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Smethport Mckean County Democrat (Newspaper) - March 12, 1964, Smethport, Pennsylvania Published in the county seat of Mckean county county Democrat Northwestern Pennsylvania s leading democratic newspaper Quot Mckean county picture newspaper established 1858 volume no. 105 Over a Century of service to the Public Smethport pa., thursday March 12, 1964 terms�?14.00 per Vear single copy Loe no. La county commissioner Albert j. Harrington Dies Albert j. Harrington 56, a Democrat whose election As treasurer of Mckean county was unprecedented in this Rock ribbed gop stronghold and the minority member of the present Mckean county Board of commissioners died at 3 . Monday at his Home in Bloomster hollow Smethport . 4. Or. Harrington who left the county treasurers Post to fill the unexpired term of the late commissioner Edward of Mara and then campaigned successfully in 1955, 1959 and 1963, had been in failing health for the past 18 months. The 56-year-old native of Dunmore Lackawanna county had been an Active member of the democratic party for Many years and had served As the chairman of the Mckean county democratic committee. Or. Harrington was reelected county commissioner last november for another 4-year term which would have extended to 1968. His replacement on the county Board will be made later by Mckean county judge Glenn e. Mencer. When contacted by the Era monday night at his Home in Eldred judge Mencer said. A i am deeply shocked at the passing of Albert Harrington. I have lost a personal Friend and Mckean county has lost an exceptionally Fine Public servant. I expect to wait a reasonable time before i Start to consider a successor. Teacher and business Man or. Harrington was born nov. 30, 1907, and moved to Bloomster hollow in 1942. Before pm marking on a political career or. Harrington had spent 15 years As a school teacher and several years in the retail clothing business. After his graduation from Dunmore High school or. Harrington enrolled and graduated i from East Stroudsburg state College receiving a Bachelor of science degree in health and. Physical education. He taught at Smethport High school and was an assistant coach in football and track. He left to continue his studies and went to Pennsylvania state University and Columbia University and then joined the United states Navy during world War ii serving for three and one half years. Elected treasurer after leaving the service or. Harrington campaigned for the office of Mckean county treasurer and was elected in 1948 for a four year term. However in 1953, before completion of his term. Or. Harrington was appointed by the court to fill the unexpired term on the commis Albert j. Harrington Emery nursing Home Bradford Mckean county heart association and Ridgway area psychiatric Center. Funeral yesterday surviving him Are his wife mrs. Loretta b. Harrington a daughter Janet a student in Smethport area Junior senior High school two Sisters mrs. Andrew Coyne Monroe mich., and mrs. Phillip Salvia Carson City Nev. Two Brothers Donald Harrington of Rochester n.y., and William Harrington of West Simsbury conn., and several nieces and nephews. The funeral service was conducted yesterday morning in St. Elizabeth a Church by the Rev. James h. Weber pastor. Interment was in St. Elizabeth a cemetery. Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Lee funeral Home. Announce dates for free food distribution the Mckean county commissioners have announced the following dates and places for the March surplus food distribution thursday mar. 12, Bradford armory. All persons whose last name begins with g through n inclusive. Friday Bradford armory. All persons whose last name begins with o through z inclusive. Tuesday Kane 4th Ward Hose House. Thursday Eldred Borough building. Friday mar. 20, East Smethport Grange Hall. Tuesday mar. 24, port Allegany City building. Wednesday mar. 25, it. Jewett Borough building. Distribution will be carried out from to . To 3 ., according to l. P. Thompson food administrator. Final figures end registration of county voters voter registration books prior to the april 28 primary were closed monday at the Mckean county commissioners office in the court House at Smethport. Totals according to mrs. Louise Brown of the county registration office were republicans 341. Democrats 294. It