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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Thursday, December 24, 1936
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jhi ill . a k a. j m i . i -. v - ' . - - lev. iih - v - ' T S-J w 6 I! S.r. Mm .1. LOCAL WX.4TIIEB CUuiy tonight and tomorrow; wrmr lor.L coWer tomorrow Minimum temp, for 24 bour .. 3b Trmp. at 12 iw 48 C!t4 Sttw OfScUl WHOM rmit .1 HI KH-Eattblnhed October 8. State Ready To Enjoy Best Yuletide Since 1930 Newark booming busi- cts -rttinK a mrry pace. New Jer-,,y ws rrady today to receive its r,lun:p-i-t Christmas stocking since IS30 from Old Saint Nick. Merchant, business leaders and nmr.iripal and state officials joined in t r parationa to make sure no one Kes hungry or giftless in this pros perous Vuletide season. Governor Hoffman will have an r,M fa--hioned ChrUtmas at his South Amhoy home with his family. He hai a nio,ll village under his Christ mas tree and every year adds an cthrr miniature. snow-encrust ed LuiMing. In the State PrUwn at Trenton and other .tate Institutions. Inmates will receive individual gifts. A Santa Claus will visit Greystone l"ark State Hospital tonight. Principal Keeper It. William I'I iy ha provided a Christmas tree in the "center' of the State prison the firt in several years. The i.rUon center is decorated with laurel rope and wreaths, made at Ie.-burg Prison farm by prisoners who gathered the materials in nearby woods. Irisoners will be greeted hv a large sign reading "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year." Ordinary fare at the state prison will be replaced by heaping plates cf rk chops, mashed potatoes, turnips, minced pie and coffee all food obtained from the prison farms. At the death house the day will be marked only by a special dinner, the Mm as given to the regular prisoners. A imple wreath hangs n the door leading to the death cells. In ether state Institutions the fare will be about the same, with turkey cheaper this year than ehickrn instead o pork. Mate Iloue Decorated The State House in Trenton Is iecorated. with the main display In the executive offices f Governor Hoffman. State Police have a tree ia their main barracks at Wilburtha and tonight will give a party and gtfts to neighborhood children. The Salvation Army. Volunteers (TleaM Turn to rage 13) Moslems Guard Church of Nativity Rr-hl'hem (T) The men who guard the Church f the Nativity nay and night never worship there. Instead, they go to a nearby nosivie. All are Moslems, appointed by the government on the theory that t. select a guard of one of the Christian faiths would cause jealvusies among the others who hare the guardianship of the place Jesus' birth. Mr. E. A. I Crant "MTvitvs Art Condurtet Mr. Elizabeth A. Paff Grant. 75, wukw of Charles Grant. 70S West Krcr.t Street, was buried in Hillside Ccmrtery yesterday. Services were from Memorial Kuneral Home. The Hev. Ielioy Wells Warren, minister of First Presbyterian Church, nf ficiated. Organ selections were 1 1. eil. M t.. Grant was born in Hempstead. I- I., and hivi lived hre many yers. She died Sunday nl leaves a brother. Thomas M. Paff of Scotch Plains, SANTA (LIS TKKSIUKS 1'juKhoro .TV-Santa Claus. In the person cf Mayer James A. Wrt. fir.eJ Charles Eysman of Pnvklyn. $5 as a reckless driver. Wert, decked out in traditional cosv.ime for a children's party, held an Impromptu hearing without charging clothes after State Tro, ;ers arrested Eysman as the !rtvlr of a car in a collision. One Year Ago Today PUur.f.eld-Meanest thief stole sh.rt cST dog's back. Vatican City Pope Is saddened as peace hope is delayed. PUir.SeId-0. H. Hew it Jr.. secretary cf the Chamber cf C n.nierce. announces local nu-rchjr.ts have enjoyed good Christmas business. Declares it w-.n surpass 1934. Trenton-Reeve Schley cf Far Hii'.s heads State ERA. I"a:r.r:eld Local skaters find rvi biii up. At Sea CoL Charles A. Lind-kegX his wife and son Jon, are aboard a freighter bound for Er.gland. P'-aiaSeU City welfare agen-es join to spread Tule cheer. IK 24 PAGES Why Sure There's a Santa t v J Associated Press Photo V hrm Mayor R. C. Frddfr of Michigan City, Ind. (left), heard school teacher were telling children there tcasn't any Santa Claus, he went right oil and found Old ."Sick to refute their stories. And to prove there's m Santa, the mayor arranged a Christmas party for 