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Smethport Mckean County Democrat (Newspaper) - December 21, 1933, Smethport, Pennsylvania Mckean county Democrat volume 58 Russell r. Lindsley publisher Smethport pa., thursday december 21, 1933 rerms�?$2.00 per year. No. 51warley Gifford succumbs after Short illness former Lumberman stricken tuesday died yesterday Smethport residents were saddened by news of the death of Warley if Ford aged 81, prominent local citizen and former county official manufacturer and Lumberman which occurred at his Home on King Street wednesday morning at 6 30 of clock. Or. Gifford was stricken with a severe heart attack tuesday morning and from that time on failed rapidly. His strength had been failing with advancing age for some time past but he remained Active and cheerfully Alert to the time he was stricken. Last week he performed his duties As court crier at the december term of Mckean county criminal court in Smethport. Or. Gifford in partnership with his brother the late Seth Gifford was one of the Pioneer big lumbermen of this Section. The Gifford Brothers operated several huge sawmills in Smethport and Vicinity cutting much of the Virgin Timber in this Region. Later the Gifford Mill was moved from Smethport to Carthage n. Y., where it was operated by Seth Gifford for Many years. When this Section became a Glass manufacturing Region or. Gifford entered that Branch of Industry and was a stockholder and executive of the tuna window Glass co. Of Bradford. When the factory was moved from Bradford to Clarksburg w. A he located in that City for some time directing operations of the big Plant. He retired from Active business pursuits several years ago when his beloved wife was stricken with illness and was her almost constant companion and attendant during the Long period she was a helpless invalid. After retiring from business or. Gifford w As persuaded by judge j. W. Bouton to accept appointment As Mckean county auditor on two occasions to fill vacancies. He served two terms As county commissioner and made a splendid record for efficiency. On several occasions or. Gifford was honoured by his fellow townsmen by election to the office of Burgess of Smethport. In every position of Public office he gave sincere diligent service. A More Noble Man never lived than Warley Gifford. True As steel to every Trust and to his friends his life was one of service and sacrifice to others. His kindly distinguished presence and kindly heart will be missed by a legion of friends. He was one of Mckean county a and Smethport most distinguished citizens a True gentleman in All the w Ord implies. Or. Gifford was a member of the local masonic fraternity and of the Clarksburg w. A. Elks Lodge. He was a devout member of St. Luke a episcopal Church being a vestry Man of the Parish. In politics he was a life Long and Loyal Democrat. Surviving Are one daughter. Mrs. Ethel Marks and a granddaughter miss Emma Marks at Home one son. Roy Gifford an electrical Engineer who is now an executive of the Beil Telephone .co., Chicago 111. Several grandchildren and two Brothers. Dudley Gifford of Smethport and William Gifford of Warren. Or. Gifford was a son of William and Louisa Gifford eminent pioneers of this Region being born on january 31, 1853. He was one of a family of six children. He w As educated in the Public schools and on completing his education taught school for several years. Early in life he accepted a clerical position with the mercantile establishment of Henry Hamlin later entering a business partnership with win. Haskell. He quit the mercantile business to engage in lumber operation. Or. Gifford married Emma d. Gal up in Smethport on june 6, 1876. Mrs. Gifford a prominent Leader in local religious literary and educational activities passed away several years ago. Funeral services will be held at St. Luke a episcopal Church Friday afternoon at 2 30 of clock the Rev. W. E. Van Dyke officiating. Interment will be in the family plot in Rose Rose Hill cemetery. Amateur boxing Here on new years Day Amateur boxing will be revived Here new years Day when an of Ter noon program of fights w ill be staged in the legion lyceum it has been More than a year since the last boxing card was of feed in Smethport. The promoters plan to show the Best Amateur Talent possible on the new years Day menu. Hon. Robert Rose 86, is summoned Hon. Robert Hutchinson Rose aged 56 years prominent Binghamton. N. A financier and lawyer formerly of Smethport died at his horn1 at no. 3 Riverside drive that City Friday evening. Dec. 15, at 7 00 of clock. Or. Rose had been confined to his i Home for three months As a result of i ills attendant we Ith his advanced 1 years. Despite the fact that or. Rose left i Smethport in 1893, he had always i taken an Active interest in the town j w Here he resided for Many years and i w Here in 1877 he married Lena h Hamlin daughter of Henry Hamlin Mckean county a Pioneer banker. He had made frequent visits to Smethport. During his sojourn Here he served one term As state senator from this District. He was a True gentleman in every sense of the word an Able executive continued on Page 2, column i new Bowling alleys to be opened this