to claim the a of her supposed , Only to earn that a Mcdougal had obtained a Ivorio from her some time before he Vas killed and without her know Edge. Mrs. Mcdougal who Only recently earned other former husband s death has been Hying Witk her Mother in Arizona for a number of years past. The woman is sold to to in Straiten cd circumstances and sympathy of Bradford citizens Haa been is probable that will be instituted in Mckean county court in Smoth pout to have uie divorce annulled so that mrs. Mcdougal can claim Tho state of Hor former husband who left no heirs. Tho Cittato consists of Homo property in Lewis run and a sum of Money in the Bank. Coroner h. Clay Heffner of Bradford is administrator. The murder of Mcdougal was one of Tho Moat shocking in the criminal an null of county. One night three years ago two Des Perados visited the lonely Shack where in Dougula lived As a Recluse and shot he aged Man to death As lie Lay in bed Tho assassins first levelled heir revolvers through a window of he Little Shack at Tho form of Tho one room Cabin a Eon Alcious target their weapons into the Mie Dougal which by Tho dim a Lent Otho Interior of afforded them after emptying body of their victim they climbed to the roof and Toro Down the Brick Chimney and hurled the bricks Down through the Hole in the roof or to the prostrate form of their victim and Aln emptied their revolvers into Hia body. Then they sacked the on Hia person has watch and the fiends were inspired ated reports of hidden wealth the aged Recluse who conducted an Apiary and sold Honey for a living1, was supposed to have hidden his shanty. The loot which they secured after Thor terrible crime was of value. By Clever work of county detective j. Allison of evidence Una secured co warrant the arrest of Tony and Blasus Spohner two Lewis run youths on a charge of having murdered Mcdougal. After being held in the morning while owners and working county jail in Smethport for som8 Force paid their reverent respect to the heroic superintendent s memory. Jail prisoner sent to sanitarium Chas. Garella of it. Jewett who was convicted of violation of the liquor Law at the Lato term of Mckean county criminal court v and sentenced to serve eight months in the county jail Smethport svs found to be suf Fering from the advanced stages of by physician or Burg i Zadwick. That Stern Justice la sometimes tempered with mercy is attested by the fact that instead of Dama Jiding the Law s penalty from Garella who is a Veteran of the world with a valiant record of service unfortunate Man has been sent to the state sanitarium at Cresson pa., where he will receive Tho beat retention that skilled specialists can give. Sheriff Baryon took Garella to cres son monday returning Home tuesday. Addition to Federal Forest Fin monday 14.000 acres of Forest land lying Between Kane and John son Hurst. Was a dded to the local Allegheny Federal Forest with approval of the National Forest Rosiu action com Mittee. The land was purchased at per acre. Woodsman fired several shots in Kane hotel after being ejected from the new East Smethport Plant May move the Democrat has it on the authority of an officer of the Norwich Chemi Cal company that the East Seq Sporl chemical factory of that company May be moved if the present shortage of Wood continues. Company officials plate that there is ill an abundance of chemical Wood in this Vicinity but owners of Wood lots do not seem to be anxious to sell. At the present time the Quinn inter eats who own Rel trnct.4 As Tho Norwich ii. And Georgo i maintains n Model pumping station of f plants conduct novt summer. Democrat Job printing

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