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Democratic Watchman July 3 1903, page 3


"For several years the coal holes in front of the Arcade have been a source of danger to pedestrians along the south side of High street. The council has repeatedly notified the owner to repair them, but the notices have either been treated with utter disdain or acted upon with some temporary makeshift.

On Monday afternoon the traps worked with such effect as to badly injure one man and frighten another one almost sick - if nothing worse. "The Great Bunkerer" the female impersonator who had just arrived in town was walking along the street, all unconscious of the tilting grate, when he stepped on it and went down to his thigh. He was so badly injured that he lapsed into unconsciousness and was taken in charge by Dr. Hayes. When examined later at the Hagg hotel it was found that both his ankles were badly sprained and his wrist hurt. The showman will be laid up about three weeks as a result of his injury.

A little earlier in the afternoon J. S. McCargar, went through the same While his injuries were not as serious as those of "The Great Bunkerer" he was very sick for is few moments as a result of the severe shock he received."

Democratic Watchman July 3 1903, page 3

"The plans for the new Y. M. C. A. in Bellefonte are on exhibition and are proving quite a revelation to those who had no idea of what the board of directors had in view when they made the phenomenal canvass of a few months ago for $12,000. Only a few more thousand need be raised before the entire property can be built according to the specifications, but at present the work of improvement will be confined to the building of the gymnasium and such changes in the old building only as are absolutely necessary. The Association property is being moved to the new home, the Irvin house, on High street."

Bellefonte Republican July 16 1903, page 8

"Jacob Knisely, the well East Bishop street blacksmith, is building a handsome new hose wagon for the Undine Fire Company. It is a dandy and promises to be a great convenience in time of fire. A horse will be purchased by the Fire Company to haul this wagon to and from fires. Mr. Knisely's reputation as a workman is a sure guarantee that this wagon will be one of the best and strongest ever built in this part of the state."

Democratic Watchman July 17 1903, page 4


"The property of the Nittany Rod and Gun club at Hecla Park was sold under the sheriff's hammer on Monday, July 6th, and was bought in by a party of Bellefonte and Tyrone gentlemen, who have already reorganized the club and will continue it as the Nittany Country club.

The old organization broke up not because of the financial straits of its members, but because the attempt to propagate quall on the preserve was not a success and the gunners in the club lost interest. The property was levied on a $3,000 judgment held by Mr. Vandergrift, of Pittsburg, and sold on a bid of $2,075.00. To put it in new would cost in the neighborhood of $5,000 or $6,000. The club was started in 1897 with a membership of nearly one hundred and since that time at least $60,000 have been spent on it.

Last Friday evening the members of the new club met at the club house and after luncheon they assembled on the porch and organized with the following officers: President, J. L. Spangler ;vice president, J. W. Gephart; treasurer, Geo. R. Meek; secretary, Edmund Blanchard; board of governors John M. Dale, Esq., W. Harrison Walker, Esq., L. T. Munson, Dr. J. M. Brockerhoff, Robert Morris, Col. Wilbur F. Reader, R. B. Freeman, of Tyrone; house committee, Hard P. Harris, H. C. Quigley and Geo. R. Meek. It is the plan of the new organization to make it purely a country club, with golf, tennis and other out-of-door sports and the club life as attractive as possible. The club trout stream will probably be kept stocked, but little attention will be given to birds."

Democratic Watchman July 17 1903, page 4


"During the Carnival in Bellefonte Mrs. Samuel Wallach, of New York, who is spending the summer with her sister, Mrs. Emil Joseph, in this place, lost a diamond brooch in the shape of a heart. As the jewel was valued at $1200 its disappearance caused quite a stir in the Joseph home, where every nook and cranny was searched. In fact all of the carpets were taken up, but to no purpose.

A day or so later one of Mrs. Wallach's maids thought she saw the lost brooch on Nellie Lebkircher, a little girl who resides with her mother on west High street. An investigation later brought out the following strange story:

A little errand boy about the Joseph home says be found the gem in some rubbish in the yard and not dreaming of its value carried it about with him until one night during the Carnival he presented it to Nellie. Little she knew of its value and wore it about like cheap pin until the next evening she traded it to the man at the merry-go-round for two rides. He thought it very pretty but that he didn't know its value is proven by the fact that he used it to pin up his suspenders.

When told of what had been in her possession Nellie promptly gave all the information possible about the missing brooch and it was found in the possession of the man to whom she had given it."

Democratic Watchman July 17 1903, page 4


"The Bullock Swing and Chair Co. has been making such rapid strides in the progress of Its organization lately that it has been difficult for the public to keep up with it. After Mr. G. B. Spigelmyer joined efforts with L. C. Bullock in exploiting the Solid Comfort swing it became evident that the possibilities of the business were even beyond their well known ability as hustlers. Consequently they have decided to incorporate their business as a stock company and as the first step under the new plans they have taken Mr. W. L. Hichs, the well-known Tyrone attorney, into the firm.

Tyrone people have been especially impressed with the Bullock invention and think it such a good thing that there was a general scramble to get into the business when the opening was made. In fact there is a possibility of moving the manufactory to Tyrone."

Democratic Watchman July 17 1903, page 8


"Another of Bellefonte's industries was wiped out on Sunday afternoon. So effectual was the destruction and heavy the loss that it is doubtful if ever there will be a glass factory in this place again. Shortly after 2 o'clock on Sunday afternoon the mammoth furnace building of the Bellefonte Glass Co's plant was discovered to be on fire. It was hasty timber frame structure 201x105 feet and dry as tinder. By the time the firemen got to the scene the entire structure was a mass of flames and a fiercer fire has never before been seen in this section. Great columns of flames swirled with the air fifty feet above the building; the. heat being so intense that it was absolutely impossible to get near enough to it play water, even if that would have been effective.

