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Smethport Mckean County Democrat (Newspaper) - May 4, 1933, Smethport, Pennsylvania Mckean county Democrat volume 58 Russell r. Lindsley publisher Smethport pa., thursday May 4, 1933 terms�?12.00 per year. No. 18art. Smith to take vets army to Washington Khaki shirts led by Crosby adventurer demand Relief Captain Arthur j. Smith also known As a a Herbert Smith Crosby Soldier of Fortune who is National commander of the Khaki shirts of America with Headquarters in Philadelphia plans to head a March of his organization on Washington before the present Congress adjourns. News of the projected Campaign was contained in a press dispatch from Philadelphia on tuesday. The Khaki shirts is a veterans organization which was formed after the Bonus army failed in its attempt to secure favourable action by the government on demands for Relief. The Khaki shirts announced their intention of continuing the fight started by the b. E. F. Smith says that a huge mass meeting will be held before the March on Washington. After arrival at the capital several demands will be presented to Congress principally asking immediate payment in full of adjusted compensation certificates and repeal of the act under which veterans without a direct service connection Are deprived of Federal Aid. The press dispatch quoted Smith As saying a fall officers Are hereby ordered and directed to mobilize their forces without delay also to enlist the services of All veterans and unemployed Cit Izenas Captain Smiths latest plan to emulate the achievements of Mussolini in Italy and Hitler in Germany climaxes a career filled with exciting experiences As a Soldier of Fortune. After running away from Home and serving with Villas mexican revolutionary forces Smith served with the British and american armies in the world War. He next engaged in the revolt of moroccan tribesmen against Spain and in several Central american disturbances becoming an aviator. The local Soldier of Fortune flew a plane for general Escobar in Mexico during that gentleman Sill fated attempt to seize the government. With collapse of the revolution Smith flew the plane into the United states and narrowly escaped Federal charges. He conducted a flying school at Olean and visited Here several times. Nothing was heard from him after he left for Atlanta Georgia until he was reported flying a plane for the chinese government in the War with Japan. After a movie contract in Hollywood Smith conceived the idea of a National veterans organization to carry on for the b. E. F. And became its commander. A full account of Smiths hectic career would fill volumes although he is still in his Early thirties. Terrific Hail storm cloudburst costly the worst Hail storm in local history hit Smethport monday afternoon accompanied by a furious cloudburst doing untold damage to Trees and plants. The terrific storm was accompanied by a violent electrical disturbance. The Hail storm swept in from the South and hailstones of great size bombarded the town for some time. In Many parts of town windows of houses were broken by hailstones larger than marbles. Growing things were literally riddled by the onslaught the cloudburst which accompanied the storm flooded the Low lands and converted local streets and sidewalks into Small Rivers. The flood which swept Down Mechanic Street invaded the offices of the Holmes amp Gilfillan Plant on that thoroughfare. Street commissioner Leon comes and assistants were Busy monday night Clearing culverts and cleaning streets. The flood which inundated Frt of East Smethport carried a log which crashed into an exposed line of the Smethport natural Gas co. And severed it the torrent did considerable damage on Nelson Street which a recently treated to a top dressing of Brick and cinders. The deluge of min wrought havoc with ignition systems of parked automobiles and cars were stalled All Over town. Old residents declare that for ferocity and length of duration this storm was the worst on record. Gas co. Cooking school attracts on tuesday april 25 and tuesday. May 2. The Smethport natural Gas co. Has been conducting a cooking school at its office building on main Street. The school will continue on tuesday afternoons at 2 of clock for the next four weeks and the pubic is cordially invited. The school is under the capable direction of miss Margaret Lynch of St. Mary s following Are the prize winners of the first two weeks a amp yme Colegrove. Mrs. C. C. To Rah mrs. Bertha Tanner mrs Wade Burdick mrs Gregory mrs. Hornlien. Mrs r. E. Hockenberry mls Elmer Dodge mrs. Leonard Johnson. Mrs. Over fair ground Road is suddenly halted another civil Case stopped defendant suffers stroke continuing into the second week the april term of