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Smethport Mckean County Democrat (Newspaper) - February 27, 1958, Smethport, Pennsylvania Published in the county seat of Mckean county a. County Democrat a Northwestern Pennsylvania s leading democratic weekly Mckean county a picture newspaper established 1858 volume no. Too established 1858 Smethport pa., thursday february 27, 1958 terms�?s4.00 per fear single copy�?10c no. 9 urge speedup Quaker state of new school curtails work in Smethport at Valley Plant a new Smethport area joint Junior senior High school building to lusted among too school building projects by gov George Leader Tor acceleration under hts new program to create Job for Pennsylvania unemployed the Smethport project cads for expenditure of 8925,500. Gov. Leader divided the projects totalling some too million dollars Toto two groups the first group consists of 62 projects which have been instructed to begin preliminary planning immediately though they do not become eligible for approval until july for reimbursement. If All financial negotiations and architectural specifications Tor those plants Are completed by july to meet department requirements actual construction May be accelerated from four to 10 months. The remaining 30 projects Are Well into the planning stage the governors office said. The department has already approved their applications to build without Assurance of a mediate state reimbursements. In this category is the Smethport area joint school. Low bidders on Otto Eldred school project Duke Center two Bradford contracting firms were among those submitting lows bids for construction of the renovation of the Otto Eldred High school and an addition doubling the Nae of the present facilities. The bids were opened at a pubic meeting held monday evening an the school cafeteria at the Call of the school building authority. Raymond Viner Hall. Architect read the 31 bids More than 75 persons including representatives from a Pittsburgh bonding company Board at education members contractors and other individuals attended. Carl e. 8wanson and sons of Bradford submitted the lowest bid for general construction of 8538,800, while David a Brown and son Bradford heating and ventilating construction bid 889 821. Other Tow bids were Norman a drum Emporium Plum big construction. 874.130 and Church and Murdock Erie electrical construction. 892 838 the building authority members will Confer wish bonding company officials to study methods of financing the proposed construction no action la expected for several weeks mrs. Homer Choate Dies in Pittsburgh mrs Homer Choate of Pittsburgh daughter in Law of mrs. Clarence c. Choate of Smethport died on tuesday of last wee in a Pittsburgh Hospital. Or Choate an executive of the Bell Telephone co., returned Home from his office and found his wife unconscious on the floor of their Home. Mrs. Choate who had suffered a cerebral Haemorrhage was rushed to the Hospital but died a few hours after admittance. Mrs. Choate was Well known in Smethport where she had frequently visited. Her father a Law Clarence c. Choate died about four months ago. In addition to her husband. Mrs. Choate is survived by a son Craig her Mother who resides in Delaware a brother Charles Puree of Bradford and a sister. Quot due to economic conditions beyond the control of the company a refining operations will be discontinued on units of the Quaker stat Oil refining corporations Mckean Plant at Farmers Valley for several weeks according to an announcement by n. W Hui Plant manager. Or. Hill said that the crude unit will cease operations on March 3 and Rem Arn Down through March 23. I inclusive. Other units he notified employees w ill be shutdown As stocks Are processed Tor periods i that will depend on the inventory and product situation. As a result of this cur aument of operations i or Hill further pointed out pm i Plover rent must also be curtailed in issuing the notice to Plant pm ploys or. Hui. After expressing regret that the action was necessary stated Quot As you know for Many weeks the general Economy i of our entire country has been steadily getting worse. Many companies have been affected a and even whole industries. It has now a caught up with Quaker state. Quot orders from our customers have not kept up with our productive capacity and we have reached the Point where it to economically impossible to continue to operate As i usual and build up still greater in he said it to the company a sin Cere desire that business conditions will soon improve and approach i Normal. Quot in the meantime Quot he added. Quot Quaker state win make every Effort to provide As much work As possible for As Many men As possible and is Long As possible he further said Quot we will always continue to do the curtailment