Cumberland Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland on February 21, 1952 · Page 15
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Cumberland Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland · Page 15

Cumberland, Maryland
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Thursday, February 21, 1952
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Local -:• Comic* •:• Classified The Newspaper For The Home Member Associated Press THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1952 Second Section Mayoral Race Entered By S. Russ Minter City Candidates Have Until Tomorrow At Midnight To File 8. Russ Minter, local architect, today announced he will be a candidate for mayor of Cumberland in the primary election March 4. Minter resides at 307 South Centre Street where he also conducts hisj business. j In announcing he made the fol-i lowing statement: 'j "The City of Cumberland is at a crossroad at this time — we must either go forward or backward. I believe it Is the dut" of every citizen to serve" his community in the best way he can. These thoughts prompted me to decide to be a candidate lor mayor. Advocates Master Plan "For the past 10 years I have advocated a "master .plan" for the future development of Cumberland that would solve the traffic condi-| tlon, industrial expansion,- etc. It is my belief that if some functional scheme had been adopted, we would not be in the position we find ourselves today. As a matter of fact, I predicted today's condition over •even years ago. "Cumberland is a big business with everyone of us a stockholder. It is my intention, if elected mayor, to work toward a more intelligent and efficient administration of the city. I believe the city manager type of system would be a wise step in that direction. • "It is time to forget all the petty politics that have existed in the past and look at this problem of unemployment and confusion with •ome concrete action and a clear vision as to the future and bring Cumberland to the position it so greatly deserves." National Recognition Minter was born in Blacksburg, V&., in 1914 and is a graduate of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute of that city. He opened an architectural office in Cumberland in 1940. He has gained national recognition on six occasions for designs of buildings and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He is a member of the Baltimore branch of the A.LA. and a licensed architect in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. He is a past president of the Cumberland Association of Commerce and is vice president of Art- mor Plastics Corporation of this city. Minter Is also vice president of the Cumberland Duplicate Bridge Club. He holds membership in the Lions Club, Elks, Woodmen of the World, Dapper Dan Club, and Cumberland Engineering Club. Minter is the second candidate to announce for mayor. The other is Finance Commissioner William H. Buchholtz. The deadline for filing for mayor RUNS FOR MAYOR—S. Russ Minter, local architect, today announced his candidacy for mayor of Cumberland. A resident of this city for 10 years, Minter said he favors the city- manager proposal and also advocates a "master plan" for the expansion of industry and solution of the traffic problem. New York Firm Low Bidder On Stove Units A New York firm was low bidder on furnishing gas ranges for the 127 dwelling units of Cumberland's ow rent housing project at Mapfe- side when bids were opened yesterday by the Cumberland Housing Authority. The low company was the Welbilt Stove iCompany, Inc., with a bid of 56,625. The next lowest was the Magic Chef,' Inc., of St. Louis, with $6,727.60. Other bids, the authority reported, were Adolph Fruchter and Sons, of Philadelphia, $6,746.50; Heating and Equipment Company of Baltimore, S6.844, and Dezen's Firestone, this city, $9,901.47. The housing authority has forwarded these bids to the regional office of the Federal Housing Authority in New York. * The contract will be awarded within the next 20 days, local hous- ng authority officials report. The firm getting the contract must furnish a satisfactory performance bond. The Martin Construction Company, builders of the large units, reported to the authority that construction is 62 per cent complete. According to the contract, work must be completed by July 15. Electric refrigerators for the 127 iome units were purchased from a local company, the low bidders. The authority is expecting the rent fees for the family units from the New York office soon. and councilman midnight. is tomorrow at PTA Schedules Program Tonight Johnson Heights Parent-Teacher Association will observe Founder': Day In the school auditorium at 8 p. m. today. A program featuring a quartet from Frostburg State Teachers College is scheduled. Miss Charlotte Barrlnger, Miss June Guilford Harry Diehl, and Donald Tliarp will sing "Bless This House" and "For the Beauty of