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Smethport Mckean County Democrat (Newspaper) - October 19, 1933, Smethport, Pennsylvania Mckean county Democrat volume 58 Russell r. Lindsley publisher Smethport pa., thursday october 19, 1933 terms�?$2.00 per year. No. 42 aged Man and Blind wife Are Hitty Auto fleeing from county Home a pathetic Case a heart touching incident of this tragedy called life occurred on the Marvin Creek Highway near Marvindale about 9 00 of clock saturday night when John Conklin aged 82, and so enfeebled that he can barely totter with Aid of a Cane and his Blind wife Christine were struck by an automobile and the latter was seriously injured. The couple w to originally came from Kinzua had been inmates of the Mic Kean county Home for three weeks. Saturday evening at supper time they decided to flee from the Home and return to Corydon where they had dreams of occupying a hut during the Winter living on their own. Proceeding on foot along the Roosevelt Highway in the direction of it. Jewett the venerable Man leaning on hi3 Cane with faltering Steps guided his Blind wife into the growing darkness. For three hours they bravely continued their tortuous Way covering a total of six Miles and risking death at every tottering step. Local motorists passed the crippled couple but thought they were Only proceeding from one farmhouse to another. Several motorists reported that they barely missed running Down the pair. Finally a car driven by Arthur j. Mccormick of Hawkins hollow near Bradford came upon the couple from the rear and the Driver could not see the dim figures ahead until upon them. Or. Mccormick in a Brave Effort to avoid hitting the couple wrecked his car and barely escaped serious injury himself. The Driver swerved his car so suddenly that it turned Over and Slid along the Highway on its top. A handle of the car door caught the left Arm of mrs. Conklin tearing the Muscles and blood vessels so badly that amputation has been feared. She also received a deep Cut Over the right Eye. Or. Conklin escaped with painful bruises. Corporal Roger Pflugfelder of the Smethport sub station of the state Highway patrol was notified and was soon at the scene of the Accident. Or. And mrs. Conklin were rushed to the Kane Summit Hospital where they were attended by or. H. Cleveland of it. Jewett Hospital surgeon. Or. Conklin was dismissed from the Hospital sunday morning and was taken Back to the county Home. Mrs. Conklin is still a patient at the institution and her condition is reported As satisfactory. Smethport men saw two big Bucks fight Battle of death Rev. For. Urban s. Barrett. Attorney Claude Shattuck of Smethport and John Tretton of los Angeles saw two huge Buck Deer engaged in a Battle of death on the Norwich Divide Between Smethport and Emporium tuesday night. The local party had been following the popular pastime of flashing Deer with the spotlight of their car while travelling Over the Smethport Emporium Branch of the Bucktail Trail. Suddenly on Norwich Hill Summit their Light beam fell upon the battling Bucks. The enraged monarchs of the Forest paid no heed to the Light As they continued to Gore at each other and charge viciously head to head. First one Buck would be bowled Over and then the other would fall. Each Buck was accompanied by a Bevy of does the respective herds remaining at separate intervals along the sidelines breathlessly awaiting the decision As to which Monarch would be master of them All. The Issue was decided by the car occupants who alighted and scared the fighting Bucks and their respective admirers to flight in different directions. Ticket salesmen county detective Jack Allison arrested two Young racketeers yesterday afternoon for Selling tickets for an armistice night dance in a nearby City which they represented to be for the Benefit of Bucktail Post american legion of Smethport. The men giving their names As Lydell and Stroedel and residence in Buffalo had put through a number of Telephone Calls to local citizens soliciting Sale of dance tickets at $2.50 each and stating that they were representing the local legion Post. The Telephone conversations were quickly followed by a personal visit to sell the tickets. Local legionnaires repudiated the canvass and the men were speedily rounded up. Investigation by authorities revealed that the dance was an advertised event and would be held and that the tickets were Bona fide. The two salesmen who misrepresented the tickets to be for a local veterans cause were released but ordered out of town. Only a few of the tickets were sold Here. Broken pump spurted fire the Smethport fire department was called out by an alarm at 2 00 of clock sunday morning caused by a fire at the Smethport garage on main Street which for a time presented most menacing aspects. A car driven by Charles Johnson Well known local Young Man hit one of the gasoline pumps in front of the garage while he was turning around in the Are away and the Square Iron Standard of the pump we As dislodged from the Concrete base and upset. Escaping gasoline was ignited by the electric wiring inside the pump and flames shot High in the air. Or. Johnson turned in a fire