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Mining IMS? Journal.
FORTY-FIFTH YRAR. No. 23 BUSINESS MEN ARE BECOMING ACTIVE To Foster and Encourage Present as Well as Pros pective Industries. Former Frostburger Writes The quest for new industries on the part of Frostburg business men is going steadily forward, and it now seems that they are in real earnest. Established industries, too, are look ing up and improvement and enlarge ment will be the order of the day. Plans for the enlargement of the plant of the Parker Hosiery Company are now being prepared by an archi tect, and as soon as all matters can be properly arranged work on the addi tion to the plant will be begun. The Parker Hosiery Company is an institution that Frostburg is really proud of, for the reason that it gives steady employment of a very desira ble kind to many young men and young ladies, many of whom would otherwise, perhaps, be thrown upon their own resources, while the wages they now receive tends to lighten the burden for the head of the family, and at the same time promotes thrift, energy and self-reli ince among the younger members of the family. With the enlargement of this plant more help will be required, and it is the hope of the men back of the enter prise that the help will be forthcoming as rapidly as it is needed. The chances of landing a large shirt manufactory are very bright. The projectors of the enterprise, Messrs. Oppenheim, Oberndorf & Company, are substantial and su ;cessful busi ness men, and are the largest manu facturers of garments in their line in the United States, and it is said that should they decide to locate here they will establish a real factory, which they will conduct along the most up to-date lines. The local parties who have the matter in charge are assured that there will be no half-time work, as this firm has never been able to meet the demand for its goods. The following concerning the condi tions was outlined to the local repre sentative of the Cumberland Daily News: “The coming ofithis shirt factory to Frostburg depends on several condi tions which will have to be met, the most important one being the item of labor,” this citizen continued. “The town must prove beyond question to to Oppenheim, Oberndorf & Company that there are at least 200 girls in this community eager to work in a factory where, by industrious application to business, they can make on an aver age of $5.50 to $6.00 per week. “To do this a list of at least 400 de sirable girls of fair education and good morals must be secured, the list to contain the names of no girls now working at the Parker Hosiery Mill. A. W. Atkinson, the representative of the company who was here last week, required such a list in order that the company might be assured that there would be no lack of labor after the plant was established here. “To date, however, a list of this size has not been secured, for the princi pal reason that all the territory con tiguous to the town has not been can vassed. “Garrett county, which can easily supply fifty girls, has not been visit ed. The solicitors failed to get many signatures in the territory they visited because the people say they signed up once before and were fooled. They say they will apply when the plant is established. “These girls should be called on again, if there are many such, and impressed with the importance of ap plying for work right now. “Every property owner in town should make it his business to secure the application of at least two girls. This is an imperative duty every citi zen owes the town, because this plant will not be established at this place unless a list of 500 girls is supplied at once. ■ “Oppenheim, Oberndorf & Company have offers from other towns that are just as eager for this factory as Frost burg is, and whose citizens will co operate to get the necessary labor. This work must, therefore, be done at once, too, for to use Mr. Atkinson’s own words, ‘his firm must expand and do so promptly to fill their increasing orders.’ “It will be easy for Frostburg to supply all the other demands of this proposed shirt factory if sufficient labor is supplied. “Stern’s hall, comprising square feet of floor space, will be a suitable place to start the plant un til a new building is erected. The best site for the new building, it is said, is at the end of Uhl street. “The town will furnish free water and free taxes to the factory, in accordance with the town’s ordinance applying to such matters. “The labor is the thing. All girls to work in this facto- who are willin who are willing to work in this facto ry and have not signed up are urged to call at any drug store in town and ■ enroll their names at once.” To take care of new industries as ■ as well as the fostering and encour agement of the old ones a board