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Today's Chuckle Judge -Will you tell the court what passed between you and your wife during the quarrel?" Defendant: "A flat iron, a rolling pin, six plates, and a tea kettle-" —The Furrow. Batly THK WEATHER Partly cloudy and cooler tod.ij, with tonight fair and colder, with a low of 25 to 30 degrees. Generally fair and continued cold tomorrow. "Dedicated To Community Public Service" TEMI'KBATfRE RKPOKT Midnight, 38; 3 a. m., 40; 6 a. m., 38; 9 a. m., 43,; 10 a. m., 47. VOL. LXIV, NO. 260 ESTABLISHED 1885 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1949 Two Men Held In Alleged Check Fraud Conspiracy Leased Wire Service of the United Press Brandt, Albrecht Bound Over; State Trooper Dooling- Reveals $2,975 In Worthless Checks Issued In Area; May Face Federal Charges In Cigarei Tax Evasion Deal; Third Man Sought John W. Brandt, 46, Maple Mi road and Donald Albrecht, 27, for merly of Naugatuck, now of 34 Culhane street, Waterbury, were arraigned in Borough Court this morning on charges of conspiracy and were bound over to the Janu ary term of Waterbury Superio Court under bonds of $2,500 each A third man alleged to be involved In the conspiracy has not yet been arrested. His name has not been revealed by police. Brandt is charged with conspira cy for allegedly passing worthless checks In this area along with Albrecht. In a signed confession, Albrecht stated that he filled out a full book of checks and gave them to Brandt, with the understanding that Brandt would only pass two checks in the amount of $35 each He said that instead, Brandt used most of the checks. Bad checks passed by Brandt, a Waterbury real estate man, were covered by Albrecht wiUi other worthless checks, according to State Trooper Edward P. Dooling Meadow street, arresting officer. Both are free under $2,500 bonds posted by professional bondsmen in court today. Both men entered pleas of innocent and waived examination. Brandt is . represented by Atty. Stephen Homick, Waterbury. Naugatuck firms alleged to have received the worthless checks were Vic's Smoke Shop, Church street; Jack Lenner's Esso Station, North Main street and Freedman's Store, Church street, according to Trooper Dooling. Trooper Dooling, stationed at Bethany Barracks, climaxed a five- week Investigation of the case yesterday with the arrests of- Brandt and Albrecht. First of the two -nr rested was Albrecht. He was taken into custody by Trooper Dooling and Patrolman Henry C. Racki of the Naugatuck Police Department •while he was at work in a borough garage. The original warrant was issued in Southbury. He -was taken to Bethany Barracks. Later Brandt came to the barracks to try to help Albrecht. After statements were obtained from the two men, Brandt was also arrested by Trooper Dooling and charges of conspiracy to flood the area with fraudulent checks were placed against them. As In Albrecht's case, Brandt was also charged with the fraudulent issu? of checks. Southbury Complaint Albrecht's arrest came as a result of complaints from the Southbury Pharmacy, Parse!! Garage. Briarwood Restaurant and H. H. Stone, all of Southbury, and the F. F. Hitchcock -Co., Woodbury. In each case, complainants reported receiving worthless checks in the amount of from $40 to $45 issued by an unidentified man to Donald Albrecht, which were drawn on n Waterbury Bank, according to Trooper Dooling. The third man has not yet been arrested. He said that in each case the third man was notified by the bank of insufficient funds to cover the checks and Albrecht would cover the amount with other worthless checks drawn on a New Haven bank. These checks were also returned in a few days as being worthless, Upon their arrest for Southbury. the two were placed under bonds of J2.500 each. Brandt was released under bond and Albrecht, unable to furnish bond, -was held at Bethany Barracks. Yesterday. Trooper Dooling re- quested'Prosecuting Atty. Thomas Neary to issue warrants for the arrest of the two men. Albrecht was re-arrested at the barracks and placed under an additional bond of $2.500 for appearance in Borough Court. Brandt, free on bail, was not picked up after his attorney, Stephen