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Smethport M kean County Democrat (Newspaper) - January 20, 1949, Smethport, PennsylvaniaNewsstand copies. I7lchem, your Ritj amp Mckean a. In 8 Page coloured comic Section Democrat volume 73 established 1875 Smethport pa., thursday january 20, 1949 term pm it per year no. 3 Irvin Westfall 32, escapes from county jail search being made for prisoner serving one year sentence Irvin John Westfall 32, serving a one year term for aggravated assault and Battery escaped from the Mckean county jail tuesday evening Between 8 30 and 9 o clock a two state alarm was sounded for the apprehension of the former Keating township farmhand. Sheriff William Reese county detective Merle Dickinson. State police and other county enforcement officers immediately instituted a search for the escaped prisoner Wilfo was a trusty at the jail but no Trace of Westfall had been reported wednesday afternoon. Westfall a farmhand at nearby Stickles hollow shot his wife. Crystal 24. And Sanford Gleason. 32. A of. Jewett Tannery worker. On the evening of july 21. 1948. As Gleason and mrs Westfall were Corner ing in an automobile near the Westfall Home. Gleason lost the sight of his right Eye As the result of the Shotgun blast the escaped prisoner plead guilty to the assault and Battery charge during the october term of court and was sentenced to serve one year in the Mckean county jail. Westfall who is said to have had a prior criminal record is also reported to have made an escape during a previous confinement. A description of the escaped prisoner indicated that he is 5 feet 6 inches in height weighs 140 pounds has Brown hair which is thinning at the sides is Grey eyed and has a Ruddy complexion. When last seen he was wearing a Black leather jacket a red checked Hunting Cap. Grey work shirt and trousers and had on four buckle work Arctic Over Black shoes. Masons Burn mortgage on Home at ceremony Alvin Smiley right of Kane pictured monday he entered Mckean county court to stand trial on the charge of murder of his wife. His attorneys Are left to right Ralph n. Decamp and Robert b. Apple. State Pollee investigate i 9 6 Auto accidents six killed and 128 injured in county during past year postmasters of state v ill meet in Bradford in july postmaster general j. A1. Donaldson expected to attend Bank be name directors officers. J. Hamlin retained president of Board stockholders of the Hamlin Bank and Trust company at its annual meeting held in the Bank wednesday afternoon of last week. Reelected All directors of the institution. Tile directors named were Orlo j Hamlin Ralph e Burdick Fred d Gallup Guy Mccoy Robert a Digel flank b Fay and o. Albert Johnson. At the reorganization meeting of the Board All officers of the Bank were retained for the ensuing year. They include Orlo j Hamlin president Ralph e Burdick Vic president Robert a. Digel Vic president Guy Mccoy Secretary and assistant treasurer Frank b Fay. Assistant vice president o Albert Johnson treasurer and e g Potter Trust officer. President Hamlin told the stockholders that five officers had served the institution for a total of 225 years. They Are or. Hamlin or. Burdick and or Mccoy who represented 160 years and or. Fay and or. Johnson. He cited the tact As an indication of the Mutual Accord and satisfaction existing Between employer and employee. It was pointed out that the Bank had a record of never missing a dividend in its 46-year history. Mckean county had 186 accidents the Pennsylvania chapter of the with 128 injured and six killed for National association of postmasters a total of $63,117 during 1948. A will hold its 1949 state convention cording to tile report of Pennsyl july 7. 8, 9 in Bradford a Acnia state police troop was one fatal Accident involving a pedestrian for 1948, compared with none in 1947. There were two fatal accidents in the county involving but one car in each instance. Persons in the 16 to 25-year-old age group were most involved in accidents in the troop Quot a Quot area. Friday. Saturday and sunday were the Days most accidents occurred. Lieut flank l Gar Tiow. Pop commanding officer of troop a a cd. Gave driving too fast for conditions driving left of the Center of the Highway drinking Driver and fail p. J Denman Bradford postmaster announced the dates following a special meeting in Bradford of members of the executive committee of the state association Cornerstone of present Temple club on Alain Street Laid Iii aug. 1922 at a Figular meeting held in the j Lodge