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Democratic Watchman March 27 1903, page 8


"There are a whole lot of workmen about Bellefonte who could follow the example set them by Jimmy Cornelius, and donate a couple of day's work to the property now being prepared for the hospital. There is much to he done out there, and but kittle to do it with. So far every stroke of work that has been done has had to be paid for, while there is any amount of laborers who will eventually be benefited by it who have been idling time away that could have been put to good advantage in cleaning up and getting that property in shape for public use. The hospital, it should be understood, is not so much for those who are able to contribute money to its maintenance as for those who are not. It is for the deserving laborer whose limited means prohibit the best attention to himself or family in case of accident or sickness. For this reason every laboring man in the community should feel an interest in it, and if he has a day off from his regular work be willing to devote that day to cleaning up and beautifying the hospital surroundings.

If each mechanic who is working on the repairs to the building would donate two days work, and each laboring man about town who has a day off would give but one days time, it would he an amazing help to the people who are struggling so hard to establish this charity. It would also give them a claim against this institution that otherwise they may not feel they have. Who among the workmen about town, will volunteer his services for one day ?"

Democratic Watchman March 27 1903, page 8

"Mrs. James Delige, and Miss Jennie Green two ladies (?) of color who have frequently entertained the up-town people, by their pranks on the streets, know now what it costs to give their opinion of each other. On Tuesday they were up before Mayor Walker, for disturbing the peace, and using obscene language on the streets, and that official thought that the show they had made of themselves was worth $12.87, or twenty days in jail for Mrs. Delige, and $14.87, or thirty days in jail for Miss Green. Somebody paid the fine, and these two disturbers of the peace of the town went home, to swear at a Burgess who won't permit them to use their dirty tongues just as they see fit."

Democratic Watchman April 3 1903, page 8


"The International Electric Co., of this place, an organization formed several years ago to support Edward McGarvey and Guy Linn in the experimental work they had begun on an electrical scale recording invention, has about closed a deal with the Central Electric Co., of Ohio, whereby the latter gains control of fourteen of the valuable patents of the former.

The Solicitor, secretary. and electrician of the Ohio corporation are in town now and yesterday the deal was practically closed. While it is not known what the exact amount of the consideration is there are rumors to the effect that the local company receives $60,000 for their patents.

The patents they have assigned are the ones covering the invention to weigh objects passing rapidly over the platform of a scale by means of an electric vibrator indicator.

The invention is the product of Edward McGarvey, the young electrician of this place, and Guy Linn, whose experience as a scale worker gave him a knowledge of scale mechanism. When they started working on it everyone was skeptical. Well, not everyone, for a few gentlemen got together and financed them and now they are to enjoy the first fruits of success. In the company are Edward McGarvey, Guy Linn, Ellis L. Orvis, Hugh S. Taylor, R. B. Taylor, Sidney Krumine, James Aikens, Col. J. L. Spangler and the estate of John Walsh.

The International Electric company has not disposed of all of its patents by any means and the work on several more important inventions will be pushed with renewed vigor."

Editor's Note: In comparison, the $60,000 is equivalent to over $1,100,000 in current dollars.

Democratic Watchman April 3 1903, page 8

"Andrew Carnegie has increased his gift to the College for a library building from $100,000 to $150,000. Work upon the building will be commenced at once. The plans submitted by Davis & Davis, of Philadelphia, have been definitely accepted."

Bellefonte Republican April 9 1903, page 8

Fire at the Scale Works

"Friday evening at 8:30 o'clock, fire broke out on the roof of the blacksmith shop at the Standard Scale and Supply Works, south of town. The alarm of was sounded and both the Logan and Undine fire companies responded promptly and were soon on the scene. The fire spread in the direction of the machine shop. The efforts of the fire laddies soon put an end to the flames.

A patch about forty feet square was burned in the roof of the blacksmith shop and several belts were burned. The loss is estimated at about $200.00 fully covered by insurance."

Democratic Watchman April 10 1903, page 8


"When the Standard scale works move away from Bellefonte the Nittany Furnace Co., will not rerent the buildings they now occupy. It is the intention of the Furnace Co. to occupy them themselves and to fit them out as a complete foundry and machine shops where all of the new and repair work for the Scotia, Red-bank and Nittany mines, the C. R. R. of the Bellefonte and Nittany furnaces can be done.

These companies already have several well organized repair departments scattered about their various workings, but the intention to consolidate them means a plant that will employ nearly as many men as the scale works itself. They will need extra machinists, painters and an entire force of foundrymen, so that the hum of industry started in the scale works buildings 12 years ago will not be entirely transported to Beaver Falls."

Keystone Gazette April 10 1903, page 1

Burglars Around

"Monday morning Mrs. D. H. Hastings, of Bellefonte, left for Harrisburg to visit her daughter, Mrs. Ross Hickock. She left in her residence here the governess and a colored lady. A bout 10: 30 o'clock Monday night these women heard somebody upstairs in the billiard room, next to the room they were sleeping in. Prior to that they heard him coming up the back stairs and making a slight noise on the second floor. These women had nerve enough to go down stairs and telephone to police head quarters for an officer. Policeman Jodon answered the call, and on his way out he met Hard Harris who accompanied him to the Hastings home. When they reached there they found both of the ladies at an upper front window weeping, one of them saying, "Are you trying to scare us?''

