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m&. \>*•-* ^^T^-^ * »T^:^^^H< WOLUME 33 LOWVILLE. N.Y. f THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 1942 NUMBER 2& HAROLD RICHARDSON DIES SUDDENLY AFTER HEART ATTACK LASTSUNDAY Passing of Local Citizen Shocks Community—Was Prominent In Fraternial and Business Circles Funeral services for Harold Jay- Richardson, 59, former grand master of the New York State Grand Lodge of Masons, who died suddenly Sunday- noon of a heart attack at the home of a brother, Raymond S. Richardson, this village, were held Wednesday af- ternoon at the local Masonic Temple. The body was placed in the Rural cemetery receiving vault to await burial in the spring. Rev. 0. T. Anderson, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiated at the religious service. Arthur \V. Matt- son, immediate past district deputy- grand master, was in charge of the Masonic Blue lodge funeral cere- mony. Grand Master Henry C. Turner of New York City spoke briefly at the He was also a member of the Car- lowden Country club. Mr. Richardson was president of the Cornell club of later known as the Miller-Richardson Company, and was associated with the cheese industry for 27 years. Mr. Richardson was a 33rd degree Mason. He was a past master of Lowville Lodge No. 134, and from 1926 until 192S was grand master of the New York State Grand Lodge. He was a member of Lowville Chapter 234, of the Royal Arch Masons, and of the Watertown Commandary, Knights Templar. He was also a past poten- tate of Media Sehrine Temple, Water- town, and a member of the Council of Deliberation of the grand lodge. For the past 10 years he served on the Northern New York at the time of •M-l Harold Jlay Richardson service. Henry Meaeham, Seneca Falls, lecturer of the grand lodge, and Frederick C. Strang, Rochester, dep- uty grand master, were also present along with other prominent citizens from throughout the state. Mr. Richardson was born in Lock- port, April 1, 1SS3, a son of S. Brown Richardson and Mary Frances Dickey. He was a graduate of Lowville Free academy and Cornell university, class of 1905. While at Cornell he had the distinction of being president of both his sophomore ami senior classes. Mr. Richardson was a member of the Sphinx Head and Delta r m at Cor- nell. In 1917 he became » member of Richardson and Company. Lowville. endowment committee of the lodge. his death. Mr. Richardson married Miss Kath- erine Hesler, Oct. 11, 1913, who sur- vives with two daughters, iMrs. Jane Parker and Miss Bethany Richardson, and a granddaughter, all of Geneva; a stepmother, Mrs. Sarah Richardson, Lowville; two half-sisters, Mrs. Chauncey A. R. Keller, New York City, and Mrs. Clark Herbert, Wash- ington, D. C. In July, 1941, Mr. and Mrs. Rich- ardson moved to Geneva, where Mr. Richardson w-as executive secretary of the Poirier & MeLane Construction company, builders of an ammunition storehouse at Kendaia. Mr. and Mrs. Richardson were visit- ing in Low-ville over the weekeid to attend a family dinner at the home of Raymond S. Richardson, Sunday. TIRES AND TUBES GRANTED IN LEWIS COUNTY BETWEEN FEBRUARY 23-28 The Lewis county rationing board announces that the following persons were granted certificates for truck and bus tires and tubes from February 23rd to the 2Sth: 1. Leo Thesier, Lowville, farmer. 2 tires and 2 tubes. 2. Ernest Rook, Lowville, farmer 1 tire and 1 tube. 3. Gould Paper <_-.,.. Lyons Falls, pulp and paper, 2 tires. 2 tubes. 4. Victor Burdick, Potters Corners, farmer, 1 tire. 5. Alice A. EQICT., Turlr., cattle- dealer, trucking, 2 tires, 2 tubes. 