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MEYERSDALE, PA., THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 1929
Fittingly Observed by
and Sons of Union
Veterans With Program
Memorial day fittingly observed by
the G. A. R. and Sons of Union Vet-
erans with their official program.
On the morning of Memorial day
details of the Sons of Union Veierans
from the H. C. McKinley Camp No.
214 visited Center church, St. Paul,
Lichty’s and Catholic and Reformed
cemeteries where the graves of the
union soldiers were decorated.
At 2:00 p. m. the parade formed on
North street, in the following order:
Citizen’s band, school children, a flow-
er covered miniture Monitor carried
by four great grandsons of Civil War
veterans, Sens of Veterans drum
corp, G. A.“R. colors, Co. C 4th Regt.
Sons of Veterans. reserve, H. C. Mec-
Kinley Camp No. 214, S. of U. V. C.
W., members of M. C. Lowery Post}
214 G. A. R. in automobiles, gusiliag
‘of the sons in cars. At the cen
street bridge the procession halted
while the flower covered monitor“was
set adrift on the waters of the Flaug-
herty creek and an appropriate ser-
vice was held in golemn tribute to the
Union sailors of the Civil Waz-who lie
buried in the western rivers and at
At the Union cemetery the follow-
ing program was observed:
Opening services of the Sons of
Veterans. Ritual was read by Camp
Commander, F. C. Robertson. Read-
ing of Gen. John A. Logan’s order
which created Memorial exercises for
the first time on May 30th, 1868.
An address by Rev. Marquis.
Address “The Unknown Union Dead
of the Civil War,” by Rev. M. V. B.
Roll call of the M. C. Lowery Post
‘Grand Army of the Republic. Of the
312 names on the Post's ‘muster, roll
, Peter TD, Heénry
Loechel was not present, all the
others have gone to their eternal
On fames eternal camping ground,
Their silent tents are spread,
And glory guards, with solemn round,
The bivonac of the dead.
During the past year five members
of the M. C. Lowery Post 214 G. A. R.
have passed on. They are: John
Stacer, Christian Lichty, Cyrus Bitt-
ner, Joseph Mosholder, Henry Wahl..
Under the command of Capt. Engle
Co. C fired a perfect salute of 3 vol-
Decoration of graves of all wars.
Taps by drummer and bugler.
Benediction by Camp’s Chaplain,
H. C. Mauk.
Sounding “taps” over the grave of
a soldier originated with Captain Tid~
ball. In the Civil War, on the retire-
ment from the peninsula’ August 1862
Horse Battery A, Second Artillery,
was serving with the rear guard and
on reaching Yorktown one of the
canmnoneers died and was buried there. |.
Not wishing to stir up the enemy by
firing 3 rounds from the battery guns
as was customary, Capt. Tidball sub-
stituted taps (“lights out”), which
impressive custom has since been ob-
served at the conclusion of all mili-
tary funerals and ceremonies.
The House of Represengatives has
passed the tariff bill. That Seems some-
thing, but not a great deal. Following
the usual methods the Ways and Means
Committee of the House presented what
it thought was a good Republican bill,
and in accordance witha custom that
has prevailed regardless of whether the
Republicans or Democrats ruled the
House, the bill has been steam-rollered
in passage through the Lower house, and
sent over to the Senate. In this way
public attention has been riveted upon
the contents of the bill and in the ordi-
nary course of events the Senators will
hear all of the objections and listen to
all of the proposed provisions concern-
ing the new tariff. History will repeat
itself and after long and dreary Com-
mittee hearings the Senate will propose
600 or 700 amendments to the House
That's the way it is always done, and
if Congress succeeds in hanging a finish-
ed piece of legislation on President
Hoover's Christmas tree it will do very
Remember the good old days when
you were a youngster and all you had to
worry about was ‘whether or not it
would rain on Thursdaydof the county
Somerset County Pomona
Grange to Meet With
Hillcrest Grange No. 1674
SATURDAY, JUX% 15, 1929
Morning Session, 10:00 o’clock
Opening of the Grange
Reading of minutes of last meeting
Reports of Subordinate Granges
All other reports as called by Mas-
Address: of Welcome, Hillerest|
Grange : /
Response by member, Valley
V/orthy Master requests all Subor-
dinate Masters and Deputies to be
present for a noon conference
' Afternoon Session, 1:30 o'clock
Song, America the Beautiful
Memorial Service -
Draping chair for Mrs. Elsie Croyle
(Flora) by Court Ladies Mrs. M. A.
