The Meyersdale commercial. (Meyersdale, Pa.) 1878-19??, July 17, 1913, Image 1

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- Meyersdal
Exciting Gun Play at Shaw
Mines—Officer Hare Got
There First.
Albert Smithers, of Shaw Mines,
and a friend of his came to town on
Monday afternoon to hold a celebra-
tion. Smithers had made up his
mind to show his friend and the com-
munity what kind of a dare devil he
was. About three o’clock ia the
afternoon they started for their homes
at Shaw Mines, and while on the
South Side, near the Morrell planing
mill, Smithers began to fire his re-
“volver and continued discharging it
incessantly, frightning the South Side
people along the route on which they
traveled. :
But the rumpus that was raised in
Meyersdale was very mild compared
with the excitement that was caused
and the terror that was produced in
¢he minds of the people of Shaw
. Mines. The man had been drinking
and he was a devil incarnate, cowed
the inhabitants of Shaw Mines, shot
at several women. At the company’s
store of the Consolidation Coal com-
pany, drew his revolver, terrorized
all about the place. Everyone was
locking for a place of safety, and no
one was willing to take chances with
the black man.
The people. of Shaw mines, tele-
phoned to Squire Hay, who got into
communication with policeman Cra-
mer. Policemen Cramer and Hare
went to the scene of the disturbance.
As they came near the Smithers
shanty, he was sitting en the porch.
The policemen at once realized that
they had a dangerous job on hand.
Smithers had made loud boasts that
no one could capture him. Before
the officers reached the place, Albert
Bauman warned them of the danger-
;, ous man they were about to tackle
" "and the dangerous weapon which he
was using so freely.
‘Smithers had somewhat changed
4is mind when he saw the officers
approaching. He evidently was
seized with fear and entered the shan-
ty and tried to escape by the back
door, The officers now were after
their man. One was trying to take
care of the front door and one of the
back door, and as he came forth from
the back door he saw Cramer and
drew his reyolver, but it failed to go
off and Cramer ordered him to halt
and surrender. Smithers tried to
effect his escape, and as he ran for
another building he came into con-
tact with officer Hare. Hare’ and
Smithers at a distance of about eight
feet apart exchanged shots Smith-
ers missed his man, while Hare hit
him in the fleshy part of his right
arm, the force of which threw Smith-
ers revolver out of his hand and ten
feet, away. The bullet from Hare's
revolver passed through Smithers
arm, through the right lung and
lodged in his back. The darkey
realized now his situation and became
' very penitent. He exclaimed ‘‘White
man you got me.” He believed he
was going to die at once and his
curses of a short time before were
changed into prayers.
This wild western scene took place
about 6:30 o’clock. Officers Cramer
and Hare brought him .to town. Dr.
McMillan gave him attention and
Officer Hare took him to the Western
‘Maryland hospital! in Cumberland,
whereZhe was operated upon by Dr.
A. H. Hawkins, assisted by Drs.
Gracie and Hodges.
The record of Smithers is that he
is a very bad negro and that he and
his gun were never parted. He is
said to have come from Clarksburg,
W. Va., sometime ago and has been
living in a shanty near Shaw Mines.
Mr. Hare was one of the happy
men of Meyersdale, on Tuesday from
the fact that he is still living, after
the darkey had tried to put him out
of commission, and his many friends
rejoice too, that he made his escape
from the aim of the desperado.
Mr. Hare spent Monday night in
Cumberland, enjoying the hospitality
of the police force and returned to
Meyersdale on Tuesday morning on
train No. 12, ready to attend to his
next duty as city guardian.
| their intentions.’
