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"7 AM:uN BfrJAl . .. 't JN ' JOtJKNAL V SUNDAY, JANUARY 1. 1939 " I a; P AUK IhjN-A State Treasurer's, Of f ice f" 1 i i - .V " - Like Home To Don Ebright Started Public Career There In The Early 20's i - - After Graduation From Ohio State WITH THE VETERANS Veterans Map Program To Aid 'Forgotten Men' Jots Or Pensions Are Sought By Legion And V.F.W. In Legislative Campaigns r . By CLYDE Si A SOX ENCOURAGED by progress made during the year just ended, war' veterans of Akron and the nation are planning new legislative programs for 1939 thit are designed to reacquaint the country th forgotten men andJ women. While th Nimerican Legion and 1 1 AN INQUISITTVrE young college 'student who pestered workers in the state treasurer's office 15 years ago with questions about Ohio's vast financing will return to the office where he started his public career when the state administration utiiiniTM -itrr .Tan. 9. i 1 i II FORECASTS REDUCED DEFPCIT Income t Exceeding Million Seen By End Of 1940 - Fiscal Year Br Tli Aseiate4 Frem WASHINGTON, Dec. . 31. The Tennessee valley authority pre? dieted today that it would show a, deficit of $300,000 Jot the present fiscal year on its powerr navigation and flood control operations. This would compare with a deficit of 51,155.000 reported for the year ended June 30, 1938. ; By the end of the 1940 fiscal year, the authority reported, net income should exceed $1,000,000. This forecast, contained in the annual report which the TV A made public today, was Abased almost entirely upon an increase which officials said they expected, in revenue from the sale of power "It indicates," the report ' said, that starting in 1939 the net in come from power operations should be sufficient to cover the entire cost of this program and provide a surplus." , . See ; Bowing Revenue ; Power sales for the first five months of the current :fiscal year June through November -total ed $2,110;400, only Slightly less than the $2,305,877 received from this operation in the entire fiscal year of 1938, the report added. Power s revenues for the entire current 1939 fiscal year were estimated i at $5,000,000, and for 1940 at $6,500,000. The report attributed the increase to a diversification: of market. Previously, TV A relied chiefly upon sales to a single utHity customer, but during 'the past year much of the power was distributed to rural cooperatives, municipalities and industries. - T Avoid Duplication j . "At the same time," the report continued, "the authority carried forward- intensive and largely successful efforts to avoid" competition arid duplication in the distri -y;;: rf i - i JAMES MRS. EBRIGHT Ebright Family Columbus-Bound The Ebright family is leaving town now that the city's finance director is retiring to become treasurer of state on Jan. 9. Gathered about Treasurer-elect . Ebright at their home, 116 Conger av., are Mrs. Ebright and their children, James, -11, and Marty Lou, 9, for their last family portrait in Akron. James is leaving the sixth grade and Marty tasu the fourth at King school to start the second semester at Columbus, their home town. ft i EBRIGHT MARTY LOU 7 ARRESTS SMASH OHIO BOOTLEG RING n" 1,000 Gallons Of .Untaxed Alcohol SeizedrBy Excise Police INDIANAPOLIS, Incl., Dec. (TE) An Ohio bootJeggTng syndicate has been smashed, with the arrest of seven men and confiscation of more than 1,000 "gallons of untaxed alcohol, Chief Edward Britton of the state excise police announced today. The arrests were made in the northern part of the state where excise police have maintained a series of road blockades in a campaign to stamp out bootlegging. Britton said the ring operated by buying cheap alcohol in Chicago, transporting through Indiana to Ohio for distribution by retail bootleggers. Clell ' Vanover, 22, of Catlettsr burg. Ky.. and Lige Rice of Huntington, W. Va., were captured near La Porte and 102 cases of jliquor were found in the truck ''they were driving, police said. And voice of echoes far atcay The brasen covers of thy book 7-1 ft-. -r'r , r-v ' mm in 1925 at the Ohio National bank, leaving there in July, 1933, to Join the state banking department. ' j I Aided In liquidation It was then that Akron first knew him. He came here to Assist in the liquidation of the old First Central Trust Co. When thei present company was organized in 1934, he went into Its new business department to stay there until Mayor Lee D. Schroy appointed him . finance director in 1936. During three years in that position, Akron has cleared up some $4,000,000 in defaulting bonds, paid off a $750,000 general fund deficit and reduced its bonded indebtedness $3,500,000. That record, and his background in the office itself, stood Ebright in good stead when he became a Candidate for state treasurer. His support came from peoiftein both parties, and labor votes, which have been pretty democratic of late, also gave him sizable support because of his handling of Akron's relief financing. i- Helped Flood Victims That wasn't Ebright's first contact with relief. He got into that line at the