Naugatuck Daily News from Naugatuck, Connecticut on December 30, 1949 · Page 7
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Naugatuck Daily News from Naugatuck, Connecticut · Page 7

Naugatuck, Connecticut
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Friday, December 30, 1949
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N.UJGAT S (COXN.), FRIn.AV, DKC. 30. 194(1— I'AOK 7 W » W • , _ r«/im,/vi ii^n JMKW* (CtJJVTK.), FRIDAV, DKC. 30 191! legislature, Flood, Labor Activities, Building Top News Stories Of Naugatuck During 1949; Several Prominent Residents Succumb pi-oxirrmtely 20(1 new volcr.s were rnadn, but the voting list showed a decrease of about 1,000, making about 10,000 residents eligible to vote. Tax Collector John U. Ferris and Borough Treasurer William Moody, both Rdpublicnns were reelected. A heavy split vote gave Town Clerk Raymond J. St. John. Democrat, a majority of 513. The first ward went Republican after 24 years, and the second ward Republican majority wan an increase over 1947. Democrats Rained ir. the third ward. A total of G.2U3 votes were cai5t, an increase of 160 over 1947. The Democratic candidate' for warden was Peter F. Meog.-m. The. OOP nominated Anthony Pallnco- vitth as town clerk candidate. Democratic nominee Cor tax collector was Peter Staskiewioz. At the annual freemen's meet- >nif May 9, a pay raise of five per fire and New Park Board, Pension Plan Introduced'- Carter Leads GOP To New Victory Construction of Schools, Housing Projects, Proposed National Guard Armory Represent Large Outlay of Local, State Funds; Rodenbach Retires As GOP Chairman; Exchange Club Initiates Effort To Build Bathing Beaches At New Dam (By Dorothy Bean) The uncertainty that prevails today in thp world lias made its mark on Xaugatuc-k during-the past year, with residents. possessing a feeling of insecurity at one time, and nt another j cont was votecl police. as the economic- picture brightens, a sense of stability. wereSe^than^'Too % It Actually, the borough has not had any sensational exneri- and the tax rate was cut one mill ences during 1949. although at times tense moments have been < The injected into its life. Despite the lack of alarming activities, the borough has continued to progress in an admirable manner. Development of the community is at an all-time high, with the year to be entered in the annuls of Naugatuck. as extremely ambitious on the part of officials and residents. Because of the incentive displayed by the people, this comparatively small New England community is becoming known more and more throughout the nation. There were no .catastrophies marring the borough's existence 'this year, although individual tragedies interrupted the flow of even living in some families. But, to offset the unpleasant situations, there were many occasions of happiness to ease the brunt of the ever difficult .everyday life. New Construction Highlights of the Vear included the starting of construction valued at nearly S2.000.000, and another almost 51,000.000 in building anticipated. In political circles, the biennial election in May saw Warden Harry L. Carter. Republican, reclected to office. Several Naugatuck bills were passed by the General Assembly. A strike of brief duration at the Eastern Malleable Iron Co., was -he most prominent detail marring the labor picture. There were no big fires or accidents causing injury to a large number of people Briefly, the year's activities in review: Opens With Flood The year 1949 started with one of the worst floods in the history of the borough with Richard Martin, director of the State Flood tary schools came in December, 1948, but the building contracts were awarded this year. On Jan. 5 the board of Wardens and bur- Control and Water Policy Com- j guesses approved purchase of sites mission reporting flood loss for Xaugatuck at $50.800. On January 5, State Representative Adam Mengacci and M. Leonard Caine, Jr., took their oaths of | The borough board advertised for the school at a cost of S74.920. April 6 the board voted to sell the Hawley house and two garages on Central avenue. office. During the original session of the General Assembly, the representatives introduced a bill providing for the establishment of a board of park commissioners, two measures concerning voting in three wards, legislation calling for Instituting a board of finance, pen»ion system for borough employes, state armory, direct primaries, •alary increase for borough court officials, veterans- burial expense for bids and seven contractors filed bids on the