The Express from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania on June 8, 1950 · Page 1
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Fair. .. tonight; cloudy, warm and humid tomorrow with scattered showers likely in late ajternon or night. Temp, range SS-54 River stage THE LOCK HAVEN EXPRESS Not Only A Newspaper—A Community Asset Old-Fashicmed Girl . One who used to stay at home when she had nothing to wear. Es». March 1, 1882 16 Pages LOCK HAVEN, PA., THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 1950 AP Wire Service Five Cents 11325 People In City; Census Shows 515 Gain County Increase is 1,783, Making Total 36,340 in '50 List Lock Haven's population has Increased 515 since 1940, on the testimony of preliminary census figures announced today by the district census office in Williamsport. The county gained 1,783 in the .ten-year period from cen- j sus to census. Clinton County's present poulation, the 1950 census showed is 36,340, compared with 34,557 in the 1940 county. Lock Haven's present population is 11,325, instead of 10,810, the total shown in 1940. The figures reflect a steady growth In the past three decades. The count for 1920 was 8,557. It Jumped to 9,668 in 1930, and to 10,810 in 1940. \ Rcnovo Lost Some The other larger, towns in the lower end of the county also shared in the rising population but Renovo lost a handful of residents. Mill Hall, Avis, and Flemington all showed an increase from the 1940 figures. Mill Hall's present population with 1,513 1,450 resi- Heffner Grandson To Be Ordained Former Mayor and Mrs. E. F. Heflner left by plane this morning to attend the ordination tomorrow in Alexandria, Va., of their grandson, William C. Hefl- ner, as a deacon of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Heflner, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Heflner, Jr., of Richmond, Va., is a graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary, and plans to serve for the next three years at an Episcopal mission on the island of Okinawa. He formerfy attended the Lock Haven schools when his family resided in this city. Class of 222 Graduated in Fanfare of 75th Anniversary Pageantry at High School Field Is 1,675, compared ten years ago. Flemington has dents, compared with 1,301 in 1940. Avis grew to 1,192 from the figure of 1,161 ten years back. Renovo's present population is put at 3,753, a loss of 31 from the 1940 total of 3,784. Clinton County itself had suffered a population setback between 1920 and 1930, when the number of residents revealed in the census had dropped from 33,555 in 1920 to 32,319 in 1930. The growth from 1930 to 1940 more than made up that loss, however, and the growth of the last ten years has given the county the greatest population it ever has had. The office is to close a week from tomorrow, on orders from the area headquarters in Philadelphia. Census records from Williamsport will be moved down there and future inquiries on census activities will be handled at 2635 Abbotsford Rd., Philadelphia. At the present time, according to the Williamsport announcement, the only members of the staff still on duty in the district office are Mr. Myers and his assistant, J. Carleton Hess, and two secretaries. Centre Expands Centre County, which is in another census district, has increased by 13,034 since 1940, according to Edward Hazy, the supervisor in that area, with headquarters at state College. The preliminary 1950 figure for Centre County is 65,642. A preliminary census report showed also that State College's population has increased from 6,226 in 1940 to 17,142. The new figure however includes the 10,385 students enrolled at the Pennsylvania State College. The census report listed Bellefonte with a poulation of 5,614 compared with 5,304 in 1940, and Philipsburg with a population of Protest Letters Not Answered Piper, Taylorcraft Hit Plane Award Letters of protest on how an Air Forces observation plane contract was awarded have been received by Secretary of Defense Louis A. Johnson In Washington. At the same time officials at the Defense Department have failed to answer the question, why the contract went to manufacturer who did not adhere to contract specifications. The letters were from William T. Piper, president of Lock Haven's Piper Aircraft Corp. and from Taylorcraft, of Conway, Pa. Both manufacturers protested award of a large order to Cessna ' Aircraft Co., Wlchi.ta, Kansas. The Cessna plane, both Piper and Taylorcraft said, was approximately 50 per cent over the stipulated 1,000-pound limit set by military specifications. Competitions for the contract, reported to be for 500 planes, were held at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio. Five companies entered models. The Defense Department,, questioned by the Associated Press for The Lock Haven Express, yesterday morning would only describe