the Earth" accompanied by Miss Maxine Conrad. Members of the PTA will present Airport Group Considers Lease The Municipal Airport Commission will meet Monday at 7:30 p. m at the office of Mayor Thomas S. Post to consider renewal of the lease with Warren G. Mullenax to operate the local field. i At a session last night Mullenax, mrceny - State Police Funds Subject Of Party Fight Governor's Plan To Finance From Road Money Hit By Demos ANNAPOLIS— (/Pr—A. prospective veto generated intense party heat again today between a Republican governor and a Democratic majority in the legislature. The tugging for votes to override or sustain swirled around a question of how to charge off the cost of State Police. The Democrats believe it should^ come out of general funds. They passed finally in the Senate yesterday a bill to do that in the next budget. * Gov. McKeldin wants to use special motor vehicle revenues. It's a safe bet, although he declined to say so immediately, hell veto the shift back to general funds: The issue is the biggest so far of the session since the governor won on his veto of a bill last year to raise pay of teachers. The Democrats argue use of special motor vehicle revenues is a diversion of money supposed to go into building roads. Gov. McKeldin and his Republican followers contend it's a proper use because the State Police are primarily highway patrolmen. Where the money comes from is vital to the Governor in balancing a budget. If it comes from general funds he has that much less to meet appropriations. If it comes from special funds he doesn't lose a thing because he can't use them for general purposes anyway. The State Police item is about $2,000,000. The pressure to sustain the expected veto Is centered in the Senate. The House passed the bill with 23 votes more than necessary to override. Eleven* senators, ten Republicans and one Democrat, voted in opposition. If they can get, one more the veto would be sustained. The one most sought probably is Sen. Phoebus of Somerset. He was the only Republican to vote for the bill-and since s this is basically a party issue it's assumed he's the only one likely to change his mind. The Governor has seven days in which to either accept or reject the bill. Last year he succeeded in convincing the Democrats to switch the costs. But he made the proposal after his original budget was submitted and the Democrats say they agreed only to get him off a financial spot. Senate Passes Tax Cut • The Senate passed another bill reducing revenue, a 15 per cent income tax cut, but to the Governor's liking. He nas supported the cut and made up the three million loss in revenue from surplus funds. The House has to act 'on it before It reaches the Governor. The State Police measure and two bills passed by the House were the first of the session to head for the Governor's office. The other two will include synthetic drugs in the legal definition of narcotics and make $100 Instead of $25 the dividing and grand March 1. That contract required him to pay $1,500 for the use of the field, with the City of Cumberland assuming the cost of insurance on installations there. The pact, however, contained a Aid Urged A report by a House Ways and Means Sub-committee headed by Del. Horace P. Whitworth, Jr., today (Continued on Page 27) Young Demos To Elect SLOTS MASHED ; IN SLEDGE-FEST—This busy scene yesterday occurred in the yard of the County Jail as county authorities assisted by two county roads department shop workers made junk out 'of 20."slot machines. After the slots were broken open by a sledge hammer wielded by Deputy Sheriff George Harris the money in them was County Treasurer James W. Bishop. The last pro- cess was burning the mechanisms into a mass of melted metal with an acetylene torch. Shown above left to right, are Sheriff Edward R. Muir, Harris, and behind him, Deputy Sheriff Edgar M. Lewis; Francis Glenn, shop worker; Bishop, and using the burning torch, Melvin Robinette. Money confiscated from the devices was placed in the county treasury. Illness Keeps Hold Among Area Students Students Forced To Leave Classes As Absenteeism Grows A form of influenza, grippe or irus infection continued to lay low the student bodies of local schools, a, check in various sections of the ity revealed today. Absenteeism rose to 25 per cent rom the 20 per cent figure estimated yesterday. At Allegany High School where here is an enrollment of 1,470. rincipal Ralph R. Webster said the number of absentees rose from 00 yesterday to 312 this morning. Between 9 a. m. and noon, Web- ter said 28 students were sent home 11. For some of those living in in- accesible points, two county health nurses were called to drive them lome. < At Fort Hill High School which has a 1,750 student population, 433 were reported absent. Between 9- a. m. and noon 20 children were sent lOme. Fort Hill has six teachers 111. At Allegany three teachers who were 11 yesterday came