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Bellefonte, Pa., July 23, 1920.
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Troop L. Enlisted to Full Quota.
Troop L reached its quota Tuesday
evening which enabled it to make ap-
plication for State and Federal rec-
ognition. The required strength is
fifty men. Troop L enlisted, at the
last report, fifty-six.
Bellefonte may feel satisfied that
it will continue to have a National
Guard unit to carry on an unbroken
chain which stretches back beyond the
Civil war. The recruiting of the pre-
sent Troop L has been especially diffi-
cult owing to lack of interest and the
unwillingness of the young men of the
community to assume the responsibili-
ty of maintaining law and order wher-
ever it may be necessary to assume
it. It is a responsibility and at the
same time a privilege to belong to an
organization which has this for its
purpose. The Pennsylvania National
Guard has never shirked its share in
doing its part in constructing and
maintaining the best interests of our
Commonwealth and it would have
been a shame if our community,
which has so long supported one of
its units, should have failed to raise
Troop L will go to the National
Guard encampment at Mt. Gretna the
last of this month, providing the
State can gather together enough
equipment to provide for the men.
The State has had a tremendous prob-
lem in this respect but we hope may
be able to care for Bellefonte’s unit.
The present organization, which is
provisional, is as follows:
Captain—W. F. Reynolds, Jr.
First Lieut.—Roy H. Grove.
First Sergt.—Joseph Howard.
Stable Sergt.—Walter Sweitzer.
Mess Sergt.—Harry Martin.
Supply Sergi.—W. Blaine Port.
Duty Sergts.—Harry Sager, Claude John-
son, Harry Cox, Calvin Young, Willis
Cook— Walter Kerstetter.
Other appointments will be an-
roster of the Troop.
with a complete
The Bellefonte Chautauqua.
The Bellefonte Chautauqua is now
in full swing. The big tent and other
equipment came in on the Lewisburg
and Tyrone train on Monday even-
ing and by Tuesday noon everything
was in readiness for the opening at-
traction that afternoon, the concert by
the Del Mar quartette. So far the
program has been rather above the
average of some former years and
ticket holders and the public at large
can feel assured of good things yet
to come. The closing lecture next
Monday night by Lieut. Belvin W.
Maynard, the “Flying Parson,” is one
that should be heard by everybody.
Don’t miss it.
The pleasing announcement was
made at Tuesday evening’s session of
the Chautauqua that every one of the
season tickets apportioned to Belle-
fonte had been sold, the first time in
the nine years the Chautauqua has
been coming to Bellefonte the guar-
antors were not compelled to make
up a deficit in the guarantee. In
making the announcement the Chau-
tauqua superintendent gave credit for
this agreeable condition of affairs to
Rev. M. DePue Maynard, the local
manager, and Mrs. H. C. Yeager and
Ber very efficient corps of ticket sel-
How Academy Minstrels Helped Troop
Mr. James R. Hughes, headmaster
of the Bellefonte Academy, recently
sent a check for $230.00 to Troop L
as that organization’s share of the re-
ceipts from the Bellefonte Academy
minstrels, and last Friday received
from Capt. W. Fred Reynolds Jr., the
following letter of acknowledgement:
Bellefonte, Pa., July 15.
My Dear Mr. Hughes: —
Your check for $230.00 as donation
from the Academy minstrels to the Troop
IL fuad has been received.
I want to take this opportunity of
thanking you and the boys of the Academy
for this gift and assure you that it will
be used for the comfort and advantage of
each member of Troep IL.
Unfortunately the State has so far
made no appropriation for the National
Guard other than to cover necessary .ex-
pense. This makes the units depend up-
on such funds as you have so generously
started for us to furnish club rooms in
armories and give such advantages as
will make for the comfort and pleasure of
the men. It is with this in view that I,
personally, and for my command, wish
to thank you for your very substantial
gift, which will materially aid us in at-
taining that end.
With all, best wishes for the Academy’s
success in the coming year, and with kind-
est personal regards, I am
Very truly yours,
W. FRED REYNOLDS, Jr.
Captain Cavalry, First Reg't. P. N. G.
——Of course the people of Belle-
fonte and vicinity naturally want to
attend the Chautauqua while it is in
Bellefonte, but why not take in the
moving pictures at the Scenic first,
then go to the Chautauqua. You will
never have another opportunity of
seeing the pictures shown this week
and that is the reason you should
see them now.
NEFF.—Prof. Calvin Rufus Neff, a
well known resident of Pennsvalley,
passed away at his home near Centre
Hall on Friday of last week, follow-
ing an illness of some months. Some
time ago he underwent an operation
at the Bellefonte hospital which prob-
ably prolonged his life but could not
prevent the ravages of the disease.