the Cessna plane. Further questions were relayed late yesterday by The Express. Yet to be answered were these two questions: "Did the Army change its weight specification at the last minute? If so, why weren't the four unsuccessful bidders notified and given opportunity to submit models in the new weight class?" Mr. Piper, in his letter to tte defense secretary, explained that the 1,000-pound weight specification limited engineers to the slnd of plane they can design. Highest powered engine which Piper designers could incorporate in their model was 125 h. p. Cessna turned out a plane with 200 h. p. Its empty weight compared with the Piper model is believed to be in the region of 1,500 p ounds. Piper, officials pointed out that at no time did any change in the weight specifications come through from military authorities. They based their protest on the fact that Air Materiel Command ignored the 1,000- pound specification. 3,991 compared years ago. with 3,963 ten | McKean County's population was 387 less In 1950 than in 1940, according to the preliminary figures. The total population is now 56,286, as compared •with 56,673 ten years ago. The loss came In the towns. Bradford, which had 17,286'residents April 1 this year, showed a decrease of 443 from 1940, while Kane now has a populace of 5,664, a decrease of 489. The country areas of McKean County showed an increase, Indicating a shift of population to the rural sections. Erie Moves Up Erie has become the third largest city in Pennsylvania with a population of 130,125, census figures showed today. The lake city unseated Scranton in the third place slot behind Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Scranton now la fourth with 125,000 persons. In releasing the preliminary figures, Census Supervisor Raymond W. Foley said there should be a slight increase In his figure when final 'computations are made later In the year, WILLIAMSPORT, (AP)—Preliminary census figures today showed a poulation gain In Lycoming County to 100,903 from 93,633 In 1940. Williamsport also increased its population from 44,355 to 44,964. Urge 3-Year Draft Act WASHINGTON, (AP)—A three-year extension of the peacetime draft act was recommended to the Senate by its , Armed Services Committee. Remington Indicted for Lying on Communism NEW YORK, (AP)—William W. Remington, government economist, was indicted by a federal grand jury today on one perjury count for denying he ever was a member of the Communist Party. It charged that when Remington was asked on May 25 whether he ever had been a member of the Communist Party, he replied: "I never have been." The grand Jury charged that Remington's answer was "untrue in that the defendant had been a member of the Communist Party." Sparkling Drama Of School Life From Early Days In a combination of pageantry and academic solemnity the Diamond Jubilee Class of the Lock Haven High School was graduated last evening in the presence of more than 2,000 parents and friends. Blue skies created a natural backdrop for the 222 capped and gowned senators as they marched to their seats on the High School Athletic Field to the music of the High School Band. The black-robed class, march- Ing from the High School to the athletic field, filled the overhead bridge over its entire length, including both stairways, as they advanced two by two. to the Commencement pageant and ceremonies. Every phase of school work, extra currlcular activities and the pertinent events responsible for the development of the present school system were impressively described by word and dra matlc action in the well organized pageant based on the commencement theme, "The Great Harvest." History Unfolded In an impressive series of scenes, sparked with life through the medium of narrators, the history of the school through the past 75 yearjs was unfolded to illustrate that education is a planting, a cultivation and harvest of preparation for young people to meet the needs of the life they will live. The entire class participated in the pageant which carried the audience back to days when the boys and girls were taught in separate schools and the master drilled the three R's into the scholar's heads with a hickory stick. The bearded School Board of 1863 * was shown discussing the buying of a lot in the Third Ward from Philip M. Price while the oil lamps flickered over their papers. In 1868 this august body built a three-story building on the presenUsite of the Junior High School, and education started getting a foothold in the community. Actors costumed in the dress of their period revived memorable scenes in the lives of those men and women who were largely responsible for the growth of the school system in its faltering beginnings. First Graduation Reenacted John A. Robb was elected first superintendent and served as head of the system for 35 years. The audience saw Miss