non partisan 15. Changing party affiliations were these persons Republican to Democrat 36. Democrat to Republican 58. Non partisan to Republican five. Prohibitionist to Republican one. J to the figures include registry sinners of or. O Mara after tons accepted at the local of serving from january of 1950 face an j those received at Spe to november of 1953 As Tress user. After that the late Democrat campaigned and won his next three times out All four year terms 1955, 1959 and the last time last november. Or. Harrington was a member of St. Elizabeth a Catholic Church Here an Active worker in the holy name society. He also was a member of the Smethport Council knights of Columbus and rotary club. His civic affiliations were Many including a directorship in the Accampo Council girl scouts of America american legion veterans of foreign wars a director of the Mckean county mental health association and Smethport chapter american Cross. Also he was a director of the special sessions conducted during the past two weeks at Bradford Kane it. Jewett port Allegany and Eldred. Digel named to serve on stripper Well unit Robert a. Digel jr., of s. H. Elder and co., Smethport has been recommended by Quentin e. Wood president of the Bradford District Pennsylvania Oil producers association to serve on the executive committee of the National stripper Well association. He will be the representative of the Bradford District association. J. P. Jones and William Shoemaker of Bradford also Are members of the new a executive committee. County Board allocates annual liquid fuel fund new fat Council set up for this area the Eastern Mckean county Council of Parent teacher associations came into being last thursday at a meeting of local unit delegates held in the Smethport area joint . High school. August Klein of the port Allegany was elected president to serve during 1964-65. Or. Klein will be assisted by two vice presidents mrs. Robert e. Johnson of the Smethport unit and mrs. Raymond Cole of the Hamlin twp. Pat. Mrs. Richard Wilson of the Hilltop will serve As Secretary and William of Brien of the Farmers Valley was elected treasurer. After a report by mrs. Harold p. Smith of the port Allegany chairman of the by Laws committee and immediate past president of the former Mckean county Council the proposed by Laws were approved adopted and accepted by the local units who thereby became charter members of the new Council. In addition to the Eastern Mckean county Council two other Parent teacher councils serve the Kane area and the Bradford area thus providing Complete coverage for All local units in the county. Thursday nights meeting was chair maned by mrs. Robert Hutchings of Erie president of dist. 12 of the Pennsylvania Congress of parents and teachers. Mrs. Hutchings was assisted by two state chairmen mrs. Gerald Rife of Erie who is state chairman of by Laws and mrs. L. Kirks Besonson of Union City who is state chairman of procedure. Mrs. Hutchings installed the new officers and with her aides conducted a school of instruction on Council services for the delegates present. The District president was assisted in communications and arrangements by the superintendent of Mckean county schools c. F. Feit who had served on the state Board of managers for a period of four years. Two states flooded i and this picture will prove it. The View is from the Pennsylvania Railroad crossing at Bullis Mills looking toward the Pennsylvania new York state line at appropriately the flowing Well. But try and find the state line it s really under water i the Bullis Mills Portville Road was closed to traffic from Friday until sunday due to flood Waters which caused a arest Deal of damage to the soft berms of the Brand new new York state Highway Between the state line and the new Bridge Over Oswayo Creek at Portville. Blaski photo it it it it it it it it High Waters play havoc in District new Borough building and sewage disposal Plant planned in Smethport a modernistic $75,000 Borough building May Rise in Smethport this summer displacing the existing 110 year old victorian municipal office Structure condemned five years ago. The Borough Council under state mandate also plans to get the $600,000 sewage disposal Plant off the ground this year. Construction on these two major projects took a step Forward at last thursday nights Council meeting when an ordinance