Westfield Republican, 1925-01-28
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®ht (Desffteld ' Mzpitblicm jr VOL- LXX. WESTFIELD, CHAUTAUQUA CO., N. Y., WEDNESDAY, J AN U All Y 28, 192". NO 48 TOWN'S BUSINESS fully paid for, the cost of the Case Tractor will be $3140. We traded in the two Internationals and one of the Ford trucks toward a nearly new two-ton Garford truck The two trailers were not designed for dump bodies and we sold these to the county to be used for other purposes. The deal for land and shed to house the road machinery has been hanging fire all the year. This should be closed up at an early date. tically all built within a space of six years Part of the work has been finished. WELCH HONORED LEGION' BANQUET AWARD DAMAGES Have You Shot Hack Your Card? To pay for the bridges and rights of way and our' 15 per cent, of the grading and surfacing, will require careful planning of town linances to avoid unnecessary burden on-the taxpayers. The cost of construction to date was responsible for part of the increased tax on the present roll. The additional payments must be planned ahead, with the thought in mind that Road bonds should not run more than ten year*. On future rolls for several years. 1 believe the assessment for this expense will vary between one and two mills. Friday evening, January 30th, at Masonic Banquet Hall at 7:0o sharp, John W. Rogers Post holds their 1923 Installation of Officers Banquet with "City Dads" and Town Board as our guptrts. Old Keopka has forked faithfully to put over this party. You get in line, f or four bits pays the works.'Shoot in your card today advising him that you'll be on the firing line fork in hand and voice limbered up. The Commission has Awarded Damages to the Property Owners at Forsyth. Below Will be Found a Concise Report of the Town's Business for 1924. To the Town Officials I and Tax payersAs Village President I found it helpful to write, at the end of each year, a letter commenting on the more important happenings and sometimes making recommendations for the coming year. The custom proved of such value that I am starting it this year in reference to the town affairs. It serves to refresh our memory, gives us a check on unfinished matters and forms a permanent record for future reference. Where more detailed information is desired than this letter gives, it can be found in my scrap-book, diary, town accounts or correspondence files- Many of the important activities of the year are described in special memoranda in my files. TAXES. Our most important duty is to watch the taxes, which means spending wisely. The present tax roll is larger than usual and in analyzing the*reasons I find the following items which should be especially noted: 1. A substantial raise in the "County Tax. Supervisor John F. Welch Has Been Honorid by the Supervisors. The ( m m i ion in thcondemna- Chairman Martin P. Whallon, of the Chautnuqua County bonrd Supervisors, ha| appointed our Supervisor, John f Welch, a member of the Highway Im provement Committee to succeed Loren W. Stebbins, deceased. He is also ap- tion proceed in Korsytl awards Jor< h' John F ,\ for property at the following op'Tt $8,000 6,250 Highway authorities are agreed that the way to fight snow is first to install snow fences. We set some fence last winter and are adding 2300,feet of new type snow fence this winter. The cost of the fence to the town is 3 1-2 cents per foot, the county paying the balance of 7 cents. Give this "Feed B the doubh 3.500 pointed a member of the Equalization MEN I Fr : n . . . 1,800 . 2,500 Attorney n; Geo. Celery Pickles ion The financing c,f our share of County roads is not handled in our Town Highway funds. It. is figured as a special item in the General Town funds. C iTimittee. Westfield and Supervisor Welch are to be congratulated upon the honor that h is Chicken Patties Mashed Potato* Ra PetUt, Port IlipU >. Jacksoi Hot liolle Hearts of liCtturo Salad Pje a la mod* Petite l'o Jrlly 1(1, .1 1 Perry Wolfe, come to then). We feel tlie honor h;is been worthily bestowed. We get unusual help on snow) removal in Westfleld because of our location on two Highway trunk lines. The county has appropriated $15,000 this winter for snow removal on the following roads: ClHIt'S FI x i; i :s TI'IITAIVM KXTS BANKS. In line with common practice elsewhere wo are splitting our town funds between the local banks, putting the School fund into the Grape Belt Bank. Arrangements have been made with both of the banks for satisfactory interest on balances, without the inconvenience of continually shifting funds. / Code* ORGAN RKAI>Y The Grand theater, wil. off (lie first time tonight, for tii proval of the theater-goera of W iield, the new orchestral organ in a musical setting for the paramount picture, North of 36. Then shoot your lamps over th<' fireworks and say if you dare, "(Joe, 1 can't turn out this time!" "Loyalty to your town costs nothing —and pays vast returns" TOASTS Installation of Officers Player's Guild of St. Peter's Church r for Tins Decided Upon the Casts