of trade, a commercial club, or a like ■ organization is necessary. “Every body’s business is nobody’s business.” It is earnestly hoped that the mer chants and business men will get to gether and form an organization to look after the industrial affairs of the , town and community. The Journal submits the following letter for the consideration of that body, when or . ganized, and there are from time to . time numerous propositions along . similar lines that it might be profita ble for such a body to investigate : WIEMERDING, Pa., February 19, 1916. Editor Mining Journal, Frostburg, Md. ( Sir: I noticed in the last issue of The Journal that there are quite a number of people leaving Frostburg . for the want of employment. Since j Frostburg is my birthplace, and I , still consider it home, I feel sorry, . with so many pretty and attractive I homes, to see the town deteriorate. j When I visited Frostburg during t the centennial I was surprised at the , many improvements that had been made since I left there, and I think there should be an effort put forth to ( bring some industry or industries to , the town in order to give employment , to the people. ( I have been creditably informed ( that Henry Ford, the automobile man- , ufacturer, Detroit, Mich., intends en- ■ larging his plant and also building ( thirty-five additional assembling plants throughout the country during ( 1916. Why shall not the Frostburg , Board of Trade get busy and bid for j one of these assembling plants? We j have one in Pittsburgh that employs , 300 men. And if Frostburg is fortu- , nate enough to land one of these j plants I assure you it will be a credit j to your town. The minimum wages ( paid, after six months’ employment, j is $5.00 per day for eight hours, i. e., ( to workmen oyer 21 years of age. j Those under 21 years receive $3.50 ( per day. ] With the earnest hope that your ] Board of Trade will at once get in communication with Mr. Ford, and with best regards to all, I remain, Yours truly, ' George S. Anthony. Local Brick Concern Chartered, < A local company, recently organ- ] ized to resume the manufacture of ] bHck and tile at the Mayer plant, ; several years ago destroyed by fire, ( has been granted a charter. The following officers have been elected : i Henry Mayer, president; G. Dud ] Hocking, vice president; F. H. \ Schreiber, treasurer; R. A. Walter, ’ secretary. Directors: Henry Mayer, ( H. V. Hesse, R. A. Walter, G. Dud Hocking and F. H. Schreiber. j The work of reconstructing the , plant and the installation of the ma- j chinery will commence as soon as . several preliminary details have re ceived attention. Girl Scouts to Organize. Misses Enid Roach, Marie Smith and Rachel Hitchins have taken steps toward organizing several local troops of Girl Scouts. \ A humber of letters have been sent ( to ladies of the town inviting them to become members. Upon receiving * the literature and favorable replies < from the ladies invited to serve on the Board of Councilors, the work of or- ; ganizing the girls will be started. i L. G. R. Hitchins, manager of the 1 Frostburg Opera Honse, has offered ; the use of his building for the day : meeting of the girls, and a number of persons throughout the town have ; offered assistance to get the organiza- ' tion started. Sunday School Association Meeting The regular quarterly meeting of : the Allegany County Baptist Associa : tion met in Mt. Zion Welsh Baptist : Church Monday evening. The follow ing program was rendered. Devotional exercises; quartette, : Edwin Elias, William Burnell, J. C. Walker and Miss Annie Elias; ad dress, Ideal Plans for Making a Suc cessful Sunday School, W. H. Gurd, : of Cumberland; selection in Welsh, i Mt. Zion Welsh Baptist Sunday School; solo, Mrs. W. S. Goodwin, of ■ Cumberland; business session; hymn; benediction. Deborah Society Meeting. The Deborah Society of the First Presbyterian Church met at the home i of Mrs. Joseph Shaw, East Union street, Monday evening and the fol lowing officers were elected: Presi : dent, Mrs. J. N. Beall; first vice-presi ; dent; Mrs. Ruth Evans; second vice president, Mrs. Mary McEuckie ; sec ■ retary, Miss Sarah Lewis; assistant i secretary, Mrs. Andrew Engle ; treas : urer, Mrs. Hattie Thomas. Dainty refreshments were served by the hostess. FROSTBURG, MARYLAND, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1916 Hospital Benefit Pleased Hundreds Large Audiance Packs Opera House to Enjoy Annual Concert Given Under Auspices of the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary. The music lovers of Allegany coun ty turned out en masse on Tuesday evening and formed an appreciative audience that completely filled all available space in the Frostburg Opera House to enjoy the concert given under the auspices