Agnes Reilly become qualified as a teacher in 1874 and take over the reins as first acting principal of the High School. At that time there was an enrollment of 81 pupils, and Mr. Robb, Miss Reilly and Miss Sallie Rhodes taught all the classes. The first graduation was an appealing scene with Miss Mag- Elks Give $100 To Local Groups The Black Knights treasury" is richer by $50 and the Lock Haven fire police ambulance fund by the same amount, following the Elks meeting here .this week. The Elks voted contributions to these two local organizations Tuesday. They also planned for Flag Day ceremonies in the lodge rooms this month. DP Bill Passed WASHINGTON, (AP)—Swift presidential approval is expected for a bill expanding by 91,000 the number of homeless Europeans who may seejt a home'in this country. The measure was sent to the White House yesterday after the Senate approved it on a voice vote. It calls for the admission of 341,000 DPs to the United States. Squad of Masculine Cooks Strike IJglit-IIcartccI Note in Pageant While the pageant narrator explained the scope and aims of Home Economics program at the High School, during the pageant, "The Great Harvest," this precisely-drilled unit of boys who know how to handle a howl and a mixing spoon, won laughter and applause from the crowd with their rendition of "If I'd 'a Knew You Were Comin,' I'd 'a Baked a Cake." (Phot* by Mehall). Turnpike Fence Contract Awarded HARRISBURO, (AP)—A $699,872 contract for construction of 1,056,000 feet of right- of-way fence along the eastern extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike has been awarded to Webster and Webster, Inc., of Hartford, Conn. Ritter Brothers, Harrisburg, was awarded a $2,000,000 contract to 'build seven colonial type service. stations and restaurants along the eastern extension. The contract was awarded by the Gulf Oil Corporation, which holds the service concessions for the eastern extension. The service stations, similar to those on the present turnpike, will be located near Mechanicsburg, Highspire, Marsh, Valley Forge Park, Lawn, Bowmansville and Schoeneck. At the same time, contracts for construction of two more sections of the turnpike's western extension were awarded. gie Mastellar, class valedictorian, reciting her hopeful speech. The other member of the class was Master Edgar' P. Geary, who was salutatbrlan, and made his address in the formal manner of the day. Show Modern Methods Having indoctrinated the audience in the good-old-days, the comprehensive panorama of events impressed upon the onlookers the tremendous strides made In the school system. The narrator explained that today the junior and senior faculties have 59 teachers, well prepared to teach subjects never thought of 75 years ago. The school enrollment stands at 2,300 boys and girls, with 1,368 of these in Junior and Senior High Schools. During the cultivation portion of the program each department in the school gave comparative scenes illustrating the advances made in the- presentation of subject material. Typical class room scenes were enacted providing comprehensive glimpses into the advanced teaching methods of today. Considerable attention had been paid to detail in creating this over-all picture of school life. Chemistry pupils performed a typical class experiment which: burned letters a foot high, spelling "chemistry," on a large banner. Charts used in .biology were concealed on the painted plywood creating the back of the stage. Whil*one scene held the audience's attention, the props w,ere set up tor the next. The Arfeiti) made In the music, language, mathematics, commercial, history, English and vocational department* vert cleverly portrayed. The importance of each .subject and every extra curricuiar activity in relation to the well-rounded development of i the pupils was explained in fast moving sequences. In a scene which made a three-ring circus seem like a dull affair every phase of ath- letlc prowess was demonstrated by uniformed participants. They Baked a Cake The Boys' Cooking Class got a good hand and sent a wave of laughter over the bleachers when they marched onto the field in Army drill time and musically apologized for not having baked a cake. Complete in chef's costumes and armed with bowls and spoons, the boys School Board of 1863 Discusses High School Site Bearded and dignified members of the school board which chose Lock Haven's first High School, were impersonated in the graduation pageant last evening by George Dunkleberger, Edson Hickoff, Donald Gricr, James Mapstone, Robert Roush, and Charles Toner. They gathered by lamplight, their tophats on the floor, to discuss the portentous question whether to buy land from Philip Price to erect a public school to serve the growing community. (Photo by Mchall). convincing the they could cook succeeded in audience that as well as sing. The