The Meyersdale commercial. (Meyersdale, Pa.) 1878-19??, July 10, 1913, Image 1

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Conditions Sound.
PITTSBURG, July 8.—Pittsburg bank
conditions are sound, was the reas-
suring statement made today by Pitts-
burg bankers and business men an
by the officials of the Treasury De-.
partment at Washington, following
the appointment of receiyers for the
First-Second National Bank, ‘ae Am-
erican Water Works & Guarantee.
Company and J. S. & W.S. Kahn,
Inc., and the temporary closing .0f
the First National Bank of McK.ees-
J. 8. Kuhn this morning resigned as
president of the Pittsburg Bank for
Savings, He was succeefled by W.
Jone§ svaretary and treasurer of
e institution, snd the latter was
cceeded by A. H. Voight, who was
elected secretary-treasurer.
Banking circles here are optimistic
over the situation. None of the bank-
ers expects that depositors in the
First-Second National will’ be more
than temporarily embarrased as a re-
sult of the closing of the institution.
The acting comptroller of the cur-
rency took charge of the First-S8econd
National Bank of Pittsburg because
its directors expressed their inability
to make good an impairment of its
capital and decided that the wise
thing for all interests was for the act-
ing comptroller to take the situation
in hand.
House Association, which has had the
matter under consideration for sever-
al days, in the meantime, also decided
that it was inexpedient to furnish the
amount of assistance required to keep
the bank going. ie
The acting comptroller had no al-
| ternative in the circumstances, but to
| 5 Suid fe charge of the First-Second Nat-
© Bank, in order {¢* prevent the
lrawal of large deposits, which
iv begun, and to secure for
ypositors equal treatment
> ones. Everything will
acting comptroller to
liquidation of the
that the depositors
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The Pittsburg Clearing
to conserve the interests of all alike
under the circumstances that had
arisen. J. K. Duff, treasurer of the
company, was appointed receiver
under $50,000 bond.
At a meeting of the Pittsburg Clear-
ing House Association yesterday
afternoon, the following statement
was made through its officers.
‘“The closing of the First-Second
National Bank by the Deputy Comp-
troller of the Currency was not en-
tirely unexpected by this association
and it was therefore prepared for the
crisis. The members of the Clearing
House are all in good condition and
we believe, that the banks and trust
companies in the city of Pittsburg as
a whole are prepared for any emer
gendy. It will take several days to
‘arrange for the transfer of accounts
and the proper and careful handling
of checks made on the First-Second
National Bank. We therefore ask
the indulgence of the public and re-
quest that they will help in every
way possible to assist in the solution
of the problem which confronts the
Clearihg House committee and the
banks ?’
Acting Comptroller Kane last night
issued the following: Z
‘At a meeting of the directors of
the First-Second National Bank held
on Sunday, the condition of the bank
and the results of the recent invésti-
gation of the bank examiners were
‘discussed. After full consideration,
the directors declared their inability
to make good the bank’s impaired
capital and “without dissent decided
that it would be best for the protec-
tion of the -depositors and all other
interests to have the comptroller of
the currency take charge and to ar-
range for the liquidation of the bank.
. *“The Pittsburg Clearing House
Oommittee, which has been engaged
for the past four days in going over
the affairs of the bank with the ex-
aminers and in making a careful in-
vestigation as to its condition refused
to furnish funds sufficient to justify
the bank in keeping open, and agreed
under the circumstances there was no
| alternative to the course recommend-
ed by the bank’s directors.
‘“The officers of the bank have ex-
pressed to the department the belief
that there will ultimately be but lit-
tle if any loss to the bank’s deposi-
tors. The liquidation of the bank,
and the distribution of its assets will
proceed as expedi iously as possible.”’
The First-Second National Bank is
a merger of the First and Second Na-
tional Banks of Pittsburg, effected in
April. The officers besides President
W. S. Kuhn, are Vice Presidents J.
M. Young and William McConway.
Mr. Young is also cashier. President
Kuhn is at Prides’ Crossing, Mass., in
attendance upon his wife, who is sick.
From the failure there should be
no particular cause for alarm. This
banking institution transacted busi-
ness in all parts of the country. One
of its particular spheres in which it
worked was to carry on big business
in the way of selling bonds for big
corporations. - To our way of looking
at the matter, there is no monetary
connect’ +. between the bank and
*f the companies whose
sold are solvent, then
od, regardless of the
» bank’s affairs.
that the bank
ns, and that
emed to be
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If the words ‘‘bigger and better
than ever’’ could bef§justlyjused, they
may be written here in describing |
the Moose picnic held at Riverside
Park, on July 4th. It seemed ‘as if
everybody was there and it was
just as natural for yon to nudge a
stranger in the ribe as an old aec-
quaintance and everybody appeared
to be enjoying themselves. It was a
jolly, good-natured and> patriotic
crowd made up of young folks, old
folks, young old folks and old young
Everything was moving along
nicely and at a lively clip until late
in the afternoon when a thnnder
shower struck the park which caused
the gay revelers to check up for a
while and seek shelter from the rain.