Homick ofWatertaury, assured authorities that Brandt would be in Borough Court today. An additional $2.500 bond has been placed upon Brandt, according to Trooper Dooling. Southbury Court On the warrants issued in Southbury, the two will face arraignment in that town court Wednesday evening, on charges of issuing fraudulent checks. One of the first complaints filed in Southbury was made by Dr. Bertram Deximer of the Southbury Pharmacy. He is the husband of a former Naugatuck resident, the former Miss Margaret Lusky. In his confession Albrecht said he was in desperate need of cash and hit upon the idea of enterlni; the illegal cigaret business. He ai>- (Cbntinued on Page Three) —T*kf an rhanrrx on nniMrn whiK-r w*»tli«-r. Let Erlrkxnn Motor* 1S» HuJbrr .\r»., wintrrlzc jrour car now —Adr. Ludolph, Pace Take Lead Roles In Heaven Can Wait Playmakers Open New Season With Popular Comedy The 1949-50 season of The Play- makers, local drama group, opens ~fith the comedy-fantasy, "Heaven Ian Wait," which will be presented in St. Michael's parish house Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, Nov. 15 and 16 at 8:30 o'clock. The three-act, six scene play by Harry Segall, is the play from which the motion picture, "Here Comes Mr. Jordan." was based, and is under the direction of Jack Conway. The Piaymakers won the state drama tournament last spring in Yale theater, New Haven, sponsored ">v the Connecticut State Junior Chamber of Commerce, and are holders of the Alexander Dean cup. The cast for "Heaven Can Wait" includes many veteran performers and several newcomers will make ihcir debut. 6 The show will star -harles Ludolph and Tom Pace. Mr. Ludolph, who had the leading role ..in The Valia.it, tournament winning play, was seen last season in the serious role of Duke Mantee n The Petrified Forest. His forte s comedy as proven in I Like It Sere. In Heaven Can Wait he're- 'urns in a comedy role. This will be lis sixth appearance for the Plav- makers. Mr. Pace is the Playmakers' top :haracter actor. In. the forthcom- ng show the audience will be able to see what he looks like off-stage, Tor in past appearances he has al ways appeared behind beards and disguising make-up. Pat Hess returns after a two sea- aon absence, and Janis Neprash will •nake her debut as the love inter- 'st in the ftlay. Steve Sturdevant ap- >ears in another comedy role his ast being Teddy Deakin in Ghost Tram. Old favorites in the persons of Hysell Brooks, Warren Hess, Mel ^ngelstad, Tom Lee. Joe <U. S. Rubber Co.) Donahue, George Wiliams, Frank Molen and Judy Conway will also play one of the numerous roles. Betty Adams and Bety Melbourne win make their debuts. Hans Griesbach is production •nanager; Mel Schoeck, stage man- iger; Jan Free, make-up; Norma Kaufman and Isabelle Schroeter properties; Harold Adams, Frankin and Walter Andrew, and George vVilliams, construction and paint- ng. Script is being handled by Mary Ellen Shannon. Ushers will be Myrna Farrow, Charlotte Wood, Jean Fitzgerald and Virginia Rice. Tickets may be obtained by telephoning Mrs. George Williams, 5202. Hill last Samuel J. Clark Succumbs At Home After Brief Illness Samuel J. Clark, of 143 treet extension, died late .^v night at his home after a brief ill- less. Born Nov. 12, 1884, in Middle- own, Mr. Clark had been a resident of Naugatuck for 43 years. He was the son of the late Olin J. and Estelle (Edridge) Clark. Mr. Clark worked at the Nauga- uck Chemical Co. until eight years 'go, when he retired because of easons of health. He was a member of St. Michael's Episcopal -hurch, Centennial Lodge, I. O. O. •"., of which he was Outer Guard or many years, and Magnolia Encampment, Odd Fellows. Survivors include his wife Sarah a (Taft) Clark; two sons Edward, of Wlnsted and Arthur of Naugatuck; three daughters Mrs •jederick Seaver and Mrs. William Koob, of Poughkeepsie, N'. Y,- and ars. John White, of Wlnsted- one brother, Albert,' of Washington . , ' ~~ " UO11II1K Lull •ourt House, Ohio; and 13 grand- :hildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at tic Alderston Funeral Home 201 Meadow street. Burial will be in iillside cemetery. The Rev. Win- red B. Langhorst, rector of St Michael's Episcopal