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Smethport Mckean County Democrat (Newspaper) - January 26, 1933, Smethport, Pennsylvania Mckean county Democrat volume 58 Russell r. Lindsley pub ii her Smethport pa., thursday january 26, 1 <>33 terms�?2.00 per year. No. 4worst fire in history sweeps main St. Blocks of Fok Ono Seimi is 13 buildings destroyed $260,000 loss from us night fire starting at City meat Market the worst fire in Smethport history which started in the rear of the City meat Market on main Street at Midnight last thursday night swept two blocks in the Central business Section destroying 10 main Street structures and 3 adjacent garage buildings causing a loss of nearly $260,000, and for anxious hours menaced the entire town. Calls for help brought Quick and Noble response from neighbouring cities and seven fire departments with 7 powerful pumper trucks from Bradford. It. Jewett Kane Olean. Eldred port Allegany and Coudersport made fast runs to Smethport and joined forces with the Smethport fire department in a heroic Battle which lasted throughout the night and which will live in history As one of the hardest and most remarkable fights against the fire Demon Ever waged in Northwestern Pennsylvania. A score of firemen and citizens suffered minor injuries but by seeming Miracle no serious casualties occurred. Fanned by a Gale which raged at 60-mile-per-hour velocity the fire spread with incredible rapidity after discovery and the conflagration in its terribly menacing proportions if not in devastating final effect when checked is said by Veteran fire fighters to have been the worst which has visited this Section of the country. Buildings destroyed were 2 two Story wooden Frame buildings owned by r. C. Gleason occupied by Chaa. Lemmler a leather store and harness shop and the City meat Market owned by s. J. Hayes upstairs Over Lemmler a was the office of r. A Gleason Justice of the peace and tax collector. A two Story wooden Frame building occupied by the Mckean county farm Bureau. On the second floor the residence of miss Ella Parsons. The Corner drug store owned by or. W. A. Ostrander occupying a 2-Story Frame building. The Large 2-Story Brick Block owned by j. A. Lindholm. Containing his grocery store on the ground floor and his residence upstairs. A a the 1-Story building occupied by e. O. Gaskins Barber shop owned by j. A. Lindholm. The Hamlin Block a 2-Story Brick Structure owned by w. O. Hamlin and occupied by the W. Maeser hardware store on the first floor and g. A. Richards and family occupying the second floor apartment. The Imperial Block a 4-Story Brick and Frame Structure owned by Burgess Daniel Bacon containing Ackers restaurant and the Smethport news Agency of John g. Saulpaugh on the first floor with Burgess Bacon and daughter miss Margaret . Mary Hussey and . Audene Griffin and family occupying apartments above. Two Story Frame building of n. D. And Lewis Raymer. Occupied by the spinning wheel restaurant of or. And . James Larsen with their living apartment on the second floor. Two Story Frame building of Chaa. Infantino. The first floor occupied by his shoe repair establishment and the balance of the Structure used As his residence. A Large steel sheeted wooden building formerly a Blacksmith shop owned by or. W. A. Ostrander in the rear of his Block. A barn and garage of j. A. Lindholm in the rear of his building. The Structure contained his Studebaker Sedan which was destroyed. A garage owned by Daniel Bacon in the rear of the Imperial Block. The Fry company building containing one of Mckean county a finest department stores and also several apartments and . Kathryn Hung Villers Beauty parlor did not i rite but the Interior and Stock was tartly damaged by smoke and water. At one time a score of builder. Son main Street and adjacent thereto were on fire simultaneously but these fires were extinguished by workers on roofs with pails of water and chemical extinguishers while the Light motor chemical trucks of the local department darted Here and there with effective result. Had it not been for the timely arrival of help from the nearby towns it is Safe to say that 200 buildings in the Eastern part of Smethport would a kindly sympathy a a from head of St. A a Bon a ventures a a Rev. Father Urban s. Barrett a a pastor of St. Elizabeth a Cath a a die Church Smethport received a a the following Telegram of gym a a Pathy Friday morning from the a a Rev. For. Thos. Plassman inter a a nationally known educator and a a head of St. Bonaventure a col a lege Allegany n. Y. A a a St. Bonaventure sincerely a a sympathizes with Smethport. A a let us know of we May offer any a a a have been destroyed the terrifying Roar of the conflagration after it had jumped one Block to communicate to the massive Imperial Block and adjacent structures on the opposite Side of main Street could be heard for a Long distance. Pillars of flames leaped hundreds of feet in the air and at times were forced downward by the Gale so they licked hungrily close Over the tops of other buildings for two blocks Distant making