back to their classes today. Four other teachers at Campobello are still ill. Miss Lulu Blonskey, principal, said 131 of 850 pupils at Pennsylvania Avenue School, were off today. At Gephart School Miss Ann* Tennant principal, said that 68 of ;he 268 pupils enrolled did not re»port for classes today. LaSalle High School, with nearly a third of the enrollment absent, was on half day yesterday and today. Yesterday 45 students from th« 170 enrolled were absent, while today 51 were off. County Will Investigate : Road Damage The Allegany County Board of Commissioners this morning ordered an investigation into the damaging by a bulldozer of Seldom Seen Road near Lonaconing. Action was taken after a report by J. Walker. Chapman, supervisor of the County Roads Department, on the damaging of about one- fourth mile of the hardsurfaced road. He said a truck was seen carrying the bulldozer along the road and about one-fourth mile from the end of the hardsurfaced section the large bulldozer was unloaded and-run along the road. The center of the road was damaged as well as the shoulders. The county intends to make repairs and upon finding out who was responsible for running the bulldozer over the road will bill the party. Members of the board said the damaging of roads by large pieces of construction equipment is against the law and the practice will have to be stopped. Commissioner James Holmes turned over a complaint regarding a bridge in the Barton area to the State Roads Commission. Coal operators in that section said the bridge is posted for 20,000 pounds and to abide by the law the hauling of coal across the structure by tractor trailers would be prohibited. The State Roads Commission in- Manager Plan Makes Provision For Removal Of Commissioner (EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the last o/ Ivio articles on proposed charter changes which would -authorize a council-manager, form o] government here. Information is taken from & legal advertisement being published in the Cumberland News Saturday edition Jor the next /our weeks. Re/crendum on the manager plan will be held in the municipal election March 18.) If the Mayor or any member of the City Council shall fail to perform any duty imposed by law or ordinance or by an order of the Mayor and Council, he maybe removed from office by a three-fifths vote of members. A 1HJ UUl*L> t.l\J TV \, 1 \.*: t •v-v/** v"-«««— •** — . , clause giving the city five per cent Officers will be elected today at j formed Commissioner Holmes it of all gross proceeds above $15,000. j7:45 p.m. by the Young Democrats 1 --'- 1 *- o,^.,™. „„„.„»„,. Adolf Blunk, chairman, presided '.of Allegany County at the Algonquin at the meeting which included a!Hotel, according to Leslie J. Clark, discussion on strategy to halt plans ' president. would have a maintenance engineer check the bridge for possible strengthening to allow for heavier loads. The council would serve upon the accused member a written statement of charges against him. A day would be set aside for a hearing. The city solicitor would prosecute the charges and the accused may be heard in person or by counsel. If charges are sustained by a three- fifths vote, this shall be an order of expulsion and removal from office. A Mayor or councilman so expelled can within ten days have right of appeal in Allegany County Circuit Court which will hear charges de.novo and as quickly as possible. The court may sustain or reverse the council's decision., Suspended Without Pay Pending the appeal, the Mayor or councilman would be suspended without pay. If charges are not sustained by the court, the Mayor or councilman would be entitled to full pay from the time of order of expulsion. " "If in such circumstances the City Council shall neglect or refuse so to declare a vacancy and fill it, any person \»ho is a taxpayer and qualified voter in the city may file a Textile Union And Celanese Resume Talks Wage negotiations between Local 1874, Textile Workers Union of America, CIO, and the Celanese Corporation of America will resume tomorrow at 2 pm., according to Playford Aldridge, union president. He said John Kabler, assistant director of the synthetic yarn division of the TWUA, will assist in wage .fcalks. Meanwhile, officials of Local 1110, Bus Drivers Union (AFL), have called a meeting for tomorrow at 1 a.m. at the Allegany Trades Council Hall on Frederick Street to act on a company proposal made February 13 and any action taken at a meeting this morning between the parties. James Morrison, president, said a petition against such officer in the strike vote will also be taken to- Circuit Court for Allegany county. The court shall thereupon pass an order requiring the said officer to morrow if necessary. Frederick Fitzgerald, Boston, international vice president, attended City Manager Plan Backed By Buchholtz Endorsement of council-manager plan for municipal government has been given by William