alarm and response was Quick. Fortunately the main gasoline feed pipe of the pump stood the Strain of bending without breaking off and after the first burst of flame the fire died Down considerably being fed Only by gasoline which escaped through leaks in the Bent pipe. Realizing that the pump was connected with underground tanks containing 1500 Gallons of gasoline forced by a heavy air pressure line Winfield Stark manager of the garage quickly shut off the air tank in the basement and averted possibility of main Street being deluged with flaming gasoline. The fire was then quickly extinguished with Foamete without Aid of the fire department equipment. The pump was a total wreck the loss being about $200, covered by insurance. Or. Johnson the unwilling principal of the unusual Accident states that his vision was restricted by Frost on the Windshield of the car when he attempted to turn around. He assumed full responsibility for the damage caused. Decide Bradford woman wife of slain gangster Busy term of civil court in session tins week the special october term of Mckean county civil court convened at the court House Smethport. Monday with judge j. W. Bouton presiding. Judge Robert Lewis of Potter county has been assisting judge Bouton at the session which was to have been held during the week of sept. 4. But was adjourned due to the primary election Campaign. A number of cases listed on the docket were put Over. Final decision was made in settlement of the considerable estate of the late Albert v. Ritchie reputed racketeer scion of italian nobility scholar author and former special officer who was assassinated by a gunman on a Street in Bradford june 5. 1931. Two women claimed to be Ritchie s Legal widow. Judge Bouton denied the Clarn of mrs Mabel Ritchie of Scranton and affirmed that of mrs. Mary Ciscone Ritchie of Bradford. The decision affirmed that of Frank Woods of Kane appointed by the court to investigate the two opposing claims some time ago. Or. Woods findings were appealed by mrs. Mabel Ritchie. Or. Mabel Ritchie was represented by Wilson and Fitzgibbon of Bradford. C. We Shattuck of Smethport. P. E Kilcullen of Scranton and Dana Jewell of Olean. Mrs. Mary Ann Ciscone Ritchie was represented by Griffith a. Herold and Henry a. Onofrio of Bradford. The Point was raised when both women filed petitions with the orphans court following Ritchie a death each claiming the widows exemption. Or. Woods was named master by the court to hear and report his findings his report being appealed by mrs. Mabel Ritchie when it supported the claim of the Bradford woman. The estate of Al. Ritchie includes an elaborate roadhouse resort on the Hinsdale Road near Olean. Motor cop freed of hold up count Melvin Fie Lee who was stationed in Smethport As a member of the state Highway patrol for a Brief period Early in the summer was acquitted of a charge of Highway robbery and other crimes at the term of Elk county criminal court last week. Several other counts against Fie Lee were continued. Victims of the alleged robbery which occurred near St. Marys were Joseph Cuneo and miss Alice Gren non. Both of Ridgway. Fie Lee was arrested while stationed in Smethport and was first held at the local Mckean county jail. Smith Khaki shirt head surrenders bears forced men to seek tree Ridgway weasel of Johnsonburg and John Erickson of Marvindale deep my Idle with All eyes focused on the county a first deep Gas Well test of the Atlantic Seaboard co. On the hey Wood tract at Marvindale. The successful completion of which would mean a deep Gas Boom in Mckean county the Pioneer shallow Gas Field a the Drill is still Idle at a depth of 5004 feet. A fishing Job. Following the blowing out of tools when a 12,000,000-foot pressure of Gas was encountered in a pocket has held up operations to Date. This is the first local test of the Smethport Anticline and it is expected that the Oriskany Sand will be found at 5,500 feet. Police chief sentenced judge Robert Lewis of Potter county who assisted judge j. W. Bouton at the term of court in Smethport this week sentenced c. H Yetzer former chief of police of St. Marys and Theodore Kallas also of that town on monday the men had been convicted of charges of extol Tion at a previous term of court but sentence was deferred. Yetzer we As ordered to one half the Cost of prosecution a $250 Fine and to serve one year in the Allegheny county workhouse. The sentence was amended to the extent that if he pays the Fine and costs and also produces evidence of restoration of the extorted Money the court will consider his application for parole Kallas was Given a sentence of three years in the workhouse $500 Fine and one half the Cost of prosecution the court will consider his parole on the same conditions imposed on Yetzer. The prisoners were found guilty on charges of securing $1,600 from Christ Korotas former St. Marys restaurant owner under alleged threat of causing his arrest for bootlegging. Korotas lived in Kane at the time the crime was committed and the Money paid to the St. Marys men was said to have been withdrawn from a Kane Bank. Argument court next week the regular october term of Mckean county argument list