Normal School, regular and scientific
The Philharmonic Society, of Som-
has. engaged Prof. Smith, of
to instruct the members in
> month of July.
riday eyening, |
| Lint, Frieda Daberko, Marion Leydig,
E I ]
Monday, Tues-|
A very pleasant surprise in the form
of a family reunion was tendered Mr.
andand Mrs. W. J. Meyers at the
family home in Northampton town-
ship on Monday, July 14. The details
of the reunion were arranged several
weeks previous by the children with-
out the parents knowing anything of
Previous provisions in the line of re-
freshments had bean made by shipping
all kinds of eatables to H. T. Meyers,
a son who lives at the family home.
These included ice cream, candies,
cigars and all kinds of fruits. Most of
the children and their families arrived
at Meyersdale on B. & O. train No. 16
on Sunday afternoon and were driven
across the country to the family resi-
dence in automobiles, arriving there
about 7 o'clock. The surprise was
All of Monday was spent in a social
way and amusements of various kinds
were indulgedin. Photographer Con-
rad, of Meyersdale, took pictures’ of
the entire family group. Inthe even-.
ing a gorgeous display of of fireworks
was put off. This was witnessed by a
number of relatives and neighbors
who stoped in to pay their respects to
the family.
Those present comprising the re-
union were Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Meyers,
the parents and the following children
and their families: :
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce H. Rodeniser
and son Bruce,Jr., of Pittsburg; Mr.
and Mrs. J. A. Meyers and daughters,
Ethel and Virginia, of Wilkinsburg;
Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Meyers and child-
ren Edison and June, of Mt. Pleasant;
Mr, and Mrs. H. T. Meyers and daugh-
ter Marjorie, at home; Mr. and Mrs.
C. A. Purbaugh and children Loreen
and Clarion, of Connellsville; Misses
Idella and Ollie C. Meyers at home,
This included all the ‘children with
exception of Mrs. Harrison C. Gray,
of Elizabeth, W. Va., who with her
husband and daughter, Jane, were
prevented from being present by the
latter’s sudden illness. =
Among the guests were Mr. and
Mrs. Gideon Purbaugh, of Havelock,
Nebr. Mr. Purbaugh is the only sur-
viving member of the generation in
the family of that name which was
so prominently identified with the
the early settlement of Northampton
and surrounding townships. °
Salisbury had a fire on Tuesday
morning when the property of Mrs.
McGary of Akron, Ohio, was destroy-
ed. M. M. Smith, father-in-law of J.
F. Reich, lived in the house. It is
thought that ths fire caught from a
defective flue from the cooking stove.
Most of the furniture was saved.
The house is said to have been in-
sured for $1,000. There was no in-
surance on the furniture. Mrs. Mc-
Gary had considerable of her furni-
ture on the attic and in other parts
of the house.
Mr. Smith was at the mines and
knew nothing of the fire until he was
on his way home from work.
The news was telephoned to town
and Mrs. J. F. Reich went up at once
in an automobile.
Michael Cronnely, a brother of Mrs.
Smith, and living in Washington, and
a niece, Miss Margaret Cronnely, of
Frostburg, were on a visit at the
home of Mr. Smith. Mr. Cronnely
had not seen Mrs. Smith for 17 years.
The school board met on Tuesday
evening and elected all the grade
teachers that had not yet been chosen.
Among the new teachers in the grades
are Miss Susan N. Baer, and Miss
Esther Austin.
The board also took an action to
secure the services of another male
teacher in the high school. This is a
commendable step and it should prove
of much account in school work dur-
ing the coming year.
Isaac Rissmiller of High Bridge, N.
J., has been chosen the teacher in
the High School. He has had ex-
cellent training in the Keystone State
course of Lebonon Valley college and
of the University of Pennsylvania.
The following will constitute our
teaching force:
W. H. Kretchman,
L. D. Crunkleton, principal; Rena
Lauver, Alice M. Hanford, Evelyn
Truxal, and Isaac Rissmiller.
Edith Wilhelm, Eva Hoover, Louise
Floto, Mayme Platt, Nelle Dom, Kate
Coulehan, Mary Eicher, Violet Clark,
Martha Deist, Hester Meyers, Ellen
tler, I ie Crowe, Esther |
, and Susan N. |
The W. M. R. R. Promises
Better Freight and Pas-
senger Service.