evening Smethport new Public Bowling alleys in the Large basement room of the new Ostrander building on main 1 Street will be opened for the first i time tonight at 7 00 of clock for Plav ing. Work of installing four Beautiful j alleys which had been in Progress for ten Days was completed by a j Crew of experts from Pittsburgh 1 monday with application of a finishing coat of shellac w hich is now entirely dry. The alleys Are equipped with original Backus automatic pin setters invented by the late j. C. Backus of i Smethport and manufactured at the Plant of Holmes amp Gillilan Here. The alleys were purchased and will 1 be operated by the recently organized Smethport Bowling association. The association has engaged Andy Peterson As manager. The alleys will be open to the pub lie every afternoon and evening sex i cent sunday from now on. The room in the Ostrander building w As built specially for Bowling Alley purposes with perfect lighting. Ventilating and heating features even Concrete pits for the pin setter j operators. No finer installation of its kind can be found in this entire Sec i Tion. The new alleys will fill an acute local need and members of the local 1 Bowling league who have been travelling to Bradford and Kane weekly for several years past will now play their schedule on Home alleys. A new league is being formed and those desiring to join can file their names with the alleys management. The House committee of the Bowling association which will have Complete charge of maintain Ance and operation of the alleys is composed of b. T. Ball a. E. Quirk. Frank Fay Walter Anderson and de Kohn. The Public is cordially invited to the opening of the alleys Post acts to Mark town s 125th birthday urges old Home Celebration next summer an old Home week project to Mark the 125th year of Smethport existence next summer was launched at a meeting of Bucktail Post american legion held monday night. It w As voted to appoint a committee to meet with the Smethport fire department at the next regular meeting of that organization to urge participation by the firemen in the Celebration asking that they name a similar old Home week committee and that the joint committee then seek cooperation of the canopus club and ask that organization to also name a committee to act w Ltd the representatives of the veterans and firemen. The joint veterans firemen canopus committee would have full direction of the Celebration tentative plans discussed were for a 3-Day Celebration to be held in mid june. There would be appropriate programs daily and big parades each Early evening the first a civic and Industrial procession the second a firemen a Parade and Competition in w hich fire departments of a Large radius w Ould be invited to participate w Hiie a Large military Parade would be the feature of the closing night composed of National guard units of this Section and a Laige number of veterans posts and bands and drum corps. There w Ould be attractive prizes for All three parades. There is much local enthusiasm for such a Celebration w hich would he the first municipal birthday party Smethport has Ever held since John Keating. Irish Soldier of Fortune who had served with Napoleon Bonaparte came to America As agent for the Royal family of Holland w hich owned a vast timbered Domain in this Section of Pennsylvania and founded Smethport As a town and his own Headquarters in 1809. Naming it in Honor of the de Smeths prominent Bankers of the Netherlands and financial agents of the King. From that Day the Keating land co. Played a prominent part in the development of this Section. Last summer Portville and Ellicottville staged old Home week celebrations which were remarkably successful and there is no reason Why the projected local Celebration be similarly successful. To stage old fiddlers contest the veterans voted to engage we. Munn of Garland pa., old time circus Clow n and fiddler to stage an old fiddlers contest at the legion lyceum sometime in february Post will entertain auxiliary it was voted to invite the ladies of the legion auxiliary to be guests of the Post at a social session featuring dancing cards and refreshments at the legion lyceum new years night. Last weeks Cwa payroll in the county was $3,469 Bradford dec. 18. Last w Eek a payroll for 345 Mckean county residents employed on Cwa pro jets Here totalled $3,469.02, a cording to announcement last night by c. E. Waddingham Tri county administrator this does not include salaries for men on state Highway and Federal jobs. Already approval has been Given projects to employ 1,288 men in Mckean county. Approval still is a pending on some of the 80 projects a submitted which w Ould employ 2.160 men and provide payrolls tooling $247,744 in this county. A i capt. Oscar w. Keester. My a Koan county Deputy adm Nistra Tor announced approval saturday of nine additional projects proved a ing employment for 215 men and a total payroll of $22,733, i a Keating twp. To pave boards Keating township is starting work immediately on the Macadam paving of the balance of the East Valley Road from the end of the present Kings Corners paved stretch at Hackett hollow to the beginning of the stretch at Coryville this will provide a continuous