church, will O f- iciate. Friends may call at the fu- eral home Monday afternoon and vcning, from 3:30 to 5 and 7 to 9 clock. Centennial Lodge wil] hold a ape- ial service at the funeral home Monday evening at 7:30 o'clock. ' Hospital Bulletins Mrs. Charles Konavage, 304 Scott treet, underwent surgery today at t. Mary's hoapital, Waterbury. COMPENSATIOlT Anthony Brouillard, 915 South Main street, Waterbury, will ro- civc weekly paymcntH of $32 bc- innlng Oct. 8 for a buck Injury ustained in the employe of W. J. Icgin, Inc., Naugatuck, BULLETINS (By United Press) "FIXED" Detroit—Welterweight contender Kid Gavilan ban told the Michigan Boxing commission, "I think my fight with Leg Felton was fixed." Felton took a disputed decision over Gavilan In Detroit last month, STEEL AGREEMENT Cleveland — CIO Steelworkeo-s officials hay the union and Republic Steel may reach a tentative pension agreement today— sending 54,000 striking Republic employes back to work at once. CIO President Philip Murray has scheduled an early conference with the firm to discuss a company pension proposal. CONFERENCES Cleveland — The OI-O Steelworkers talk pensions today with a second firm. Inland Steel. The conference will be based on the $100-a-month pension settlement between the union and Bethlehem Steel. Tomorrow, Youngstown Sheet and Tube will talk it over with the union. STRIKE ENDS Coatesville, Penn. — One of "the smaller steel firms, Lukens Company of Coatsville, Penn., announces it has reached a pension and welfare greement with the steel workers. And the strike by 3,000 Lukens workers is over There are no details of the agreement. ft oOo COAL STRIKE Washington — Coal industry sources predict failure in the government's new attempts to end the coal strike. They predict it will take direct action by President Truman himself to end the 48-day-old walkaut. But Foace- maker Cyrus Ching will try to settle it anyhow next week. Harry Steele New Master Of BY Grange To Be Installed At Ceremonies In January Harry Steele was elected maatc Df Beacon Valley Grange at ttv annual meeting last night in th Grange hall. He imcceeds Mrs Raymond Benson, who served a master during the past year. Other officers named are: Alan son Benson, overseer; Mrs. Adolpl Kuchma, lecturer; Thomas Horan steward; Frederick Trestrail, as sistant steward; Mrs. Ola Wilkins chaplain; William Brush, treasur er; Mrs. Brush, secretary; William Brush, Jr., gatekeeper; Mrs. Edna Gladding, Ceres; Mrs. Mary Pi chulo, Pomona; Mrs. Bella Ami strong, Flora; Mrs. Edward Hon yotski, lady assistant steward Mrs. Olive Greenwood, Juvenile matron; Mr. HonyotskS, member of executive board for three years Installation of officers will takt place during the first week in January. Members of the Grange are requested to make reservations L'or a trip to be made to Greenfield Hills Grange Nov. 15, not later than Tuesday evening, Nov. S. The first and second degrees will be exemplified at the out-of-town Grange A rehearsal of the first degree wil take place Tuesday night at i, o'clock in the hall. The dramatic club will meet Monday evening at 8 o'clock in the hall. 6 PAGES PRICE FIVE CENTS GoldStar Post To Install Of ficers Sunday Afternoon PG ONE — 7 — Gold Star Post . Officers of the Gold Star Post No. 708, Catholic War Veterans of America, will be installed al ceremonies tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock in the St. Hedwig's Church pavilion, it was announced today by Stanley Oldakowski, welfare officer. Frank Zdrodowski will be seated as commander, succeeding Casimer Posila. Other officers to be installed are: Michael Matyoka, firsi vice-commandeD;' Stanley Sobire- ski, second vice-commander- Matty Ewankiewicz, third vice-commander; Anthony Swiderskl post adjutant; Stanley Tarasiewicz treasurer; Mr. OldakowHkl, welfare officer; Theodore Karasinskl judge advocate; Stanley Mazanski, historian; Charles Dudoniz, officer of the day; Walter Kwasnicwskl, three-year trustee; Henry Gawitt, two-year trustee; one-year trustee; Mr, and Swidcrski, the Rev. Stanley Hastlllo, assistant pastor of St. Hedwig's Church, chaplain. An Installing team from the Raymond Bower Post, CWV, of Bridgeport, will install. State Commander