Altoona Mirror from Altoona, Pennsylvania on June 4, 1930 · Page 12
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' ''' )EKT SPEAKERS GRADUATION (Continued From Page 7) Itlfcft feack to McDowell's hall till the Webster building was erected. During the last two years that the high School was being held in the Webster building, classes became so large that the advance class was taken to the basement and taught In a small room. •The class of 1877, consisting of six members, the first to receive diplomas, was graduated from this basement room. During these years, the late Professor David S. Keith was superintendent. He was one of the pioneers of education In Altoona, and held his position as superintendent for thirty- six years. As a monument to his work, the new Junior High was named for him. , At first there had been a new prln clpal every few years. Then thirty- seven years ago on Nov. 1, 1893, a broad-shouldered young '-athlete, not long out of college, assumed the responsibility of being principal of the Altoona, High school. Classes were being conducted on the top floor of the Emerson building and feven then conditions were so crowded that three pupils sat at one desk. But this young man's burdens increased for the growth of the school •was so rapid that two years later the Lincoln building was erected and ten years after that our old Altoona High was built. That principal was Dr. Robb who has given the best •part of his life to moulding of the characters of the boys and girls of Altoona. During the thirty-seven years of his administration the growth of the High school has been remarkable. In 1894 there were sixteen in the graduating class and tonight there are 595. We appreciate the high ideal he has set up for us and the friendship he has given us during the three years that we have been under his authority. We also owe much to the late W. F. Eberle, who was a member, of the city school board for twenty-one years and president for nineteen. He had always worked for the best interests of the Altoona school children. He realized the urgent need for a larger High school and in cooperation with the present board of directors and Superintendent Lararr.y, whose vision In all building projects has been of material aid, the annex with its large library, study hall, gymnasiums, science and cooking laboratories and all modern equipment, has been made possible. The growth of the Altoona High school has been remarkable. But it must not stop here. Higher education has become almost a necessity. A city the size of Altoona should be able to boast not only of a fine high school but also of.another educational Asset, so highly desirable, a junior college. We sincerely hope that future graduates may have this • excellent opportunity of continuing their education In their own city. CHILD WELFARE. By EVELYN RUTH AIKBV. Herbert Hoover has said, "I believe that child welfare will soon become 'the test of civilization." Child .welfare work does not include those normal children who are healthy and happy; It Is to benefit those who are not normal, who do not live the natural ,. life of the average child. The future of our country, with Its great traditions, with Its vast possibilities, rests with the boys and girls. The responsibilities of adults toward the abnormal child cannot be set aside. Are these responsibilities, being properly fulfilled at the present time? . Pennsylvania is aware of existing conditions and has established means i of caring for juveniles as she established educational means for those vast numbers of average children. A recent survey shows that on May 1, there were 39,815 children under 18 in various state institutions. There are, of course, and, will be for years to come, those who fall Into evil ways in spite of all 'help. This may be due to bad home surroundings, but it would be a mistake to assume that all young „ offenders come from bad homes. * Parents do their best and when they fall are anxious to cooperatf with organizations for helping them. Three important organizations in Blair county are the Children's Aid society, the Mothers' Assistance fund and the juvenile court and its system of probation. The Children's Aid society, established in 1928, is a very important preventative measure. Under the direction of Miss Brown children are given medical attention and, if necessary, foster-home care. The Mothers' Assistance fund gives financial aid to needy mothers and prevents the removal of children from their own homes. The juvenile court, established in Blair county in 1912, is corrective rather than preventive. It corrects those hosts of children who have broken laws; children