6. Myles Higby, Constableville, trucking, 1 tire. 7. Louis C. Bush & Son, Lowville feed dealer, 1 tube. S. Gerald Edick, superintendent for town, 1 tube for town truck. Persons granted certificates for the purchase of passenger and light truck tires and tubes, the latter of which are classed in the passenger tire and tube quota: 1. Mary M. Coffey, school nurse, Lowville, 1 tire, 1 tube. 2. Allen Gingerich, Lowville, farm- i er, 1 tire. 3. Sidney Virkler, Lowville, farm- er, 1 tire. 4. Lyston Denning, Turin, farmer, 1 tire, 1 tube. 5. Mary J. Bush, East Martinsburg, f farmer, 1 tube. THIRD CONTINGENT IS ENTERTAINED St. Theresa Guild And Guests. Serves to Men 1942 INFANTILE PARALYSIS CAMPAIGN, LEWIS CO. I ? Beaver Falls $ 29.36 Castorland 6.26 .Constableville 29.35 Croghan , 10 -°<> Copenhagen 45.28 Deer {River 77 Glenfield 17.70 Greig 9-65 Harrisville 41.00 Lewis 8-15 'Lowville 152.74 Lyons Falls 14.57 Martinsburg .- 10.80 •New Bremen 32.63 Osceola 5.25 Port Leyden 30.75 Turin 14.68 Watson 42.00 $500.94 Proceeds from schools su- pervisory districts 17.46 Total proceeds $518.40 Expenses National chairman, cans, cards, sup- plies $20.00 Lewis Co. Chair- man, express, postage, etc. ... 3.23 • $ 23.23 Proceeds from Lewis Co. NET 495,17 Lewis Co. share re- tained 50% 247.59 National Fund mailed check 50% 247.58 In behalf of the National Foun- dation for Infantile Paralysis, I wish to thank the people of Lewis county who so generously contributed to this worthy cause. 1 greatly appreciate the help and assistance given by the commu- nity chairmen, and their commit- tees; also teachers and pupils of the Lewis county schools. HAROLD D. MARCELLUS Lewis County Chairman. William (L Easton, Treasurer. First Ration Cards Come Off Press John J. Deviny, acting public printer, and Leon Henderson, price ad- ministrator (right), examine the first sheet of ration cards leaving the {presses at the government printing office in Washington. The printing of war ration books No. 1 is the biggest government printing job in history. LOWVILLE OPPOSES CARTHAGE FRIDAY AS SEASON'S HIGHLIGHT OF CHARLES WEST LAST DECEMBER Youth, 17, Admits Deliberate Shooting- of Companion Whiles Hunting Near Martinsburg RITES HELD FOR RICHARD STODDARD To judge from some newspaper j writers one -would presume that if the Ignited States repeals its labor laws, 'passed in the last nine years, Hitler, [Mnssolini and Hirohito would sur- Ijxender. Bay U. 8. Defease Bond* now! The third war contingent from Lewis county was entertained at sup- per, served in St. Peter's church hall. ' Tuesday night, March 3. Judge Mil-1 ler B. Moran presided and the prin-1 cipal speaker of the evening was Mr. C. D. Kingsbury, past county com- mander of the American Legion. Mr. Kingsbury framed his remarks as a- lecture to the young men leaving in i the third contingent and pointed out the value of team work and keeping the faith with God and country. Kits, containing flashlight, sewing needs, toilet articles, etc., were pre- sented to each man, as well as p.ockei copies of the New Testament and prayer book. Supper was prepared and served by members of the St. Theresa guild, and guests numbered about 200 be- sides the trainees and their families. Mrs. Hazel Grunert entertained with music on the accordion and led the group singing. William B. Sheridan of Port Ley- den spoke on behalf of the trainees attending. The men leave 'Lowville next Monday morning about 7:45 from the court house. Final rites and ceremonies for Richard E. Stoddard, 24, son of JEarle W. Stoddard, Lowville, and the late Bernice Brown Stoddard, who com- mitted suicide by hanging in the cel- lar of the home of his uncle, Herbert A. Brown, Syracuse, last Saturday afternoon, were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Bekin funeral home. The American Legion color guard, firing squad and also a large number of Legion men attended the funeral services. Members of the Legion act- ed as bearers. The body was placed in the Rural cemetery vault to await burial in the spring. Mr. Stoddard had been in ill health since July, 1941, when he suffered a nervous breakdown while stationed at Camp Croft. He received an hon- orable discharge from the army and returned to his home here Jan. 23. The body was discovered in the cel- lar of the Brown home late Saturday evening hy Mr. Brown, who went to the basement to take care of the fur- nace. Mr. Stoddard had been in the home throughout the afternoon and evening. Mr. Stoddard was a graduate of the Lowville academy and attended Cen- tral City Business School in Syra- cuse. He was employed in Syracuse at the time he was inducted in the army. 