6,000 children. For Christmas! From Motorist to Pedestrian-From Pedestrian to Motorist "At this season of the year when everyone is inclined to be more considerate and charitable to his fellowman, it appears the motorists are even Mrs. Anita S. Quarles, chairman of the public education committee of the Plainfield Area Safety Council observed today. Mrs. Quarles feels that, in keeping with the season, mo torists should be more considerate toward their fellow drivers and toward pedestrians. And pedestrians, likewise, should be considerate of motorists by crossing streets only with the lights. Courier-News Calendars To Be Delivered Tomorrow Following Usual Custom Courier-News readers who have the paper delivered to their homes wiU receive tomorrow, Christmas Day. the art calender issued an nually by this newspaper. Through custom long established. the 66 Courier-News office carriers call at each home and present a calendar on Christmas morning Those who purchase their papers from newsdealers or newspaper boys should receive a calendar with tonight's isue as one is given with each copy of the paper. Any reader failing to receive a 'calendar will confer a favor by calling Plainfield 6-8000. reporting the incident to the circulation department. Name and address of the dealer or boy will be appreciated so that the mistake may be checked. Mail subscribers may obtain a calendar by calling at The Courier-News office, as calendars cannot be mailed. The subject chosen for the 1937 calendar is the Plainfield City Hall, with explanatory notes and a beautiful original reproduction of the building. Erection of a municipal building as urged by Mayor Leighton Calkins in his message to The Common Council Jan. 1, 1915. Later a committee was appointed to have charge of construction and consisted of Leighton Calkins. Mayor; Francis J. Blatz. Levis M. Booth. Marion S. Ackerman. Thomas F. Hylan, Elias H. Bird, G. Herbert Condict and Peter J. McDonough, councilmen. The architects. Laurence- F. Peck and William Lawrence Bottomley. were selected April, 1918 by competitive award. In December. 1915, the original plot of ground was purchased from the heirs of John Brooks and it is on this tract, at Watchung Avenue and East Sixth Street that the present municipal building was erected. The size of this plot was approximately 2S3 by 225 feet. All city departments except police and ftre headquarters are located In the municipal building. Contracts for erection of the building were awarded in Septem ber. 1916. The cornerstone was laid by .layor Calkins. Feb. 17. 1917. Because of war conditions the general contractor failed and the city was compelled to take over the work of completing the building in February. 1913- Much delay-was experienced and it was not until New Year's Day. 1919 that the luilding was formally occupied. The Coxumen Council, anticipating the rapid growth which Plain-field was to experience, saw the necessity for acquiring additional land and in 1920 and 1921 pur- W nu iyAV less courteous than usual," Santa's Secret One of those very few persons who have been fortunate enough to see Santa Claus on his Christmas Eve j6urney describes his method of going from house to house for children who read The Courier-News. He explains it thus: The snapping of leather reins is heard, an elfin tinkle of bells, the patter of light-footed reindeer on the roof. Then a jolly rotund little man In red fringed with white totes a frosty pack from house to ' house where little children slumber, bringing gifts for the good, none for the bad. A crack of his whip and the Arctic visitor from a point called Toyland soars away with the cold north wind. For a busy man is Santa Claus. He must visit a continent before the night is done. chased various properties in Wat chung Avenue and East Fifth Street adjoining the original tract. Buildings were razed and lawns laid out to form the handsome plaza in which the municipal build ing now stands. The size of the present plot is 3S8 feet facing Watchung Avenue. 