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Smethport Mckean County Democrat (Newspaper) - November 16, 1933, Smethport, Pennsylvania Mckean county Democrat volume 58 Russell r. Lindsley publisher Smethport pa., thursday november 16, 1933 rerms�?$2.00 per year. No. 46winter�?Ts Early attack exacts toll of lives terrific blizzards keep the Highway Crews Busy this Section monday struggled out from under a smothering Mantle of Snow which was left in the Wake of unprecedented series of storms last week which provided Snow sleet and ice with mid Winter severity making Highway travel extremely hazardous and causing a Large number of accidents several of them serious. Following heavy Snow storms which swept this Section earlier last week a veritable blizzard developed wednesday night and the downfall continued thursday Friday and saturday with Winter conditions prevailing sunday and monday although a moderation of temperature that Day followed by rain monday removed much of the body of Snow and cleared the pavements. However Winter renewed her attack tuesday morning with another heavy fall of Snow and it looks As if a possibility was evenly divided Winter has really arrived in 14 Auto fatalities in a county since sept., fourteen persons have died j automobile accidents in my Kean county since the school a j term opened in september or a period of slightly More than two a i months according to the record a of the Smethport sub station of a the state Highway patrol Cor a poral Roger plug Felder in com % Mand of the station informs this a newspaper. A the number of motorists who a suffered serious or minor injury ies in accidents on Mckean coun a to highways during this same a Short period reached a total of a several Hundred. A property damage in wrecked a motor vehicles during the period will reach a staggering total of a thousands the efficient patrol a officer states. A these stunning figures set a a new record for disaster never be a fore duplicated in county history. The number of dead in the Short period of weeks is almost a As great As the sacrifice made by a county soldiers during the world a War. A Only a few arrests were Neces a a a sary As a result of this amazing a a a total of Highway mishaps Indi a Cating either that they Quot just a naturally happened Quot or that re Crosby Man hit by Auto in grave condition since w. Hendrickson found with Skull fractured Earnest and with mid season intensity for an unprecedented Early Start. Observers say that More Snow has already fallen to Date than was recorded during the entire last Winter. Fully Twenty inches of Snow fell up to saturday night and every resource of the Mckean county division of the state department of highways with Headquarters shops in Smethport was taxed in the Battle to keep the county s several hunted Miles of paved highways open to traffic. Snow plows were attached to every truck and piece of motor driven apparatus included in the local division s equipment and Crews battled night and Day from thursday until monday morning Clearing away drifts and hindering icy pavements. Local residents awoke and rubbed their eyes Friday morning to find the surface of Hamlin Park Lake covered with ice something never seen before this Early in the year by the oldest inhabitants indeed it is a rare year when ice forms on local streams As Early As thanksgiving. It was not Only the earliest Snow storm of such severity Ever recorded in local history but was one of the most severe furnished by any season even in mid Winter in a number of years. Wrecks almost innumerable were reported on nearby highways. Near it. Jewett thursday afternoon mrs. A. T. Jones a prominent lady of that town received a fractured Skull when her car collided with another vehicle during the terrific Gale. Her death occurred monday afternoon. At Custer City saturday night. R Gordon Miller Well known Bradford Young Man. Received injuries which caused his death at the Hospital later and Frank Pietranton of Lewis run his companion was seriously injured when the car in which they were Riding collided with another car. Smethport cars in wrecks saturday afternoon officer Richard Baxter of the Smethport sub station of the state Highway patrol went to Farmers Valley to investigate an Accident and driving off the Highway into a driveway his Plymouth Coupe hit a headwall buried in Snow with the result that the