schools. The sealed bids were opened June 10, with the three apparent low bids total being $625,039. Apparent low bidders were p. Francini Co., Derby, Central avenue; Fred J. Smith, Derby, Cross t?treet; Bonvicini Building Co., Torrington, Meadowbrook. The school building committee voted to defer action on awarding contracts for the schools and rejected the Meadowbrook bids July 6. A revision of plans announced July S. cut the bids about $45,000. The same day the Naugatuck Valley Construction Co., was awarded the contract to build the road to the Meadowbrook school. On July 29, it was announced that the W. J. Megin, Inc., was low bidder on j at a hearing in Ansonia •ook school with the bid being $225,540. and insurance adjusters statements. New Park Board The board of park commissioners was established, with John H. Breen named chairman of the five- man board. The first meeting took place September 22. The Legislature passed the measure providing for freemen's meeting voting in three wards by voting machines from 8 a. m. to 6 p. m. The- borough employes' retirement system measure was passed, •with the system inaugaurated, although cost to the borough is un- 5224,409; Francini, $216,130-" Smith" known at the present time. All ; S140.054. On August 5 the Smith borough court officials, with the j Co. withdrew its bid on the Cross excerption of the clerk were-grant- j ivtreet school and on August 18 the e<3 salary increases. A '" Although Naugatuck did not receive an appropriation for a state armory, plans were completed for the construction of a National Guard garage on Rubber avenue. A deed conveying land on the southwest corner of Meadowbrook Farm property. owned by the borough, was received by the state December 6. The board of finance bill was passed with a referendum vote, to be taken by freemen before the board is established. None of the other pieces of legislation was passed by the General Assembly. New Schools Sanction of the freemen to float a $700.000 bond issue for the construction of three new elemen- in court Salaries was authorized and the public health nursing program taken over by the borough from the Red Crows. The tax rate was set at 28 1-2 mills for a 5968,390 budget. Residents in the "outlside" tax district organized in January to oppose a proposal for one tax district. January 31 it was announced the grand list increased by over two and a half million dollars, the total being $28,773,235. Assessments of local industral plants were slightly increased on the •errand list, with tho U. S. Rubber Co. footwear plant being Increased $35,755 to S2.802.105. Police Promoted The board of warden and burgesses promoted Richard Ostrom to lieutenant on the police force, and Georgo Smith to the rank of sergeant. Warden Carter announced A inn I 5 a new record set in tax collections with the total being 98.3 p«r cent. Senior Burg-ess On April 20 Warden Carter announced a surplus of $8,000 excluding the school department. At the annual meeting of the borough board Second Ward Democratic Burgess William Rado was appointed senior burgess. The auditors June 15 reported $12,336 surplus for the fiscal year. Anthony Pesanelli resigned as Second Ward Democratic member of the public welfare board, and was succeeded by Samuel Tuma- rello. Willianii Moody resigned as borough treasurer when he moved to Woodbury. and was succeeded by Norman H. Wood. Second Ward Republican Burgeis<s Domenic DeCarlo resigned from the borough board and was succeeded by Louis DeCarlo, former burgess The same evening on September 6 Domenic DeCarlo was appointed a reeular fireman. Charles P. Rodenbach when he moved his residence to Litchfield resigned as chairman of the Republican town committee. His -oct.ssor has not been named. The borough was ordered by the State Water Commission to appear cumbed at the age of 72 years. Dr. Henry H. Gorton, former Republi- nt th ' th ° 2G. The borough mourned the pud- den death of Louis Buckmiller, voung mortician, who died Sept. 14. August 2 the borough board awarded contracts for building the schools as follows: Megin firm, contract for the school was signed for $152,239 with the Megin corn- Housing Project Naugawam Village, moderate rental housing project, financed with state guarante»l bonds, was placed under construction. The Naugawam Housing Authority is in charge of the project of 40 four-and-five-room dwellings on Rubber avenue. On March 24 a total of $386,000 temporary notes for local housing were issued. Work on the project started July 25. with the contract awarded the Johnson-Frizelle