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Smethport Mckean County Democrat (Newspaper) - January 12, 1933, Smethport, Pennsylvania Mckean county Democrat volume 58russell r. Lindsley Smethport a. Thursday january 193.? terms zoo per year. No. 2 local Gas rate is unduly excessive i december Bills cause big Consumers to use Oil and Coal for fuel it is about time for an oppressed Smethport citizenry to Rise in open rebellion against the iniquitous prohibitive tariffs of the Smethport natural Gas company. The Buffalo times has been conducting a bitter crusade against the rate charged Consumers of natural Gas in that City by the Iroquois Gas co., which like the Smethport natural Gas co., is closely affiliated with the United natural Gas co., and obtains fuel from Wells right Here in Mckean county Many on the outskirts of Smethport. The Buffalo newspaper thinks that the rate of 65 cents per cubic thousand feet charged in Buffalo for Gas piped from Wells situated within 150 Miles radius of that City is highly exorbitant. The Democrat wonders what the Buffalo newspaper would think if the Iroquois Gas company swells were located right at the Buffalo City line even inside the City like the Smethport natural Gas company swells Are in Smethport instead of 150 Miles Distant and Buffalo Consumers were still compelled to pay 62 cents per thousand cubic feet of Gas As Smethport purchasers Are. The times would surely have something to howl in anguish Over then. The new years greeting cards in the form of Post card statements for Gas consumed in december mailed to Smethport Consumers last week by the local company have caused the populace to sit up and take notice. The Bill for heating the two Bor-1 Ough school buildings for december reached the staggering total of $399. I this terrific Tariff has had one j Quick and sensible effect. The school Board is preparing to install Oil Burn ing furnaces Pronto. A number of business concerns have already started or Are preparing to Start to heat their buildings with Coal Wood or Oil. Month s Gas Bill for the Mckean j tells con orians what Boon municipal owned Plant is v de a total which cause officialdom to go into a huddle if not from cold from consternation. At that december was not to be classed As a severely cold month. It May be that the worst is yet to come. At the dinner meeting of the Smethport canopus club held monday night at the colonial hotel an interesting a f and varied program was presented if the Gas rate is prohibitive for the consist eng of Short addresses follow county Borough and business enter by discussion on the subjects Pri. What my it be to Many local or a r evermore a a a a com. Take8 the instance of idea Bonns presented the atheistic Atman who is now compelled to exist on Ltd get town. Both past and Luu a a Varona Over Tio i present. Or. Livermore stated that wages \hic0.rt/aaerfiu, a i >3500 had been spent for football and per we monthly track exclusive of baseball and Basher. A Gas Bill of $15 or 520 monthly. A a. Does not leave a household much out of a $48 monthly income. It is not conceivable that the creator provided the Boon of natural fuel from the ground for it to be exploited wantonly by individual interests netball in the last 13 years but the sad part was that not $25.00 had been spent in athletics for the girls. Or. W. A. Ostrander presented a your town urging the club and citizens of Smethport never to sell the Gas Quot companies Are providing i the electric Light Plant. He said Over Strong argument themselves to Tures have been made at different strengthen governor Pinchott scam j times toward the Sale of same which pain Quot for rigid control of All Public j would be a loss for Smethport As utilities i there has been and always will be a the Cost of drilling Wells in the to source of Revenue. Or. Ostrander Ureal county Oil and Gas Field has drop ged the club to use its influence Toped almost in half there is such an i Ward having the fire insurance rates overproduction of Gas from the new i lowered in this town Fields tapped during the past two j a. E. Quirk cashier of the Grange years that Many Wells Are shut in and National Bank spoke briefly on the in a. % a. K i--�?4�?. I a. .ii__.4-11__�? a a Al. Business situation stating that while times have been hard locally we have been fortunate to have had the Street the flow of fuel from Many others is being placed Back in the ground for storage wages have dropped to a fraction of the scale prevailing in paving in the Boro together with the 1928. Prices of All commodities have i state Road work which has helped to tumbled but the Price of Gas is kept a great extent. Or. Quirk also stated at a prohibitive Peak. Continued on last Page col. 3 it is time for the people to protest in a vigorous fashion for a reasonable reduction in rate. Argument court ends judge j. W Bouton presided at the regular january term of Mckean county court of common pleas which convened at the court House tuesday morning and ended yesterday after five divorce cases were heard. Commissioners attend meet Andy Anderson and t. F. Hungiville members of the Board of Mckean county commissioners went to Harrisburg yesterday to attend a meeting of executives of the state commissioners association. They expect to return on Friday. Or. Hungiville is president and or. Anderson is chairman of the legislative committee of the association. Mercantile appraiser mrs Vernice Mcgunley Heck of the meeting is for the purpose of Bradford was named mercantile a perfecting organization and discuss praiser of Mckean county yester Lay. Ing plans for the years activities. Organize Hunt club Here redcoats buy 13 $50 dogs d. L. Havens residence near Smethport Burns sunday fire of unknown origin completely destroyed the farm Home of or. And mrs. D. L. Haven a Short distance this Side of Burbank crossing at 6 45 of clock sunday morning. The Smethport fire department was summoned to the scene but the Blaze had gained such headway when the apparatus arrived that efforts were successfully devoted to saving the garage and barn near the House. The pumper was placed in operation at a nearby Brook. A son of or. And mrs. Haven and a hired Man were in the barn milking when the fire started. There was no sign of a Blaze when they left the House about ten minutes previously. Mis. Haven was awakened by a noise downstairs and when she investigated found a raging mass of flames in the Kitchen located in the rear of the House. She gave the alarm. Natural Gas used in the House May have exploded according to one theory to explain the origin of the fire. The Haven Home was substantially constructed and beautifully maintained being one of the finest farmhouses in this Section. While the building was destroyed it was possible to save some of the furniture. Or. Haven has been in poor health for some time past and a legion of friends of the esteemed couple sympathize with them in their great loss. It is understood that the property was partially covered by insurance. Or. And mrs. Haven and family have been residing temporarily we Ith or. And mrs. C. P Haven but expert to occupy the Grange Hall at Burbank in the near future. My k end ick a Loo master the marriage of miss Pauline Bloomster daughter of or. And mrs. Charles Bloomster of Crosby and Robert Mckendrik. Son of or. And mrs. Charles Mckendrik. Of Smethport was solemnized at Allegany. N. Y., on saturday. Dec 31, 1932. The Rev. Seeley pastor of the Allegany methodist episcopal Church performed the ceremony. Attendants were miss Kathaleen Manwaring of Crosby and Fritz Guen Ter of Coryville. The Bride has resided in Smethport for some time past and has Many friends Here. She graduated from the Norwich township High school with the class of 1930 and is also a graduate of Westbrook s business Academy Olean. Or. Mckendrik is a graduate of Smethport High school class of 1930. And of the Perry business school. He is employed in the Laboratory of the Quaker state refinery at Farmers Valley. Or. And mrs. Mckendrik expect to take up their residence in the h. H. Sasse tenant House on Rose Hill Avenue the first of next month. The Democrat extends Hearty congratulations and Best wishes on this auspicious occasion. Commissioners waive penalty on county tax believing the action will facilitate prompt collection of outstanding county and poor District taxes for 1932, the Mckean county commissioners have announced that the 5 per cent penalty will be waived up until april i. After that Date however the regular penalty will apply on Over due county and poor taxes. The new arrangement Seldom offered taxpayers in Mckean county is expected to materially assist in collection As Well As prove of considerable assistance to property owners. Few dogs licensed As Zero hour approaches county treasurer e. E. Bouton a Filce reported yesterday that Only about 800 dog licenses for 1933 had been issued for Over 4000 canines owned in Mckean county. All dogs six months of age or Over must Wear the new tags on and after next sunday or the owners will be prosecuted according to Law. Licenses May be secured by mail if 3c postage is included with fee of $1.10 for male or spayed female and $2.10 for female. Cd of thirteen expensive purely hounds was purchased this v the newly organized Smith unt club. The hounds were i from the Valley Hunt club Iford and Are All highly train is. Said that the dogs Are Worth t $50 each. Local club plans to stage a Reg Ries of Hunts in the near fun Here Are prospects of at least five members enrolling in the Ilion. Are perfected for club rooms is hoped to establish an in Ling ring at the fair grounds. Raters of the Smethport hid Denly. Of which Milton g. Pot Lanager. In increasing interest in horse __4 Ninow Hopr and the Athar has enabled riders to be out Many Days this Winter. Or. Potter purchased two Fine horses this week and now owns a total of twelve in addition to three which Are boarded by him. There Are at least Twenty Riding horses Here. A year ago before the Smethport Riding Academy was established r. W. Hilton who has always been an ardent horseman owned the Only Steed in town. Many Are availing themselves of Low monthly rates to enjoy the invigorating sport under or. Potter s expert supervision. Dealers in red Monkey jackets look Forward to a Busy season locally also dealers in balms and bandages. All that is needed now for a dash at hounds is a Fox and a Hare lip bugler. Quot blow a blast on the Blooming a Orn Merle Dickinson buys Means House by a Deal consummated last week Merle Dickinson Deputy sheriff of Mckean county purchased the desirable residence and real estate of mrs. W. B. Means on Green Street. Or. Dickinson and family will move into their new Home in the near future. Special session of court a special session of county court has been ordered by president judge Joseph w Bouton for March 20. The purpose of the court is to hear motions and All matters of common pleas orphans court Oyer and Ter Miner general jail delivery and Quarter sessions of the peace actions without a jury. John Larson submits to operation in Olean John Larson manager of the upper main Street Market Basket store Smethport submitted to a successful nasal operation at the Olean general Hospital last Friday. Pork i he costly yellow dogs of county government waste and extravagance