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Subject: [PACLEARF] CLEARFIELD REPUBLICAN - June 27, 1902 - Miscellaneous News
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2000 22:26:00 -0600


Children's Aid Society will meet with Mrs. E.A. LEITZINGER Friday
evening, June 27, at 7:30.


J.P. STAVER & Co. have supplied all of the rural mail carriers in this
district with their new up-to-date wagons.


Misses Mary and Augusta KRATZER entertained their friends at a
luncheon Wednesday in honor of visiting friends.


Miss Nannie CANAN has resigned her position as book-keeper at J. Frank
Powell's. She will be succeeded by Charles HALL.


Monday evening the members of the Presbyterian congregation gave Rev.
and Mrs. McDOWELL a reception at the parsonage preparatory to their
leaving at missionaries to Turkey.


The Golf Club house on Hillsdale was burned down Wednesday evening
about 8 o'clock. Some mischievous boys had set it a-fire during the
afternoon. The loss is $75 or more.


The store of George I. THOMPSON, on Market street, is closed for the
past few days while an inventory is being taken. Messrs. KENT, of
Ohio, and PHILIPS, of Somerset, will be the new firm.


Louis, the 11 year old son of Thomas CLEARY, of this place, won the
silver medal for the highest standing in the Junior Grade of the
Grammar department at the commencement of the Harrisburg Parochial
school Wednesday, June 18.



Veterans' Association Meets
The annual reunion of the members of the Clearfield County Veterans'
Association was held in Osceola, Friday, June 20. The citizens of the
little mountain city showed their appreciation of the action of the
association in selecting their town for this gathering by a show of
hospitality that was boundless. The Columbia Fire Company donated the
use of its hall and the Sons of Veterans Band furnished music for the
occasion. Henry LIVERIGHT served gratuitous luncheon all day to all
who desired to partake of his hospitality. In fact the citizens
seemed to vie with each other in their efforts to make these honored
guests feel at home.

The parade was one of the largest ever seen in the town, as there were
over one hundred and fifty of the survivors of the rebellion in line.

One of the features worthy of special mention was the singing by Mr.
CANAN, of Tyrone, and daughter, Miss Nannie, of Clearfield, while the
reminiscences of Al JOHNSON and James HUNT, of DuBois, and others were
greatly enjoyed.

The citizens of Osceola extend an invitation to the old veterans to
return as often as they may desire, and the veterans and their friends
all join in best wishes for the town and its people.

DuBois has been chosen as the next place of meeting and the date fixed
at June 18, 1903.



Child Scalded at DuBois
The little three-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred DITTY, of DuBois
was badly scalded with boiling water Monday morning. Mrs. DITTY had
stepped out of the kitchen for a few minutes, leaving the children
playing, when one of them struck the boiler as she passed the stove,
overturning it on the boy. The physicians have no hope of his
recovery.


Skinning the Dead
Some more very peculiar COLE-HORTON County Home practices have come to
light recently. This case is similar in many instances to that of the
late John TOOHEY, whose friends were asked to pay $20 for a $6 burial
case.

This time $20 was the sum demanded of the decedent's friends, or
rather the Prudential Insurance Company, for a $9.60 job. Finally,
Commissioner COLE agreed to take $133.52 for the "twenty dollar job,"
but they didn't get it, nor will they likely get anything.

On June 8 Henry BENDELL, an inmate from Houtzdale, died at the Home.
Mrs. BENDELL carried a $60 policy on her husband in the Prudential.
The woman earns a living in Houtzdale selling newspapers. When the
agent of the company endeavored to secure proofs of BENDELL's death
the Commissioners rendered a bill to the company:

"Prudential Insurance Co., Dr. to Clearfield Poor District. To
expense of burying Henry BENDELL, $20.00."

Accompanying the bill was the following letter:

"Mr. John P. Rogers,
Houtzdale, Pa.

"Dear Sir:--We enclose bill of expense for burying one Henry BENDELL,
who died at the Home. We understand that your company proposes paying
for this, but we would like a statement to that effect from
headquarters, upon receipt of which we will forward the necessary
papers which you have sent for to the local representative of the
company at this place.

"Kindly advise us as soon as possible as we would like to have the
matter adjusted.

Yours truly,
County Commissioners
Per A.K. STRAVER."

When BENDELL and his friends claimed the body and took it to Houtzdale
for burial, upon receipt of the bill from the Commissioners' office,
interested parties had one of the most competent undertakers in the
county estimate the cost of the outfit used. He went over the
different articles carefully and allowed the outside price. Here is
his report:

Actual cost of coffin and fixtures for H. BENDELL.
Coffin $5.90
Box 2.50
Plate .35
Screws .15
Handles .60
Lining .50
Total $5.90

The other day Mr. ROGERS, agent for the Prudential, came here to get
the proofs of death. The local agent had been turned down repeatedly,
the excuse being given that when the company paid the $20 the proofs
would be forthcoming. Mr. ROGERS insisted upon having some evidence
that $20 was expended upon BENDELL. He went to Commissioner COLE.
Mr. COLE said the bill was all right and just covered the expense and
labor connected with preparation and burial of the deceased. When
information that the county had not buried BENDELL; that he had been
buried in Houtzdale, COLE was for a moment paralyzed, but recovered.
He then revised the bill and shaved it down to $13.52 as follows:

"Coffin and box $ 7.75
Robe 1.20
Handles 1.00
Muslin 1.02
Plate .75
Screws .25
Labor 1.50

"Total $13.52"

Inquiry as to the "labor" item brought out the fact from COLE that it
was a "dirty case to handle." Whether the $1.50 was for HORTON or
who, he did not state.

The kind of business sagacity and "economy" actuating Commissioner
COLE to work so hard to squeeze $20 out of a paltry $60 insurance
policy carried by a poor woman on the life of her indigent husband is
unexplainable. Especially when contrasted with the extravagance
practiced by the Board on all sides. Attempting to squeeze $20 out of
a poor widow and at the same time letting tiling and painting
contracts carrying expenditures of over $10,000 is not exactly
consistent.

When COLE was trying to make the items in the BENDELL bill size up too
toward the $20 charged he might have thrown in seven or eight dollars
for prayers by HORTON. It will be remembered the HORTON prayed for
one John MULL, deceased, at long range last summer.

The taxpayers of Clearfield county will be glad to learn that neither
the Prudential company nor Mrs. BENDELL will allow COLE or HORTON to
finger any of the $60.


ICQ 40792946
Gloria Butler Davis

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