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MEDINA SENTINEL VOLUME THIRTY-SEVEN MEDINA, OHIO, FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 1921. No. 31 MEDINA MERCHANTS HEARCRITICISMS FARMERS' OPINIONS ASKED AND RECEIVED UNIFORM TAX, RULE PROGRAM WAS BEATEN Letters Read at Kiwanii Club Starts a Wind That May Blow Some Good to the Community Writers Hit Bull's Eye, The -Kiwanis club of Medina "saw themselves as others see them" at their weekly luncheon last Friday. They had the distinct privilege of knowing just how the Other fellow regards them. Facts concerning themselves and Medina business hous es in general had, been gathered in the following manner. A special committee of three had previously sent out a letter in ques tionnaire form to about one hundred farmers living within driving distance from Medina. Strict confidence was maintained with the farmers as well as the merchants, all names being withheld by the committee. In the letter mentioned the fact was emphasised that Kiwanis ideals arc beyond the selfish, unreasoning, hafd Only One of Several Measures Saved from Wreck Practically the entire taxation pro gram before the legislature, sponsored by the proponents o strict enforce ment of the uniform rule, which em braced all the farm organizations of the state, met with defeat in Colum bus on Thursday of last week. Only one measure was salvaged from the wreck and that was the one by Representative Robins of Ross county, which provides for bringing taxpayers before the common pleas court to verify their tax returns, and which was supported almost un animously. No effort is expected to be made by the uniform rule adherents to revive their program until supporters of the plan proposed by Gov. Davis' citizens' taxation committee has been given a chance. It is known that many members, who supported the uniform rule plan also will support the governor's pro gram, but whether in sufficient strength to adopt the constitutional amendments contemplated by the pro gram is not known. Amendments require three-fifths vote. The governor's committee's RAY M. BEEDLE TAKES OWN LIFE WELL-KNOWN FARMER SHOOTS SELF IN BARN Believed to be Result of Nervous Breakdown Suffered a Few Years Ago Leaves Widow and Five Young Children. SPELLING CONTESTS EXCITING INTEREST THREE TRIANGLES 1 THUS FAR COMPLETE FARMERS NAME NEW ELEVATOR COMPANY Elect Officers and Begin Stock Sale Campaign shelled business man, and that the program which contemplates abroga- club stands for a bigger and better community in which to live. The Kiwanis club was highly grati fied at the large number of replies and the fact that while they were evidently straight from the shoulder, yet they were evidently written with the purpose of making suggestions which would be for the best interest of both town and surrounding com munity. The opinion seemed to be quite gen eral that Medina is a poor market for country produce with the exception of wheat. That it requires only small amount to flpod the market ana that the margin between the price paid for such produce ami the price at whic it is retailed is too large'. One case was referred to where a barrel of vinegar was sold to a .gro cer for 17c and retailed at 35c a gallon. Attention was called to the fact that even tho the margin of profit taken by the merchant and received by the farmer was the same, the- farmer turns his money once a year, while the merchant turns his many limes uuring ine same year. Another custom which brought out frank criticism was thai of giving those who have their purchases, dgtiv ered several times daily and wncrpay their bills once a week or month, a cigar or bag of candy, when they set tle, while those who pay cash and car ry ineir own purcnases nome are charged the game price and receive no rebate or present. Some of the writers felt that a more considerate policy toward customers who wish to return purchases which for some reason have proven unsatis factory, would be appreciated. While it sometimes has opened the way to abuses, yet" the policy of some very successful large firms to assume the attitude that the customer is always right has been a large factor in pro moting good will, which is fundamen tal in building up and holding trade. A merchant who takes back a pur chase cheerfully and refunds the price as tho he enjoyed it will hold bis pa trons. If he takes back the article unwillingly, the customer-leaves the store ready to knock whenever he has an opportunity. One knocker can do more damage than a dozen custom ers can repair. The universal courtesy and atten tion shown all patrons by the clerks in a large Cleveland store was given as an example of the treatment which pays the firm big dividends in good will and cash as well. The plan to have a bargain dav