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Items from The Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa.,

Tuesday, March 3, 1914


School Board Closes Realty Deal and Gets Deeds to Fifth and Sixth Avenue Property.
Architects' Plans for Franklin School Improvements Referred to Building Committee.




After giving final consideration to the matter of purchasing three lots adjoining the present high school property from Mrs. Clara Pugh, of Philadelphia, the local school board, at the regular monthly meeting last night, instructed Solicitor M. M. Morrow to receive the deeds to the properties involved and pay over the price agreed upon, $22,000, to Mrs. Pugh's agent, Charles H. Morgan.


For the past three months the realty deal has been pending and efforts to close the transfer and secure the three lots fronting on Sixth avenue, have been frequently made by members of the board. Certain conditions regarding the erection of an annex to the high school included in the deal, are chiefly responsible for the delay in the settlement of the matter.


District Gets Free Lot.


A lot fronting fifty feet on the Fifth avenue side, next the high school manual training department, is donated to the school district, provided the following conditions were agreed upon. Mrs. Pugh asks that the name of Jaggard Annex be applied to a new structure to be utilized as an addition to the local high school, should such a building be erected by the board.


In the clause governing this condition are found the words pertaining to the projected annex, "it shall be designated by a marker of stone on the exterior of the structure and the said former owner of the ground shall have the right to place the portraits of her father or mother, or other memorial, within the halls of the building whenever she may desire. The said directors of the board shall be empowered to suggest suitable memorials also."


Solicitor Receives Deeds.


Charles H. Morgan, agent for Mrs. Pugh in this city, was present at the meeting and presented the deeds and title to the land. They were, in turn, received by Solicitor Morrow, who will take them to the county court house this morning and have them recorded. A check for the purchase price will be tendered in payment today.


A mansion house, the old Jaggard residence, is located in the centre of the Sixth avenue lots. Tenants occupy it at the present and a lease will not expire until October, 1914. This structure rents for $35 monthly and President W. F. Eberle, visiting director to the high school, was authorized to have the dwelling under his care. Mrs. Pugh also gives the board an insurance policy covering the house, which will not expire for two years.


Board Against Law Class.


Superintendent H. H. Baish presented his report to the directors and gave a number of interesting items which will be published in a subsequent issue. In conclusion, he explained the need of a class in the city night schools for the study of commercial law.


Twenty applicants were waiting to begin learning the problems of every day business law, the superintendent averred. A number of young men about the city desired to take up the subject as soon as possible and a prominent young attorney had expressed a willingness to instruct the class, said the school official. This matter was then put before the members and after a lengthy discussion it was flatly refused.


Mr. Hicks, in referring to the matter, said: "I do not visit to appear antagonistic toward the plan, but I believe if we begin teaching law in our night schools, why not prepare men for the ministry, or instruct them in dentistry and medicine? The law is too broad a subject to be handled by one man. If it wasn't why should all law students spend so much time and money in studying law."


It was finally agreed to supplant the proposed course by the introduction of a series of four or six lectures each, relative to common law, business law, and several other phases with which many would fain be more familiar. This plan will be inaugurated during the coming weeks.


Minor Business Matters.


On motion of Mr. Keith, the board raised the monthly stipend of the Curtin school janitor to $70 from $60.


Mr. Bell reported trouble in the Penn building relative to the heating plant. An investigation of the structure and plant will be made soon.


Mr. Hicks was authorized to purchase ten sectional book cases for the Jefferson school library, at his own suggestion.


Principals of the various school buildings will take the census of pupils in the schools this summer and will receive the same figure as previously, four cents per head, which was favorably accepted by the members.


Franklin School Repairs.


Architects Shollar & Hersh were present and delivered plans for the proposed improvements to be made at the Franklin school, at Seventh avenue and Twentieth street, at the expiration of the present term.


The cost of excavating and concrete work was estimated at $5,857, while the total cost of the complete repairs and improvements will reach $15,000 or more, according to the material used. New toilets are needed in the structure, a modern heating plant will be essential and the plumbing and lighting system will have to be restored and improved. Today the plans will be sent to Harrisburg, where state officials will look them over. After considering the plans, the board authorized the building committee to forward the drawings to the state capital and upon receiving them again, the committee was advised to advertise for bids on the proposed work, and also to prepare detailed plans and specifications


Arguments in Amicable Proceeding Heard and Decision Reserved.
Duncansville in Limelight With Cases in which the Weichell House Is Concerned.




The Weichell house at Duncansville is helping to give that community the reputation of being a wide-open town. The grand jury yesterday found a true bill against Thomas Hamel, for there shooting and killing David Mobley.


James Hinton submitted to the charge of pointing a shot-gun at Mrs. Weichell and snapping the trigger. "It wasn't loaded," James explained. Hinton also submitted to the charge of attempting to ravish Bertha Weichell, a 15-year-old girl. Judge
Baldrige sentenced Hinton to undergo a term of imprisonment of one year less one day, in the county jail. Sentence was suspended on the rape charge.


Frank Weichell, just verging on his 21st year, pleaded guilty to attempting to shoot Hinton with a revolver. He was committed to the Huntingdon reformatory.


A Drug Victim Sentenced.


Harry Henderson, a colored man, pleaded guilty to the charge of stealing a roll of bank notes from a companion. He admitted that he was a drug victim, and an investigation of his person showed that he was a walking apothecary shop. He had a half hundred morphine tablets in his pockets. County Detective James G. Spangler was directed to go after the druggist who had wholesaled a supply of slow-suicide dope to Henderson. Henderson was sentenced to undergo a term of five months imprisonment in the county jail and the jailor was counselled to deny admittance to any persons who may seek to convey dope to the prisoner.


Others Who Pleaded Guilty.


Fred Langham pleaded guilty to the charge of defrauding a boarding house keeper out of a bill of $55. He was sent to jail for sixty days.


William Endress, a 21-year-old offender, with both jail and reformatory record, was sent to jail for eight months for robbing Chinese laundries.


Ira Campbell was sent to jail for sixty days for defrauding a boarding house keeper.


Kimmell Darr pleaded guilty to the charge of deserting his wife and eight children. The castaways are now being maintained at the county home. His case will be fully investigated by the court before sentence is imposed.


D. H. Carland submitted to the charge of procuring goods on credit from Altoona grocers by impersonating another man. He will be kept in jail until he pays his dupes.


Walter F. Lenhar, who stole $6 from George O. Dilling, was sent to the Huntingdon reformatory.


Clyde Sitman pleaded guilty to the charge of fornication and bastardy. The usual sentence was imposed.