pavement from East Smethport to Coryville. It is also intended to pave Reilly hollow near East Smethport from the intersection with the Crosby Road to the foot of Prospect Hill providing a year round passable Road to that Beautiful Scenic Mountain and serving the Fine farms along the route. The township will also pave the Road in Beautiful Irish hollow neat Smethport. This we Ork is being done with Aid of cd a funds and is started by the township to provide work for a Large number of men. Fred h. Nourse. H f. Schmidel and Russell Lindsley. Owner of the Carr farm on the Crosby Road near Burbank. Are donating native Stone from their forms for the East Smethport Coryville and Reilly hollow paving Wrork Stone for the Irish hollow paving is being donated by Farmers residing there. Programs for Christmas at local churches special services and music Christmas tree exercises local churches will All have special services As usual to commemorate the happiest Holiday of the year the Natal Day of the Christ child. Members of the various congregations w ill find Many features of interest for both adults and children. The pastors of the churches unite in extending Hearty invitations to All who wish to worship on Christmas to unite with the congregation of their Choice. Swedish Mission Church Rev. O. Molinder pastor Friday. Dec. 22 choir rehearsal at 7 30 p. In. Sunday. Dec. 24�?sunday school at 10 00 a. In. Morning worship in swedish at 11 00 a in. Christmas Day a Yulotta service at 5 45 a. In. Re. J. E. Hall Mertz. Pastor emeritus of the Church will speak in swedish. Special singing and music. Sunday school festival at 7 30 p. In. Thursday dec. 28 the annual concert will he Given thursday evening continued on last Page col. I general Malone shot a Buck in Cameron county a major general Paul b. Malone a commander of the third corps a area. United states army with a Headquarters in Baltimore md., a who recently stopped in pm per a cum to Hunt Deer during an in a Speeton tour of civilian Conser a vation corps Camps of this Section a shot a 10-Point Buck in the Cooks a run Forest Region in Cameron a county. A As a result of this enjoyable a Hunt the general cannot help but a find his sympathy for the admin a is ration a c. C. C plan to re a store native forests and wild life a in which he has already perform red such an important part great a by increased by personal Contact. A Harry Hull will supervise Federal Forest Road Job Harry Hull expert Smethport Road builder has successfully passed the necessary civil service tests and has been designated by the Federal authorities As a superintendent of construction on the new Road paving operations now being started in the Allegheny National Forest in Warren and Mckean counties As part of the government s recovery program or. Hull will be in charge of paving operations on the Road Between Klondike and Kinzua Concrete for Bush Hill Road port Allegany j delegation representing the Roosevelt i Highway association went to Harrisburg wednesday dec. 13, for a meeting with the state Highway department relative to the completion of the Bush Hill Road with a Concrete surface. They were Given Assurance that the Road was on the program for 1934, and that the Roadway would probably be 20 feet wide. Just what Date w ill be set for letting the contract is not yet decided upon As an inspection of the Road must first be made to find out How the big fills have settled. Level big Section of Wall of fire swept Hamlin bldg. With a deafening crash w hich resembled that made by the fall of Jericho and accompanied by a blinding Cloud of dust the front Brick Wail of the fire swept Hamlin building on main Street former Home of the master hardware was brought to Earth tuesday afternoon at 2 30 of clock by m. Schoonmaker and Geo. Fitch who have been engaged in razing the big Structure. The collapse of the front of the big building a portion hardly damaged when the big main Street fire of last january swept the Block was accomplished by nicely calculated leverage applied by chains and ropes attached to a capstan Winch. By pulling out one of the Iron pillars sup j porting the upper masonry above the openings for the plate Glass front the collapse of the entire front Wall was accomplished with ease. Portions of the Side Walls which still stands and will be removed by similar method. Post office open next saturday afternoon the Smethport Post office will be open next saturday afternoon to handle the last minute Rush of Christmas mail. Arrest follows clash Between supervisors Charles croissant of Hazelhurst a supervisor elect of Hamlin township was arrested on a warrant charging assault and Battery sworn out by Russell Nogar of Hazelhurst a member of the present Hamlin township Board of supervisors by Constable Ralph Irving of Smethport monday. The arrest followed a Fristic clash Between the two Well known Hazelhurst men. During which or. Nogar asserts or. Croissant struck him on the head with a Hammer or. Croissant appeared at the office of Justice of the peace r c. Gleason in Smethport monday afternoon and decided to stand court trial and gave necessary Bond for appearance at the next term of Mckean county criminal court in Smethport. To finish