room wednesday evening of last week. Mckean Lodge no. 388, free and accepted masons burned j the Tizor Lagage on it Home the j Temple club. Members of the original building and Fiance committee taking part in the mortgage burning ceremonies Weir Guy Mccoy. C c Choate and Harry s. Rubin the Cornerstone of the building1 was Laid on aug 18, 1922 when a j Sonev was a half Century old in Smethport Abram m denier right j worshipful master of the grand Lodge of Pennsylvania was in j charge of hat ceremony. Delegates from Bradford. Olean Salamanca Eldred. My Jewett Coudersport and other Points in the area were present for tile Corner-1 Stone laying local members who assisted in the ceremony were senior wardens Wilson Smith Junior grand War Den Guy b Mayo grand treasurer. Arch Jones grand Secretary j. Wallace Radcliff the Rev. W e j Van Dyke and the Rev. Arthur i Greg son. Chaplain. Also grand Deacon j. L morn son Junior grand Deacon Earl r Gallup stewards John a Karlen and c w. Maeser grand marshal William b Joslyn grand sword bearer e w. Strong. Grand purse a v i g 1 i ant John a. Swanson and Rand orchestra concert to r her r Quot Ltd a placed in the Stone was a copy of the holy Bible a copy of Mckean Lodge by jaws. Several coins copies of tile two local newspapers dated aug la 1922. And a copy of the Resolution authorizing the construction of the new Temple alter the Cornerstone was Laid a Public reception was held. Jury being drawn to try Alvin a. Smiley for murder standing Boom Only or Dis. School auditorium filler to capacity last saturday night an audience estimated at nearly 1.000, assembled in the Smethport school auditorium saturday evening to witness the annual Central District orchestra festival concert presented under the direction of Bernard Mandelkern. Prominent Buffalo conductor. The orchestra composed of 126 Headquarters for the convention students representing 29 schools in will be at the Emery hotel. La Pennsylvania counties respond tie state association has More de Well to or Mandelkern s Baton than 2.000 members and More than according to Charles Partchey. Di-300 Are exacted to be in Bradford Rector of instrumental music in tile for the three Dav gathering in july i Smethport schools postmaster general j m Donald the audience was appreciative of son is expected to lie there tor the the violin renditions offered by or. Event along with blinds c. Jackson j Mendelkorn s wife it Ivka the guest Frank j. Hackett died saturday j funeral services will be held this afternoon of Hillsboro tex., the National president. Final plans for the Bradford con ing to yield the right of Way As the mention were completed by or. Den four chief Accident causes in i Man meeting with Harry p Shreiner area the three highways where most j of Columbia state president Charles fax Al accidents occurred in troop e. Puskar of Imperial Secretary Quot a Quot area were routes 322, 219 and and treasurer James Smith of 53. Pittsburgh National director Joseph nine fatalities occurred from car regi of Rimersburg Vic president Frank j. Hackett 57, died saturday january 15. At Largo Florida. Where he was spending the Winter the body was brought to the Home of his Mother mrs. Alice Hackett in banners Valley. Appealing with the orchestra funeral services will be held this Weir 29 a Dent musicians from i thursday afternoon at 2 o clock Mckean it ounts. The area school St Luke s episcopal Church and represented included Smethport., a trial will be in Rose Hill cemetery Kane. Bradford port Allegany. Of or Hackett who retired As a Jewett of to township and Eldred pumper about two years ago because most Al the concert participants 0j filing health was born in East who had Bern guests in Smethport Smethport on june 29. 1891 he had March of dimes fam Paipai Bels Starlet in Gottily patient care for past six a months averaged $525 per month the 1949 March of dimes Cam j Palgon opened Friday with the most intensive fund raising drive in the past la years underway. George Paton chairman of the Mckean county chapter. Hic a i to Lonny foundation for infantile paralysis a announced that the fund raising Appeal Lur the Mckean county chapter Quot is the most crucial Quot in the organization s history. The Campaign will end january 31 Quot last summer the nation suffered one of the most devastating polio epidemics in its history with approximately 26.000 cases Quot or Paton said Quot never before have the National foundation and its chapters been called upon to Render such extensive Ald to stricken communities