once each month seemed to meet with pret-J ty general approval, provided the bar gains are exactly as represented and a standard grade of goods. No one seemed to be interested in the idea, if it meant cleaning up the shelves of shop-worn goods, or trash, nor. as one writer said, they did not care to be "skinned" during the remaining days ot the month to reimburse the mer chant on his loss on bargain dav. A real honest-to-goodness bargain day would draw a large crowd of buyers to town. Opinions were divided on the value of a sates pavilion. Some towns were mentioned' where the plan had been tried successfully for a number of years. The majority were in favor i ot giving it a trial Buying of mail Order houses had strong champions on both sides There were some regular buyers who were satisfied, and others who never patronized them, or had tried them and quit because they were not well pleased. One fact was brought out very Plainly, namely, that the goods had to be just as represented, or they coura be returned at the. seller s ex pense and the money refunded. In the words of one .writer, "the moriev would be refunded if the goods were returned tor one reason, or no reas on." Frequently, however, in such cases the amount saved was not com mensurate with the trouble involved This has been one of the big factors contributing to the popularity c-f the. man oraer nouses, a local merchant who would conduct his business on the same basis would be rewarded by the same popularity. The majority of the writers preferred to spend their money witn local merchants where they could see what they are buying, provided the price for the privilege ana tne accompanying service was reasonable. There was only, one answer to &e question of the comfort station. Many i seemed to think it would add to the popularity of the town as a trading center, tor women and Children especially, than any other one thing tion of the uniform rule and enact ment of an income tax, debt and rate limitations laws, is expected! to be ready for consideration this week. Two uniform rule measures which it may be possible to bring up at some future date are the one by Miller of Coshocton.fixing the status on intangi ble property, and that by Cape of Col umbia, giving taxing authorities the right to examine bank deposits. FARM LOANS SOON x WILL BE AVAILABLE County Association Getting for Business Ready Farmers of Medina' county will be interested to know of the following facts regarding loans through the Federal Farm Loan banks. Since its organization on Sept. 5. 1919, over $40,000 have, been loaned to farmers in Medina county. They have received two dividends on their capital stock. Aoolications from four other farmers have been approved.but their loans were not made due to the fact that the constitutionality of the Farm Loan Act was being acted upon by the? Supreme Court of the United States. Now that the Court has made a favorable decision these loans will be made in the near future. Mr. Ainsworth states that many farmers have been inquiring regard ing ine matier 91 mining our applica tions for loans and he feels that with in 60 days or so loans will again be made. ihe officers ot , the local associa tion are as folows: President, R. O r-uiier, vice president, s. ti. rioaai- nott; secretary-treasurer, W. P. Ains worth. The local appraisers are: S. H. Hod- dinott, J. K. Nqld, Fred W. Hostet- er. Application blanks can be obtained at W. P. Ainsworth's office, Gazette building, Medina. There will be a meeting of the Me dina association sometime in April. Watch for the date. Decision in West Triangle Held Up Judges Have Difficult Problem in Naming Winners Who Will Be i County Chairman ? Whether foreign immigration should be prohibited for a period of Ave years was the question debated in the various high schools of the county on Friday evening of last eek and Tuesday evening of this In the north triangle, composed of Liverpool, York and Hinckley, Liver pool won two of the debates and Hinckley one Liverpool will there fore represent this triangle in the fi- tnal contest for county championship. In the south triangle, composed of Seville, Leroy and Lodi, Leroy won two of the debates and Lodi one. Le roy will accordingly represent this triangle in the final contest In the west triangle, composed of1 Homer, Spencer and Chatham, no def inite announcement of decision can be given, as each school won the affirm ative side of the question by two to one decision of judges. Whether core sheets of judges shall be sum- Trie many mends and a ances of Rat M. Beedle, well-: Montville farmer, were shockftd Friday morning when the report circulated among them that he had 1 x V t . v, , taxen ms own me, at nis nome on what is known as the old Stewer farm, about five miles from Medina village on the South Pike. Mr. Beedle's rash act was commit ted in his barn about 8 o'clock in the morning, the weapon used being a 16 gauge shotgun. Death must haVe been instantaneous, as the shot took effect in the heart. According to the family. 