255 feet fronting on East Fifth Street and 225 feet fac ing East Sixth Street. PORT TO GIVE BOXTS New York UPr The Port of New York Authority arranged today to distribute among its 1,100 employes a holiday bonus totaling an estimated JS5.000. o I AAT DAY i Complete Associated Press Wire News Service PLA INFIELD, NEW JERSEY, Pope Prays Before World For Union Of Christianity Vatican City (T Pope Piux XI prayed before the whole world today that God accept his suffering for peace among men, and from his sickbed called for a union of all Christianity against the "evil forces" of Communism. His eyes flashing, the stricken Pontiff spoke in a throbbing voice through a microphone held by Father Soccorsi, director of the Vatican radio station. He called "for a union of all men of good will against the propaganda of tb.3 enemy" by which he meant Communism and prayed that God accept his present suffering "for His own glory, for the conversion of all who have gone astray, for peace and the good of the entire church and, in particular, for Spain." The Holy Father's voice trembled throughout the whole 29 minutes of his Christmas Eve message. At times he seemed to be forcing himself on. At several intervals, he paused for a second. He spoke of the "bitter sorrow of our paternal heart, caused by the many great evils (which, these days, have fallen like a scourge on humanity, civil society and the church." Of his own suffering, the Pontiff, ill for more than two weeks of slight paralysis and circulatory congestion, told his millions of listeners: " The Divine goodness is granting us an opportunity to contribute to the prayers, the work and (Please Turn to Page 13) New Pastor Is Assigned A new pastor for St. Mary's Church was assigned today. He is the Rev. John IL Donnelly, formerly pastor of St. Patrick's Church, Chatham. He comes to Plainfield to succeed the late Patrick A. Maher. Another of Bishop Thomas J. Walsh's appointments which is of interest to Plainfielders is that of the Rev. Thomas B. Larkin, pastor of St. James Church. Springfield, who has been transferred to St. Mary's Church, Elizabeth, to succeed the late James A. Lundy. Social Security Board Meets Washington (JV) The Social Security Board was called into regular session today and attaches said New Jersey's new unemployment insurance law might receive immediate consideration. The law passed by the Legislature in special session and signed by Governor Hoffman wa3 brought here yesterday by Oliver Van Camp, secretary of the State Senate, who returned to Newark by plane after presenting the document to the board. Prompt consideration of the act which must have the board's approval by Dec. 31 if the state Is to receive 90 per cent credit for 1936 payroll taxes collected from its employers was promised by Merrill Murray, assistant director of the board's unemployment insurance division. St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Grove St. and Mercer Ave., later service Christmas Day 10 a. m. instead of 10 p. m. as advertised in yesterday's paper. Adv. 24 & Pahtfa h y y v y y y y y y y XX!XXXXX'Q By 150 Wishfng all a Merry Christmas, a joyful holiday season, a contented, happy life, and an abundance of the best that life can afford. May tomorrow crystallize the attention of all to the better days and circumstances which clearly are upon us. That young lady finally was prevailed upon to go to Newark to do her Christmas shopping. With her boy friend, she spent many a weary and jostled hour going from store to store looking for something to catch her eye. Something finally did. But it was in one f Plainfleld's store to which the couple had returned. One more convert to the advantages of shopping at home. - It was chilly Monday night, and the few lights which had been strung up cast only eerie shadows among the Christmas trees realistically planted,, for sale on a Somerset Street lot. In and out of the trees stalked a youngster, about two years old, who apparently had accompanied his parents on a shopping tour. Greeted by a stranger, the lad raised a finger to his lips with & "Ssh! I'm bunting for deer." Then he disappeared stealthily around a tree, a hopeful look in his baby eyes. While Mother was doing her Christmas shopping, things y y y y y y y y w y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y were happening about the house. It was In a North Plainfield home which goes in strong for pets. WelL while Mom was out, the dogs got playfuL It wa a swell chance to tease "Peggy," the parrot. The teasing continued until her rage was tumbled from its table and reggy" flew loose. When Mother got home "Peggy" waa atop the parakeets cage. And there she stayed until Dad got home from work. Mom. it