After the clouds rolled by and the
rain ceased the festivities were re-
sumed and continued until a late
The various races, however, which
were scheduled to take place in the
evening were called off on account of
the rain, but the remainder of the
program was carried out as adver-
The parade through the principal
streets of the town was not so large
as it should have been, but yet it
made a very good showing.
The music furnished by the Moose
band of Cumberland, was of high
class'and there was plenty of it, and
altogether it was a big day for ‘the
Moose and their friend. }.
It is not necessary to say more
but the members of Friendship
Lodge, No. 76, L. O. O. M., wish to
thank all those, who aided them,
financially and otherwise, in making
the picnic a success.
The members of the Moose band of
Cumberland, and the_local order of
Red Men also have the thanks of the
lodge, and if at any time in the future
the Moose are called upon to aid in
anything of a like nature, they will
gladly do so.
are willing to follow.
If they can’t lead they
On Sunday evening at seven o’clock,
Joseph Blocher of High street passed
quietly way.
Mr. Blocher was born December 27,
1854, at Frostburg, Md. In 1876 he
was married to Margaret Zehmer of
Grantsville, Md. To this union was
born a family of six children, two
died in infancy and Jacob died four
Years ago. The wife and three chil-
dren, Mrs. Warren Holzshu, of town,
Laura and John at home, the latter
‘a city’ mail carrier survive. Six
grandchildren also survive, three
children of Jacob Blocher, deceased
and three children of Warren Holz-
shu. One brother also survives Mr.
Blocher, Jacob L. Blocher of Fair:
mont, W. Va.
Mr. Blocher had been a citizen of
Meyersdale for the last 20 years
and had been variously employed, at
the Slicer Hotel, the Meyersdale
Planing mill and later by the Kenne-
weg Wholesale Grocery Co.
Mr. Blocher had been a member of
the Maccabees lodge and a member
of the Carpenters and Joiners Union.
For the last four years he had been
in feeble health. In September 1909
he received a stroke of apoplexy,
in November 1910 he received a
second stroke and on July 4th,
while down town he received
another stroke which terminated
fatally on Sunday evening. While
at the corner of Center and North
streets his helpless condition was
noticed by W. H. Habel, who called
| to his assistance Dr. Truxal, together
they were taking him to his home,and
were relieved by Chas. Zehner and
Chas. Saylor. Medical aid was sum-
moned at once. After reaching home
he was rational for a half hour, after
which he was in an unconscious con-
dition until he died.
He was aged 58 years, 6 months and
9 days. The funeral services were
GREENVILLE TWP. R rg nald.. at the home on Tuesday after-
The Greenville: Reformed church
went up in smoke on Thursday night.
This church had been a centre. of
religious life in Greenville township
for many years. It had been known
as a union church of the Lutheran
and Reformed denominations. A few
years ago the Lutheran congregation
erected its own church, and the
Reformed congregation purchasing
the interest of the Lutheran church.
This church but recently succeeded
in getting a pastor to care for the
spiritual needs of the people. The
church had been in a dilapidated con-
dition and the matter of building a
church had been agitated for several
years. With the people it had been
a matter of location which retarded
the erection of a new church, some
wanted the church erected at the old
place while others felt that the church
should be located at Pocahontas.
The destruction of the old church
by fire will now compel the congrega-
tion to take early steps for the choos-
ing of a site and the erection of a new
Last Sunday the congregation
through the courtesy of the Church
of the Brethren held service in the
Hostetler church and will again hold
“ice in that church in two weeks.
rigin of the fire appears to be a
00l Board met in regular
Monday evening and or-
ae year by electing the
‘cers:—Secretary, J. M,
asurer, Clarence Moore,
t and vice president are
ley and F. A. Bittner,
Their term expires at
sting services will be
yersdale Evangelical
turday and Sunday.
Conference will be
‘ock Saturday after-
ding Elder, Rev. W.
of Johnstéwn, will
ing services by the
on Saturday evening
Sunday morning at
the evening at 7:45.
munion will be admin-
morning service. Sun-
t 2:00 p. m. A cordial
; extended to the public.
noon at four o’clock. He was a mem-
ber of the Reformed church, Rev.