Baker and Mrs. H. A. Tospon
(All Granges pléase report their
‘dead for the past’ year)
Evening Session, 7:00 o'clock
Musie, Hillcrest Grange
Cosiferring of the Fifth Degree *
Entertainment by Hillcrest Grange
J. B. W. Stufft, Master
Mrs. George R. Barkman, Lecturer|
M. ‘A. Baker, Secretary
Somerset Li Liquor Violator
Returned From Workhouse
Refused admission to the Allegheny
County: Workhouse because of his|e
physieal condition, James Turnbull, of
costs, $1,500 1
one to two yess!
sentenced recently by
. Berkey to pay the
ie and to serve fro
in the workhouse for
i 1s Cig ol oe
jail’ here ®
Testimony. was taken before “Judge -
Berkey in gourt Monday in a hearing
of a petition asking the Court that
Turnbull’s’ sentence be modified - be-
cause of his physical condition. Turn-
bull is suffering from tuberculosis and
he has only one kidney. The Court
will render a decision in the matter at
a later d Turnbull is now a pri-
soner in the county jail. :
Turnbull had been proprietor of a
restaurant known as “Duke’s Place,”
in the basement of ‘the Vanhear Hotel.
His place of business has’ been pad-
locked for a period of one year.
Junior Base Ball
League is Organized
The Junior Base Ball League, spon-
sored by the American Legion, is begin-
ning to take on real aspects of becoming
one of real interest. The boys had their
first practice on Tuesday evening and
are coming along in fine shape.
There are four teams now and they
are divided as follows: The Reds,
Whites, Blues and Greens. The coaches
for these teams are, Wm. Darrah, Zip
Commons, Paul Critchfield and John
Lint. The entry blanks are coming in
every day and the boys of Meyersdale
are trying very hard to make a place on
one of the teams.
The American Legion is doing one of
the best things possible in bringing these
boys together and deserve a great deal
Fire Laddies Respond to
Call at Sipplesville
On last Monday evening between 11:30
and 12 o'clock, the fire whistle sounded
an alarm for a fire at the home of Ezra
Sipple, of Sippleville, a short distance
from Meyersdale. The brooder had ex-
ploded at the place but ne particular
damage had been done. The Fire De-
partment responded as they always do,
no matter where the fire may be and
rendered what assistance they could.
Junior Drum and Bugle
Corps Visit Cumberland
The Junior Drum and Bugle Corps of
Meyersdale attended the big parade and
doings held by, the Boy Scouts, of Cum-
berland, Md., on Tuesday evening of
The boys were taken to Cumberland
in automobiles through the courtesy of
the people of Wale and the in-
structors of the Junior Drum and Bugle
Corps. The boys wish to thank each and
every one for the courtesy shown them.
Subseribe for The Commercial
Society Girl a Big Game Hunter
Miss Gertrude Sanford, New York society girl, athlete and big game
hunter, shown with one of the five lions which she shot
Miss Sanford is now in Abyssinia heading the Sanford-
trip to Tanganyika. a
Legendre expedition of the American
of specimens of the Nyala. a very rare species of antelone.
| Clarence Gray Severely
Injured When He Falls
Under Train in Motion
On last Wednesday evening Clarence
Gray, an employee of the Western Mary-
land R. R. Co., at Rockwood, when re-
rning to his home in Meyersdale made
an attempt to board a freight train at
that place and unfortunately his hold
slipped on the step of the car and he
was dragged for quite a distance and
then thrown against the bank. His back
was broken and it is reported that his
spine was also injured.
dt is indeed a very sad blow as Clar-
nee wag the only support of his mother.
