The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on January 7, 1938 · Page 10
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The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 10

Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Friday, January 7, 1938
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...PAGE TEN. THE DAILY COURIER, CONNELLSV1LL13, PA. FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 1038. 'Tom Moses Story One of Real Ruggedness; Ambitious Miner Rises From Trap Boy to Top Former Frick Company President Goes to Even . . . . Higher Work. ENTERED MINES AT AGE OF 11 Thomas Moses, who retired - as president bl the H . C . Frick Coke Company to become vice-president of the United States Steel Corporation of Delaware, effective Jmunry 1, has been referred to as "the man who knows all there is to know of coal--from the dark underground shafts to the president's desk." Life in the bituminous coal mines had been about all he ever knew from boyhood until he was nearing 30. Books were closed to him for the most part because he read so falteringly. · Figures and statistics were baffling enigmas in some strange code because he didn't know the multiplication table to say nothing of more advanced arithmetic. But when-, the stocky, hard-working laborer married a -gracious girl who had completed grade school and had .gone a year to high school, a-new life began for Tom Moses. With'" his bride as teacher, he learned the multiplication tables, bettered his spelling, spent hours over reading lesson books... ..·;.· ..... . . " . . . · · Year by year he increased ms learning--with a highschool'"pro- fcssor :helplns him .in algebra and with correspondence school/courses. At 35'hc had his first rcal:brcak:-;He was .made night boss In the Illinois mine .where he 'had been, a '.coal digger. -· At. 58" he became president of the H. C. Frick Coke Company, one of the important subsidiaries of the United States Steel Corporation. Eleven years later he steps from thai position into a more important one in the x'ast steel empire and makes way for his son, Harry M.'Mcses, who, likened as "a chip off the olc block," assumes the presidency ol the Frick Company and 'the" United States Coal Coke Company (hi- father also headed the'latter 'con ccrn.) . . . To emerge from the mines wnere ho had bcecn a mule · driver and elevate himself to the office of-president of the Frick Company, one of the largest o£ its kind, and then rise to the vice-presidency ol a vast stee concern, has made Tom Moses one of America's most colorful figures of industry- ,. , He is modest about his accomplishments; refuses to be interviewed. But from his close associates of many years it is not difficult to sketch in the background. Tom Moses was born in Pennsylvania in 1809, youngest son of parents who had emigrated to America from Wales. He was left motherless when he was two but his father's second marriage brought him a kind stepmother who treated him as her own. He went three terms to schoo In Indiana. Tho terms of five months each were o! little worth because new and Indifferent teachers started every term and failed to make much progress. At 11, the boy was already at wow In an Indiana mine--serving as a "trapper," \he lad who opens and shuts the mine doors. It was in this same mine where Tom Moses met tragedy -when hi own father was buried under a rockslide. The boy ran to help him, wa too little to be able to life the hcavj boulders and called for help. Al though the miner came out alive, h( lived less than a year. At 27, Tom Moses had become a regular miner, earning about $3 i day. During this time he was mar ricd--and continued digging coal to eight years. But he.had started hi quest ol an education.and with th lessons at his own kitchen table am through correspondence courses anL outside teachers, he was fully able t handle the additional responsibilitle of the job as night boss when It wa offered.' .. . .. At 35 lie had what might b termed n lucky break. It came in an unexpected way, by campaigning fo an honest, brilliant attorney who wa seeking the office* of prosecuting at Aids Alcoholics 'Pr. Norman JollUfe, cHef of the ·.medical service of tbe psychiatric jaivision of the Hew York City Department of Hospitals, U pictured above as he announced that ho had discovered a synthetic Vitamin B-l which helps drinkers who lose their Jrsiro for food. Ho recommend* milk and moderation for ordinary caca. however Ah-h-h-Choo! WPA HELPS THOUSANDS IN SCHOOLS Nineteen-year-old Elaine Macchi, of Philadelphia, ia snapped during a tneczc. Sho is pictured in a hospital, whcrb she had been taken after sbe hours of violent sneezing"'which puzzled physicians attribute to a form of hysteria. (Central Prcu) t torney. The candidate was successful, due