McKean County Democrat (Newspaper) - July 12, 1928, Smethport, Pennsylvania MCKEAN COUNTY DEMOCRAT VOLUME 53. DEMOCRAT PUBLISHING OO., IMC. RVMBLL UNOILBT, BDITOB SMETHPORT, PA., THURSDAY, JULY 12, 1928 PER YEAR. No. 28 COMMISSIONERS START DRIVE TO COLLECT ALL BACK TAXES DUE FROM COUNTY COLLECTORS The JIcKean county commissioners have taken a decided stand to enforce collection or" delinquent taxes in Alc- Kean county. Tax collectors of the county have been until next .Monday to make a complete return ot all taxes long overdue in all instances except where exonerations are allowed by local gov- erning bodies. It is said that in some communities taxes are back as tar as 19-5. In at least one McKean county com- munity the collector is confronted by an obstinate group of forty or more citizens who have flatly re- fused to pay taxes. It is probable that in-this instance the harassed collector will be compelled to turn over the difficult task collecting the result- ing arrearages to a constable for drastic measures. The law compels a jail penalty for women citizens who refuse to pay their taxes, just as it does in cases of male delinquents. Interesting dev- elopments are expected in the nearby community. The commissioners are to be com- mended for taking this firm stand to collect delinquent tax money in the county, a move which will greatly in- crease the county revenues this year at a time when the considerable sum involved is needed greatly. BAND WILL PLAY SATURDAY EVENING The Sme-thport Baud will pros- ent tho following musical program at Its open-air concert to be presented at the Court House square pagoda next Saturday at o'clock: Payne. From Tho Old Lake. Laurens. Hunting Bucalossi. Novelty "Teddy Fillmore. of Kins- A large crowd was out last Sat- urday night to hear the band render the first of its weekly sum- mer series ot open-air concerts. PORT ALLEGANY WRITER TELLS ABOUT FORMER EFFORTS TO DEVELOP MINERAL RESOURCES Domestic Tangle Was Near Serious End Thanks to the knowledge of the Italian language possessed by County Detective Jack Allison, a serious dom- estic Quarrel and possible tragedy was averted at a local business place Mon- day. While the popular local officer was patronizing the business stand he listened with much interest to a verbal tilt in Italian between members of two families which occupied the residence which 190 form coal measures and of the building, which was j conglomerate. 250 to 300 Mauch Chunk Port Allegany Three Swedes is a coal mine being opened at the head Skinner Creek by H. A. Buchanan who for some time past has been active in coal operations at Liberty. Mr. Buchanan states thai three kinds of coal are being secured. The mine is about six miles from Port Allegany, and about two miles from Crosby. The coal is being sold at three dollars a ton at the mine. It is interesting to follow the his- tory of the geological reports which have been given out from time to time, almost since the very beginning af Canoe Place we have heard of the coal bearing hills of this section. For altitude Liberty township claims a part of Prospect hill, the peak ot which (2.495 feet high) is in Keating township, a mile east of that hill the height is feet gradually falling to feet as Skinner Creek is ap- proached. At Liberty we find the elevation feet while at Port Al- legany at the'depot we have feet. The rock exposures show 890 feet of DEER TRAVEL IN DROVES IN THIS NEIGBORHOOD Ed. Lindholm, local grocer, re- ports that deer are unusually plentiful in the Hed Mill brook region between Smethport and Clermont, which he traverses sev- eral times a week making deliveries of groceries. Tho local man reports that lie seldom mak'-s a trip that he doesn't see several of the animals grazing in tields near the road. One day recently he counted twelve deer in one grazing herd. RADCLIFFE CHAUTAUQUA BEGAN WITH BIG PROGRAM THIS EVENING portion COUNTY'S FIRST BALL IN SMETHPORT RECALLED Just one hundred years ago July 4 the first ball to be held in JIcKean county was given at Smethport, the tickets which were printed at Buffalo, N. Y., reading: at the hotel of Davis Young in the Village of Smethport, July 4th. 1928. Yourself and lady are respectfully in- vited. Good music and first class ac- comoaations. The company to as- semble at 2 o'clock P. M. Managers: Almou