tender age of 11, when he organized his. playmates in Columbus to collect food and clothing 'for victims of the 1913 flood. He has done a number of things besides toiling over figures and book-balancing. He worked his way through college by driving a grocery truck and working in a filling station." One summer he spent as a lumberjack in a logging camp--and he's only a little guy and another as a roustabout on a Great Lakes freighter. He plans to reorganize the treasurer's office and reduce the staff to ! operate more economically, and has pledged that there will be no nepotism in his administration. He's had to post $1,-200,000 in bonds, $600,000 to cover his performance as treasurer and $600,000 as custodian of $220,000,-000 in funds from various state bodies. - S Homecoming for Family Going, to Columbus will be homecoming for Ebright, his wife, Martha, and. their children, James, 11, and Marty Lou, 9, pupils at King school. It will also return them to their alma mater, which Mrs. Ebright represented here as president of the Summit County Ohio State Alumni association. Mel The New job an H. the wjua-iigvu ' - . The college student who hung around the office in the early 20s will on that day become Ohio's treasurer of state. . Today he la Don H. Ebright, Akron's -personable and youthful director of finance, , ' It seemed quite natural in 1925, when Ebright graduated from the college of commerce at Ohio State university, that he should step into the office which he had lit-terally and figuratively haunted during his days as a ' student of public finance. Start an Accident In one way it was an accident that, started him on his career of public service. He already had accepted a position in the Ohio National bank at Columbus wflen Treasurer Harry Day discovered he needed an additional clerk to handle revenue from the newly created gasoline tax. He Remembered the youth who was a veritable human question mark, and offered him the job. Ebright accepted with alacrity. It wasn't any particular craving for a public career that induced him to accept." "I wanted to get married," he confesses, "and the treasurer's j6b paid more than the one" In the bank." That made 1925 a red-letter year in Ebright's life. He graduated from college, started work in the treasurer's office and married Miss Martha Miller in "that year. Worshiped From . Afar The story of that romance is almost a "Believe It or Not" for Ripley. .Those who knpw Ebright today will find it hard to believe that he worshiped Martha Miller from afar during their student days at Columbus East- high school without working up the nerve to ask her - for a date, but that's what he did. I Becoming collegiate made him more bold andr, in the four years in which he studied banking and finance, he also persuaded the attractive, dark-haired ce-ed that she should become Mrs. Ebright. Which she did. . From a minor clerkship, in the, treasurer's office in 1925, Ebright advanced through, various positions until he became assistant treasurer when he left the office in 1931. Then he went back to the job that had been promised il - f 11111,1 ''"J"iuu wmmm . ' ... . - . ' .& i i , .-4 rsj come. - . bution of: power.- In some instances, f also, the authority has been able -" to integrate its generation and transmission facilities with those of privately owned systems in the ' area to the- mutual benefit of the authority, its customers, and private utilities." : . - .-AW the end of the 1938 fiscal year last June 30, 42,188 consumers were buying TVA power from 21 municipalities and 19 cooperatives the report said. This represented an increase of 38 per cent -over the previous year. Domestic consumers increased 40 per. cent, to 34,200. almost half of whom lived on , farms or in rural? communities-. "- - n. ' . f; s - sk ROY SWARTZLANDER I ... convention chief phans of war veterans, the 1939 legislative platform urges that laws he enacted that will provide pensions for needy widows and orphans of World war veterans regardless of how or where the veteran died. The sum of "$50 a month is to be asked for dependent widows, plus $10 per month in addition for each dependent child. ; The program also is designed to help the able-bodied' war veterans who are forced into idleness because industry has placed a 40-year age limit on employes. With the average age of the World war veteran now over 44 years, thour sands have been unable to find suitable jobs. Speakers will ask that either such veterans be given suitable employment, or that government pensions be provided for them. National defense, both from within and from without, i constitutes another important phase of the proposed legislative program. Not only will it ask that steps be taken to suppress all "isms" in the United States by Americanism, ,but that the government provide an adequate national defense that will prevent invasion by any ..foreign power or combination of foreign powers. Other peace movements provide' for adoption of a universal draft act that would conscript wealth and industry just the same as man-power in the event of .war; take all profits