Carl M. Hess, a wife deserter, was sentenced to contribute the monthly sum of $17.50 to her support.


James Andrews, Duncansville weapon bearer, was sent to jail for the term of one month.


Frank W. Drake, weak minded and aged 32, submitted to the charge of deserting his wife, who is a woman of 50. Sentence was deferred one month in the hope that Drake will regain his health in that time.


Arguments as to Controller.


Arguments were made on the proceedings instituted by the county commissioners to declare the office of county controller illegal, because founded on an unconstitutional act of assembly.


County Solicitor J. Lee Plummer represented the commissioners, J. Banks Kurtz, esq., and Thomas C. Hare, esq., counselled County Controller T. William Tobias. The case affects the office of controller in eleven counties of the state, having over one million population.


Mr. Plummer defined the case as a friendly contest. "There is no friction between these public officials," he I said. "They are not at loggerheads. Mr. Tobias is a most capable controller and performs his duties acceptably and well. The commissioners want to have all doubts attached to the legality of this office removed before incurring the expense of office equipments, salaries and the salaries of the controller and his deputy."


Mr. Hare argued: "The offices of county controller and county auditor are not identical. The controller has more comprehensive powers. He countersigns all warrants, approves contracts and bonds. He is the watch dog of the county machinery. He sets all the wheels in motion. The duties of auditor are purely ministerial. He merely checks up the bills and vouchers."


Judge Baldrige took the papers and made no intimation as to the probable disposition of the case.


A Variety of Cases Disposed Of.


H. H. Delozier, a grocer of East Hollidaysburg, was appointed foreman of the grand jury.


A writ of habeas corpus was granted in the case of Harry Trout, a 6-year-old boy. The parents are estranged. The mother, Margaret F. Trout, seeks to regain the custody of the child from the father, Walter Trout. The court will hear the case on Thursday morning.


Robert Donald Lorenz, son of Justice of the Peace Henry C. Lorenz, of Roaring Spring, was, on the recommendation


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of the board of law examiners, admitted to practice in the several courts of Blair county.
Report of W. C. Fletcher, esq., master, recommending that a divorce be granted in the case of Beulah L. Cunningham against Harry G. Cunningham, on the grounds of the husband's lack of fidelity, was filed.


Robert A. Cox, of Juniata, who had deserted his wife and child, was sentenced to contribute $113 monthly to their support.


The Pennsylvania Railroad company entered an ejectment against Mrs. Jennie M. Wilt to recover forty five-hundredths of an acre of ground, located within the lines of its right of way, at Duncansville.


Wants His Name Off.


Henry Weikert, a voucher on the tavern license petition of D. H. Haagen, Arlington hotel, Tyrone, petitioned the court for leave to withdraw his name. He alleged that he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church taught a class of twenty men in the Sunday school and had been persuaded, under a misapprehension, to sign the license application. His honor declined to grant the petition because the day had gone by for amending the record.


Only One Bon Ton Bakery.


The injunction obtained by Franklin Brothers against W. S. Lee and D G. Hurley to prevent defendants from using the trade name of "Bon Ton Bakery" was made perpetual.


Will Abide by Dauphin Decision.


In the prosecution issued by Pure Food Agent Banzhoff against six Altoona grocers, who are charged with selling adulterated vinegar, the parties signed an agreement to abide by the decision which will be made by the Dauphin county court in similar cases.


Grand Jury Returns.


Mary C. Amick - Keeping a bawdy and disorderly house. A true bill.


Nellie Burkhart - Adultery. A true bill.


Riley Wilt - Selling adulterated vinegar. Pure Food Agent H. L. Banzhoff, prosecutor. A true bill.


True bills were also found against Grocers A. H. Lord, J. C. and A. S. Hicks, S. J. Breth, Mrs. G. Wissinger and M. A. Cushing for selling adulterated vinegar.


Mary C. Amick - Adultery. A true bill.


Mike Sophia - Selling cigarettes to a minor. A true bill.


Isadore Burgoon - Statutory rape, fornication and bastardy. A true bill as to both counts.


George Mallory - Buggery. A true bill.


Joseph Finn - Highway robbery; aggravated assault and battery. A true bill.


Thomas Hamel - Murder of David Mobley. A true bill.


Antonia Conte, Antonia Bufano, Guiseppe Aguglia, Antonia Demay, Nick Longo and Stanslo Cipriano - Criminal libel. Dr. J. M. Sheedy prosecutor. A true bill.


A. W. Pedersilia - Malicious mischief. A true bill.


Joseph Hughes - Malicious mischief. A true bill.


R. F. Luckie - Malicious mischief. A true bill.


Francis H. Kelly - Statutory rape and fornication and bastardy. A true bill.


Frank Stanley - Felonious shooting; aggravated assault and battery. A true bill.


In cross prosecution between Mary Amick and Nellie Burkhart for larceny, the grand jury ignored both indictments and imposed the costs upon the prosecutor.


Motions and Petitions.


Frank H. Fay, esq., was appointed master to take the testimony in the divorce suit of Jacob H. Stehley against Rose M. Stehley.


Rule granted for the discharge of Harry D. Herr, administrator of Sarah M. Piper.


Rule granted for the discharge of Ida V. Jackson, administratrix of Agnes Zern.


The Logan township road supervisors were ruled to place a public highway near Lakemont park in passable condition for public use.


Jacob Berman was appointed guardian of the seven minor children of the late Louis Berman. Bonds approved.


Rule granted to stay execution of William Fluke against O. B. Malloy, an Altoona grocer. The petition was filed by M. W. Pringle, Malloy's receiver in bankruptcy.


Rule granted for the discharge of the Altoona Trust company, guardian of Charles C. Moorhead.


The resignation of W. P. McCune, election judge of the Second precinct, Seventh ward, Altoona, was accepted.


Subpoena granted in the divorce suit of Laura M. Cornelius against James M. Cornelius.


A. V. Dively, esq., was appointed master to take the testimony in the divorce suit of Minnie J. Yon against Albert H. Yon.


J. B. Kurtz, esq., was appointed master to take the testimony in the divorce suit of Edith Ryder against Anthony Ryder.


Rule granted for the discharge of Henry P. Hollar, administrator of Amanda Hollar.


W. D. McDowell was appointed registration assessor of the Fourth district, Logan township.


Anna L. Fleck, administratrix of Earl R. Fleck, was authorized to make private sale of real estate of decedent.