Sartwell, S. A. rWinsor, Horace King, Benjamin Cor- Daniel Rifle and David Dunbar. The open air celebration was held beneath the shadows the stars and. stripes thfr sreeur HUarory pole on the square. Long tables of freshly planed pine boards were constructed and above them was a roof of hemlock, pine and hard wood boughs. The procession formed at the tavern owned by Wil- liam Williams and marched in couples porton o te un, waged during the county detective's and Pocono, 300 red Catskill, and 100 presence without the knowledge of the Chemung. participants that he understood every In the center of Skinner Creek coal word being uttered. region the highest stratum is found, Finally spurred by an epithet not Kinzua Creek sandstone at an altitude intended for endearment purposes an- j of feet, other member of one of the warring j In the year 1355 Seth families who had been waiting upon the county detective started to seize a weapon which reposed in a drawer but before he could use the instru- ment Mr. Allison, whose eye had been closely following the reactions of the heated controversy upon the in- furiated business man, restrained him from possible rash measures. Acting as peacemaker the county officer succeeded in helping the embit- tered warring relatives reach a.n agreement which ended further hostil- ities. A. Backus opened two coal beds here finding eighteen or twenty inch benches forty below the surface and below a to twelve inch deposit of iron showed per cent S. H. Barrett also opened a mine here finding a twenty-eight inch seam feet nine ore, which of metal. SOMERS' PETS WILL PERFORM FOR LOCAL LEGION BENEFIT Harris Somers. magician, with his tiaued birds and animal pets; will ceuni Friday evening for the benefit of Bucktail Post, American Legion.. Mr. Somers, formerly a local resi- dent. has been touring the country's leading Cl.autauo.ua and vaudeville circuits since leaving here.- School Day Will Be Great Fair Feature I'he McKean County Fair Association entertained fifty school-supervisors and directors of McKean county districts at a dinner at the Methodist church dining hall Tuesday evening. At this meeting plans were adopted for continuing School Day as one of the big features of the McKean County- of good coal six feet below the sur- week of Sept. face. In the vicinity of the Backus I jjst The Association set aside Friday, September 7 as School Day and the directors present pledged their sup- port in the end of having every school In McKean county represented at the big event, for which a most interest- ing program is being planned. Schools of the county will probably be closed for the day and the cooper- ation of the public asked in trans porting pupils to Smethport for the bii day. All school children u'ill be admitted to the Fair free of charge on Schoo Day. A. W. Sandeen. president of the county school directors' association; J. B. Hinaman, supervising principal of Foster township and W. S. Sprout of Bradford addressed Tuesday night's meeting. President R. W. Hilton of the Mc- Kean County Fair Association has an- nounced the race program and purses for the McKean County Fair and Races to be held in this borough the _'hi' Smethport KadclilTe 8-day Chatllauqua opened in a large tent on Hie school house Tuesday afier- m and has been enjoying gratifying patronage. ile Uadeliit'e I'll.utta Hutu with Us splendidly balanced and et'llein aUiaeuoiis is idfilly a-lipt'-d to meet the requirements of commun- ities of .Smethpnrt's size. It brings three solid days of inspiration and entertainment without imposing an impossible financial burden on the supporters. It should be a. regular summer event in Smethport in future. Tuesday's program consisted of re- markable performances afternoon and evening by Pamhaslka's Peerless Pets, consisting of wonderfully trained birds, dogs, monkeys, etc. In the afternoon W. C. McCullough spoke on "Giants and Fairies" and the topic of the gifted speaker's evening lecture was "Riches We Inherit." Wednesday afternoon Ur. J. Will- lams, a forceful speaker, delivered his address, "The Royal Road" and the Radcliffe Players, a company of clever artists, presented a dramatic diversion. Last evening Dr. Terry spoke on "Puches Acquire" and the Players presented the fascinating comedy, "Putting Pep In Papa." This afternoon DeLong's Accordion Girls will present a