Naugatuck Daily News from Naugatuck, Connecticut on December 31, 1949 · Page 1
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Naugatuck, Connecticut
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Saturday, December 31, 1949
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Today's Chuckle INTC1TION — The e lft that en^M«i m wonuui to arrive instantly •* ma Infallible and irrevocable de- ctaten without the aid of reason, judgment or dtscumion. VOL. LXIV, NO. 306 New Bridge Ready Year After Flood Pmesbridge Span Opens To Traffic Early Next Week Beacon Falls • -(Correspondent's Phone 674S) Just a year after the old Pines- bridg-e we: Jied avcay i n the IMS New Tear's Eve flood, a new $75,- OQD bridge is nearing completion •and w expected to be opened to tfftfflc early next week. •fha Pinesbridge span was the only bridge lost in the state dur- the flood. Soon after the flood, O f the State Highway De^ ent constructed a temporary Bridge to handle traffic to Seymour, Oxford and other tom- imimties to the west of Beacon Ftlk. • -• Th* new span was constructed h» Oie Brunei)) Construction Co Kjrtfprd. on a bid subniitted for |78,«77. Eighty feet lonr, the steel •nd reinforced concrete bridge is (tout 32 feot wide. in addition to IBt ,bridg« u the firm has gravel- 4Wfaee<l. -309 feet of -the Pines, h/4fl«t road approaching both endii M th* span. . 4t. the we* end of the span, the rowwijr narrows to about 11 feet JO pasr through a trestle under ** of the New Haven Rail- Rap. Clara O'Shea and town ref.r to the trestle as 'the °£. «tbe end of the Workmen have also wia- «p»d snd deecened the river's channel under the new span. About Mt feet east of the new bridge, £,££'" Plne »i"-idge span, built Jh 1»2 gpant a second channel of th* Nauyatuek river. . St. Michael's K. C. The Rev. Jerome Cooke. pastor aojK>unc*d today that no special Ma»», will be observed tomorrow, I*«w Years Day. Masses will be celebrated as usual at 8, 9:15 and 11 o'clock. United Church No special church services are Planned at United Church for New Tears, the Rev. L. A. Harper, Jr., announced today. As usual, Jnorning worship will be at 10-- fiL°.i ClOC !L Eftrlier - at 9:*> o'clock, Sunday School will be conducted - Meeting Changed Officers of the White Eagle So^«y announced today the annual meeting, of the society, schedule for January 2 at 2 o'clock in the •xtemoon, has been changed to 7 o'clock that Fourth Anniversary • -™* M / s Raymond Kaiser, Highland avenue, observed '° Urt £ Bedding anniversary y^ That day was also Mrs birthday. • New Home Mr. and Mrs. Chester Ti-zaski formerly of 3 Church street are limit i irk "Dedicated To Community Public Service" p; WKATHKR F.-iir today and a little warmer this afternoon. Cloudy and not »o cold tonight. Cloudy tomorrow followed by light lam m the afternoon. ESTABLISHED 1885 !: RKPORT Midnight 24; 3 ..:. m. 19: <5 a . m., 16; 9 a. m., 18 10 a. m 22. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1949 Pinesbridge $75,000 Span Nearly Ready Leased Wire Service of the United Press 8 PAGES PRICE FIVE CENTS . . , 17 u Vlsitinr Here Mr. and Mrs. James Cttati, South To Exhibit '"Perry Top-Sider Footwear n of the U. S. Rubber 7om- Fa " S ' °° nn "an™. f a non-skid shoe for tsmen. will exhibit at the 4oTh Rational Motor Boat Show to be * ran , d Central Pa!a <*- New ' r ° m Jan ' 6 through by the National As assorted recreational boat. (Continued on Page Three) Gormley In Strong Appeal To Welcome For Caution Year Police Chief John J. Gormley today issued a strong appeal to all motorists to drive with extra! caution all through the New Year's holiday weekend. "Oh this particular holiday, too The New Year will be ushered in tonight in several different Special Masses Tomorrow In 3 Churches .,. i_^it Dances, .purlios and church r borough's many drivers try the experiment of mixing gasoline and alcohol only to find the two don't mix," Chief Gormley said. He pleads with drivers to stay off the roads if they have a few holiday drinks and | ; n th urges that only non-drinkers driv"e j Congregat lonal Chief Gormley reminds motorists ' that at midnight tonight, as the New Year is rung in, Naugatuck wi!l have completed its second full will mark the <-xk r.f 1949 and entrance of 19DO New Year's Eve church services year without a fatal accident. The record stands at 937 fatality free •Jays today, an all-time record for Naugatuck. "Let's all do our part in making '.his a safe holiday for Naugatuck" Chief Gormley said. "We can do 10 by remembering ihe well-proven slogan 'If you drive, don't drink and of you drink, don't drive'." he iddcd. The State Highway Safety Com- miusion grimly announced today hat there will be twice as many 'raffic accidents in the state today is there arc on any other Saturday • They estimate that 75 persons will ! "fanning •>e injured in crashes with as manv is four killed. The commission .