seems, is one of the persons in the household whom "Peggy" baa relegated to social y y y y y y y exiles Mom doesnt dare touch y THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1936 Capital Yule Gift 7 y-'XS v si Associated Press Photo Rudolph ton Erlenheim, blue-blooded Dachshund, teas sent to the While House by 7-year-old Charles McGehee Jr., and his five-year-old sister Mary of Atlanta as a Christmas gift to Sarah and Katie Roosevelt, grand-daughters of the President. Mrs. Charles McGehee is seen above with "Rudy." Tossed From Auto, Says Injiured Man Th Courier-Hews SomenrHle Bureau Somervllle Joseph Perillo, 34, of Brooklyn, is in Somerset Hospital with a possible fractured pelvis and multiple bruises, supposedly suffered when thrown this morning from a car along Route 28 between Whitehouse and North Branch. Louis Strella of Brooklyn; Jennie M. Dembrrwski, supposed common- law wife of Strella; Mrs. Josephine Palsom, mother of Jennie; Charles C. Moffa of Reading, Pa., and Virginia Goheen, supposed common-law wife of Moffa, also of Reading, are in the county jail, charged with assault and battery and as material witnesses. According to Perillo's story, he had Strella arrested recently for carrying concealed weapons and attempting to kill him. An effort was being made during a trip from Al-lentown to Brooklyn to have Perillo sign a release from the charges for Strella. Refusing this, Perillo claims he was thrown from the car. State Police and County Detective Charles A. Allegar made the arrests, finding the car out of gas along Route 28. Hospitalized Are Cheered By Christmas Carols Muhlenberg Hospital patients were cheered yesterday afternoon , by the singing of Christmas' carols by 25 Maxson School children. The group visited wards on all four floors of the institution. Ensemble, solo and duet numbers were included in the program. Doris Simon and Russell Candee sang solos and a duet was by Clara Groszman and Doris Simon. Mrs. Edna M. Brokaw directed. Ernest M. Peffer, principal cf Maxson School.' and Mrs. Caroline T. Stover of the faculty accompanied the singers. Vic Oliver Weds New York (JP) Sarah Churchill, daughter of Winston Churchill, British statesman, was married to Vie Oliver, orchestra leader and MmtHlan at tht Rritish Consulate I today, Oliver's secretary announced. ptragraptja & J - 03 - 4469 XttttfCTSfO a A a M a a a A & A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A her. 3 ;"f f4 1.4 Plainfielder Ranks Highest In Test for West Point Rep. Donald H. McLean announced today that Justus Mac- Mullen Home of this city has been designated principal to take entrance examinations for West Point Military Academy in March Seven teen years old and a graduate of Plainfield High School, Home is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wil liam L. Home, 724 Dorbett Place. The Plainfield youth received the highest rat ing in a U. S. Civil Service e x a m i n ation conducted o n Oct. 17 in Eliza beth when sev . M. Home eral candidates for the academy appointment com peted. Young Home is now doing post graduate work at Plainfield High School. He was graduated last June from the scientific course Mathematics and English are the young man's best subjects, his mother said. His father, a consult ant mining engineer, is now in the West on business. His mother's father, the late Justus MacMullen, published "Petroleum Age" in the early days of the Standard oil Com pany and also edited the Bradford Era. Although he has always taken an interest in athletics, as well as fn his scholastic work, the Plainfield student, dfd not participate on school teams in high school. He has grown considerably during the past six months, and now stands 5 feet 11 34 inches In his stocking feet. If he succeeds in passing the academy examinations and physical requirements, it is expected he will follow in the footsteps of his father, who was active in athletics in his school days. A graduate of the University of Utah, the elder Mr. Home was prom inent in college football circles during his university days. Young Home was endorsed as a candidate for the appointment by State Senator Charles E. Loizeaux and Assemblyman Thomas M. Muir of this city and Francis V. Lowden, chairman of the Union County Re-oublican Committee. Rev. H. W. Barras Funeral Held Clinton Funeral services for the Rev. Harry Watson Barras, 68, who died