The Meyersdale commercial. (Meyersdale, Pa.) 1878-19??, January 22, 1914, Image 1

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. Wissler, a well known
the Reformed church,
Carlisle, Pa., and his
ected wife, friends of the
his wife, received an in-
ommunication from the
persons who are spend-
in Europe, and believing
vill be interesting to our
are pleased to publish the
be of interest to many of
and readers of The Com-
hear something of our ex-
n Germany. One day in the
¢ of October we accepted an
jot to visit a very old castle
Death failed to end the litigation
between Charles S. Vannear of Som-
erset and his son, Lewis W. Vennear,
of Jennertoawn. The Senior Vannear,
died Saturday, his funeral was held
on Monday afternoon and on Mon-
day morning the son and his mother,
Mrs. Katharine Welty Vannear. filed
caveats with the Orphans’ Court re-
straining Register of Wills, Bert F.
Landis, from probating the will of
their father, and husband respective-
ly. They allege that by reason of be-
ing mentally incapacitated, Charles
S. Vannear, was not competent to
make a legal will.
It is not definitely known whether
ia. | Vannear left a will, or if he did, what
could ‘exceed the beauty of
nd oftits prospect. We fol-
8 line of the railway until we
he long winding road which
his very old but beautiful
stle is now owned by Freihen
denfels, who inherited it at
th of his uncle, some twenty
. This castle with its sur-
roundings has marks of great age. It
is square in form with two lofty round
towers at two’ of the angles and is
sithated upon a very prominent hill.
There is also a large deep moat around
the eastle which is kept filled with
water. Formerly a draw bridge was
over this, when raised the place was
inaeeessable, but now an ordinary
den bridge.
entered by the portal door over
h is a shield bearing the crests
rms of the noble families; com-
rst to a Tong, wide hall contain-
umerousgancient pictures and
looking furniture. After being
ducted into the library we were
cordially greeted and made wel-
byFreiherr and, Freifran vonLin-
Is and the mother of Freifran,
of whom spoke English quite well.
e course of an hour we were
n the interior of the castle with
rge number of well furnished
In the library we saw a fine
of swords, one we were told
longeff to Napoieon, who had
mtly used it in battle. The
r had a magnificent display of
aits, paintings and richly carved
laid furniture. Many curious
s from India and China. A
old piano on which my wite had
pleasure of playing. We, were
invited to dine with the family;
sumptuous meal was served in
, much like the American
We shall long remember the
sure we had at that meal and the
onor bestowed upon us as Americans.
| the course of time we were taken
gh the large and beautiful park
erent colors. We spent some time
ecting a rocky knoll on which had
planted trees, ferns and vines
ym the Alps. We much wish some
ur friends could have seen these.
came to a very old house used
any years by the game keeper. It
much as it was two hundred years
0 with its rude furniture, rifles,
tlers, fish nets, bird cages. In one
om we were shown a large case
ntaining a fine collection of butter-
, bugs, ants, etc. .
e-were also taken by our kind
tf to the family cemetery, where
saw the graves of a line of ances-
dating back many hundreds of
A large natural stone shaft
ks the grave of our hosts brother,
was lieutenant in the German
ly, and who lost his life in Africa,
years ago.. Not far away is a
wooden crucifix of very fine
anship brought from Oberam-
un. . The outlook of this ceme-
s one which it would be hard to |
farms land the cas-
nnder good cultivation. -Frei-
on Lindenfels is a good horse
disposition he made of his property,
but the action of the widow and son
in becoming caveators before his
funeral indicates that they don’t be-
lieye he favorably considered them
in drawing up the document. They
are represented by Attorneys John
R. Scott, Charles F. Uhl and Charles
H. Ealg.
Sev.ral months ago Lewis W. Van-
near, held a petition with the court,
asking that a guardian be appointed
for his father, who is alleced, was
feeble-minded and on account of his
advanced years was mentally inca-
pacitated to transact business and
was liable to- be defrauded of his
property by designing person. A
hearing was held by Judge Ruppel,
and the matter was yet pending in
court when Vannear died.
It was believed that Vannear’s
death would end the family litigation,
bui the filing of caveats indicates
that the question of his mental con-
dition will probably be again threshed
over in a will contest. .