car was considerably damaged. Miss Ruth Knapp of Smethport state Relief director for Mckean county was the victim of another Highway Accident saturday afternoon at Ormsby. While passing another car. Miss Knapp a Plymouth Sedan skidded on the Slippery pavement and grazed a headwall. One wheel was torn off and the vehicle was otherwise considerably damaged. A Ford Coupe belonging to Forrest Abbey letter Carrier of the Smethport Post office was damaged Friday night on the Crosby Road in striking a headwall when it skidded while passing another car. In other words the element of a human carelessness which All the a sermons All the horrible exam a pies in the world seemingly can a not remedy was the chief Factor a in this record of human anguish a and property loss. A a drive carefully movement is a needed in Mckean county. A name Ostrander As Bank officer or. W. A. Ostrander prominent Smethport physician world War Veteran and former Mckean county representative in the Pennsylvania legislature was elected vice president of the Grange National Bank of Mckean county. Smethport at a meeting of the directors of that institution held monday afternoon. Or. Ostrander a director of and one of the principal stockholders in the Bank was elected to fill the vacancy created by the death of f l Holmes local manufacturer. B t. Ball present head of the lumber and manufacturing firm of Holmes a Gilfillan inc., was elected a member of the Bank directorate to fill the vacancy caused by the passing of or. Holmes. Or. Ostrander in addition to his Many talents is a financier and business executive of recognized ability who will be a valuable officer for the local Bank. Or. Ball also an outstanding business expert will be a valuable asset to the institution As a director. Officers of the Grange Bank Are president a. A studholme. Vice president a. A. Ostrander. Cashier and Secretary a. E. Quirk. Assistant Cashiers John w. Comes. Tellers a Leonard Huffman and John Sullivan. A Cloud of dust from a a far West passed Over a a this town on monday a a Many people Here noticed a a a weird yellow glow Over the Earth a a about noon on monday but be a a lived the Phenomena was caused a a by snowflakes High in the air. A a the True cause however was a a a tremendous dust Cloud which was a a passing from the far West Over a a this Section borne by a High wind. A a the Cloud had travelled for count a a less Miles and caused an eerie a a and unusual spectacle. A a a Buffalo dispatch or monday a a described the Cloud As follows a a Quot a Freak dust Cloud similar to a a a huge dust storm which rolled a a Over sections of the mid West Over a a the week end darkened Buffalo a a on monday and moved on North a a eastward. A a Quot the Western dust Cloud was a a borne by a Strong autumnal Gale a a that caused perhaps 14 deaths and a a affected Many states including the a a Dakotas Kansas Michigan Illin a a ois and Northern Texas. A a a the dust storm which struck a a this Vicinity was moving slowly a a on a West wind. It enveloped the a a entire Region in a weird Haze. Air a port officials said it was 90 Miles a wide and 1,500 feet High. A earlier it had been reported a a Over Dunkirk and a a a a a a a Bryan Anderson the marriage of miss Kathryn Margaret Anderson daughter of or. And mrs. Oscar Anderson of Smethport. And John t. Bryan son of Thomas Bryan of East Smethport was solemnized by the Rev. George f. Loehr at Portville. N. Y., on monday nov. 13. Attendants were Patricia Bauer and James l. Sparks both of Portville. The Bride and Groom Are both popular Young people and have Many friends in this Section. The Bride is a graduate of Smethport High school class of 1933. Or. And mrs. Bryan will reside in Bradford where the former is employed by the Healey Oil co. Found in an unconscious condition on the East Smethport Crosby Highway near hts Home at 5 30 of clock sunday morning. William Hendrickson aged 40, who lives on the Shea farm a Short distance this Side of Crosby has since been in a critical condition at the Kane Community Hospital from a fractured Skull and severe facial injuries suffered when he was hit by a motor vehicle. At first it was believed that or. Hendrickson an Oil Field worker had been the victim of a hit and run Driver and members of the Smethport substation of the state Highway patrol and county detective a k Allison of this Borough conducted a vigorous