from the makers of munitions and other war materials, and to enact new and stronger neutrality measures. AIM TO HOSPITALIZE GOLD STAR MOTHERS Hospitalization for Gold Star Mothers will be one of the main planks in the Army and Navy Union1 legislative program. The resolution was adopted 'a few weeks ago by members of Charles W. Seiberling, jr., garrison, and later by the Ohio officers. As a whole, the program will be one of the largest ever, attempted by war veterans of the nation. Hope is expressed by various veteran leaders that several of the planks 55dl be considered favorably by the congress to convene in Washington this month. PLANS TO BE TOLD FOR LEGION SESSIONS The first definite plans for the state convention of, the American Legion, which will be held in .Akron next summer, will be announced Tuesday night at the, meeting of Summit post. The lans will be revealed by Roy L. Swartzlander, convention chairman," and W. E. Balo, com- CITIZENS ADVISE ST: Asked For Ideas Through Leaflet, People Tell Officials Plenty i At The AmbcUImI Pre ' ST. LOUIS, Dec. 3T. The latest stroke of municipal strategy here reflect the possibility that "public opinion" may one day become a recognized and potent department of city government. And at the same time the city's financial plight virtually opened the door to a taxpayer's paradise; That is, the run-of-the-mill folks whose major say in the government is paying the bill are having the time of their lives telling the city tatners" now tney wouia uu It and their ideas were solicited. As the new year dawns, . St Louis is running nearly $3,000,-000 in the red. Asks People's Aid : That's a predicament in any field of business. And Mayor Bernard Dickmann i ?und the struggle to balance tne city books no exception. So hf decided to go directly to the people for help. His surprise system stirred the citizens into action more than anything since the purchase of a $14,-000 statue of a cat for the art museum. A four-page leaflet, explaining the perturbing state of affairs, was tossed on every front porch. Its headlines asked: "What would you do ? Cut services or find new tax sources?" The gesture drew comment from far and wide. But it got results. Hundreds of folks who had something on their chest grabbed up paper and pencil and cut loose. The letters piled up like snow around the city hall. Staffs of clerks studied them for ideas. Some writers made light of the situation. Others jotted down suggestions in a more serious vein. And still others scolded for spending $2,000 for the publication the leaflet reported was financed by the mayor and his friends. Tax On Beer Sellers Urged City-manager, enthusiasts cropped out among those answering the appeal. From the head of the Anti-Saloon league came this response: "A city tax of $1,000 each on 3.000 beer sellers would wipe out the deficit if enforced and honestly collected.? Others recommended:' "Apply the simple practice of holding expenditures within rever. nues." "Raise tolls on the municipal bridge from 10 to 15 cents." Mayor Dickmann declared he was so pleased with the response that he will issue the paper, "Your Business," again. "It' brought suggestions, whether sympathetic or not," he explained, "showing the people are interested in what is going on." announced by the new commander after the installation. . The Military Order of the Snake, honor and fun unit of the United Spanish War Veterans, will install new officers during the evening. John P. Shupe was elected Gugu of the organization for the year. The auxiliary of the camp, together with, its fun unit, the Military -Order of the Lizard, will install new officers in the armory lodge rooms. Visiting delegations will be present from several northern Ohio communities. STADELMAN CHAPTER CANCELS MEETING -Members of Stadelman chapter. Disabled American Veterans of the World War, have cancelled their, meeting scheduled for tomorrow night because of the holiday, it is announced by Com. D. A. Metcalf . . All business scheduled to come before the meeting will be transacted at the session of Jan. 16. The executive committee of the post will hold its next meeting on Jan.-,9. Plans for various late win- include Clara Markley, vice president; Emma Kaser, secretary; Anna Rogge, assistant secretary; Greek Dunn, treasurer; Ruby Michner. assistant treasurer, and Bessie Bissell, chaplain. The new president will name various standing committees tor the year at the meeting,. and plans will be. made for late winter activities. ' v : INSTALL NEW OFFICERS -AT MEETING FRIDAY - A slate of new officers, headed by Mrs Sylvia Ashton as president, will be installed Friday night by members of Margaret McGuire auxiliary. Army and Navy Union, in their headquarters in Kenmore The installing officers will be Mrs. Ann Pontius and Mrs. Mae Ord. Members of Edward Groetz garrison have been invited to at- tend the ceremony. Mrs. Ashton has served as state quartermaster in the Army and jNavy Union auxiliary for the last two years. 