Notwithstanding his serious condition,
however, he was able to be up and
around until a short time before his
Prof. Neff was a son of Lafayette
and Mary Ruble Neff and was born in
Potter township on March 19th, 1860,
making his age 60 years, 3 morths and
27 days. After the usual course in
the public schools he attended Frank-
lin and Marshall college, at Lancas- |
ter, where he graduated in 1883. Af-
ter teaching one year at the Spring
Mills Academy he left his native
heath and spent five years in Arkan-
sas, Colorado and New Mexico, teach-
ing school and living the life of the
western plainsman of that day. It
was in that open range country that
his classical and technical training
was brought into play in the observa-
tion of the causes and effects of na-
Returning home he again taught at |
Spring Mills, then Millheim and com-
pleted his period of thirty-three years
as a teacher in the Centre Hall schools.
In range and accuracy of knowledge
Prof. Neff possessed a distinction all
his own. He had the rare gift of
concise expression and the power of
concrete analysis, reaching a conclu-
sion that was logical and true to the
facts. He knew the flora, fauna and
natural phenomena of life, and he
could give the botanical and scientific
names of each one. He was unusual-
ly familiar with all the old landmarks
in the valley. The rock and soil
formations he knew intimately and
they formed many a topic of interest-
ing conversation. There was a fi-
nality to his keen analysis that receiv-
ed genuine approval.
He was a skillful surveyor and
many of the state lands were sur-
veyed by him. The large round barn
on his farm, which attracted wide
interest was the product of his own
engineering skill. Prof Neff spent
his life in service to his fellowmen,
serving as elder in his church, teach-
ing in the Sunday school and stand-
ing as an inspiration for the real and
genuine in life.
With the passing of the Hon. Leon-
ard Rhone, Prof. Neff became his
logical successor, as no one organiza-
tion was quite so near his heart as
the work of the Grange, because it
stood for the welfare of the farmer.
He was also a member of the Masonic
fraternity. : :
He was married in 1894 to Miss
Mary Ziegler, of Spring Mills, who
survives with the following children:
Sara May, Mary Edna, Charles Rob-
ert, John Ralph and Helen Elizabeth.
He also leaves his twin brother, Wil-
liam “R., of Centre Hall, and another
brother, Charles B., of Potter town-
Funeral services were held at his
late home on Monday morning by Rev.
R. Raymond Jones, of the Reformed
church, after which burial was made
at Centre Hall.
WALKER.—William H. Walker, a
life-long resident of Bellefonte, died
at his home in the West ward at 3:30
o'clock on Monday morning, following
a year’s illness with a complication of
diseases. A little over three weeks
ago he returned from Buffalo
where he had been for treat-
ment but his condition was such that
he was confined to bed from that time
until his death.
He was a son of John and Eliza
Walker and was born in Bellefonte on
November Tth, 1871, being 48 years,
8 months and 12 days old. When only
a boy he sold papers in Bellefonte and
as he grew to manhood he worked at
various occupations. He was the orig-
inal “crackerjack” man (popcorn
balls and molasses) which he made
and sold at county fairs throughout
most of the State. A number of years
ago he opened an oyster and fish mar-
ket in the Bush house block which he
personally conducted quite successful-
ly until overtaken by illness.
Several years ago he legally adopt-
ed Dorothy Johnston as his daughter
and she survives with one sister, Mrs.
Jack Houtz, who was with him during
his last days. Funeral services were
held at his late home on south Pot-
ter street at 1:30 o’clock on Wednes-
day afternoon by Rev. George E.
Smith, of the United Brethren church,
after which burial was made in the
il i :
SPOTTS.—Jacob Sptts, a life-long
resident of Union township, passed
away last Friday morning at the home
of his daughter, Mrs. Della Miller,
in Bellefonte, of general infirmities, ;
aged 82 years and 6 months. He was
a stonemason by occupation and dur-
ing his active life an honest and in-
dustrious citizen. He is survived by
his wife, Mrs. Matilda Spotts, and the
following children: Allison B. Spotts,
of Bellwood; Orrie J., of Lock Haven;
Mrs. W. S. Reynolds, of Bethlehem;
Mrs. Della May Miller, of Bellefonte;
Mrs. F. Watson, of Tyrone, and Mrs.
