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Smethport Mckean County Democrat (Newspaper) - March 23, 1933, Smethport, Pennsylvania Mckean county Democrat volume 58 Russell r. Lindsley publisher Smethport pa., thursday March 23, i933 terms�?$2.00 per year. No. 12 Marvel Plant now employing Large Force biggest forge in history to handle Rush of orders the Marvel specially factory a valuable Smethport Industry which in common with All industries has Felt the effects of the recent depression is giving Gratifying indication that hard times Are Over by resuming Peak production in response to the biggest Rush of orders Ever received and with the largest Force of workers Ever employed. This Busy factory which manufacturers toy magnets and Kaleidoscope spinning tops which have enjoyed a big Sale to the 5 and to cent store chains recently introduced a new pin wheel Novelty made of coloured celluloid. It is this new toy which has brought the amazing Rush of orders. The Plant hit a High production record last week when the working Force was increased to 20 girls in addition to a number of male workers. The Plant is running night and Day and despite the High production Speed is one month behind on orders with new orders for the pin wheels arriving daily. The Plant which was established by w. Kerr local inventor is owned by a company composed of his son in Law Orville Halpenny his Nephew we. Kerr Ralph Herzog and s. L. Fry. The factory gives every Promise of i expanding into a wonderful Industry for Smethport. Keep pm on boys it la be bad Winter Kane pa., March 22�?according to w. C. Altman local Hunter and trapper who has gained considerable Fame As a weather Prophet during the past Twenty years Winter is due to begin in Earnest on or about april 1st. According to Altman Snow storms of great severity will sweep the country tying up traffic on land and in the air and a general old fashioned Winter will prevail until on or about May 15th. The weather seer says that the Man made Calendar has become out of whack with nature a difference of fully 15 Days existing Between our method of computing time and that of Mother nature and when the Calendar records april 1st, it is really about March 16th, and therefore the first fifteen Days in May really belongs in april. Altman claims to be the original Sunspot Man. Who forecasts the weather according to the aforesaid spots and certain secrets of nature which he has been forty years in ferreting out. He is willing to stake his wide reputation As a weather Prophet on the coming of this belated Winter and issues warnings to railroads bus lines and air mail and passenger routes to prepare for unprecedented blockades. High winds will accompany the predicted Snow storms piling Tho Snow into such huge drifts As to discourage the most valiant efforts to Clear them with Snow plows says Altman while the air will be All mussed up with blizzards and gales making traffic by aircraft impossible local letter Carrier and family on Southern trip Cecil Reynolds letter Carrier of the Smethport Post office with his wife and son and father Rufus Reynolds left last thursday in his car to spend his annual 30 Day vacation on a trip to Southern Points of interest with Florida As his destination. Or. Reynolds after a sojourn overseas during his world War service is a firm believer in the a see America first movement and has made profitable use of his annual vacation periods to that sensible end. One year he and his family made an automobile tour of Northern and Canadian Points another year they toured the Eastern United states and a till another year they made a transcontinental trip to the Pacific coast. Local vet in Hospital e county history teachers met Here saturday the history teachers of the county held a Well attended conference at the High school building Here on saturday at which miss Lillian Russell director of social studies at lock Haven teachers College gave a very interesting address on history teaching at eleven of clock. Preceding this there was a conference of the Grade teachers of history and in the afternoon miss Russell held a general conference with All the groups. Or. Parsons has dental office in Warren. A. Or. Paul Parsons son of or. And mrs. C. Parsons of Ormsby and Well known Here has purchased the former dental office conducted by or. Mcalpin in the Columbia theatre building Warren a. Or. Parsons is a graduate of the dental school of the University of Pittsburgh and has had considerable a local experience. He was assistant to or. A. R. Livermore of Smethport at one time. This newspaper joins with friends in wishing the Best of Success to the popular Young dentist. Local lady a brother Safe in earthquake zone mrs. C. E. Milroy has received word of the safety of her brother l. C. Stark who resides in Belle Calif his House was slightly damaged by the recent earthquake. Trout sensor approach sees Light Cense dem Ino a report from the office of county treasurer . Bouton in the a a ourt House Smethport this week indicated that Only about fifty Pennsylvania fishing licenses for 1933 had been sold there. Any disciple of Izaak Walton can Tell you that the Trout season is Only 22 Days away april 15 to be exact. However most of