musical program RETURNS FROM WEST RIDING HIS TRUSTY HORSE Clifford Bright, Jr., of Clifford unquestionably holds tho long- distance horseback riding charn- plonship of this section. Mr. Bright lias been located In Oklahoma for a year past and recently decided to return to his homo In Gift'ord. Mo chose as a means of portation on the long journey across country a trusty horse and started for homo unhampered by engine or tire trouble, arriving safely in the nearby town last week. WSrt Lowther lecture bed Thomas Petturick found a four and one-halt foot vein of cannel coal in 1856. Years before the discovery of oil in McKean county, Lucius Rogers, Soldier, Editor and public spirited citi- zen, had great faith in the existence of extensive coal beds in the eastern part ot MeKean county promises some The first bituminous coal found this county was discovered by a sur- veying party near Instanter in 1815. Jonathan Colegrove was the chief of the party. Wheeler Gallup, who was one of the party, told of coming The performance presented by the tQ the and finding stone great sport and is as follows: Monday, September 3 Pace Trot Running Race (about mile) 2 18 Trot Wednesday, September 5 on "The House That Jack Built." To- night, the concluding program, the Accordion Girls will present a, concert and Dr. Lowther will speak on "Riches We Bestow." Miss lone Irland is the di- rector of the local Chautauqua and Is in charge of the interesting Junior Work. A very excellent impromptu program was given in the Chautauqua tent Monday evening under the direction of the Superintendent, Miss lone Irland, assisted by Mrs. J. B. Gather and Miss Leonore Lemmler. The program was opened by the nging of "America" by the audience Running Race (about mile) Friday, September 7 Running Race (about Mi mile) OIL ASS'N ELECTS OFFICERS Bradford, July P. Flynn of Ham wimams anu marcneu ui l Lu Luc Bradford, July r. -riynn to the Court House under the direc- Somc-rs rets is a novel and entertain- ,ylng beneath a bed of roots, in slatersrillei w. Va., today started an- tion of Jonathan Colegrove, a soldier mg one- ana should attiact a Case3 ot coai turning "1> I othor term as heaa ot the Pennsylvania of 181-2. O. J. Hamlin was the orator, audience. ____________ witll roots. Crude Oil association as the result of Isaac Burllngame, fifer and Asa Sart- -well, clarlnett player. O. R. Bennett or John E. Niles read the Declaration. The drummer's name- is forgotten. Hiram Payne was the toast master at the banquet, as each toast was giv- en Marshal! Colegrove would wave his sword as a signal to his squad of thirteen soldiers to tire a salute, flint- lock guns were used. Edward Corwin and Col. Eilihu Chadwick. Revolutionary Soldiers were present. It is to he doubted yesterday's celebration at the County Seat held one whit, more patriotism than did this one a century ago, although the many changes in the arrangements and program surely give the thought- ful American much food for thought. BERTHA HALL HELMER Cor. Sec. of Canoe Place Historical Society in Port Allegany Reporter A BUSY INDUSTRY One of the busiest industries in Smethport at the present time is the plant of the Marvel Specialty Co. on Fulton street, manufacturers of electric magnets and spinner color disc tops, is working to full capacity day and night. The demand for the ingenius coior tops which are the invention of W. J. Kerr of this borough, is greater than the company can meet, even by con- stantly increasing its production. The article promises to become one of the biggest sellers ever placed on the market. ATHLETIC FIELD WORK It is expected that Ralph O'Connor i with the roots. O. J. Hamlin of Smethi Hollow Tune' and "Can't Be Blue." A male quartette, Seth Norman, Paul Hallstrom, Rev. J. A. Taylor and Fred Hallstrom sang "Its A Gay Old World" and "Get A lira very acceptable manner. Crude Oil association as the result of with two pianologues, "The 'tnpOl t Writes nrflooi.c rnemltfirs nf >._ ......I I.......