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Smethport Mckean County Democrat (Newspaper) - May 11, 1933, Smethport, Pennsylvania Mckean county Democrat volume 58 Russell r. Lindsley publisher Smethport pa., thursday May ii 1933 terms�?$2.00 per year. No. 19 a a -.�?.�?. A a a. Deep test for Gas to be made at Marvindale Seaboard go. To Drill soon near j. Byfield farm the Atlantic Seaboard Gas co. Has made a location and is preparing to a Ink a deep Well the first in the local Field to test the Smethport Anticline which has already yielded big Gas Wells in Potter county and in Southern new York. The local Field test will be made across the Marvin Creek Valley opposite the farm of j. B. Fields near Marvindale seven Miles from Smethport. A Road leads to the site from the Roosevelt Highway across the Fields farm. The Well will be in sight of the Highway. A new Bridge is being built across Marvin Creek to carry the heavy truckloads of drilling equipment which will be moved to the location. Work of erecting the drilling Rig will be started at once it is understood. The outcome of the first local test of the Rich Oriskany Sand will be eagerly awaited As it promises to launch a deep Gas drilling Boom in Mckean county and at least one big producing company is expected to locate its head offices in Smethport. The Atlantic Seaboard co. Has 600 acres under lease adjoining the site of the first test Well. Much acreage has been teased near Smethport by a number of companies. The big Rig and drilling equipment is being moved to Marvin Aye from the Tonga county Field. Coloured Forest men Issue sport Challenge a number of the members of the coloured Federal Forest army located at straights near Clermont visited the latter town on sunday. They issued a Challenge for citizens of Clermont to form a baseball team and compete with a nine representing the Camp. The coloured spokesman for the civilian conservation corps stated that the Large membership of the Camp could provide a team to engage in most any kind of outdoor pastime and were anxious to do so whereupon one huge Ebony Rookie exclaimed a by Ozah lets we uns get out dem Bones and have a Iii contest on de Diamond Yere a in View of the fact that Clermont has been hard hit by the depression citizens naturally declined to engage in a Friendly game of african Golf with the delegation. Which appeared altogether too willing to indulge in the arduous sport. The coloured boys were a Happy Bunch and stated they were Well pleased with their Camp life. They were recruited from ranks of unemployed in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia refiner unit now producing Sterling fuel the new Dubbs cracking unit recently completed at the refinery of the Quaker state refining co. At Farmers Valley near Smethport at a Cost of $350,000, was placed in steady production of Sterling High test gasoline sunday and is working perfectly. The unit has a capacity of 250 barrels daily but will not be run to anywhere near full capacity for some time. Full production would demand a doubling of the size of the refinery which is regarded As a certainty in line with the expansion program which will make the Valley refinery the key Plant of the big Quaker state group eventually. Robt. Redfield manages Bradford brokerage office Robert h. Redfield Well known Smethport Young Man has been appointed manager of the new Bradford Branch of Goodbody amp co., new York brokers which opened this week. Or. Redfield has been associated with the Olean office of Goodbody amp co. For some time past. The Bradford office is located in the Hooker Fulton building. Or. Redfield will be assisted by Anton Fensel and Lane w. Fizzell. It. Jewett Man buys Herzog farm Carl Nelson of it. Jewett has purchased the Fine farm of Leo Herzog of Smethport on the paved Highway Between Smethport and Farmers Valley and has moved onto the same. This Large farm containing a Fine House Large barn and other outbuildings has been Unten anted for a Long time but with the completion of improvements which the new owner has in mind will be one of the finest estates in this Section of Mckean clubhouse near finished Alfred Johnson Well known Smethport contractor has made splendid Progress on the erection of the new club House of the Smethport country club at its Golf course on the Ormsby Road and expects to Complete his work during the coming week. The new club House replacing the one destroyed by fire last fall will be one of the most Beautiful in exterior and Interior designing and in modern appointments among similar structures of this Section of the state. The Structure has a Large lounging room of sufficient size for dancing and contains a huge open fireplace beautifully designed of native Stone a Large menus locker room a ladies locker room both with Shower Baths attached a Kitchen and a pros room while a sizeable attic with