Gilbert Smith, of Zion. Funeral ser-
vices were held at the Miller home on
Sunday afternoon by Rev. Alexander
Scott, of the Methodist church, after
which the remains were taken to Un-
ion township for burial in the Bush
CONNER.—Mrs. Conner, wife of
Rev. B. C. Conner, president of Wil-
liamsport Dickinson Seminary, died at
her home in Williamsport last Friday
port on Monday afternoon.
a prolonged ill-
Burial was made in Williams- |
GRIPP.—Col. Harry ‘A. Gripp,
the man who first put Tyrone on the
map, died at his home in Washington,
D. C., last Thursday. He was born in
Germany but came to this country in
1889. After landing in New York he
met with an accident which sent him
to a hospital. When he recovered he
. went to Tyrone and obtained employ-
ment copying pictures. Inside of a
' few months he opened a studio of his
own and engaged in enlarging photo-
: graphs. Later he purchased 450
i acres of land east of Tyrone which
he named Elkhurst, built himself a
nice home and established a school for
teaching enlargment of photos by mail.
He advertised extensively and his
business grew by leaps and bounds
until his mail aggregated from twen-
ty to thirty thousand letters daily and
it required the services of sixty clerks
| to handle his correspondance. As
practically every letter contained
money he naturally made big money.
When the Spanish-American war
broke out in 1898 Col. Gripp enlisted
and saw service in Cuba. At the con-
clusion of the war he took up his
residence in Washington and did not
revive his school at Tyrone.
THOMPSON.—Rev. Henry Adams
| Thompson, a native of Centre county
rand one of the most prominent minis-
Iters in the United Brethren church,
died at his home in Dayton, Ohio,
on July 8th. He was a son of John
and Lydia Thompson and was born
at Stormstown, this county, a little
over eighty-three years ago. His
father was one of the early sheriffs
of Centre county and his brother, the
late A. J. Thompson, of Stormstown,
was well known to many Watchman
In his early life Rev. Thompson
taught school and later was connect-
ed with the faculty of colleges in
| Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa.
1872 he was elected president of Ot-
terbein College and filled the chair
until 1886. He was author of a num-
ber of books and editor of various
United Brethren church papers. His
wife, who died several years ago, was
prior to her marriage in 1862 an ar-
tist of wide reputation. Rev. Thomp-
son is survived by one son and two
daughters. Burial was made at West-
erville, Ohio, on July 12th.
WOMER.—Miss Josephine Womer,
of State College, died at the Belle-
fonte hospital last Thursday after-
noon where she had been a patient
two weeks or longer undergoing treat-
ment for a complication of diseases.
She was aged 66 years, 3 months and
28 days, and is survived by two broth-
ers and one sister, namely: Michael,
Henry and Mrs. Amelia Kern, all of |
State College. The remains were
taken to the home of her brother, at
State College, where funeral services
were held on Saturday afternoon hy
Rev. J. W. Long, of the Methodist
church, of which she was a life-long
member, after which burial was made
in the Pine Hall cemetery.
KUHN.—William H. Kuhn died last
Friday morning at the home of his
‘daughter, Mrs. S. W. Smith, at Centre
Fire Brick Co., at North Bend, Pa.
mortgages or bonds.
agement which has been
J. H. MAGOWAN, Representative,
information that is desired regarding this investment. Address,
following a prolonged illness
with a complication of diseases. He
was born in Harris township on July
16th, 1844, hence passed away on the
seventy-sixth anniversary of his birth.
! His wife died many years ago and his
only survivors are two daughters, Mrs.
Smith, of Centre Hall, and Mrs. L.
Ray Morgan, of Homestead. Funeral
services were held at the Smith home
at two o'clock on Monday afternoon,
after which burial was made in the
Centre Hall cemetery.
Ground Broken for Milk Station.
J. A. Collins, of New York, country
representative of the Western Mary-
land dairy, threw out the first shovel
full of earth on Wednesday in break-
ing ground for the new milk station
in Bellefonte. The contract has been
let to the Grover Conrad Construction
company, New York, which built the
big Cincinnati speedway and has a
record for quick work in erecting
buildings. In fact Mr. Conrad who is
here to look after the work, expects
to have the plant completed in six
The building will be 50x80 feet, a
portion of it two stories high. It will
be built of Milesburg brick, the first
of which were unloaded on the ground
yesterday. An up-to-date ice plant
will also be a part of the station. All
the material for the buildings have
been ordered and some of the equip-
ment is already here. The Watchman
will be able to give more details of the
entire plant later.
re ie fl en
Mr. and Mrs. D. I. Willard are re-
joicing over the birth of their third
grandchild, a little daughter, Mary
Katherine, who was born to Mr. and
Mrs. Ralph E. Kirk, of Grindstone,
Pa. Mrs. Kirk was formerly Miss
A daughter who has been named
Elizabeth Anne, was born July 9th to
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Houser, of
Meadville. Mrs. Houser has been
with her sister, Mrs. Frank Bartley,
of Lamb street, for the greater part
of the summer.
PEE—— SE ————
——The small farm of W. H. Sort-
man, near Zion, has been sold through
The McVey Company to Mike Vorow-
| ski, the consideration being $2,200.