-.I.., Smethport Won From Durant City 6-2 By EM1L JOHNSON Underneath a sweltering July sun a youthful group of local baseball a.s- liirunts. who, bolstered by a. time-tried group of veterans who are trying to keep Smethport in the spotlight as the leading citadel of sports In the county, made a successful attack upon tho record highly-touted, unbeaceil Durant City baseballers last Sunday at the Community Field. When Ohman who had relieved Bob Hull on the hill, whiffed a batter for the last out the spectators suddenly remembered that It was a hot day and began to wipe away perspiration. Their Interest In the action made them forget the scorching we mean nothing but action. The final tally wag 6-2 In Smethport's favor. Fans of a few years ago will re- member tho .clever baseball played for Smethport by the Hull brothers, Art. McDermott, John Walker, Lloyd Kohn, Lafty McKenna and Tommio Clark. These are the stars who are still sending customers away satisfied every Sunday from Community Field. Then the younger players, .headed by Emery Kohn who recently starred on the Drexel Institute nine are furn- ishing baseball which one wust travel many miles to see. Ham Abbey nabs- grounders and pegs the ball like a big leaguer. Ohman, last year's p.tching sensation, has returned from Glenfleld nnd has demonstrated that he can still pitch by shutting out Bradford on July Fourth. McCoy, ex-high school athlete, shows promise as a slugger. This galaxy of diamond luminaries Is now ready to bring some fast teams All they need Is a little of this in 1S75. Coal from Skinner Creek was hauled by team to Clean, local contractor, will have a steam and throughout Allegany and Cat- j shovel in operation during the coming j taraugus counties erf New York. week on the job of grading McCoy! The "Coal Bed Branch' up Skin- West Virginia, New Athletic Field at the corner of Willow' ner Creek has for years been a point ,uu, OMo wel.e at the and Marvin streets, recently presented of interest. Especially has the drill- sesslons. to Buclaail Post, American Legion and ing ui' gas and oil wells of recent A1, otlicers ot- the association were the election of officers and members of i the board of directors at the asaocia- lion's fifth annual meeting here yes- I terday. Members of the organization from New Dos and "Jerusha-' Several clever stunts were performed under the direction of Miss Irland and the pro- gram closed with the Booster Chorus. j DOGS KILL SHEEP AT THE KLEISATH FARM NEAR TOWN the town by Paul D. Hamlin. Dr. A. R. Livermore informs the i years showed the rich deposit of the "black diamonds" which are known to Democrat that the contract for building be found in paying quantities. a quarter-mile concrete curbed cinder The new- surveys which are being reported wili be watched much interest by local residents. track will be let so work can be start- ed while the grading job progresses. STATE GRANGE MASTER IS IN SMETHPORT THIS WEEK E. B. Dorsett, Master of the Penn- now with COUNTY SHEEP GROWERS WOOL POOL SUCCESSFUL On July 5th and 6th the McKean sylvania State 'Grange, of Mansfield, i County Sheep and Wool Growers pool- has been stopping in Smethpor week, paying nightly visits to the various granges of the county. Mr. Dorsett has a wide circle of friends in McKean county who are ed their wool at Port Allegany. pounds were received at the pool which is about COO pounds above last years pool. The wool was sold to S. A. Roth, All otllcers of the association were re-elected. They are: I. H. Shearer of Bradford, vice president; E. N. Ly- one of Philadelphia, recording secre- your presence In the grandstand and (Tie good old days of local baseball will be surpassed and forgotten. J. Johnson. The summary follows: Smethport MuDermott. Ib Abbey, ss L. Hull, c ___ E. Kohn, rf Walker. 2h L. Kohn, 3b McKerma. cf McCoy. If ___ Clnrk.. If R. Hull, p Ohman. p TOTALS AB R SH PO A E 1 1 0 0 0 1 Kane Republican, Tuesday. With j nurant City numerous reports of dogs running deer and killing sheep in this vicinity an investigation conducted by State Agent E Irnnaneipliia, Sam Messer of Oil City, treas- i John L. Cliff, of this city, has revealed urer, and R H. Alexander of Oil City, secretary. TWO COUNTY PAVING that more than a dozen sheep have been killed near here within the past month. Dogs running at largo raided the I farms of Henry Kleisath near Smeth- [llellUS 111 ..u j extremely gratified at the splendid Baltimore, Mil. for 51.6 flat, record he is making as head of Penn- Tl-.e amount of wool received at the I pool shows that the men in the county still realize the value of this method of selling their wool because in seve.r- they were offered 4Sc sylvania Granges. PROJECTS