E. 8. Hassler of St. Paul, Keim, con-
ducted the services. Interment was
made in the family lot in the Union
rf e———
The new low-grade line built by the
Baltimore & Ohio between Rockwood
and Garrett, Pa., a distance of seven
miles, was opened for traffic July 1.
The line was constructed to facilitate
the movement of coal traffic from
the Quemahoning fields of Southwest-
ern Pennsylvania. Coal trains may
now be run from Somerset, to Cum-
berland, Ma., and with the new line
in operation there will be no inter-
ference with traffic on the main line
west of Yoder, providing three tracks
between Yoder and Rockwood. The
improvement isa part of the work
begun three years ago of equipping
the Baltimore & Ohio railroad with
sufficient tracks to insure expeditious
handling of traffic. Third and fourth
tracks have been built on sections of
the road where density of traffic re-
quire ii.
Mr. and Mrs. ‘S. A. Wakefield, of
Lock Hayen, came to town in their
automobile on the Fourth to visit
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Von Moos.
While here they took Mr. and Mrs.
Von Moos and Ike Weinstein on an
auto trip to the Moose picnic at
Riverside Park and from there to
Berlin, where they took supper at
the. Albright Hotel. While at Berlin
they saw a number of well known
Merersdale people.
Mrs. Wakefield is the daughter of
Mrs. VonMoos, and attracts favora-
ble attention where ever she goes.
Five weeks after burying her son
who was killed in Davis, W. Va.,Mrs.
Jaceb Schroll, of Windber, about 49
years old, died of acute nephritis Sat-
urday morning. Her funeral was
held on Monday, with interment in
East End Cemetery.
The new fountain which is
erected under the management of the
Civic League has arrived, and work
has been begun on its erection. When
the work is completed this will form
a pleasing feature in connection with
‘the ‘‘town beautiful.’
to be |
| day, a heavy thunder shower struck
| day afternoon.
| Zufall.
The fourth of July opened auspici-
ously in Meyersdale. The sky was
clear and the sun was shining, the
indications were for a warm day and
and a fair day. It was warm all right
during the day and fair part of tte
town in the afternoon. .
The business places were generally
open till noon, although there was
comparatively little business done in
the forenoon. The ice cream season
had not been up to the standard, but
no complaint could be made on that
score on July Fourth. There was a
remarkable demand for ice cream on
that day. :
The Moose parade was scheduled
for 10:00 o’clock, and it was generally
believed that the various fraternal
and other organizations of town would
turn out in large numbers to help cel-
ebrate the day. This was Moose day
and they were out in full force and
presented a neat appearance, each
member carrying an umbrella of red,
white and blue. The Moose band, of
Cumberland, led the procession. The
only other organization that took part
in the parade was the Red Men. The
members were dressed in brown suits,
they wore masks and carried their
weapons. This orgination attracted
considerable attention. Luke Hay’s
jackass, dressed in blue overalls, with
Charley Brant riding and masked, did
some funny stunts along the line of
march. The automobiles were pret-
tily decorated, although few in num-
The prizes which the Moose offer
were as follows: .
$10.00 for organization with most
men in line; $5.00 for organization
with next number of men in line,
$10.00 for best decorated automobile
or wagon, $5.00 for second best dec-
orated automobile or wagon. The
Moose were not contestants for these
prizes. The Moose highly appreciate
the contributions of the business men
towards these prizes. :
$10.00 to the Red Men for organiza-
tion with most men in line; $10.00 to
Philip Reich for best decorated auto-
mobile; $5.00 to John Hartung for
second best decorated automobile;
$5.00 to Red Men for best fantastic
parade. The judges were A. M,
Schaffner, W. H.Deeter and F. B.
With the conclusion of the parade,
the large crowd assembled on the
streets separated to different points of
interest, those interested in base ball
wended their way to the Slicer ball
grounds. The Moose headed for Riv-
erside Park, the Socialists went to
Coal Run,a number went to St. Paul,
others went out automobiling. Alto-
gether there was plenty to amuse and
entertain during the day, while in the
evening there was a display o# fire-
works in town aad the moving pic-
tures were largely patronized.
A beautiful family reunion took
place at the old Frederick Shaulis
homestead in Jefferson township,
among the children of the late Fred-
erick Shaulis, who died about five
years ago. The occasion was in com-
memoration of the visit to the old
homestead of Charles S. Shaulis, of
Lyndon, Ill., accompanied by his wife
and daughter, Miss Doris. Two large
automobiles took the Somerset rela-
tives and friends to the homestead.
