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of discard the instruments. one an for believed explanation Dedication of Bookcase Is * Held Incident to Opening f Of Historic Baker Mansion A memorable program markefl | Ake built his home and on which the formal opening of the Baker j the plot of Williamsburg was sur- mansion Saturday afternoon. In veyed by Peter Cassidy of Newry. view of the fact that it was Flag To this day these lots are entailed day, it had a patriotic significance by a ground, rent of a Spanish as well. Since the leading feature was the dedication of the bookcase con- milled dollar a year or its equivalent, equivalent, the agreement being that the ground rent was to be paid "as structed from lumber secured from I long as the grass grows and the the original dwelling house of Jacob Ake, founder of Williamsburg, Williamsburg, much interesting historical data, interspersed with legends and stories, were told by W. Ray Metz of Williamsburg, who designed and built the bookcase and presented it to the Blair County Historical society. Homage was paid to the flag and to the character of the pioneers and their devotion to the ideals of liberty and the "intrinsic worth of the individual. Mrs. Josephine Hazel gracefully fulfilled the office of mistress of ceremonies. Mrs. Helen B. Stitt, regent' of the Col. John Proctor chapter, Daughters of the American American Revolution, read the impressive impressive salute to the flag ritual of the order. Rev. Luke H. Rhoads, pastor pastor of First Lutheran church, asked the invocation. .. .. Miss Ella M. Snowberger, president president of the historical society, spoke in greeting 'and welcome. She stated , that "insidious ideologies ideologies are sweeping' the world which seek to tear, down and destroy destroy the American concept of government government by the people and for :he people. By the catch slogan, 'security in your job,' they hope to substitute regimentation for freedom; freedom; dictatorship in place of the right of the individual to self-expression. self-expression. . "By preserving the loce and tra- water' flows." Mr. Metz referred to Mr. Ake's z'eal for education, stating he built a school in which he served as teacher and truant officer. He al* so donated a plot of ground to each denomination in the town 'for a church site and cemetery. Stories interspersed had 'an old- time flavor. He told about the pet bear which went uninvited to church one Sunday, breaking -in upon the decorum of the ladies quite decidedly. A test to detect- a thief had as its properties a much smudged kettle. A group of men, including including the suspect, were asked to line up and brush their hands on the kettle. A rooster reputed to be under the kettle would crow when the guilty''man touched the utensil. The rooster did not crow Then the men were asked to hold up their palms. All were blackened blackened but one man's. Asked why he did not rub his hands on the kettle he answered, "I was afraid the rooster would crow." The register showed 36 entries. However, not all the visitors registered. registered. The mansion will be open to the public every Saturday afternoon' afternoon' from 1.30 to 4.30 o'clock. The interior is spic and span fol- lowin'g housecleaning. A A number of quite interesting additional exhibits have been installed. installed. Everyone present was'de* by i ditions of the post, the Blair' lighted with the beauty o f the I County Historical society endeavors endeavors to draw inspiration from the lessons of history for the' safeguarding safeguarding of the American way of life, which leaves the, human spirit untrammelled by man-made laws, that would, fit it into a prescribed prescribed groove or pattern. 1 ' Mr. Metz stated he. designed the bookcase, following a suggestion made by Mrs. Hazel that the society society needed a receptacle for its large collection of Bibles. He gave credit to Edgar Wagner, Daniel Shelly and William Garvin, great- great-grandson of Jacob Ake, for assisting • with the cabinet work, painting and finishing. He secured the materials from Harry Roberts and Charles Patterson, jr. The bookcase occupies the space on the west side of the Col. John Proctor chapter -rooml which it was' built to fit. .'•.-' Mr. Metz read excerpts of the original deed to Jacob Ake from John Swift, which conveyed as of Dec. ,13, 1795, 314 acres of land, known as "Rich Bottom." In 1797 Mr. Ake bought another tract of 900, acres called Ipswich, in honor of the British town of the same name. . , It was on this tract that Mr.' well-trimmed lawn and the improved improved appearance of the trees. The society is deeply grateful to George P. Gable for the continued services of the tree surgeon, beyond beyond the fixed expense assumed by the' organization. During the program of the afternoon afternoon Mrs. J. Calvin Lang of Hollidaysburg Hollidaysburg 'sang beautifully three selections. She was accompanied by Miss Charlotte Kunzig, organist organist of the First Presbyterian- church of Hollidaysburg. 18 PLAYGROUND LEADERS NAMED (Continued' from page 1) ' 10 o'clock 'at City hall with Health Superintendent R. A. Herbert taking taking charge. Induction of the junior police will be held Wednesday morning, June 25, at 10 o'clock, with Chief of Police Vaul E. Rouzer scheduled to talk to the boys while Mayor Brumbaugh will swear them in. During the opening week starts ing this afternoon, all children will be enrolled and the names of junior nurses and junior police will be selected in time for the staff previously

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  1. Altoona Mirror,
  2. 16 Jun 1947, Mon,
  3. Page 16

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