Cumberland Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland on December 7, 1955 · Page 3
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Cumberland Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland · Page 3

Cumberland, Maryland
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Wednesday, December 7, 1955
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Dial PA-2-4IJUU for a WANT AD Taker EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND, MD- WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1955 THREE Assinment: America * America In The Gives History Of Remarkable Citizen <R«S. o. s. Pot. OH.} - By PHYLLIS BATTELLE NEW YORK—(LN 7 S)—They saylyears (o being a respectable busi- that in every man who has passedjnessman and sports enthusiast. He the age of diapers there is a story.(founded the annual. now-tradition-ii? But W. M. "Bill" Coffman has ! al "East-West Shrine football C< ! J)>'erdone it. He is a medium-sized, Santa Claus-faced gentleman of 72 who should be dead by now. times dead. Several game" which earns about a quar- S? ter-million dollars a year for Shrin-' "If I hadn't been run down bv a ers hospitals for crippled children. In 1946, he was chosen football's Man of the Year. Some people have called I Coffman a Horatio Aljrer with their! killed by seamen who shanghaied me, or knocked off by the San Francisco earthquake," says Coffman pleasantly. And when he! thinks further of the near-fatal in-j cidents of his life as a 17-year-old • Bowery bum, he can only surmise: "I am obviously not a man. I am a cat." Blood Donors Total 247 With the donation of 108 pints of blood yesterday in Westernport, Coffman's various lives are -re-jthc visit of the bloodmobile from Sj corded in a new book called "Am- the Red Cross regional center atijj erican in the Rough," which was Johnstown to Allegany County gar-' turned out—like most everything else he has done—on the heroic scale. Although lie has spent 30 years writing it, he is .giving all the proceeds to the cause of crippled children. "All through my life," he explains, "there was the struggle to eat. But J always had my good nered a total of 247 pints. On Monday, there were 139 pints of blood collected in Cumberland. The bloodmobile yesterday made its first visit to Westernport since October, 1954. Then, only 63 pints of blood were collected. In recent weeks, however, a number of organizations have rallied to health. Put money and health sideithe call of the Red Cross for.assist-jjj by side, and you've got to have ai an ce. and-a total of 229 volunleer;|? microscope to see money, it's com- donors had been registered. How- ! i^ ever, it was noted yesterday thaliS paratively that unimportant." Coffman started writing his book. without knowing it,. in 1900. An many of the men who did not ap-ig- pear for their appointments .were;*? _ aunt, with' whom he was sent to j deer hunting. One hunter, however, [§ ' live in Portsmouth, Va., after liis parents died, approached one day and said she would make a pact with him. "Her husband was making $1.76 a day as a laborer and it wasn't enough to feed her own kids, much less me. so she sensed 1 would run away. She promised me. that if we ever 'separated,' she would always feed any needy person who came ivent into the' woods early, got his ;•*_ deer and then kept his appointment % to'give a'pint of! blood. . JJ Westernport reported seven Gal- ig Ion Club donors.yesterday. They in-j-jg elude Dr. John Leech, Edwin 5 Broad water, Mrs. Rosanna Wolfe, j^ Mrs. Frances Patrone, Fred Im-jSf lioff. Rollin Frankland and Edwin ^ S. Shoppert. .-.—— __. Physicians on duty '.yesterday to the door—and think of me. Tn we re Dr. James Wolverton Jr. andjg rphirn shp asked me alwavs to let Dr P F.. Rprrv Rpsirlps Rpri CrnssiS return, she asked me always to let her know what 1 was doing." Shortly afterwards. Bill did run volunteers other organizations sisted the operation of Ihetf away—becoming, in succession, .a blood center at Victory Post Amer- freight car commuter, a Bowery bum, a weight-guesser.on the midway in Buffalo, a burlesque tenor, . a Nebraska cowpuncher. Finally, after two years of such rascal roaming, he arrived in California on the top of a train. "And there." he says with lick- lipping nostalgia, "was California hospitality at its best—a great big tree literally groaning under its weight of big black figs." For 24 hours he ate figs. Then he moved on by foot to San Fran. There, in the sobering days before World War I, he answered an ad for a salesmaft with the Underwood Corp.. and within a short lime became one of its top executives. . "All the time," he says, "I kept writing to Aunt Lina, telling everything that happened to me—and Aunt Lina kept feeding panhandlers." In 1925, he received a large andj heavy box from Portsmouth. It! contained his voluminous letters. His aunt had died. "I read the letters over," Coffman remembers, "and realized suddenly that this was a pretty incredible story. I sat down and began to write. I tore up and wrote, tore tip and wrote, and I've been doing it ever since." • Bill Coffman devoted his later ican Legion. The bloodmobile will return to Westernport sometime next March. Railroad Switch DETROIT—Wi—A plan has beenifv worked out by which most rail-'''" roads now will use the Detroit River tunnel into Windsor,, Out., discontinuing use of railroad car;!? ferry service across the river. •HOME LOANS- Our Direct Reduction Home Loons ore repaid in easy Rent-Like Installments. Ask ior de- tails! WESTERN MARYLAND Building & Loan AJIS'H 60 Pershing St. GENUINE GWALTNEY'S Utnuinc. u WML inc. i a f\ f% SMITHFIELD HAMS... II). W MASON'S JUG STORES * 219 GREENE ST. * 239 WILLIAMS ST. 1120 Virginia Ave.-Lacey's Mkt. 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