in some measure to the work the miner had done in his behalf. He was rewarded by offer of a position. The one he selected was secretary of the State Mining Department, ft meant a smaller salary than the one lie was getting in the mines but the duties were light enough to permit study. He made excellent use of those study periods,, attending a small school conducted by two mining engineers. A year later the ambitious mine secretary asked to be transferred and made a mine inspector. This too, came as a surprise to people who thought he satisfied with the~title"his appointment carried. But Tom Moses wanted to be out where he could got further experience and put his knowledge to good use. When he was inspector in Illinois, the St. Paul Coal Company's mine at Cheery, 111., caught fire, trapping several hundred men. He was dispatched to the scene and helped In the rescue under dangerous odds. Resigning from the state service when he was 40, the ex-coal digger took the position of superintendent of a small group of mines near Wcst- ville, 111., connected through subsidiary companies wUh' the United States Steel Corporation. Three years later he was promoted to general superintendent of the company's mines in Indiana and Illinois. During the World War, technical knowledge he' had gained through work and theoretical he had won through diligent study, served him in fine stead. He devised a way of "washing" coal, so that coal of poor industrial caluve could be utilized. In 1927 he became president of the Frick Coke.."ompany... He was 58 years old then, and had made the great strides which took him to the presidency of the company in the years when most men have lost their zest for study and would hesitate at starting an entirely new. career. Pcrhnps an unconscious influence in guiding him may be found in an anecdote. When he was 12 a cousin sent him a book for Christmas on the life oi James'A. Garficld, who had just become President of the United States. It was the first book Tom Moses had ever read--and he had to read it slowly because of the difficulties he had witli his letters. But the story of the ambitious lad, born in a log cabin, who forged his way from the mines to the highest executive office in the country, lefi an indelible impression on the untutored reader. He learned through the pages that it was possible to make great strides--if one had ability and the will to do it. Apparently Mr. Moses had both. The son, who became Frick and U. S. Coal Coke president as his father's successor, began his business career in coal producing subsidiaries of United Stater, Steel, was an assistant mine foreman in 1919 nnc held various other supervisory position until 1932 when he was made general superintendent of the Kentucky . and West Virginia operations of the United States Coal Coke Company, which position he leaves to take over his new duties. Charles L. Albright, secretary of the Frick concern, moved up to the vice-presidency and .secretaryship of the same company and as vice-president of U. S. Coal Coke. He has served the coal producing subsidiaries in various capacities since entering business in 1905. He was appointed to his present position in 1935. Illiterates of T h r e.e Counties Taught to Read, Write. NEARLY HALF IN FAYETTE UNIONTOWN, Jan. 17.--Nearly 1,000 illiterate residents of Fayettc, Washington and Greene counties ave bec.i taught to read and write by WPA teachers since inception of .he Works Progress Administration's adult education program, work-relief fflcials reported today. The large figure includes all those ersons who have been enrolled in itcracy classes by the WPA in diversified sectors' of the tri-counties area during the past two years. All nationalities, creeds, political faiths and colors are included in the list of .hose given additional education by lie staff of WPA teachers. The Igurcs were released. by Lycll L». Buttcrmorc, branch office manager of WPA comprising the No. 10 area. Broken down, the statistics disclosed: 5,218 persons taught to read and write in Fayctte county; 4.375 In Washington county, and 1,100 in Sreene county. Classes were taught under auspices of the WPA cduca- ,ion and recreation program. They were supervised by Norwood S. Floto of Conncllsville. Through facilities afforded them, ihose taught literacy were enabled, to a great extent, to secure American citizenship papers. Buttcrmore said that WPA records disclosed many who afforded themselves of this educational opportunity, were of foreign birth. Taught basic ."laws of the United States,.as well as an analysis of the Constitution, the knowledge permitted the aliens -to become citizens. - - - . ; ··_'·· Hundreds of others were those adults, who, through no fault of their own, were denied educational facilities when of school