The Western Maryland Railroad Co.
is getting ready to push its business
in this section. The company knows
better than any one else of the splen-
did road bed it possesses on the Con-
nellsville & State Line division, even
the novice knows that scarcely a better
roadbed can be found anywhere. The
through trains of the company are a
matter of just pride, but the local ac-
comodations are not, up to this time,
very satisfactory. This week the com-
pany, on this division, has had her
picked men, her officials, over the di-
vision, to stop at every station, get
personally acquainted with every
ticket agent, and are stopping in the
towns along the line with their men to
call on the business men with refer-
ence to building up a business to find
out what the people want, and then it
will be their privilege and pleasure to
adjust matters so that excellent care
can be taken of the public and at the
same time increase their business along
the entire line.
The public is doubtless willing to
patronize their company if they show
a disposition to meet the needs of the
public. The article which appeared
in The Commercial of June 19th, evi-
dently had been carefully read by the
officials and it seems that they propose
doing everything that can be done to
push their business. The Western Mary
land was fortunate in securing the ser-
vice of the clever and obliging agent,
in the person of Mr. Gill, but up to
this time he simply had not been in a
position to offer the public fhose facil-
ities which the public demands. With
the full realization of the needs of the
people along the line on the part of
the officials and are extension of time
to adjust matters properly,the promise
is that the Western Maryland ‘will do
everything that can be done for the
accomodation of the public.
She sends out a high class of gentle-
men, men who mean what they say
and say what they mean, and conse-
quently we are led to believe that in
the not far distant future the W. M.
R. R. will lend its full share in touch-
ing the various points along the line,
to the satisfaction of the public.
Attorney James L. Pugh, one of the
oldest members of the Somerset
County Bar, passed away at 10:30 on
Saturday morning, at the Markleton
Sanitorium, at the age of 68 years.
He has been ill for a long time witha
complication of diseases. The body
was brought to Somerset on Sunday.
The funeral services were held on Mon-
day,interment in the Union cemetery.
The deceased was a son of James
and Rachel Pugh, and was born in
Somerset township. After securing a
common school education, he gradu-
ated from the Millersville State Nor-
mal School, and later graduated from
the law department of the University
of Michigan. He was admitted to the
bar in this county in 1874. He served. ‘pleasing manner.
three yoars as District Attorney, two
terms as County Superintendent of
Schools and was in the Legislature
two terms.
Attorney Pugh was a veteran of the
Ciyil War, having served two enlist-
ments. The first was in Company E’
133d Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry,
and the second was in the Fifth Heavy
Artillery. At the battle of Gettys-
burg he was awounded three times.
He was also in the battle of Chan-
cellorsville, but escaped injury there.
The deceased was never married.
He issurvived by one brother,the Rev.
B. F, Pugh, of Ottawa, Kan., and two
sisters—Mrs.Oliver Knepper and Mrs.
Rose Anne Saylor, both of Somerset.
He was an uncle of District Attorney
Virgil R. Saylor. Mr. Pugh was a
prominent member of the local Mason-
ic order.
J. A. Poorbaugh, for a number of
years, member of the firm of Poor-
baugh Bros., Meat Market, recently
purchased a hundred acre farm,
ciose to York City, Pa. Mr. Poor-
baugh and family expect to leave
Meyersdale in October to take pos=
session of the farm. Mr. Poorbaugh’s |
absence from town will be keenly |
felt by many, for he was one of the]
live, big-hearted, progressive spirits |e
‘sof Meyers |
Miss Regena Reich, gave a very
delightful dance at the Auditorium
Friday evening of last week to a
few of her friends in honar of her
aunt, Miss Leota Smith, and friend,
Miss Caroline Craney, of Pittsburgh,
who were her guests, the past two
Charming appointments prevailed
at the reception given by Mrs. C. W.