'He was sent to Camp Croft where he became a member of the 40th infantry. He remained there un- til July 1st when he suffered a break- down and was sent to the Walter Reed hospital in Washington. He was later transferred to St. Elizabeth's hospital, also in Washington. He was born March 14, 1917. His mother died in 1936. Surviving besides his father, superintendent of high- ways in the town of Lowville, are his stepmother, Gladys Taylor Stoddard; a brother, Ralph, who is with the U. S. navy; a half-brother, Wayne, and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Stoddard, 'Lowville. Give to the Ked Cross War Relief and buy Defense Savings Bonds and Stamps today. SAVE AM» BUY WAB BONDS 21 Women to Receive Red Cross Certificates The home nursing course which was sponsored by the American Red Cross and conducted by Mrs. O. G. Smith, has been completed. Classes were held two nights each week for about six weeks at the Lowville acad- emy. The following women who have completed the course will receive cer- tificates issued by the American Red Cross from Washington, D. C: Mrs. Gertrude Aitken, Mrs. Mildred Boback, Mrs. Dorothy Bohall, Mrs. Ruth Berrus, Miss Helen Marie Ber- rus, Mrs. OBrma Boutwell, Mrs. Dor- othy Callahan, Mrs. Phyllis Duffy, Mrs. W. S. Easton, Miss Sylvia Edick, Mrs. Ralph (French, Mrs. Marguerite Garnham, Mrs. Mary Harris,^, Mrs. Edna Horth, Mrs. Dora Klosner, Mrs. Harriet ILord, Miss Marline MacDon- ald, Mrs. Margaret * O'Connor; Mrs. Hilda wHUanw, v Mrs.. IXhel Lynch, and Mrs, H< The hardwood at Lowville academy has been pounded hard this week as Coach Walter F. O'Connell has been drilling his cagers in preparation for one of the season's most important games Friday night with their ancient rivals, Carthage high school. The game, which will be played on the Carthage court, should attract one of the largest crowds to witness a bas- ketball game in the north country this year. The Big Red handed Dick Crawley's charges a 37-34 defeat in an exciting game on the local court several weeks ago, and the locals will be attempt- ing to make it two straight over Car- thage. However, the 'O'Connellmen will take to the court against the Black Panthers as the underdog. This is duetto iLowville's two setbacks last week at the hands of Alexandria Bay and New York Mills. Coach O'Connell has been trying to iron out some of the faults evidenced in last week's two defeats and has been putting his boys through long practice sessions to have tMem in top form when opposing the northern basketeers. The iRedmen's starting five Friday night probably will 'be Burt Shedd and Howard Chapman as forwards, Gerald Wetmore at center, Russ Hoff- man and Eddie Kalkowski as guards. Shedd netted 16 points versus the •Crawleymen in the game played on the local court. Tuesday night the Carthage team displayed fine basketball walloping Augustinian academy of 'Carthage 35- 18. Tip Wehzel and Ed Siedlecki scored 10 points each and are expect- ed to give Lowville lots of trouble Friday evening. The Carthage start- ing lineup will likely be Reeder and Wenzel in the forward berths, Sied- lecki in the pivot position, Ward and Lovejoy as guards. Many Lowville basketball fans, who have been following the progress of the Red and White dad hoopsters, are planning to journey to Carthage to witness the contest. The local courtmen are deadlocked in a first place tie with Bill Miller's New York Mills high school'five in the Black River league, as the local quintet lost a 24-22 thriller to the Mills hoopsters here last Friday night before 500 fans. The fray was the final league encounter for each ball club. Due to the state limit of 16 games a season for scholastic court teams no playoff series will be