who have not received the benefits derived from the Aid society and have done Borne unlawful act. The best and wisest parent gives his child a home where there ia affection, understanding, care and training, thus enabling him to develop to his fullest and become a useful and happy member of his community. What happens to the child who has neither home nor parents, the child who through sicknews or death of parents or through some other unfortunate circumstance has been deprived of these? Another family may take him into their home and give him what he needs. This is foster-home care, the kind of care the Children's Aid society of Blair county is endeavoring to give to children deprived of their own homes. During the twenty-one months of its existence 688 children have been referred for care. The society has been asked to place 141 children in the Williamsburg home. These children were given mental and psychological tests and their home conditions studied to determine whether they could be placed with their own families or with relatives or whether they needed foster-home care. On investigation it was found that 116 of the 141 could be placed with their own families or relatives, four were placed in institutions, ten ware placed in foster-homee and only twelve were finally taken to the Wil- llarceburg nome. When the society wa* organized there were ninety children at'Williarabburg, at present there are vixty. The mothers' assistance law of 1913 care* for children who live with their mother! and whose father are dead . or permanently confined in an institution for the insane. The mother is given J2Q a month for one child and a month for each additional child. only requirements are that the- reside in the state for two year* anci in the county for one year. All child-caring agencies have a UOglt objective, tilt development ol the personality of the individual child. Th« work of the juvenile court begin" wber* preveutative measures fail and 1 A child brtakl ft law 1 , f heodore velt has said, "this work of the Juvenile court is really a work of character building." It is now generally believed that young boys and girl* who go wrong should not be treated as criminals, not even necessarily as needing reformation, but rather as needing to have their characters formed, and for this end to have them tested and developed by" a, system of probation. Th« Juvenile court of Blair county has Jurisdiction of children under 16 and Includes four classes: Delinquent, Incorrigible, neglected and dependent. The cases come in two ways, either by Information before an alderman or by petition to court. Let us consider the causes of delinquent cases in Blair county. A report of Miss Mary G. Davis, probation officer, states that many children are on probation because of defective home conditions. A large number of the children come from broken homes. In some homes there- is a total disregard of property. Is it strange that this would lead to stealing and carelessness of conduct outside the home? Another report comments on clgaret smoking. Some boys have smoked since they were 7 .or 8 years old. Invariably they are led to steal cigarets and are brought before court. Children are placed on probation In their own homes or in boarding homes or In a school suited to their particular needs. Among these schools are the Sunnysidft School for Girls, Glen Mills for boys and girls, Catholic Institutions, Boys' Industrial home at Oakdale, George Junior Republic, and a Mennonlte Orphans' home. At present there are thirty-six children from Blair county in these schools. From 1926 to January, 1930, the number of delinquent cases decreased from fifty- eight -in 1926 to thirty-one In 1929. This shows that Blair county Is progressing in its care and guidance of the young. During 1929, a total of seventy-one new cases, eighteen of which were unofficial, were investigated. There were twenty-eight mental clinic cases in which the children were given psychological and physical tests. There were also 266 advisory cases and outside investigations. On Jan. 1, 1930, there were 103 cases on probation. From a social point of view probation may be said to be a process of educational guidance through friendly supervision. Its chief function is to adjust the forces of the community to the child's life. Every social agency Is called into play, the object being to surround the child with a network of favorable Influences which will enable him to maintain normal habits fo life. We want, therefore, to surround youth with all the healthful influence possible. It is a great help for them to be - members of an organization such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or Reserves, Y. M. C. A. or Y. -W. C. A., and other church or school organizations. Supervised play and recreation in the parks and playgrounds is a great factor in a preventive sense. "Prevention is better than cure" cannot be repeated too often because it enshrines so important p. truth. We all are blind. We see That in the human plan Nothing is worth the making if It does not make the man. 