The report of viewers, favoring the erection of a bridge across the Pennsylvania railroad tracks from Alley C to Lincoln avenues, Tyrone, was confirmed nisi. The viewers recommended that the cost of erection be borne by the county, the borough and the Pennsylvania Railroad Company:


Court will reconvene this morning at 9.30 o'clock.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Tuesday, March 3, 1914, pages 1 & 6


Roaring Spring


Frank McDonald, foreman of the electric bleach plant of the paper mill, was a business visitor in Altoona, on Friday last.


E. B. Sturtevant, our optician, has returned from a business trip through Maryland and West Virginia.


Charles F. Hartman, of Curry, was a recent visitor at the home of his niece, Mrs. S. H. Garber, of Main street.


David McGee and Edward Gorman were week-end visitors to the Mountain City.


Frank Hoffman, of Petersburg, spent Saturday and Sunday with his friend, Palmer McGee.


Robert J. Adams a traveling salesman of the Mountain City, spent Friday night with his mother and sisters, of this place.


Beginning on the 11th inst., and continuing for three days, the Elson company of Boston, will exhibit a collection of 200 fine pictures in the high school building. It is represented as a very high class collection and should be seen by all who have an eye for the beautiful.


William Baker and family, of Waterside, spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew N. Baker.


The storm that reached our town on Sunday afternoon and continued over Sunday night and yesterday not only caused frequent stoking of furnaces, but proved destructive to property. It tore off almost half of the roof of Thomas Oldham's house at Main street, and a large part of the roof of Thomas Oldham's' house at Rodenau, broken the large 4 x 4 foot window in the north side of L. B. Stoudnour's fine new house, on New street, smashing it into fragments as if hit with a brick bat, and doing considerable damage to their parlor furniture; also unroofed chicken coops and other small buildings in other parts of the town. Many of our oldest inhabitants consider it the worst wind storm we had had for many years.


Mrs. Marshall Hartman, of Altoona, is visiting her sister-in-law, Mrs. Albert Acker and family, of East Main street.


Mrs. W. S. Ober, who has been confined to her bed with catarrh of the stomach for the past two months, continues to be a very sick woman.


Tinner W. W. Steel is confined to his home under the care of his doctor,


The second of the parent-teachers meeting was held on Thursday evening last in the high school building with a fair attendance of both parents and teachers. In the absence of Dr. A. L. Garver, Prof. J. K. Ritchey was chosen to act as temporary chairman. The meeting was opened by all present joining in repeating the Lord's Prayer. The report of the nominating committee was then made by the chairman, Rev. E. L. Eslinger, suggesting the following persons for permanent offices: president, Dr. F. B. Berkheimer; first vice president, L. B. Stoudnour, second vice president, J. P. Martin; recording secretary, Miss Clara Replogle; corresponding secretary, Miss Sara Brumbaugh; treasurer, Clarence Hair, and the following executive committee: Professor J. K. Ritchey, Miss Clara B. Garver, Miss Mary Eslinger, Rev. J. E. Stone, Isaac S. Mock, G. M. Garver, and J. E. Stern, all of whom were unanimously elected. The next meeting will be held on the second Friday evening of this month, for which a program will be announced.




The remains of the late Mrs. D. R. McClintick arrived in Tyrone on the 9 o'clock train last evening from Florida. Her son, Emory E. McClintick, met the cortege at Washington, D. C.


Sheridan Troop drill will be suspended this evening, on account of the troop meeting tomorrow evening, at which time Inspector Instructor W. H. Bell, of the Eleventh United States cavalry, will be here. The first part of the evening will be devoted to instruction, at the close of which an important business meeting of the troop will be held.


Alexander M. Kennedy, of Sandy Ridge, transacted business in Tyrone yesterday.


Miss Florence Slaughter, of Wilmington, Del., is the pleasant guest of friends in town.


A resident of one of the lower suburbs narrowly escaped death via the intoxication and railroad route at the local depot about 9 o'clock last night. Had he not been literally thrown from the track by an active minded bystander, he would have been run down by a train. Being decidedly unable to take care of himself, he was given a night's lodging in the borough bastile, to which resort he was carefully piloted by Officer Fred Giles.


Charles E. Patton, of Curwensville, was a prominent visitor in town yesterday.


H. E. Miller, George W. Jones and Elmer Snyder, with their respective wives and families, left this morning for Florida. They were numbered in a party of seventeen Pennsylvanians who have lost faith in the weather man and will make their future home where groundhogs, goose bones, ear lugs and overcoats have a place only in museums.


John Warren Long, of South Lincoln avenue, the Daniel Boone of the First ward, is housed up with a genuine case of grip.


The officers and members of the "League of Good Citizenship" are reminded of the entertainment to be given in the auditorium on Friday evening of this week, at 8 o'clock, to which all members of Tyrone borough council have been invited.


Tyrone borough council held a lively and interesting session last evening, the occasion being the regular monthly meeting night. Among other important business an ordinance was passed which declares vacant that part of Lincoln avenue, eighteen feet in width, south side, from southeast corner of Twenty-second street to the northeast corner of Twenty-third street.




Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fry, of Altoona, were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Benney, of 614 Fifth avenue.


Mrs. T. D. Brackbill, of 617 Fifth avenue, has returned from Duncannon, where she was called by the critical illness of her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, whose death occurred a few days later.


D. B. Norris and daughter Gertrude, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Young, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Roy, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Benney and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hallett were entertained at dinner on Saturday evening by Mr. and Mrs. Bert Brandt, of Altoona.


On Friday evening the junior class of the Juniata high school was entertained by one of its members, Edgar Blatt, at his home, 1228 Fourth avenue. A sledding party from Bellwood, in conjunction with the class, were also guests. A delightful evening was spent, and a bountiful supper disposed of.


Arthur Martin, of 906 Third avenue, is confined to his bed, suffering from a severe cold.


Abraham Glunt, of 227 Park Place, left on Saturday for a visit with friends at Eldorado, Duncansville and Newry .


Mrs. G. E. Steel, of 202 Tenth avenue, left yesterday for a visit with Wilkinsburg friends.


H. C. Bowman, of Lock Haven, is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. V. H. Black, of 203 Park Place.


Mrs. D. A. McCracken, of 813 Third avenue, has a birthday only once in every four years, but yesterday there was a celebration anyhow, at her home, in the nature of a surprise dinner. Her mother, sisters and nieces, with well filled baskets gathered at her home in the forenoon and prepared a bountiful dinner. The surprise was complete. Those present were her mother, Mrs. Sarah Brown; sisters, Mrs. William Taneyhill and Mrs. Russell Davis; nieces, Mrs. Tressie Piper, Mrs. Naomi Filer, and Mrs. Lou Brackbill; sister-in-law, Mrs. B. T. McCracken. The ladies were in need of a chaperon, and Orphus McCracken acted in that capacity.