for the I'lays to be Presented on February 3nd Westfield-Jainestown, State Silver Creek (Main Road). Line- Till TWELVE POUND LOOK By Sir Barrie CAST Fre- A considerable part of this $15,- 000 goes for equipment and snow fence. If $20,000 per year were spent for snow removal, Westfield's share would add about one-fifth of a mill to our county tax. donia-Jamestown ROBERT R. DEW TouHtmaster C. B DAY "Legion and Our Town" r. F. WELCH, Supervisor "1925-Legion H. F. THOMPSON Esthetic Dancing MRS. JAMES HAGE Old Songs Liability insurance has been taken out" on all lilghday equipment and in fact wherever it could be properly applied. To check against duplication and lapses, all insurance policies, of every nature, carried by the towfl of Westfield have been arranged on a handy reference sheet. ACCOUNTS. A new system of town accounts was installed at the beginning of the year and this will be further perfected in 1925 to exactly fit in with the State Comptroller's recommendatinons. The installation of the organ has been completed under the direction of Mr. Harold Verbeck, of Buffalo and Mr. Robert Kuhn, of the Linn Organ Co., of Binghamton, N. Y. Kate Lady Sims Mrs. Harry Williamson Mrs. Wilson Rood Sir Harry Abbot Rick The Butler Arthur Kunkle HELENA'S HUSBAND By Philip Moeller Considerable gravel was placed on dirt roads during the past year and especially during the fall. It is expected that this work will be continued. ' A detailed description of the organ is impossible through these columns but we assure the people of Westfield that it in every way complete and one which they will be proud to tell about and which, with the commodious theater, the perfect projection and ttye high class pictures shown places Westfield in an enviable position on the Photoplay map. Helena Mrs. Paul Welch Tsumu. . . . Mrs. Patterson Crandall Menelaus (Helena's husband , 2. The payment of certain town charges in 1924 which theoretically would he charged against other years. The largest item under this head is the Westfleld-Barcelona Highway, completed November 1923. 3. Construction by the town of two bridges on the West Lake Road. (County Highway No. 56) 4. Refund of erroneous taxes to the B. & L. E. ($1874.74). We have no first hand information on this matter but an examination of the Court Order served on us through the Board of Supervisors ■shows that the award is based on old mandamus proceedings disputing the B. & L. E. tax over Quite a period, some years ago. Get moving now 1925 is a legion year sure and No. 327 needs every ..Edward Skinner Patterson Crandall. The amount provided by the 1923 budget for 1924 Township Highway maintenance has proved ample. The Superintendent has been paying special attention to guard rails, culverts and bridges which were in need of attention. There is considerable still to be done and this will be given first consideration in 1925. Paris man Analyticus (Court Adviser) Matthew Wallace KHE'S OVER LITIGATION. The only litigation how involving the Town of Westfield is the Erie street case. This was decided in favor of the Town Superintendent but has been appealed by the plaintiffs. By request, the Guild has substituted two short plays for "The Torch Bearers," "Overtones" and "Pot Boiler" both by Alice Gerstenberg. "Overtones," which wr<a produced by the Washington Square Players, is called "The typical American oneact play." A recital will a part of each program at the theater starting at 7:10 and 9:00 each night and 2:45 at matinees. A True Hummer That Brought $200 to Knapp's Relief Six hundred Westfleldites tramped to the Grand Theater the past Wednesday evening to attend the Knapps' family benefit. Westfield is conservative and slow in moving, but when she starts the job is done. COUNTY HIGHWAYS. The West Lake Road (3.5 miles) is now being paved as a county aid highway. The township is required to furnish the right of way, build the bridges and in addition pay 15 per cent, of the remaining costs. Two new bridges of some size were required for this road, their total cost being $6325.44. Two pieces of land were required for right of way, these being near the Noble Creek Bridge. One of the deals has not yet been concluded. Commissioners are to be appointed shortly and as soon as they are, the county force can start the grading at that point. LAND. We acquired title to a lot on the shore of Lake Erie at the foot of Main street, Barcelona. This insures an outlet to the beach at that point. Manuel Trintefellow who has recently returned from his sojourning at "Frisco," is back home at the"01d Stand" and with his former partner, Ernest Mumulos is out to make "The ever popular Manuel's Restaurant," Westfield's foremost eat- BACK AT OLD STAND CAST Harriet, cultured woman The feature picture of the evening was Thomas Meighan in "Pied Piper Malone" which was especially enjoyed by the kiddies. But one of the premier attractions which the show so successful was the playing of Prof. A- Baideme and his band of popular entertainers. Decked out in their "Tux's" as if they were on the