Irving Johnson, also of Bridgeport, will be amor,* the guests present. Olher guests will include the Rev. William R. Topor, pastor of St. Hedwig's Church; the Rev. Leo S. Sutula, assistant pastor; and representatives of various local^ veterans organizations. Members of I he post are asked tn report to the pavilion, In uniform, at 1:30 o'clock. Members of the post's Ladles' Auxiliary arc to. rp- port at the pavilion at 1 oclock. Deaths Hill CLAKK — Samuel J., of 143 street extension, Naueatuck, in Nnuitaluck Nov. 4, 1949. Funeral Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Alderson Funeral Home, 201 Meadow street. Burial In Hillside cemetery. Friends may call at the funoral home Monday afternoon and evening from 3:30 to 5 and 7 to 9 o'clock. H W,,'i" rjl " rt " h<Mllth lhl " «'»• •r. Crfll NHUB. £019 today f» r (Irvut Oak Farm im»toerU«d nillk—vaT. — Daniel -Alexander 77, of Lilchfleld Turnpike, Bethany, in Now Haven, Nov. 4, 1949. Funeral Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Alderson Funeral Home 201 Meadow Htrect. Burial In Grove Comntnry. FrinntlM rrtuy call at the funeral home tomorrow afternoon and evening from 3 to 5 and from 7 to 9 o'clock. -S ( .« "Hill" OMnfcowHki nt th« filtv Pnckngi- Stop* for nil your Honor H.-O.IH. Call 1802 for quick delivery.- AflT. TaJbot Denies Change Of Opinion On Site For Proposed Garage Stating that it was not his intentions to wrongly affect the extensive work done by State Representative Adam Mengaccl in securing a National Guard armory and garage for Naugtuck, Atty. Joseph E. Talbot today said of his statement ns president of the Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce at its annual banquet Thursday night. "I was making a report. I specifically said I am not opposed to the con- Btruction of an armory on the Riverside drive property, although I am opposed to the building- of a garage there." The Chamber president continued, "I morely put the question before the Rroup.-and it wasn't intended to affect Mr. Mengacci's extensive work in any way. I would rot wanl to do anything to inter- tore with his work. ''There was no reversal of opinion on my part. The statutes removed the restriction on the property, but specified that it be used for the purpose of building an armory, and said nothing about a garage," he snid. Atty. Talbot reiterated that he was "posing a question" concerning the use of the Riverside drive property. His statements were In answer to Mr. Mengacci's remarks yesterday that Mr. Talbot had reversed his former opinion concerning- the location of an armory and garage on Recreation Field land. Daniel A. Doolittle, Native Of Bethany, Succumbs At 77 Daniel Alexander Doolittle, 77, of Litchfield turnpike, Bethany, died yesterday at St.- Raphael's Hospital, New Haven. A native of Bethany, Mr. Doolittle was born June 15, 1872, the son of the late Daniel A. and Delfe (Lounsbury) Doolittle. Until his retirement four years ago he was proprietor of the Elm Shad-J Garage. He was a member of Shepherd Lodge. Masons. Naugatuck, and a life member and past president of Rock Rimmon Grange, Beacon Falls. He is Rurvived by his wife Minnie A. (Collins) Doolittln. Bethany- two sons. Howard A., East Havon' nnd Wesley D. DooUttlfi, Bethany and four grandchildren. Funerl services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Aldcrson Funeral Home. 201 Meadow street, with the Rev. John Franzen of the Seymour Methodist Church officiating. Burial wil] be In Grove Cemetery, Naugatuck. Friends may cnll at to funeral home tomorrow afternoon and evening from 3 to 5 and from 7 to 9 'o'clock. KEDS OUT Cleveland—The CIO executive Hoard IH expected ti> make plans today 1 0 drive all tart-winger* and tliPlr unions out of the CIO by March 1. Informed source* at the union convention In Cleveland, say Mio .board will make u thorough Inventlgiitlon o f suspected Communist* and Ihelr sympathizers. Guard May Reject 8 Dr. Garage Site Young Violin Artist Wins High Praise Naugatuck residents indicated last night by filling the Congregational Church to near capacity that they like good music, and that's just what they got when the Women's Study club presented Stuart Cnnln, violinist, in opening