From the main building the pot room and engine house, 180x36; soon caught, then the two adjacent ware houses, 40x66 and 24x60 respectively, were next to take fire. It was a frightful blaze by this time and the heat alone ignited the hay shed in McCalmont & Co's. yard, 100 feet away, so that more trouble appeared among that bunch of light frame buildings. By hard work, however, the flames were stopped there and no other of McCalmont buildings was damaged. The old Thomas farm house, nearby, was afire half a dozen times, but finally came out with only a bad scorching. The old steel works building, to the west, owned by the Bellefonte Central R. R. and used as a car barn was last to go and might have been saved had it been possible for the firemen to get in close enough to it. It was an immense frame structure, very combustible and to add to the flames there was a great quantity of oil stored in the building by John P. Harris, Jr. He succeeded in getting most of the barrels rolled out, but the heat was so intense out side that they exploded and burned-up there

Some idea of the intensity of the heat can he had when it is known that two lines of hose were burued off while the water was going through them and they were a considerable distance from the fire. At one time the firemen got in between two of the buildings and were to nearly overcome that they had to he pulled out and their hose was saved only by the use of lines. In order to keep themselves cool they repeatedly jumped in front of a stream of water and in a few seconds would be dry as punk again. As to the origin of the fire it is supposed to have been caused by the carelessness of some one who had been in the building. The factory had not been in blast since early in the spring, but there was a night watchman on duty. In the day time some of the officers were usually there attending to business. In fact on Sunday morning president Knisely was there with several other gentlemen but everything was in good order when he left. It is said that a party of young men were seen leaving the building just before the fire broke out. The losses are really very hard to estimate. While none of the buildings were, of themselves, very valuable yet just at this time they represented far more to their owners than their equivalent in cash, because they formed a very tangible nucleus about which it was hoped a prosperous business could be built up. The glass works people estimate their lost on buildings and stock at $50,000, against which there is only $11,000 insurance. The estimate may seem high, but when all the conditions are carefully considered it does not appear so.

McCalmont & Co's loss was slight; consisting principally of baled hay and straw. As luck would have it the hay shed was the only building in their yard that was not insured.

The Bellefonte Central had a property loss that is hard to estimate. While the $1000 insurance they carried will put up a car barn that will answer their purpose quite as well as the old steel works did, yet the value of the latter was way beyond the insurance on it.

John P. Harris Jr. lost about $1,500 in oils. He has partial Insurance."

Democratic Watchman July 17 1903, page 8


"On the afternoon of July Fourth the "black barn" an old land-mark along the Lewistown pike, about three miles south of this place, was totally destroyed by fire. The barn was an immense structure and was formerly owned by Robert Valentine. Lately the farm came into the possess ion of the late Gov. Hastings who had started to fix it up for his own recreation just before his death. It was occupied by Elmer Swartz whose son Harry was celebrating the Fourth with fire crackers. One of them was exploded in an empty paint barrel; causing it to explode and throwing fire all about the farm yard. In an instant the entire building was ablaze. There was little time to save anything and five horses, several colts and a calf were burned to death. Mr. Swartz succeeded in seeing most of his implements, but at an exposure to the flames that nearly cost him his life. As it was he was badly burned and will not recover for some time.

Both the Hastings estate and Mr. Swartz had insurance and the barn will be rebuilt at once.

The losses of all his horses and the injuries he received himself made the matter of harvesting the crops that were about ripe in the fields, a very serious question.  But there are good neighbors in that vicinity for they all turned in and in couple of days had Mr. Swartz's entire crops cut and housed away for him. Among those who came to his relief were Jerre Donovon, Nathan Dale, George Musser, D. M. Kline, Luther Dale and William Ross."

Democratic Watchman July 17 1903, page 8

"The plaster model that wee submitted by a Philadelphia sculptor in competition for the Curtin monument and has occupied a place in one of the post-office windows for several years, has been cleaned up and removed to Gregg post rooms."

Democratic Watchman July 17 1903, page 8

"The Bellefonte Y. M. C. A. has moved into its own new home on High street. The deed for the property has been secured and the Association's days of rent paying are over. Let us hope that all its days of financial troubles are past."

Democratic Watchman July 24 1903, page 4


"John Montgomery Ward, once the greatest base ball player the world ever saw and the first man to throw a curve, seems to excel at everything he undertakes. After his retirement from the diamond he entered the law, and speedily attained a position of rank among the corporation lawyers of New York then the old love for athletics cropped out again, but in a new direction, and he took up golf merely as recreation.

Early in the spring, at the American amateur championship meet at Ashville, N. C., became within a very small margin of winning the championship. On Saturday he won the President 's cup at the Hollywood golf club's meet at Long Branch; making a score of 40 out and 40 in and defeating Arthur Lehman 6 up and 6 to play."

Democratic Watchman July 24 1903, page 4


"The sixteenth annual meeting of the Susquehanna district association of the Knights of the Golden Eagle will meet in Bellefonte on Monday, September 7th. It will be Labor day and a specially propitons one for the gathering of the Eagles. They will swoop down upon us from all quarters of Central Pennsylvania and Bellefonte will be a flutter with eagles that day.

The local Castle has begun the work of arranging for the visitors. At a recent meeting A. Lukenbach was appointed chairman of the committee on reception and hotels; L. H. Wian on horse and carriage, and J. S. McCargar on transportation.

In order to make the meeting here as attractive as possible and the parade as gorgeous Bellefonte Castle has offered the following prizes:

$25 to the best drilled Commandery, having 22 men in line.
$15 to the second best drilled Commandery, having 22 men in line.
$10 to the Castle coming the greatest distance.
$10 to Castle having largest per cent of members, based on last official report, in line.
$10 to Castle making the best appearance in line."

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