had a Puppy dog last week. It is called county controller a new and Slick Mckean county office with a Nice salary involved which was authorized by a court order issued in deference to a petition circulated through the county last year and which was signed by 25 per cent of the taxpayers. A i he ancestry of the new pet and Pride of the county a administrative group is Uncertain. I he new office will replace the present Board of county auditors and if present plans Are permitted to go through the procedure will be for governor Pinchot to appoint a Man to fill the newly created office for the coming year and he will serve until the regular election the following year when a controller will be elected by county voters for a 4-year term. I Here is grave reason to believe that certain political interests of the county already know the identity of the citizen to whom the governor will award this Sweet Little Plum from the political Orchard even before the governor knows himself. I he salary allowed for the newly created office will be at Lea get $2500 per year. Of course there will be an assistant to help the controller control possibly an assistant s assistant to help the county practice self control in which event the taxpayers May have another of those sense lulling luxuries an Absentee office Holder. Chances Are if this comes to pass that the total Cost of maintaining an office of county controller May impose an added tax Burden of five or six thousand dollars per year upon an already Over burdened people. The Board of county auditors three in number which will continued on Page 4. Column i the ads got results the following item from mondays Kane Republican indicates forcefully that advertising does pay a the tremendous pulling Power of newspaper advertising was demonstrated forcefully saturday when Ulf Brothers clothing store did the biggest single Day business in the history of of the company the oldest firm in the City. Seventeen salespeople were kept Busy All Day. The Only supplement to the newspaper advertising was a Penny postcard which told old customers about the the Ulf Brothers advertising was carried in the Kane Republican the mount Jewett Echo and the Mckean county Democrat. Teachers croup meeting in Smethport saturday supervising principals principals and teachers of the High schools of the county will hold the last of the group meetings organized in lieu of the county Institute at the Smethport High school next saturday. John f. Brougher assistant director of secondary education of the state department of Public instruction. Will spend thursday and Friday preceding the 14th in visiting As Many of the High schools of the county As time w ill permit. Or. Brougher will be present at the group meeting on saturday the 14th and Lead the group in a general discussion of High school problems. A study is being made by the principals of the county of the study habits of High school pupils under the captions it a Quot what my teacher expects me to do when she assigns the by Quot How i go about what is expected of this study is being made of each of the subjects taught in the High schools of the county. Preliminary reports will be made touching the social studies and English and such other subjects As Are ready at the time of the group meeting. The following program has been announced for he meeting 10 00�?united states history a results of the scholarship examinations. B. Different types of presentation of the subject. Harold t. Childs principal Eldred schools the Workbook method. John l Getz principal Kane High school the textbook method. C. Discussion of the types presented. Mark Burgess principal of Hazelhurst schools. 11 00�?conference on study habits of High school pupils a. Discussion led by John w. Fox. Principal Ludlow schools and George Armacost principal Kane High school b. Reports of principals on study of this topic. Noon hour. 1 30�? conference of secondary group general problems. Leader or. John f Brougher of the department of Public instruction. Request bids to Supply material to Mckean county the Mckean county commissioners Are asking bids on supplies for prisoners at the county jail and guests at the county Home during the coming year. Bids Are also asked for printing office record books for the court House. Sealed proposals will be opened on monday. Jan. 30 advertisements appear elsewhere in this Issue. Rehearsals for Rene fit comedy rehearsals Are progressing satisfactorily for a the worlds All right Quot a Home Talent production to be staged at the legion lyceum Jan. 19-20 under the auspices of the american legion auxiliary. A Large cast has been secured and will be trained to perfection tickets will be placed on Sale the latter part of this week. The show will imitate the studio of a Large radio broadcasting company. Most of the numbers will be music amp a with several Snappy choruses to lend color to the affair. The Large company includes the Cream of Meh port a wealth of Talent. Grange Bank officers Ano directors chosen the annual meeting of stockholders of the Grange National Bank was held tuesday afternoon. Officers were reelected As follows president a. A. Studholme vice president of l. Holmes Cashiers a. E. Quirk. Asset Cashiers a w. Comes. Teller a. W Sullivan. Bookkeeper Al. R. Huffman directors for the year Are e a. Studholme f l. Holmes h s. Rubin. G. B. Mayo w. A. Ostrander j. B Oviatt and e. R. Gallup in sound condition reports submitted by officers at the annual meeting indicated that the Grange Bank is in a sound condition having successfully weathered the National crisis which swamped Many financial institutions during the past year. The local