Co. of New York. Carter He-elected Warden Han-y L. Carter, Recub- lican, was re-electtd to office May Octohei a and a recommendation was made that a sewage treatment plant be constructed here and be in Operation by April 1, 1951. Warden Carter is seeking a two-year extension Obituaries Borough -esidents were shocked and mourned the untimely accidental death of the Rev. John Wanat, assistant pastor nf st Hedwig's church. Father Wanat died of gun wound's early in the evening of July 25, while he was practice shooting with three youths rt his Colchester cabin George Lambert, a former bur- guess died Januai-y 2. Mrs. William J. Noble, Jr., prominent club- woman succumbed February 24 Miss Josephine A. Manor, retired Salem school principal died at 88 year of age, March 17. Mrs. Jennie Lind Smith, 98, oldest Naugatuck native died April 6. Professor James T. Leary, Naugatuck Hiph school teacher died April 25.' Patrick H. Regan, former borough auditor, died at the Gaetano Sileo, prominent businessman. died April 8 at the age of 60 years. Arthur R. Downes, active in Masonic circles, " passed awuy May 5 at tho age of 72 and on June 12 Albert W. The strike enced July 25 and | International Rubber Workers union. Wage scale negotiations were temporarily recessed in New York by the rubber workers August 12. The Greater Naugatuck CIO Council started t° prepare a program of opposition to Congressman work was relsumed July 26, when . union members accepted a conge of 87 ^tract by unanimous vote at a mass meeting. The Rev. Stanley Hastillo assistant pastor of St. Hedwig's church was credited with settling the strike. Workers at the U. S. Rubber Co. footwear plant went on a 40-hour comrnander of Legion week January 6, and on Februar. 3, the footwear plant announced the factory would go on a four- day work week. On February 14, James T. Patterson in August o V. • . — ^ "»...• "v^iuu^.,11 i:\ni_ijuui, tiiKU fit. ine 2 by a majority of 365 .votes, Ap- age „{ 83 years. July 3. On August Robinson, past Naugatuck American post, No. 17. succumbed. Fatalities Mrs. Anna Wincek. 37, and her son, Richard, two years old were fatally overcome by illuminating Kcis fumes (May 9. Gabriel Lopes, I 25, v.-as killed July .| i n -in aulomo- ' bile crn.-h on Men-it* Parkway when a tire blew out, and John Lc-v-ko of Montreal wa.s killed July .1 weekend in a full at a South M.-iin stioet house. Harold Ash, Jr., 22. was killed in an airrplanc crash July 13 on Pond Hill, and his brother-in-law, Harold Holycross, 11, was seriously injured. After a week of organized searching, the body of Michael Wurgo, 41, of Millville. was found in Middlebury, Febr.mi-y :>1. Patrolman Wilfred J. Kvon, died February 12 at the Qffc of 5-1 years. Labor Scone On thr hibor scene a strike by foundry workers at the Eastern Malleable Iron Co. July 12 took the spotlight during- the year. Eleven policemen were on rlut.v at the factory irates, but there "was no disturbance, along the Local 190, TJRCL A PWA, CIO, of T. F. Butterfield, Inc., accejpted a new contract in September after several weeks negotiations. On ^September 22, the United Rubber the plant announced that it would I Worlcel 's union reinstated Mr. release 650 workers by Airri! 30. | B "Clunaster. Mr. Froclich was elected to the general executive board at the Toronto. Canada, meeting of the union. P. J. Qal- lucci was outrted as field repre- -entative of the International un- The Risdon Manufacturing Co. named Harold P. Baldwin a new director Februra-y 17, find Harold Turnblom new assistant treasurer. February 2.3, Local 45, United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers of America, CTO, asked for a 25 cent pay raise and a $100 pension. L. S. Buckmaster, president of the union, was a spealcer in Naugatuck, March 24. "Cold"' rubber production started March 22 at the Synthetic division of the U. S. Rubber Co. Vernon La.Fave announced his candidacy April 22 for the pros! dency of Local 45, United Rubber Workers. George Froelich wal3< reelected president of Local 45. May 11, when the union cast -,i record vole. A total of 1,552 local members voted' in the- election. LaFave's name was removed from the ballot because of a technicality. Stcthen Knapik was elected to the union policy board by a 20 vote majority over Michael San Angplo. On May 24^ Mr. Buckm:is- picket ter was ousted as president of the ion, and was succeeded by William Fcrnandcs. Fire Reports Two serious fires wore averted by qui = k action by firemen. On January 15, four Union City fa-ni- lies escaped an early morning