its 1949-50 concert-lecture series. Mr. Canin's opening selection, Vivaldi's Sonata in A major, was disappointing, but he improved in ;he Beethoven Sonata, and hit his forte in the familiar Bruch Concerto in G minor. In the latter number he played brilliantly and as though he thoroughly enjoyed t, an attribute, which he maln- :ained throughout the remainder of the program. The young, World War II veteran, who pinch-hit for Heifitz in Europe during the melee on a couple of occasions, handles his instrument with the finesse of a mas- .er. His technique Is near perfec- ,ion, and his capability of display- ng warmth, color or a plaintive quality in his interpretations showed exacting control of nuances. The gratifying flow of rich tones rpm his bow was well received by the enthusiastic audience, which >artlcularly liked the second half of the concert Including Hayanalse by Saint-Saens; Caprice in A minor (Wleniawski); Berceause, from The Firebird (Stravinsky-Dush- kln); Kreisler's Tambourin Chinois and Wieniawski's Scherzo-Taran- elle. All told It was a worthwhile evening, and the Study club Is to bo complimented on bringing this type of activity to the borough. Not to be overlooked was the excellent support given Mr. Canin by his accompanist, Alice Shapiro. The "oh's" and "ah's' really come, when the club announces Its next guest soloist 'in the person of Adele Addison, young lyric so- >rano, who will appear here Den. >. The protegee of Serge Koussevlt- sky is well on her way to becom- ng one of America's outstanding artists. D.M.B. Second Housing Fund 25,000 Less Than First Anticipated A spokesman for the Naugatuck •lousing Authority reported today hat the amount of money available for the construction of a new lousing project in the borough will Be ,$26,000 less than expected. iRstead of the $410,000 expected, nly $385,000 will be available for the new project, The $25,000 dlffer- nce will be needed to pay in part rom the additional five units which ave been added to the Naugawam rojectj the ..spokesman said. The money is part of the latest state al- ocation for housing of $20,000.000, nd makes a total of $877,000 grant- d to the borough to date. It is expected that the cut will iake possible the construction of nly 30 units In the new project, In- tead of the original estimate of 35. A committee of the Housing Auth- rity will spend the weekend in- estigating-variua sites for the new reject. Several sites have been aug- ested, most of which are on the West side of town in the vicinity f the Naugawam project, the pokesman snid. Some residents of the Union City roa have expressed the opinion hat the new project should be contracted in that section of the bor- ugh, but as yet, no property auit- ble for such n projoct has been ailed to the attention of the Auth- rity. A site for the project must be elected and approved by the State Authority by Dec. 1, In order for he locta! authority to receive the ppropriation. Annual Hose, Tests Made By Firemen Naugatuck firemen have started the annual project of testing some 5,000 feet of fire hose, it was reported today by Fire Chief John J. Sheridan. Hose is tested at 200 pounds pressure, plus an additional eight- pounds pressure for each 50-foot length. Chief Sheridan points out that in actual use at fires, pressure never exceeds 150-pounds. New hose is tested at 400-pounds pressure before leaving the factory, he said. About 1,000 feet of hose will be tested at a time. Chief Sheridan said, to maintain 4,000 feet for use while the tested hose is permitted to dry. Measure of pressure is made by passing water from the hydrant through the pumps of one of the /ire trucks. Testing will require about three weeks to complete) according to the chief. He said that each section of hose has a record, listing its age and results of annual tests. Hose is taken out of active service after 12 years use whether it passes the tests or not. Births ARREIRO—St. Maiy's Hospital, Nov. 3, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ciirrelro, Pond Hill road. Mrw. Carroiro IH tho former Clara Schiller. ARROLL •- St. Mary's hospital, Waterbury, Nov. 4, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jamos Carroll, K98 Cherry