THIS MONTH "Laura G. Baker at Rixford Two road improvement projects inland killed sheep valued at over a McKean county, covering about three hundred dollars. Claims paid out by miles, will be opened for bids in the I the State Department of Agriculture Department of Highways iit Harris- j to farmers whose stock has been kill- burg July 20 and 27. On July 26 bids ed by dogs amounted to 5117.20. will be asked for feet of pave- In an effort to prevent dogs from ment In Smethport borough. On the running deer, and causing other dam- following day a 1S.342 foot project in j age which has been reported here a Foster Bradford and Keating town- careful check-up of unlicensed dogH ships is scheduled. A tofii of 28 pro- and dogs running loose in Kane and TWO DEMOCRATIC MEETINGS jects for Lhe HI UlSUllll-t.-.-? Lllt7J ivtlt oil.- i The. Democratic faction headed by j ,s ,ibout 5c :L more than Thos. Flaherty .of Bradford will hold j they a meeting in Bradford Saturday af-j amj aijout 3V-C less than the ternoon, in response to a call issued tMj. by Mr. Flaherty for the purpose ot i .....______ electing a county chairman. On Monday night another meetiag of Democrats will be held In Bradford in response to a call issued by its leader. Wm. O'Neil. DEMONSTRATE VOTING MACHINE Kane voters will soon have an op- portunity' of witnessing a demonstra- tion of voting machines in the interest of the proposed amendment constitution to be voted on state next November, which provides for the adoption of voting machines at future state elections. to in the this PARKER CRAMER'S TRANS- ATLANTIC FLIGHT PLANS A news photo of the "Greater Rock- the plane in which Parker Cramer, son of Mrs. Fanny Cramer, formerly of Smethport, and his flying companion, Bert Hassell. will attempt to fly to Stockholm, Sweden, this summer, accompanied by photos of the two flyers, and descriptive reading appears on Page C of today's Democrat. PENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRATIC LEADER VISITS SMETHPORT John Collins of Coudersport, chair- man of the Pennsylvania State Dem- ocratic committee, was a Smethport 'visitor yesterday afternoon and was a pleasant caller at the Democrat offlee. Mr. Collins is most optimistic regard- Ing the national and state outlook for tho success of the Democratic slate headed by Alfred E. Smith for Presl dent. _______________ ON CANADIAN TRIP E. A. Stu'dholme, Orange Bank youths, and adults as well. president, and son Clinton left Satur- day for Erie where they joined Dr. B. R Baker, Erie dentist, and other friends on a several weeks motor Lutheran church, enjoyed a delightful camping trip to the wilds ot northern picnic at Oalco Park last Sunday. The ATTEMPTED BURGLARY Early Tuesday morning Arthur Pickersgill noticed a man tampering with the lock on the door of the Market Basket store, Main street, which is near the Pickersgill Bakery- He immediately notified County Detec- tive Jack Allison and Mr. Allison, ac- companied by his son, Deputy Sheriff CATES-ENGSTROM Announcement has been made of the marriage of Mrs. Lillian Stollett Cates and Eugene Engstrom of Jamestown, N. Y., which.event took place Satur- day, June 30. The groom, formerly of Smethport, is now engaged in the prac- tice of law In Jamestown. OLE SWIMMING HOLE IS POPULAR THESE DAYS During the heat wave of the past week the swimming hole at Herzog'.i mill on Mechanic street has been a popular rendezvous with Smethport DELIGHTFUL PICNIC Members of the Smethport Swedish Ontario, Canada. event was largely attended. ed for bids on the days. Almost 67 miles of road is included in the program. state will be open- vicinity has resulted in News Brevities hundred prosecutions. found running sheep .deer will be killed on sight whether licensed I or not. If a dog is licensed it is said that damage can be collected if Leolfter. 