was approved authorizing creation of a general authority for Smethport. The authority made possible by the general authorities act of Pennsylvania created in 1945 to by pass debt limits on municipal governing bodies will finance construction through Bond issues. Borough solicitor Robert Apple said the Cost figure for the new Borough building is still fluid and a May be trimmed later by architect Thomas Hendryx of Bradford said preliminary plans Call for a one Story Brick and Block building. It will House the Borough offices four fire trucks and general meeting rooms for Borough Council. It will be built on the site of the present two Story wooden Frame Structure at the Corner of Fulton and water streets. The first stage in the authority a financing of the sewage Plant will be plans estimated to Cost $18,000. The three and one half hour meeting of Council was also a joint session with the Keating township authority to air plans on their participation in the sewage Plant program. Borough Secretary a. Z. Hile Man said he would Contact potential members for the five Man Smethport general authority. They will be named at the next regular Council meeting on april 6. Council said plans for the sewage Plant will be advanced at a March 25 meeting when regional sanitation Engineer Marlin p. Wilt of Williamsport will discuss the program ordered by the state As a facet of its clean streams program. Members of the Keating authority Leo Hackett Donald Maynard and Forest Wilcox will also attend along with Keating township supervisors and Council representatives. In other business Council referred to the Public safety commission directed by councilman William Kerr complaints on stray dogs accepted the report of the Borough auditors Emil Johnson Fred Milroy and Lauren mix directed the Borough electric company to make plans to move the fire Siren to the new building. Others attending included the Street commissioner Keith Dun Kle chief of police e. Abbey Southwick electric supt. Glenn Mencer and William Burdick councilmen Donald Peterson Clarence Larson Richard Raymond Howard Wright Lawrence Bruner and president Milton Lopus. Political sub a divisions were notified monday by George e. Berkwater chief clerk of the Mckean county commissioners of the amounts involved in the annual distribution of liquid fuel funds. The total is $100,000 and the allocations Are similar to those made a year ago by the Mckean county commissioners. Broken Down they Are As follows Bradford City $17,156. Boroughs Eldred $1,435 Kane $6,926 Lewis run $945 it. Jewett $1,672 port ale Gany $3,612 Smethport $2,935. Total for the six boroughs $17,536. Townships Annin $3,878 Bradford $8,763 Ceres $3,751 Corydon $1,939 Eldred $4,566 Foster $9,280 Hamilton $1,702 Hamlin $2,369 Keating $8,328 Lafyette $1,878 Liberty $7,001 Norwich $2,319 Otto $3,957 sergeant $1,088 Wetmore $4,484. Total for the 15 townships $65,307. The Board met Only briefly monday due to the death earlier in the Day of commissioner Albert j. Harrington who had been ill for More than a year. His successor expected to be named by judge Glenn e. Mencer in about a week must be an affiliated Democrat. Business transacted by commissioners r. E. Youngquist and Russell j. Weston was mostly of a routine nature. The Board received notification from the state treasurer that the 1963 racing season netted $3,453,909 in taxes and fees a portion of which was deposited in the harness racing fund to be used for exhibitions and prize Money at county fairs. The Mckean county fair associations allotment from the fund was $4,500. Storm in area causes damage to Utility lines James r. Rogers local manager of Bell Telephone co., said tuesday ice which formed in higher elevations caused some breakage of limbs and branches which snapped Utility lines. About 30 subscribers were affected in Bradford 46 in the Rew Section 60 in Smethport and Vicinity and 36 in the port Allegany sector. All available repair Crews were summoned and restoration of service is progressing As speedily As possible or. Rogers said. Because ice coated electric lines created a Hazard in some locations where both utilities have circuits Telephone Crews halted work Early tuesday As a safety precaution but will resume operations this morning. Similar circumstances caused difficulties for Pennsylvania electric co. In this area t. S. Hawley local manager