Mr. and Mrs. John Sands, of 309 Sixth avenue, spent Sunday in Pittsburg, visiting their brother Harry, who is afflicted with locomotor ataxia. Mr. Sands is well known in this section, and his many friends will be glad to know that he is somewhat improved.


On Sunday, Miss Grace McManigal, of 200 Tenth avenue, attained the dignity of 19 years, and last evening a party was given in her honor, by her sister, Mrs. V. H. Black, of 203 Park Place. The guests present spent a very pleasant evening, and partook of a dainty luncheon, served by the hostess. Those present were: Misses Walker, McDermott and Crum, nurses at the Altoona Hospital, Miss Ursula Pratt, Miss Catherine Sorgen, Frederick Garman, of Juniata; Eugene Freeman, of Washington, D.C., H. C. Bowman, of Lock Haven, Mrs. Walter Evey, of Roaring Spring and Mr. and Mrs. V. H. Black.


The Juniata Juniors will journey to Burnham on Saturday and play the strong team at that place in the evening. Lovers of basketball are anticipating a fast and close game.


Mrs. James Funk, of Baltimore, Md.; Mrs. David Funk, of Warriorsmark; Mrs. Dr. Burket and son Clair, of Altoona, were delightful week-end guests of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Henry, 814 Broadway.


The class of 1917, Juniata high school, were entertained on Friday evening at the home of Miss Catherine Rhoan, 508 Ninth street. The house was beautifully decorated in the class colors, green and white and the young people made merry in games and with music, until refreshments were served. Those present were: Misses Edna Shew, Emma Norman, Emma Wright, Elizabeth Yeckley, Hilda Walsh, Eva Walter, Bertha Shellenberger, Phyllis Zeigler, Byrde Fleming, Eva Roher and Messrs. John Yetter, William Riley, Charles Gearhart, Elmer Heiser, Harry Kochenderfer, William Hall, Harold Wieshew, Robert Woomer..


Mr. and Mrs. Yeckley and daughter Elizabeth were Sunday guests of friends in Bellwood.


Mrs. Harry Ross, of Juniata Park, was on Thursday removed to the Altoona hospital for treatment. Mrs. Ross had been a patient there several weeks ago, but had been able to be at her home. She was again taken ill and it was deemed advisable to remove her again to that institution.


Two young ladies had a hard fall when a sleigh in which they were driving upset at Fourth avenue and Seventh street, on Sunday afternoon. Neither was seriously hurt but the drive was postponed on account of the absence of the horse, the animal having taken opportunity to break several speed limit ordinances. He was later captured at Altoona postoffice, still decorated with a pair of shafts and the dashboard of a sleigh. The outfit belongs to Liveryman George Sayers.


To Raise Assessed Valuation.


Juniata school director initiated a movement to increase the assessed valuation of property in the borough. In a special session of the board last evening, Directors J. W. Fleck and P E. Bishop were named a committee. to arrange if possible, for a joint meeting of borough council, the ward assessors and the school board, with a view to giving official consideration of a much talked of project to place the assessed valuation of the borough on a more substantial basis, it being the intention to also consult with the county commissioners in the matter before reaching a final decision. The proposition is brought to a to focus the fact that the school directors face one more situation of overcrowded schools and this time with a borrowing capacity insufficient to erect a new school building of adequate size to meet the demands of the next two or three years. The board has now reached within $22,500 of the legal limitation of bonded indebtedness in the amount of seven per cent. of the assessed valuation and plan to increase the borrowing capacity of the school district by advancing the proportions of assessors' figures on property in the borough. This does not mean an increase in taxes, since the idea of the officials is to decrease the millage in direct proportion to the increase in valuation leaving the taxpayers the same figures to settle with the tax collector as at present. Juniata property is not assessed high and will stand a reasonable percentage of advance without unfairness to anyone, and citizens who consider the welfare of the schools, and of borough finance too for that matter, will readily favor the plan suggested by the directors. The schools are crowded to the limit and beyond, and it is imperative that finance be shaped up for building operations during the coming summer.


Borough Council.


The first item of business given attention by borough council last evening in the regular monthly session of the body was the admission to membership of Councilmen-elect A. C. Ergler and L. J. Weishew. The oath of office was administered to the representatives of the new Fifth ward by Chief Burgess J. L. Bardine and the gentlemen were immediately assigned to committees by President of Council W. B. Benney. Mr. Ergler was placed on the highways committee and Mr. Weishew will serve in a similar capacity in the department of water. Other members of council present were A. R. Burket, E. W. Burtnette, J. H. Troutman, O. B. Chestney, J. B. Claycomb and W H. Stahl, the only absentee being E. E. Smith, of the Fourth ward.


A communication from W. L. Hicks, esq. attorney for A. W. Templeton, of Tyrone, called attention to the order of the court that a recent fine and costs imposed on Mr. Templeton for alleged violations of the sewer ordinance be refunded, and asked that council take the matter up with Justice of the Peace D. D. Coleman and arrange for compliance with decree of the court. On motion of Messrs. Burket and Chestney it was directed that Clerk Will H. Baird confer with 'Squire Coleman with a view to reaching the desired result, it being understood that the borough will bear such expense as may now revert to it. The fine was imposed on Mr. Templeton for draining roof water into a public sewer, and the reimbursement is decreed because the sewer in question was not under the control of the borough at the time the A. W. Templeton property in the Juniata Park section was connected into it. The decision of the court is interesting to owners of borough property since it seems to practically place a number of properties in the First ward beyond the pale of the ordinance forbidding the draining of roof water into borough sewers.


Another matter of more than ordinary interest came up with a letter from Rogers No. 1 fire company, serving notice of the increase of rental demanded for such apartments as are occupied by the council chamber, the water and highways department workshop and the borough lock-up. The firemen have raised the rent from $15 to $35 per month, to date from April 1 of this year and the proposition came up for a vigorous discussion last night. With the exception of Messrs. Troutman and Ergler, the members of council all more or less opposed the raising of the rent, the two gentlemen named standing on an opinion that the service given by the fire company, including the maintenance of a team, justifies the additional outlay on the part of the borough while the others almost to a man expressed the view that a compromise should be made - say in the neighborhood of $25. It was, however, learned from representatives of the firemen that no reduction on the figure named as rent will be considered by the company and the discussion came to a head with a suggestion that the borough offer to buy the fire station. Mr. Burket explained that the $35 per month will pay interest on an investment of $7,000 or will carry sufficient building and loan stock to purchase a building suitable for the purposes of the borough, and on his motion, seconded by Mr. Claycomb, it was directed that a committee approach the firemen to ascertain if they will sell the fire station to the borough and, if so, at what price. President Benney placed the matter in the hands of the finance committee.