them we Ait until the last minute to secure licenses. No report of License sales has Beer received by the county treasurer from the business places in the county which sell both Hunting and fishing licenses. They Are c. W. Masser hardware Smethport. Thompson amp co. Hardware it. Jewett. Smith hardware Kane. Evans drug store. Ludlow. Emery hardware Bradford. A Seitz port Allegany. The fee for a residents fishing License in Pennsylvania is $1.50 and is reciprocal in the Case of licensed residents of other states who desire to fish Here. A whooping cough is prevalent among Smethport juvenile population. James Mccabe Well known Smethport world War Veteran who has been in poor health some time past As the result of wounds received in France j in 1918, left saturday for Philadelphia where he has entered the u. 8 veterans Hospital for treatment. Or. Mccabe who was a member of c. Company 112th infantry with the Keystone division of the a. E. F., was the victim of an unusual series of mishaps during the Meuse Argonne drive. First he was seriously injured in falling into a Shell Hole and was placed in a motor ambulance to be carried Back to a Field Hospital. The ambulance was demolished by a German Shell while leaving the front and the local Soldier was further wounded by shrapnel and was gassed. He was discharged from the French Hospital and after his discharge following the armistice he enlisted in the u. S. Navy and was at Al amp Otvos Tock while the White russian army aided by japanese British and american expeditionary forces made an ineffectual Effort to overthrow the soviet control of Russia. Later his Squadron was stationed in turkish Waters at constantinople and Smyrna and from the deck of i an american destroyer witnessed the burning of the latter City when Kemal Pasha a army pushed an in-1 fading greek army into the sea and massacred thousands of greek Cit j Zens of Smyrna and burned and racked the greek portion of the City to retaliate for an earlier massacre i of turks and burning of the turkish 1 portion of the City perpetrated by greek soldiers when they first landed 1 to launch their Campaign of Conquest which ended disastrously a few months later. After being discharged from the Navy or. Mccabe served for Acme time with the u. S. Coast guard giving him a perfect record of service with All branches of Uncle same a armed service. While his health has been poorly for a Long time past As a result of his severe War wounds the local world War Veteran has been unable to secure the government Relief to which he is entitled because he was accepted and saw strenuous service with the Navy and coast guard after his army discharge. Nedelco again object of plot for extortion another macedonian tries to Annex his bankroll Todor Nedelco Crosby Man who was kidnapped by a band of alleged Pittsburgh extortionists last fall failed to learn a lesson from that experience and nearly lost $500 this week As the result of a Clever swindle. A fellow macedonian from Buffalo known As Peter Spase alias Pete Morris struck up an acquaintance with Todor after being introduced by a fellow countryman and Mutual Friend residing in Wilcox. Spase corresponded with the Crosby Man since last december under pretence of being a close Friend and took plenty of time to perfect plans to extract a goodly sum of Money from the trusting Todor. Recently the Buffalo Man. Fortified with the prevailing Bank Holiday called on Nedelco and gave him some Good Friendly advice about the Money he had in accounts in Banks at Kane and Smethport the alleged Friend said the Small Banks were no Good in fact Nedelco would lose his Money if he did no to get it out and let him take it to a Large Strong Bank in Buffalo which Spase claimed was not closed Nedelco listened to this Sage advice and accompanied his Buffalo Friend to Kane but they were thwarted in an attempt at withdrawal of $1500 from the big account by restrictions still in Force. This further increased Nedelco a suspicions already aroused by Spase and the two men returned to Smethport and demanded $500 no Delco understands very Little English so Spase explained that he was a Cousin of the Crosby Man and that the Money was needed to a mortgage due on property in Olean. Nedelco afterwards admitted to county detective j j Allison that he did not know what hts a Friend Quot was talking about in the Banks and was greatly surprised and chagrined when he Learned the truth the Smethport Bank refused to out currency but finally issued a draft on the Philadelphia Federal Reserve continued on last Page. Co i Stream leaves local sewage exit complaint May compel Extension \ it was Learned this week that the Borough of Smethport faces the unpleasant Prospect of having to construct an Extension to the sewer system at the Point of discharge in potato Creek below East Smethport. A complaint of a Public nuisance was lodged with the Pennsylvania department of health and a District Engineer from Williamsport inspected the sewer outlet last week the Engineer reported that the course of the Creek has changed to such an extent that sewage Only partly enters the main Stream when the water stage is Low. Everything is satisfactory in times of High water. It is unofficially