Truxal at her home on Broadway
street, last Friday afternoon. The
hours were from three to five o’clock,
when a number of her daughter Miss
Beatrice’s friends were invited to
meet her house guests, Miss Kathryn
Philson of Johnstown, and Miss Mar-
guerite Berthy of Cohen, W, Va.
On Monday evening Miss Truxal
entertained a large number of her
friends by giving a dance at the Audi-
torinm in honor of her guests, Miss
Philson, and Miss Berthy, who were
honor guests at the reception, ®nd
Miss Harriet Hill of Pittsburg, who
arrived here on Saturday. This
was pronounced one of the most de-
lightful social affairs of the season.
After the dance the guests went to
the Truxal home on Broadway where
a delicious lunch was served.
Mrs. Paul D. Clutton was hostess
on Saturday when she entertained at
a one o’clock luncheon. The decora-
tions were in pink and white and the
center piece was a French basket of
sweet peas. The honor guest was her
sister-in-law, Miss Frances Clutton,
of Slippery Rock, who has been visit-
ing here for several weeks. .
Miss Grace Kendall entertained in-
formally at her home on North street,
Saturday evening, in honor of her
house guests the Misses Mary Willa
and Kathryn Kendall of Pittsburg;
Miss. Annie Campbell of Mechanics-
burg, Miss Rosena Zuhurst and Miss
Reta Van Nest of Washington, D. C.
The out-of-town guests were Misses
Harriet Hill of Pittsburg, Kathryn
Philson of Johnstown, Marguerite
Berthy of Cohen, W. Va.; Eloise
Somerlatt of Cumberland, Mary
Stickle of Frederick, Md., and Floi-
ence Maust of Salisbury.
. At her residence on the avenue,
Tuesday July 15, Miriam Glessner
gaye to her girl friends a delightful
party which celebrated her twelfth
evening the girls assembled and en-
gaged in games and contests, chief of
which was a ‘‘doll-dressing’’ contest.
Each one present was provided with
a doll and materials. The products
of the seamstressess manifested much
originality and skill as style creators.
The first of the three prizes offered
for neatness and originality was won
by Louise Hocking; the second by
Katherine Aurandt; and the third by
Julia Hoblitzell. In fact all the girls
deserved congratulations upon the
general excellence of the workman-
At six o’clock a luncheon was served
in the dining room. The color scheme
was pink and was carried oui in a
The following were present:
Hilda Lichty, Stella Rowe, Louise
Hocking, Elizabeth Hocking, Nancy
Rutter, Margaret Shipley, Mary and
Julia Cover, Julia Hoblitzell, Rhea
and Katherine Auranndt, Alice Moore,
Deeter Appel, Kathryn Sipple, Paul-
ine Knieriem, Bessie Bittner, and
Bertha Glessner’
The long looked for fountain for
which the Civic League had been
working for for months is at last find-
ing its reward in a finished fountain,
furnishing an abundance of crystal
water for man and dog; water from
the noted Sand Spring.
The concrete foundation was laid
by the well-known firm of Beal &
Weimer. Baer & Company have
made the water connections and erec-
ted the fountain.
In the large basin there are four
faucets, and below are two receptacles
for thirsy dogs to quench their thirst.
The fountain is massive and yet
very beautiful, towering to a height
of about 12 feet from the base. Three
lights, at the top, furnish ample light
for all who have occasion to get a
On the sid
the we
panel facing Centre st
s in relief ‘‘ Meyersdale
At an early hour in the |
In one of the hardest fought base
ball battles of the season on Saturday
Meyersdale was defeased at Cumber-
land by the score of 2 to 1.
It was a great pitchers battle be-
tween our own Johnny Stafford and
Bell, the Cumberland pitcher.with the
former haying the better of the argu-
ment all the way through, although
Cumberland won, due to errors.