at his Haddonfield home Tuesday night (Dec. 22, 1936) will be held in the Haddonfield Baptist Church Saturday at 13 a. m. Interment will be in the Baptist Church Cemetery, this place, at 2:30 p. m., at which time there will be a short service at the grave. He had been ill for a short time. The Rev. Mr. B surras was born in Croton and lived in Clinton for a number of years. As a boy he worked on the Clinton Democrat and later attended and graduated from Peddie School, Hightstown. He married the former Miss Fan-ine Sladden of this place in the Clinton Baptist Church. Surviving besides his widow are one sister, Mrs. Jennie King, Tottenville, N. Y., and a niece, Mrs Cora Sheets, this place. The Rev. Mr. Barras was formerly pastor of the Frankfort Avenue Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pa. He was also dean of Eastern Bap tist Church, Philadelphia Theological Seminary. Philadelphia, Pa., of which he was the founder. Elias T. Bartles Dead at 83 Peapackk - Gladstone Elias T. Bartles, 88, died yesterday Dee. 23, 1936) in his home in Mendham Road after an illness of about a week. Surviving Mr. Bartles are his widow, Mrs. Sarah J. Bartles; two daughters, the Misses Grace and Sarah J. Bartles; one son, Charles E. Bartles; a half-brother, Samuel Bartles of Fairmount. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p. m. from the home. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. Three Dances Listed For Holidays The Courier-Revs Somenilla Bares SomerviUe Three large dances are among the social vpnt planned for the holidavs here. First will be the "snow" ball of the Sub- Deb Club tomorrow nieht in the Armory for the benefit of the tu berculosis fund of the Somerset County Health Association. Fourteenth annual charity ball of Somerset Hospital WAB will be held tomorrow night in the Elks Club in Bound Brook. Annual Christmas dance of Central PTA win be held Tuesday night in the high school gymnasium. HOME EDITION Local Philanthropies Spell Cheer for All Plainfield Homes Fraternal organizations, and schools plunged into Christmas charity work this year with unprecedented unanimity. As the finishing touches were being put to their tasks today, charitable institutions were in a position to state that not a single family will pass Christmas without additional cheer in the form of dinners. Yeletide Bits in The News By the Associated Press Wabash, Ind. John Lookwood wondered when a truck delivered a ton of coal to his general etore. Now he understands. It was a Christmas gift from members of the Hot Stove League who gather nightly in his store. They explained they thought It was only fair to furnish some of the heat they absorb during the course of a winter. - Hermine, Pa. "Merry Christmas" means just that to this western Pennsylvania coal town the town will have a few more months of life instead of being condemned to abandonment. The Ocean Coal Company changed its mind about halting operations and gave the miners their jobs and homes for another three months as a Christmas present. Reading, Pa. A 10-year-old Nova Scotia boy is going to get a Christmas package from the family of Charles G. Karver, florist of nearby Boyerstown. Karver bought a Christmas tree and found this note tied to it: "I am a little boy 10 years old. My mother and father are very poor as they have a large family and I am not going to school at present, as my clothing aren't fit in cold weather. Will some kind lady or gentleman be good enough to send me a needed present as I don't expect to see Santa Claus. From a little boy, . Maurice Feltmate, - care of East Koontin Valley, Guys County, Nova Scotia." His presents are on their way. Boston It will be a flashy Christ man for the reporters who cover the Massachusetts State House. Governor Curley gave each a box of bright colored neckties as Yuletide gifts. The boys solved the tie problem with the zest of horse traders by swapping. - ScottE-bluff, Neb. Reunion with j the son she left in an orphanage 41 years ago was Mrs. Camilla Warner's perfect Christmas gift. For the first time since her son, uougias aster, was srx j montns old, Mrs. Warner, 59, of Lcs Angeles, will share with him the joys of Christmas. "From now on," Mrs. Warner said, "I will begin to live." Foster's two children will share their happiness. Plainfielder Was Aboard Grounded Transport Howard