stated that an Extension. As proposed by the health department Engineer would be about 1000 feet Long and would Cost $3000. Needless to state the expenditure i of this amount of Money in a swamp will be vigorously investigated by the j Borough Council. It is not known who i made the complaint but this detail will be ascertained. The Council will also take action to learn if the course of the Creek has been altered by natural or artificial Means. If it is a natural development efforts will be made to dam the new Channel and divert water to the old course. It is necessary to secure a permit from the United states department of War before potato Creek can be dammed bridged or altered in any Way. There has been no such permit issued for the Point where the Borough sewer system discharges. Developments in the Rase Are Apt to be decidedly unpleasant to the Borough inasmuch As the department of health has absolute authority to dictate what shall be done the Borough should be Able to Purchase All the swamp land along potato Creek from East Smethport to Farmers Valley for $3000 test deep Sand seek big sum in near Here soon Back Oil taxes Smethport attorneys win Coudersport attorney s e. G. Potter and Joseph Willson of Smethport won an important damage Case in Potter county court last week the Well known local barristers represented Stephen and Anna tack is of Perth car boy. N. J., in action taken to recover damages from the Lycoming motor co. Of Williamsport a jury awarded the plaintiffs $351950 the Case resulted from the death of Anthony Tackes. 17. A son of or. And mrs Tackes. Who was killed dec. 29. 1931, when the car he was driving collided with a test machine of the Lycoming motor co. On a curve in front of White Birch Cabin near Galeton. C. H. Edwards was making a Road test with a new 12-Cylinder Auburn car for the Lycoming co. And the plaintiffs attorneys alleged he rounded the curve on the wrong Side of the Highway crashing into the machine driven by Young Tackes. Amount of damages according to Law. Represented Parent loss of the Young Many a estimated earnings until the time he would have been 21 years old after this newspaper contained the first report that the Atlantic Seaboard Gas co., was planning to Drill a deep test Well to the Oriskany Sand on the Smethport Anticline at Marvindale the Coudersport Enterprise secured official confirmation of the Rumor at the Headquarters of the company in Coudersport. The Enterprise said a the report that the Atlantic Seaboard natural Gas company of Coudersport is planning to Drill a deep test Well to the Oriskany Sand on the Smethport Anticline near Marvin Dale in Hamlin township Mckean count was confirmed by Arthur Davidor president of that company yesterday. A it was Learned from Good authority that this Well has been contemplated for some time and that the Atlantic Seaboard has been quietly acquiring holdings All along the Smethport Structure for nearly a year. They now own approximately 1800 acres of leases surrounding their location near Marvindale and the United natural Gas company controls about ninety per cent of the acreage adjoining. A Chester d. We Horton. Consulting geologist made All the geological surveys of the territory controlled by the Atlantic Seaboard on the Smethport Anticline and made the location for the Well to be drilled on the Haywood tract at Marvindale last summer a a number of geologists have made exhaustive Survey s and reported favourably upon this Structure for several operating companies. The United natural is reported to be now conducting intensive geological work and the Well to be drilled by the Atlantic Seaboard is attracting considerable attention and will be closely watched by All Gas companies. A activity All along the Smethport Anticline has increased recently and leases have changed hands at High figures due to the bringing in of two big passers the Moran Well with twelve million and the Wittmer Well making thirteen million Quot this Druc Ture has been traced from new York state through Oswayo and Sharon townships in Potter count through Smethport Kasson Marvindale and Hazelhurst in Mckean county and geologists claim that this Structure is More than three Miles in Width in some Section a a discrepancy of approximately Hoo barrels of Oil a Day represented by taxes levied from assessors re ports compared with Oil production figures for Mckean county for the year from oct. I 1931, to sept. 30, 1932, is being investigated by the Board of county auditors. The auditors Are conducting a special Check up aside from their regular duties by authority of the county commissioners. Assessors records from ail the county tax districts where Oil is produced Are being carefully reviewed and it is predicted that the matter will be thoroughly aired the result of the investigation will involve criminal conspiracy negligence or inefficiency on the part of one or More of the county so assessors it is believed. The loss to the county in property valuation at the rate of Hoo barrels of Oil a Day would amount to almost $700,000 a year. Taxes on this figure would total nearly $30,000, with the county receiving about one fourth the larger balance going to the schools roads Etc. Of the various