said mostly minor trouble was encountered. A tree collapsed in songbird Road about 6 15 . Disrupting service in that area until repairs were made. Tree limbs also caused electric service interruptions for a Brief time in South ave., Custer City Minard run and the Cyclone area. By Joe Guido Snow sleet rain fog warm Sunshine floods you name it this Section of the country had it during the past week. A heavy rain storm which shortly after 4 . Tuesday turned into an ice storm caused Light damage to Bradford and other areas. The resulting High Waters also played havoc with the area but caused Little if any damage. A Check with the Pennsylvania highways department at Smethport shortly before Midnight revealed that although the Waters of Mckean county streams were High and in most places Over running Banks there was no cause for alarm. The drop in temperature during the Day it was said eliminated some of the trouble Sites. East Smethport end Farmer Valley area had water in a number of spot but by Midnight had receded greatly. Larabee had water on each tide of route 444 but it slowed before reaching the Highway proper. It reached to within 14 inches. Eldred which suffered a considerable scare last Friday because of the heavy Rains and moderate temperatures that melted much of the Snow again was on the Alert but at Midnight it looked like it would escape. From noon tuesday until 8 The Waters of the Allegheny had come up 14v inches. Since the 8 Reading the Rise continued but Only a fraction of an Inch per hour. It still lacked some 14 inches of reaching the a a threat stage. One Road closed tuesday Smethport also reported highways Slippery tuesday night but All open. The Only Road reported closed because of High water was the secondary Road from Kane to Kinzua. Back Yards in East Smethport mostly were covered with water but none got into Homes. Two of the worst hit streets in Smethport were Nelson St., which was closed to traffic at to ., and Willow St. Water was High on the Street but traffic with caution was permitted. Eldred and area residents sunday stated mop up activities after being flooded Friday. Most of the a a water spots in the Eldred Borough and township sunday were practically free of water. At 7 30 . Sunday the new York Highway department removed its barricades and allowed traffic for the first time since Early Friday. The Road route 446, suffered heavy damage for an area of almost a mile. When the water receded it was found that shoulders of the Road had been completely washed out. In some places said Highway workers almost two feet of berm was eradicated. The Road proper however was undamaged. Also destroyed was about a mile it berm on route 344, the West Eldred Road Between Eldred and Duke Center. Pennsylvania Highway department workers Are expected the get under Way with repairs today. Route 344 was closed Friday for much of the Day but was reopened later that evening when Waters receded. In Eldred Borough near West end the flood sent from three to four inches of water into one Home that of or. And mrs. Harold Huey forcing Hie family to evacuate. Another family or. And mrs. William Bennett evacuated also but their Home did not get water. Late sunday it was reported the water was Back to almost Normal in the Dyke Channel West of Here. The Dyke runs along the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks. In Tho Vicinity a Are White Hawk beef and provisions and the Clese feed Mill. James Slavin an official of White Hawk said sunday Quot there was no water inside nor any damage Quot at the White Hawk. However the Speed of the Rise of water Friday forced the officials of White Hawk to remove provisions from the ground floor and store them in refrigerated trucks. The feed Mill reported it also was surrounded by water and received some damage to its Entrance drive. As a sidelight to the flood in another part of Mckean county firemen were summoned to a grass fire in port Allegany. Schools closed Early Friday morning the Waters started to Rise in the Low sections of Eldred Borough and Eldred township. In fact the water came up so fast that transportation was blocked forcing the closing of All the Otto Eldred school system. The closings were caused by the flooding of route 346 on the a a Flats East of Eldred. The Waters at the time were said to be rising at the rate of four to six inches an