investigation on that theory. However or. Hendrickson has regained consciousness at intervals since being taken to the Hospital Long enough to state that he had fallen on the icy pavement and that a state Highway department Sno plow had struck him. A Caterpillar wheeled grader with a Sno plow attached in front had been pressed into service night and Day saturday and sunday to keep the Smethport Emporium Highway open during the blinding snowstorm. It is stated that the Drivers vision on this lengthy piece of equipment is i restricted and that it would be Likely j that an object lying in the Road would not be seen particularly if partially covered by Snow this is undoubtedly w hat happened and no one knows How Long or Hen i Frickson had lain in the Roadway before and after being hit. The injured Man was found by Fred Smith and George Winslow. Crosby residents who Are employed in the Oil Fields. They brought or. Hendrickson to the office of or. R. S. Minerd in Smethport and the local physician performed necessary surgical measures. After which the injured Man was taken to the Kane Community Hospital. In addition to a fractured Skull the Crosby Many a nose was nearly Cut from his face and he was otherwise severely injured about the head. Or Minerd took a number of stitches to close the lacerations. At the Hospital or. Hendrickson s condition is reported As fair at this writing. The Accident victim is married and is the father of several children. Corporal Roger Pflugfelder and officer Richard Baxter of the state Highway patrol Smethport investigated the Accident. Kane and Emporium a pos offices authorized a a Smethport is hopeful a National Public works admin a Istratov Ickes announced last Fri a Day authorization of necessary funds for the construction of a Post office buildings at Kane and a Emporium. A Kane received an appropriation a of $72,500 and Emporium $56,540. Smethport is also listed for a Post office building at some future a Date. A deep test Well nears the Sand the deep test Gas Well of the Atlantic Seaboard co. On the Haywood tract at Marvindale was drilling steadily late y esterday afternoon at a depth of 5060 feet estimated to be close to the Onondaga Lime Cap Rock of the Rich Oriskany Sand. Developments of either a satisfactory or otherwise nature Are expected this week barring further trouble at the Wrell. It is believed that 1 the Oriskany will be encountered at a lesser depth than in the huge Potter and Tioga county deep Wells. A steadily increasing flow of Gas was noticed yesterday at the nearby test Well. Drilling was suspended for a Brief time a week ago when another huge pocket of Gas was encountered other companies which own Large leases in this shallow Gas Field Are watching the Atlantic Seaboard a probing for the deep Sand with intense Hoose has no bed of roses these Aba Days terrible pressure which our president endures shown Quot White House diversions or a restful afternoon for Roosevelt Crosby chemical Plant resumes full operation the big Heinemann chemical factory at nearby Crosby which has been shut Down for the past several months resumed full operations last week and a steady run is anticipated. Resumption of the Industry will be a Boon to Crosby since it is the towns sole Means of livelihood. Smethport is also greatly benefited indirectly due to the fact that local stores attract Many Crosby shoppers. The chemical factory employs Between 45 and 50 workmen according to c. L. Burt general manager. Cracking Plant shut Down the gasoline cracking unit at the Quaker state refinery at Farmers Valley near Smethport has been shut Down during the past week due to a temporary shortage in crude Oil Supply the shut Down will be Brief. Election totals Sant after official count few changes from Post election estimates of newspapers and political leaders Are seen in the official figures on the vote in Mckean county announced at the county commissioners office at the court House. Smethport. On monday the official count follows judge Hubbard r8,220 Devlin. D4.094 county treasurer Sutton. R.6,613 Denman d5,417 clerk of courts Cleveland r a s7.110 Flynn d3,457 Rogers p1.022 jury commissioner Mccloskey. R6.852 Cantwell. D3.631 Keenan. P a s772 prohibition repeal amendment yes. 8.136 no a a. 3.597 sunday sports referendum yes. 6.797 no. 2 869 official vote on state amendments Mckean county voters approved amendment