will affect 15 Yard men. Who will be temporarily i Laid off tomorrow neither the office Force nor shipping department Crews will be affected it was pointed out. Similar cutbacks will be made at the Quaker 8tate Plant at Emlenton. Proposed Las hate hike asked by in suspended by Pic Harrisburg pub 19 a the Public Utility commission today suspended until aug. 25 a proposed 11 520 000 annual Gas rate increase sought by the United natural Gas co., Oil City. Hie commission said it ordered the delay to give it time to investigate the justification of the increase. It would have been effective feb 25. The boost would affect 83 300 customers in 14 Northwestern counties. United a proposal Drew a number of protests including those from the cities of Sharon Farrell Meadville. Titusville Oil City end Franklin and the boroughs of Ridgway and Sharpsville. The Utility said it needs the additional Revenue to meet higher operating costs other than recent boosts in the Cost of Gas brought wholesale from southwestern supplies. Ung was granted two increases totalling 8537.000 annually since last september to meet the increased Cost of its Gas. These boosts Are subject however to refund if the Federal Power comm vision orders the wholesale Gas Price reduced. Service is furnished by United in Armstrong Butler Cameron Clarion. Clearfield. Crawford. Elk. Erie. Forest Jefferson Mckean Mercer Venango and Warren counties. Duke Center lire ruins Post office phone Exchange by de Hogan and George i Esta Duke Center feb. 24�?a $100,000 fire sunday levelled half a Block of this Community a main business Section i caused no reported injuries but did Burn out both Telephone and electrical facilities. Fire chief Clyde lord of the Otto a a twp. Volunteer fire department said his preliminary Check indicated faulty wiring was the eat age of the 11 30 . termed it the worst Here in Duke Center a Clair semels years. The Frame buildings destroyed were commercial landmarks Hope to resume phone service Iii Duke soon Berger manager of the Otto Tele _ phone co., yesterday announced at Jelt St half a generation old. That he is in Hopes of resuming full time Telephone service in the Community shortly pending local starts in phone building the fire apparently started in Community Snory penning floor of the my a switchboard. The. Phone com it of must Tele. Pany office aaa among several and a a t0 4 Norby buildings completely destroyed by v fire last sunday morning. Or. Semelsberger who also is one Story Structure. Also in the two Story building Blaze drives Mother 2 children into cold firemen save House a Midnight Blase on tuesday of last week drove a Keating twp. Housewife and her two Small children into sub Zero cold but Volunteer firemen managed to save their dwelling. Eldred girl 5, badly burned Idle playing j c a five year old Eldred girl who accidentally set her clothing afire on wednesday of last week is reported to be slightly improved. She was Debbie Ann Baker 5, who lived with her grandmother mrs. Louella Baker in rooms above the Sandwich shop on main St. In Eldred. The Lite girl was treated at derm i to memorial children swing of Olean general Hospital for first second and third degree bums Over about 35% of her body. On tuesday the girl was taken to children s Hospital in Buffalo for skin grafting operations. Mrs Baker who open a Lea the shop said the youngster was put to bed around to pm upstairs. Shortly after the child ran screaming into the eating place with her night clothes afire. Mrs Baker said an unidentified male Patron smothered the flames with his coat and drove the child to the Hospital. The distraught woman said the child apparently had found a cigarette lighter and a can of lighter fluid on a Dresser in the bedroom and had started to play with them accidentally acting fire to her clothing. Mrs. May me Bell Dies in Hollywood news has been received i Smethport of the death of mrs. Mayme Beli widow of Samuel Bell who died on feb. 8 at the Home of her son Donald Bell 2220 Vista Del mar Hollywood 27, Calif. She had been ill for an extended period of time. Mrs. Bell was a daughter of the late judge and Mas. To a. Morrison. Her father was Mckean county judge and later was elevated to Justice of the Pennsylvania Superior court. Her husband served As prothonotary of Mckean county survivors in addition to her son ii Hollywood Aie another son Mortimer Bell of Baltimore md., Aid several grandchildren. Eight registrants due fur induction eight registrants of local Board 101, selective service system will report for induction into the armed services monday March 3. The group will Check in on that Date at 5 30 . At the american legion Hall Bradford and then Board a chartered bus at 6 . For the Buffalo induction Center. They Ana Carl p. Giardin Anthony v. Arlia Norman