pos- sible. With one minute of playing time re- maining in the last quarter, the ad- vantage was 24-20 In favor of New York Mills. Burt Shedd, local for- ward, completed a long set shot to make the tally 24-22. The visitors successfully froze the ball in the re maining seconds to earn themselves a first place tie. As a result of the win the Mills quintet will compete in the WhitBS- boro postseason tournament. Low- ville was invited but it is doubtful that Coach O'Connell will enter the Redmen, due to lack of capable re- serves. The New York Mills set- back was Lowville's fourth of the season against 10 victories. However, it was the only league loss suffered by the O'Connellmen. The Red and White handed the Millers their sole circuit defeat on the Mills' court sev- ^ eral weeks ago. The locals will com- plete the 1942 season iPriday night of next week entertaining the Sackets Harbor courtsters. • • • • ~ In last Friday night's contest the visiting five started scoring early in the first stanza, as Sweircxek popped' a field goal to set his team in front Gerald Wetmore, Lpwviiie center, fol- lowed with a foul shot, and Howard Chapman made a dribblcin goal io give the Bed and 5|rate a J-3 Ijwid. Wilson of the ^eji^JAt^J^sj' ' Swierczek and Kaczor netted field goals for the Millers, and Shedd ac- complished a sensational one-handed hook shot, followed by a free throw on the part of Eddie Kalkowski, local guard, as the visitors remained in an 8-7 lead. Wilson, Mills' high scorer, banked a pop shot as the quarter ended with the Mills in front, 10-7. Radlowski added a point to the Mills' score with a foul shot as the second period opened. Howard Chap- man kept the locals in the fight with a one-handed hook, followed by Wil- son's free throw. With the score 12- 9 in favor of Coach Miller's boys, Gerry Wetmore completed two foul attempts and Prymas followed with a foul for the Mills. Wilson and Shedd made double-checkers for their teams, as the visitors guarded a 15- 13 lead. As the stanza drew t o a close Wilson aided the Mills' cause with another twin-checker. The score at half time was 17-13, in favor of Bill Miller's cagers. Burt Shedd gave Lowville an 18-17 lead in the see-saw battle early in the third frame. He made a dribble-in shot, a gift thiow, and a field basket. Radlowski quickly tied the score, by sinking a foul, and then Wilson of the visitors racked up two gift shots. Russ Hoffman, Lowville guard, com- pleted a free toss to narrow the mar- gin, 20-19, of the visitors' advantage. As the final perioc opened, with Lowville definitely off form, it was still anyone's ball game. Swierczek hooked a double-checker into the hoop and Kozien, sub forward, com- pleted two foul attempts as the visi- tors lengthened their lead, 24-19. Russ Hoffman followed with a free throw, and then Shedd made the final field Burt Shedd was high man in the scoring department with five field goals and two foul shots for a total of 12 counters. Wilson led New York (See BASKETBALL Page 8) 3-A REGISTRANTS MAY QUALIFYAS OFFICERS Volunteering Through Local Board For Induction Brings Privilege. 1 1— lib •• -—•--•• a double-header, iMt 4hot to Brig.-Gen. Lewis' Hershey, director of selective service, has today ad- vised the Lewis county draft board as follows: \The war department has announced that in the near future, selective serv- ice registrants who are deferred solely because of dependency, will be' given an opportunity to qualify as officer candidates by volunteering for induc- tion through selective service. \Pending further advice from the war department, the formulation of procedure with respect to this matter, registrants inquiring concerning an opportunity to volunteer for this pur- pose should leave their name and ad- dress with the local board for further consideration.