Mckean county civil court came to an abrupt end monday morning after the Case of Carl Ohman of East Smethport against the Mckean county fair association had gone to trial when judge j. W. Bouton dismissed All jurors and witnesses after several of latter had been heard and continued the Case until the september term when it will be heard by another Jurist. This Case involves ownership of the Road which leads from East Street to the fair grounds. Right of Way for the Road was Given to the fair by Hon. R. W. Hilton who once owned the land when he organized the fair association in 1905 and the association has since held undisputed Possession of the 33-ft. Right of Way up to the present time. Or. Hilton sold the land to the Quinn interests a number of years ago and that chemical manufacturing concern recognized the fair s Possession of the Roadway. A few years ago when the quinns shut Down their East Smethport factory or Ohman bought the land. Tile new owner refuses to recognize the verbal conveyance of the Roadway originally made by or. Hilton and claims full and undisputed Possession. President Hilton of the fair ask of elation who made the gift of the Roadway As he did part of the land on which the fair grounds Are located together with several thousands of dollars in Cash to establish a county fair and keep it going during the Early slim years of its existence testified a to the transaction of the Origi continued on last Page col. 3 Borough clean up to Start monday we Are going to give the town a Complete Spring House cleaning next week. Burgess Daniel Bacon has issued a Call to All Smethport citizens to participate in a Community clean up week starting next monday May 8. It is certain that Smethport citizens with their usual Public spirit will cooperate wholeheartedly to make the week a Success. The Burgess asks that the accumulation of rubbish which litters the landscape after the Winter months be removed and that All properties in the Borough be placed in tidy shape. All rubbish placed in containers at Street and Alley curbs will be picked up by Borough trucks and hauled away free of charge to the dumping baseball practice a Call has been issued for the first practice season of the Smethport it port baseball associations 1933 team to be held at Mccoy stadium next sunday at 3 00 of clock. All former and prospective players Are requested to attend the first practice. Rainy weather has delayed the Start of the training season. An order was placed for new uniforms and equipment at a meeting held last thursday night. Rushing Bush Hill Road grading work the Mellert Wiedner construction co. Is Rushing operations full Speed on the grading of the new Bush Hill Road Cut off of the Roosevelt Highway with a View of finishing the Job by july 1st in compliance with requirements to make the Large Federal Aid Money available despite the fact that the contractors encountered a harassing 5-weeks shut Down recently due to impossible weather conditions they Are confident that with their Superb equipment and splendid Man Power organization they will be Able to make up the lost time. One official of the company recently asserted that they would put thirteen steam shovels to work on the Job if necessary that the contract May be completed by july 1st. Saw Baldwin inaugurated a local party consisting of Mckean county recorder a. R. Anderson. Register of wills Ralph Scott Deputy treasurer Geo. Sutton and county commissioners w. H. Halpenny and Andy Anderson journeyed to Harris j Burg monday where they witnessed the inauguration of Hon. Frank e Baldwin former state senator of this District to his newly elected office As auditor general of Pennsylvania. More sunday movie shows in Smethport Smethport Blue Law advocates won a Victory when it was announced that the Star theatre would have no More sunday movies effective May i. The theatre Force had been arrested and fined regularly several weeks following the filing of a petition with District attorney Chaa. G. Hubbard to arrest them for violation of the old sunday . Andrew Campbell aged lady summoned mrs. Elizabeth Campbell aged 88 years widow of the late Andrew Campbell and for Many years a revered resident of Smethport died at the Home of her daughter mrs. Mary Mccabe in Erie pa., last thursday april 27. Mrs Campbell had remained unusually Alert of mind and body for one of her advanced years up to within a week of her demise. On thursday. April 20, she was seized with a stroke from which she never rallied. The deceased lady was born in Ireland coming to America in Early life. She married Andrew Campbell on of the most successful Farmers of this Section and for Many years resided on the Large Campbell farm at the Borough line below the dug Road on the Farmers Valley