County (PA) Genealogy
Below are just random page items from my
Grandmother, Goldie Fullerton Way's scrapbooks.
Happy reading of these stories of life in the
past-lane at Erie.
July 10, 1925
Vice, according to two
newspapers, one in Conneaut and the Dispatch-Herald in Erie, is
rampant in Springfield Township. The latter paper calls upon
Judge Rossiter (by name) and Sheriff Brown (by name) to remedy
this deplorable condition.
Now we don't pretend to know
whether there are "bootleg resorts, gambling games and red
light houses" running unmolested in Springfield Twp., but we
do know that if there are, the district attorney should get the
evidence to prosecute these places. It is his sworn duty so to do.
For the information of the
two newspapers making the charges of sinful and unholy conditions
in Springfield Township, the sheriff of the county has no
authority or power in the matter. True, Judges Rossiter and Hirt
(for both are equally responsible), might usurp the powers of the
district attorney and donning their gum shoes and firmly
clutching their dark lanterns, go forth into the highways and by-ways
of Springfield Township obtaining the evidence, if there is any,
that vice is rampant there. Just as any other citizen might do
the same, including the editors of the two newspapers that make
It is political flub-dub on
the face of it. If there are terribly sinful conditions in
Springfield Township, why doesn't the district attorney get
evidence against the illegal resorts, close them up, prosecute
them, and then go before the voters next fall in his campaign for
the judgeship and say, "Vote for me! I cleaned up
June 28, 1919
OF GASOLINE HIGH IN ERIE
price of gasoline in Erie is now 27 cents! The retail price of
motor gasoline in Cleveland is 25 1/2 cents. The retail price of
motor gasoline in Buffalo is 26 cents. In North East, this
county, the leading garage retails motor gasoline at 25 cents a
repeated complaints, inquiries were made of local dealers as to
why they charged 27 cents for motor gas, brought the answer that
they do not fix the price. Isn't this a matter for the Erie Motor
Club to take up? Certainly Erie autoists ought not to be
compelled to go to North East to get gasoline!
WERE BOOKED FOR TRIP ON THE TITANIC
gone on later trip had steamship not met disaster - no residents
of this city on fateful maiden voyage.
overlooked in the disaster of the Titanic, the leviathan of the
seas. No one from this city was on board. However, there were
some Erie people who had been laying plans to sail on her within
the next two months.
Mr. and Mrs.
R. W. Binns, 654 East Seventh Street, had engaged passage for May
11 and Mr. and Mrs. Gust Olson and daughter, planned to take the
newest steampship on June 22. When Mr. Olson heard of the
accident to the Titanic, he immediately cancelled his passage. At
that time, it was thought that the steampship was only disabled,
but he was satisfied that some of the other greyhounds would be
more preferrable. Now that the Titanic is completely lost, Mr.
Binns and wife will also have to make other arrangements.
OFFICERS IN BOMBED AREA
naval officers on duty in the Philippine area are Lt. D. Knoll,
USN and Lt. Charles Weschler, USN.
Lt. Knoll has
been attached to the U.S.S. Houston, while Ft. Weschler has been
attached to the Naval Construction Corps. They are cousins.
December 13, 1927
HUGE DISTILLERY DISCOVERED
While searching for stolen property Tuesday morning, city police
came across one of the biggest and most complete moonshine
distilleries ever discovered here. The disclosure was
turned over to federal prohibition agents for further actions.
Detective Sergeants Louis Salise and Stanley Kubja and Detective
car driver Paul Luthringer found the alleged huge still in a two
story frame building at 541 1/2 West 2nd St. The still
reported to be one of 100-galln capacity was located in the
cellar of the building and connected with a huge galvanized
container on the floor above. Many water pipes ran through
the building and police found 30 barrels of mash on the second
floor, it is alleged. Scalis and Kubeja were of the belief
that the still had been in use Monday night as indications were
that it was just cooling off. No one was found on the
premises. Scalise, Kubeja and Luthinger, acting on a "tip"
had gone to the W. 2nd St. place in search of 1200 pounds of
sugar stolen recently from the West End Feed store, 26th and
Elmwood Avenue. It was alleged that the sugar had been
disposed of there for the manufacture of moonshine. None of
the sugar was found.
BAN STREETS FOR AUTO SALES
Plans to change parking regulations of several downtown streets
and action to compel garage owners to stop the practice of
placing automobiles on the streets to advertise them for sale,
were discussed at a meeting of the City Traffic committee in
Mayor Joseph C. Williams' offices. With traffic problems
becoming of more concern every day and hundreds of complaints
being received daily, Mayor Williams said this morning that he
had called the meeting of the trafic committee so that ways and
means of relieving downtown traffic congestion and parking might
be outlined and the plans enforced a soon as possible.