street. Mrs. Carroll is the former Mary Kennedy. iBERSOLE—St. Mary's Honpltal, Nov. 3, a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Ebersole, 31 New street. Mrs. Eberaole is the former Gertrude Sweeney of Naugatuck. They have another child, Wendy, 4, Alcorn To Fight Leary Petition To Board Of Pardons Appearing before the board of pardons Monday to plead for commutation of his sentence will be j Daniel J. Leary, former Waterbury city official now ' in Wethersfield prison. He will have opposition when Former State's Atty. Hugh M. Alcorn, Sr.,'who was special prosecutor ia the Waterbury 1941 conspiracy case, will block Leary's attempt for freedom. Leary drew a 10 to 15 year sentence when he was convicted with other Waterbury officials, including- former Lieut-Governor Frank Hayes. Leary skipped bond and was not captured until 1946 in Chicago and was brought back and admitted to prison on March 1 of that year. Others convicted in the conspiracy trial have been released. Salem Lodge To Observe Anniversary Salem Lodge No. 136, Masons, will observe its twentieth anniversary Tuesday, Nov. 8, The Lodge was constituted by the Grand Lodge of Connecticut in 1929 with a membership of Master Masons drawn from other Nnugatuck and Waterbury Lodges. ^During the 20 year period 19 local men have served as Masters of the Lodge and of the 17 still living, 16 will be present 'at the Anniversary celebration. Worshipful Master Norman B. Mertelmeyer, present Master of the Lodge, announces that the members of the lodge will enjoy a dinner prepared by the ladies of Evergreen Chapter No. 22, Order of Eastern Star at 6:30 p. m. Tuesday evening. At 8:00 the lodge will be opened and a Degree Team composed of 15 Past ^Masters of the Lodge will confer the Master Mason Degree on a class of candidates. Worshipful Brother George B. Lewis, the first Master of the Lodge in 1929 will preside. Right Worshipful Frederick Hesselmeyer, Deputy Grand Master of Masons in Connecticut, will be present and will present 25 year honor, pins to five local members of the lodge. All Master Masons are invited to attend the degree work. Bethany Man Hurt In Plant Accident Edmund Hoppe, Amity road, Bethany, sustained a back injury yesterday while employed in the footwear plant of the U. S. Rubber Co. He was taken to Waterbury Hospital In the Community ambulance and was admitted for X-rays and treatment. Hoppe told hospital authorities that the accident occurred as he pushed a four-wheel cart in the plant. He said his feet slipped and he fell to the floor, with a 120 pound roll of cloth falling from the cart on his back. He is employed in Department 61, salvage and sanitation. His condition is listed as "fairly good" at the hospital. YOU SHOULD KNOW General Nolan Not Aware Of Opposition Plan Conference Next Week With Carter, Mengacci; Guard Willing To Consider Other Property The possibilities are not remote that the Connecticut National Guard will reject Riverside driv? property, adjacent to Recreation Field, as a site for the proposed CNG garage and armory. Although General Joseph P. Nolan of the National Guard in Kan- ford was evasive to a direct question of rejection of the land, he Indicated the CNG would not be opposed to inspecting other possible sites in the borough. He said, "V/e are at present studying and checking reports by the Army engineers from Boston on flood conditions in Naugatuck along the river bank near the proposed "Bite. I expect to talk «to Warden Harry Carter sometime next week about the matter. We are not 100 per cent set on the proposed site as being the only available place to build a garage and armory there." Unaware that a question had been posed Thursday night at (he annual Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce banquet by Attv. Joseph. E. Talbot. chamber president, and Lewis A. Dibble, a director, as to whether or not the Riverside drive property is the most logical site for the armo'rv and earage. Gcr.. Nolan said, 'T have heard of no opposition. I have talked with the warden and park board and they seem agreeable, but if there is opposition to the site, we'd be only too glad to look over some other site or sites." State Representative Adam Mer.