H. Buch- tioltz, candidate for mayor. His statement is as follows: "Since announcing my candidacy for mayor of Cumberland on January 4, a plan has arisen to change the government of the city from its present commission form to tha of council-manager. Many peopli have asked me how I feel about thi new plan of government and I be lieve I should make some statemen to clear my position and let th public knoW where I stand. "Three years ago, when some o our citizens first proposed a chang Jin the city government by attempt ing to adopt a new home rul charter, I took no public stand on either side of this question. I de cided to leave the issue up to th' electorate. "Now we are in a new election campaign, where a mayor and fou council members must be chosen The council-manager plan has be come a definite part of this cam paign. Voters are asked to selec the citizens whom they believe bes fitted to govern, but far more im portant, are asked to select the method by which they choose to b governed. "In my statement last month an nouncing my candidacy as mayor, said I am in favor of home rule When I made that statement, had no way of knowing that a new effort would be made to change ou: (Continued on Page 27) I today's negotiating session. of A!l-American Airways to stop a play, "Deep Are the Roots." AI flights to Cumberland, party for the 55th anniversary of 1 the National Congress of Parent and Teachers will close the program, with Mrs. Robert Wilson in charge of refreshments. Cast of the play includes: Robert Thwaites, Mrs. Amos DeHaven, Mrs. Edward Wilson, Mrs. Robert Thwaites, Mrs. George Dunlap, Mrs. Harold Mathews, Mrs. Patsy Algieri. Mrs. Clarence Kcan, Mrs. Glenn Diehl, Mrs. Karl Taschen- berger, Mrs. Frenia Hoffman. Mrs. Russell Beery, Mrs. John Lower, Mrs. Ralph Wilson, Mrs. Delbert Proudfoot, Miss Jeanne Lippold. Offices Closed Here Tomorrow Miss Dottie Harper, anci Miss Carol' wor k crs . Dunlap. Washington's birthday will be observed tomorrow with banks and most public buildings being closed. Banks will be open tomorrow from from 9 a. m. till noon to accommodate customers. The Court House will be closed as will Trial Magistrates' Court, the Employment Security office and various federal agenciOvS. It is also a holidav for B <fc O Railroad_pffice Ohituartj Potomac Edison Store i Going To New Location The Potomac Edison Company's BRISCOE — Mrs. Lena M.. 51. store and office will temporarily be Piedmont, W. Va. ; located at 32 North Liberty Street CRITES — Mrs. Dorothy L., 28, : beginning Saturday. H. W. Price, Oldtown. Cumberland district manager, an- CUNNINGHAM— Albert, 76. Pied- Bounced this morning. mont, W. Vn. ' All facilities of the Baltimore DODSON— Mrs. Susan, 79, Hart- street headquarters which were mansvllle, W. Va. ' j burned out February 4 will be avail- EVANS— Elmer C., 58, Mt. Storm. 'nble at the new location formerly W. Va. occupied by the Peoples Bank. The LEBECK — Louis J., 65, of 1101 'company has been conducting its Holland Street. 'business in the former Lane store- LEWIS— Mrs. Mamie H., 71, of 12 rO om on Baltimore Street since the Laing Avenue. ;fire. McCOY— Mrs. Julia C.. 90. Bal- : - tlmore. Area Insurance Apcnl MYERS — Mrs. Monteria B., 88, . T . ' Frostburg. buffers ^ Injury SOWERS — John F.. 82. Davis, „, „ TURNEY - Joshua A.. 81. Mt. Lake Park Mrs'. Mamie H. Lewis Mrs. Mamie Harriet Lewis, 71. _„ Patrick O Rourke, about oo. of 2i4 Ea ^ M * j " Street. Frostburg. was .admitted to Miners' Hospital there last nl * ht * ith a *' rist mj "£ , An insurance collector O Rourke . , . wife of Robert James Lewis, of 12;««« fo " nd »' on « Route 4 ,° a , c Eck ; Ling Avenue,, died this morning in^t ^ f «r »PP«cntly leaving ° . . 'liir- />«*- rt-i T*lr rtrt Ort i'nfr\C ^ 1TT1 \7 HP Memorial Hospital. She had been ill his car parked 20 yards away. He I was semi-conscious and in shock. for several months. Besides her husband, she is sur-; _ ~ 7 vived by a son. Harry w. Lewis. Operetta Postponed Celanese Will Close Acetate Unit In Rome ROME, Ga. —- Celanese Corporation of America announced it is closing temporarily the Acetate division of its Rome plant. Plant manager W. E. Crooks said the temporary closing would result in the furlough of 90 employes. Production has been cut sharply in recent weeks. The viscose division of the plant will remain in operation. Present market conditions were blamed for the closing. The acetate plant at Rome Is primarily a producer of novelty or specialty yarns, and the supply is greater than the demand. The curtailment will be effective in the spinning operations here this weekend, and in the textile area of the plant a few days later. Tho plant is mainly a viscose process plant. Lions Come Of Age On Anniversary Cumberland Lions Club will be "Coming -of Age" tomorrow night as they celebrate their 21st charter anniversary at the All Ghan Shrine Country Club with a dinner, entertainment and dance. Guests of honor will