seniors, once again capped and gowned/ assembled in their seats behind the burning torch of wisdom while the Choric Speech groups reviewed the harvests reaped by the school in other graduations. All Incidental music was furnished by the School Band under the direction of Garth Kleckner and choral groups under the direction of Mrs. Howard L. Graves. Lauvon Behrman, William Aurand and Elwood Rice sang solo numbers. Lloyd Chambers and Gurney Wagner had the responsibility of keeping the public address system in perfect working order. The only difficulties in the sound department were created by three passing trains. Mrs. Carl H. Lehman organized the script for the pageant from drafts submitted by the teachers in the various departments. Dr. Saylor J. McGhee, Sr., president of the school board, presented the graduates with diplomas after J. F. Puderbaugh, city superintendent of schools, presented the anniversary class to the president. The Rev. Alfred J. Thomas, pastor of the First Evangelical . C. Seniors Have Class Day Eighth Graders Graduated Today Senior Class Day was observed this afternoon by the 16 students of the Immaculate Conception High School who will graduate in exercises Sunday evening In the church. This morning, following celebration of mass, the 8th grade pupils were graduated in the first such promotion exercise ever held in the school's history. At the class day exercises in the school auditorium for the 13 boys and three girls of the class ol 1950 who will receive their diplomas Sunday, the Rev. Charles W. M. White, pastor, Loney, Newell, Flanigan Join UE Forces Here and United pronounced Brethren Church, the invocation. Garris Ritter, representing the class, prayed *for guidance for this .Diamond Jubilee class as they started on their lif e'4 work. See PAGEANT (Pag* 3, Col. 7). gave the charge. Class Program The program consisted of a welcome address by Alice Croak; a song, "The Golden Sunlight" by the junior and senior classes; class prophesy, by the seniors; "Our Founding Fathers," by Paul Hlggins.; class will, Robert Bombassei; senior presentation by members of the junior class; farewell address by Gerard Caprio, and several songs by members of the junior and senior classes. At this morning's graduation, Father White told the students that they were completing the first step In their education on a church f ea&t day — Corpus Chrlsti. He urged the eighth graders to be faithful to the Ideals they have learned in school. Six Graduates The graduates were Jonn Richard Ryan, Philip John McDermit, Joan Marie Young, Elizabeth Ann Pruey, Agnes May Higglns and Paula May McGulre. Yesterday afternoon, over 175 students and teachers attended the grade school picnic at Hanna Park. Parents attended later in the afternoon, joining in the sports. Games, race's, volley ball, softball and baseball were enjoyed. Three of the visitors from Pittsburgh who have joined the forces of United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of Am- Rlskln should seek the aid of these UE payrollers and Communist agents to maintain his domination over Sylvanla Workers." erica local 636, at the Mill Hall I Identiflc d by Cvelic Sylvania plant, for the intensive ampaigning before the scheduled NLRB election on June 21, are International Representative Charles Newell. District 6 President Stanley Loney, and Field Representative Thomas Flanagan. Noting their arrlvel, the IUE- CIO Representative James T. Fitzgerald today charged the UE local with importing "paid Communist thugs." Fitzpatrlck has been conducting the campaign of the IUE for membership among Sylvania Mill Hall em- ployes. Charges of Communism Fitzpatrick, who has been employed by Westlnghouse in Pittsburgh, said that Newell was identified with the Communist Party's march on the union headquarters of Weslinghouse Local 601 and their five-day siege of a seven-story building occupied by the local's headquarters. Fitzpatrlck said that, during this raid, some 3,000 veterans in the membership of the local attempted to upset a station wagon in which James J. Matles, UE national director of organization, was riding. He added that the membership of the local "ran Newell and Matles out of town." Loney, according to Fitzpat- rlck, was a member of Westinghouse Local 617 in Sharon, until his fellow members became so "fed up with his Communist activities" that, when he attempted to return to his job in the plant after an NLRB election had repudiated the UE, "the membership threatened violence and refused to work with him." "Flanigan's record of Communist Paytv: activity, as -well as his participation in intimidation campaigns, is just as black as his associates," charged Fitzpat rick, who addedi that he Is noi •urprlsed that "Communist Ben Newell and Loney, he said, were mentioned In the recent ( estimony of Matthew Cvetic, who identified himself as an