of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Miners Hos pital, for the benefit of that worthy institution. The affair was a pro nounced success in every particular, probably the most successful event of its kind ever held in this city, and the brilliant and appreciative audience received the efforts of the concert singers warmly. The feature of the evening’s pro gram, which was arranged by Dr. George H. Wilson, of Eckhart, were ' scenes from Carmen by Miss Elsie : Gagneau Price, prima donna contralto i of the Century Grand Opera Company, 1 of Boston, singing the stellar role with Charles W. Troxell, of New York, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Trox- ; ell, Cumberland, in the role of Don 1 Jose. Miss Price came as a substi- 1 tute for Miss Sybil Conklin, of New York, who was unable to attend. Miss ' Price scored a signal triumph in her interpretation of Carmen, prior to ' which she sang most beautifully 1 “Annie Laurie” and other selections, 1 in response to three or four encores. ; Miss Price is a brunette, of most I charming personality, and as a singer I has few equals. Possessing a fine contralto voice, she simply charmed 1 her auditors, who went into ecstacies 1 each time she appeared on the stage, < It is the hope of the host of friends i Miss Price made during her brief i Frostburg Is To Have A Real Board of Trade A large body of Frostburg’s citizens held an enthusiastic meeting in the Lyric Theatre on Wednesday evening for the purpose of organizing a Board of Trade. Harry B. Colborn was elected temporary chairman; Thomas H. Morgan, temporary secretary, and W. E. G. Hitchins, temporary treasurer. It will be the purpose of the organization to promote civic pride, and to back and lend assistance to every move the object of which is for the betterment of Frostburg industrially, socially, and otherwise. George H. Wittig agreed to donate portions of his realty holdings to be used for factory sites. Mr. Wittig is to be commended for his generosity and public-spiritedness, all of which goes to show that he is deeply interested in the industrial welfare of Frostburg. A resolution was introduced by J. B. Williams urging the passage of the bill appropriating $35,000 to be applied to the erection of dormitories at the local State Normal School property. General Manager B. W. Duncan of the C. & W. Trolley, who was absent in New York on business, wired his regrets at being unable to attend. A meeting has been called for next Wednesday evening, when a permanent or ganization will be effected. Come, and bring your neighbor. Running Time to Cumberland To Be Reduced 15 Minutes Increased and improved equipment to be installed by the H. L. Dougherty Company will bring Cumberland fifteen minutes nearer to Frostburg over the lines of the Cumberland & Westernport Electric Railway Com pany. The time now consumed 'n making the trip to Cumberland is one hour, and to Westernport one hour and a-half. Under the new manage ment 45 minutes will be consumed in running to Cumberland and one hour and fifteen minutes to Westernport. This will reduce the running time be- Bnnd Concert. The Arion Band will render the fol lowing program in Eyrie Hall to-mor row afternoon: March religious, W. P. Chambers: Overture, Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna, F. V. Suppe; solo, When I Leave the World Behind, George Kemp; Intermezzo, The Wedding of the Rose, Leon Jessel; How Can I Leave Thee, Ais Aasie, J. S. Cox; Clarinet solo, Wolford Lancaster; selection from “Maritana,” Wallace; The Moonlight Hills of Maryland, by Rev. P. G. Saffron; War songs of the Boys in Blue, Medley; overture, L. P. Laurendeau. Leap Year Dance. The T. D. S. Club, of this place, will hold a Leap Year danee in Lyric Hall, Monday evening next. Beall’s orchestra will furnish the music. The committee in charge are Misses Mabel Kemp, Pearl Kalbaugh, Myrtle Wil | liams, Fleanor Richardson, Agnes Howatt, Emily Connor and Nina Tuvin. Mesdames Kemp, Grace Wil liams and Lancelot Richardson will > shfcpuraa th# part?. sojourn in Frostburg that they may have the pleasure of again hearing her sing here. Mr. Troxell, who has appeared be fore Cumberland and Frostburg audi ences before, was given an enthusias tic greeting. He sang in excellent voice and added to his already envia ble reputation with lovers of the art in this section. Another individual triumph was won by Mrs. Marie Lou ise Cramer, of Cumberland, who sang a solo. Other numbers in the first or concert part were selections by Men delssohn Glee Club, of Eckhart, and a piano duet by Dr. George Wilson and Dr. William Michel, of Frostburg. Very excellent music was also ren dered during the evening by Hock ing’s Orchestra, a local musical or ganization of rare ability, and the several numbers rendered by them were appreciated by