be Monroe L. Nutc, of Kcnnett Square, Pa., third vice-president of Lions International, who will make the principal address; District Governor Williamb G. Heagy, of Westminster; and James C. Hill, Vienna, Va., a director of Lions International. The Cumberland Club was chart- city government. ercd in 1931 with 50 members, nine "I have no way of knowing of which remain active, whether this council-manager plan Dinner music will be provided by will be approved by the electorate, but I hope it will be. "During my two terms as a city councilman and finance commissioner I have had an inside look at the workings of our city. "There may have been a time when the commission form of government worked very well. But it does not work very well now. "It is not enough to change faces in public office if the system is! obsolete. It is more important toj change the methods of onerationj and management to meet the prc- | sent day conditions. "A change to a more modern form of government is vital to thc efficient and economical operation of the City of Cumberland. the Wilton Syckcs Trio. Frank John Sazama, professor of physical training at the Naval Academy, Annapolis, a well-known exponent of tha science of hynotism, will feature the entertainment. The presidents and their wives of the Rotary, Kiwanis, Optomist, Exchange and Soroptomist Clubs of Cumberland will be guests of the Lions. Officials of Allegany and Memorial hospitals were presented With j checks of $266 each from thc Sorop- "Under'the new. proposal plan.' UmLst CIub ° r Cumberland ycster- we of course eliminate the idea that; v ' ' , , each commissioner must run only! At thc clubs mcetln S ln Sheenes his or her department. Under the Restaurant, it was announced the new plan, this type of one-man rule cannot exist, because each member proceeds of the dance sponsored by the club February 8 at the All Ghan of the council is equally responsible Shrine Colintr - v Club totaled * 53S -">for every department. ' Onc hundred ten couples attended. "The city manager, responsible to the whole council, is the administrator, purchasing agent, business j manager, supervisor and councilor. Presenls Musical St. Luke's Lutheran Church choir fiscal will present a musical revue, "Musi;cal Memories," today at, 7:4£ p. m. "I have long advocated central j in the church social hall. Music will purchasing and greater efficiency; be under thc direction of Mrs. John and believe these will lead to great-' E. Dorn Jr. er economy, better service and lower I taxes. "I want to go on record, without! question, as being strongly in favor 1 o.' the council-manager plan as proposed." 5th tits Mr. and Mr.s. Richard Mclnt.yre, 213 Glenn Street, announce the bii'th of a daughter today at Memoria! Hospital A daughter was born today to Mr. KELLY HONORED FOR PAYROLL SAVINGS—Tile Treasury Department's payroll savings pennant shown being hoisted at the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company here was awarded in recognition of CanonsbUTK Pa.'- a brother, Simon. An operetta scheduled at Centre the plant's employes excellent record in the of bonds. DOT- °* ' • . . ... .. . __. ; -.^ricirtcio <n/\v< n ATI* t\-f iy allir. C;v\s-;wrtfi«l/!'(; Trr/xr-Vovc TvarHflr^tPrl 1T1 Coates, Taylorstown, Pa.; a sister,,Street School today and tomorrow Mrs. Mollie Cage, Somerset. Pa. (Continued on Page 27) ing 1951 80.3 per cent of Kelly-Springfield's workers participated in has been postponed because o! the the payroll savings plan. This is the largest percentage among manu- lllness of a number of students. i facturing plants of its size in Maryland. A citation will be present- ed later by the State Volunteer Savings Committee and the Treasury Department. Left to right at the flag raising ceremonies yesterday are R. C. Burkhart, president of Local 26, United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers of America (ClOi: James C. Warden, plant superintendent; F. T. Bell, plant personnel manager; Stephen J. Hornick. chief of the plant police department, and W. M. Deidrich, plant comptroller. Man's Will Probated The will of John Henry Smith this city, who died December 24, nnd Mrs Gerald V. Rurkman, 17 1951 w:as probated in Orphans W t>ber Street, at Memorial Hospital. Court this morning. His widow, Mrs. Mr ancl Mr , Herman S. Athey, Mary Lucincla Smith, 227 Elder 2 21 South Mechanic Street, an- Street. was named executrix and nounce tnP birth of a son today at sole beneficiary. Memorial Hospital. _ \ Capt,. and Mr.s. John A. Dyer, Flue Fire Checked : Maiden Air Bas<\ Mo., announce thc East Side firemen extinguished birth of a son February 1 at the a flue fire this morning at the home hospital there. Capt. Dyer was a of John Stephens, 322 Este'ila practicing physician here before his .Street. Wallpaper wa.s slightly dam- recall '.f> the service. Hfi is now | aged. flight surgeon at Maiden Air Base.

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