Numerous complaints have been received by Mayor Williams about
garage owners parking machines that are for sale in front of
HUNDREDS AT OPENING OF ERIE'S NEW MARKET BUILDING
A crowd of huge proportions attended the formal opening of the
new Twelfth Street Market at 12th and French Streets Thursday,
and from early morning until close to midnight, the building was
thronged with people who were anxious to get a first glimpse of
the fine new two-story building devoted to market products.
There was entertainment aplenty during the day of the formal
opening for Campbell's band of 16 pieces played in different
locations in the building throughout the afternoon while Willis
Connoly's dance orchestra of 15 pieces played for the public
dance at night.
HUNDREDS HERE SEE METEOR
Hundreds of Erieites saw a huge meteor flash through the sky over
Erie at 9:49 p.m. Monday and then apparently disappear somewhere
over Canada. Telephone lines in newspaper offices were
choked with hundreds of calls as scores called to tell various
stories of seeing a flaming airplane tumble into the lake or that
a large boat was on fire. Coastguard James Fox, in the
lookout tower of the Coastguard station, saw the huge meteor and
recognized it as one. The meteor, a giant ball of flame
with a brilliant tail of fire and gas trailing, appeared to
disappear between the anchored lake carriers in the harbor and
the peninsula or that general vicinity, according to calls
received. Thousands of people from Detroit east to Buffalo,
south to Cincinnati and north to Ontario, believed it had struck
"GUARDSAN' PUMP TO BE SEEN AT EXPO
The new type of calculating gasoline meter pump being put on the
market by the ERIE METERS SYSTEMS are both beautiful and
efficient. Stream lined, modernistic and graceful, they are
time savers and accurate. They show the quantity of
gasoline delivered and at the same time the total cost of any
given price per gallon. This feature saves laborious, time-consuming
calculations on the part of the attendant and protects the
customer as well. Service is speeded up, avoiding
irritating delays to the motorist. By their use, customers
may purchase even money quantities, thus increasing sales.
Totalizing devices indicate the total quantity and cash value
dispensed during the day.
ADMIRAL BYRD'S SNOW CRUISER WILL LEAVE HERE TUESDAY
Skilled craftsmen of the GENERAL ELECTRIC were rushing motor
replacements on Admiral Richard E. Byrd's massive snow cruiser
Monday with the belief expressed that it would be ready to resume
its trip to Boston late today or early Tuesday. Under
careful supervision of tall and tireless Dr. Thomas C. Poulter,
designer and pilot, mechanics began working on the enormous
landship at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, two hours after it lumbered
through the city and into the plant's grounds. The thousands who
lined W. Lake Road and E. 12th Street as the giant craft hove in
view Saturday afternoon were overawed by its enormity. They
had seen pictures of it, read of its dimensions but marveled when
they actually saw it crawl past them, dwarfing everything else in
it's shadow. Some six months ago construction of the
monster of iron and steel, rubber and glass started. When
completed it weighed 75,000 pounds, was 55 feet long, 20 feet
wide and almost 15 feet high. The cruiser cost $150,000 to
ild. Both motive and auxiliary power for the snow cruiser
is supplied by two 15 horsepower Diesel engines, each directly
connected to a traction-type generator.
October 1934 (price: two cents)
EARTHQUAKE ROCKS ERIE
Buffalo College Instrument Reveals Tremor Here; All parts of City
Canisius seismograph record 'quake in Erie Area; disturbance most
rare in this section; high buildings shaken, dishes in homes
rattle; theatre patrons seek street for safety.
The earth tremor which rocked Erie at 3:08 this afternoon was
unquestionably an earthquake, a rare disturbance in this part of
the country. Father J. F. Delaney, S.J., seismologist at
Canisius College, Buffalo, so described the occurrence to The
Times this afternoon when he revealed that instruments at the
school had recorded the shock. The shock was felt within an
area of from 15 to 20 miles from Erie in all directions
Although buildings were shaken no appreciable damage was done.
Householders received the shock of their lives when dishes in the
cupboards began to dance and rattle.
SOLDIERS & SAILORS HOME HAS LINCOLN IMMORTALIZED IN GLASS
Few people realize that a valuable work of art exists in Erie.
It's Lincoln's portrait, done in stained glass.
The portrait is part of a huge stained glass window in the chapel
of the Soldiers & Sailors home.
The Erie home was established in 1885 and first opened a year
later in 1886. This was the year that ex-President Arthur
died, the year President Cleveland was married and 21 years after
Lincoln's death. The U.S. Senate appropriated $25,000 for a
monument to ex-President Grant to be built in Washington, D. C.
It is also the year the House passed a bill to increase the
pensions of widows and dependent survivors of Union Soldiers from
$8 to $12 a month.
My note: Very little changed in the old Home over the years.
Probably one of the warmest memories I have is the year my
grandfather, Clyde Way, took us to celebrate Mother's Day by
going to the Soldiers & Sailors Home and walking the l-o-n-g
boardwalk that was behind there. I don't think in my 45
years since (give or take a few <g>) there has been a
Mother's Day roll around, that someone in our family hasn't
brought forth that memory again.
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