the position of firemen working on the roofs most precarious at times. A dense Hail of blazing embers and Sparks showered Over the Eastern part of town and hundreds of inhabitants were prepared to flee from their Homes at one time with no thought of saving any worldly possessions except what clothing they could carry. It was during these critical hours that reports were sent to the outside world which were published in Early Friday morning editions of metropolitan newspapers and were broadcast Over the radio. The reports were not exaggerated in the least. The actual spectacle of horror beggars description. By 4 00 of clock Friday morning firemen after directing twelve powerful streams on the flames for hours got a break when the Gale abated somewhat and by 6 00 of clock had the fire under control. By 9 00 o clock the last out of town Are department had left for Home. Local firemen continued to play streams on the ruins Friday saturday and sunday and the mass was still smouldering As late As tuesday. Origin a mystery the fire was first discovered a few moments after Midnight thursday night seemingly by a number of people simultaneously. Residents of the nearby Lindholm apartment sent in the first Call to the local Telephone Exchange which relayed the alarm to the fire station whether the Blaze originated in the rear of the City meat Market or outside in the Are away Between the meat Market and the Lemmler store building is hard to determine so rapidly did the Are burst Forth to menacing proportions. Those first on the scene believe that it started outside stating that at the very instant the fire alarm Siren sent out its piercing Wail the rear ends of both wooden buildings were afire from ground to roofs s. J. Hayes proprietor of the City meat Market was inside the store fifteen or Twenty minutes before the fire was discovered and at that time there was no sign of the Blaze. The ugly Glare of the fire could be seen in the heavens for a radius of fifty Miles from Smethport. Pumper break Down costly the fire was less than a Block from the local Hose House and the fire department trucks were immediately on the scene. The Stewart Buffalo motor pumper was placed in operation at a closely situated hydrant in front of the Smethport garage on main Street and was soon throwing two powerful continued on Page 2, column i smouldering main Street ruins prominent newspaper Man laments burning of old landmarks on monday the Democrat editor received the following letter inspired by last thursday night s fire from John w Baker prominent newspaper publisher formerly of Smethport who is an executive of the Gannett newspapers chains with Headquarters in Rochester n. Y. Dear Russell what a fire main Street was pretty nearly wiped off the face of the map Wasny to it somehow Smethport will never seem the same with the old landmarks that have so fixed themselves in our memories gone from the picture. The wound will no doubt heal but the scar will remain because the picturesque setting can never be modernized funny How these things affect us in t it the impressions of youth do not soon rub out. Every building there was As familiar to me As though i had been the builder and when i think of Smethport without the old drug store marts place Charley Lemmler s harness shop the Williams Market Gallup a store and Alfa Barber shop and across the Street the Rockwell House and the several other buildings Well it does no to seem natural that Sall. Perhaps in a a bit sentimental but really i ant very sorry that the thing happened. Bradford pair free in hit run no evidence found in probe of Gifford Man s death killed july Gar hit Anderson s gasoline truck at Crosby Leonard Elmer Benson 34, Well known Crosby business Man musician and world War Veteran was instantly killed at about 5 4b o clock tuesday evening when his Ford truck figured in a head on collision with a heavy Graham gasoline tank truck owned by a m. Anderson of Smethport and driven by Jack Morrison. The Accident occurred on the Highway in Crosby a Short distance above the Pennsylvania Railroad crossing and near the intersection of the Road which crosses to the other Side of the Valley. The scene of the fatality is Only a Short distance from the Vio times Home. I Benson was Enro Ute Home in his Light truck while or. Morrison was returning to Smethport. The latter Driver who was uninjured but continued on last Page column i Home Talent show make8 Small profit despite fire Quot the worlds All right Quot Home Talent show produced at the legion lyceum last thursday and Friday nights under the auspices of the auxiliary of Bucktail Post. American photo by c a Witherow legion made a profit estimated at picture taken from Corner of court House Square near Grange Bank showing remains of flourishing upper main 1157 for the auxiliary Street business Section. On the main Street at extreme right Corner stood the Corner drug store next farm the disastrous fire which swept Bureau. Lemmler a store City meat Market Lindholme a store Gaskins Barber shop and Masser hardware front of Smethport less than two hours after which is still standing. Farther Down the Street May be seen fronts of Fry co. Building Hungiville Block Monheim the final curtain of thursday night ers store and Hamlin Bank. All these latter structures were menaced by flames fanned by High wind sweeping initial performance had a twofold de Down main Street. The Bell Telephone Exchange is in second floor of Hamlin Bank directly in path of flames. Pressing effect on the show scalds fatal to Anderson Dady son of or. And . Herbert Anderson formerly of Here Herbert Eugene Anderson. 