A communication from Chief Burgess J. L. Bardine asked for a new speed limit ordinance to replace ordinance 127, since that measure conflicts with state laws in the restriction of automobile speed. Referred to ordinance committee.


The chief burgess requested council to combine the positions of high constable and health officer - a proposition that elicited comment rather doubtful of the legality of such action, and was finally referred to the borough solicitor for his opinion.


A. C. Landis, secretary of the board of tellers in the volunteer firemen's election of a fire chief and assistant chief appeared before council and gave an official report of the returns, naming G. H. Krider and W. L. Hubert as successful candidates. The action of the firemen was confirmed by council and the new chief and his assistant will be sworn into office on the first Monday in April. Mr. Krider as assistant chief is now acting as chief since former fire chief J. L. Bardine has assumed the duties of chief burgess.


Acting in response to a communication from Attorney D. Lloyd Claycomb, council authorized a treasury order for $141.07 to be drawn in favor of J. B. Claycomb as payment of damages to property by reason of paving operations on Fourth avenue. The damages awarded Councilman Claycomb include exoneration from payment of paving frontage assessed against his property making the total damage to him $350.


Complying with state legislation council took action on the appointment of a complete board of health, the old members willing to serve being


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named to succeed themselves. The personnel of the board is Messrs. J. G. Watson, H. G. Fasic, M. P. Brumbaugh, P. T. Poorman and P. E. Bishop.


Council adjourned until Wednesday evening, when payment of bills for the month will be taken up.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Tuesday, March 3, 1914, pages 4 and 6


Miss Heilman's Work Heavy Just Now - Mr. Baish Is at Home Again - Other Notes.


Chorus Sessions Temporarily Abandoned - Miss Euphemia Heilman, supervisor of music in the city schools yesterday afternoon announced that no meetings of the teachers' chorus would occur until further notice. It has been the custom for the singers to meet at the high school each Tuesday evening for practice and to take up new features of their work under the supervisor. Preparations will be made for several unique entertainments when the schedule of meetings is resumed. A sudden rush of work and numerous meetings in connection with her duties have been responsible for the discontinuing of the weekly sessions of the chorus.


Seventh Grade Teachers to Meet - Teachers of the seventh grades in the city schools will meet on Thursday afternoon at the local high school building for a conference with Miss Heilman and Miss Ellen Kinsel, instructors in music and penmanship respectively. A period of forty minutes will be devoted to a discussion and explanation of suggestions to be offered by each instructor, after which an open meeting and query period will follow. Other conferences are being arranged for by Misses Kinsel and Heilman, to occur during the present month and teachers in the various grades of the ward schools will be asked to attend at regular sessions, announcement of which will be made later,


Mr. Baish Returns From Convention - Superintendent H. H. Baish, of the local school system, has resumed his duties after spending the past week in Richmond, Va., where he attended the national convention of superintendents of schools from every point of size in the United States. Twenty-five hundred educators were present and the sessions held were highly instructive and very interesting. Next year the convention will be held in Cincinnati, according to a selection made by the delegates which was almost unanimous. The Altoona superintendent paid a visit to the Richmond schools, but states they can not compare with those of this city, though the methods are highly progressive.


Vocational Lecture Next Week - Announcement was made at the local high school yesterday that another of the interesting lectures in the vocational course at the school would be delivered next Tuesday morning, March 10, 8:45 o'clock by J. L. Minnick, of the Pennsylvania Railroad company's offices here. His subject will be the "Story of the Railroad" and the address will deal with the origin of the railroad and its development up to the present day. This talk will be presented after a lapse of two weeks during which no lectures were given in the vocational course. Others in the series will be given during the next two months by prominent local and out of town business and professional men.


At Wright School Tonight - The patrons of the Wright school will meet this evening. The committee has prepared a good program and invitations have been sent to all the homes represented in the school. The following is a copy of the invitation and program sent to the homes: You are cordially invited to attend a patrons' meeting in the Wright school on Tuesday evening, March 3. The program:


Victrola Music, 7:45 to 8 o'clock.
Music. Wright School Orchestra
Vocal Solo. J. Edgar Probyn
Recitation. Deborah Snyder
Class Drill in Numbers. Pupils of 2 B
Recitation. Kenneth Gardner
Music. Wright School Orchestra
Vocal Solo. Dr. A. S. Stayer
Reading. J. Edgar Probyn
Music. Wright School Orchestra


Suburbanites Will Hold a Mass Meeting Tonight to Take Action on Project.


So anxious are the residents of the hustling suburb of Llyswen to incorporate their town as a borough, following the meeting held last week, that another important session will occur tonight when it is likely that further action relative to the matter will be taken. Great eagerness has been shown by the suburban residents during the past few days, in the project, and it is likely that a large audience will be in attendance this evening.


Opening at 7:30 o'clock in the Sunday school room of the Llyswen Presbyterian church, the meeting will be in charge of prominent residents of the suburb. Matters necessary to the advancement of the proposed plans and essential to accomplishing the purpose of the residents will be considered during the evening. This session is primarily due to the efforts of the Llyswen Civic association, which has been unusually active in awakening interest and securing the co- operation of the residents of the suburb.


At the meeting held last week a committee, comprising Messrs. J. M. Edwards, J. M. Syles, W. C. Thorpe, J. E. Miller and T. D. Haines, was appointed to secure data either for or against the project, and to report at meeting tonight. It is generally understood that a large proportion of the property owners and residents favor the borough plan and it is thought that favorable action will be taken tonight.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Tuesday, March 3, 1914, page 5


Throngs of Visitors at the Big Store During the Entire Day


Of all days to celebrate an anniversary of a public nature, such as the natal day of an enterprise like that of the big daylight department store of William F. Gable & Co., yesterday was probably the worst from a weather standpoint that the weather man could have sent. Cold, blustery, disagreeable in a marked degree, the blizzard made merry with everything and everybody that happened to get in its path.


The day marked the thirtieth anniversary of the Gable & Co., store, Central Pennsylvania's greatest shopping mart and in decided contrast with the outside conditions were the cordial greetings and warm welcomes within. Notwithstanding the atmospheric conditions the big store was comfortably filled during the entire day. Out-of-town folks were there in small numbers, of course because of climatic conditions. Had the weather been at least half agreeable there is no telling what the extent of the crowd would have been.