The following were present: Mr. and
Mrs. Samuel Shaulis and children,
Roy, Earle, Samuel and Evelyn, Miss
Ruth, and Alexander Shaulis,of Som-
erset; Dr. and Mrs. E. Frank Shaulis,
and son, Frederick, of Indianna; Mr,
and Mrs. A.J. Weimer and son,James
of Freidens; Dr. and Mrs. C. R. Bit-
toner, of Hooversville; Mr. and Mrs.
W. B. Putman and childien, Dwight
and Foy; Mr. and Mrs. P. F. Brugh,
and Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Shaulis, of
Aaron Zufall, of near Somerset,
while being taken in an automobile to
Gettysburg last Friday to attend the
reunion of the veterans of the North
and South, became ill in the W. C.
Shafer car near Mercersburg, Frank-
lin county, and died there on Satur-
He was 68 years oid
and fought in Company C. 142d Regi-
ment, P. V. I., during the Rebellion.
His death was due to heart trouble.
Mr. Zufall is survived by his widow
Much has been said and written in
recent years of the ‘‘has beens.” Of
those who at one time occupied the
front rank, but had gone back. It
has often been interesting and pathe-
tic to see men and organizations try
to ‘‘come back.”” Jim Jefferies the
pugilist tried and made a sorry fail-
ure. Cy. Falkenburg, the pitcher had
been relegated to a minor league a
year ago, but this year he ‘‘came
back’’ and proved to be the sensation
of the season. Our base ball team
played some wretched games this
season and the wise ones were pro-
nouncing dire judgment upon the
team. On the glorious fourth, they
again made their appearance on the
diamond for two sessions, with the
best that Somerset could produce.
At the morning game the attend—
ance was fair, and the game was in~
terspersed with bad, good and indif-
ferent playing by both teams. The
batting was light. Barnhart and
Olark constituted the battery for the
home team. DannyjMiller, our crack
third baseman of a year ago was the
pitcher for the visiting team, and
nosed out ahead. Thanks to the light
batting of our team. The score wa
4 to 2 in favor of Somerset. :
In the afternoon’s game Johnny
Stafford was on the mound for Mey-
ersdale, while Somerset placed a man
in the box who pitched a strong
In the afternoon game Meyersdale
displayed the spirit of ‘76.’ The
grandstand and bleachers were filled
with enthusiastic fans, who encour-
aged the home players by their pres-
ence and their cheers. The county
seat boys had with them many en-
thusiastic supporters of their team.
This game was an improvement on
the morning game. Somerset played
hard to win both games while Mey-~
ersdale was there to do or die. The
game resulted in the score of 5 to 3
in favor of the home team.
There was a bad mix-up in the
Price family of three brothers, one
was, one of the umpires, one played
on the Somerset team, and one on
the home team. In one particular
play on first base the Prices wére
very much in evidence, Kennedy
played first base, his brother tried to
steal second, and on a close decision
Umpire Price called the runner out
while trying to get back to first base.
The umpires were Hostetler and
Price, and the scorer was J. J. Hob~
Prof. Kretchman, while visiting
at his home last week took a walk
out on the farm about three-fourths
of a mlle from the house and saw
some distance ahead of him, what
seemed to be a belt in the field
road. On nearer approach he saw
it was a snake, when he picked up
a broken fence rail and commenced
to beat the life out of the snake.
With the first well directed blow
from the Professor, the rattler gave.
the alarm, but the back of the reptile .
was broken and all danger was over.
On examination
the snake had ten rattlers and o
button and that the snake measured
about four feet in length. The
Kretchman farm has been in pos-
session of the family for a period of
seventy years and never before in
their recollection was there known
to have been a rattle snake on the
farm. The explanation for this is
that during the extremely dry season,
on the mountain, was the cause for
the snake wandering so far away
from its natural home and the belief
is that another rattler will be found
in the immediate vicinity in which
Professor Kretchman wielded with
unerring aim the rail that ended the
rattler’s life.
Monday evening Miss Helen Collins
delightfully entertained a number of
her friends at her home on North
street, in honor of the anniversary of
her birth. The house was beautifully
decorated with ferns and daisies.
A delicious lunch was served and was
thoroughly erjoyed by the forty
guests present.
Mrs. W. T. Dailey was hostess on
Monday evening when she entertained
a few friends in honor of her sister,
Mrs, J. M. Ramstead, who has been:
| her guest for several weeks.
and three children, Mrs. Shafer, and |
Mrs. Harry Davis and Warren W. |
{ing, July 12.
A lawn fete of the Lutheran church,
will be held at Keim on Saturday,even-
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