age. Practically all classes were held al night in centers in all sections ol Fayettc, Washington and Greene counties. Those, included in the category taught were men and women from WPA construction anc sewing projects, miners, laborers anc aliens. Teachers hired on the program are paid from Federal funds. There i no registration or tuition charge for those who desire to participate in the classes. Among other subjects taughl by WPA are those in elementary and higher learning; including spelling, mathematics, geography, physical education, languages, history music, shorthand and typing. In its literacy and citizenship classes, the WPA has sponsored, also a number of "Music Festivals of Al Nations." These pageants have popularized tho folk lore and folk music of many nations, with descendants of these nations participating. Through entry in these fetes adults and youths have become better acquainted with the customs o both New and Old World culture with the paramount idea of better American citizenship as the inevitable result. Savages Like Mickey Mouse. PERTH, Australia, Jan. 7.--Mickey Mouse is becoming a vcrtiable mis sionary among the savages. Explor cr Michael Terry, from Western Aus tralia, reports that after taking hi: camel boy to sec a Mickey Mousi film at Kalgoorlie, the boy returnee to his tribe, executed the Mickey Mouse dance steps and they immcdt ately wore incorporated into a ncv tribal dance. CUT RATE 116 South Pittsburg Street. Phone 618 You get cut prices here on the finest cuts of meat. Everything cut but the quality. Shop here Friday for meats and cold cuts forthe holiday week-end. 5 Ibs. 95c 2 Ibs. 23c Ib. 17c BONELESS RIB ROAST Ib. 18c PURE LARD PORK SAUSAGE PORK CHOPS 2 Ib. 23c Ib. 18c 2Oc 5c Sugar Cured Bacon Loose Sauer Kraut "-5c Jumbo Bologna M5c Chuck Roast "· 14t Sugar Cured Hams . 23c SALAMI AND PEPPERONI BACON - HAMS - DRIED BEEF - LEBANON BOLOGNE BUTTER - EGGS AND CHEESE Our Old · Fashioned January. The Mew Spring "as i n*' " Modern Miss Dresses Clever Styles nt Distinguished by that sculptured, urbane loolc every woman wants for smart afternoon wear. Every dress in this new collection ot mid-winter and early Spring styles is a delight, by reason of exciting new details and flne materials. Misses' and women's sizes. New Spring Hats $1.29 to $2.95 At'TUAIi $2.00 VALUE Rayon Crepe Print Dresses Snttmlny* for It's utterly Vjcyond belief--but nevertheless true--just $1.00 for these FRESH, NEW RAYON DRESSES IN SPRING PRINTS. (Sizes 14 to 44). You'll want 3 or 4--but be here at 9 tor they'll sell like wildfire. for Early Saturday Shoppers. No Exchanges, No Approvals, No Credits, No Refunds! $5.98 China Dinner Set, 32 pcs $4.98 $2.25 Wear-Ever Double Boiler, 1 V 2 qt. $1.79 $1.00 Seamless 5-Ib. Enamel Roaster 78c 25c China Cups and Saucers, Set of 6 $1.00 $39.95 Aria Table Radio, 8 tubes $29.95 $134.95 Allied Electric Refrigerator $119.95 $1.00 and $1.19 Novelty Porcelain Ware 79c 79c and $1.00 Candy Jars, Vases, etc .50c 59c and $1.00 Boxed;Stationery 25c and 50c $1.00 Self filing Fountain Pens 79c WEEK-END TOILETRY SPECIALS 75c Listerine Antiseptic 59c 45c, Ipana Tooth Paste 39c 60c Mum Deodorant 49c 39c Avona Skin Lotion 27c $1.00 Drene Shampoo 79c $1.00 Men's Sik or Wool Mufflers 67c Up to $1.69 Men's Dress Shirts 78c $1.00 Men's Silk Dress Ties 79c $1.50 and $2.00 Military Sets Vz Off $1.00 Men's Cotton Plaid Shirts ...59c Group Girls' Snow Suits L..!4 Off AH Girls' Winter Coats Vz Off Girls' Navy Felt Winter Hats V* Off One Lot of Infants'Clothing ..:.. Vz Off Infants' Broadcloth Creepers 25c Tots' Warm Sleepers, 1 to 6 yrs 54c 39 in. Panne Rayon Satin, yd .-. 34c 69c Rayon Prints, yd ; 57c Rayon Spun and Rayon Crepe, yd 43c $1.15 Women's Chiffon Hose Save 37c on every pair you buy! They are rlngless, crepe twist, sheer 3 thread chiffons. Shop early for selection of shades. SAT. AT 78 c pr. SALE of 79c LINENS Specially Purchased-thus the LOW PRICE on these MADEIRA, LACE, and LINEN PIECES Come early, don't delay! Bridge Cloths, Napkins, Scarfs, Doilies, Buffet Sets, etc. 79c To $45..00 Fur Trimmed Cloth Coats .._ $28 To $25.00 Casual Cloth Coats $14.95 To $19.95 Smart Cloth Coats $12.95 To $89 Northern Seal, Mendoza Beaver and Eel Gray Beaver Fur Coats $69.95 $1.98 Women's SJipon Sweaters ,,.$!.48 $1.98 and $2.25 Crepe Blouses $1.25 49c Misses 7 Brushed Wool Caps 29c 59c to $1.00 Assortment Jewelry 19c $2.29 Women's Gloria Umbrellas $1.98 $1.50 Women's Chic Fabric Gloves $1.00 35c to 50c Women's Linen H'dkfs, 4 for .. $1 Women's Knit Union Suits, 3 for $1.00 Women's Outing Gowns Pajamas 74c $2.98 Value Pure Silk Satin Slips $1.94 Assorted Cream Center Chocolates, Ib. ... 17c 2'/2 Ib. Box Hershey Kisses 59 C ''.linen Dent.--Street Floor.

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