i. 4, 7 8 and la to the state Constitution. The vote was by Ashur r. Johnson Bradford. A. News item Quot the president has made provision for the Farmers As follows a processing tax on farm products to be added to Farmers Selling prices paying rent for land to be left out of production purchasing surplus pork beef and wheat for distribution to the poor providing 2 billions for Farmers mortgages. Quot an actual average increase of Over 20% in farm products has taken place since april As shown by department of agriculture statistics Quot tilter five governors a demanding absolute fixing of prices of All farm products on Quot Cost plus Quot basis. Absolute fixing of the amount of each product each Farmer May produce or sell. When each Farmer s quota of each product has been fixed he is to be Given a ticket to be punched on each Sale of each commodity at the said a Cost plus Price. Quot or. President we demand that this plan be adopted at once and appropriate Federal machinery estate wished to make it effective Quot the president Quot i regret. Gentlemen that the plan entails such a tremendous amount of detailed compulsory control and supervision of i each individual Farmer As to seem i entirely unworkable. Also i remind you that you represent Only five states out of forty eight and your five states would have no Protection against the other forty three and Thia rigid regimentation even if possible might leave them a holding the bag while the other state were engaging in uncontrolled production and Sale Quot exit governors angrily exclaiming Quot this administration is against the Quot on with the strike Quot it continued on last Page. Col. I a a a a a a a a a a it a wild Goose was Loyal a a to its dead mate a j a one Day last week eve Tai a Smethport sportsmen standing on a main Street noticed a Large pair a i a of Canadian specie wild geese a i a circling Over Hamlin Park Lake a t a evidently preparing to alight on a a the Waters and rest before re a j a sliding their flight for Southern a a climes. A a suddenly there came several a a Sharp reports of a gun from a a somewhere near the Island Park a a preserve and one of Tho Beautiful a a geese dropped from the sky. A a this despite the fact that the a a Park preserve is posted against a a Hunters and trappers and that an a a ordinance forbids the firing of a a guns within Smethport Borough. A a the remaining Goose started to a a Fly away but. Missing its mate a a came Back and circled several a a times at Low Altitude Over the spot a a where the mortally wounded Bird a a fell and in doing so braved Sev a a eral shots from the poaching a a Hunter ail of which to the Satis a a faction of the Distant observers a a missed their Mark. A a the Ione Goose seemed to finally a a comprehend the Fate of the other a a Bird and flew away with a notice a a Able hearing of sadness alone. A a the loyalty of wild geese to a a each other when in flight is Well a a known to sportsmen. Here was a a a touching demonstration of it a a right at Home. A for against no. I3.942 2.012 no. 21.769 2.733 no. 3 2.208 2.294 no. 43.227 3,154 no. 52.033 2.707 no. 6 1.345 2,479 no 72.473 i 605 no. 8 5.405 1.694 no 91,465 2,038 no. To. 1,711 2,316 no. La 2,185 1.797 no. 121,758 2,636 county Home guests there Are now ninety guests at the Mckean county Home in Smethport. George Ross has exciting escapes in unusual series of automobile mishaps George Ross Well known local Man. Is a hard Lurk Guy and believes that the Minard run Highway Between Smethport and Bradford has a particular grudge against him. After figuring in two Slippery pavement Auto accidents in almost As Many Days last week on that sector of Road. The first Accident happened at de Golia when George was forced to drive his Light Ford truck off the Highway to avoid a collision with the skidding car of a reckless passing Motorist. The Ross vehicle turned a Complete somersault and George and the car alighted Bottom Side up in a Degolia lady a Rock Garden the local Man was uninjured and so was the car aside from a severe shaking up. And with the Aid of spectators the machine was righted and proceeded under its own Power. The second Accident happened a Short distance this Side of Degolia at night when George rounded a curve to find a Lentic car of a Bradford garage pulling a ditched automobile onto the Highway and stretched squarely across the Road. The