Highway. Or. Campbell s death occurred a number of years ago but mrs Campbell continued to reside at the old j Homestead up to recent years when she was finally prevailed upon to live j with her daughters. She was a lady of Lovely qualities a Noble wife and Mother a True Pioneer woman. Possessed of a Brilliant mind j and sunny sympathetic disposition. Mrs. Campbell was revered by All who knew her. She is survived by three daughters. Mrs. Mary Mccabe of Erie mrs j. E. J Biggins of Sharpsville miss Ora Campbell of Erie and two sons Johs of Olean and Andrew of Bradford and a number of grandchildren. The body was brought to Smethport saturday and the funeral held at St. Elizabeth a Catholic Church at 11 00 of clock the Rev. Urban s. Barrett i conducting the solemn requiem High mass burial was made in the family plot in St. Elizabeth a select for class Day the members of the senior class of the Smethport High school have elected the following representatives for class Day which will be held on june 6th this year historian Scott Maze artist Eastman Bouton poet Thomas Pomeroy. Grow Lerz Ronald German. Advice to juniors Lucy Keenan. Will Donald Rice. Prophet Everett Engstrom. Donor Alice Marie Holquist. The other officers Are president Gordon Bright. Vice president Janet Lillybridge. Valedictorian Gordon Bright. Salutatorian William Cleveland. The commencement exercises will be held at the lyceum on wednesday evening. June 7th at which time a program on Pennsylvania will be presented by the Honor pupils. The baccalaureate Sermon will be Given by Rev. W e. Van Dyke at St. Lukes Church on sunday evening june 4th. Junk Man purchases steam fire engine the few local firemen who happened to see a Henry Hamlin a a old time steam fire engine leaving town tuesday morning behind a junk Many struck could not restrain pangs of regret. Sold to Sam Zukerman of Olean by the Borough Council for $25.00, the old engine still presented a handsome appearance in its ignominious exit with Nickle and red paint shining. However the experts said that Quot Henry a Quot heart or rather flues were gone and his Days of usefulness were at an end. The apparatus was purchased in 1907 at a Cost of $5000.00 and was the last word in fire fighting equipment. It was named in Honor of the late or. Hamlin founder of the Hamlin Bank and Trust co., w to with the other Public spirited citizens provided funds to Purchase it. The engine was originally drawn by horses but a tractor was provided in later years. Splendid service was rendered by the powerful steam apparatus notably after the Austin flood in september 1911, when it was rushed on a Railroad car to the stricken town and saved Many of the remaining buildings which were threatened by the raging fire which broke out after water from the broken dam had passed. Other big fires at which the engine did Fine work were in the d. C. Young building. Berney Bend bottle factory and East Smethport acetone factory the Steamer was retired from service several years ago when the Packard pumper was . Ralph terror Dies after extended ulness mrs. Ralph p. Yerdon aged 61, Well known and highly esteemed Smethport lady passed away at her Home on East main Street yesterday morning at 10 45 of clock following a Long illness. Mrs Yerdon had been in poor health for about a year and had been confined to her bed for the past ten weeks recently she was taken to the Kane Community Hospital but was brought Back Home when it was found that nothing could be done to relieve her condition. Death ended a Long period of suffering which mrs. Yerdon bore with great fortitude. Josephine Ryan Yerdon was born in Kane on May 15. 1871, a daughter of Thomas Henry and Harriett Marsh Ryan Pioneer residents of that town j she was educated in the Kane schools and in 1891 was United in marriage to Ralph p. Yerdon prominent Smith continued on last Page. Column to o big Forest Arnt unit for straights Region a unit of Over 300 workers of president Roosevelt a new Forest army will soon be located at straights near the Mic Kean Elk counties line Between Clermont and Johnsonburg to engage in ref resting that once great wilderness Region which has been completely devastated by the woodsman s axe during the past Quarter of a Century prisoners Given penal sentences four men entered pleas in county court thursday and All were sentenced by president judge j. W Bouton. Whiter Hearst. Pleading guilty to charges of robbing the Joseph Ball stables. Bradford of saddles etc., was fined $5, ordered to the costs of prosecution and to serve from one to two years in the Allegheny county workhouse. John Anderson of los Angeles calif., who was arrested in the Kendall filling station at the Eldred Duke Center Road intersection by Constable Earl Leake was fined $5, ordered