all. The ushers upon this occasion were members of the Ladies’ Auxiliary, at tired as nurses, and six members of the same organization, similarly at tired, sold sweetmeats to those pres ent during the evening’s performance. Taken all in all the event was a most delightful affair, and one that reflects credit upon all who were in any man ner connected with it. As the result a handsome sum was netted the hos pital from the sale of tickets and pro gram advertising. The loyalty dis played by the people of Allegany county toward the Miners Hospital is commendable, and this loyalty was certainly evidenced in the overwhelm ing success that attended the annual concert on Tuesday evening. tween the two terminals thirty minutes, I thus enabling Westernport and Pied- I mont patrons of the road to make the trip to Cumberland in just two hours. ; Local officials of the C. & W. Trol- i ley Company have announced the i placing of a contract with the South- < ern Car Compaay for five all steel side ; entrance cars to be delivered June Ist. ' Each of these cars is equipped with four 65-horse power motors, and these, with the augmented power that the 1 company will contract for, will great ly facilitate the movement of the cars from a standpoint of increased speed. Girls Club Meeting. The M. S. G. Club met at the home of Miss Virginia Graham, Saturday afternoon, February 12. The club discussed business matters and en rolled a new member, Miss Lucile Davis, of Shaft. The remaining hour was spent in sewing, music and games and later all enjoyed lunch. The club met last Friday afternoon at the home of Miss Helen W. Harvey, Grant street, and spent a most enjoy able two hours in sewing, music, reci tations and games. After which the little hostess served refrshraents. St. David’s Anniversary. The annual supper and entertain ment of St. David’s will be held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Wednesday evening next. Supper will be served ftom 5 to 9 o’clock. An elaborate program has been arranged by the committee in charge. Accepts Cali. Rev. J. E. Gore, of Berkeley Springs, W. Va., has accepted the call from the congregation of Mt. Zion Welsh Bap tist Church, and will take up his pas torate here March. 1. OLD TOWN TO HAVE BASEBALL A-PLENTY Games Scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday of Each Week, and With “The Bleacherite” On the Joh Things Promise to Be Interesting Hereabout This Season. The baseball meeting held here on Sunday afternoon and the big gather ing in Cumberland on the following Monday evening is proof positive that we are sure to have baseball, and that from now on the word is “prepared ness.” The Frostburg contingent was right there “Johnnie on the spot,” and from present indications it looks like they are sure to put a real team of good baseball players on the diamond the coming season. Pat Biophy is to manage the team, and to our mind the selection is a good one. Brophy is a player of long standing, has kept in the game for many years, and has a creditable record as a play er. He knows the game from every angle, is a good, resourceful fellow. His judgment on players in the past , has been excellent and he can get the best work out of a team in the easiest , possible way. He knows just what ; players are needed here to make the , team a success and also knows just ■ where to get them. It is a pretty well understood fact i here, as well as elsewhere, that one, i two or three men cannot make base- i ball a success. Therefore, it is not 1 MANY ANSWER FROMMS Mother of Editor Spears, Mrs. Mary Johns and Oth ers Pass Over. i Mrs. Mary Johns. Mrs. Mary Johns a well known and highly esteemed lady died Sunday evening, February 20th at her home East Union street, after a year’s sick ness. Everything had been done that could be to relieve her of her suffer ing but to no avail. Mrs. Johns was born in Ireland in 1868 and came to this country with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Carroll in 1869. In 1890 she was married to Christopher Johns who died in 1904 leaving Mrs. Johns with a family of five small chil dren, all of whom survive her, they are, Misses Nellie, Baverne, Charles, Ellsworth and Eester Johns, all at home. Mrs. J ohns conducted an ice cream parlor and restaurant for a number of years at 68 East Union street, and was very successful. But her health failing she sold out and later became manager of Thomas & Brown’s bookstore. Mrs. Johns is also survived by two sisters and two brothers, Miss Alice Carroll, of Van couver, B. C.; Mrs. John Spates, of Washington, D. C.; Peter F. Carroll, of this place, and Joseph Carroll, of Vancouver, B. C. The funeral was held Wednesday morning from St. Michael’s Church with interment in Catholic cemetery. Mrs. Jean Mclndoe Spears. Mrs. Jean Mclndoe