8-months-old son of state Highway patrolman and . Herbert Anderson of Coudersport passed away at hts Home in the latter town at 9 30 of clock tuesday evening from complications which developed after the infant was scalded with hot milk the child s Mother . Emogene Halpenny Anderson. Daughter of county commissioner and . W h Halpenny of Smethport had heated about a quart of milk for his meal and placed it on the Kitchen Cabinet the infant was exceptionally Bright and Active for his age and in some inquisitive manner pulled the from the Cabinet and the milk near the boiling Point spilled on him a doctor was summoned and after an examination he expressed the opinion that the child was not seriously injured he was placed in care of a trained nurse and Early reports tuesday indicated that his condition was satisfactory however pneumonia and other complications suddenly developed and the infant had a violent convulsion at 6 20 o clock tuesday evening passing away at 9 30 in spite of every medical attempt to save him patrolman Anderson the child a father is a son of or. And c a Anderson of it. Jewett. He was stationed with the state Highway patrol detail in Smethport for a number of years. He has been a member of the Drivers examining detail at Coudersport for some time past Many friends Here sympathize with patrolman and Anderson in their j sad bereavement. The funeral services will be held at the Home of my. And . W. H Halpenny on Bank Street Smethport this afternoon at 2 30 of clock. Rev. A ii. Bomgren pastor of the it. J Jewett lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will be made in Rose Hill cemetery. A i Bradford Era thuradajm3enn Morrison and miss Virginia Whiteman arraigned before Alderman Fred b. Nichols last night on charges growing out of the Accident at Gifford last Christmas eve in which Charles Mcdermott of Gifford was fatally Hurt were discharged for Quot Lack of evidence on which to bind them for grand jury they were charged with failure to Stop and Render assistance by patrolman Richard Baxter of the Smethport substation who has been investigating the mishap for some time. County detective j Jallison of Smethport examined the witnesses for the Commonwealth and Kenly Onofrio represented the defense wit Nesses called included v. B Bromeley. Donald Bromeley Byron Bromeley All of Gifford Bernie Ehert of Gifford Joseph Snyder. Of Degolia. In whose car Mcdermott was rushed to the Bradford Hospital where he died mr., and h. H Jeutter of Bradford and Edwin Anderson of Foster Brook. Mcdermott was Hurt about 9 30 p rn., on Christmas eve by an alleged hit run Driver. He died in the Hoe pita five hours later. Reserved seats were on Sale at the Corner drug store consumed by the flames and $40 in Cash receipts were lost in addition to heating charts and tickets for Friday nights Perfor-1 Mance. In addition the show was pro. Diced Friday night with an abbreviated cast and audience. Many people were completely exhausted after fighting fire or moving their House hold goods. The production under direction of miss Mary Mastin of the Universal producing co., Fairfield. Iowa. Had a splendidly trained cast of 150 local people and was an artistic treat tear Turing splendid dance routines vocal solos and ensemble singing and Snappy dialogue. Mrs. Tillie Hazen fractured ankle while attending nieces Funer . Tillie Hazen of 112 Maplewood Avenue Bradford who came to Smethport last thursday to attend the i funeral of her Niece. Miss Elouise a j zen who was drowned in company with Klas Anderson while skating on j Hamlin Lake had the misfortune to j fracture her left ankle after the fun i ueral service. Mrs Hazen fell Down a flight of i stairs at the Home of or. And . A. A. Hazen parents of Elouise Hazen. On Willow Street thursday afternoon. Stills ambulance of Bradford was a summoned and . Hazen was taken i to the Bradford Hospital for surgical attention. Mumps close Valley school the Keating township consolidated school at nearby Farmers Valley is closed this week due to a severe epidemic of mumps among the pupils. It is said that nearly half the student body is sick fire victims opening for business in new stands show real optimism Denning Johnson or. And . Andy Johnson of port Allegany announce the marriage of their daughter. Anna Linnea j. Johnson. To Russell f. Denning Smethport. Tuesday. January 17. 