FBI undercover agent, and told a story of Investigating Commu- ilst activities In the UE around Pittsburgh. Cvetlc's testimony was given before a subcommit- ;ee of the Un-American Affairs Jommittee of the House of Representatives last February and March. Copies of the testimony can be obtained from the committee In Washington. Declaring his belief that the officers of UE Local 636 "are not Communists but unsuspecting pawns in the UE Communist -.onspiracy," Fitzpalrick alleged, however, that the assistants and eaders provided for them from he International UE are "known and admitted Communists." Mr. Fltzpatrlck's allegations •egardlng Newell and Loney were ihecked by The Express with ;he published report of the Cvetic hearings, printed by the U. S. Government Printing Office. Excerpts From Testimony On Page 1248 appears the following testimony: Mr. Tavenner (Frank S. Tavenner, Jr., counsel for the House Un-American Activities Committee) : Do you know Charles Newell, an International representative of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, assigned to District 6? Mr. Cvetic: Yes, I do. Mr. Tavenner: Is he a member of the Communist Party to your knowledge? Mr. Cvetic: Yes, he is. Mr. Tavenner: How do you know that? Mr. Cyetic: I attended district committee meetings of the Communist Pnrty with him. See UE (Page 2, Col I> Prizes Awarded To Class Leaders In Many Fields Twenty-nine members of tht Diamond Jubilee Class of the Lock Haven High School- were presented with awards last night as part of the Impressive commencement exercises. J. F. Puderbaugh, superintendent of city schools, commended the pupils for their achievements and was responsible for the presentation ceremony. James Rude, merited four awards. Florence Dick, was recognized three times. Fivt other seniors received twp awards apiece Including Beverly Miller, Richard Jamison,'Gordon Myers, Etta Bennett and Margaret Hamberger. Etta Bennett merited the Alumni Association First Award —the Agnes Reilly Scholarship of $100. Miss Bennett also shared the Dr. W. E. Welliver Award of $10 for Latin with Beverly Miller. Miss Miller's other award was the $2.50 given by the Play- makers for excellence In dramatics. Scholarship Award Miss Dick received the Bertha Mast ell er Award—a year's scholarship to the Lock Haven Stata Teachers College; the Sidney D. Furst Award of $10 for the highest general service to the school during the year. She also shared the Sidney D. Furst Second Award of $10 with Gordon Myers for public speaking and debating. Gordon also received the Playmakers Award of $2.50 for excellence in dramatics. James Rude was given the Dr. E. C. Blackburn Memorial Award of $10 for mathematics; the Louis L. Raff Memorial Award See PRIZES (Page 3, Col. 6) Fitzgerald At Emporium Small Attendance Greets UE Chief EMPORIUM—A total of only 170 people attended two UE membership meetings here yesterday, addressed by Albert J. Fitzgerald, international president of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. This estimate was made by Wally Nelson, editor of the Cameron County Press, on the basis of reports gleaned from people who attended the two meetings. An actual count was made at both sessions. It is understood that this was Fitzgerald's first appearance before an audience In a community in which there is a plant of the Sylvania Electric Product! Corp. Fitzgerald and Ben Riskin addressed the two meetings, held in the Emporium theatre, one at 4:30 p. m. for workers on the day shift and the other at 12:30 for the night shift members of the union. The attendance at one meeting, it was reported from reliable sources, was 81, including Mr. Fitzgerald, and his three bodyguards, who accompanied him from New York. The other meeting was a little larger, the reports indicated. The count of attendance also included Charles Newell and Stanley Loney, who have been working out of the headquarteH of UE local 636 at Lock Haven. (Editor's Note: A report of Albert J. Fitzgerald's appearance, with other officers of the UE before the subcommittee of the Committee on Education and Labor of the U. S. House of Representatives in 1948, is published today on Page 9.) Crash Survivors Plan To Continue to Fields CHARLESTON, S. C., (AP)— Recuperating from a soul-trying experience in shark-infested waters, most of the Puerto Rican survivors of an Atlantic Ocean plane crash today made plans to continue on to their work in Michigan sugar beet fields. The ship's pilot credited instinct with a major role in the rescue of the 37 persons, Pilot Joseph Halsey, 30, of Seattle, had crouched to jump from the escape hatch of the plane, when he stopped and snatched a flashlight, Later he used-the flashlight to »Unk out an SOS to a sister plane which flew overhead. Halsey sa: " of his Bhip'i two engines went bad."

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