L. Ashenfelter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Ashenfelter, 1120 Helene Avenue, who. with his wife and daughter, Ann Christine, left Guam, M. I, Dec. 1 on a trip to China, Japan, Philippines and Hawaiian Islands before returning to San Diego. Calif, Feb. 5, were aboard the Naval Transport Chaumont which grounded on the coast of China Dec. 16. Previous to that, a radiogram had been received by his parents stating that they were approaching Wooeung, China, and expected to spend Christmas in Shanghai. Further word is anxiously awaited by th parents. According to news dispatches three naval vessels were ordered to proceed from Manila to assist in landing the Chaumont passengers and remove its cargo. All passengers were reported safe. ATo Paper Tomorrow F ACCORDANCE with custom, The Courier-News will not. be published tomorrow, Christmas Day. We take this opportunity to wish every one of our readers a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe holiday season. The Paper That Is Read In The Home THREE CENTS clubs, welfare societies, churches clothing or gifts. Dinners Big Item Christmas dinners were the principal items on the charity program.. Chickens, turkeys and hams went into hundreds of baskets along with vegetables and canned goods which, in many instances, were sufficient to keep good-sized families well fed for a week. Among the largest donors, as usual, was the Plainfield Lodge of Elks which distributed more than 100 crammed baskets. The Elks, as did most of the other organizations, used the Central Index of the Community Chest in drawing up lists of the unfortunate and underprivileged. The Elks began their distribution this afternoon after providing close to 3,000 children with a theater party this morning in the Strand Theater. The kiddies there saw "The Prince and the Pauper," produced by the Berkeley Puppet Theater of Berkeley Heights. Each child in the theater, moreover, received a box of candy. A similar party was staged by the lodge for the South Plainfield 1 children in the -Park Theater of that borough. Henry J. Wierenga headed the Elks committee which had charge of the work this year. On his committee were: Ferdinand Bader, secretary-treasurer, Joseph Alberts, Police Chief C. J. McCarthy of South Plainfield, William C. Smith Sr., William C. Smith Jr., Daniel Marlowe. John Kiley, Harry Drake, Daniel J. Shea. George Lubeck, John II. Cose, Joseph J. A. Lynch, George Galane, Charles F. Hope well, Daniel Lehing, Joseph Mc-Garry, the Rev. Thomas A. Campbell and Nathan B. Snyder. Westf ielder Is Convicted New York Frederick P. Condit, 57, of 222 Sylvania Avenue, West- field, N. J., was convicted yesterday in General Sessions Court on charges of publishing misleading advertisements ' concerning the guaranteed" issues of the Bond and Mortgage Guaranty Company of Manhattan. Convicted along with Condit were W. Randall Salisbury, 70, of Orange, N. J., and Wil liam B. Clark, 56, of New York. Unless the men win on an ap peal, they face maximum sentences of three years' imprisonment. Con dit, an officer of the mortgage company, has been associated with the firm for 40 years. He is a former director f the West field National Bank. Mild and Cloudy ChristniasForeseen Christmas weather generally will be mild and cloudy, but rain or snow may arrive tomorrow night, Co-operative Observer S. K. Pearson reported. A drop in the mercury, bringing colder weather for Saturday and Sunday, is expected to set in tomorrow night, he stated, indicating that weekend weather will be somewhat in the nature of a meterological cocktail. A minimum temperature of 26 was registered at the Plainfield Weather Station early this morning. Yesterday's maximum was 34. Dacey-La Forge Mr. and Mrs. Leslie E. La Forge, 836 Leland Avenue, this city, have announced the marriage of their daughter. Miss Mabel May La Forge, to Vincent P Jacey, son of Mrs. Edward Dacey Sr, of 422 Spooner Avenue, on Dec. 19. Ths couple are residing in their newly-built home in Coriell Avenue, Fan-wood. (The (EnurUr-SfarJB TODAY Page Answers to Questions , 8 Christmas Story 13 Christmas Music 11 Classified Ads. 22-23 Comics Page 20 Cross-Word Puzzle 20 Diet and Health 19 Editorial 8 Needlecraft ... 19 Obituary 23 Pattern Service 19 Radio 11 Serial Story .- 15 Sports 15-16-17 Women's Page .....- 19 - '1.

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