pavement was Slippery and to Stop was impossible so to avoid a collision. Ross took for the ditch in this mishap he escaped injury but the car was considerably damaged. Petruzzi stars Leo Petruzzi local athlete distinguished himself again last saturday in the Backfield of the University of Tennessee varsity scoring a sensational touchdown when his team Defeated the University of Mississippi by a score of 35-0. Dinner for football squad the Smethport High school football squad will be guests of Frank Tessina. Local Barber at a Spaghetti dinner at the cottage hotel this evening. Long Burt the marriage of miss Evelyn Burt of Smethport and Harry Long of Elmira n. Y., was solemnized by the Rev. For. Urban s. Barrett at St. Elizabeth a Church tuesday morning. Scarlet fever fatal Tortilla child Robert Boyd Bowers aged 3 years son of or. And mrs. Boyd Bowers of Betula died monday morning following an attack of Scarlet fever. The Bowers family had moved from port Allegany a Short time ago to the Camp owned by de. Lindholm of Smethport at Betula. Funeral services were held tuesday afternoon and burial was made in the cemetery at Wrights. East Smethport will continue As important chemical mfg. Center a mrs. Amandus Engstrom is confined to her Home on East main St. By illness. East Smethport from present indications will again assume the prominent position on the chemical manufacturing map it once occupied when the Norwich chemical co. Headquarters were located there during the world War. After two or three quiet years following the shutting Down of the East Smethport chemical works of the Quinn company things Are again picking up since r. W. Hilton and associates purchased the Idle Quinn factory and placed it in operation two years ago. Or. Hilton a company the Penn charcoal a chemical co., haul kept the Plant in steady operation and with a recent marked pick up in Market conditions a prosperous future seems assured for the Industry. The East Smethport acetone factory a Busy War time Industry which had run on a limited basis for a number of years has been converted to refine Wood alcohol and process byproducts from the nearby chemical factories ready for Market. The big acetone Plant will handle the entire chemical output of the adjoining Plant of the Penn charcoal a chemical co., the Heinemann chemical factory at Crosby and several smaller nearby plants. Tank trucks will be utilized to transport the product of the chemical factories to the big acetone factory Here. Formerly it was necessary for the chemical factories to ship their product for a Long distance by rail to a Messing and the Railroad freight shipment Cost presented such an oppressive item that local manufacturers were placed at almost hopeless Odds in competing with cheap imported Wood alcohol from overseas. The new arrangement not Only results in a tremendous saving in shipping Cost which will enable local chemical plants to operate profitably but should give the former acetone factory a Busy renewed lease on life. Not Only will the acetone Plant use the output of nearby chemical factories but the production of the big Plant at Morris Tioga county a few Miles from Wellsboro which was recently purchased by r. W. Hilton of this place and is flow being placed in readiness for a resumption of operations will be brought to East Smethport by tank trucks for processing. Experts say that or. Hilton made a wonderful buy in the Morris Plant. The factory was almost new when it was shut Down by the Quinn Troy interests. Not Only is the Plant modern and in splendid condition but a wonderful Wood Supply is available within Short hauling distance. The paved Highway system is proving a Boon to the Wood chemical business and it remained for or. Hilton who is one of the most efficient chemical manufacturers in the country to quickly develop the full possibilities of the use of motor trucks to transport raw materials and finished product at a huge saving Over former prohibitive Norman Schroth enters Bradford Hospital Norman Schroth of Smethport a Foreman employed by the Mckean county maintenance division of the Pennsylvania department of highways. Entered the Bradford Hospital As a patient on monday. Or. Schroth had been confined to his Home on South Mechanic Street for six weeks suffering from a fractured leg received when he fell from the new storage shed which he was helping erect in the rear