in every part of the nation the Challenge was met. But emergency Aid funds were completely exhausted we must now replenish those funds and prepare for new epidemics this year Quot the Cost Load in Mckean county has been particularly heavy the chairman pointed out. Seven new cases were reported in the past four months while 14 cases Are still receiving treatment contacted As Many As five years ago. Lester r Edwards Industrial committee chairman Points out that at present the Mckean county chapter has approximately $1,200 to finance patient care for the past six months Quot or Edwards said Quot patient care has averaged $525 per month also locally our county is indebted to the National foundation epidemic fund in the amount of $5,000 which was borrowed in past epidemic other Are county chapter officials Are g. L. Rickert vice chairman District chairmen Kane or Rickert port Allegany mrs Martin a Teater Derrick City Carl m Oliver. Duke Center. W f. Grow Rixford Ralph Sweitzer Custer City. John w. Bruner Smethport Frank b Fay Ludlow. Walter Cox it Jewett. J. Robert Singleton and Eldred William b Lynch. Special term of l liminal court got under Way Here monday Canel of too jurors drawn exhausted tuesday others summoned a special term of criminal court convened Here monday morning to try Alvin a. Smiley 26-year-old Kane Man. For the murder of his wife Thelma. The defendant is alleged to have killed the Mother of his two Small children by firing shots from a .22 calibre Rifle into the body of his wife during the course of an automobile ride on the Kane Kin Zua Road on the afternoon of last j july 14 mrs. Smiley died shortly after being admitted to the rank Community Hospital where she a taken he her husband. District attorney a w. Shattuck will a assisted in the prosecution of the defendant by attorney Joseph p Willson of Smethport who aided Boh rians Flensted no till District orchestra event adopt Resolution praising c has. Parchey music supervisor the Smethport rotary club at its meeting monday noon at the colonial hotel commended Charles Partchey director of instrumental music in the Smethport schools tor his efforts in making the recently held Central District orchestra festival a Success. Tile Resolution was drawn by e. O Potter and presented by c. W Lilii Bridge or. Parchey and Tuic lpns Carl Johnson of the Smethport schools received verbal recognition for their joint efforts in connection with the concert. Jean Mccreary Home economics Extension representative for Mckean county conducted a running commentary in conjunction with Hie showing of moving pictures to the 35 rotarians present at tile a session guests present included Ralph Decamp of Kane Art Johnson of port Allegany Glenn Turner and h d Redfield of Eldred and t 8 Hawley and Archie Yerdon of Bradford. President Leonard b. Johnson presided Farmers Valley it a elect delegates Farmers Valier Parent teacher association met tuesday evening and elected two delegates mrs. Lena Warfle and mrs. Jennings to attend the county Council of to be held in hew january 27. President Darel Raught presided at the business meeting. John Biery supervising principal of Keating township. Was guest speaker and talked on 4-h girls presented a program on lunch was served by the committee composed of Coleville members with mrs. Stoneking As chairman. Keating sportsmen to meet the Keating sportsmen association will meet at the schoolhouse at 8 of clock tonight thursday january 20th. All members Are urged to attend. Train accidents seven of them in i Clearfield county. Most fatal accidents occurred Between 5 pin. And 9 . There were 1,034 accidents in the troop Quot cd area during 1948, with j 755 injured and 53 killed for a total j damage of $116,286.12. Clearfield county had 235 accidents 187 in i Jared. 24 killed with $106,381 dam age. Clarion county had 194 accidents. 172 injured six killed with $76,562 damage. Jefferson county had 164 accidents. Ill injured six killed with $78,531 damage. Elk county had 198 accidents. 122 injured nine killed. With $73,119 damage Forest county had 30 accidents. 