-is well as Chief Gormley, hopeThese Predictions will be wrong u,is / CUJ*. will be held in St. Paul's Lutheran church and the Holy Saviour iPoli..:,h National Catholic church at 7:30 o'clock. Midnight watch services will start at 11 15 o'clock the Salem Lutheran and Hillside ehurcho:;. In the Party will be held starting at 9 o'clock. Open house will be held tomorrow by the Rev. and Mrs. Harry J. Ekstnrn of the Hillsld.; Congre- and the ?fition,il church, and tho Mrs. Matthew H. Gates .jf Methodist church. Night clubs and restaurants are • f forward to one 'of the. '•^ir^jrci;. celebrations in years 4.1- though the usual clooin.v :,me for nlHces which sell liquor is 1 a i-, ! -wo extra hours have boon added to tho -rurfew time. Noticfljl.'le this year win bo tho absence of midnight movie* A state law r.rnhibji., , he showins of movies on Sundry morning The Naugatuck News Will Not Be Published Monday Jan. 2 . Ja H sh " l> ta W»««rbary ru to J*j'» Urn for » rnmtelr «<-lf f II >n ol qntllt; appllaoren and bom* fur- •i«tl»I» at low prlrts.-Adv. Service For Vets Reports 166 Cases Handed Last Month A teal of 166 cases, 20 of them new cases, were handled by the • augatuck Sen-ice for Veterans -•fflce during December, according -o the monthly report of Mrs, trator d °' W °° d ' office a dmini.s-' Of the cases handled, 122 were ••eterans of World War II an d 10 were dependents of World War II veterans. Twenty-seven World War _ veterans were served and two tependents of veterans of that •var. Five civilians were also iscrv- The Deceber total of cases is -ireater than any other month in wt. except for August and Sen- ember, at which time many addi- :on:U cases were handled because >r the rush of veterans applying or National Service Life Lsur = - ince dividends. •how there 143 telephone calls re- other statistics of the report corded at the office; 120 interviews; in-coming ail totaled 63 •>i£-es and out-going mail 53 pie- Democratic Dinner Off Until March Dec. 31— CUP)— Hartford, Democratic tentatively scheduled for next month has been postponed Democratic State Chairman John M Bailey says the dinner probably will be held sometime in March It will be a S25 a plate affair with sponsors paying $100. Several local organizations are holiday dances tonight Tho Naugatuck Lodge c,t R^-, will sponsor a dunce in lhe loda'v room..; in thy Neaiy buildirv, arid lhe Knights of Columbus also will hold a (Jan..,, in it .3 Ne buildi.ig rooms. A dinner dance- w!'l bn held by Crusader post, Veterans :,t For- '•ign W:irs. in the VFW Home i-n Kubber avenn.\ ai.d th-> '••iqup-i- •uck Valley Detachment.' Marine -oips Lc-.-mto, will hold its dance m Odd Follows ] ia |]. The Polish- •Vmer.can club ,.,,,\ p,,,,j Hjl , Community club both v. i,l hold parties. Chiang Takes Blame, Denounces Russia (P.y United Press) Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shck says he is responsible for the failures of his faltering Nationalist government. At the same time. in a special New Year's message ;o 'he Chinese people, Chiang denounced Soviet, aggression :,s the greatest rrime in human history frnfortunately he said. "China now hears the brunt of that aggression." He called the current 'situation in his native- land, "the world m China's 5.000 year history." Hospital Bulletins Miss Patricia Anderson. 13-year- old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Anderson of Dunn avenue is a surgical patient at the New England Deaconess hospital, Boston Mass. Francisco Conde. Cherry street ' 1 ° f Mr ' and N '»'th Main surgical il Masses Sunday in the three Roman Catholic churches were announced by their pastors. The Rev. Paul F. Keating, pai,- tor of SI Francis' church, announced that Masses will 'be neld on New Year's Day at 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 o'clock. The musical program will bo the same as on Christmas day and will include selections by the 'boyii' girls' junior girls' Gregorian, and the senior choirs. i Special music will be presented beginning with the 8 o'clock Mass when the boys' choir will sing six traditional carol i. The girls' junior choir, composed of (firls from Naugatuck and Sacred Heart High schools, will sing at tho 9 o'clock iMass. Music at the 10 o'clock Mass will be provided by the girls' Gregorian choir with the senior choir singing at tho 11 o'clock Mass. At each Mass, at the offertory, one of the choir boys wlil sing the solo from the sanctuary. Those dinging at the various Masses are: Churlou Kennedy, 8 o'clock; Robert Weaving and Joseph Dinneny, 9 o'clock; John Holland. 