Stafford gave but twohits while neither
was a good clean hit. Diehl relieved
Bell in the last evening and held
Meyersdale safe.
Swearman,ss .. ........ 4. 0.1-0:13 2
Bowman, mf............ 4 12 00 0
Wilhelm, If........ ..... 4 0:2 0 00
Price, 1b....... 4 0 110 0 ©
Bennings, rf 4:0 1.1: 20
McElfish, 2b 4.0 1120
Clark, © 4.0 0111 1
Bleeher, 3b.............. 300130
Stafford, p............. 2°00 0 3 {1
Tolals........ ..... .. 33 1 82410 4
Geatz, 3b................. 4:0 0 1°30
Blackburn, If... 4:0 0.1.01
May. 1b........... 3 00'7 00
C. Lippold,2b $17 13 20
Marean, mf.............. 20.0110
O’Toole; 2b.............. 30.01.01
Rodenbaugh, rf........ 8112060
Brode, e................«; 3.0 011 '0 0
Bell, p..... 2 00030
Diehl, p......i0u.50.. 10:0 0010
Totals......... ....... 28 2 2 927 102
Meyersdale....... ... 00000100 0—1
Cumberland ........ 01000001 x—2
Summary—Struck out by Bell 1i,
Stafford 10, stolen base, C. Lippold 2,
Rodebaugh; sacrifice hit Marenan;
double play,Marenan to O'Toole; wild
piteh, Bell; hit by pitcher, Stafford.
Time—1I:25. Umpire—Ritchey.
The Meyersdale ball team played a
game at Mt. Savage on Sunday after-
for Meyersdale and held the Maryland
team downto a few scattered hits.
Meyersdale played a good game and
won by the score of 3 to 0.
The Berlin and Meyersdale, ball
teams will play a game of ball to
morrow (Friday) on the Slicer
grounds. The last game Berlin de-
feated Meyersdale. Our boys will
try to eyen up matters tomorrow.
The Pittsburgh Collegians will play
here Monday and Tuesday of next
week .
On Monday morning at 9:00 o’clock,
Dr. Cyrus W. Truxal, son of Dr. and
Mrs. A. E. Truxal, were united in
the bonds of matrimony, in Lancas-
ter, to Miss Elizabeth J. Frey,
daughter of Mrs. C. M. Catnell. The
ceremony was performed by his fath-
er, inthe presence of the immediate
friends of both families. The bride
was given in marriage by her uncle,
John D. Skiles, of Lancaster. W.
Curtis Truxal, Esq., of Somerset,
brother of the groom was best man.
The wedding was a quiet but
pretty function. The bride wore a
travelling costume of blue and she
also wore orcnids and lilies of the
valley. After the wedding there was
a breakfast for the immediate fami-
The young couple left on a wed-
ding trip and upon their return they
will reside in Lancaster. While on
their honeymoon they will yisit Mey-
ersdale next week.
Dr. Truxal, is a graduate of Frank-
lin and Marshall College, Lanaaster,
of the Haenehan College of Medi-
cine, of Philadelphia. The groom is
well known here, and highly respected,
while the bride has also been in
Meyersdale and has made a num-
ber of friends here.
Dr. Truxal, will take up the prac-
tice of medicine next year.
Simon Shaulis of Waterloo, Iowa,
is another -one of the veterans who
came a long distance to attend tke
reunion at Gettysburg. He left the
west on June 16th, and will spend
three months on his visit.
lis left Somerset county in 1874.
| was born and reared near Berlin,
| while Pennsylyania has
an seven trips to his: S
; a place which he calls
is choice.
noon. Danny Miller was on the mound’
Mrs. Sara Keller Walker, wife of
Ephraim Walker, who had been ill a
long time .died last Thursday morn-
ing at the Walker home, at Shanks-
ville, aged 66 years. The funeral
took place at 9:30 o’clock Saturday
morning from the Pike Church of
the Brethren, where the ser-
vices were conducted by Rev. D. L.