l. Renin Ger Donald l. Campbell. Gale l. Mclaughlin Landis g. Kroh All of Bradford Donald Freer of port Allegany and David d. Rietter of Kane. A group of 17 registrants will accompany them to Buffalo for pre induction physical examinations. To have Borough manager the Emporium Borough Council has voted unanimously to adopt the Borough manager Type of government effective on june i. Her takes Over official duties As county Coroner Robert w Iver Friday assumed his new duties As Mckean county Coroner. Or. Iver received his commission from Harrisburg and filed it at Smethport with Ralph l. Caverly recorder of deeds who administered the oath of office. The Bradford Democrat was ap-1 pointed on feb. To by govt. George Leader to Complete the unexpired portion of the term of the late Elmer c. Beatty. Or. Beatty died in Bradford on Jan. 19. Or. Iver completed the formalities of assuming the office in a conference with Leslie t. Pendleton of Eldred chief criminal Deputy to sheriff William m Reese who had been acting Coroner in the interim. Deputy Pendleton turned Over the coroners sea to his successor along with official papers and records. J the new Coroner will serve until j the end of 1959. On Jan. 6. He completed an appointive term As county prothonotary. Accident victim improves continued improvement is reported in tile condition of mrs. H. L. J Backus society editor of the Mckean county Miner Smethport. Who suffered a fractured hip when she fell in her Home last sept. 18. She is a patient in the port Allegany Hospital. The serious injury has slowly but steadily healed to a Point where mrs. Backus can take exercises preliminary to walking again. Smethport fire chief w. L. Pierron or. Said fire that probably spread from a bathroom Heater caused More than 86.000 damage to the Clarence Funk House off what is called the Back Road to Crosby about one and one half Miles South of Smethport shortly before Midnight. The farmhouse to located a Short distance from St. Elizabeth cemetery. Children in bed mrs Funk and her two sons. Robert about eight years old and William about seven were in bed at the time. Robert smelled smoke and roused the others who managed to Call firemen and leave the burning Structure safely. The family toe Refuge from the bitter cold in the Smethport Home of mrs. Funk s parents or. And mrs. Lloyd Kohn. Or. Funk was on the 3 . To Midnight shift at Clark Bros. Co. At Olean. He had the shocking experience of returning Home without Advance warning while the fire apparatus still was at the scene of the Blaze. Chief Pierotti said fire smoke and water caused extensive damage gutting partitions and charring the Back porch a store room the Bath room and the upstairs hallway of the Large two Story Frame House. Firemen hampered freezing cold High winds and Lack of water hampered firemen who at times had to Don smoke masks to get at what chief Pierotti called the stubborn flames. About 30 volunteers manned the unit three fire pumpers and the Hill toppers from Cyclone sent their water tank truck. Water was relay pumped to the scene from the nearest Borough fire hydrant. Firemen considered the Blase under control around 1 30 ., but some stayed at the scene until 3 30 . Or and mrs. Funk plan to live in a trailer while their old Home is being Tom Down and a new House built. Name captains for arc drive in Smethport Uri gits Duke Center a roaring flames sunday burst Over main St., from front of two Story Frame building housing Otto Telephone co. And several other businesses while lower photo shows smaller wooden Structure containing Post office a hardware store and filling station also levelled. Photos were taken and made available to this paper by Edward f. Martini. Derrick City. Grand jurors Clear Kane Man in Millard run re. Car fatality the Only action to come before resident of involuntary mans laugh the grand jury organized on Mon ter. Day opening Day of the february. Named in the no True Bill handed session of Mckean county Crim up to county judge Charles g. Mal court in Smethport resulted Hubbard was Alfred Kennedy. 23. In a presentment Clearing a Kane of Kane. He was alleged to have Road to foot of Ormsby Hill. Cap been the Driver of the car of Kevin mrs. Willard Rounsville or. Mckean native aged 79, Dies Mother living i Carter also 23 and of Kane when the latter was fatally injured in an Accident off the Ummard run re. On nov. 12. Or. Carter died Aix j Days later in Bradford Hospital. After presenting their report the grand jurors were dismissed for the term. Mrs. Ellen c. Scherer port Allegany was Foreman. I. A Mei Wuerger. Woo Iso a off equipment record enter. To to mme a mated William Sullivan. A la the once he been tem the Otu it up of pot.,-ny moved to the Otto Tor Minnie Bro end Pedo garage bul Ming following. Kenemuth a a