DURST.—Samuel Durst died at his
home at Centre Hall last Thursday
evening following an illness of some
weeks, aged about sixty years. He is
survived by his wife and one son,
Edward, at home. Also two brothers,
Alfred, of Centre Hall, and James, of
Reedsville. Rev. Dunn had charge of
the funeral which was held last Sat-
urday afternoon, burial being made
in the Centre Hall cemetery.
If you see it in the “Watch-
man” you will know it’s true.
ALE oF REAL ESTATE.—THE
undersigned, Attorneys in Fact
for the children, heirs at law, and
legal representatives of Mary Hoover and
Harvey Hoover, late of Union township,
Centre county, Pennsylvania, (both deceas-
ed) in pursuance of the authority granted
in a letter of authority duly recorded, will
offer at public sale, on the premises sit-
uate two miles west of Unionville, along
the Dix Run road, in the county, township
and State aforesaid, on Saturday, Septem-
ber 4th, 1920, at 2:30 p. m., the real estate
of the above named decedents, viz:
Tract No. 1. Containing 33 acres and
Tract No. 2. Containing 63 acres more
Tract No. 3. Containing 31 acres and al-
There is erected on the above premises,
the usual farm buildings. In addition to
a first class apple orchard there is a never
failing spring of water on the property
TERMS OF SALE. 20 per cent. of the
purchase price to be paid in cash when
the property is declared sold; 30 per cent.
on the execution and delivery of a Deed,
and the balance of 50 per cent. payable
within one year, together with interest
thereon at 6 per cent. per annum, secur-
ed by vroper Bond and Mortgage on the
premises. The consideration may be paid
in cash upon delivery of deed but the 20
per cent. of the purchase price must be
paid on day of sale when property
is deélared sold.
Possession of the premises will be given
to the purchaser upon the full compliance
with the terms of sale.
MARTHA H. HOOVER,
W. HARRISON WALKER,
Attorneys in Fact,
. Bellefonte, Pa.
I.. Frank Mayes, Auct.
FREE FROM NORMAL FEDERAL INCOME TAX
LOCK HAVEN, PA.
(INCORPORATED UNDER THE LAWS OF MASSACHUSETTS)
8 Per Cent Cumulative Preferred Stock
Preferred as to assets and dividends.
8% Cumulative Preferred Stock (Par $100)
Common Stock (No Par Value)--ocoooeoocmmom
Soll on $2,500,000
(The Company has no motrgages or funded debt)
Queens Run Refractories Company
Dividends are cumulative and are payable quarterly July 1, October 1, January 1 and April 1.
TRANSFER AGENT AND REGISTRAR, AMERICAN TRUST CO., BOSTON, MASS.
From a letter of Mr. Charles A. Sleicher, President of the Queens Run Refractories Company,
we summarize as follows:
Business: The Company will succeed to the business of the Queens Run Fire Brick Co.,
© Lock Haven, Pa.; the West Branch Fire Brick Co., Renovo, Pa., and the North Bend
For many years the companies have been engaged
in the manufacture of Refractory products and Refractory fire brick. The present total
production is in excess of 100,000 fire bricks per day.
Average net earnings, exclusive of Federal taxes, for the past three years on
the Queens Run Fire Brick Co., alone, have been over $200,000.00 per year, according
to the statement of Ernst and Ernst, Auditors.
Plants are operating on a very successful basis.
two companies for 1918-19 average over 8% per year. The profits to the stockholders
will be greatly increased as production will be doubled within a year under this amalga-
mation due to the increased efficiency in the operation of the plants, and the benefit de-
rived from the additional working capital.
Both the West Branch and North Bend
The dividends paid by each of these
It is the intention of the company to develop
their coal holdings in the Scootac region as soon as possible.
Dividends: It is the intention of the Company to pay dividends on the Common Stock at
the rate of One Dollar a share a year during this year, in addition to maintaining its 8%
on its Preferred Stock.
Price $100 Per Share
With One Share Common Stock, to yield 9 per cent,
185 DEVONSHIRE ST.
The Preferred Stockholders are amply protected by means of contin-
gent voting power, restriction of further issue of stock, etc. The Company has no
In event of dissolution, Preferred Stockholders receive $ri1o per
share before any distribution is made on the Common Stock.
Management: The Company will be in charge of the same experienced and successful man-
responsible for the long prosperity of the Queens Run Fire
The majority of this issue has already been subscribed by old stockholders. Subscriptions
entered in order received.
We offer the unsold balance of this Preferred Stock, and recommend it as a most desirable
is in Lock Haven for a few days to receive subscriptions and give any additional
Office Queens Run Refractories Co., or Fallon Hotel.
The information herein contained is taken from sources which we consider trustworthy. While not guaranteed, it
is accepted by us as accurate.