Walker, of near Somerset. The de-
ceased was born in Somerset, county
and was a daughter of Casper and
Catharine Keller. She is surviyed
by two sisters, Mrs. Rauser, and
Mrs, Reitz, both liviug in the state
of Iowa. Her husband to whom she
was married about 42 years ago, sur-
vives her, together with two sons,
two daughters, and six grandchild-
ren. The sons are Charles E. Walk-
er, of Johnstown, who has been
at Shanksville for several days; New-
ton Walker, and Miss Margaret
Walker, . both of Davidsville and
Miss Sara Walker, at home. Mrs.-
Walker was a lifelong member of
the Church of the Brethren.
Mrs. Louise Crowe, was born on
the National Pike 2 miles west of
Frostburg, Md., August 17, 1£37.
She was a daughter of Jesse W.
Chaney and Susan Lohr Chaney, and
was married to George A. Crowe,
October 11, 1855. She died at hcr
home near Frostburg, Md., Monday
afternoon, July 14, 1913, after a
short illness of apoplexy, aged 76.
She was a lifelong member «f
the M.E. church, of which she was
very faithful, and a devout christizn.
She was a teacher in the Sundey
school since 1871.
She is survived by her aged hus-
band, and the following children :—
Floyd, Thomas, and John who reside:
near the old home, Clarence E., anc
Eugene of this place and George, of
Frostburg, Mrs. Henrietta Murphy"
and Mrs. Annie Wilson, ne: r
Frostburg, Mrs. Carrie ZFinzel, of
Davis, W. Va., and one sister at Lc. =
aconing, Md., 50 grandchildren and.
18 great grandchildren also survive..
She was laid to rest in the ceme-
Wednesday afternoon, in the pres-
ence of a large and sorrowing crowd.
of relatives and friends.
Alice Largent, who lived on ths’
corner of High and Eighth streets,
died on Tuesday morningat. 2:00
o’clock in the Johnstown. hospital.
Mrs. Largent was the widow.of John
Largent, who was killed on-the B. &
O. railroad about 16 years ago. A
son aged 14 years, died 12 years
ago. Mrs. Largent had been ailing
ago she went to the’hospital suffering
from a complication of maladies,
gall enlargement. The immediate«
cause of her death was through an
operation resulting from the removal
of the gall. 4
Undertaker J. F. Reich went to
Johnstown on Tuesday morning and
brought her remains to town on train
No. 56. Mrs. Largent is survived by
the following brothers and sisters: —
the Latrobe High school, but now of
New Waterford, Ohio, Mrs. Alvey
Murray of Johnstown,fand Mrs. B. Fo,
Boyd of Bellaire, Ohio.
The funeral is being held today,
Rev. J. A. Yount, pastor of the
Lutheran church officiating. Inter-
ment was- made in the Union ceme-
Mrs. Mull, an aged lady of
Mance, died July 14, 1913. She was
a member of the Mt. Lebanon Re-
formed church. The funeral seryices
are being held today at 1:00 o’clock,
by her pastor, Rev. A. S. Kresge,
assisted by Rev. H. H. Wian®. In
terment in Mt. Lebanon cemetery.
Three granddaughters survive her,
as follows:—QGertrude, Mayme and
Margaret Lynch, children of her
daughter, who was the wife of Philip
Lynch, of this place, and died about
| ten years ago.
Mr. Shau- | Lloyd. McKenzie, child of W. H.
He | McKenzie, and wife, of near Pocahon-
died on Monday July 14th, 1
nd was buried on Wedn
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sday, July
tery at Emmanuel chapel at 2 o’clocies
for a number of years.j Three weeks :
stomach trouble, enlarged liver, and .
Charles Streng of town, Prof. A. A. ; *
Streng, for many .years principal of -