3b H. Micheati, c B. Wilson, rf...... Jenkins, 2h E. Wilson, Ib Bon in i, ss Bergren, p L. Mieheau. cf..... Bouch, If .37 6 1 27 11 3 AB R SH PO A E it is killed, but not If it game or sheep. is running a state game protector as an assistant, Mr. Cliff is investigating nu- Amolia Earhart, Boston settlement m.. worker, who Hew from Newfoundland J nierous complaints today at Bldred. to England recently is given enthus- iastic ovation in New York when shejOJL TANK EXPLODES ON REW and her companion flyers return to1 American soil. lost when the Chilean army transport crashes on Week-end heat wave t-o IH.T own, ill (liy Li auap'Ji L Halsey Allison, made a quick trip to i rocks off south coast of Chile. the scene. The would-be burglar, however, had evidently taken fright and disappeared. An exhaustive search by the officers was fruitless. TRIMMING COURT HOUSE TREES An extensive job of tree surgery is being performed" to the beautiful trees on the McKean county court house square, this borough. The dense foliage on the court house square never presented a more beau- takes toll ot HILL; BARNS CATCH FIRE Bradford, July leaky oil tank poured oil on troubled waters and a driller's torch set it aflre, threatening destruction to two barns and a patch of .woods at the foot of Rew City Hill last night about 11 o'clock. Oil leaking from an oil tank (lowed 30 lives in mid-west. 11 deaths from drowning are ported in Pennsylvania Sunday. John D. Rockefeller rece' new Ford sedan from Henry l''oru on burning Its way his birthday, Sunday. j tam; which is believed to have ex- Herbert Hoover tenders resignation Tm> explosion set a sur tiful appearance season. The work now in progress has been badly needed for some tlmo and will preserve the trees for years to come. WORK ON NEW SCHOOL BUILDING BEING RUSHED Lon. Evans, DuBols contractor, la rushing work on the construction of the handsome new Keating: township school at Farmers Valley. The concrete foundation walls'have been'finished and work on tho main itructuro In now under way. mday. lllto a small creek, came in contact elves gift a driller's torch and burst into nry Ford on burning Its way back to the y. j tam; which is believed to have ex- erer oover e resignation TnP explosion set a sur- as Secretary of Commerce in President woods aflre and shortly Coolldge's cabinet, to become effective iwo barns nearby burst Into a.t President's convenience. flames. The new pumper and the August llth is fixed as dafo of noti- from Central station answered ficatlon of Herbert Hoover of his nom- the am) aucceeded in extinguish- ination by the Republican party for' president. Lieut. Einar-Paal Lundborg. Swed- ish' aviator who rescued General Um- (ne narng and Woods. eHtjmated as slight. Damage The tank was stlU burning when the flro company returned shortly after 1 herto Nobile and was himself maroon- Firemen were unable to say ed on arctic ice floe while attempting who tne pr0pei.ty belonged to. further rescues of Italia survivors, Is __------------------- rescued by another Swedish flyer, PENNSY CRUDE JUMPS Lieut. Khybcrs. t L. k. An of 2" cents per barrel party. Democrats wage vigorous campaign In South for first time In history. day. Subscribe tor The Democrat TOTALS .......36 2 1 24 10 3 "Earned City 1, Smeth- port 4. First on Hull 1. Two Base 1. Struck Bergren 5; by Hull 3; by Ohman 2. and Kohn. ADDITIONAL LOCALS Sasse, young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Sasse, submitted, to a. serious operation a.t the Buffalo General hospital, yesterday, for a knee condition which has been troubling her for several weeks past. The oper- ation was performed by Dr. Plummer, well known orthopedic specialist, and the little patient withstood the opera- tion very Republican, Tuesday. beautiful display of the Aurora Borealls was witnessed In the northern heavens Saturday night. aro brightening the front of the Lindholm building on Main Street. McKean County Fair Associa- tion is now nicely settled In Its well appointed new quarters In the basement of the Hamlin Bank Trust company building. Main street. Chas. Bates has been confined to her home on King street by a critical attack of illness. W. H. Gallup Is a patient at the Mountain Clinic hospital, Olean. Ghordis S. Pickers- gill and daughter- and. Mrs. Gertrude Lawrence of TidioutP were rueats of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Pickersgill Sun- Emelyn Haltmertz loft last week for Chautauqua Lftke where she will attend the annual Assembly. Dorothy and Marlon Apple returned home Sunday after spending a ten-day vacation' In Atlantic City. and Mrs. Robert Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. John Cooper and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Cooper and family and Mr. and Mrs. Claude Mid daughter motored to Chautauqiu, LaM Sunday and spent day.