Cla expe and his mother: resided on the
South Side. The boy was brought to
Méyersdale and taken to the Hazel Mc-
| Gilvery Hospital where he is; at the
| present time. The Commercial wishes to
extend to the unfortunate boy and his
mother, heartfelt sympathy.
din F. Hanbotoe ne
Edwin Franklin Humbertson died at
his home in Elk Lick Township, Tues- | f
day, May 28, after many months. of
illness. Born at Frostburg, Md,
Sept. 16, 1867, he was on the day of
his death 61 years, eight months and |
twelve days of age.
married to Lillie C. Custer.
union was blessed with eight children.
He is survived by his wife, five sons
and two daughters. The children are
Mrs. Mary Brenneman, of Newcom-
erstown, Ohio; "Charles Humbertson
of Boynton, Pa.; Ralph Humbertson
of Brotherton, Pa.; Lloyd Humbertson
of Cumberland, Md.; Ernest and Anna
both of West Lafayette, Ohio; and
Clarence, at home. The deceased was
a member of St. Paul’s Reformed
church, at St. Paul’s. Interment was
made at Grantsville, Md. The family
wish mention made of their apprecia-
tion and thanks for the assistance and
kindness of neighbors and friends.
Limit Too Far Ahead
Meyersdale, Pa., June 5, 1929
Editor of the Meyersdale Commercial:
I clip the following from your issue
of last week:
Obligation and Privilege
For twenty-five years to come, so
the statisticians tell us, there will be
survivors of the Grand Army. That
we should cherish them tenderly is an
evident obligation as it is a high priv-
I beg to state that if the “statisti-
cians” have reference to the G. A. R.
only, they have set the limit twenty
years to far ahead.
Four members of our local G. A. R.
Post have died this year and at the
rate they are answering “The Last
Roll Call” throughout the country, ail
will be gone in five years; but if they
include the “American Legion,” and I
hope they do, then I extend the time
to sixty years at least.
A SON OF A UNION VETERAN
OF THE CIVIL WAR.
St. Paul’s Reformed Church, R. D.
2, Meyersdale, Pa., Karl H. Beck,
pastor. There will be no preaching
service on June 9. , Howeyer, Sunday
School as usual ad 9:30 a. mi, followed
by practice for Children’s, Day.
Young People’s Auxiliary, 7:36 p. m.
Mrs. Chas. Brown, leader.
Sir Charles Ww
Is Claimed by Death
In 1892 he was|
on a recent hunting
Museum of Natural History in search
By the Cat
“The Lass of Limerick Town,” a
romantic comie operetta in two acts;
was staged at Rei V's Auditorium on
Monday and Tuesday’ evenings, June
3rd and 4th, before only fair sized
Miss Anna Bolden who worked
earnestly and hardin order to make
the show a success deserves a great
deal of credit. T ¢ choruses carried
out their dances, ete. to perfection
and the players wh carried the diffi-
? at their very
in their singing ¢ and
red Bolden was
ne when it came
g several beauti-
ley, the guardian
we layed by Karl M.
tionally very well
‘rendered and ina very Pleasing man-
Justin O'Flynn, ; an ‘amorous attor-
ney, played Robert Gauntz and
Mrs. O’Flynn, mother, played by
Elizabeth Glessner were very well
rendered. Eugene (Gene) Hostetler
in the role of at” the Inn keeper,
who cried terzibly when something
the “Yankee farmer with the spondu-
lix” acquit Fhimself in a very cap-
able manner. Allen Maust who por-
trayed Mike, n ostler, and Mr. Smith
the coachman in a very capable man-
ner deserve a great -deal of credit.
His song “Molly Mine” was ont of the
big hits of the evening.
Charles Fallon, as the butler, cer-
tainly looked, ‘and acted his part per-
fectly. Miss Georgia Reich, as Molly
a waitress, was very forceful in her
speaking parts. The entire cast de-
serves a great deal of credit and it is
indeed = very unfortunate that the
crowd was not larger. .