The anniversary register showed that 2,641 persons had entered their names and addresses therein yesterday, and everybody did not exercise the privilege. In addition to the regular anniversary register there is a special book employed for those persons who have visited the store every year since the opening in 1884. Those who registered yesterday numbered eighty. Beautiful souvenir books of the establishment's progress were presented to those entering their names in the register. A separate register was in use for children, 1,194 youngsters having signed the book. To these toy aeroplanes were presented.


Of course the anniversary celebration was embellished with special, low prices on every kind of merchandise handled by the firm, and all departments were overflowing with bargains and eager buyers. It was a great day for everybody about the establishment, from the broad minded head of the house, William F. Gable, to the janitors who keep the place scrupulously clean at all times.


Last evening three hundred and fifty employes of the William F. Gable & Co.'s store partook of the royal feast tendered their well known and worthy senior member. It was the thirtieth anniversary of the firm and the evening was spent in a manner not soon to be forgotten. Jaffa temple was selected as their place to come together, and the large assemblage began to flow in at 7:30.


When they entered the banquet hall the first to greet their sight was the grand flag of our great union, draping the sides of the walls. Beautiful ferns were scattered here and there, giving the hall a fine appearance. Upon entering each person was presented with a beautiful, white carnation, and the sweet perfume that arose therefrom filled the place.


The crowd was comfortably seated, while Miss Cora Hoover's orchestra prepared for the arrival of Mr. Gable and family. Promptly at 8 o'clock Mr. Gable arrived and was ushered into the hall by Mr. J. G. Anspach, manager of the firm. The crowd applauded him heartily for fully five minutes, while the orchestra responded with one of its most popular selections. A royal feast was then served by twenty dainty waitresses. Following is the menu:


Grape Fruit, Maraschino Cherries,
Celery, Olives,
Pickles, Cream Slaw,
Roast Young Turkey, Filling,
Giblet Sauce, Cranberry Sauce,
Mashed Potatoes, Peas,
Cold Boiled Ham, Sliced Smoked Tongue,
Neapolitan Ice Cream, Cake,
Imported Swiss Cheese,
Banquet Wafers, Pullman Bread,
French Rolls, Nuts,
Fruit, Mints, Coffee


At the close of the repast Manager J. G. Anspach acted as toastmaster for the evening. He spoke as follows:


Mr. Gable, Friends - When the committee handed me the program they had prepared, I noticed the first thing out of order on it was an address from me, something I have never made - always was a good listener.


I have no long speech prepared, only want to mention briefly how we happened to get together here tonight. This was started by a complaint, and as part of my work is looking up complaints and reporting on same, I "got busy." The complaint came from the ladies, who said the men were selfish. Possibly we were. We have been holding banquets from time to time the past five years, just small ones, thirty to fifty getting together for a couple of hours, and they have been pleasant evenings. At the January banquet this complaint was taken up and it was decided to arrange for a large banquet where we could have all possible present. The first of March being near at hand, it was thought proper that we hold it about that time, and have our friend and employer, together with his family, as our guests, and in that way help him celebrate this the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of Altoona's greatest store. Many of you probably don't realize that this store is the largest store in any city the size of Altoona in the country, and many larger cities do not have one as large or as good.


Then, too, we have the privilege of working for one who is thinking more and worrying more about your welfare than the strongest of you could imagine; one who is working day and night to make this a better store for you all and a better store for all the people.


Let us reflect a moment. Are we all bending our efforts for the same end? If not, turn about; take a new hold, and help pull the load, which under present conditions is heavy.


Five years ago many of us who are here present had the privilege of attending the greatest banquet ever given by an employer to his employes. Greatest, because of the feeling and spirit of the occasion. All who were there said they never attended any gathering that had the spirit and good-fellowship between employer and employe as was shown at that banquet given us by our friend, Mr. William F. Gable.


I use the term friend for it seems most fitting. I know of no store in which so close a friendship exists between employer and employes as it does here.


Friendship, Webster defines as affection arising from mutual esteem and good will.


Emerson says: Truth and tenderness are the two elements required to form friendship.


A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere - before whom I may think aloud.


Every man passes his life in the search of friends, and finds them only when he is a friend.


To get friends, then, we must be tolerant and regard the opinions of others. To hold them we must understand the art of making ourselves indispensable to each other by service.


We feel honored tonight by having our friend present at this banquet, and shall be glad to have a few remarks from him at this time.


At the close of his address Mr. Anspach called upon Mr. Gable. At the mention of his name Mr. Gable arose and the crowd applauded him lustily. Mr. Gable spoke as follows: My Friends and Co-Workers:


How to express my thanks and appreciation of your kindness I do not know. If I could only meet your surprise by another surprise in surprising you by my being prepared for this! But there is no such surprise in store I assure you! You are very kind and generous to invite the whole Gable family to this dinner. I wonder whether you fully realize what you have done! I marvel at your courage. Our immediate family now at home consists of seven members, making us as you can readily figure "The House of the Seven Gables." When we get an unlimited invitation such as yours was, we are apt to flock in from distant points and show you that you have as guests tonight the House of Many Gables! Well, you have our many thanks, and when expressed unitedly and forcibly is strong enough, I hope, to make you forget your mistake. We are glad to be here and hope, that our pleasure will not be your regret!


I am wondering whether it would be well to talk about the store this evening - the past and future - or would it be better to take up some other subject avoiding politics and religion. I might have brought with me a few autograph letters from my collection but did not - for your sake. When I get started on autographs and books I never know when to stop, for you know there are so many of them! I wish now I had a letter or two of Mark Twain and Bill Nye to read to you, and one of Robert Burns that would amuse our good friends, from the land of Sir Walter, to hear me struggling with the dialect. There are many things beside the store that we might fill up ten minutes with but I am not sure that I should not take advantage of this opportunity, now that you are all together here, to go over with you a few of the questions for the betterment of the store! It would be a fine time to question the manager about some things to be corrected about the store! And the advertising manager might be called on to answer for the high cost of advertising; and the heads of departments as to why their stocks are so high; and the door men as to why some customers have to wait, unwaited on, at the counters some times. This would be a fine time to fix up some of these matters. But, as I said before, I do not want to make my pleasure your regret! I often think of many incidents in the past history of the store - how we might have done better, etc., etc., how many good customers of 1884 are still good customers of the store, of our little moving on wheel-barrows from the corner of Eleventh avenue and Thirteenth street to 1402 Eleventh avenue, and then our moving again on baggage trucks from 1402 to the original building of our present location; there are a number here tonight who participated in that flitting; of the many pleasing incidents and associations, and the many problems too, covered by the past thirty years. I could easily grow reminiscent I see, but we now have our store historian, Mr. William B.. Parker, to record all these things, and he can be depended upon as an accurate, just, and impartial historian.


