PERSONAL MEANING in Declaration of Independence is found by Mrs. Elmore V. Whelan of Reseda, and members of her family who are descended from John Hart, a signer of the famed document, and active in Revolutionary War and early Colonial Legislature functionings. With Mrs. Whelan are T. Frank Whelan Jr., at right; Charles H., 14, and Patricia, 14 months. TH* K^-S photo Descendant of 'Declaration' Signer Cites History Month : Mrs. Elmore V. Whelan of 1Reseda, assistant corresponding secretary and press chairman ""of the Peyton Randolph chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, is celebrating Governor Knight's proclamation of History Month 'with a tireal history knowledge of her own. She is a direct descendant of John Hart, a signer of The Declaration of Independence. An interesting feature on Hart's life is the little known fact of his part in the defense of his country, in the state of New Jersey. A'oting Told Stand Hart was driven, by the Hessians, from his dying wife's bedside and lived for more than a year in forests and caves, refusing to leave the state. His Two Passengers Cuir Bruised in Collision T\vo women passengers were ?? injured in the collision of two cars Friday night at San Fernando Roacl and Osborne St., police report. They were Diane Shatz, 17, of 15156 Kingsbury St., who was riding with Paul Dexter ^Williams, IS, of 12319 Branford %?St., and Hester Winston,48, of Bakersfield who was in the car of -Hardy Nickerson, 23, of Los Angeles. Miss Shatz was treated at Valley Receiving Hospital for abrasions of the shin, a bruised hip and a bump on the head. Mrs. Winston, also taken to the hospital, was treated for cuts and abrasions on the forehead, bruised shoulder and knee. COAL SEAMS West Virginia has about 120 different coal seams. 13 children were scattered In all Not until the Americans won at Trenton Princeton in December 1777 was Hart able to return home only to find his valuable mills razed. At this time, Hart was a tough old man 68 years of age. He was electer to represent his district in Colonial Legislature in "1761. He voted, and had his votes recorded against: the Stamp Act: taxation without representation, and interfering with the press or trial by jury. He shared throughout its Avhole existence the duties of the Provincial Congress. He was appointed without % dissenting voice, Speaker of the House in August at the first meeting at Princeton. Joined Perpetual Group In 1774 he was called to Congress in Philadelphia. Thus in three months he filled three positions: 1 ??? Member of Provincial Congress, 2 ??? Speaker of the Assembly, 3 _ Delegate to the Continental Congresb. In 1776, John Hart signed The Declaration of Independence, as one of that group of distinguished, patriotic and hy now ageless Americans who thus insured the creation and permanency of a republican form, of government which has withstood any and all attempts made against it. Active in Church Mrs. Whelan, who lives at 6555 Aura Ave., is a native of Kirkwood, Mo., and made her home in Long Island before coming to California and subsequently to the Valley five years ago. In addition to her DAR activities, she is a parishioner in Reseda Community Church. Train Shaves Front of Car; Teacher Safe A Sylmar elementary school teacher barely escaped death Friday when approximately 10 cars of the Southern "Pacific Daylight train shaved off the Illustrated on Pago One front end of his auto at the railroad crossing at Balboa Blvd. in Reseda. August March. 3-1, of 11000 Gaviota Ave., Granada Hills, was treated at the scene for shock. He was uninjured. March told officors he was driving south on Balboa Blvd. at about 35 miles-an-hour nnd failed to see the approaching train. He said he noticed the train when it was about 50 feet away. The instructor said he jammed on his brakes and slid to a stop with the front end of the auto resting over the tracks. As the train passed by, he said, each car 'crashed against his vehicle and shaved the front end of the auto. Police said the train was traveling about 40 miles-an- hour at the time The Daylight was en route from Los Angeles to San Francisco. FRENCH COLONY France has possessed Martinique since 1635.