blaze in a frame building at the | ronr of 85 Spring- street, and on I'c.miary 17, a mother rescued two babies from a Johnson street fire The Naugatuck Hose, Hook and Ladder Co. reek-ctcd Herbert Cockcroft as foreman for his 14*h consecutive term on March 3, Postmaster Frank T. Green .announced January 3 that a new record in post office receipts was established with .an increase of $11,455. Washington ipolico January (i. invited Sergi-.. George Smith of the local police to the inauguration in Washington for snecial duty. January 10 William H. Rohpnro was elected head of the retail division of the Chamber of Com- merce, and on thp sanio evening Francis A. Clark was rc-elecrod chairman of th.? Naugatuck District, Boy Scouts. The year old Veterans of Foreign Wars Rubber aveivue home dispute was settled out of court, and Harris Whittomore, Jr., received the first annual Gold Medal Award February 22. for being .Naujratuck's 'Man of the Year." M. Leonard Caine, Henry S. lor, Jr., and Edward Rafftery passed Connecticut bar examinations and established offices in the borough. Albert Smith was rcelected pte- sident of the Naugatuck Community Band, and C. J. Waskowicz v/air named president of the Naugatuck Men's Chorus. The Naugatuck String Orchestra was established, under the direction of Da- : vid Brown. Tho Philharmonics of Naugatuck. sponsored by tho Nau- t-'Mtuck Daily Ncv.-s. r,resented a Pops Concert on the Tuttle Lawn, September 7 by the New Haven Symphony orchestra. Thp Community Christmas Carol Sing was sponsored by the Philharmonics of Nt'.ug-atuck on the Green, Decem- I her 22. " j The Rev. Matthew H Gate.s as- ' sumc-d the pastorate of the Methodist church, and the Rev. Harry J. Kkstnm became the new minister • of the Hillside Congrcational church. • Or<!:tia;;on P. r.-. J. >hr-. A. Xozor.. s On of ricse Kozon. 11 Diamond "treei. <..•::..- oi' to th/ i>Hc— -t- ho-.,d. The I-U.-v. Guy Grimes, number of Ui-j Cupu-chki Franoivonn Order, .-.ailed for Nilfriri'5. South India, in August, to teach -.hero. New Dam Trie Nauiaiuck f<;r,:v.v-.-ir p:an: U. S. Rubber Co. issued a new w.-.rni:^ a-ii-isi < of the d:i;n J;ir.o 2-. On June 2C- Retires This is the architect's sketch of the new elementary school now under construction on Central avenue In be re»dy for occupancy by next September. > replace the present structure. Th e new six-snide school, 0110 of three under construction, is expected to First DP ' On February 8, 2,000 N.IUS.I- i tuck residents welcomed tho ! Fiench 'Mcrci' train as it stoppod ' in Naugatuck. AltHouR-h .several displaced persons arrived in the borough during thp yoci, the first DP to tnko up residence hero was Joseph Povilaitis, who arrived February 10, from Ltithuanid Ally. Joseph 12. TrUhot was mined president: of the Chamber of Commerce. The Naugatuck Ro- tnry club observed its 20th anni- vorsary and entertained 120 nt a party. Jerry Lnbrioln \\-ris eleetod rovoi-nor" for the youth i n M iv- ornment program, ar.d held oflir-o n Hartford A|;ril ] and '2. Thr new ladder truck for the N.iuira- tuck fire dup.-ii trnent ri'-ri'-ec' March 22. The St Francis- Holy N.-imo Sn- cioly wa,j -rM-!/ani^.ed in Maioh. with John R. Ash named president. Tho Emblem club of 1 h<- Niiuurr.ituck Lodge of Klk.s was p.-.- t:ihlis'ied. with Mrs. Loui:; Triunn as prcsidont. Olive Ratkiewich, a Nauon.tuck High school senior loft April If to cor-.ipjto i n the national i;wi:n chn.mnionship in Fltiridn. Tho of- Heo of the Unemployment Comlvi-n-- si'tion Cnmmi.iKion and Krnplov- moiii Service opened M ;!y m in 'he Tuttlc House. April 20 The Pinymakc-rs. local drama group, won trip honors in tho stale drama tournament sponsored by tho state Junior Chamher of Coin- mer;-e Tho state confi-rcnco ,,f Junior Women'.? clubs was hold in NauLTntuck. Fred Knpelh:irdt, Mr. Labriola \ anr! I.oi.s Follett wore named valo- dietoriai;. salutatorioii nnd ess'iy- n-spoctively, of tho HI.!!) hi ., h school class. Dr. Walter A. Major. Hour .'T:oakor was ;TUOS( , wnoaknr at tho annual meeting of th° Naugntuck Council of Chur- , c-h.o.s May in. when the R< v. Th"n- i dore A. SchradT was elected presi- ' dent. - .. F1KK CA1T. IAMKS <.IJ.\NT. 'vlio n-ii.-fil fr.iin active duly SV;i1. fi. when ih<- trustees ejf the • •in- ['rnsiiiii Fund, approved ti pension of S111.fix monthly |>o- e-Iiining April 1 this vi-ar. Knter- Ultf (111- dl'IKtrillll-llt III I«I13 ;, s ;, s'.ihstituU- tlrivi-i-, li,- wa* -innoint- <•(! a r.-nular in l!l!(i to tin- cnjitaincy <<•; M!f<-fssc.r Ims tint

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