Let us think a little of the store of the future. I often indulge in day dreams that carry me far into the future, and in and out and around some wonderfully planned store or supply depots. All great achievements they say were once dreams in the mind of some man or woman. We have reached the state of civilization now, where we must include women. I want to see our particular store which all of you have taken a part in building up and perfecting - I say I want to see our store perpetuated. The work of the past thirty years should not be lost or wasted. We must in some way effect a permanent organization. I want to see this present store of the people develop into a real store of the people. We are doing the best we can under present conditions. We are gathering merchandise from all parts of the world in the most economical and intelligent way we know how, and are turning these goods over to the people of this community at the lowest possible price and smallest margin of profit. We are conducting a store for benefit of our customers, as well as we know how, under the capitalistic system. We feel, as I have said before, that our customers are our partners in this business. Profits must be realized to meet the expenses and a little margin for the growth of the business. We always figure on "how close" we can sell goods and not on "how much" we can get. One great problem of our business is to know how to meet the big end ever increasing expenses. Every loss from waste and extravagance must be cut out. We must work for more economical management. Cut out the useless expenditures. Much money can be wasted in unprofitable advertising and in many other ways. Store publicity will always be desirable, there should be daily communication between this store and its patrons, and at present no better means can be used than the daily newspapers. We should have daily messages, and news, and important announcements to make to our customers. The people of this community should look for these messages as regularly as for the telegraphic news. The communications from this store should be important news and information for every one needing supplies. If we have just unpacked and marked off a shipment of linens from Ireland or Germany, we should tell our customers about it. If we have bought a car load of oranges low enough to offer them at an attractive price we should tell our patrons about it. No urging to buy - just tell them about it and if they are interested they will respond. We should publish real "STORE NEWS" every day. No blowing of trumpets nor extravagant statements - just plain truthful parts clearly stated. That's all. I want to talk a moment or two more on the Store of the Future. I wish I could read the mind and thought of each of our good people here tonight. I believe that each of you have your own idea about the Store of the Future. If all these ideas could be worked up into one composite idea, I believe we would outline a store that would excel in every way the best store ever dreamed of by any one individual. Add better ideas to the best ideas we now have, and you can picture the real Store of the Future. Why cannot we make that "Best Store" out of "This Store?" We have done the best we could for thirty years. If we can keep on doing our best we will surely evolve a better and better store. I want to see this store a Store of Evolution, keep growing, and when the Co-operative Commonwealth comes it will be already so much the store of the people, that not a jar will be felt in the machinery or organization. All will seem as natural as fruit ripening on a tree. The work of the past thirty years must not be lost. It should serve as a foundation on which to build this store bigger and better. I want to see this store perpetuated, and I want to see those who have helped to build up this business continue in the work as long as they want to, and the younger co-workers here should continue to make the store still better. As we evolute into better conditions let this store be in the front ranks. Ready to take advantage of every opportunity for advancement and betterment as fast as they can be adopted.


I want to see this store go on, and grow on. Become more and more the store of the people as improved conditions will allow. To be always ready for the better ways and methods, and welcome them as fast as they come, in fact help in all ways possible to hurry along these better conditions. The good work you have all done in the past thirty years, should help greatly to do the better work ahead. I repeat that I want to see this store perpetuated. Become more and more the store of the people.


The good feeling of our friends including our brother merchants expressed in beautiful floral greetings, and newspaper congratulations in their regular advertising space, telegrams and letters so overwhelmed me today that I cannot make fitting acknowledgement this evening, but feel deeply all this kindness.


Occasions of this kind make me feel tender around the heart and moist around the eyes. I can only say I thank you. Thank you for your kindness. your co-operation, your loyalty.


When Mr. Gable had finished and the crowd had ceased to cheer, an octette, composed of the following employes: A. W. Weidner, Jesse Wright, J. E. Miller, Richard Hall, Arthur Tipton, Joseph Herbert, John Steelman and John E. Smith, rendered "Over the Hills at Break of Day," in most excellent voices. After receiving several encores, Mr. William B. Parker was called upon to make a speech. He led his listeners back several years and related many interesting events. Mr. J. J. Hamilton and Miss Anna A Plank were then called upon respectively.


Miss Plank. a member of the Quarter Century club, spoke as follows:


They tell me that for the greatest number of years of service to this firm I stand first. This I cannot realize; I know, however, that when our exclusive "Quarter Century" club was formed a few years ago, I found myself the first and only member - for a time - if for a short time only, until, one by one, others have been added to the membership. Of this we should feel justly proud, that the pleasure and honor was ours to give a helping hand to the steady growth of this beautiful business, from the small and modest beginning of the early years. This business has not yet reached its noon - its sun is still in the ascendency. With the strong guiding hand of our noble hearted, great and just commander who inspires us, one and all, to do our best. In our hearts we do not feel the passing years. If the honor is mine to stand first in the number of years in this firm's employ, let me assure you I shall endeavor to hold it as long as I can.


Following Miss Plank's address, Messrs. Herbert and Hall rendered a duet. Mr. D. G. Hurley was then called upon and responded in a suitable manner. A bass solo was rendered by A. W. Weidner, followed by a cornet solo, "Sweetest Story Ever Told," by F. B. Woodward. As an encore Mr. Woodward played "School Days," and the merry throng joined in. Donald Miller, dressed in the costume of the typical Scotch Highlander, then sang, "It's Just Like Bein' at Hame."


The happy crowd of banqueters then arose, and as a farewell song they sang "Auld Lang Syne." Robert Gable then got his camera on the scene and a flashlight picture was taken. Immediately afterwards the jolly crowd departed for their homes and the eventful evening passed into history.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Tuesday, March 3, 1914, page 7


Two Were Reported to - the Health Authorities Yesterday.


William Eckels, who had rooms at 1500 Twelfth avenue, and Herbert Brubaker, of 1217 Sixteenth street, were yesterday discovered to be victims of small pox. Their cases were reported to the health authorities and Health Officer Thomas J. Herbert took charge of them. Both were removed to the county isolation hospital during the afternoon.


Both Eckels and Brubaker are Pennsylvania Railroad company shop men. The former worked in the boiler shop on the machine shop while the latter is employed at the Fourth street shops. Neither of the two men had ever been vaccinated.


Aldermanic Notes.