19 injured none killed with $11,552 12 damage Indiana county had 27 accidents 13 injured two killed with $7,234 damage. County c Council of will meet in hew Jan. 27 the Winter meeting of Hie Mckean. County Council of Parent teacher associations will be held at the Earl j. Hyatt school in Row thursday. January 27. Business sessions will take place at 2 p. In. And 7 30 p in. Reservations Are being accepted by mrs. Paul Armstrong mrs. John Lawson and mrs. Claude Tracy All of Row. Speaks in Warren c. W Lillibridge was guest speaker at a luncheon meeting of the Warren county agricultural Extension Bureau held in Warren wednesday. And a per Wolle of Akron. Legion flans registration drive c Campaign reported to be non political Homes during the three Day tenure of the festival left for their re a spelt Tive Homes immediately following the conceit. Bucktail Post 138. American legion. At its meeting monday night in the Post Home initiated a Campaign to Register eligible non voters in the Smethport area. A the drive was launched on a nonpolitical basis and the principal objective is said to be to interest a Shigel number of the imputation in civic and political obligations. The organization also started a membership Campaign with George Brown Richard Stevens and Ernest Erickson being named on a committee to spearhead the drive. M l. Swanson was announced the Winner of the attendance award. Which was a legion Cap. Commander Milton Dodge presided at the business meeting. Pat meeting will feature panel discussion the Smethport Patent teacher association will hold a meeting at 8 o clock tuesday evening. Jan. 25. At the school auditorium a panel discussion on discipline a yesterday and today will tie led by c. W. Lillibridge Al o taking part in the Dis Cussio Iti will be mrs. Mara Guenter Hie Rev Rodney f. Cobb Joseph. Megivern can Felt or. And Mark Isit Lilg bulges tour court House refreshments will be served after j the meeting. Resided for Many years in Coleville spending the last few Winters in Florida. On june 29. 1920 he was married to the late Abbey Rockefeller who passed away on feb. 8. 1937 besides his Mother or. Hackett is survived by one daughter. Miss Marion Hackett of Coleville a Cousin miss Alice Irons of Smethport and several nieces and nephews. Or. Hackett was a member of St Luke a Church the Valley Grange Mckean Lodge no 388. F and a m. Smethport which will conduct committal services at the grave great expense music festival at Church group met tile Young women s Circle of the , met at the methodist Church Hall wednesday . Clarence Funk conducted the devotionals and miss Jean Mccleary Home economics Extension representative gave a clothing demons a Tion. Mrs. Paul Ramsey mrs Char less Ness and mrs. Everett Engstrom served refreshments. E. A. Albertson former Burgess of Kane Dies of. W. Albertson 63, former Burge of Kane and president of three bus lines died monday. Funeral services were held wednesday for the former president of the Kane Borough Council. He had tvs in ill for six months. Albertson was Secretary treasurer and director of the old Kane Trust a savings co., and the builder and operator of the Chase St. Theatre and the Hollingsworth cutlery co. In Kane. Daughter born a daughter was born at Kane Community Hospital on january 13 to or. And mrs. Herbert Raszmann of Ormsby a Large group of visiting musicians Here for the Central District orchestra festival enjoyed a tour of the Mckean county court House Friday afternoon conducted by the Hon. Cahrles g. Hubbard. There were a lot of questions raised during the course of the tour which judge Hubbard answered in a very satisfactory manner. Tile participants in the tour should have a much clearer Conception As to How a Case is conducted treatment of the jury during criminal cases keeping of court records and the general routine of county Law procedure. Aud party plan to attend the Public card party to be held at the legion Home Friday evening for the Benefit of the Farmers Valley school children s annual trip to Harrisburg. Bridge 500, and refreshments All for 50c. Itemized statements shows $801.42 spent the following report in submitted by the music department of the Smethport school in answer to a number of questions As to How a festival such As the one held at the High school last week the students or schools a registration fee of $7.00 each. Expenses of the festival Are itemized As follows guest conductor and soloist$250 of hotels and meals. 95.20 District dues. 32 ski state dues. 64 00 directors badges. 610 or. A. In. Livermore players medals. 133 42 transportation. 