10 o'clock! The boys will sing Silent Night. At the High Mass. William Curtin will sing Adcste Fideles. At all Masses, Edward Griffith will preside at the organ and Joseph Coppola will be heard- in violin selections. The Rev. Thomas Griffin, pastor of St. Mary's church, announced that Masses will be held at 5, 7:30. 9:30 and 11 o'clock. The Rev. William Toper, pastor of Sit. Hedwig's church, reported that .Ma*-. «s will be at -1, 6:30, 8, 9:30 and 11 o'clock. No special musical programs are planned in either church. Cold Weather Needed For Skating Rink Green Says Plans Made To Spray Tuttle Lawn Skating rinks will be established on the north and >aouth ends of the Tuttle property on Church street as soon as weather conditions are favorable, and that means plenty of cold weather. Clarence Green, member of the hoard of park commissioners and on the skating; rink investigating committee says that all preliminary arrangements have been made for the skating areas with the only holdup at this lime being the elements. Regular and volunteer firemen will spray the two areas, instead of flooding the sections, according to Mr. Green. A small ho,5e will be UFed in tho process with the water to freeze almost as soon as it strikes the ground. There must be one and a half inches of fiast in the ground and the temperatures around 24 degrees for a few days before the work car. be done. Mr. Green said th t . method of spraying instead of flooding is used in many Massachusetts municipalities. Including Springfield and Boston. Young children will use the area on the north side and older children that on the .south side. Because of the mild weather, all frost has thawed out of tho ground, but forecasts Indicate that cold weather is here for a while at and skating should be available soon. Auto Crashes Pole, Turns Over In Union City; Man, Woman SufferMinor Hurts Borough Board To Sell Land To Rubber Company Water St. Strip Union City Little League To Receive Stadium Site Title Arrangements for the transfer of a piece of land on Curtiss street to the Union City Little League will he rimpi-nted today, according to the Rev. O. H. Bertram, pastor of St. Paul's Luth'cran church. Rev. Bertram said that he was to meet with M. Leonard Caine, Jr., counsel for the Little League, this morning, to complete details for the transfer. The land, owned by 'he church, will be leased to the League for an indefinite period, probably 99 years. A stadium will be constructed on the site. The lease will actually become effective Jan. 9, when it is passed upon by the Church's board of trustees, but for all effects and purposes, it is effective today, Rev. Bertram said. Thomas Ratkiewich, chairman of Union City Little League committee, said today that the group will meet some time next week to accept the land and make plans for the future. To Be Voted On Tuesday Night Action' on conveying a small strip of borough-owned land facing on Water street to the U. S. Rubber Co. is expected Tuesday night at the monthly meeting of the board of warden and burgesses at 8 o'clock in the town hall court room. Warden Harry L. Carter and Burgesses Harold Stinson and William Rado were authorized by the board at last month's session to investigate the matter. It Is reported that the warden and two burgesses are in agreement on the sale of the property, and the full board is expected to take the necessary vote transferring tho land. The rubber firm is seeking a company appropriation of between $70,000 and $75,000 to erect a new building in the area. The board also will hear a full report from Rusisell Hooker, Hartford actuaiy, on the 'borough's retirement plan for employes Designation of sliding streetu al- 1 so is expected to be made by the I board, upon recommendation by the warden and police chief. Bradley To Run For Governor; Hails Talbot's Interest Hailing the announcement by "Uty. Joseph E. Talbot. former Fifth District congressman, that he is a candidate for the U. S. Senate nomination r»xt year, as "simply grand, simply wonderful," is Atty. J. Kenneth Bradley, Wtst- port. Mr. Bradley, former