Bank s officers and directors Are Able conservative business men who Are vitally interested in the Community a welfare. The capable manner in which those responsible for the conduct of the Grange Bank have acquitted themselves maintaining the High standards of efficiency established in previous years merits the Confidence of All patrons of the institution. Attention is directed to the report of the condition of the Grange Bank at the close of business on dec. 31, which appears in this edition. Oppose controller ask Cut salaries at meeting Here the Call sounded in the Democrat last week for adoption of a policy of rigid Economy in county government brought Forth strenuous action. Elimination of present Wanton extravagance and adoption of a program of rigid Economy in county government was demanded at a rousing meeting of the newly formed Mckean county taxpayers league at a meeting held at the court House in Smethport tuesday night. A crowd of three Hundred serious minded men and women including leaders of county Industry and business activities school directors supervisors and local officials were present at the rousing meeting of protect against existing inefficiency Large delegations were present from the cities boroughs and townships of Mckean county and the temper of the assemblage indicated the general mood of the people in regard to official extravagance. A Resolution opposing the creation of the new office of county controller to replace the Board of county auditors was introduced by h. J. Walter of Bradford to be forwarded in a Telegram to governor Pinchot and was unanimously adopted by the meeting. Doubt was voiced if the farm Bureau is Worth the Money it costs. The sentiment was that the office is not wanted by the majority of Farmer a decrease of 20 per cent in the salaries of All those who come under the control of the county commissioners judiciary and officers elimination of needless offices and curtailment of unnecessary personnel and activities a reduction of taxes in 1933 and elimination of new Road and Bridge projects during 1933 and 1934 were some of the measures advocated continued on last Page column i Stork beats the grim reaper Here last year according to figures compiled this week by mrs. H. L. Hockenberry registrar of vital statistics for Smethport there were 87 children born in 1932, while 62 citizens died 131 births and 69 deaths were recorded in the previous year 1931. A comparison of the two years shows a decrease in both births and deaths but while seven less died last year there were forty four less children born Iii 1932 than in 1931�?a comparison which would indicate a closer balance of population. Marriage licenses decrease Ralph e. Scott Mckean county Register of wills reports that 345 marriage licenses were issued in the county last year. This figure is smaller than the total for 1931. Which was 372. Progress on refinery Plant rapid Progress is being made on construction of the new cracking Plant at the Quaker state refinery Farmers Valley with eighty men employed this week the Alcorn combustion co. Of Philadelphia has a splendid Start on the work of erecting the Furnace and tank builders Are busily engaged in their extensive project. Raymond Larson of Smethport who was awarded the contract for Brick work has been unable to Start yet owing to delay in arrival of steel door and window frames. This material is expected to be in place in a few Days. Highway patrolman is transferred to Erie patrolman t. C. Morris who has beep an efficient member of the state Highway patrol in Smethport for the past sixteen months was transferred to the Erie sub station this week. Patrolman Richard Baxter of Erie was sent Here to fill the vacancy in the patrol Smethport fire dept. Holds annual election the annual meeting of the Smethport fire department for election of officers appointment of committees and Reading or reports was held last thursday evening. There is every indication that the local fire fighting organization is in first class condition in every respect with full Active membership. In fact there Are six names on the waiting list. Jake Daniels and Clark Barnhart were accepted As members last thursday night to fill vacancies created by the deaths of w. P. Walsh and m. S. Geary election of officers resulted in the following being chosen for this year president of. Ii. I Ever. Vice president Kenton c. Abbey. Secretary Alford g. Bush. Treasurer Guy h. Mccoy. Trustee Daniel Bacon. Trustees whose terms have not expired Are Albert Cleveland and Fred Milroy. Chief Howard Denning. First asset chief a. R. Stark. Second asset chief win. Pierotti. Third asset chief Seth Norman. Fourth ass t chief Paul Conley. Guy Mccoy starts his Twenty first year of service As treasurer of the department. Or. Mccoy a Well known local banker has made a remarkable record of service and efficiency in his important Post. F. H. Biever again accepted the unanimous nomination As head of the department. He deserves great credit for business efficiency of the organization and is performing a real Public service by expenditure of much time and Effort. The re election of Howard Denning As chief also meets with approval. Or. Denning made an enviable record last year and merits much commendation for the maintenance of valuable equipment and efficiency of the department in fighting fires. The finance committee appointed by president Biever is composed of Daniel Bacon Ralph Herzog and l. H. Dickinson. Refreshments were served after the meeting last thursday night by a committee composed of r. C. Popple ton Frank Petruzzi and Russell Denning

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