Charles S. Vannear was one of the
‘prominent business men of Somerset
up until a few years ago when he
suffered from ill health. His death
was caused by paralysis. He was
born in Holyoke, Mass., 79 years-ago.
When quite young he removed to
Greensburg, Pa.,’ where he married
Katharine Welty. In 1890 he came to
Somerset, having purchased the old
Park hotel, which was destroyed by.
fire several years later. He then
erected the present Vannear hotel on
the site of the old Glade house on the
southwest corner of the public square.
About 15 years ago he sold the Van-
near hostelry to Jacob B. Winters and
later erected the Hotel Arlington.
Several years ago he retired from
business and removed to his farm in
Jenner township. :
He is survived by his wife, Kath-
arineWelty Vannear, and four children
—Lewis W. Vannear, of Jennertown;
Frederick Vannear, of Somerset; Mrs.
Susan Frank, of Pittsburgh, and Mrs.
William B. Duncan, of Wilkinsburg.
Funeral services were conducted
interment by the Rev. Edgar F.
Hoffmeimer, paster of the Somerset
Reformed ehurch, and the Rey. Dr.
Hiram King. Interment in the Hus-
band cemetery. T
Mrs. Patty Newcomer, wife of B
& O. Engineer Newcomer, who re-
cently accidently shot off his left
hand while cleaning a shot gun at his
home in Rockwood, attempted: to
commit suicide last Friday evening
in the presence of her injured husband
and children by drinking laudanum,
drug store, Mr. Newcomer at once
summoned the family physician, Dr.
Speicher, who used a stomach pump
to remove the poison. ' The cause of
the woman’s act is unknown. Mr.
and Mrs. Newcomer recently moved
into their new home on Highland
Addition and appeared to be a happy
couple. :
which she had purchased at a local
d very fond of horses. He has | CLASS NO. 4, OF AMITY
in his stable six fine English |
. He usually drives his own |
ge as his’ wife and son had a
jarrow escape in a run away a
Bars ago when out driving with
The class No. 4, of Amity Reformed
he evening we very reluctantly | Sunday school was organized Sunday
eave of our friends in the castle | last.
opes of meeting during the
n Munich. As we went to-
We were much delighted
ur excursion, and felt that the
d given us as much pleasure as |
eek of our liyes.
elistic ser¥ices will be held
in tl vangelical church, beginning
on Sanday evening. Evangelist
Thomas will be the preacher and
singer Snyder will have charge of
the music.
Teacher—A. S. Glessner.
Assistant Teacher—J. N. Lint.
President—Norman Holzhour.
Vice President—Harold Sipple.
Secretary—Ken. Housel.
Treasurer—Robert Hoffmeyer.
Librarian—George Knieriem. :
The class will soon organize base
ball and basket ball teams; will have
a director of physical culture, ande
aims at the development of the social |
as well as the religious tendencies of]
the young man. All young men of
16 years and upward are cordially
inyited to join. The class now num-
| bers about 30.
Engineer Radcliffe Died on
Monday morning soon after 6:00
o’clock, there’ was a crash heard,
distress signals were given, suffering
by compact and by fire, life was eb-
bing out and the community was
apprised of“~the fact that a head-on-
collision bad occurred on the W. M.
R. R.; about a half-mile east of town,
opposite Glade City.
O. E. Mull, was night operator
and had given orders to the en-
gineer hauling a hea coal train,
going east to hold his train in the
siding until train No. 127, had gone
west and also two engines and ca-
boose had passed the siding. Through
some misunderstanding the engineer
did not have the orders correct and
when No. 127 had passed the siding
instead of waiting for the two en-
gines and caboose to also pass, the
engineer of the coal train pulled out
on the main track and 150 feet from
the switch, the head-on-collision took
place with the result that three mien
were seriously hurt, one fatally, that
two engines were ruined, , traffic
was blocked and general demorali-
zation prevailing.
Engine No. 9370, going west, with
Engineer E. Radcliffe, of Connells-
ville, and Charles Festerman, of
Ridgeley, fireman. Mr. Radcliffe
was cramped in his cab that an ax
had to be used to chop him out. His
condition was very critical and it
was, feared that death would cdbme to
him before he could be taken to the
Western Maryland Hospital, in Cam-
perland. Md. The fireman, Mr.