to the costs and sent to the Allegheny county workhouse for from one to two years. Richard Dort of Allegany n y., r. F. D., arrested after investigation into the robbery of the new Otto township school near Duke Center of approximately $1,000 Worth of equipment belonging to the building contractors. Was fined $5. Ordered to the costs of the Case and to serve from one to two years in the Allegheny county workhouse. Silas Weaver. Bradford arrested on complaints of mrs. Weaver who charged ass ult and Battery was Fine $25 ordered to the costs and sentenced to serve one year in the county wants Boro to take Over stadium and Park would preserve centers Council met in Susy session monday night the Smethport Borough Council addressed a petition to the Board of Mckean county commissioners at it meeting monday night asking an appropriation of $5000 in county Aid Money to be matched by the Borough and used for additional Street improvement there is Bem eved to be an excellent Chance that the commissioners will provide the funds requested. It is understood that the commissioners have a certain amount of Money returned from state motor fees which can Only be used for Road or Street improvements. A number of applications have been made for shares of the fund. The paving petition Calls for inv pro vement of a number of connecting streets totalling about 6500 feet in length. The program would continue the Fine work accomplished in the last two years and would care for several important unpaved thoroughfares As follows Church to main. Franklin to Green. Union St a water to Green Hui St a water to King Pine to main. Green to Mechanic Willow St. A Mechanic to Center. The Borough s new roller could is used to Good advantage in this work and it is believed that considerable labor could be secured on state Relief orders. Want Borough to take stadium e. G. Potter. Albert Johnson and c. C. Choate representing Bucktail Post american legion and the Smethport school Board appeared before the Council monday night and asked if the Borough would assume full control of Mccoy stadium if it was deeded to the town. No action was taken on the matter and the request was tabled. A special meeting will be called to decide the question. Paul d. Hamlin who constructed magnificent stadium and named it in continued on last Page col. I masons at work on new Ostrander Block the Concrete base for the foundation for the Large new Ostrander Block which will replace the wooden Structure destroyed by the big main Street fire in january was poured the latter part of last week in the same record breaking Pace which characterized the Power shovel work for the huge excavation. A Large Force of masons started work monday laying the Stone and Brick work for the Walls and rapid Progress in being made. Kush Equa Brick and native Stone is being used Frank Baker Well know Eldred contractor formerly of Smethport who is superintendent the Job. Is certainly achieving rapid fire results on this building which will be the largest on main Street when Sterling gasoline unit started at local Quaker state Oil refinery the new gasoline cracking Plant erected during the past Winter at the Quaker state Chi refinery at Farmers Valley near Smethport was Given its first hot Oil test monday and on tuesday was placed in operation officially for the manufacture of High test gasoline. The units capacity is 2.500 barrels daily. The gasoline produced by the new unit will be marketed under the widely known and intensively nationally advertised Sterling gasoline Label. The new Plant incorporates the recognized Dubbs process. It responded perfectly to the first tests and is now undergoing q few minor adjustments after which it will be in steady production by the end of this week. A Large Force of experts from the various concerns which supplied the intricate equipment used in the unit Are in Farmers Valley this week to assist in starting the Plant. Completion of the new unit is in line with a steady enlargement construction program which has been in Progress at the nearby Plant for three years past and which is expected to continue until the Valley refinery is the key and Model Plant of the big Quaker state group of refineries. Construction work on the new unit was started last november and during the past two weeks a Large Force of painters have been putting the finishing touches to the Job preparatory to the Start this week. Considerable grading we it re about the premises and other Odds and ends remain to be disposed of but a reduced Force of workmen will clean this up in a Short time. The cracking Plant Cost $350,000 and the construction Job provided employment for a Force of 150 workmen Many of them local men. Supt Rickman of the refinery cooperated with the local red