court will Convene at the court House in Smethport next tuesday morning at 10 00 of clock with judge j. Vav. Bouton presiding. Eleven cases appear on the docket which was printed in this newspaper last week. There Are two divorce actions. Local adventurer wants to j Montmorenci Road had the thrilling experience of being treed by a Mother Bear with two cubs last sunday afternoon in the Mill Creek Section. Passing motorists heard their Erie for help and came to the Rescue of the two men who were badly fright ened. It has been said that the Quot female of the species is More deadly than the male Quot and this is True of a Mother Bear with cubs. Her fury when her cubs Are disturbed or she fears harm May come to them is unrestrained. The men do not know their rescuers names but wish to thank them for facing danger and chasing the cube away. Reorganize a a army general Art Smith Soldier of Fortune who hails from Crosby near Smethport Veteran of Pancho Villas mexican Campaign who served during the world War with the British army and later with the a. E. F., who saw service subsequently in the Riff War in Morocco in several mexican and Central american spats and later flew a plane for the chinese against the japs in Manchuria is finally a prisoner in Philadelphia the City of brotherly love. Smith who backed through a window and disappeared w Hile being interrogated by Philadelphia detectives and police who raided his Headquarters on the eve of the scheduled March of his Quot Khaki shirts Quot army upon i Washington to proclaim president Franklin d. Roosevelt dictator surrendered to the authorities on Mon-1 Day. Clyde Brown of Corry was elected the search for the missing Quot Gen president to succeed Monta c. Burt of eral a had been pursued since last Coudersport at the annual melt ing of thursday and had naturally extended the Roosevelt Highway association of to Smethport a his old stamping Pennsylvania held at the Penn Wall ground. Hotel in Wellsboro last thursday. New s of Smiths surrender was con Andy Anderson Mckean county com eyed in the following press dispatch missioner was chosen As vice Presl of monday Dent. W Quot Art j Smith International Advent a Resolution favouring elimination of tier of near Smethport pa., sur ithe Mcdade curve Between Kane and rendered voluntarily to police this j it. Jewett was adopted. The pro afternoon and let it be known that he posed elimination of the dangerous Roosevelt Assn. Elects Anderson planned to reorganize the Khaki shirt of America. Quot the commander in chief missing so no e he stepped through a window of his Headquarters to escape the Wrath of his a army and police raiders on the eve of a scheduled invasion of Washington to make president Roosevelt a dictator appeared at police Headquarters with his attorney James p. Mcgranery. Quot authorities hold a warrant for his arrest charging fraudulent conversion curve where Many accidents have occurred in addition to being a safety measure would Cut some distance off the present route. As outlined the proposed new portion of Road would Start near the planting of Pine tree and Cut across in the rear of the ran country club joining the present Road a Short distance East of the b. Amp o. Railroad crossing a delegation was present at the meeting to request a change in rout 6 via Union City. Spring Creek great of property. Several members of the lakes through Cleveland it War Khaki shirts organization scattered ported however that efforts Are being since the police raids have expressed j made to relieve congestion along that the desire to question their Leader con route in Cleveland which takes traffic Kerning the organization s missing through the heart of the City. Treasury. Quot Smith expected to obtain immediate release on Ball pending a hearing before magistrate Coward. A proposed change in the widening of the Kane it Jewett link of the route is still under consideration. Efforts will be made to push the Short Quot attorney Mcgranery spoke for i Cut change in the Road and it a Smith at a press interview he said said that the widening of the Road that Smiths surrender was voluntary would be considered later. A con Tam that no warrant had been served Muttee is working on the proposed on him he added that Smith had not widening at the present Tim repro continue on last Page column 5 St. Elizabeth a 0r6an recital enjoyable event a Large and appreciative audience heard the musical program Given by for. Claude Kean. O. M., organist and vocalists of St. Bonaventure a Ccu siege Allegany n. Y., at St. Elizabeth a Church last thursday evening. For. Kean a ability to play the Organ was Well known to Many who attended the concert last thursday night but others who had never heard him were Given an agreeable Surprise. He is a graduate of the Cincinnati conservatory of music and a former Pupil of Niccola Montani Philadelphia and Wilhelm Middel Schulte Chicago internationally famous teachers. Vocal selections by Tom j. Insco Tenor Walter Blankenship baritone and the double Quartetti selected from St. Bonats celebrated glee club were greatly enjoyed by the audience. A sizeable free will offering was Given and will be used to help defray expenses of creating a new department of music at St. Bonaventure a. Local lady was first teacher of parochial school in Kane the Kane Republican has been running a series of interesting historical sketches of churches in that town. The history of St. Callistus Church. Of which the Rev. For. P. J. Donohue formerly of Smethport is pastor was i presented last week and the follow i ing item of local interest was incl us i de Quot october 14. 