0her new officers to be installed include Greek Dunn. senior vice president; Ruby Michner, junior vice president: Mrs Ord, secretary; Effie Reed, assistant secretary; Nellie Frosh treasurer; Mrs. Pontius, chaplain; Loretta Hurd, field marshal; Nell Barlow, officer of the day; Mary Emery, officer of the guard; Blanch Flaasmeier, color bearer; Clara Mowery, color bearer; Sarah Strobel, sentry; Minnie Baker, picket, and Clara Markley, Mrs. Ord and Mrs. Barlow, members of the executive committee. FILM MADE FOR DUKE SANDRINGHAM, Dec. 31. UF A film of wildlife in Kenya, made for the Duke of Gloucester from pictures he took last summer, was Known during the royal family'a Christmas gathering here. MAYOR d uu. mm laffiwaii took h '. , i : r I t X li 1 f i WHITTIER the v eterans of Foreign Wars have Independent legislative objective for the year, the major points dovetail in such a way that thej will- march shoulder to shoulder in a campaign to give - veterans jobs or pensions The two 'major veteran groups also will seTek better pension legis- lation for disabled veterans, their widows and dependents". At the f lame time .the Army and Navy i Union has announced its intention to obtain government hospitalization -for Gold Star Mothers who cannot provide adequate medical treatment for themselves, ' Eight Point Program The national officers of the Veterans of Foreign Wars have an nounced an eight point legislative 'program for congress that has) been subscribed to in principle by! A 1 A I T -" i t I 3 l me American Legion, uisauieu American Veterans of the Foreign j Wars and numerous smaller war! veteran groups. - It provides adequate pensions for disabled, war veterans; pensions for needy widows and orphans of war veterans; jobs or pensions for ' all war veterans; unalterable opposition to communism. Fascism and Naziism in America; maintenance of our constitutional rights covering free speech, free press, . religious freedom and the right of petition and assembly; a national defense program that will guarantee security for America: enactment of legislation that will take the profit out of war arid complete neutrality for the United States in all foreign disputes or wars. Map Educational Drive I Congressmen and senators from coast to coast will be "acquainted with the planks in the all-veteran legislative platform. They will be asked to lend their support to the enactment of each plank. Nor will the veterans content themselves with "selling, their program to congressmen and senators. They have completed plans for wide-spread radio and publicity campaigns in an effort to obtains the support of countless non-Veteran organizations and the millions of individual citizens who are affiliated with no group' or organization. ! . , Thousands of speakers will carry the message to radio microphones and to meetings, large and small. They will tell of the plight of disr a bled war veterans and of the- inability of able-bodied veterans, who are now no longer able to find suitable- employment because of age restrictions enforced by industry. - . . Appeal For Peace Others will tell how widows and dependents of, war veterans need federal aid,- while still others will make an appeal for future peace by asking for neutrality legislation and the enactment of . la ws that will strip war lords of their profits " in the event of war. - - One objective of the campaign will be to obtain pensions of at least $60 a month for every war veteran who is totally and permanently disabled, regardless of the cause of his condition. At the present time veterans totally disabled from non-service connected causes receive $30. The proposed increase is designed- to place the disabled war veteran, who .no longer is able to-earn his living, on the same plane as the WPA worker who cannot find employment in private enterprises. Speakers will argue that all disabled war veterans are entitled to at least the same standard of living as the WPA worker and that he cannot provide that standard for himself and his dependents on less than $60 a month. Disability Provisions The program also is asking compensation for nil disabled" war veterans whose disabilities are the result .of disease incurred in wartime. -It urges that ail active tuberculosis cases among veterans entitle them to permanent and r ) J r 7 1 W. E. BALO assis'ts ' in plan total disability rating. It asks that a veteran wounded or gassed in war be allowed as minimum 10 per cent disability' rating . It further asks that, tf the federal government civil service dis-rqualifies a veteran . for, employment on the grounds of disability, he shall be allowed the same compensation as ?other veterans with the same percentage of disability Just now under existing regulations, veterans are faced viitn a grimly humorous situation. - War veterans, barred from civil service employment on the grounds of their disability, are ' refused the same disability rating from the veterans' administration to entitle them to compensation bn the same basis .as otheV veterans with the same disability. Too disabled to work but not disabled enough to draw a pension! Based, on the theory that the federal government has 'alwayi provided for tha widows and or- ! ! I I ' j 1 i j i ! ,. The new state treasurer hasn't missed an Ohio State-Michigan football game since 1919. The address in Columbus will be 1S60 Cambridge blvd., Upper Arlington. Political ambitions? "I haven't any," Ebright declares, "beyond doing a good job jjs treasurer." That may be, but doing a good as finance director helped, make him state treasurer, so keep eye on him. Ebright will succeed Clarence Knisley of swing band fame. Ebright can't tell one note from another. T took violin lessons when I was a kid," he admits ruefully, "but I can't play a fiddle now." There will be no swing band In state treasurer's office after Jan. 9. Two Sisters Greet Stork In Hospital ERIE, Pa., Dec. 31. UP) Two sisters, Mrs. Albert Kuhn and Mrs. William G. McLaughlin, entered an Erie hospital. 'A son was born to Mrs. Kuhn. Seventeen minutes later, a daughter was born -to Mrs. McLaughlin. o "Clasp, Angel of the backward look And folded tcingt of ashen gray Year is insurance Corporation AKRON Member ie CMTE1L It has . poignant in With all the yearn for precious It can live re-created is a treasure are greater because they of niake and to which ten been one events in"ihe landmark We get the learn to we realize likely have anything we may do inevitably mittee secretary. The announce- j ter activities will be discussed ment - will include the names of j : persons serving ; on . more than a j AUXILIARY ELECTS -dozen sub-committees that will '; MRS. MARY RAKER make detailed plans for the event. Mrs. Mary Baker, 978 Harrison, The convention will bring several j av., has been elected president off thousand Legionnaries and their j the Ninth Ward Veterans' associja-friends to Akron. It will be the j tion auxiliary for the new year. She largest state .convention of the or- j will succeed Mrs. Muriel Kaser. ganiza tion held in Ohio in recent! The entire slate of new officers years. will be formally installed at a The meeting of Summit post 1 meeting to be held in Mrs. Baker's orieinallv was scheduled for to- I home on Jan. 16. Other officers become a night unforgettable, its beautiful memories. intensity of our nature Me that which is gone. But no moment ever can be recaptured. in memory but it cannot be as a present fact. The memory house of great events. They now than when they occurred are seen through the per-spective time, which has enabled us to comparisons, to see more clearly, understand more vividly. That years ago might merely have of "a succession of ordinary dav, now is become a in our lives. i most out of lifeTwhen we appreciate the present; when that what we do today will the full significance of within our memory. Its consequences are greater than anything tomorrow, for tomorrow is the outcome of today. j And time . . the most precious thins in all the world flows on. ; It is an infirmity of almost all of us that wie must use a vast amount of time before its value is discovered. The most important hour is always now. How much more of enjoyment, of achievement, of happiness would he ours if we could learn to live in j the full consciousness of the present j : . 1 ' ?o on living in our usual way and, of a suciden, we realize the great importance of things that happened long ago. In memory,' we see the reflection of, the moon in ; ripplinr water, and the elongated shadows of cracef til canoes. Above the murmuring whispers of the summer night we hear the soft strains of fniisie, played far away. A voice that is low nr.f swrr speaks with the cadence and the tenderness of a muted cello. morrow night, but it is being delayed for one day because of the holiday. NEW YEAR WELCOMED BY VETERAN GROUPS . " The series of New Year's cele- brations, which were started last night in all war .veterans clubs and headquarters in Akron ana Summit county, ? will be continued tonight and tomorrow. i Special programs of dancing and other entertainment are scheduled for tonight. Similiar festivities are carded fori tomorrow after-noon and night. ; ; The New Year's celebrations will not be limited to war veterans ana their families. ; Practically ali clubs have issued invitations for the general public to participate - Due to the double holiday this year,-programs w ere more lavish, i Many started witi suppers earlj I tast ! night, followed by dancing and other entertainment climaxed with a hilarious welcome for the new year. JOINT INSTALLATION SET FOB-WEDNESDAY Members of Ward A. Wilford cap, United Spanish War Veterans, and its auxiliary will unite Wednesday night in Akron armory for their annual joint installation of officers. I ' ' The ceremony will take the place of the regular business meeting of the camp. It will be performed by various state and district officers, and it will be followed by a program of entertainment. Robert Kimie, Cuyahoga Falls, who was elected unanimously to succeed Clarence Gale as camp commander, will head the slate ol new officers to be installed. Standing committees for the year will be I i THE . ! - CO. TRUST Member Federal Deposit Federal Reserve System ' CUYAHOGA FALLS BARBERTON 1

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