Cross in providing work for local Idle men. The item of labor alone on the new Plant is said to have reached a total of $50,000. The new cracking unit will provide work for an increased refinery Force of ten or More men. Baseball team for East Smethport sure East Smethport will have a fast baseball nine on the Diamond this season and splendid Community Field in that end of town will be the scene of some interesting games. A wealth of splendid playing Talent is available and practice sessions Are being started at once. New uniforms have been ordered for the team and will arrive soon. A recent dance held at Galco Park netted a neat sum for the club and it is expected that another will be held in the near future. H. H. Sasse enters Elmira sanitarium h. H. Sasse Well known Smethport merchant who has been in poor health for several months past has been a patient at the Gleason sanitarium in Elmira n. Y., for two weeks past. Or. Sasser a legion of friends Hope that a this condition will be permanently improved by the sanitarium plans for the usual Observance of memorial Day were discussed at the regular meeting of Bucktail Post american legion held monday night. Committees were appointed to have charge of the Observance. A Well known speaker will be secured to deliver the address of the jury returns True Bills for counterfeiting a Federal grand jury in Pittsburgh yesterday returned True Bills against Alfred Sloppy Harry Dippo and Ernest Bills. Hazelhurst men who Are charged Vith making counterfeit coins. Sloppy and Dippo pleaded guilty but sentence was deferred when Bills demanded a trial by jury. Ernest Mcarthur Ernest Mcarthur aged 47, of Bradford. Who had been a guest at the county Home in Smethport since last october passed away there on monday. Burial was made yesterday in St. Elizabeth s cemetery meet Friday the first track and Field meet of the abbreviated Smethport High school schedule will be held at Mccoy stadium Friday afternoon Between varsity and alumni teams. Coach Pil Skaliks Bolte have been training steadily and it is believed that s. H s. Will place a Good team on the Field this year. Remodelling residence Jerry Healey who purchased the Eberspacher residence on East main Street some time ago is completely and attractively remodelling that Fine Home. When the Job is completed this residency will be one of the most attractive in town. Norman is the Corwin fights to survive serious Accident Walter Corwin of Crosby who sustained a fractured Skull and broken Back when he fell while fighting a fire at the Heinemann chemical co. Plant in the nearby town two weeks ago is still in a critical condition at the Kane Community Hospital. Or. Corwin a Back has been placed in a cast. One vertebrae was fractured in the Accident. Surgeons at the Hospital stated yesterday that he was resting As comfortably As could be expected in View of the serious nature of his injuries. He is Given a Good Chance to recover but will be confined to his bed for a Long time. Or. Corwin was formerly employed As a Driller but had worked for the chemical company for the past year. He is married and has three children a boy in High school and two girls in grammar school. Pennsy will tear up tracks of local Branch Clermont to Johnsonburg the Pennsylvania Railroad is preparing to Start tearing up the rails of that Section of the once important local Clermont Branch Between Clermont and Johnsonburg. Service on this Section of the Branch was discontinued several years ago with the passing of the Busy lumber towns of straights and i Stanter. During the past four years the Only thing to pass Over the rails from Clermont to Johnsonburg was the Section speeder of the East Smethport maintenance Crew which made regular trips Over the abandoned line. Despite the years it has been without maintenance work the line today is said to be in surprisingly Good condition. Although the Railroad is not going to Chance running a steam locomotive Over the trackage but will use a gasoline locomotive in the Job of removing the rail 9. During the Long period that several passenger and freight trans were operated daily Over the line the main line Pennsylvania flyers were often routed Over the Clermont Branch through Smethport and Over the abandoned sector to Ridgway when wrecks occurred on Keating Summit Hill Between port Allegany and Emporium. The line would no doubt continue to be an important part of the Pennsylvania system but for the fact the right of Way is privately owned and the Pennsylvania could never Complete satisfactory negotiations for its outright Purchase. It is said that the terms by which the Railroad leased the right of Way from the owners were prohibitive of successful operation

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