hour. Route 446, three Miles South of Eldred on the new York state line Between Eldred and Portville for a stretch of More than a mile also was ordered closed. This continued throughout the Day. At 5 p. In. There seemed to be a gradual slacking off of the water and the Rise at the time was estimated at about a Quarter of an Inch an hour. Later however it seemed to increase. A number of families in Railroad ave., who had evacuated their Homes earlier in the Day went Back Home late Friday. Water however got into one Home that of or. And mrs. Harold Hughey. Others in the neighbourhood escaping the water were Danny billiards or. And mrs. William Bennett or. And mrs. Don Hardy or. And mrs. Harold Barnard. Last year when High water came the area did not receive any. In Eldred township in the Duff town area where water last invaded the area in the flood of 1942, again had it Friday. The water entered the Home of or. And mrs. Harry Reedy. Another family or. And mrs. Dale Campbell which had water in the front Yard in 1942, missed it this time although they had water around the property. Chorus festival postponed the Mckean county chorus program scheduled for saturday at the Otto Eldred High school auditorium was postponed. The singers and band members were to have held rehearsals saturday morning and afternoon. Smethport officials reported no water damage and Only slight damage by the High winds of thursday. Marvin Creek thanks to the recently completed flood control work renamed within Banks and late Friday was still a foot from going Over the top of the Mechanic St. Dam. Lower water Street and Nelson Street As Well As the area on East St. Bordering Marvin Creek were flooded. East Smethport in spite of the recently compleat Cross maps plans for drive a meeting it the Smethport Crest chapter was conducted monday night in the grand jury roam of Tho courthouse. A training session was held for captains and Crew workers in preparation for the upcoming fund drive. It starts March 14 and runs through March 23. An identical session was hold tuesday night in theldred Borough elementary school for Cross workers in theldred area. County jail Escapee seized in Illinois Mckean county sheriff Leslie w. Pendleton received word from the sheriff of Warren county of. On wednesday of last week that Kenneth Morey 22, of Bradford who escaped while a trusty at the Mckean county jail in Smethport last july 31, had been arrested in Vicksburg us. Morey was serving a five to ten month jail sentence in Smethport for House burglary in Harrisburg run when he walked away from the county jail. The Illinois county sheriff informed sheriff Pendleton that the Bra Fordian was arrested tuesday in Vicksburg in connection with a break in. Morey pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced thursday. It is understood he will serve his time in Joliet prison. Sheriff Pendleton has lodged a detainer against Morey for prison breach and he will be returned to the jurisdiction of Mckean county upon completion of the burglary sentence in Illinois. It was also Learned that a 1957 Model car belonging to Robert Westlake which had been stolen from its parking place on Brennan St. Last july 31, shortly after Moreyn a escape from the county jail was found wrecked in the Illinois Community. The car had been held by the Sher list names of workers for Cross Campaign control program in that area was flooded in the Low sections. Iff of the place for the required period and tuesday sold at sheriffs Sale for junk. Wednesday two agents of the Federal Bureau of investigation questioned Morey in connection with the interstate transportation of the motor vehicle belonging to or. Westlake and also about the fact that the former Bradford Man was listed As a deserter of the u. S. Marine corps. Water is High but crass fire season starts port Allegany a even with High water in the area the first grass fire of the season started at 3 15 Saturday at the Home of or. And mrs. Harold blew of . I. Sparks from a burning trash can caused the Blaze that burned Over almost two acres of land the Star Hose company with 20 men and with three pieces of equipment quelled the fire before it reached the Woods by using Indian pump cans and brooms. Mrs. Glenn Loop of Eldred and mrs. A. J. Billitier of Smethport who Are serving As chairman and co chairman respectively for the membership and fund