'Mr. Beedle suffered a severe nervous breakdown about seven years ago,, since which time he had frequently experienced periods of mental depression, and at which times, he expressed a feeling of incapacity for family responsibility, particularly with reference .to his children. At nt-hor fimoc ha was lifrhf-haflrtaff jinH hnnn'nl .nnrl it fa aniH that. tfcaJJMtrized to reach a decision or wheth day preceding his death he appeoilffffj" debates shall be scheduled for to be in high spirits, having attended a public sate at which he purchased a horse. Friday morning his wife went to the barn to summon him to the house, and found him dead on the barn floor. Dr. H. P. H. Robinson was called and immediately communicated witn Coroner Crum at Lodi. The latter being unable to come to Medina, del egated Dr. Robinson to follow the legal process governing such cases. The deceased was a son of Charles Beedle of Montville township and a nephew of Elisha Beedle of. Medina village. His age was 39 years and two months. Of his immediate fami ly there survive the widow and five children, four sons and one daughter. There ae also three sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Harpley and Miss Emma Beedle of Kenmore, and Mrs. Nellie Laughlin of Cleveland. Funeral services were held 'rem the home Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Fair of Chippewa Lake, and interment mode in the cemetery at Poe. s : MAYOR IS MERCILESS TO SHARON MOONSHINERS these schools is as yet undecided. The local superintendents In consultation With County Supt Ulery have the matter under consideration and have as yet not reached a definite decision. It was announced by the County ihiperintendent that a new triangle Will be formed within a few days for further elimination toward county championship. In the meantime ar rangements will be made for choos ing a winner in the west triangle. . Judges for these debates were na &llows: tj -j., w xui&. vo. oupi. vi. u. joaum- T of Wooster; Dist. Supt. M. tnderson of Wooster: Sunt. L. Elsesser of Litchfield. At Hincklev: Snot. W. ft rankle of Medina: Sunt O. K lthmon nf Granger; Instructor John Hanson of uranger. ' r At Liverpool: D. C. Babcock of Medina; Instructor Wallace McCall Medina; Supt. R. C. Yost of Bur- sentatives of the four townships Medina, Montville, York and Lafa yette, held at the Farm Bureau office, Tuesday afternoon of this week, the name of The Medina Elevator Com pany was adopted for the new organi zation recently formed for the estab lishment of a new co-operative eleva tor in Medina. Mr. E. W. Nettleton occupied the chair. ihe articles of incorporation were read and approved. The com pany expects to complete its organiza tion by July 1. Active campaign for solicitation of stock will commence immediately. Terms to be granted the prospective stock buyer: 20 per cent, down, 30 per cent, payable Jul 1, and 50 per cent, payable October 1. The par value of the shares was fix ed at $100 each and the maximum amount held by any- one man to be 10 shares as' specified in the general code of Ohio. The folowing temporary officers were elected to hold office during- the organization of the company. Presn dent, E. W. Nettleton, Medina town ship; Guy D. Moore, vice president, York township; Secy-Treas., Walter R. Clark, Montville township. These men will hold office until the first meeting of the stockholders of the company. BARGAIN DAYS BY - MEDINA MERCHANTS At a special meeting of the repre- ,A pr,rru YV PTRIT ntatives of the four townships of TO B'1JN UiN 1KS MONDAY IN APRIL First Offense $500-r-What Will the 1 Second Be? GIRL STARTSON FOOT FROM CITY TO MEDINA Angered hecause of abuse by a dom estic with whom her mother had left her while she went shopping, little Cleo Weiss, 9, started to walk to Me dina from her home in Cleveland, Mon day afternoon, to tell her troubles to Mrs. Fred Martin of Lafayette road, an intimate friend of the Weiss fami ly. V . fhe little girl had her school books some Easter eggs and other trinkets with her and walked about fifteen miles, when she lost her way and stop- ued at a farm house to be set right. it happened that the farmer was go ing to drive this way, so he brought the child to Medina with him. She was 'eft with Mrs. Roy Crites, a daughter of Mrs. .Martin, who tele phoned to the parents. The father drove to Medina the same night and took her back with him. - they could mention. - They were will ing to leave tne choice ot location to the village, provided it be as near as possible to the business center. It must be more, however, than merely a public toilet. A comfortable room where shoppers can sit down and rest and mothers can care for their small children is equally needed. Closing the stores Wednesday af ternoons during other than the three usual months was not deemed advis able, tho some had no objection to closing the entire year on that after noon. There was very strong obiec tion to the stores being closed Wed nesday afternoons and the blacksmith shops Saturday afternoons. 