a stairway which can be elevated to the Selling by pulleys we Hen not in use providing Large storage space. A Large attractive porch is attached to the main lounge by a Row of double doors. The we alls and ceiling of the lounge Are beautifully panelled. The Walls of j the other rooms Are of matched Lum i Ber and the ceilings Are of panelled grained Wood. Work of decorating the Interior in j stalling the attractive electrical fix j Tures Gas fixtures water connections. I locker equipment and furnishings will be rushed to Early completion and the new building should be ready for use in a few weeks time. The new Structure is far More pretentious than the one destroyed by fire. The construction Cost will run Over $7,000.00. The Job has Given employment to a Large Force of me incendiary May have fired barn consumed Friday Structure on de. Irons farm was afire free times it is suspected that a pyromaniac caused a fire which destroyed an old barn on the eld. Irons farm adjoining the Smethport country club on West main Street Extension last Friday night at la of clock. The Structure finally burned to the ground after being on fire three times within 24 hours. Thursday night a local Motorist coming Down the Ormsby Road discovered that the barn we As afire underneath and coming to town where he secured several persons to help him made a Quick return to the scene to extinguish the Blaze but found that the fire was out. About 5 of clock Friday morning the barn was again discovered to be on fire but members of the Irons family succeeded in extinguishing the Blaze. When the third Blaze was discovered in the barn Friday night it had gained such headway As to be past control. A the fire did not jeopardize any other property no alarm was sent in and the barn was entirely consumed. The Structure was a Large one but was old and unused except for storing several farm implements. These were destroyed. It is understood that there was a Small amount of insurance on the building. Father and son reunited after Many years thought father dead a Happy reunion of father and son after a separation of Many years occurred sunday when John t. Bryan of Obline county Tennessee arrived in Smethport to visit his father Thos. J. Bryan Well known local contractor. The visit came As a Happy Surprise to the Parent. Seventeen years ago when the father left his native Tennessee the infant son had been placed in the care of relatives. The elder or. Bryan enlisted for service in the world War serving overseas and during that service lost Contact we Ith those who had his son who it now develops had been taken to Chicago after his return from the War or. Bryan located in Oklahoma for a number of years and finally came East and located in Smethport. On frequent trips to Tennessee he sought in vain to team of his songs whereabouts and other relatives in that state strove similarly without Success and the father had practically despaired of Ever seeing the lad. In the meantime the son had been informed that his father had been killed in the War. Several months ago he Learned that his father we As alive and started a search for Hlis Parent which was finally successful. On returning to Tennessee he was informed of his fathers address by relatives. The Young or. Bryan is a robust Young Man who possesses real musical Talent he has Sung from several radio broadcasting stations shoots self St. Marysz Charles Shaffer 48, is in i tical condition after being found n his wife a grave a Bullet wound in is head. Birthday party the c. D. Of a. Enjoyed their annual birthday dinner at the colonial hotel last under was for alumni banquet Ano Rall notification cards of the 1933 Smethport High school alumni association banquet and dance to be held saturday evening june 3, Are being sent to Over 600 members this week. The banquet will be served by the ladies of the methodist episcopal Church at the Church dining Hall. The dance will be held at the legion lyceum after the banquet. Negotiations Are being conducted to secure a first class orchestra to furnish music for the event. It was first planned by the executive committee to make a 50c reduction in Cost of the banquet and dance this year but after further deliberation it was decided that the Treasury balance to be devoted to this Purchase could not safely stand Over a 25c Cut. Consequently members will be charged regular dues of 50c, 25c for dance but Only 50c for the banquet which costs 75c a plate. The committee decided to use part of the Treasury balance to defray expenses this year on account of economic steam shovels Forbush Hill Road with forty Odd working Days remaining in we hich to Complete the huge Bush Hill Road grading Job Between Smethport and port Allegany by july 1st and harassed by a run of most unfavourable weather conditions. The Mellert amp Weidner construction company now have a Battery of four big