Finally policeman Jodon got them to open the front door, while at the back door Hard Harris stood guard with a big club. If Mr. Burglar would have come that way his name would have been Dennis. However, policeman Jodon and the governess went through the entire house looking in every room and under the beds but they saw nobody, or as far as they could see nothing was touched or taken. In a short time afterward H. S. Ray, Maurice Jackson and Bob Hunter appeared on the scene and another search was made but the knight of darkness had made his escape down the back stairs and through the kitchen door where it is thought he entered.

The impression is that when the women went to the telephone the burglar thought it was high time for him to leave. Maurice Jackson then made up his mind that he would be their guardian through the night and with a belt of cartridges and two self-cocking revolvers Maurice held the vigil all night, but nothing disturbed them.

The ladies described the intruder as being short and chunky which corresponds to a man seen by policeman Jodon about 11 o'clock standing on the corner of Allegheny and Linn street near Col. Reynolds' home.

Democratic Watchman April 17 1903, page 8


"Some time in the next two weeks the Bellefonte hospital is to be moved from its present location on Spring street into the McKee property on Willowbank street. The hospital was established last September in Dr. Hayes' building and almost immediately the managers realized that if it was to be a benefit to the people of the community or a permanent institution in the town a larger building was absolutely necessary.

Many properties were inspected and discussed, but the McKee homestead on Willowbank street was by far the most desirable and suitable one in the market. Arrangements were made for the purchase of it and just as soon as the deal was closed contracts were made for the repairing. No improvements were undertaken at all except those absolutely necessary on account of the scarcity of means, but the house is now in first class shape. The walls have all been scraped and recoated; the plumbing was made as sanitary as possible; every particle of wood work inside the house was cleaned and repaired; a new heating plant was installed and the cellar was dug out and thoroughly white-washed.

The location and surroundings are ideal but there is yet a great deal of work to be done before the grounds and exterior of the building will present the well kept appearance so essential to a public institution.

By May the 1st the nurses expect to have the patients all comfortable established in the new building and Saturday, May 2nd, has been decided upon as general donation day for the institution. Groceries and eatables of all kinds will be most acceptable as well as furniture for living and bed rooms, but the following is a list of articles very necessary just at present:

Ward pillows, 32x18 inches
Nurses pillows 22x32
Small round pillows, for surgical cases, made of hair, cotton or cut straw
Spreads for single beds and 7-4 sheets
Sash curtains for 24 windows
Canned and dried fruits
Jelly and grape juice
Flour, vegetables, lard and meat
Knives, forks, spoons and dishes
Table linen and kitchen utensils
Rugs for dining and nurses rooms
Screens for the ward beds
Chairs for the house and porches
Brooms, scrub brushes and soap
A washing machine, tube and wringer

Keystone Gazette April 17 1903, page 1

A Big Tract of Timber Sold

"Sometime ago F. W. Crider of Bellefonte purchased a tract of timber down near Hublersburg for $16,000. At the same time McNitt Bros. & Co. had an option on it, but only wanted to give $ 15,000. The option ran out and M r. Crider purchased the tract a short time after. Last week the McNitt Bros. & Co. purchased this tract of land and it is said they paid Mr. Crider something like $31,000. The tract is located in Nittany valley on what is known as the ridges and contains about 1,500 acres and can be operated from either Hecla or Howard. The tract contains about thirty thousand telephone polls, five million feet of lumber, besides lagging and stave timber in large quantities. After the timber has been taken off the land belongs to Mr. Crider."

Keystone Gazette April 17 1903, page 1


To be Known as the Bellefonte Coal & Coke Company


Fine Coal Lands Purchased by this Company in Jefferson County - Two Hundred Coke Ovens to be Built to Supply Coke for the Bellefonte and the Nittany Furnaces - It Will Give a Coke Supply for Centre County's Iron Industry for the Next Thirty Years.

"Few people in Bellefonte know the strong financial backing that is keeping the two furnaces in Bellefonte in motion.  Of course these enterprises are making money or they would not be going, but it is a satisfaction to know that they are in good and safe hands. Since starting these furnaces this company purchased from Andrew Carnegie the large ore banks at Scotia. During the last twenty years thousands of tons of ore have been taken out, and it is stated that a new deposit of ore has been struck that will last these furnaces for the next thirty years. They will soon open a large stone quarry near the Bellefonte furnace and all that was needed to make the company have an independent supply of raw material was their own coal and coke.

For a long time J. W. Gephart, the manager and general superintendent of these industries, had been looking for a tract of land that would meet their requirements and at last he was successful in purchasing eleven hundred acres of coal lands to the southwestern corner of Jefferson county, situated between the Bell's Gap railroad and the B. R. & P. railroad. They intend to begin the erection of 200 coke ovens, all of which will be finished early next fall. Work on these ovens will be begun Monday under the direction of William Buller, mining engineer of Burlington, N. J. The 200 ovens will give a supply of ten thousand tons of coke per month, which will last the Bellefonte and Nittany furnaces for the next thirty years. By having these ovens they can manufacture iron at from $1.50 to $2.00 a ton cheaper than at present, which will be a big saving. This, of course will enhance the stock of the Central Railroad of Pennsylvania.

The name of the corporation is the Bellefonte Coal stud Coke Company, with the main office in Bellefonte. The directors are Archer Brown and Philip Kleiberg of New York; Charles H. Clement, Sunbury; Frank H. Clemson and J. W. Gephart, Bellefonte. The treasurer is Wil liam Samson, 71 Broadway, N. Y.

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