districts. More equipment for county Relief Board Headquarters donations of office equipment Are i still being received for the Headquarters of the Mckean county emergency i Relief Board in Smethport. Holmes amp Gilfillan of Smethport provided a bulletin Board and e. W. Jones also of Smethport donated a \ de a inst week. The Borough of Smethport has loaned an adding machine and typewriter to the Beard. Three or four office chairs Are needed at the present time. Local fire hydrants condemned by Engineer John m. Price Hydraulic Engineer of Pittsburgh inspected Smethport fire hydrants last thursday having been engaged by the Borough Council which is contesting a raise in Tariff for fire hydrants recently filed with the Public service commission by the Smethport water co. Or Price inspected 38 hydrants and found that Only one hydrant was capable of delivering water pressure adequate for fire fighting needs. Falling tree cuts electric line at Farmers Valley a falling tree at Farmers Valley which Tore Down All the wires on the transmission line which serves Smethport resulted in current being shut off Here for a time monday evening Between 7 00 and 8 00 of clock. Bradford electric co. Linemen located and repaired the damage in record breaking time. Tax reduction discussed a committee of the Mckean county tax league held another meeting with the Mckean county commissioners in Smethport yesterday. Tax Relief was discussed. The commissioners believe that a reduction of tax Levy will be possible by plans under consideration for curtailment of Road and Bridge building activities this year. I Hoid up artist set eced to 18 months prison term Leo m Denenzio. Ridgway Young Man who in company with Pete Barrett an escaped convict from Attica. By. Penitentiary held up attendants at garages and filling stations in it Jewett Ridgway Sheffield. Eldred. Portville and port Allegany. Was sentenced in county court at Smethport on monday. Penezio pleaded guilty before judge j w. Bouton he was sentenced to a Fine of 61 cents and to serve from 18 months to 3 years in the Western Penitentiary. The two bandits were arrested about the Middle of february at the Home of Frank a Shapipo in Johnsonburg after police conducted a Long investigation of a series of robberies throughout this Section. A watch stolen from a garage attendant in Brockway was found at Denezio a Home. The Ridgway Young Man was formerly a highly respected resident and citizens there were shocked when they Learned of his career of crime. Barrett was sent Back to Attica prison soon after his arrest. Travellers club enjoys Institute Day program the Smethport travellers club in j Joyed a very Fine club Institute Day on saturday under the leadership of mrs e. E Drake chairman of the Northwestern District of Federated clubs of Pennsylvania. A delicious luncheon was served at one of clock under the direction of miss Mae Choate and mrs. Stanley Bright assisted by mrs c. W. Lilli Bridge mrs. H. G German and mrs. E. Speer. This was followed by a splendid program of four minute papers a How can we Foster club spirit a a mrs. E. A. Guenter a parliamentary Law Quot mrs. H. Ellsworth a getting results in club work a a mrs. H g. German a the Ideal club woman a mrs. Alice Gallup. Mrs. E. Cather Sang two delightful numbers a for love is Best of a Quot and Quot buy my violets Quot in her usual pleasing style accompanied by mrs. Henry Swanson. Mrs e. C. Bouton of Corry. President of the North Western District gave a Fine talk on club work mrs Barnes is a charming woman and a club enthusiast and presented the work and Aims of the Federated clubs in a most convincing Way. Mrs. Maude Nelson of Bradford president of the newly organized county federation spoke of the advantages to be gained from the county federation and mrs Katherine Abbey chairman of Junior club work spoke of its value. Other out of town guests at the luncheon besides mrs. Barnes. Mrs. Nelson and mrs. Abbey were mrs Parkhurst Bradford mrs. C. R. Huff and mrs. John Llewellyn of Eldred and mrs. Ila Winterstrom and mrs Glen Gallup of port Allegany. Girl Reserve style show next saturday afternoon the annual style show of the girl reserves of the Smethport High sch kit a w til be held at the Temple club on saturday afternoon at three of clock at which time gowns hats and accessories from tile Gabriel store will be shown the models will be miss Irene Gabriel. Mrs. A o. Potter mrs. Alford Bush. Mrs. Edwin Kohn. Miss Ada studholme and the misses Renabelle Bloomster Ruth Masser Pauline o Laughlin Phyliis Herzog Mary Edith Southwick Joan Morrison Corlena Kohn. Marybeth and Donna Coleman. A very Fine program has been arranged by mrs. Jack Clarke which includes modern dance Phyllis Brown Alberta Mcguire Janet Lii abridge Charlotte to Kenduck Reading Alberta Guenter violin Solo Dawn Bardes with Lucite Bray As accompanist Olden dances mat y 0\%itt, Bena Madison Margaret Burdick Luis i Brainard acrobatic Solo codes Kohn vocal Solo Norma Brainard a special feature will be a vocal Solo by or. Eld Ward Burns of Kane these numbers will be Given at intervals during the modelling which will be accompanied by a musical program by the misses Nancy Richards. Martha Matthews Alice Mon Heimer Jean