Spears, wife of Mr. Richard T. Spears, died suddenly Sunday morning, February 20th at her home in Uonaconing, following an attack of apoplexy which she was stricken with Saturday night. She is survived by her husband and six chil dren, three daughters and three sons, also two sisters and three brothers. The funeral took place Tuesday after- ' noon from her late home, Rev. H. L. Ernest, pastor of the Presbyterian Church conducted the services. Burial was made in Oak Hill cemetery. Mrs. Kate Haupt. Mrs. Kate Haupt, aged 78 years, a former resident of Allegany died Saturday morning, February 19th at the home of her only son, George, at Thomas, W. Va. Mrs. Charles Whet stone, Spring street, this place, is a granddaughter. Eeo Shavinski. Leo Shavinski, aged 3 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Shavinski, Washington street, died Monday morning of pneumonia. Funeral took place Wednesday with burial in St. Michael’s cemetery. Mrs. John FaTKIn. Mrs. John Fatkin died Tuesday at the home of her mother, Mrs. Jean Chapman, at Shaft, after an illness of three months, aged 40 years. Her husband and five children survive. The family left here a short time ago for Turtle Creek, Pa., to make their home. Funeral took place Thursday afternoon with burial in Allegany cemetery. Mrs. Daniel Davis and four children, of Colorado, are here to spend two months with Mrs. Davis’ mother, Mrs. K-ishard Harris, Grant street. only hoped, but expected, that every “fan” and “rooter” will do every thing possible to help the baseball movement along, and in every possi ble way boost the team and help to make the season of 1916 the greatest and best ever. The selection of Mr. Fuller Bar nard as president of the league is a good one and is sure to please the majority of baseball enthusiasts. Now, if the managers will agree on a few good, strong umpires who have the proper interest of the game and the proper regard for the patrons who contribute the price at the gates, to give us good, clean ball, we will be perfectly satisfied. The management are going right ahead in the still, quiet hunt for good material. Lines ' are out for several well known play- < ers, and if the inducements offered are sufficient, we are sure to have some real good baseball talent here < this season. The grounds are to be put in good condition as soon as the weather will permit. The grandstand is to be re modeled and the seating capacity is to be increased. The present bleach- I Mr. H. A. V. Parker Writes Concerning Factory Situation The following letter, which is self- ( explanatory, was received from Mr. i H. A. V. Parker, president and treas- < urer of the Parker Hosiery Mill & ! Dye Works, Inc., relative to the move- i ment on foot to secure another factory : employing female labor, and we here- c with publish the same verbatim, with- 1 out comment : i Portsmouth, Va., Feb. 21,1916. 1 Frostburg Mining Journal, L. G. R. Hitchins, Editor. My Dear Mr. Hitchins :—I saw in ' J ] the Frostburg Journal last week and the week before the notice of the ■ prospective shirt factory and the great interest that was being taken in it by 1 the prominent citizens of Frostburg. 1 Of course, we really have no right to object to any other manufacturing concern locating in Frostburg. How- ' ever, we think that it will be wise for the Frostburg people to consider well ' the step that they are taking before inducing another manufacturing con cern employing girls to locate in their ' midst, as it may culminate in the loss j of the one they now have, as well as the prospective one. In the beginning, I wish to state that there were no special advantages offered by Frostburg that induced us ' to locate there, the principal reason being that it was Mrs. Parker’s home, and, inasmuch as we intended locating a branch in some other city, we de cided by locating in Frostburg the writer could do something for his wife’s town, as well as for himself, and it would be an excuse, as it were, for her going back home more fre quently. So much for the reason for our locating in Frostburg. Now, as to Frostburg itself. The writer does not personally believe that Frostburg is large enough to maintain two large factories employing female help. Of course, we do not mean to say that our’s is a large factory, but it is our purpose that it shall be, and that in the very near future. Had it not been for the panic, which we have just passed through, it would now be W. H. M. S. Meeting. A very interesting meeting of the Woman’s Home Missionary Society of , the M. E. Church was held last Satur day afternoon at the home of Thomas Humberston, Mechanic street. Mrs. 1 Martha Roberts was hostess of the occasion, assisted by her daughter, Miss Oma, Miss Nan Jeffries and Miss Ida Sleeman. Mrs. D, A. Benson pre sided, and Mrs. J. H. Bickford