- gacci, who yesterday lashed Atty. Talbot and Mr. Dibble for their objections to the proposed loc-ation. says he expects to meet with Gen. Nolan some time next -week. Warden Carter in discussing the talks made at the chamber banquet said, "If there is any contro- 'Cbntinued on Page Three) Lyman L. Lamphere, First Regular Borough Fireman How^vould you like to work 160 hours a week for a whole year for $1,000 pay. or $20 a week That's what Naugatuck's first paid fireman did, and we believe You Should Know him, Lyman L. Lamphere. In his 29 years of service to the borough, Lyman Imm- phere attained the reputation of being one of the finest fire fighters in Naugatuck's history, and some of his activities are well w^rth relating to those who do not know him and worthy of recollection for his many friends. Lyman is not a native of Naugatuck, having been born in the village or Glasgow, Conn., on Nov. 1, 1871. His parents were the late George H. and Anne K. Lamphere, and he proudly recalls that hie dad was a veteran of -the Civil War. One of 12 children, Lyman attended the public schools in Griswold and later wont to work as an iron moulder at the old Richmond Stove Works in Norwich: When a young man of 23, he came to Naugatuck and worked for a while as a moulder at the Eastern Malleable Iron Co., known then as the Tuttle & Whittemore Co. Leaving the foundry, Lyman accepted a post with tho U. S. Rubber Co. here and remained for a short time before entering the employ of the old Maulthrop store, then located on Maple street on the site of the BaylloB Service Station. As many probably recall, this store was later purchased by Frank Grant. Paid Flrnman Thirty-five years ago our borough fathers saw the need of a paid, regular fire department. They voted for the' establishment of such a department, nnd Lyman Lamphern WIIH It. Tho Socialist party, under A. Barton Cross, Jr., warden, was n power at that time and the Maple street firehousc was only five years old. Whon Lyman' became the first laid fireman In the borough, motorized equipment consisted of one LYMAN LAMPHERE pumper truck. The Naugatuck Hoao, Hook and Lnddor Co., of which he has been a member Hlncu 1890, occupied the building with its horse-drawn apparatus. Actually 'Lyman was appointed as driver of the motorized apparatus. He was on call 24 hours a day. and therefore hnd to live in the firehousc. He had his meals and slept there for a year. Two and a half months after he was appointed, the board named William Benson as assistant driver to relieve him two nights a week from f> p. m. until midnight, cutting down his work-week to a mere 160 hours! During his 29 years in the fire department, Lyman served under seven chiefs and was chief of the department himself for three years. The first four men he served under were chiefs without pay. Lyman was the first paid fire chief in Lhe borough's history. He first served under the late Jerome Fuller, then the late Wilson Clark, who used his own horses to draw apparatus. He also served i under George Hoadley and Timothy Fitzgerald before being named chief of the department In 1929. Three years later the late Thomas Walker succeeded him' and Lyman was named driver-mechanic with the rank of captain. Later he served under the late Milton Galvln and at the time of his retirement In 1!M3, Lyman_wa8 serving under the present Chief John J. Sheridan. When first named to the department, Lyman was sent to tho American-LaFrance Co. in Elmirn. N. Y. to learn all there was to know about tho operation and maintenance of the new American- LaFrance pumper. As the department grow in nize. Lyman was able to h.-ive a few hour* a week to himself. His spare time was spent hunting and fishing and he was an active member of the Naugatuck flub and gnme club. He also found great enjoyment in building boats and recalls '.hat he built 10 row-boats two motor boats and a sailboat His 'ovc for boat-building, hunting and fishing was equallt-d by hltt love of baseball. Thin year he listened to all the World Series games by rad,o and was a strong booster for the New York Yankees. Frank "Spec" Shcn, a member (Continncd on Page Four)

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