Livermore Margaret Dickinson Leah Ludwyk. Alberta Mcguire and lots Brainard. Refreshments will be served by the executive committee of the girl reserves which includes mrs. R. Kesslerjr mrs Mary Digel mrs. Jack Clarke mrs e g. Potter mrs. Dorothy Eastman Brougham mrs. Robert a. Digel and miss Carrie a. Day. A Silver collection will be taken for the Benefit of the gymnasium fund a very cordial invitation is extended to All adults but children under twelve Are not invited unless accompanied by an older person tax moratorium May be called in Boro this year Boro funds permit this or improvement work citizens of Smethport will be vitally interested when they learn that according to rumours there is an excellent possibility that Tho Borough Council at its coming april meeting will either declare a Borough tax moratorium for this year or if the regular tax is levied will use the the Money for local improvement work to provide employment. In either Case current expenses would be paid from earnings of the municipally owned electric Hight department. The Council has the laudable determination to combat the depression Here in a material Way. Sentiment of the councilmen appears to be equally divided Between the two plans. Those who would make the regular 10-Mill Levy believe that the approximately $5000 collected should be used to pave More streets and make other improvements next Rummer. They assume that local labor will be available in return for state and Federal Relief and believe there is also a possibility of county funds being appropriated to help the project of the Borough puts up a sizeable sum. Lowed Keating Eakes Hoad program hit at a meeting of the Keating township Board of Road supervisors held in Smethport monday with a committee present from the Pennsylvania Oil producers association and the Mckean county tax league the supervisors announced a reduction of four Mills in the Road tax Levy. The new Road tax Levy will be la Mills for 1933. Last year the Levy was 15 Mills the reduced Levy will necessitate abandonment it is believed of a Road building program which the township had contemplated this year in line with the county s efforts to relieve unemployment unless retrenchment can be effected in other costs of county and township government. I Road building Many believe is the proper solution for providing work for Many unemployed men who would otherwise be dependent upon the county Relief organization in other words a great Many people would rather a Road tax to secure permanent needed improvement of highways than they would to have to an increased poor tax Levy with no return. It May come to pass if the present depression continues that the taxes lopped off the Road fund will have to be added to the poor tax. However the Keating supervisors deserve credit for their attempt to keep expenses Down to a minimum in step with prevailing distressed conditions the township Board consists of l. R Thomas. Claude Irons and gust la Rood members of the county tax committee who conferred with the Board were George Bovaird. Jr., James Burton d Vav. Daly Chester Winn Carl Jacobson John Boyle and j. Scott Walker of by legion members enjoy Pancake supper at Camp forty members of Bucktail Post american lotion enjoyed a delightful social session at the 4-a cottage on the Marvin Creek Highway monday night. The event of the evening was the serving of a supper featuring pancakes and sausage. Deputy sheriff Merle Dickinson a string band featuring Comrade Tom Bryan Ani his agile fiddle furnished musical inspiration. The use of the Camp was tendered by three of the owners who Are Post members a. M. Anderson Albert Johnson and a. E. Morrison. Missing Cyclone Man Safe Ralph Frick 46, an employee of the South Penn Oil co. At Cyclone who had been missing from his Home for two weeks is reported to have visited an aunt living in new Castle Domestic troubles Are believed to have caused the Man to leave Home in his working clothes without telling anyone of his intention an intensive search was instituted when he failed to return and a Force of 200 men scoured the nearby Woods for several Days. It was feared he had committed suicide in a fit of despondency. Evangelist Troy to Start services at m. E. Church on sunday evening april 2 John w Troy will open a three weeks preaching Mission in the first methodist Church of Smethport under the auspices of the Baptist. United Bre them swedish Mission and methodist churches. Or Troy is one of the Best qualified men for this work in the country. In the interest of the Ca pain special Home prayer services Are scheduled for this week As follows tuesday�?2 30 p. In mrs. Bertha Tanner. E. Smethport. 7 30 p. In. Guy Dickenson thursday�?7 30 p. In. Seth Norman. Earl Speer e. Main Street. Ralph Herzog w. Main Street. The Public is invited to ail of these Home meetings. Try a Democrat want add work of raising the fire damaged Infantino building on main Street is progressing rapidly. Army and Navy clothing received through the efforts of Mckean Post veterans of foreign wars and Bucktail Post. American legion a Large shipment of army and Navy clothing has been distributed in Smethport and Vicinity

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