During. « the intermission between
hé second night flowers were
ng the audience for the bene-
fit of the#lire Department and netted
$10.40. ese things all help the
Octogenaia Dies at
* Home in Stoyestown
Mrs. |] becca Combecker, aged 80,
widow of Jeremiah Combecker, died
at 8 g’clock Monday at her home at
Stoyesto Mr. Combecker’s death
occurred four years ago. Until mov-
ing te. Stoyestown about eight years
ago, the Com er family resided in
Somerset for many years. Mrs. Com-
becker is survived by two sons, Char-
les H., Somerset, and Harvey. The
funeral took place at 2:30 o’clock
Tuesday afternoon, with burial in the
The coupieil of the Mt. Carmel Luth-
eran church, White Oak wishes to
receive bids t i the 16th of June, 1929,
at one o'clock p. m., for the painting
and varnishing of the interior of the
chureh. = The gouncil . reserves the
right to reject an any, or all bids.
“By order of the council,
WM. -H. WEIMER, Sec.
Is Favarably Received |
i. odon, ice.
5. 5. CONVENTION
Will Be Held at
The twenty-fifth annual convention of
the Somerset County Sabbath School
Association will be held in the East End
Church of the Brethren, Windber, Pa.,
June 11-12, 1929. The program, which
includes some of the foremost Sunday
School workers of the county, is as fol-
Tuesday Morning, June 11th, 1929.
Frank K. Sanner, President, County
Sabbath School Association, Presiding.
9:45 Song Service—Prof. I. H. Mack,
Hall-Mack Music Company.
Mrs. R. L. Blattenberger, Pianist.
10:15 Scripture Reading and Prayer—
Rev. A. C. Miller.
10:40 Address—R. Stanley Kendig, State
11:15 Address—John Silsley, President
Westmoreland County S. S. Associa-
tion—“The Educational Task of the
12:00 Announcements and Appointments
of Committees. Adjournment. (Meals
“Goals for Young
60 cents). ;
1:15 Period of Divisional Instruction—
Conferences will be held in Convention
No. 1. Children’s Division—Mrs. Viola
No. 2. Young People’s Division —R.
Stanley Kendig. Subject: 1. Build-
ing a Program for the Young Peo-
ple in the local Church. 2. How and
' When to Prepare the Program.
No. 3. Administrative and Adult
Conference—Mr. John Silsley. Sub-
ject: 1. Adequate Organization. 2.
Effective Administration. .3 Teach-
ing Efficiency. 4.-Lesson -Materfal.
Lens 0 Maj, Sessionk. H. H. Dull;
President, Presiding.” i x
2:45 Scripture Reading and”
Rev. J. A. Richter. ;
2:50 Address—Mrs. Viola Vinton Morris
—“The Value of Worship in the Child
3:25 Address—John Silsley—“Develop-
ing a Trained Leadership.”
4:05 Address—H. C. Cridland, State
Sabbath School Superintendent Adult
Divisoin—“Adult Bible Class Goals.”
5:30 Fellowship Supper for Pastors,
School Superintendents, County Associa-
tion Officers and District Presidents
and Secretaries (60 cents) Convention
Evening Session—J. E. McCartney, Co.
Supt. of Christian Education, Presiding
7:30 Song Servce.
7:50 Scripture Reading and Prayer—
Rev. G. G. Gallagher.
8:00 Address—H. C. Cridland—“Home
8:20 Windber Chorus.
‘8:30 Address—Dr. I. Chantry Hoffman,
Board of Missions of Lutheran Pub.
9:30 Windber Chorus.
Offering and Adjournment.
WEDNESDAY MORNING SESSION
June 12, 1929
9:15 Periods of Divisional Instruction.
1. Children’s Division——Mrs. Viola
2. Young People’s Division—R. Stan-
ley Kendig. Subjects—1. Worship
for Young People’s Groups. 2.
Adult Supervision for Young Peo-
ple’s Groups. 8. School = Adminis-
tration and Adult Division—Prof.
A. B. Cober, County Superintendent
10:15 Main Session—N. H. Weaver,
Vice President, Presiding.
Song Service—Prof. I. H. Mack.
10:30 Reading of Scripture and prayer
—Rev. D. G. Baumgardner.
10:40 Address—R. Stanley: Kendig—
11:20 Address—Viola Vinton Morris—
“Placing the Child in the Midst.”
Wednesday Afternoon Session
June 12, 1929
1:15 Main Session—George W. Collins,
Vice President, Presiding.