'Why build these cities glorious If man unbuilded goes? In vain we build the world unless The builder also grows." / _____ FACTA NON VERBA. By JOHN JACOB STARK. Superintendent Laramy, Dr. Robb, Mr. McKerlhan, friends, parents, and fellow-members of the class of 1930. We are gathered here tonight to celebrate the graduation of 595 students from the Altoona High school. To each member of the class of 1930, this is the greatest moment of our lives—tonight, we leave high school; and tom&rrow, we find Ourselves in the world without teachers, without books, without classmates. Tonight, commencement night. Tomorrow we fare upon the sea of life. But, some of us attempt to sail rudderless, helmless, starless. We embark without thinking of the storms that threaten, of the unknown perils that lie before. We wonder why many fail to make port, why the ships of life frequently flounder on the high seas. The wonder is that so many enter into the harbors of success, seeing how rarely we map out our lives in advance. Just as the captain^harts his way across the seas, so should each one of us plan our journey through life, know where we are going next and what we are going to do, instead of asking ourselves what next? And just as the captain knows why he is sailing the seas, so we should know why we are sailing the sea of life. Why do we live? The great thinker Aristotle discovered the purpose of living when he placed before his mind's eye the figure of a living man in all the plentitude of his manhood. He saw there the perfect man, erect, powerful, radiating. He asked himself, "What is this fine creature for? What does the cut of him suggest? Happiness? Smooth-flowing enjoyment? Not at all! This fine creature is for action—for.undertaking difficult enterprises, for embarking.on long expeditions, for achieving the highest excellence, for enduring tremendous strains, for standing hard knocks from fate and for giving hard knocks in return. Action is what this fine creature is for—for deeds not words." And that fine creature Is each one of us; for we can be just as erect, and powerful and radiating if we but will. Successful men live with a purpose. So should we who are just starting H.e have something to strive for, some goal to reach. We should plan our lives carefully, but even the most careful planning Is worthless if we fall to carry It out. Our plans are mere-words; our,carry- Ing them out are glorious deeds. Too many of us are like Jim. All his life he wanted to do things for his mother, give leisure, travel. He would do it, someday. In the meantime, he dreamed. He saw the two of them setting out together on long journeys, visiting strange countries. Jim spread a magic' carpet on which his mother trod with winged feet; but, in reality, mother swept the worn carpet beneath her actual feet. She scrimped, saved, managed, grew old and 111, and finally died while Jim was dreaming what wonderful health resort to take her to, someday. Shall we, high school graduates, go through life like that, forever dream- Ing and doing things, someday? Or shall we arise each morning, fresh, after the rest and stillness of night with a determination to succeed, forgetting the troubles of yesterday, only remembering that each day brings its own opportunity for doing good that never could have been done before and never can be done again—always carrying out our class motto—those three Latin words, Facta Non Verba—Deeds not words. Life is a great adventure; but whether It be a happy and successful one depends on each one of us, for— "I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul." Tonight, commencement night. The class of 1930 bids farewell to its alma mater. Tonight we say. goodbye to our teachers, we shall always remmeber them. To our superintendent, who has guided the policies of our school to give us a better education; to our directors who, by their foresight, have built us a wonderful high school, we say goodbye. Extremely fortunate are we seniors of 1930 because we have enjoyed possibly better educational facilities than any other class, and our hats go off to those who have made this possible. We bid farewell now, to one who will always be associated with every memory of our three years in A. H. S.; one who