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is Of 68 Year Old West Lebanon Man Being Shown Here If Charles A. Bleistein's modesty permits a feeling of self satisfaction he is undoubtedly West Lebanon's proudest resident today — a feeling shared by all those who know him. And, the 68-year-old painter and artist has every right to feel proud. Hanging on the walls of Dave Uhler's hotel at ,22nd and Lehman Streets, are some 50 reasons to attest to this right. Some are pen and ink sketches, some are water colorings and some are oils. And they add up to 50 years of hard work softened by an extra-generous love of painting. Today marks the opening of a three day show of Bleistein's works — almost all of which have been loaned for the exhibit by their present owners. However, it wasn't Bleistein's idea at all. He would much rather skip all the fuss that has-been stirred up by an idea carried .out by his son-in-law, Alfred L. Blessing, a former local resident now a New York advertising salesman. But the exhibit has been arranged and the veteran artist is going along with it. There will be more than just the exhibit, however. Friday night he will be honored at a dinner at the hotel at which Judge A. H. Ehrgood — who •also returned a painting for the exhibit —' will be the speaker. Blessing selected Uhler's Hotel as the appropriate spot for the exhibit because in his -words, "Here is where Dad (my father-in-law) has for years spent many happy evenings. His friends are here. And, I suppose, if Dr. Johnson could hold forth in his favorite pub in Merrie Old England, we can appropriately have our exhibit in this neighborhood 'pub'." Blessing said the exhibit wo t uld also enable Bleislein's friends and owners of his painting to see many of his works instead of just -those they own. "It will also be Interesting for him to look back -on his works and see just what he has done," he added, and' then continued, "Here in this little community of West Lebanon there is an artist who has done an excellent job. It will be a revelation for many people to find a good painter in their midst." Blessing also related that many of his father-in-law's friends are in for a surprise when they see the variety of his artistic endeavors. He said many of Bleistein's early works were of the Old Tunnel and some of his friends are of the impression these constitute his sole works. He said one of Bleistein's earliest works, done in 1905, was a.remark- able oil painting of the artist's sister, Mrs. Carrie Hollinger, now a resident of Harrisburg. A Painter Since Boyhood As stated before Bieistein is a modest man and he finds it hard to get used to the fuss being made over his works. Since he'has had a .paint brush of one kind or another in his hand since boyhood he modestly takes his work for granted. When he was courting his wife, now deceased, what should be Doil* NEWS Photo. GETTING READY for exhibit of his paintings at 22nd and Lehman Streets is Charles A. Bleistein, 68-year-old West Lebanon artist. more natural than dashing ofi a painting embelished with romantic lines from Byron's poems? And,' when the depression came along" and no other work was available he earned a living as a gasoline pump painter. While painting has been both a vocation and avocation most of his life, Bleistein has also found time for other hobbies. A lover of the outdoors he had one great satisfaction during the depression when work was scarce. "I had plenty of time to go hunting and fishing," he relates. 1st Job In Carriage Shop Although he had considerable innate ability as an artist and painter, his talents were helped as a youth by his first job. It was at Wach- tcr's carriage shop on Cumberland Street, between 10th and llth. He was responsible for the fine striping work used as decorations on the carriages. Later he moved to Camden and worked for a Phila- delphia carriage firm. At the time it was the style to have a coat of arms painted on the carriage. As time passed the size of the coats of arms were decreased in size until they were about the size of a silver dollar. When the "horseless carriage" came on the scene Bleistein began painting monograms on cars which in the early day of the automobile were quite the rage. One of lis customers was Enrico Caruso famed operatic tenor, whose musi cal talent he admired. Prior to his business meeting with Caruso the West Lebanon painter was a regu lar attendant at Caruso's opera tic appearances in Philadelphia. After auto monograms becami passe, followed by the Depression Bleistein returned to his nativ West Lebanon where his father, the late Joseph Bleistein, held