of the Highway shops on Marvin Street the Well known local Many a injury has failed to respond properly to medical treatment it is said and it May be necessary for him to undergo an operation at the Hospital. Or. Schroth will be incapacitated for a Long time according to present Hunters the Pennsylvania Bear Hunting season opened last Friday with a deep body of Snow on the ground to provide Ideal weather conditions for Hunters with the result that they had splendid Luck in Woods of the Smethport Region three kills being reported Over the week end. The Bear Hunting season closes on thanksgiving Day november 30 and the Deer Hunting season opens on Friday. December 1st, last Friday Harold Hendrickson Well known Crosby Young Man. Shot a Large Black Bear while Hunting to forests near that town. The Bear dressed at 165 lbs. A party of Rexford Hunters killed a Small Bear in the Norwich Region on the opening Day. Saturday g. Thomas a 17-year-old Betula Hunter shot a Small Bear in Reservoir hollow near Betula Bob Huff of Crosby shot a Bear on Colegrove Brook near co Grove monday. The Bear was unusually Large in Frame but was gaunt weighing Only 130 lbs visiting Hunters Are reported to have shot two bears in the Norwich Region on tuesday. Arthur Johnson aged it. Of Aliquippa. Has a 250-Pound Bear to show for his Hunting trip into the mountains near Gard eau. But All Ray Jones took Back to Pittsburgh was a Good Story. The first Bear to be killed in the Emporium District fell before Johnson a aim but the Aliquippa youth said that for a time he was doubtful whether he or the Bear would be slain wounded in the neck with a Quot pumpkin Bali a the Bear charged Johnson but the second shot was fatal. Jones hunted for Bear in the morning and saw lots of Birds so he exchanged his Rifle for a Shotgun then he met a Bear but the Bird shot Only seeded Bruin in his flight into the mountains. It is reported than at least six bears have been killed to Date in the sugar run District of Mckean and Warren counties. A record breaking kill is reported from Potter county famous Bear Hunting territory. Hunters report that Bear Are far from plentiful As formerly in this Region but that the Deer population is unusually dense this season. Refinery in new York state for pro shipping rates Ostrander to open new building next saturday next saturday has been tentatively decided upon As the opening Date for or. W. A. Ostrander new Corner drug store on main Street. The Beautiful new soda Fountain arrived on monday and installation or amps completed yesterday. The Fountain has a built in steam table and other facilities for restaurant Short orders. Other modern fixtures in the drug store had been placed last week. Or. Ostrander a suite of private offices in the rear of the drug store on the first floor Are ready for occupancy. The remainder of the Large building is fast nearing completion and prospective tenants will be signing leases in a few Days. Death of Ray Wolcott Ray Wolcott aged 36, a prominent Eldred Man died sunday afternoon after an illness from pneumonia. Or. Wolcott was a partner in Tho firm of Walcott bros., Eldred Millers and feed dealers. Funeral services were held yesterday morning and burial was made in Eldred. Try a Democrat want add red Cross solicitors a a Are Busy on Roll Call a a mrs Chaa. W Masser. General a a chairman of the red Cross Roll a a Call of members nov. 11-30, for a a Smethport District is being assist a red by the following efficient staff a a of solicitors a a Smethport mrs. Axel Van lad a a tvs. W. A. Ross. Mrs. A. R. A a Livermore. Mrs. J. J. Allison miss a a Maude Irons mrs. W. A. Hovia a a mrs. C. C. Choate mrs whiter a a Brenneman mrs. Albert o. John a a son mrs. Frank Fay. Mrs. Leo a a Digel. Mrs. C. R. Long mrs. Carl a a ton Kohn mrs. Rose Herzog. Mrs. A a Fred Hallstrom mrs. J. A Nellis a a mrs. William Nellis mrs. A. J. A a Hyatt mrs. E. G. Potter mrs. R. A a w. Herzog mrs. F. J. Quirk. Mrs a a j. A. Cleveland and miss Bertha a a Klel Sath. A a East Smethport mrs. G. C. A a Douglass. A a Clermont mrs. Erlandson. A Colegrove miss Ruth Mcallis a a Ter and its. De Gallup. A a Coleville miss Ruth Moore a a Crosby mrs. Kermit Winslow. A a Ormsby mrs. Keyser. A a Coleville mrs. T. A. Hardes. A a Eldred mrs. Llewellyn. A a Betula mrs. I. E. Bailey. A a a a a a a a a a a a ass

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