\ , ROTARY SNOWPLOW PURCHASED BY COUNTY Now. Hat Two Rotary Plows Six Pusher Type Plow*. and • Held for April term of the Lewis county grand jury in connection with the death of Charles West, Robert Rood, 17, has confessed he deliber- ately shot and killed his 13-year-old companion while hunting near Mar- tinsburg on Dec. 5, according to Sheriff Albert S. Schiff. Rood, who has been held on an open motive in the Lewis county jail, Fri- day signed a three-page confession prepared by-District Attorney Dwight N. Dudo. Sheriff Schoff said the boy gave no motive for his' act. This will be Lewis county's first murder trial in over 10 years. The term will open April 13. According to the sheriff, Rood re- quested that District Attorney Dudo visit him. However, Mr. Dudo in- formed' the boy that if he had any- thing to say to tell it to Sheriff Schoff. 'Rood claimed he had been unable to sleep and wanted to get the matter \off my chest.\ After signing the confession, the youth remarked, \There now I can sleep night.\ He expressed no re- morse at the death of West, a fellow boarder in the Harland Ransier home near Martinsburg. \The boy showed no emotion and acted extremely cool during the day,\ commented Mr. Schoff. A fellow prisoner in the jail told the sheriff Rood told Jiim \After I get out of this place, I'll be able to make one notch in my gun.\ He admitted to the prisoner that he had lied to the law authorities, claim- ing West's death was an accident, \but he said, \they don't know the difference.\ Mr. Schoff said last weekend that West had apparently \had too many western stories on his mind.\ \I haven't been able to sleep be- cause of things on my mind,\ the youth told Schoff. He continued, \I want to change my story about the shooting.\ The youth told Sheriff Schoff he had been crossing a field with his com- panion about one and one-half miles from Lowville and was about 65 feet behind West at the time. Rood stated, according to the sher- iff, \I aimed my .22 rifle at the back of his head and called 'Charlie.' The boy turned around and faced me. I fired a direct bead at his head. He dropped.\ Young Rood said the two boys had fired BB guns at each other on previ- ous hunting trips, for no apparent reason. A warrant for Rood's arrest was is- sued by District Attorney Dudo on Saturday, Dec. 6, after an inquest, af- ter the body of 13-year-old West was found face downward buried under rocks near an old lead mine, near Martinsburg. .Until this time Rood had insisted West's death was an ac- cident. Mr. Dudo stated at the time the warrant was issued the \disposal of the boy's body was one of the most cold-blooded proceedings I have known in my eight years as district attorney.\ The case is one of the- strangest in the records of the county. Until signing the confession, Rood: has insisted West was shot by an ac- cidentally discharged .22 rifle of Rood's when they were climbing a. fence. He admitted that they had a. disagreement. He admitted, also, he- dragged West's body 650 feet to the- lead mine, where he removed some- rocks near the shaft, made a hollow grave and then covered it with stones.. Sheriff Schoff said yesterday no de- cision had yet 'been made on the> charge to be brought against Rood:. The sheriff felt Rood has perhaps read too many dime novels and west- ern stories. Jealousy between the- boys in another angle the authorities are considering. Rood has not yet re- ceived a mental examination. When the district attorney asked; Rood why he did not put the body in. the shaft of the old mine, Rood, ac- cording t o Mr. Dudo, replied, \There- was water there.\ At the time he committed the crime-\ Rood was on probation for burglary of a Lowville hardware store. Both boys lived on the farm home- for some time and Rood lived there- before. During the summer of T94i he worked out but returned last falL Friday, Dec. 5, the two boys went to> set traps in the woods. Mrs. Ransier said Rood came home- about 5 o'clock and asked her \Have- you seen Charlie?\ She replied? Charlie was not back yet and she- supposed they were together. iRobert said \No Charlie ha«. gone- home.