has given his life to make our High school one of the best. He is graduated tonight after having taken a thirty-seven year course, and he Is graduated with the highest honors. The class of 1930 is proud to number among its members Dean George D. Robb. Fellow-classmates, our high school days are ended. No more shall we hang around the lightwell or attend chapel. No more shall we sing "On Altoona" and "Hail to A. H. S." No more are we the mighty seniors. Tonight we say goodybe to one another. This is the last time we'll ever be all together. Our paths will part; some of our best friends, we'll never ,see again. But, fellow-classmates, when your ship of life is sailing through rough waters, remember those happy times you had in High school. Live over those days again. Think of the time we beat Johnstown and the bonfire we had. Look at Bill's picture and see if you don't remember the time he sang at the senior social. These memories will be like oil on the stormy sea of life- • . Now, we bid a final farewell to our Alma Mater, and to one another. May we always remember those days we spent ki dear old Altoona High. May old acquaintance never be forgot in days of "Auld Lang Syne." MRS. RICHARDSON HONORED. HUNTINGDON, June 4.—A family reunion was held yesterday in honor of Mrs. Fannie Richardson, 703,-Washington street, who celebrated her 77th birthday anniversary at the Richardson cottage, "Kwitcherkiken,' at Mill Creek. The guests were Miss Mabel Richardson of Harrisburg, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cozzens of Altoona, Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Doyle and daughter Norberta, Miss Bertha Fetter and James Topper, all of Pittsburgh; Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Richardson and daugh ter Pearl, Mr. and Mrs, Morris David son and son Robert, all of Greensburg, Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Richardson and daughter Fredda, Misses Elizabeth and Jennie Richardson and Nick Libert, all of Huntingdon. , MISS SHULTZ IS BRIDE. HUNTINGDON, June 4.—Mrs. Luther Shultz of Marklesburg has announced the marriage of her daughter, Lillian, to John Coldren, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Coldren, 916 Washington street, Huntingdon. The wedding took place in the Reformed parsonage in Harrisburg, Saturday, May 31. Rev. E. 1 Levan, pastor of the church, officiated, using the ring ceremony. The ceremony was attended by the mother of the bride and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shultz, brother 'and sister-in-law of the bride. After a wedding trip to eastern cities they will take up their residence at 905 Washington street. Learn About Your Man From "SWEETHEARTS AND WIVES" 40% Saving On Unredeemed Diamonds ABE COHEN 1122 llth Ave. \ V 169 nwFROMAR ABSOPURE 1711 12* Ave. AJtooM, Pa fiiuiM) H-ltttl | Mohair Suite $ £j Three Beautiful Pieces 2» *5 ^ Come early for this bargain! All hand sewed, best con- ^f 'ja slruction . . . upholstered in a rich, durable, lustrous Mohair . . . 2?| ^g smartly tailored. 9?. £& ^^} S3? Special low prices on all Living Room, •£• :;§ Dining Room, Bedroom and Kitchen Furniture. *•: I United Furniture Co. | 1 1105-1107 Sixteenth St. GERMANY FACING SERIOUS CRISIS By FREDERICK tttft, , Staff Correspondent. BERLIN, June 4.—Germany was believed In certain quarters today to be on the threshold of a conflict between capital and labor which may shake the foundations of the country's economic and social structure. I Although several months were regarded as likely to elapse before the full. force df the struggle was felt, the forerunners of the conflict already are, Involving the steel and copper Industries in .western Germany. Experts felt that as the struggle developed sweeping nation-wide wage cuts will affect between 2,000,000 and 3,000,000 laborers. A precursor of the struggle was seen in the situation at the Becker .steel works, at Krefeld,, in the Rhlneland, where a recent 10 per cent reduction was made in the wages of 7,000 workers. At the Mansfeld concern in Eisleben, Prussia, a lockout was declared yesterday when the company, which controls over 90 per cent of the-copper production of Germany, insisted on a 15 per cent wage cut, affecting its 14,000 laborers. Textile and machinery manufacturers In Saxony also served notice they were terminating their collective wage agreements, and a similar movement is Impending in the Ruhr coal, Iron artd steel and the Saxon machinery industries, ultimately affecting at least 1,500,000 workers. The business depression engulfing Germany was seen as hastening a great labor conflict and some alleged the employers were exploiting the prevalence