a Forduc i. Otto Rand will be used or. Semelsberger 1 no a bulldog. Try a mid. Until. Permanent building Law Aon hard Tor office use u found. I a it a and garage. First report said All or most of the first class mail in the Post office was saved and that other i mail was lost. But a later report unverified because phone were Burnt out said All the mail a j lost in the Blaze. Heat melts Power lines the Bradford office of the Bell Telephone co. Of Pennsylvania the american red Cross drive horned around noon that a the for "58 will get underway in Smith Duke Center circuit were out end port on monday March 3. And will the Community was virtually unable end saturday March 15. A goal of to communicate with the outside 83.169 of has been set Tor the local except through two Way fire radio chapter. A. W. Dunkle chairman equipment carried on fire trucks. Of the drive today announced the the Otto company lost something following captains like 400 phones. Dist. In All South Side except at the same time. Intense heat Marvin Street. Captain. T n Clark melted the Penns Vivama Electra dist. 2�?main Street West of me main Power lines carried on chanic including aide streets to pole Down main St., leaving the water Street. Captain. Mrs. Leon Bricken Community without Power Ard Moore Bradford acting postmaster dist. 3�?King, Green and North Carl e Sheldon said last night that streets West of Mechanic include Warren area inspector would be my Side streets North of Mam. Cap at is offic at 8 o clock this morn lain mrs. C. F. Michielson or. J w direct the attribution of dist. 4-water, main King and a Center mail being held 1 Green streets East of Mechanic. Bradford. Including Side streets. East Street. Walter Keaau manager of the and Forrest Avenue. Nelson Street j Bradford Bell Telephone co. Office North of Marvin Creek. Captain. Ald last ni8ht that wire Nief c. Mrs. Stella Billitier a a it or sent Crew he re and by dist. 5�?water Street West of 0 had 861 up a emergency Mechanic Marvin Street and Hil vice. Or. Beast mid the pm a ton Avenue. Captain. Mrs. Martha proximately six phone circuits going out of Duke Center had been recoil main established by Bell Crew. One outdoor phone Booth was installed in the heart of Duke Center Industrial Joseph Megivern. One in the Alrh �?oj001 building. Back Road including Pierce on the tire Hall it one m tuft Brook. Kent hollow and Coryell Lri and tw0, Jyh Engstrom. Hamlin Street Cross Road and Cory Ville. Captain. Mrs. E a. Guenter. Bordell a Bordel Road and main Road from Farmers Valley to Bridge at Coleville. Captain mrs Adela Nichols. Residence of Clair Semelsberger postmaster and an official of the Independent Otto Telephone co. Or. Keast explained that while there la no managerial connection Between the local phone company Borough line Borough line and Beu Quot a Well or a d0 what a Boh n i v a a a Balcony Tath Ca of the w fran rvs Ley on main a a Ulah. W. Commonwealth is. Clarence r. J Captain. Or. Robert he the nut anon by to o clock Laet put Rar the Yak it Quot old son Clar it nce or Quot bottle of Clermont Captain. Or. John no it a this. Dull a Centt rails a in advanced age of a a Bradford charged with cheating by Job j phone out but outsider could t and he is survived by his Mother fraudulent conversion was expect Home fire damage placed at damage was restricted to 81.000 in a Blaze at the Farmers Valley residence of mrs. Esther Hill and j family Early last sunday morning. The Smethport Volunteer fire department answered tie 5 40 of clock alarm with two pumper and 15 men under the direction of chief William l. Pierotti or. The fire started in a shed attached to the Kitchen of the two floor Frame House. Chief Pierotti said indications were that defective wiring was responsible. The firemen were at the scene for about two hours in confining damage to the shed and Kitchen. Paar asks Truc King permit Frank j. Paar of it. Jewett a the Pennsylvania Public Utility commission for a permit to transport Clay products from the St. Marys Clay products co. And St. Marys sewer pipe co. To other Points in the state. A Puc hearing was conducted monday in Ridgway. Or. Paar is a contract Hauler for the Kaul Clay co. Of Clermont. The Man who died is Harry d Stone of Shinglehouse who passed away last thursday at the Home of his daughter mils Leon Moore at Niagara Falls after a Long illness. His Mother is mrs. D. R. Stone who celebrated her 98th birthday Oil sunday feb. 9. At the Home of her daughter. Mrs. Dana Burdie in Millport Potter county. Or Stone was born Jan. 20, 1879 in the Pioneer Oil Boom town of Rod Rock near Bradford and was a retired Driller and contractor in the Bradford Oil Field. In 1898, he was married to miss Emo Getie Newton who died in 1952. In addition to his Mother and daughter survivors Are a son