led the devotional exercises The following program was carried out: Work Away, Society choir; piano solo, Med ley of Sacred Songs, Mrs. L. D. Wil lison; reading, The World’s Outlook, Mrs. George H. Hosken; song, Answer Yes, Society choir; reading, A Lenten Message, Mrs. H. S. Keller; reading of a letter from Round Top, Mont., Miss Lillie Aspinall. The next meet ing will be held Saturday, March 18. Boy Scout Rally. The Boy Scouts of Frostburg, in cluding all the scouts from nearby towns listed under the Frostburg Council, held their annual rally in the State Normal School Assembly last night. The meeting was featured with speeches by the officers of local com missiou and demonstrations of scout work by the boys. The Boy Scout Orchestra furnished music. Miss Elizabeth Fisher is a guest of Eula Lemmert, Mt. Savage. WHOLE NUMBER 2,317 ers are to be taken down and replaced with new and more extensive ones, and it is expected that the grounds will accommodate at least two thous and spectators when the repairs are made. The new baseball organization has been christened the “Potomac League,” and will be made up of teams from Cumberland, Lonaconing, Frostburg and Piedmont. The rules incident to the maintenance of the same were agreed upon at a meeting held at Cumberland on Monday even ing. A schedule committee was ap pointed and will meet at Piedmont on next Monday evening to arrange the schedule for the coming season, which, it is said, will open on May 6th, and the fast game will be played on Labor Day, which falls on the first Monday in September. There will be four games played each week—Tues day, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The services of that famous base ball reporter, “The Bleacherite,” who will keep Journal readers posted on the events and happenings along baseball lines in the Potomac League, have been secured. quite a large concern. Since my re turn I have ordered fifty-seven ma chines to go to Frostburg, and today I am in receipt of the plans for the enlargement of the building. Since receiving your letter, however, I have decided that probably it would be better to hold this in abeyance, until matters regarding other factories are settled, for the time being. Of course, it is natural for me to say that if it comes to the point where the factory cannot be operated on a profitable basis in Frostburg that it would sim ply have to move to some other point. This we do not want to do, but there is absolutely nothing to keep us from doing it, as the real estate we own in Frostburg is a very small item. We had contemplated making the Frost burg plant even larger than the Ports mouth plant, and we feel that in the course of a year or two more that we will be giving employment to all the female labor available in Frostburg, and we believe that it would be to Frostburg’s advantage to have one large concern, that is a success, than to have two or more that are battling for existence. We sincerely hope that the people of Frostburg will appreciate what our company has done for the town, and what it expects to do, and that they will hesitate a long time before they will place obstacles in the way of our continued growth and expansion, which we certainly believe they will do by enticing another company to open operations there, for we sincerely believe that if another concern em ploying from 200 to 300 hands locates in Frostburg, it will mean a continued fight for what help there is until one or the other gets tired and leaves the field, which will do a great deal more harm than if the second one had not come. Thanking you for the interest taken in this matter, and with kindest re gards, I am, Yours very truly, H. A. V. Parker, President. Washington's Birthday Dance. Frostburg Council No. 1442 Knights of Columbus held a grand ball in St. Michael’s Hall, Washington’s Birth day. The committee in charge had the hall appropriately decorated for the occasion. A special feature of the event was the solos rendered by Miss Bernadette Bell, of Piedmont, and Mr. Clarence Hodel, of Cumberland. Simplified Spelling. Dr. DeWitt C. Croissant, professor of English at the University of Kan sas, will deliver a lecture at the State Normal School Friday morning, March 10. His subject will be “Simplified Spelling.” Dr. Croissant is general field agent of the simplified spelling board of New York City. Cardinal Club’s Opening Dance. The Cardinal Club will hold a big opening dance in St. Michael’s Hall, Thursday evening, March 2. The committee in churge are: Messrs. Thomas G. Dillon, John J. Hines, Frank Spates, jr., Leonard P. Mona han, George Winner and Michael McDade. Helping Hand Supper. The Helping Hand Society of Salem Reformed Church will serve supper at the parsonage, Frost avenue, Tues day evening next, from 5 to 9 o’clock.