Festerman, was painfully hart, al-
though not considered seriously.
On the engine No. 760 going west,
Engincer J. W. Hensel, of Cumber-
land, was not hurt, while his fire-
man, J. J. Pleasant, was injured.
Engine No. 734, back of 760, with
Engineer Artler and Fircman Gunn,
both of Cumberland, used their en-
gine and caboose to take the injured
men to the Hospital.
Tuesday Night—Two of ~the
Engines Were Badly Damaged. ?
O. 8. Jenkins, of Cumberland and
Fireman M. E. Kelso of Confluence
were on the pusher of the coal train
‘and were unhurt.
A large crowd had gathered ina
short time at the place of the wreck.
The car next to the tender of the
coal train engines had pushed itself
into the tender, a distan:e of ten
feet. This indicates somewhat the
force of the compact. / Aside from
the damage to the engines there was
comparatively small loss. Several
cars were damaged but none of the
cars had left the track. The wreck
oceurred at the side of a large bank
and any cars leaying the track would
have gone down many feet.
The Western Maryland railroad has
been singularily fortunate while the
road has been operated. The engine
pulling the coal train was a New
York Central engine, while the west
bound engine in the collision was a
W. M. engine.
The engineer and fireman of the
pusher were unhurt but failed to
get to Cumberland for their breakfast.
While they looked thrifty and were
big hearted men, yet big hearted
W. H. Deeter, President of the Mey-
ersdale Planing mill, handed the en-
gineer a greenback and told him to
strike out tor his breakfast. Every
calamity shows out that better spirit
of men and brings out more tuliy’
the realization, that all men are
Eugineer E. Radcliffe, aged 38
years died Tuesday night at 11:30
o’clock at the Western Maryland Hos-
Mr. Radcliffe, with his wife, form-
erly Miss Craver, and their two child-
ren, aged two and fiye years, resided
at Hendriks, W. Va., until recently
and moved to Connellsville when
transferred to the Connellsville di-
vision. - :
Not able to comprehend what it
meant, Michael Meader, of Boswell,
was on Tuesday sentenced by Judge
William H. Ruppel to death in the
electric chair in the new state peni-
tentiary in Centre county. Meader is
one of the first murderers in the
State to be sentenced under the new
electrocution law, which supplants
hapging. After sentence was im-
posed he was taken to the county
jail, where the significance of the
court’s sentence was explained to
him. 3
Meader, 20 years old, killed
‘Steve Dudla by stabbing him in the
back while in a dance hall in ‘Bos-
well on the night of June 22nd, 1913.
His defense was that he had killed
Dudla by mistake. He said it was a
case of mistaken identity, as he be-
lieved Dudla to be a rival of his for
the hand of a young lady to whom
some time. Dudla, he claimed, was
a friend whom he would not have
killed under any circumstances had
he known his identity.
Judge Ruppel imposed the death
sentence .after dismissihg a motion
for a new trial. When asked if he
ed that one Michael Carber .had
sworn falsely against him at the
trial. e asked for a Roman Cath-
olic priest as his spiritual adviser,
| and his request will be complied with.
Meader will be detained in the jail
until the governor fixes a date for
his electrocution, after which he will
be removed to the penitentiary.
Andrew Jackson Hillegas of Hynd-
| man is the proud father of five inter-
| esting children, four daughters and
| one son. All these are attending the
| public schools of Hyndman, and not
lone has missed a day since starting.
| They have been attending as follows:
Anna E., tenth year.
| - Olive M., eighth year.
Pauliga E., seventh year/
Mary Z., third year.
Josiah H., first year.
This is an unusual record, and few
| families can boast of anything like it.
he had been -paying attention ’for |
had anything to say Meader g¢eclar- :
On Thursday afternoon, January 15,
James R. Campbell, Jr., who died in
the County Hospital at Somerset,
was buried in the Union cemetery;
Rev. H. L. Goughnour officiating at
the service.