top man in the Connecticut Republican party, yesterday went to Hartford and told GOP Chairman Clarence F. Baldwin that he is a candidate for the gubernatorial nomination in 1950. He said he would actively search for delegates and make speeches around the state. Mr. Bradley jtold the chairman that the Republicans must asso- ciale their party with victory and not with defeat. He call'ed for a progressive forward looking leadership in the ^Republican party in Connecticut, * To Take Oath J° Ils ' SL Mary ' s Sen, Benton Given Confidence Vote (By United Press) Connecticut's new senator who takes the oath of office next week, has the .full support of the Democratic State Central committee. At a. meeting in Hartford attended by top party leaders. Benton was given a vote of confidence. The Southport independent who was a,-pointed by Gov. Bowles, pledged his rupport to Democratic party organization politics. He praised President Truman's program and said he favors integration of Europe's economy. Benton was introduced to political leaders—many of them for the first time—by Democratic State Chairman John M. Bailey. The party leader ,:iaid Benton would be a candidate for the short Senat) term nomination in 1950, DLUETANPS TOWN CLERK RAYMOND J. ST. JOHN, who will lake his oath i>f office Monday morning in the Town Hall. The town clerk was reflected to his 13th consecutive vrair in that capacity In last May's biennial election' here. Defeating Republican candidate Anthony Pallucovitch, Mr. St. •John received the largest alural- 11.v of any candidate, despite the GOP party being victorious. . , .,01!) fur Births I3A.LDUKAS—Wat ^ibury hospital, Dec 11, a son, Michael Francis, to Mr. and Mrs. Prank Saldukas Vai! street, Waten-bury. Mrs. Saldukas is the former Lillian Toliur, dnughter of Mr. and Mrs Stanley Tolius. GEIDA—St. Mary's Hospital, Dec 30. a daughter to Mr. and Mrs, Chester Geida, Beacon street. Beacon Falls* Mrs. Geida is the former Cecelia Trzaski. " Il , chuck __ Adv. fool you. JVIii- i»r remlyT I,pj ulihur Avunttr, BULLETINS (By United Press) NEW STRIKE Washington—Soft coal industry officials say a new coal strike may start next Tuesday. According to the officials, some miners report that John L. Lewis has ordered a strike after Jan. 1 for companies which have refused his contract demands. Lewis has not been available for comment on the report. . oOo CAMPAIGN OVER Hong Kong—The Chinese communist radio says the communist military campaign In western China has been completed with the capture of Chcngtu. The broadcast says Nationalist armies in western China have been destroyed and only 40,000 «cattered Nationalist troops are left in the area. HOLIDAY WEEKEND (By United Press) Chicago—The holiday weekend officially starts today. But New Year's celebration* throughout the country are expected to b» somewhat dull compared with previous New Year's hojjdays. intermittent rains dampened preparations for New Year's parties in the East. And & blizzard that hit the northwest probably will keep people indoors Weather officials say most of the country will have rain or snow for the weekend. PROTECTION Honk Kong—Ten American seamen aboard the Isbrandteen !me frelgrhfa^ "Hying Arrow,," have cabled the State Depart nient for protection against being forced to iter the mined port of Shanghai. One of the 10 crew members says the ship is being loadod with highly explosive chemicals which would blow the vessel higher than a kite If it hit a mine in the blockaded communist" port. oOo FIREMEN TRAPPED New York—Four firemen were trapped this morning when racks in a blazing rug factory in New York col'lagsed on them. Fire headquarters says all four men have been removed. None was seriously hurt. YOU SHOULD KNOW Motorist Control, Blinded By Lights; Woman Grabs Wheel; Father Niemiec Assists Injured From Wrecked Car A Naugatuck man and a Waterbury woman M'ere injured slightly last night when the car in which they were riding slammed into the curb in front of the Polish National Catholic church, struck a utility pole and rolled over on ita side. Luciar. E. Helaire. 48. of 237 South Main street was driver of the car and Mrs. Mable Fortier, 40. Spencer avenue, watei-bury, wa^ thi? pas;onger. Both were treated at the sec-no by Dr. Edwin R. Curvan and later taken to St. Mary's hospital in the community amh"- lancc. They were treated at the- hospital and discharged. Kolairo to.'d p-.l:co he was driving south -_n North Main ttrwt at 8 p. m. when hr was blir.d*ed by the lights of an on-coming car. A., he swerved to avoid being hit by the other car, he said Mrs. Fo'-ticr became a.armed ?