20 00 Hilltop fat met monday evening Mark Burgess spoke on a mental Hygiene Mark Burgess of Smethport spoke on Quot mental Hygiene Quot at the regular meeting of the Hilltop Parent teacher association held monday night at the Cyclone school. Students of the sixth Grade under mrs. Jane Lindvi fast gave choral readings. Or Howard Francis played two numbers Quot twelfth Street rage and a Peg of my the teachers of the school were honoured at a Tea by members. Mrs. Howard Brown and mrs. Byron bullers poured we Hile mrs. Wayne Baker was chairman of the reception committee the attendance award was Given to the sixth Grade with 21 parents present. About too parents were at tire meeting. Mrs Sam Neely was chairman of the lunch committee. Group singing was a part of the program. Cafeteria. Music. Tickets and to leis. Miscellaneous. Total expenses registration fees amount cleared. 150.00 14 80 16 00 20 00 $801 42 $854.00 $ 52.58 it Jewett Bank elects officers directors at a reorganization meeting of the directors of the it Jewett National Bank held monday evening. A k Coon was named president. Other officers elected by the Board include the following r j Hetznecker vice president George l. Douglass cashier m. G. Anderson assistant cashier. Directors were named at a stockholders meeting held last week. Improves in Hospital improvement is reported in the condition of or. A r Livermore who was taken to the Kane Community Hospital monday where his condition was reported As critical when he was admitted or. Livermore was found in an unconscious condition sunday at his Home and after failing to if Pond to treatment Here was removed by ambulance to the Hospital. Puac i i on i Al nebs i or i \ Roll Oill i i us Don i ions containers with Glass fronts have been placed in business places about town for receiving your contribution to the March of dimes Campaign which is now going on. Your contribution to this worthy cause will be greatly appreciated. Or. Shattuck in the successful prosecution of a murder charge against George make Tosh during the october term Smiley will be defended by attorneys Robert b Apple of Smethport and Ralph de Camp of Kane who were granted a postponement of a trial originally scheduled for cd Tober. To allow More time to prepare their defense. A second continuance was granted on joint petition of the Commonwealth and defense Council in december when it was argued that the scheduled trial might have to be heard through the Christmas holidays. Tile defendant has maintained his innocence throughout repeated questionings by authorities but is said to have Given several contradictory versions of How the mishap occurred. At one time he is reported to have denied ownership of the Rifle that is alleged to have held the death cartridges. When court opened monday morning Smiley appeared before the court and plead Quot not guilty Quot to the murder indictment returned by the october term grand jury. Jury commissioners Mabel a. Beatty and Frank Cantwell ordered he residents of Mckean county to appear in court monday morning for possible jury duty but out of this number Only eight persons had been selected by tuesday evening. Sheriff William a Reese and his authorized assistants were compelled to go into the streets of Mckean county and summon 50 residents to appear at tile Mckean county court House by to of clock wednesday morning of this number 32 had been examined up to 4 of clock wednesday afternoon with Only one being selected for jury duty making a total of nine juror up to that hour. Each Side defense and prosecution is entitled to 20 peremptory challenges which do not require the Sanction of the court and they utilized this method of objection in Quot some instances. Other objections were for cause and necessitated judicial approval. Most of the challenges were entered against persons not believing in capital punishment and those who return a guilty verdict if guilt were established because of the introduction of circumstantial evidence. Other objections appeared to be based on such varied items As the prospective juror had no one to care for her children an unattended Home poor sense of hearing and advanced age All of which might prove prejudicial to either of both parties involved in the Case. The actual introduction of evidence and testimony in the trial being heard before president judge Charles g Hubbard will get underway As soon a. A jury is completed. Tile defendant appeared outwardly Calm As he sat beside his attorneys during the time consuming opening sessions. Special serviced at the Valley Kub Church Rev. Cecil e. Ross pastor of the Farmers Valley evangelical United Brethren Church announced this week that or. And mrs. Raymond o. Nelson gospel team workers Are conducting special services at the Valley Church which started wednesday and will continue until Jan. 30th

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