'The rule shoul,d . be uniform. All business houses closing the same day of the week. In his comments on this point- one writer said, "Were I a, Medina mer chant I would try to realize that this is an agricultural community and that one of the fundamental prinicples of good business is to render service when service is most needed. While a few letters suggested that the writers would appreciate having one store of a kind kept open each Wednesday afternoon, a number of others said they could not see why merchants and their clerks were not entitled to one naif day a week, and that so far as farmers' trade was con cerned it would make no difference. ' At ville: Supt. R. F. McMullen h, two students of Wooster Col- Last week was a banner one for the uncovering of illicit stills in the coun ty, Marshal Lucas of Wadsworth go ing Sheriff Bigelow one the better, Lucas finding three and Bigelow two. As stated in the Sentinel last week the sheriff made his hauls in Hinck ley township, both men confessing and each paying a fine of $300 and costs. Lucas got his men in Sharon town ship. They were Mike Lichtenber- ger and his father, and John Nicsing er. The former reside northeast of Sharon, the latter on the Al Griswold farm north of Paxton. Stills were found on both farms, but with some difficulty, as consider able care had been exercised by the owners in Secreting them. On the Nicsinger farm was also found about eight gallons of illicit whiskey. Each of the three men was assess ed a fine of $500 by Mayor Boyer of Wadsworth. The Hinckley law-breakers may gain a crumb of comfort in not having had to deal with the Wads worth mayor. . , s IN BUSINESS 60 YEARS S. S. OATMAN SELLS OUT At Leroy: Supt. E. R. Gabler of an; Supt. A. W. Elliott of : Bfcfc Sunt Guv-FSneh irf Ashland. At Lodi: Supt. E. G. Mason of Congress; R. H. Halderman, County Farm Bureau, Medina; Supt. E. S. Kerr of Wellington. At Chatham: Prin. E. N. Drake of Brunswick; Prin. Roy Wagner of Medina; Supt. R. A. Miksch of Cop ley. . At Spencer: Supt. L. A. Elsesser of Litchfield; Prin. Britto F. Stone of Litchfield; Prin. A. W. Shield's of Wellington. WADSWORTH WOMAN MEETS TRAGIC DEATH Mrs. Mary Kreider Fatally Burned in Home at Hotel. Hotel Kreider, Wadsworth, was the scene of a tragic occurrence on Wed nesday of last week, when Mrs. Mary Kreider, wife of J. O. Kreider, pro prietor of the hotel, was burned so badly that she died a few hours later. The accident was the result of a piece of burning fire wood falling trom the grate and igniting the aged lady's clothing. Mrs. Kreider was more than eighty years of age. Mrs. Kreider had been in feeble health for some time and the day of the accident she was sitting up for the first time in many days, her position being directly in front of the grate. Mr. Kreider had left her only a few moments before and when he returned Plan Will Be Continued Monthly for Six Months, and if it Proves Successful, Will be Continued Permanently. Beginning the first Monday in May, majority of the business men of Medina are going to conduct a series of "bargain days" for a period of sjx months, the date ot each the tirst Monday of each month. This action was definitely decided upon at a meeting of business men held at the Winyah club Monday night, at which time an organization was effected, to be known as the Me dina Advertising club, and officers elected as follows: Gail Abbot, president; A. S. Whit ney, vice president; rt. r, iegler,sec- retary; W. J. Walt, treasurer. Ihe ex ecutive committee consists of the above named officers and W. E. Gries inger and Chas. Wertz. On the sales days each merchant member of the organization agrees to offer one or two actual bargains, the price to be as near to actual cost as possible, and the articles to be new and staiilr crnnHs nnt slmn-u-nrn l .