_ n d grabbed the steering wheel, forcing the car against the curb. The right, front fender of the car struck a utility pole. That, alcng with the sharp iwerv e of th» vehicle caused the car to roll over onto its left side. Mrs. For- tiPr war, helped from the smashed car by the Rev. Frank Niemiec pastor of Polish National Church! Hjlaire was momentarily un- con.-cious r.n<l Father Nicmiec was una Me to lift him oat of the car. Tht Di-oken steering wheel pinned Helaire in the driver's seat. Police, the ambulance and firemen arrived at the seen. as Helaire regained con --ciousnesa and through their combined forts he was removed from car. Firemen at 'he scene took cautionary measures 10 make sure gasoline from the car's torn gas- «.ank did not ignite. After the pa- lice conducted their investigation spectators right the car and it was towed from the scene. Traffic was disrupted at the time because the car was sprawled lengthwise across the southbound lane of the highway. Many passers-by stopped to see the crash causing. a parking- congestion. Helaire sustained a laceration of 'he left forehead, a bloody nose and other minor injuries. He wa« arrested on a charge of violating 'he rules. of the road in borough Court today was fined $10 by Tudge Martin L. Caine ef- the pre- Verner 'Murphy' Gustafson Gpn PPOKI IT/ HT.' nul* w/Vlr\ cj^olrc, r* n . . . . _ _ Generosity by one who seeks no personal reward in an attribute possessed by few, but You Should Knosv Verner E. Gustafson. Rubber avenue businessman, who places high in the category of philanthropist. Mr Gutsafison, who is more affectionately known as "Murphy" to his many friends and acquaintances, is an extremely modest individual in many respects. He is one who enjoy!* life to the utmost, and his ever present vitality carries him through many tedious hours in business daily. A man of isimall stature, he has flashing black eyes, which hold a twinkle of the mischievous. Leaning toward the excitable, Murphy has a nervous energy, which gives him the appearance of bubbling over with enthusiasm for lust plain, ordinary everyday living.: This actually is a fact, so with anything in the extraordinary status finds this genial 'gentleman brimming with tense emotion. Ambition has been one of the principal factors in his life, and this trait hais not lessened during his year of 'business tsuccess. Many people have wondered how- Murphy received his nickname. When he arrived in this country from Sweden in 1916, he couldn't ispeak a word of English and no one could pronounce his name. While on his first job in Union City, Mr. Gustafson says Charlie and Bill Cross at the lumber yard decided to call VERNER GUSTAFSON "MURPHY" when they wanted him to do certain things. Murphy then was passed along to the foundry girls arid as it spread it stuck. Mr. Gustafson left his native Sweden when he wais IS years old. He made the trip to the United States alone and spent two days on Ellis Island before relatives arrived to bring him to Naugatuck. His first employment was with him "Murphy" tho Share Roller Co., located I where the Naugatuck Glass Co. ! now is established. He worked there a few weeks, until Harry B. Olson, proprietor of a drugstore at the corner of Spring and Bridge streets, asked him to join hid sales staff. A Pharmacist Mr. Olson being Swedish and knowing the language was instrumental in .starting Murphy on his road to success. Besides "clerking in the store, he also studied pharmacy and was awarded his pharmacy license in 1923. He stayed with the Olson store until 1928. when he entered the employ of the Parks drugstore on Rubber avenue, and remained with that firrr until 1933. Remaining on Rubber avenue. Murphy opened his ow n store in 1933 at the corner of Aetna street and Rubber avenue. In 3940 he built his present establishment on the avenue, where he has since been in business. Although Murphy sells only patent medicines in hi* store, he still has his (pharmacists license. Besides this line of merchandise. Murphy also catens to a luncheonette trade, has a host of miscellaneous items, and one corner of his store is devoted to groceries, placed there for the convenience of his customers. He is constantly expanding his lines of merchandise, and replaces his equipment with late models frequently On June 10, 1925, Mr. G-ustafson (Continued on Page Three)

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