B. F. Detrick yesterday made information before Alderman Shuff, of the Fourth ward, against Warren B. Biddle, charging him with false pretense. It is alleged that on August 30, 1913, Biddle absconded from the Detrick home, where he had been boarding, leaving a bill of $42. The defendant had gone to Ohio after leaving his boarding place and was not heard of until several days ago, when Mr. Detrick discovered that he was again in town; and with a view of collecting part of the money due him, had the offender arrested. Constable Gill apprehended him yesterday and placed him in the lock-up to await a hearing this afternoon at 3 o'clock.


Lloyd Weirick, from above Duncansville, was sent to jail from Alderman Staines' court in default or fine and costs on the charge of starving a horse. The information was made by the humane officer who wishes again to sound the warning to team owners and drivers to blanket their animals and keep them sharp shod during cold weather and icy thoroughfares.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Tuesday, March 3, 1914, page 11


Charles C. Robertson Worked 1 Until 6 P. M., and Died at His Home at 6:20.


Charles Calvert Robertson, a well known Juniata shopman, died suddenly at his home, 209 East Walnut avenue, at 6.20 o'clock last night of paralysis. He worked at his trade of a coppersmith throughout the day, hurried home through the blizzard-like weather and in stepping into the house complained of feeling ill. He sat down in a chair and in a few minutes he expired.


He had been enjoying good health recently and but yesterday morning when he left the house for work he complained of having a slight headache. He had at other times complained of neuralgia but did not consider the ailment as serious. He walked unusually fast on quitting work at 6 o'clock, hurried over the hill to his home, but a short distance from the shops. His daughter greeted him as he entered the house and to her he made a request that she remove his shoes as he sat down in a chair. She performed the task and hardly had he been made comfortable until he was stricken and passed away.


Mr. Robertson was the son of John and Maria Robertson, deceased, was born in East Freedom on February 23, 1848. He came to Altoona when a child and had worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad company for thirty years. On September 17, 1870, he was married to Emma Housman who survives as do also the following children: Mrs. H. W. Roberts, Mrs. H. R. Powell, Mrs. J. E. Howard, Mrs. George Ehredt, Miss Jesse Robertson, Elwood, Gale and Clyde, all of Altoona, and J. E. Robertson, of Pittsburg, and Mrs. R. O. Myers, of New Kensington. Two sisters, Mrs. M. Shank, of Collinsville; Mrs. William Gray, of Huntingdon, and one brother, Harvey Robertson, of Altoona, survive. He was a member of Archie Maxwell lodge of Odd Fellows, and the Pennsylvania Railroad Floral association. The funeral will be held from the late residence on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, interment in Rose Hill cemetery. The Odd Fellows will have charge of the funeral.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Tuesday, March 3, 1914, page 14






At her home, 1814 First avenue, Mrs. Faith Mckerihan died at 4:00 o'clock yesterday morning from the results of a serious cold which developed into pneumonia. She was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, May 7, 1835. Her husband preceded her to the grave, January 4, 1891. She was the mother of ten children, all of whom survive her, except one daughter. Those who remain to mourn their loss are: John, Joseph C., Mrs. Allen Rothrock and Misses Lucy, Eleanor and Faith, of Altoona; Thomas J., of Juniata; George, of Franklin, and Mrs. J. W. McAuliffe, of Narbeth. She is also survived by three sisters and four brothers, Mrs. Elizabeth Shaw, of Philadelphia; Francis and William J. Nixon, of Altoona; Thomas, Robert and Miss Mary Nixon and Mrs. Rebecca Elkins, of Ireland.


She was a life long member of the Methodist Episcopal church, being a member of the Eighth avenue congregation at the time of her death. A woman of beautiful Christian character, she had attained to a ripe experience of Christian faith and love.


The services and interment will be private and will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Friends can view the body between 7 and 9 p. m., Tuesday. Friends are kindly requested to omit flowers.




Following an operation at the Mercy hospital on Saturday morning, Mrs. Sarah Belle Brown, of Birmingham, expired yesterday afternoon at 2:15 o'clock. She had been in ill health for several weeks previous and Friday evening was brought to the local hospital to undergo an operation. Death was due to intestinal gangrene.


Mrs. Brown was born in this county February 22, 1859, and was married thirty-five years ago to John W. Brown, who preceded her to the grave four years ago. Her maiden name was Davis and the greater part of her life was spent in Blair county. For many years the deceased had resided at Covedale, on the Petersburg branch, but since her husband's demise the family had lived at Birmingham. She was well known throughout this and adjoining counties and was highly respected and esteemed by all who had her acquaintance. Mrs. Brown was a Christian woman, a true friend and a kind and affectionate wife and mother. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, with which she united early in life.


Three sons and one daughter survive, as follows: Albert B., of Johnstown; John W., of Lakemont Terrace; Harry P. and Miss Ida, both at home. One brother, Jesse L. Davis, of 301 Cherry avenue, and three sisters also survive. Mrs. George Richards, of this city; Mrs. Daniel R. Wolf, of Birmingham, and Mrs. Henrietta Pryor, of Ormenia.


The remains have been given in charge of Funeral Director N. A. Stevens, and will be shipped to Birmingham this morning at 10:07 o'clock on No. 84. Funeral services will occur at an hour to be announced later, and interment will be made in Williamsburg, at 11:30 o'clock Thursday.




Mrs. Ratta (Keister) Mohler, wife of Harry Mohler, died at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Annie Davis, 1114 Seventeen-and-one- half street, last evening at 8 o'clock, of heart failure, following an illness of several days. She was born on April 1, 1876, and was a Presbyterian by faith. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Miss Cora Keister, and two sons, Harry and Russell Mohler, and the following brothers and sisters: Daniel and Tilly Keister, of Harrisburg; Mrs. George Krouse, Mrs. George Fay, Mrs. Harry Davis, all of this city. The remains will be taken to her late residence, 1405 First avenue, where the funeral service will be held. Announcement of the arrangements will be made later.




Mrs. Rachel C. Williamson, widow of the late McKnight Williamson, long prominent in Huntingdon county, died early Saturday morning. Her death was due to an attack of acute indigestion and her illness was of but a few minutes duration. She was 77 years old and is survived by four children. The funeral will occur at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.




Luella Margaret Delaney, only child of Caleb and Florence Delaney, died at the home of the parents, 528 East Crawford avenue last evening at 6:30 o'clock. The child was sick only two days, and was born on December 9, 1913. The remains will be taken to the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Otto, in Greenwood, where funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30. Interment in Greenwood cemetery.


Robert Leroy Krape, son of L. N. and Anna Krape, of 408 Second avenue, died yesterday at 4 p. m. of capillary bronchitis. The child was born on January 19, 1914. The funeral will be held on Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, interment in Rose Hill cemetery.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Tuesday, March 3, 1914, page 16




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