Power shovels and an increased Force of workmen on the Job. Determined to accomplish the seemingly impossible feat of completing the big Job by the time specified in the contract to make Federal Aid Money available for the work the j construction company is preparing to put More shovels on the . B. Koenig aged lady answers summons entered into eternal rest saturday morning May 6th, at the age of 80 years mrs. Bernadena Koenig at her residence 209 e water Street after a lingering illness of 6 months. Mrs. Koenig was born in Lieben Burgh. Germany april is 1853 and came to Smethport with her husband and family about 46 years ago. She lost one son. Bernard at the age of 7 years who we As buried in Germany. Her husband Leonard Koenig. Died in 1905 mrs Koenig is survived by three children Leo Koenig of Rochester n. Y., Richard Koenig of Jackson. Michand mrs. John Huffman of Smethport also five grandchildren. Funeral services were held from her Home monday afternoon at 2 o clock. Rev w e. Van Dyke of St. Luke a episcopal Church officiated. Interment was in Rose Hill cemetery in the family plot. Clermont tile Plant completes Short run the big tile Plant at Clermont is shutting Down after a run of a few weeks. A flurry of orders caused a resumption of activities and aroused Hope that the run would be prolonged. Completion of the orders at hand however was not followed by new business to warrant continued operation of the big Industry. It is reported that negotiations Are being made for a Large contract which we Ould insure continuous operation for the Plant for at least six months but it is Uncertain whether this can be secured or Gas from Highway shops Kenneth Bailey aged 19, of Crosby was arrested monday by r. Baxter a member of the Highway patrol stationed in Smethport and charged with theft of gasoline and Oil and violation of the motor code. The Young prisoner admitted his guilt and was sentenced to serve 25 Days in the county jail in Smethport for violation of the motor Laws. After completing this sentence he will be tried at the june term of county criminal court for larceny. Bailey admitted that he drained the crankcase and gasoline tank of a big tractor owned by the state Highway department sunday night while the apparatus was parked on the Christian hollow Road near Crosby. Employees of the state Highway maintenance division notified the Highway patrol we Hen the theft we a discovered monday morning. Patrol Man Baxter was assigned to the cast and we ent to the scene discovering Plain imprints in the mud Mode by an automobile. By a coincidence Bailey happened to drive past and was stopped because his car had no License plates patrolman Baxter immediately noticed that the tires were the same As the ones that made the prints in the mud near the tractor and had no trouble securing a cd session. Bailey did not have a Drivers License his vehicle had not been inspected and officially approved and he did not have a title for his car in addition to lacking plates. Aside from these minor items the decrepit vehicle was All set to go. County detective j. J. Allison is investigating the possibility that Young Bailey May have been engaging in More nefarious Man pensioned in Gas co. Local men count 125 Deer during night ride during a ride from Emporium to Smethport one night recently r. E. Burdick local banker and Mckean county Deputy sheriff Merle Dickinson counted 125 Deer near the Roadway As they passed through the Norwich Forest Region. The local men used a spotlight on the Burdick car to attract the animals from the Forest As they passed slowly along the Highway. Chaplains named for Forest Camps it. Rev. John c. Ward Bishop of the episcopal diocese of Erie has announced the following appointments to act As chaplains at different conservation corps Camps in this District the reverends e. P. Wroth Warren who is the chairman c. J. Burton Kane h. 3. Sizer jr., Bradford a. C. Bennett St. Marys j. M. Robertson. Emporium t. L. Small Oil City Paul due. Dubois r. S. Radcliffe Brookville e. S. Tabor Clearfield w. E. Van Dyke Smethport and m. D. Maynard. Ridgway. They will cooperate with other ministers. Past masters night at local masonic Lodge Mckean Lodge no. 388. F. Amp a. A. Of Smethport observed a past masters night last evening with appropriate ceremonies. A Large number of former Heads of the Lodge were present. A banquet was served after the meeting. Argument court a Busy regular term of Mckean county argument court convened at the court House in Smethport tuesday with judge j. W. Bouton of Hazelhurst Man for counterfeiting the trial of Ernest Bills. 