deep test Well today the deep test Well of the Atlantic i Seaboard co. On the Haywood tract j at Marvindale is stiff drilling at a Point w hich keeps observers in suspense. It was officially reported late yesterday afternoon that the Drill May Pierce the Oriskany Sand today possibly this morning. The Well is being drilled in daytime Only and the depth at suspension of activities last night was 5158 feet. The formation at the Bottom of the Hole is hard As Iron forming a Cap Over the deep Sand and from i to 6 inches has been the average daily Progress of the bit this week. It is a laborious operation to Drill and bail at the end of a Cable nearly a mile Long. Harold Davidor of the Atlantic Seaboard co. Reported yesterday afternoon that the Rock formation at the Bottom of the Hole had begun to show particles of Sand annual kill of Deer ends the Pennsylvania Deer Hunting season closed last Friday with Rainy unfavourable weather conditions prevailing. Hunters All agree that the Deer were simply not Here this season does were plentiful but Burka were scarce. As a result the kill of the season was far below the average of former years. Joseph p. Willson Smethport attorney shot an 8-Point Buck at the Bunker Hill farm near Clermont last thursday. We. Marks of Marvin Creek shot a Buck in that Region last week Archie Campbell of the Marvin Creek Region also bagged a Buck last week Nelson Stickles of East Smethport shot a 5-Point Buck at the headwaters of potato Creek last Thure Day. Or Jesse Irons of the Ormsby Road was Smethport a Lone Diana of the Deer season. Mrs. Irons took a Long Range shot at a huge Buck on the Hill Back of her Home last Friday the Bullet breaking the animals Back on coming near the mortally wounded Buck mrs Irons burst into tears at the stricken animal s plight but steeled her nerve to end its sufferings with a Well aimed shot. Mrs. Irons and a lady Hunting companion dragged the Deer out of the Woods. It Wras a 11-Point Huck Marvin comes. 17-year-old local youth shot a 7-Point Buck in the Ormsby Region. Francis Warner shot a 14-Polnt Buck near Boyer. Harry Timmerman shot a huge Buck near Crosby and the Bullet clipped off the animal s entire rack of horns. After an exhaustive search or Timmerman found one Horn along the bloody Trail sufficient to establish legality of the kill. The single Horn contained four Points. Robert Gorton of Ormsby killed a 7-Point Buck. Frank Hyde of East Smethport shot an 8-Point Buck on Prospect Hill wednesday of last week. Frank Oviatt of Betula shot a 10-Point Huck during the recent season. Kermit Winslow of Crosby shot an 8-Point Buck in the Norwich Region. Philip Newman of Smethport shot a 7-Point Buck on Lasher Brook last Friday. Raymond Hough of hew shot a 10-Point Buck near Colegrove last Friday. William Taylor of Smethport closed the season by shooting a 12-Point Buck weighing 200 pounds in the Lasher Brook Region. Rockmart Heads con opus Industrial expansion Airboro to 6ive prizes for Holiday decorations the Smethport Borough Council has again voted to offer prizes for the most attractive illuminated Christmas tree or other Holiday decorations in Smethport this year following a custom it has pursued for several years past. Prizes Are As follows first�?$15.00 Cash. Second�?$10 Cash. Third�?$5.00 Cash. Many Beautiful decorations have already appeared at main Street business places and at residences. The merits of the decorations will be judged by a local organization some time Between Christmas and new years. A workmen have been engaged this week in placing a new Asphalt roof on the Looker building. Main Street occupied by the Smethport Post office. Corner drug store opening or. W. A. Ostrander a Beautiful new Corner drug store was formally opened to the Public last Friday evening. Hundreds of people from a wide radius visited the store in spite of Adverse weather conditions. Souvenirs were Given to visitors and dancing was enjoyed in the vacant storeroom music being furnished by Biff Willoughby a orchestra. Or. Ostrander received a number of handsome Floral tributes from his friends on the occasion of the opening. Local masonic officers installed last week the newly elected officers of Mckean Lodge no. 388, f. Amp a. M., Smethport were installed for the ensuing year last thursday evening. The new officers Are worshipful master Axel e. Peterson. Senior wardens a. Alfred Johnson. Junior wardens a. J. Johnston. Treasurer Sanford l. Fry. Secretary Earl r. Gallup. Representative to grand Lodge past master James h. Donly. W. H. Rockman superintendent of the Quaker state Oil refinery was inaugurated As president of the Smethport canopus club for the coming year at a dinner meeting at the colonial hotel monday alight. Other new officers elected and installed were vice president a. M Anderson. Treasurer Albert Johnson. Secretary Joseph p. Willson. Esq. Directors Robert Digel Raphael Kessler Russell Lindsley. Edwin Lindholm a. E. Quirk. County supt of schools c. W. Lillibridge. Retiring president of the club presided at the meeting and introduced his successor in a Graceful speech. Or. Rockman. On taking the chair paid a deserved tribute to or. Lilli Bridges efforts for the club and town and pledged his own