The deceased was a son of Mr. and
Mrs. James R. Campbell, who some
years ago were highly respected resi-
dents of Meyersdale. Mr. Campbell
conducted a wall-paper and painters
supplies store in the building on Cen-
ter street now occupied by Mr, A. T
James Jr., had suffered throughout
most of his life from epilepsy brought
on by a fall when he was a young
child. He was aged 25 years at the
time of his death. \
Two of his brothers, George T., and
William V., both of Pittsburg, and
one sister, Mrs. Earl B. Yahn of
of Ellwood City, were present at the
The body arrived on train No. 16
and the relatives departed on train
No. 5 for their homes.
sled load of sixteen young people to
Berlin last Thursday evening, where
they were the guests of Mr. and Mrs.
George B. Collins, who at midnight
served a ,sumpteous meal to the
sleighing party, after which they left
for home arriving here at 4:00 in
the morning. The following persons
were present:—Misses Ethel Collins,
Hulda Powell, Anna Graves, . Anna
Lena Sinsel, Effie Mimmie, Cora
Bittner. and Messrs. Clayton Wade,
Wm. Graves, Kenneth Housel, Ray-
mond Houck, John Weimer, Bob
Peck and Ira Baer.
| : :
| to change our power from a gasoline
The change
actory, being a
| big improvement over the former
| power.
| engine to electricity.
| thus far is very sa
Hougel, Besse Deal, Fanny Graves, |
Our growing business compelled us |
tion are beginning to line up. Peti-
tions are being circulated all over the
United States for signatures to be
presented to the National Congress.
The cause has become” national in
its scope, and the indications are that
never before in the history of the
world has such a nation wide move-
ment been started to dispose of the
liquor question.
The following is the copy of the
petition which is being circulated :
To the Honorable, the Senate and
House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress
assembled :
The petition of the undersigned
citizens of Meyersdale, county of
Somerset, and state of Pennsylvania,
respectfully showeth, that the use of
intoxicating liquors as a beverage in
the United States has produced much
crime and pauperism and such a long
line of kindred evils that the public
conscience has become shocked at
their enormity and demands that this
terrible curse shall be removed from
our land.
We therefore, most respectfully and
earnestly request that Congress sub-
mit a Constitutional Amendment for
ratification by the several states of
this Union in’ one of the modes pro-
vided by the Constitution, prohibit-
ing the manufacture, sale, importa-
tion, and transportation of intoxicat-
ing liquors to be used as a beverage
in the United States.
A jolly crowd of young folks from
Hay’s Mill and vicinity composed a
sleighing party last Monday evening
who were delighttully entertained
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W.
Gerhart, of Olinger street. Music
and games were indulged in and re-
freshments were greatly enjoyed.
Those present were:—Misses” Ruth
Dickey, Clara Diveley, Lulu Knep-
per, Vira Boger, Mary Ringler, Sue
Spangler, and Edna Hay. Messrs.
Homer Vought, Ernest Hay, Baden
Boger, Edward Suder, Dalton Walker,
and Howard Werner.
On Tuesday evening as the school
children were returning to their homes
much excitment was furnished when
the horses belonging to Frank Lint, of
Green ville township, took fright at
the trolly car on Center street in front
of Habel and Phillipsstore. They be-
came unmanageable and the pole of
the sled struck the moving car and as
a® consequence both horses were
thrown. Mr. Lint with some volun-
teeres, lreld the horses down until thle
harness was loosened when the horses
got on their fours, with not much
damage to themselyes
The sled was damaged, the harness
was cut, but the horses escaped with
little injury. :
It was a bad mixup and created
much excitement.
On Monday evening of this week,
a jolly party of Summit Mills and
from Meyersdale Boro., drove to the
hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs.
| Truman Maust, three miles east of
| Salisbury, where they had an excel- |
| lent dinner and a good time gener-
| ally. Every one present declared that
{it was one of the most delightful
| sleighing trips
| Those present in addition to Mr. and
| Mrs. Maust and estimable daughters,
follows: —
| Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Gnagey, Mr.
| and Mrs. H. R. Kretechman, Mr. avd
i Mrs. D. J. Fike, Mr. and Mrs. D. J:
| Meyers, County Commissioner and
Mrs. C. C. Heckle, and Prof. and W.
| H. Kretchman.
| ————
| A merry sleighing party left here
Ionday evening and drove to the
| home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mey-
|ers, in Greenville township. The
| evening was delightfully spent in
| playing games and with music and
| a delicious supper was served.
| Those who were present were: —
| Misses Annie Platter,Margaret Smith,
John“Smith, George Wagner, Silas
May, John Thompson, Frank Hos-
tetler, Silas Meyers and Mr. and
| Mrs. Meyers and family.