54, of Hazelhurst who was arrested at the nearby town several weeks ago by government agents on a charge of counterfeiting is expected to be called in u. S. Court in Pittsburgh next wednesday. May 17. Bills and Alfred Sloppy and Harry Dippo. Also of Hazelhurst who was arrested on the counterfeiting charge with him we Ere indicted by a Federal grand jury last we Eek Sloppy and Dippo pleaded guilty to the charge that they made counterfeit Nickles and quarters using holds made of a composition used by dentists. A Quantity of which had been found by Sloppy at a rubbish dumping ground in Kane. The counterfeit Money was circulated in Hazelhurst and other nearby towns. The Nickles Are said to have been Clever imitations. But the quarters we Ere crude. Bills pleaded not guilty and stood trial. County detective Jack Allison and Deputy sheriff Merle Dickinson of Smethport who were called to Pittsburgh last week As witnesses expect to go to that City again next week for the Bills trial. Bills Sloppy and Dippo have been detained in Pittsburgh. The latter two will not be sentenced until Bills Case is disposed of. A gala Celebration last saturday evening marked the completion of Twenty three years of faithful service with the United natural Gas co. For Paul Searfoss of Clermont and his retirement from Active duties on a company pension. Or Searfoss. Who we As employed As a Field Man at Clermont was honoured with a banquet and dance at the Odd Fellows Hall in the nearby town. One Hundred fellow employees of the United natural and members of their families attended the event. The Well known and highly esteemed Clermont Man was presented with an expensive Complete fishing outfit a a memento of the occasion and was viable touched by this gesture of Friendship. Or. Searfoss is an ardent expert Angler. Among those in attendance at the party in Clermont were supt w. A. Hovis. Louis Dickinson mrs. Leota Allison and or. And mrs. John Peeler of on new refinery at Bolivar under Way Railroad sidings Are being built at the site of the new Oil refinery to be built at Bolivar and construction work will soon be humming. The ready mixed Concrete company of Bradford has been awarded the contract for furnishing Concrete for the construction Job. Mckean county commissioner t. F Hungiville of Smethport is vice president of the new refining company and j. E. Cattier Well known Smethport chemical Engineer is superintendent of the new concern and will direct the big construction Job. Reward for arrest of persons who destroy signs the Mckean county motor club has a standing Reward of $10.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who damages or destroys a Highway sign. C. D. Of a. Card party to be held May 24 the c. D. Of a. Card party which we As advertised for wednesday night May 17, has been postponed until wednesday night. May 24. At St. Elizabeth a Church Hall at 8 00 of clock. Tickets 50c. Adv2t landed huge Trout a George Burdick of Betula a caught one of the largest Brown a Trout reported so far this sea a son while fishing in the head a Waters of potato Creek last a thursday. A the huge Trout measured a 22j inches and weighed 3i pounds dressed. A Juniur senior banquet tonight the members of the Junior class of the Smethport High school will entertain the members of the senior class and the High school faculty at a banquet at the colonial hotel this evening at 7 15. It is expected that there we ill be seventy five in attendance. Abbey Southwick will act As toastmaster and the Toast list is to the seniors Vernon Hull to the juniors Gordon Bright. To the faculty Ami guests Betty Long. To the future Billy Cleveland. To the athletics Gordon Dickinson High school memories Janet Lilibridge. The Junior president is Vernon Hull and the banquet committee is Joseph Hull. Arden Gleason and Abbey Southwick. Bonus army threat balks patrol boys trip because of the threat of Bonus marchers in Washington the trip of Mckean county school boy patrol members there has been deferred two weeks. Notice of the postponement was received by Harry g Garvin Secretary of the Mckean county motor club the sponsoring organization. The boys were to leave Friday Parade on saturday and return late sunday. The Telegram notifying the local club of the postponement is As follows a Bonus Marcher conditions cause police authorities insist postponement Schoolboy patrol Parade. Hope to have Parade saturday May 27�?