of unemployment for a campaign aimed at lower wages for active workers. Even with the Ruhr coal miners, working only on a part time basis, 7,000,000 tons of coal have accumulated in the Ruhr bunkers. Production of iron and steel is at its /lowest level since 1925—and 2,800,000 unemployed continue to drain the public funds. Unemployment in the building trades a year ago dropped from 46.5 per cent to 19.5 per cent at this time; while this year, It fell only from 51.9 per cent to 45.1 per cent. Cheap money In Germany after the recent repeated reductions in the bank rate, has failed to check the general business slump. THE PEOPLFS FORUM Whatever views are expressed in this column are personal for which the ALTOONA MIRROR la not responsible. Words of Comfort Would Be Helpful. Editor of the Altoona Mirror—I do not know when anything has affected me like the dreadful thing your front page gave on Saturday. In a whole city full of Christian men and women, as I know Altoona to be, was there not one woman to speak just one word of comfdrt, or sympathy to that heart-broken, despairing wife and mother to whom had come, as there does come to so many of us, that black hour when it seems impossible to live and bear the bitterness which does not come by death? Was there not one man who could say to that young fellow workman just the word which would have helped him to realize the condition of his household affairs? Too many times In life we see our opportunities as the Samaritan going down to Jericho, but do them not, holding back until it is too late. Oh, may we all stop long enough In our too Ijusy lives to give of our loving kindness and tender sympathy a word to help ease somebody's burden, to be borne alone. SUBSCRIBER. fhe Smartest, finest Dresses ever offered at this price! NO MONEY DOWN C«mc early and make vour selection from the cb«iccit Any out oj thtie drenes would ordinarily sell for more than the price ire uikjor both It'i delightfully easv to open » cbarg* account. WILLIAM PBNN OtVBN BULK Of PITTSBURGH, June 4.—the .bulk of an estate, estimated at sevetai million dollars, of the fate Mrs. Mary C. fi. Snyder, widow of William Penn Snyder, founder of the Shenango Furnace company, 1* left to t her son, William Penn Snyder, jr., it was revealed yesterday. > • One-half of the residuary, estate is placed in trust for the beneftt of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Snyder Dfew, wife of Judge James B. .Drew, who by unofficial returns won the Republican nomination for superior court. At Mrs. Drew's death, however, the principal reverts to Snyder. 11 According to the provisions of the will trtfee grandchildren will each receive $10,000 when they becbme of age. They are William P. Snyder ill, G. Whitney Snyder, and Barbara Snyder Drew. . ' - Wllpen Hall, the Snyder county estate, was left to the son. It consists of a palatial home and stxty-sii acres In Sewlckley Heights district. MRS. SARA A. BOD1E DIES. PHILIPSBURG, June 4.—Mrs.'Sata Ann .Bodle, widow of David Bqdle. died at .'the homo of her, daughter. Mrs. Phil Collins, at Barrett, where she has made her home since the death of her husband, Monday shortly before noon, following an Illness of four years from heart trouble and dropsy, with which she. has been bedfast the past year. Deceased was born at Port Matilda, July 21, 1853, a daughter of Jacob and Annie Cowher. When quite young she was wedded tp David Bodle. The couple had resided In Philipsburg since their marriage, death claiming Mr. Bodle seven years ago, Mrs. Bodle then going to Barrett. The remains were brought to the home of her sister, Mrs. Thomas Eaton, at Chester Hill, from which funeral services were held this afternoon at 3.30 o'clock. Interment was made in Philipsburg cemetery. The daughter and these sisters and brothers survive: B. W. Cowher, Madera; Samuel and John, Philipsburg; Mrs. Ellen Little, McKeesport. and Mrs. Thomas Eaton, Chester Hill. s«v»»f*«*r * . HUNTINGDON, J\/fb6 4.—f h» third annual commencement of the Alexandria High Schwil will be held in Library hail Friday evening at 8 o'clock. The^elas* INK? ptbgfarh will be held tomorlr&w e Y eMftfi<a.t 6 o'clock IK the,same place.' there «rw seventeen graduates in the class this year, as follows: Mary Claybaugh, John Bartlebaugh.v 8Hno# v F*ye, ' Donald Black, Evelyn Frye, • Milton Frazier, Winifred Graye, Ghftfies German, Alma IsenberJr, James Kobken, Gladys Kooken, Clarence Lecrone, Margaret Lecrohe, Alton Steward, Alma Leldy, Earl Tennis and MAdallne Patterson. ' .»f »'M START RIGHT buy HOME-AID Freshness Guaranteed Thtftwn Hwfcfed El«v*trth Aw* PA. 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