11:30 Bible Reading Madam Layyah
Special Music—Olson Brothers.
1:40 Address—J. M. Messenger, Pastor,
Christian. Church, Somerset, “Japan.”
2:30 Music—Olson Brothers.
2:40 Address—Prof. H. B. Speicher,
Ex-County President—“Week Day
. Sand “Patch, Pa. R. 2 }8:10 Business Session—F. K. Sanner,
will be served in Convention Church—
Another in Hospital
As Result of Wolfsburg
As a result of injuries suffered last
Thursday afternoon when his dwelling
at Wolfsburg was wrecked by an explo-
sion of gas fumes from a lighting sys-
tem, John D. Wolf, aged 55 years, a.
prominent ‘citizen of Wolfsburg, died
late Friday afternoon in the Timmins
Hospital at Bedford. Death resulted
from internal injuries, fractures of bath
legs and shock. His right leg was am-
putated in an attempt to save his life.
His wife, Mrs. Nettie Wolf, aged 52,
who was also severely injured, was re-
ported to be somewhat improved at the
Bedford hospital, though her condition
is still regarded as critical. The sight
of both eyes were destroyed and her left
foot crushed and broken.
Mr. Wolf was formerly a drug sales-
man, retiring about four years ago. He
is survived by his widow and one son,
John, living in Wisconsin. He also
leaves a brother, Dr. A. C, Wolf, of Bed-
ford. The deceased was a member of
the Masons, Jaffa Temple Shriners and
the Methodist Episcopal Church.
His body was removed to the home of
Dr. Wolf. Funeral services were held
Monday morning in the Mt. Smith
Church, with burial in the church cem-
Mr. and Mrs. Wolf had spent the win-
ter months in Florida and returned to
their home in Wolfsburg last Wednes-
day. The explosion occurred when Mrs.
Wolf attempted to light a small stove,
the flame igniting fumes that had col-
lected in the house as the result of a
leak in the lighting system. Mr. Wolf
and his wife were caught beneath the
Hundreds of people visited the scene
of the disaster over the week end. The
house was completely wrecked, the ex-
tent of the damage amounting to several
<P Phurst mpletely: ]
troyal the bungalow ‘of Charles Tong
of Somerset. The bungalow was oc-
cupied by Mr. Long’s two sisters,
Mrs. John McLuckie and Miss Ella
Long. All of the household furnish-
ings were destroyed. The Somerset
Fire Co. responded to an alarm.
Mr. Long's first home in West
Somerset was destroyed by fire a year
ago, and the bungalow was erected
on the site where the other dwelling
was razed. The loss is estimated at
$2,000 and is partly covered by insur-
We know many a fellow who would
be satisfied with his job if he could get
somebody else to work it for him.
Report of Secretary and Treasurer.
Report of Departmental Superinten-
dents (three minutes each)
School Administration—Ira Friedline.
Adult Division—Prof. A. B. Cober.
Young People’s Division—Joseph Ol-
Parent Training—Mrs. M. A. Bowlby.
Rural—A. J. Sembower.
Christian Education—J. E. McCartney
Missionary—Mrs. I. J. Spangler.
Home and Extention—A. B. Hoffman.
Temperance—Mrs. F. K. Sanner.
Reports from District Presidents.
1. Teachers in the Bible Schools of
Somerset County having taught fifty
years will present themselves on the
platform for special recognition. (It
will be necessary for all teachers in this
class to file their names with the County
Secretary not later than June 11th, in
order to receive special recognition.)
2. Standard Schools of the County.
3. Districts having the greatest
J. E. Mec-
number of schools represented by regis-
Election and Installation of County
Report of Committee on Resolutions
4:20 Music—Olsen Brothers.
4:30 Offering and Adjournment.
5:30 Young People’s Banquet—$1.00 per
plate—tickets on sale.
Wednesday Evening Session
Main Session—Prof A. B. Cober, Pre-
7:30 Song Service.
Devotional Reading and Prayer—Rev.
Harold J. Gwynne.
7:45 Young People’s Booster Chorus of
the Foustwell United Brethren Church
8:00 Address—Madam Layyah Barakat
Teacher and Lecturer—“The Shepherd
9:00 The Booster’s Chorus.