efforts for j a continuance of that work a report of a club committee commissioned to outline a 3-months club program was Given and adopted. The comprehensive report recommended that no change of the present name of the club be made but that a comprehensive addition be made to the official title to read a the canopus club Smethport a Board of that a Complete prospectus of the towns Industrial advantages be compiled giving available factory Sites Best natural Gas electric and water rates freight and paved Highway shipping facilities etc., with a View of seeking industries to locate Here. That the Industrial committee be enlarged from three to five members to permit inauguration of a vigorous Industrial expansion Campaign. That a new code committee be named to keep members posted on government Industrial and business code developments. A report on the favourable Prospect of Smethport being chosen As the site of a new american factory to be established by one of the leading chemical industries of Germany described in the Democrat last week was Given to the club by messes Rockman and Kessler the club Wras informed that work of grading and beautifying the Island of Hamlin Park Wras Well under Way As part of the local Cwa projects and that grading work for two Tennis courts was being done. It we As voted to name a committee to Confer with the Borough Council to see if the Borough will Purchase the necessary equipment and materials to Complete the courts. The club members voted to visit the Island in a body this afternoon to inspect the splendid work now being done at the Park. It was reported that or. W. A. Ostrander had been in Harrisburg and with others had seen governor pin Chot in regard to improvements to the Roosevelt Highway. Assurances were Given that the Bush Hill Short Cut Between Smethport and port Allegany would be paved in 1934 or 1935 we Ith Concrete. 20 feet in Width. A b. Eastman won the attendance prize which was donated by Bernard a Market. Robert Bouton singing at big Pittsburgh theater Robert Bouton son of attorney and mrs. V. B Bouton of new Kensington pa., formerly of Smethport who is rapidly gaining Fame As a vocalist in the Pittsburgh Region is filling a two weeks engagement As soloist at the Nixon theater in Pittsburgh. Or Bouton who has been featured frequently on radio programs broadcast from Pittsburgh is the possessor of a Beautiful Tenor voice and musical authorities prophecy that he we ill attain Heights in concert or operatic work. The Young Man is a grandson of Hon. J. We Bouton judge of my Kean county and of mrs. Mary Hussey of Smethport. Ruth Freeman aged 5. Died last thursday Ruth Mary Freeman aged 5, daughter of or. And mrs. Archie Freeman of Duke Center formerly of Smethport died at the family Home last thursday morning at 8 15 of clock following an extended illness. The Little girl was born in Smethport and is a granddaughter of or. And mrs. Alex Cunningham of East Smethport. The funeral was held at 2 00 of clock saturday afternoon at St. Luke a episcopal Church Smethport the Rev. W. E. Van Dyke officiating. Interment was in the family plot in Rose Hill cemetery. Another Scarlet fever cases quarantine lifted Richard Dickerson. 2-year-old son of or. And mrs. Lawrence Dickerson of Willow Street was stricken with Scarlet fever last week and quarantine regulations were placed on the Home saturday John Miller 6-year-old son of or. And mrs. Fred Miller of Franklin Street has recovered from an attack of Scarlet fever and the quarantine As removed from the family Home Man witnessed unusual Accident a. Anderson of Smethport distributor of vacuum off products for this Region had a shocking experience while returning Home from a motor trip to port Allegany tuesday morning near the two mile filling station on the Roosevelt Highway i w Hen he saw the figure of a woman lurch from the Side door of a rapidly approaching automobile strike the ground with terrific Force and skid into a Field for a distance of 75 feet. The Driver of the car passed or. Anderson before realizing what had happened and was then so unnerved that he lost control of his car and it hit a head Wall and was badly wrecked but the Driver escaped injury in the meantime or. Anderson had stopped and gone to the assistance of the injured Young woman who was terribly Cut and bruised and almost completely disrobed. Despite her injuries the Accident victim was Able to walk and or. Anderson stopped a passing Auto which conveyed the Young woman and the Young Man who was driving the car to the port Allegany Hospital w Here it was found that the girl was not seriously injured. The Young lady it developed had been occupying the Back seat alone and had fallen asleep with the result that she lurched Forward in such a manner As to turn the inner handle of the door which flew open precipitating her to the ground. The Accident victim was miss Catherine Mullin aged 21, of Cuba n. She was Able to leave the Hospital yesterday afternoon. Basketball Friday night the Kane y. C. A. Team will come to Smethport Friday night for a game with the Johnson pharmacy collegians at the legion lyceum. Big game called at 8 30, preliminary 7 30

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