1888, just 45 years ago i today the Cornerstone was placed on the feast of St. Callistus whence the Church derives its name and the it. Rev. Bishop Mullin of Erie officiated at the ceremony. Three Large Bells were placed in the Church Belfry. The edifice was gothic style with a Large and handsome foundation and the Cost of the Church figured $24,000, with 150 families. The parochial school which was opened in 1879 in the first Church then to the basement of Temperance Hall. The first teacher was miss Margaret Mullin of Smethport who remained for a Short period. Seventy children were Kane woman injured in crash near Smethport mrs. Mary Sloppy aged 69, of Kane was injured to the extent of a fractured right Clavicle last sunday night when the car in which she was Riding overturned near Smethport. The injured woman was Given first Aid by or. James m. Rodgers of Smethport who took her to the Kane Summit Hospital. The wreck occurred while mrs. Sloppy and her son in Law Julius Brown of Shinglehouse were Enro Ute to the latter town. Paving of Bordell Road progresses rapidly a supervisor honoured rapid Progress is being made on the Macadam paving of an additional mile of the Borden Road Between Rew City and Eastman s Corners at Farmers Valley which was started in september. Stone course has already been put in for a half mile at Borden and the work was accomplished in the record breaking time of two weeks. The paving is being done by Keating township and the Job is being directed by supervisor gust Larson. The completion of the Stone work on the first half mile was marked by a testimonial dinner in or. Larson a Honor Given by residents of the Section at the Dana amp Adams lease last saturday night. Bradford v. W. Drum corps first at Buffalo Bradford a crack veterans of foreign wars drum corps won first place last thursday in the monster Columbus Day Celebration Parade in Buffalo. The unit of 30 Bradford men was in the line of March along with 6,000 persons representing 50 different organizations. The v. Vav. Corps was awarded the Loving cup emblematic of first place at a mass meeting held in Elmwood music Hall late in the afternoon. Hull 8 Taylor Huy y cars crash at Marvindale a Ford roadster owned and driven by Fred Degolyer of Hazelhurst and a Chevrolet coach owned and driven by Ivan b. Shultz of Butler pa., collided at the intersection of the Clermont Road and the Roosevelt Highway Early yesterday morning. Both cars were considerably damaged but no personal injuries Are reported. Rebekah officers installed officers of Ideal Rebekah Lodge Smethport were installed wednesday evening of last week by District Deputy resident Mildred Dennis of Bradford and her staff assisting mrs. Dennis were Elsie George Warden Frances Cannon Secretary Agnes Smith Marshall Jennie Scott treasurer Myrtle Hooker chaplain Abbie Steele inside guard Muriel Ossenbeck. Music. A delegation from the Bradford and Hazelhurst lodges attended the meeting. Refreshments were served after the installation ceremony. Thar s Snow on them Hills the first snowstorm of the season was reported yesterday morning when Snow fell at it. Jewett Rew City and other High Points of this Section. Relief offices papered the offices in the second floor of the Monheimer Block on main Street occupied As Headquarters by the Mckean county emergency Relief Board have been newly papered and the improvement is noteworthy. Or. A. R. Livermore Smethport dentist personally defrayed the Cost of the paper. Work was done by men who Are receiving Relief. The Relief Board has no funds to for equipment or maintenance of offices and greatly appreciates or. Livermore a generosity. Big Rixford Well does 146 barrels a Gusher Oil Well reminiscent of old Days was brought in on the Messer Oil co. Development at Rixford last week by Fred Burlingame Smethport drilling contractor. The present production is 146 barrels daily. Following the shot the flow of Oil continued to increase steadily and finally reached a pressure where the fluid was thrown High Over the top of the Derrick. Considerable difficulty has been experienced in harnessing the big Well to the pumping Plant of the lease. C. C. C. Arrives at port port Allegany oct. 15.