The temperance forces of the na-
they had eyér had. |
| Létta and Emily Gray, Vera Imhoff, |
Bessie Beal, Clara, Pearle and Mar- |
garet Harding. Messrs. George Shultz, |
The Somerset Connty Medical
| Society met at the Palace Hotel in
Windber, on Tuesday last. The at-
tendance was very meager only one-
fifth of the membership being pres-
ent. The Meyersdale quota was Drs.
McMillan, Lichty and McKinley; Dr.
Speicher of Rockwood, Dr. Louther
of Somerset, Dr. Moon of Listie, and
Drs. Smith and Berkheimer of Wind-
ber, completed the number.
The morning session was held in
the parlor of the Palace Hotel. After
dinner the members were taken to
the Cottage hospital in automobiles
and were shown through the institu-
tion by the manager. Nothing but
the highest praise is given the hospi-
tal and the management. There are
about thirty five or forty inmates at
present: ?
After the inspection of the hospital
the afternoon session was heid in the
institution, at which Dr. J. B. Low-
man read a very instructive and in-
teresting paper on Cancer. It is a
pity that more did not. hear it and
join in the discussion. Surely the
absentees are great losers both for
themselves and also for their patrons.
Drs. McMillan and Smith read pa-
pers on pneumonia, a disease that is
very prevalent at this season of the
year and it is needless to say that it
brought out opinions and experiences
of all pregent. Drs. Carleton and
Lowman of Johnstown joining in and
giving their valued experience in both
hospital and private practice.
Dr. MeKinley was asked to giye
his experience as a sufferer from
pneumonia, which he did and closed
with the hope that none of his hearers
and no one else would be required to
£0 so close to deaths door as was he
in order that a valuable experience
may be given; discussion continued
until within a few minutes of ad-
journment, and thus closed a very
good meeting of the society.
From every section of the county,
the news comes, that the petitions to
be sent to Congress for the prohibi-
tion of ‘the manufacture and sale of
intoxicating “liquors as a beverage,
are beidg signed by all to whom they
are presented. All the people want
is a chance to give this monster evil
a death blow. Petitions should be in
every meeting of theifchurches and
/Sunday schools to give the people a
chance to sign them. As soon as they
are circulated throughout every town-
ship and borough and signed, they
should be returned to Somerset for
the purpose of forwarding them to
the House and Senate. The persons
to whom these petitions, were sent
should feel it their duty [tolsee that
everybody gets a chance to sigm
Mrs. George Mitchell, of Garrett,
who had been ailing for some time
sustained;a paralytic} stroke? in]Octo-
ber, lingering fon until Friday night
when she was freed from her suffer-
ings. The funeral was held in the
SS. Philip and James Catholic church
on Monday morning, Rev. Father
Brady officiating.
She is survived by her husband,
George Mitchell, a? mine foreman at
| Garrett, seven daughters and three
sons. J
Lonaconing Jtook}ithe count in a
spirited game of jbasket]ball fin the
ke ivery { £ i it astleveni in" -
Luke Hay, the liveryman, took %| Missas Fva and Ada Muanst are oo Auditorium lastleveningjinithe pres
| ence of eight hundred people when the
| Meyersdale team!defeated,Lopaconing
by the score of 40 to 26.
Lonaconing hadJover twoshundred
loyal rooters fromjLonaconing, Frost-
burg and Camberlandfasjwell as their
home band which enlivened the streets
| with musie It was a greatzcrowd, a
| great game and great isjthe Meyers-.
dale team.
i Misses Angela ReichY3and Jennie:
| Livengood entertained Etwenty-four
{ of their friendsjlast Fridaygevening
| by giving a sleighing;’party, which
| left here at 7:00 o’clock, bound for
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd
Beachy in West] Salisbury, where
they spent the evening very pleas-
antly in playing various game
which' a dainty
Mrs. M. J. Livengood lan
| G. Reich, chaperoned the party.