1932 at the former a Home at 7 00 p. In. Rev. G. S Larson of the swedish lutheran Church of port Allegany performed the ceremony. The attendants were miss Ruth d. Denning of Smethport pa., and Phillip j. Johnson of port Allegany. The Bride is a popular Young graduate of the class of 1932 and the Groom who is a son of Claude Denning is employed by the Smethport specially company. Sheep men to meet Ano i hold Lamb dinner Here the annual meeting of the Mckean county sheep and Wool growlers association will be held wednesday february 1st in Smethport. A dinner will be served at the cottage hotel at 12 of clock and immediately after dinner the meeting will Convene in the grand jury room at the court House which should be around i of clock. W. B Connell sheep and Wool i specialist from the Pennsylvania state College will show some slides pointing out the Progress which has Behn made in the cooperative marketing of Wool As Well a some of the work which is being done in the Way of marketing lambs. Every sheep Man in Mckean county should be present a at this meeting of the information which or. Connell w ill present. Want bus to carry Smethport Kane mail petitions have been circulated in Smethport and Kane for a direct mail service by o s. Scott motor bus Between the two towns mail is now routed by Railroad Over a slow roundabout course the service is badly needed Homer Thomas receives purple heart decoration Homer Thomas Rew City world War Veteran Well known in Smethport. Has received the government purple heart decoration for wounds j received by or Thomas while serving in France during the world War As a member of co c., 112th infantry 28th division or Thomas is a member of Bucktail Post american legion of Smethport and is also a member of Lieut. John Roche Post veterans of foreign wars. Bradford. Cinders placed on Riley hollow Road through the efforts of Fred h Nourse. Several carloads of cinders have been secured from the Pennsylvania Railroad and have been placed on the Riley hollow Road near the fair grounds. Glass banking Bill passed the United states Senate passed the Glass banking Bill last night. The measure makes revolutionary changes in the nation s banking Laws a Long filibuster was broken by the action. Money for county roads Harrisburg. Jan. 20�?the state emergency Relief Board today made Public the allocations by counties of the $5,433,603 of Federal Money for paving 2,00 Miles of Rural roads As work Relief projects. This week the Board allocated $1,-433,603 to Complete these projects. The allocations include Mckean county present allocation $8,214 aggregate Grants to Date $38,-104. No definite plans for rebuilding any of the structures burned in last thursday nights fire have been Learned As this paper goes to press. There Are rumours of various sorts but All action is deferred until fire insurance is paid. _ _ i several agents from the Dubois office of fire companies adjusters j Bureau. Inc., arrived in Smethport j tuesday and began their work of checking policies and losses which will require Many Days to Complete. J the Bureau is Legal representative of All Stock fire insurance companies continued on Page 4, col. 3 Doyle play opens a the family a new play written and presented by Leonard Doyle husband of Leona Hogarth Smethport actress has opened at the Coit to theatre in Chicago and is being splendidly received. The Doyle play was to have opened at the Garrick theatre but due to a strike of stage hands the opening was transferred to the Cort. Subscribe for Democrat vets social meeting in Clermont tonight a change of base has been announced for the social meeting of Mckean Post veterans of foreign wars which w As to have been held at quirks Hall in Smethport tonight the meeting will be held in Clermont tonight at 8 00 p. In. At the Odd j Fellows Hall. The meeting is for veterans and their families. Funerals of Elouise Hazen and Klas Anderson skating victims held Van sickle Hurt Cleveland Van sickle of Marvin Creek who has charge of judge j. A Bostons Oil lease was painfully injured on the lease yesterday when the limb of a tree fell and hit him on the head. A deep Gash was inflected. Or. Burg Charwick attended him. Funeral services for Klas Anderson 22, son of . Eleanor Anderson and miss Elouise Hazen 15, daughter of or. And or. A. A Hazen who were drowned in Hamlin Park Lake monday night. Jan 16. When they went through the thin ice while skating were held the latter a of last week final rites for miss Hazen were held at St. Luke s episcopal Church thursday afternoon at 2 00 of clock. The Rector. Rev. W. E. Van Dyke officiated. The services were largely attended and Floral tributes were Beautiful. Burial was made in Rose Hill cemetery. Funeral services for Klas Anderson were held at the family Home on Willow Street Friday afternoon at 2 00 of clock. Rev. H. L. Spangler pastor of the methodist episcopal Church officiating. Rev. Spangler paid a Fine tribute to the Young Many a heroism in sacrificing his life in the attempt to save miss Hazen. Among the Floral offerings was a Beautiful Pillow inscribed with the words Quot our which As purchased from a fund by popular subscription. Burial was made in the family plot in Rose Hill cemetery

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