\ They waited a while and! when Mr. Ransier arrived, they start- ed looking for Charlie. Several men of Martinsburg joined the search and? also Trooper John Roach of Troop B- Rood joined the searchers. The following morning, Dec. 6„ Schoff took Rood aside and questioned! him for an hour, he said, and the boy admitted Charlie had been shot by- accident. Then he led the sheriff to> the lead mine and Mr. Schoff uncov- ered the grave. •Rood's first story to District At- torney Dudo was that he and West went out to place traps and had a- disagreement when he wanted West to go farther. West said he was go- ing home. Then Rood said, West climbed a four-strand wire fence. Rood had a gun in his right hand and' it discharged, his said. He said h& did not see West fall, but saw him lying on the ground. \I felt his pulse and I knew he was. dead. He was the best friend I ever- had.\ Rood told Mr. Schoff about 2 minutes after he had deliberately killed West, he took the dead hoy's right hand a dragged him 650 feet to. the mine on the John Swartzentruber- farm on the Lowville-Martinsburg_ highway. « Rood will be 17 this month. He has- three sisters in Syracuse and vicin-. ity. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ar_'- thur Rood. Mrs. Rood, the mother, lives in Watertown, and Mr. Rood, of- ficers say, is in the Ogdensburg state.-, hospital. POPULAR DEMAND BRINGS EXTENSION OF DEMOCRAT'S BIO PREMIUM OFFER Having met with such universal approval during the short time the offer was in effect, The Democrat, yielding to request of quite a number of readers, is extending time of free premium for another twenty-four days. A number of readers have stated they would welcome an extension of time as it would be more convenient for themto obtain a set. >»•:-% Supervisors Kenneth Glazier, \V581- liam Smith and -L. W. •Monnat, mem- bers of \the Lewis county highway committee, have announced the pur- chase of, a new rotary snowplow to supplement the county's-equipment.; The latest addition is mounted on a. 12-ton track with a 290 h.p. motor,; and iff similar to the one already vin use except that it is more powerful. \ Tew York has in ft, The offer will continue up to and including Saturday, March 28. This additional time, we believe, will be ample to give everyone the opportu- nity to obtain a set. Hence, it is not our intention, t o make any further ex- tension. So make your arrangement* now. The sets are awaiting you.at The Democrat office. The (Democrat has placed several hundred of these sets throughout^he county and every set' i s giving' daily •first «lass writing- service. This is one advantage of this premium offer, the gift i s one universally adapted for eyeryBo|^ft:nse^e^e«y; gay -of the year, 'ffg^^deir so-many are eirtfen- sjMtlc and that the offer has been ns^pfl^iiiMng ns new friends as the newi extending this offer and again re- minding you. Strong Demand from Students One. of the prime reasons for The- Democrat extending the offer was the- ever-increasing demand from school: children desiring the sets^ While- many sets have gone into school use- there is, due to the great many stu- dents in this section, still quite a number who have not secured this-, splendid writing equipment so neces- sary in their work. The extended! time will account for a great many- more public school pupils granted the- convenience of better writing mate- rial. *nd^ ,_^ „. r, that best sers»* this terrii aft Dtoocr* office artJj&^Mfg 4W, Marc* «. Yotftf thank <u tar DEFENSE BONDS SALES CAMPAIGN J. M. Rjissum, cashier of the Black River National bank of Lowville, has. fceen appointed, chairman of, the- (Lewis county defense savings - com- mittee by the tf. 'S; treasury depart>- ment; and a campaign to pi^mMie thV^ «alje of defense savings stamp« aoOt > l»^:\isv. jiowVbelWE pknwil.i . ~J**^0***t ? Arms'- ianaC' %. aia«^«ltt^e-^a«kid--te^P ^e^ctionmo «naUe%mplby chase stamps aad bonds All veaou wffi be asked to pledge • •aires to iwieete etestps and I Si ^

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