- Luiiiuiiiiee oi live 10 arail up ine otherwise unsalable mprrhanrf Up constitution and by-laws Will be ao- LAdvertisements nf the "hirmlnc pointed by "the chairman at an early offered by the various merchants will uaie. The meeting was large and enthusi astically attended. Mr. Earley made a report 011 the elevator conditions in the state. Seven new elevators simi lar in organization to Medina Elevator have been organized in this state since March 15. Two of these are in our neighboring counties, one at Mrongsville, across the line in Cuya hoga county, and one at Ghent, just over the line in Summit county. Chairmen ot the campaigns in each township were elected: D. W. Tmst man, Montville; Clayton Wiles, La- tayette; Chas. Nettleon, York, and E. W. Nettleton, Medina. Active solici tation will commence at once and the bulk of subscriptions will be finished before April 1. be carried in the local newspapers, a suitable time in advance of sale dav, and the merchants are pledged to car ry out religiously the letter and spir it of,the advertisements. As has been stated, the plan will be given a trial for six months. If at the end of that time it shall have been successful and there is manifested a desire by the public to continue it, the plan will be maintained permanently. While new to Medina, a monthly bargain day has been conducted with marked success in some villages, par ticularly in Neosho, Missouri, which town was the first to try out the idea, and which, because of its remarkable success, has achieved wide fame. Medina merchants have not adopted the Neosho pldh in its entirety, but only the main features. However, if the bargain day in Medina shall find a hear welcome, it is probable that the other attractive features will be embraced in the local plan, when it is believed hie village on the first Monday of each month will become a Mecca, the name which it carried in its early days. OMINOUS RUMOR GIVES JOLT TO STOCKHOLDERS At Homerville: Supt. R. C. Yost ofJher clothing was in flames. Before On Friday of last week S. S. Oat- man sold his meat market to Chas. Houghton, the latter taking possess ion the following day. Mr. Oatman, who is seventy-nine years old, has been in the meat business almost con tinually for sixty years, and takes rank as the oldest business man in Medina. During this long period of time Mr. Oatman has sold his busi ness a couple of times, to reengage in the same line of "business elsewhere, but in each case the change was of short duration, Mr. Oatman buying back his old stand among the people of his home town, than which, he says, there are no better on earth. Mr. Housrhton. likewise, is no stran ger to Medina folks, he having been engaged in the meat business here several years ago. He recently re turned from ah extended sojourn in the South, and says "there Is no place as good as Ohio. s 1 SUES RAILROAD COMPANY Don Bowes of Sharon township has filed suit against the A. C. & Y. rail road company for damages in the sum of $440, sustained m June, 1920. Plaintiff states that by reason of defendant company s neglect to main tain a fence along its right of way sufficient to prevent cattle from going thereon, one of defendant's trams struck and killed one Holstein heifer Burbank; Supt. A. D. Law of Sulli van; Supt. t. L. Black of West Salem. s RELEASED IN CITY, BACK TO MEDINA JAIL W. F. Yost, arrested in Lodi several weeks ago and later bound over to the grand 'jury on a charge of burg lary and larceny, is back in the coun ty jail again. As Yost s alleged .crime consisted of breaking into a room in Taylor Inn at Lodi and carrying away about two hundred quarts of whiskey which Frank Rairdin, proprietor of the Inn, claimed as his property,! Yost s case also properly fell into jurisdiction of the Federal court, and he was remov ed tcv the county jail in Cleveland. Yost s attorneys recently had him legally declared a bankrupt. " As his wife and children are in destitute cir cumstances, it appears that the Feder al court decided to release him rather than have both Yost and his family become public charges. The city au- tborities notified Sheriff Bigelow of the decision, and Deputy Hange was sent to bring Yost back to this coun ty to answer to the charge against him here. Rumors are current in local court circles that Yost may have to face other charges later on of even a more serious nature than that with which he is now charged. jured in the sum of $20. The cause of suit occurred in Shar on township. J. W. Bowes of Cleve land is attorney for plaintiff. the fire could be extinguished Mrs. Kreiders clothing was nearly con sumed from her body. ror more than a quarter of a cen tury Mrs. Kreider presided over the dining room of the hotel find was known to commercial travelers far and near. NUT ft BdLT COMPANY . CASE POSTPONED AGAIN The affairs of the Safety Nut ft Boh Co., which was undergoing an offlcal airing' in Cleveland last week, has been halted again, for what reason is not publicly known. Pros ecnting Attorney J. A. Seymour, who is representing the interests of Me dina county investors in the company, was at the hearing in Cleveland last Wednesday, and states that the case is apparently no further advanced now than it has been at any time, which means that