9:10 Offering and announcements.
9:20 Booster’s Chorus.
9:30 Song and Adjournment.
Thome: Philson Dies In
Bedford Hospital From
The tragedy of the death of Tho-
mas Walker Philson, of Berlin, who
expired at 5:30 p. m., Monday, as the
result of a bullet wound, self-inflicted, ;
has‘ come as a shock to the many
friends and relatives of the unfortu-
“Tom,” as he was familiarly known,
left his home early on Monday morn-
ing, on what he termed a “little va-
cation,” directing his car in an east-
ern course. He stopped on the way
for a chat with John Lane, and went
to the office of the Brothersvalley
Coal Co., Macdonaldton, where he left
the several keys belonging to the
Before he left home, he told his
mother that he was going to Johns-
town, but instead he directed his
course to Bedford, where he purchas-
ed a revolver. He came back to a
school house near Keg, on the lower
road between West End and Manns
Choice, where he fired several shots
into the air, and then directed one
shot into the region of his heart. He
remained conscious in spite of the loss
of a large amount of blood.
In this condition, “Tom” hailed a
farmer who was passing with a load
of lumber and asked for medical at-
tention. The request was complied
with and a phone call was sent to
Bedford for a doctor and an ambu-
lance, and the victim was removed to
the Timmens Hospital at that place.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. William
F. Philson, of Berlin, were notified of
his condition, and his father accom-
panied by Glenn Bingner immediately
left for Bedford, and were at his bad-
side ‘when he passed away at about
5:30 Monday evening. H. R. Reed, of
the Brothersvalley Coal Co., and Mrs.
Reed also visited the deceased at the
Ee When questioned at the
.as.to. the reason for commit-
2 e rash deed, “Tom” is reported
to" a said that it was on’account of
ER Fi pale faith which he was afflicted
He remained con
loss of so Fach blood his life might
have been saved.
The body was prepared for burial
by a Bedford undertaker and was re-
moved #« the parental residence at
about noon, Tuesday. Funeral ser-
vices were in charge of Johnson and
Son. Glenn Bingner brought the
Philson car back to Berlin Monday
Deceased was a veteran of the
World War, being the first recruit
from Berlin in America’s call for sol-
diers. With three brothers, he served
until the close of the war in 1919,
He was a charter member of the pop-
ular Berlin Band and was commis-
sioned as assistant leader of the 320th
Field Artillery Band in France. He
‘was one of the original members of
Don. M. Kimmel’s Berlin Band, and
has played a clarinet in the 110th Re-
giment Band and in the orchestra con-
ducted by Mr. Kimmel.
Mr. Philson was 42 years of age
and unmarried. He had for the past
nine years been employed as chief ac-
countant for the Brothersvalley Coal
Co., at Macdonaldton. He was a
graduate of the Berlin High School,
class of 1903 and also attended the
Pennsylvania College at Gettysburg.
He is survived by his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. William F. Philson, by five
sisters, Myra (Mrs. Harry Floto),
Cumberland, Md.; Bertha (Mrs. El-
wood Landis), Berlin; Miss Elizabeth
Philson, Cumberland, Md.; Gertrude
(Mrs. Chester Musser) and Florence
(Mrs. ‘George Dively), Berlin; and
Leora (Mrs. Ralph Eccles), Philadel-
phia, and by three brothers, Edgar, of
Johnstown, Howard, of Pittsburgh
and Albert, of Berlin.
The fuineral, which was very large-
ly attended, was held on Wednesday
afternoon from the parental home in
Berlin, the Rev. C. P. Bastian, officiat-
ing. The members of the Harry
Fisher Post of the American Legion
gave the departed a military funeral.
By request no salute was fired at the
grave. . Interment was made in the
I. O. O. F. cemetery, Berlin.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The regular meeting of the Cham-
ber of Commerce will be held on next
Tuesday evening in the Chamber of
Commerce rooms. It is the earnest
hope and desire of the officers in
charge that a large attendance be
present as matters of vital impor-
tance will be brought up at this meet-
ing. Be sure and be there.