the un official title of Mayor for manj California Plans A Man-Made River SACRAMENTO — (UP) — Cali- ornia is considering construction fa man-made river longer, than he Rhine to carry more than a rillion gallons of water a year to vater-hungry agriculture and industry. ' Key to Uje vast $1,500,000,000 project would be the largest concrete dam in the world, flung across the scenic canyon of the r eather River, five miles above Oroville, Calif. The 710-foot high Oroville dam, second highest in -the world, would brm a lake holding 3,500,000 acre 'eet of water with a shoreline of 167 miles, harnessing flood flows ;hat now waste out to sea. Tumbling through a hydroelectric power plant, the controlled water would be carried down the Sacramento River to its delta near the head of San Francisco Bay. There the water would be pumped into 700 miles of conduit that would feed the San Joaquin and Santa Clara Valleys and southern California down -to the Mexican border,. Would Take Years Under present plans, the water "bound for southern ' California would be lifted 3,357 feet and then sent swirling through more than 10 miles of tunnel to cross the Tehachapi Mountains that divide the northern from southern parts of the state. Gov.' Goodwin J. Knight put the need for the project this way: "We have a problem facing us that could become a nightmare if we do not plan and build now. Unless we develop huge additional water supplies within the next few years, by 1975 we may find our people 20,000,000 by then — engaged in a mad, hysterical scramble for every drop of water avail- ble. "Water and water alone is the miting factor in the continued rowth of California. Without this ater our economic system could ollapse." State Engineer A. D. Edmonston as outlined a step-by-step contraction program that would see tie dam and power plant started n 1956 and conpleted in 1961. '•he huge project could be entire- y completed by 1987, Edmonston aid. Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon/Pa., Wed., Feb. 16, 1955—13 Doily NEWS Photo. ^_ WORKING PERMITS which allow service vehicles to park in meter spaces without payment were issued this morning at Police Headquarters, 'ny Chief of Police William P. Lynch (left). Among the first to obtain the permits were Robert C. Conner (center) and Bernard G. Kilmoyer (right) of the plumbing firm of Robert M. Kilmoyer, which operates six service trucks. The new permits, serially-numbered and revokable, replace the privately- obtained but authorized windshield cards that are now void. years. The elder Bleistein wa noted for "always organizing >omething in his community. Among them was the Speedwell Company. A resident of 2414 Lehman Street, Bleistein resides with two Dachelor brothers, Aloysius, who works for the Bethlehem Steel ;ompany, and Paul, who is in charge of the West Lebanon water supply. The trip grow their own crops, and fruit, and raise pheasants and capons. "Dad does the cooking, freezes the vegetables, makes jelly, etc.," Blessing relates with pride. Bleistein has two children, Mary E., wife of Alfred L. Blessing, of Englewood, N. J., and Charles A. Jr., a Bethlehem Steel Company employe. He also has five grandchildren. Rev. Waser, Wife Guests Of Steelstown Couple STEELSTOWN, Feb. 16 — Rev. and Mrs. A. K. Waser were entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Blauch last Sunday. Recent visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Blauch and family were the following: Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Clemens of Her'shey; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Getz and son Harold Jr.; Mrs. Florence Getz and granddaughter Kathie, and Cecelia Deitrich of Lebanon; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Brandt and children Cynthia and Martin; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Brandt and son of Annville. Mr. and Mrs. Penrose Hostetter and children Rodney and Gail; Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Blauch Sr. and son Ellis; Mr. and Mrs. Ira Spayd and Leo Tice of Bellegrove; Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Blauch Jr. and sons. David and Bobby of Ono; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Neidich and sons Ellis and Lyle of Kauff- mans. Mr. and Mrs. Herman Gingrich Mr. and Mrs. John Runkle and son Dennis, James Skinner and children of Palmyra; Edwin Funck of Annville; Mr. and Mrs. William M. Bates and Lee and Karl Rhoads of this vicinity. Rev. and Mrs. C. E. Morrison of Berrysburg visited friends in this community last week. Mrs. Delbert Zimmerman and children Rita Lynn and Barry of near Annville spent Monday evening with Mrs. Penrose Landis. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Landis and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Blauch were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. James Jefferies at Palmyra on Sunday. Annville Alumni Ass'n. Plans For Banquet ANNVILLE, Feb. 16 — The Annville High School Alumni Association met last evening in the high school building with the president, Arthur Riegert, in charge The minutes of the previous meeting were read by the sec rotary, Miss Ruth Howard, and the treasurer, William U. Berry presented the financial report. The report of the committee on the sale of Easter plants and flowers was given by Samuel Zearfoss. Other committee members are Stanton Keller, chairman, and Ruth Howard. The association decided to have the plants on safe from April T to 9 in the Penway Building. On the advertising committee are Mrs. Charles R. Ristenbatt and Arthur Riegert. Plans are being made for the annual high school alumni association banquet to be held on May 3. The committee on arrangements consists of Samuel Zearfoss, Raymond Smith Jr., Stanton Keller, William U. Berry, Ruth Howard, Mrs. Carlton Kingsley, Mrs. Charles R. Ristenbatt and Arthur Riegert. The entertainment committee Slrausstown Lions To Present Show STRAUSSTOWN, Feb. 16'— The first rehearsal for the Lions Club sixth annual minstrel' show was held on Sunday evening. The show will be 'presented on March 25, 28 and April 2 in the local school auditorium. The Strausstown Flower Club has named the following committees to prepare for its banquet and meeting on Thursday evening at Luckenbill's: Banquet committee, Mrs, Carrie Ketner, Mrs. Carrie Henne and Mrs. Amy May; program committee, Mrs. Mary Harnish, Mrs. Cora Manbeck and Mrs. Sue Wilhelm. The event will mark the' club's 22nd anniversary. W. John Blatt, county controller and superintendent of Epler's Church Sunday School was the guest teacher in Zion's Sunday School. He discussed the lesson 'A New Life in Christ." The Lutheran Church services were conducted by Rev. Alfred H. Erb. His sermon for the day was on "Stumbling on Gems at our Feet." The senior and junior choirs sang an anthem. The church bulletins for this service were sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Spatz. A meeting for all councilmen serving in Union churches will be held on Thursday at Haag's Hotel, Shartlesville. Pastor Samuel Kidd and Chester Myrom will be the speakers. Hospital Patients Mrs. Helen Henne and Mrs. Irma Dietrich are patients in the Reading Hospital. Paul Hochburg is still a patient in the same hospital hav- was appointed as follows: William U. Berry, Jack Boger, Mrs. Carlton Kingsley. The invitation committee is Ruth Howard, Mrs. Charles R. Ristenbatt and Mrs. Martha Theis. The next meeting is scheduled for March 1st, when further plans ing been confined there for several weeks. Charles Henne is critically ill at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Carrie Ketner. Mrs. Alice linger and her granddaughter, Miss Kathryn Berger of West Lawn visited Mr. and Mrs. Claude Strauss. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bausher and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Zerr, Hamburg R. D., visited Mr. and Mrs. Russell Miller and family. United In Marriage Miss Dawn Eiceman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Eiceman and Lewis North of Newmanstown were united in marriage at \Yo- melsdorf. A reception for relatives and friends was held at Miller's Hotel following the ceremony. BEAVER! PORTLAND, Me. — (UP) — Crewmen of the Coast Guard cut- will be made for the banquet atlter Cook Inlet found a way to liven which the alumni association enter- up a recent 30-day weather patrol _• J1_ _ I • _.!_ _ _ 1 1 _„_ _J_. _ i ~ .-. _.f : i U — "M.™ U.1-U Aflrvnfin T*l-t f\tr Vt ft ']s$ tains the high school graduates of the year. in the North Atlantic. They held a beard-growing contest. Bigger Profits with the NEW OAKES Poultry Equipment III-LO HANGING FEEDER The HI-LO feeds all birds 4 weeks or older. Adequate head room at pan for any bird. Convenient height for easy filling. Adjustable to proper height. Makes floor cleaning easy. ...WHILE THEY LAST! THE PAIR THAT ARE MAKING HISTORY ... IN THE HOME An Outstanding Name With Outstanding* Products STA-KLEEX HOLLA-WAY NEST The nest that Is accepted by old hens and young pullets just off the range. Laid eggs roll away from hens immed- itely, receive no more body heat, cool quickly. Perches close nest while eggs are being gathered. 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