it has practically made no advance at all According to Mr. Seymour, the case is scheduled to come up again this week. There are many men and valued at $225; another was injured women, too,, in Medina county who to the extent of $175, and a third in- put good money into this concern and who will be glad to have something done in the matter of straightening out the affairs of the company as soon as possible. FALLEN HERO'S RODY ARRIVES AT HOME TOWN The body of Max Roshon, who was instantly killed at the battle of Can tigny, France, May 29, 1918, arrived at the .home of his father, Adelbert Roshon, in Wadsworth, on Thursday. Funeral service will be held on Sat urday and the body placed in the Wadsworth mausoleum. Max Roshon had many relatives and friends in and around Medina, altho at the time of his enlistment he was re siding in Kansas. He was a mem ber of the Machine Gun Co., 16th In fantry, and enlisted in June, 1917. a SENATE PASSES BREAD AND ICE CREAM BILLS The Ohio senate Tuesday passed a bill by Senator George Kryder of Henry county to license all ice cream manufacturers and to fix a legal stand ard for ice cream which requires that all cream placed on the market shall contain not less than 8 per cent, in weight of milk fat. The original bill provided a stand ard of 12 per cent, milk fat as advocat ed by milk producers of the state. The senate also passed the Brand bill fixing the standard of a loaf of bread at one pound, 60 per cent, of which shall be moisture free solids. Weight of loaf shall be stamped on wrapper or the loaf. s FINED $20 AND COSTS Andy Fudor, who about once in so often runs up against the bleak wall of the law, did so again last Sunday afternoon. Well-filled with liquor, Fudor, in company with some friends, drove a horse around the square for an hour or more as fast as the animal could go, using the whip generously when the animal slackened its pace. Deputy Sheriff Hange placed Fudor under arrest and locked him up, and on Monday Justice of Peace W. P. Ainsworth imposed a fine on him for $20 and costs, together with a leu-day jail sentence, the latter being suspend ed. . Medina stockholders in the Spencer Metal Products Co.. were given a jolt this week when a report became cur rent that the company's latest plan to satisfy the numerous creditors had fallen through and that the plant will be closed. That the company had been in a more or less precarious financial po sition for some time past has been general knowledge, but it was not un til Feb. 23, at a meeting of the com papy',s creditors, held in Cleveland, that the real condition became known. Here it developed that the compnay had liabilities approximating $300,000. At tins meeting Mr. Bouthinon, president of the Spencer Metal Pro ducts Co., stated that the company had received orders approximating $70,000 in the 30 days previous and a plan was evolved whereby the company would be allowed to continue in operation, under supervision of a creditors' com mittee. It was hoped that the notes issued to cover present indebtedness could be taken up before the end of the year. Evidently this plan was not acceptable to all the company's creditors, for on Tuesday, March la, another meeting was held at which time the creditors' committee was em powered to throw the company into bankruptcy or ask for a rceeiver, if they saw fit. That they saw no othei way out of a bad situation lends cre dence to the report current this week that the plant will be closed. Mr. Bouthinon, when asked Wed nesday concerning the correctness of the report that the company's plan, would be closed, said, 'T have . np statement to make, one way or anoth er." The Spencer Metal Products Co., was shut down for a period in Janu ary, opened later with a force of 45 men, which number has been augment ed trom time to time until they arc now employing 75 men. COMMUNITY CONCERT HAS BEEN POSTPONED Owing to the midden illness of Di rector John Beck, who was stricken with mumps on Wednesday of this week, the Community concert, which was to have been given next Tuesday evening at the Methodist church, has been postponed. Announcement of the change of o'ate will be given from the pulpits of the various churches on Sunday. FARM HELP SITUATION The farm help situation this year has experienced a radical change from that of last year. The demand for help is about the same, but at a low er figure than the preceeding year. Many men have been turned away from the Farm Bureau office because of inability to place them on the farn Due to the demand.the Farm Bureau office is inaugurating a help exchangi bureau. All farmers who wish help should get in touch with the office stating their requirements and condi tions. In tarn aii men desiring wor on the farm, call or notify the Farm Bureau office.