drive of the Smethport chapter of the american Cross have announced the names of the captains and their co workers in each of the districts in the two boroughs and four townships which Are included in the Smethport chapter area. Eldred Are in the Eldred area mrs. Loop will be assisted by Llewelyn Barnaby who is coordinating the work in Eldred Borough. John Todd and William grow Are serving As co captains in the Borough and their co workers include mrs. Carolyn Bidwell mrs. Imogene Kelley mrs. Kathryn Hanks and mrs. Delila Pep Perman. Mrs. Loop will have charge of the Campaign in Eldred township and has named the following people As co workers Canfield hollow a mrs. Leonard Haupt. Indian Creek mrs. Bernard Bickford and mrs. Leonard Murphy. Back River Road mrs. Ronald Kio and mrs. George Stroup. Coryville mrs. Harold Morris. Sartwelle mrs. William Shirey. Moody hollow a mrs. Fred Parker. Windfall mrs. George Hardes and mrs. Harry Miller. Indian crossing a mrs. Fletcher Kerr. Slack hollow mrs. Roy hand. Barden Brook a mrs. Alfred Kuhstoss mrs. Keith Marsh. Larabee mrs. John Holleran and mrs. Robert Haynes. Smethport area mrs. Billitier will be assisted by the following captains and their co workers in the Smethport area in Smethport Borough dist. In mrs. Chester limn Captain assisted by mrs. Milton Wright jr., mrs. Robert Patton Paul Hallstrom mrs. Geo. Zink mrs. Fem Lamborne mrs. George Sharro miss Carolyn Tarbox mrs. John Digel mrs. Fred Burlingamejr. Dist. Ii miss Eileen Hull Captain assisted by miss Maria Billitier mrs. Glenn Mcguire miss Irene Nelson mrs. Norman Hull or. Dist. Iii mrs. Henry reap Captain. Her co workers include miss Cathy Nick mrs. Harold Lindgren mrs. Richard Raymond miss Katy Mayo and mrs. Robert Digel or. Dist. Ivy mrs. J. A. Hauck assisted by mrs. William Backus hrs. Walter Johnson jr., mrs. Jay Snyder mrs. Clarence Strabel mrs. Maurice Swanson mrs. Jane Richards. Dist. A a mrs. George Dean and mrs. A. J. Billitier. In East Smethport a mrs. Carl Ohman or. Will be Captain assisted by mrs. Ast Connor mrs. Pam Fillhart miss sue Moore. Mrs. Peter Rossi will be the Captain in Norwich township. Her co workers will be mrs. Scott Thomas and mrs. Elizabeth Laschesky. In Clermont mrs. John Alo will be Captain assisted by mrs. Richard Rifle and mrs. Harry Hafner. Mrs. Edward Harmon will serve As Captain of the Farmers Valley Coleville and Coryville area. She will be assisted by miss Theo Freeman mrs. George Peterson mrs. Lionel Ordiway mrs. Frank Raymond jr., mrs. Corell Stull mrs. Howard Parker mrs. John Cory mrs. Carl German mrs. Joseph Simsick mrs. Lewis Sherwood mrs. George Rees mrs. Arlene Kandare mrs. Donald Larson. In Cyclone the Captain will be mrs. A. M. Meley. Her coworkers will be mrs. Charles Bennett mrs. Alton Johnson and mrs. Robert Clark. The membership and fund drive will begin March 16 and will continue throughout the week. An Effort will be made to Complete the House to House canvass by March 23. A quit smoking clinic successful approximately 50 Kane and area residents attended the final session of the week Long a quit smoking clinic in Kane Junior High auditorium. Closing program included a film a time pulls the trigger and a Short talk by Norman Childs of Eldred who spoke on his experiences and aids after completing the a quit smoking clinic in Eldred. The five evening sessions were conducted by the Rev. Alvin Stewart pastor of the Eldred and Bradford seventh Day adventist churches. Local sponsor was the Kane kiwanis club. Visits this week in special classes the Mckean county association for retarded children inc., has arranged with county schools for open House in All special education classes this week in connection with the annual fund drive. The Public is invited to visit the schools which list the following staff for the special classes Bradford Blaisdel school miss Joyce Metarko mrs. Maxine Healy mrs. Janet Abramson and mrs. Muriel Packer Floyd frets Junior High mrs. Betty Woods sixth Ward mrs. Doris Rogers. Kane Junior High mrs. Loren Wright Kane Central mrs. Louis Bulduc port Allegany High Donald Kelsey Arnold ave., port Allegany mrs. Dora j. Anderson and mrs. Edna Chambers Smethport High Thomas Mcintosh East Smethport mrs. Doris Howard Otto Eldred area Indian Creek school mrs. Helen Kerr Eldred Borough Merlyn Klink 9

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