� or. Garvin said that the second bus had been engaged for the trip. The postponement he said will give More time to Complete the second group of the party. Corp. Pflugfelder commanding the Smethport substation of the state Highway patrol will accompany the patrol boys on the trip in two weeks. Or Garvin said. Milton Dodge Ernest Milroy and Duncan Mccoy of Smethport will make the trip to Washington and their is a possibility that one or two More will go Edward Van sickle and Vernon Lemon will represent Farmers Diamond Seasun Upens next sunday Reo Rock first f0e--t0wn in Allegheny Valley league the local baseball season will open next sunday at Mccoy stadium with the fast red Rock athletics opposing Smethport. The game will be called at 3 00 of clock and admission will be 35 cents. Smethport has entered the newly formed Allegheny Valley league composed of six fast clubs this season and All team of the Loop Start the season schedule sunday. In addition to Smethport the Loop is made up of port Allegany Coudersport Eldred Bradford Odd Fellows and red Rock athletics the playing season starts sunday and ends labor Day sept. 4, the schedule running on 1-game-a-week program every sunday during the playing season. The season is divided into two parts the first ending on july 4. Winners of the two halves will participate in a championship play off at the end of the last half. Games will be on a Home and Home basis the visiting team paying its own expenses while the Home team receives All the Gate receipts. While unfavourable weather has hampered local practice sessions it is a certainty that Smethport will have a fast team on the Diamond to face the formidable red Rock outfit sunday Roy o Laughlin who piloted the local club through a remarkable season last year will again manage the club this year. The list of players of the local lineup which has been filed with the league officers includes Harold Peeler Catcher Jack Peeler infielder Jimmie Petruzzi 2nd baseman Fred Petruzzi. Infielder Burrell Sprague Veteran twirler Bing Francis and Stoltz. Pitchers Rosintoski Short Stop Art Mcdermott 1st baseman Johnson. Infielder Lloyd Kohn infielder i Swanson infielder Roy o Laughlin i Catcher Emory Kohn outfielder Conklin outfielder Hockenberry outfielder comes outfielder Fields outfielder. East Smethport which will also have a fast team in another county league which will include Crosby Hazelhurst Cyclone. Davis City Rew City is expected to play some of its Home games at Mccoy stadium on sundays when the Smethport club plays away from Home. Warn against collectors through misrepresentation and i trickery a Chicago collecting Agency has secured a number of accounts j from business and professional men i of Smethport. The Public is advised to no attention either to letters or representatives from this outfit and to make no payments except directly to those to whom they Are in debt hit by falling Sledge Larry Sparks suffered a severe head injury and we As rendered unconscious yesterday while working at the Quaker state refinery when hit by a 12-Pound Sledge Hammer accidentally dropped by a fellow Workman he was attended by or. R. 8. crude Price drops to lowest figure in years Bradford pa., May 9�?All grades of Pennsylvania crude Oil dropped 20 cents today according to an announcement Here. New prices were $1.27 plus Premium for Bradford and Allegheny 97 cents for Southwest 92 cents for Eureka 77 cents for Buckeye and 50 cents for Corning. The present quoted Price is the lowest in a great Many years and is severely Felt in Mckean renovation week the response of citizens to Burgess Daniel Bacons recent Call for a local clean up week starting last monday has been most Gratifying. Tons of rubbish has been cleaned from Smethport properties placed in containers at Street curbs and hauled away free by Borough trucks and the work still progresses. The clean up continues until saturday and by that time the town will be completely we00in6 solemnized saturday the marriage of miss Ruth Darling Denning daughter of Claude Denning of Smethport and Herman Charles Starrie son of or. And mrs. J. M Starner of the Greendale Road near Kane was solemnized at the first Baptist Church Smethport last saturday afternoon. Rev. J. E. Besant pastor of the Church officiated. Attendants were or. And mrs. Eugene Sailer of Kane. Mrs. Sailer is a sister of the Bride. The Bride is a charming and popular Young lady. For some time past she Baa been an efficient employee of the Smethport specially co. The Groom is employed at the Holgate Bros Plant in Kane and is also associated with his father in conducting a Fine farm. The Democrat extends congratulations and Best wishes to the Young couple. Chemical Plant starts the Marvindale chemical factory has resumed operations after a recent Short shut Down for Plant will Suri 40 months term in jail Here Webster Drew former City treas i user of Bradford will be brought to Smethport from the Allegheny workhouse the forepart of next week to begin serving a sentence of three and one half years in the Mckean county jail. It will be recalled that or. Drew was convicted at the february 1932, term of Mckean county criminal court on charges of misapplication of funds in his custody while treasurer of Bradford. Judge Bouton sentenced him to a Fine of $62,000 and costs and to serve 18 months in the Allegheny workhouse. The sentence in the county jail was imposed to immediately follow completion of the workhouse sentence. Or Drew s term of 18 months was reduced materially due to Good behaviour

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