Raymond of Rochester five grandchildren two Sisters mrs. Dana Burdie. Millport and mrs. Nell Patcher Toledo one brother. Fred Stone. Eldred and several nieces and nephews. He w As a member of the Church of god Stanbury to. Or. Stone was Active in civic affairs m Shinglehouse. He was a Coleville foot of re Hill pm Quot Quot old ,. To Brid below col Viu. On mum t 8 Hawley District manager for Road including Bouse on Columbia p�1 a Bradford Aid that i. Hill Road to brid., Captain min a a it a a it be Hooter. He electrical Power completely restored by 4 . Prosecuted the Case and the de j Cyclone Captain miss Mary one of the Flat to noun Fease attorney was Gaum h. My Swartzfager. J a a Ivan in Al Coy of port Allegany. East Smethport and Back cd to be concluded yesterday. Tile Caseta in connection with transactions in automobile Deal. District attorney Glenn e. Mercer j j0n Vandermark at the time. He smelled smoke and gave the alarm. Some too Volunteer firemen from Otto twp., Derrick City Knapp Creek. Eldred and Cyclone battled East Smethport the Commonwealth began pre r0ad to Pierce Brook and Bush Hill seating its Case following these Captain mrs. Charles e Smith Lection of a Petit jury on tuesday j Farmers Valley Captain. When court adjourned at 5 . The Rev. Lynn Ostrander. Prosecution had not completed its Gifford Captain mrs Peggy a a Cen fully 10 prevent Side. Christy. Flames from spreading to other it was reported yesterday that Irish hollow and Burbank be rrb fran structures. In trial of Ralph commom Eldred. Corners to Smethport on the Back. Chief i it cd said they were Al de charged with restating an officer. I Road. Captain mrs. Maynard by a w Ould follow the Yale Case. Judge swans. Hubbard had granted motions by mar Vind ale Marvin Creek. Defense attorney John f. Potter Bloomster hollow and Marvindale. Asking that the original hearing be Captain. Mrs. John Brooks declared a mistrial Aud that the Norwich twp. A Captain mrs. Sentence imposed at that time be John Keller co chairman a. R c. Recalled. The court however de drive from other business place. Four fire department ambulance a from Derrick City Otto twp., Eldred and Cyclone a stood by but weren t needed. Under the county wide Mutual Aid setup these Volunteer fire depart dined to Grant a companion motion Ormsby Captain. Leonard h. M6vts were summoned by radio to seeking discharge of the defendant. Johnson. Or. Potters three part motion followed a disputed jury verdict during the december term of court. # l a a ssi commom was Given a three month member of the Borough conned for j Mckean jail term after the friends save Mink tinny friends of Robert a Pearson. Who conduct a Mink farm i destroyed in the fire a the local standby Smethport for Hilltop at Cyclone port Allegany Tor Eldred. Limestone for Derrick City. By 3 p firemen were still wetting Down smouldering ruins. Also defer building plans plans for two new buildings in Bradford have been deferred indefinitely. They a tile proposed new Myca by lid my and a i few Grace Luther Aal Church and combined educational building. Many years and held the office of Justice of tile peace for Many years. The funeral service was conducted in Shinglehouse last sunday afternoon by the Rev. Roy Black pastor of the Shingle Hou get methodist Church. Interment was in Maple Grove cemetery. Jurors returned a sealed guilty verdict at a late hour on dec. La. On the following Day or. Potter asked that the jury be polled. On voice vote tile verdict was reported As eight guilty and four not guilty. Gerry. Chautauqua county helped j fire departments Alert Siren to save 830.000 Worth of the fur Bear rated in top of that of w0_su by build ing animals. The Mink were buried ing a act amp in the but in Sjuk a a 5 to to feet deep and in Garag 0f the one Story place were danger of starvation and suffocation the rescuers dug out More than 300 of the trapped animal. Moved to safety. Former principal Dies Arthur j. Dai in. Olio was principal of Shinglehouse High school from 1907 to 1910, died in mans i Field last week. New Custer fire company Bradford twp. Volunteer pure dept Lias purchased a second water tank truck and will station it at Custer City where a new fire athletic Field May close or "5k doctor opens port office or. Robert a. Niles has opened his new medical bulking at the the Johnsonburg Borough co in Comer of e Mill and Willow St. Oil has refused to appropriate funds to operate memorial Field i that town. The athletic Field has been Al port Allegany. Therr is sufficient office space Tor two physicians and or. Niles Hopes another operated jointly by the school chs doctor will locate in port and make company no. 2 will be organised. A tract and Borough since 1940. Use of the available facilities

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