�?a detachment of c. C. C. Arrived in port Allegany tonight bound for the Skinner Creek Camp about six Miles from this place. Forty six comprise the group. They Are new York boys who have been moved from a Montana Camp. Petruzzi stars but Duke beats Tennessee although Duke University handed the University of Tennessee its first defeat in Twenty six consecutive football games last saturday Leo Quot shorty Petruzzi of Smethport Backfield Flash of the Tennessee squad gained glory during the game. While the rest of the Tennessee team was having an off Day. Including the mighty feathers who was pulled. Quot shorty Quot was in the thick of Battle every minute and gained favourable comment from sports writers for his work particularly on the defensive. Cyclone Cornelius Duke fullback scored All of his team s to Points. He ran 14 Yards for a touchdown successfully kicked for extra Point and then booted a Field goal from the 18-Yard line. Tennessee whose scoring was limited to two Points on a safety had a series of costly fumbles and other bad Breaks. The Backfield is now sadly crippled by injuries. However the Duke game was considered to be the hardest on the schedule this year. Sen Talve George w. Williams of Wellsboro was appointed chairman of the committee to interview governor Pinchot and the Heads of the stat Highway department on the possibility of having the Highway increased to three and four car lanes in Width. According to or. Burt retiring president Many sections of the 2,500 mile Highway have been widened to Robert Hull and Charles Taylor j permit As much As a three or four have purchased the a Penn grocery vehicle Lane he urged the Assoc la store on main Street which has been j Tion to work hard to get this Section conducted for some time past by or. J of Pennsylvania s Road widened in a Hill As manager and or. Taylor similar manner. Der in. Detailed reports of the various com the store will be known in the fun mittens were Given in addition to re Ture As the Hull amp Taylor grocery. Ports on improvements in the past the proprietors plan an opening eel j year of various links of the Highway. Bration for saturday when prizes will be Given to customers. Full de mrs. C. W. Masser to head tails appear in an advertisement on red Cross Roll Call Here the last Page of this Issue. Mrs h. L. Hockenberry. Who was a recently appointed chairman of the Crosby Man s car damaged i �nnuf1 of a ii r08f ,r�11 9jl or the when it hit Valley Bridge Smethport District is unable to Tervo a Trow a 1 in that position and has been replace a Ford coach owned and driven by a Rar Kenneth Dinges of Crosby was con dem Quot it c tilde ably damaged Early saturday i morning when the Driver fell asleep workers to canvass the District while proceeding toward Smethport during the Campaign which starts on and the vehicle crashed into the p y in Concrete Bridge Over Cole Creek at j thanksgiving nov. 30. Mrs. Heath injured mrs. A. E. Heath of main Street a severely sprained right shoulder in a fall in front of the lower Market Basket store on main Street last saturday evening. She was attended by or. Burg Chadwick. The Well known local lady is improving from the distressing injury in a satisfactory manner. Farmers Valley although the front end of the Ford was demolished and the steering wheel crushed by the Impact of or. Dinges body he escaped with Lacer j a nations on the nose and face. The damaged vehicle was brought to the Smethport garage for repairs. It is reported that another Accident occurred in Farmers Valley Early last saturday. An Olean musician whose name could not be Learned is said to have fallen asleep and his car left the Highway wrecking near the Star garage. The Man. Enro Ute from St. Marys where he played a dance engagement to his Home suffered a serious injury to his knee Paul Van sickle suffers from infantile paralysis the fourth Case of infantile paralysis was reported in Mckean county this week the latest victim being Paul Van sickle aged 21, a son of or. And mis. Perry Van sickle of the Marvin Creek Road. The Well known Young Man is married and has one child. Cases of infantile paralysis previously reported Are in Coryville. Cler Mont and Bradford. Crosby Plant will Start it is reported that the big Heine a amp in chemical factory in Crosby will resume operations about november i after an extended shut Down. The resumption of the Industry will be a Boon to residents of Crosby and Vicinity As it is the Only Industrial Plant in the town. A Large Force of men were engaged Extension Assn to meet Here nov. 3 final plans have been completed for the annual meeting of the Mckean county agricultural Extension association to be held in the court House in Seq port on Friday november 3. The morning session will be called to order by president c. R Tubbs at 10 00 of clock in the grand jury room. This meeting will be largely devoted to project reports by Mckean county Farmers. At the same time a meeting will be in session for the women in the main court room. This meeting will be in charge of the Home economics representative. The meetings will adjourn at noon for lunch after which they will Convene in the main court room when o. H. Johnson will present the Bankers Silver cup to Clifford Rice of Farmers Valley Winner of the Dairy judging contest held in conjunction with the recent Mckean county fair. The principal speaker of the afternoon we full be w s. Hagar Deputy Pennsylvania Secretary of agriculture. Who will discuss the milk code. Everyone interested in agriculture in cutting chemical Wood for the Plant during the summer after the Supply or Home economics is invited to at in the big Yards became depleted. Tend this meeting

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