bill tor a dinner dance at the Commodore with a glorious stage backing they put over a show that, just can't be beat and played, why even demons could not equal them. Miss Bessie Peglar Hettie, her primitive self. . . . TROLLEY. Early in the year, the Chautauqua Traction Co , applied to the Public Service Commission for permission to abapdon its line from Chautauqua Lake to Westfield. I attended conferences in Mayville and .Tainestown with the Broadhead interests and the othejf towns interested and appeared with our counsel at the hearing in Buffalo. The Commissioner took the question under advisement and has not given a decision. Mrs. Chas. Watson Margaret, a cultured woman. . . . Mrs. Howard Johns Our State, County and Town taxes are levid as one. We have only an indirect voice in the first two, but we can regulate the town share within certain limits; and we must keep that to a proper mini- ing house Manuel has a welcome for all his eld friends and will be pleased to have new faces drop in and try out his table. Maggie her primitive self. . . . Miss Marion -Baldwin "The Pot HoiI»%r" is a satire on a rehearsal for a on'■'-act play. UXILIAKY CAST Our Equalization lias no affect on the amount we raise by tax for General Town Funds or for Town Highways It does affect our share of the State and County taxes. mum Thomns Pinikl<>8 Sml Wouldbv, novict playwright MUS, H. M LAl'GHLIX CHOSK.V Donald Poacock Right at the start Of th year we were confronted with p. serious'question on the paving of the West Lake Road. were three possible wjays of running this road from Noble Creek to Portage Road. A special ran Lr meeting oX the Ameri- Mr. Ivory, financier Auxiliary was held Satevening for the election of oT- Miss Florence Quigley, vice>nt. presided. Ion Did they •please tlie folks? Tlie number of encores told this story Charles Watson I have made a careful analysis of the Total Tax and Town Ratio in each of the Towns of the making allowance also for the difference in equalization. Even with our unusually high tax this year, there are 15 towns having a higher ratio or levy.. The highest town ratio is $3G.3'21 as compared with $18,863 for Westfield and there are four towns running higher than .$30. The town ratio or levy includes all three taxes—State, County and Town. EASON HALL is completed. The Town Board is assigned a very attractive room in the northwest corner of the first floor. urda Anthony hi worked untir- Mr. Ruler, hero Hodi'rey Wilson licer pres Urol' ingly with his boys and had a sur hand due him. Miss Ivory, horion The recommendatiofts made by thf nominating committee were accepted and the following officers unanimously elected: d Johnson The First (Plan 1) was over the old right of way from Noble Creek to the corner of Gale and Lake, tbenre northerly on Gale, over the Peacock bridge into Barcelona. This we favored very strongly, especially as it. gave opportunity for the town and village to later improve the short section from the corner of Gale and Lake to Portage, via the Cochran bridge, thus furnishing both a ''through" Lake Road route via Barcelona and also permitting traffic and farm products from the west to reach the village directly. However the county authorities advised us that this route had been eliminated from consideration and the matter could not be reopened. Their principal objection was the extra distance to be paved by the county. Our new chairs Have been installed but the table has not been delivered. Because of the extra size table required it had to be built to order. Miss Adelaide most delightful entertainer bmi h proved a with Mr. Inkwell, vi lian her violin ornian Oift'ord of Slier Wonder" all tli Mrs. Pencil impm Edward Skinner 1'resident Mrs. H. M. Laughlin; vice presidents, Misses Florence Quigley and Maude Nichols; seere- Roy Mrs. if L. Munson Kason 'HaJ.I is deeded to the village. A tentative form of contract between the village and town is now being drafted to provide a workins agreement on the use of Town Board room, vaults, etc. piano rvmirrou with t! ieveral classical sefeeling that would The lii in charge ts of committees having incident to thfc lections wo tary treasurer, Mrs. Ralph Breads; staff Mesdames F. .T. Litchenwalter, Clay ton Green and Stark. Miss Kathryn Litchenwalter have been noticed in masters of far more advanced agt production follows Buster Howard sang Bongs with a sweet voice bclnging Hi'' utmost delight to all liis listeners, then in the case of new wine age will tell and Bobby Franklin with his "good inan Friday" Erniio Peck as usual knocked 'em off into the clear and with our ever ready friends Prof. Tony and his hand they became musicians of note until boys behind the drapes cut an encore while Hob Ermie were in profound bows. Bob and Ermie will make 'em laugh any time any place and in any way. Southorn Propertif n, chairman, Frank .lol Mrs C. J. Carlson, Bothke, Cans. rio(H'rpy Wilson; Frances Flagler, An agreement is also necessary concerning the town's interest in lockup in the Fire Hall. It was also ruled that, chairmen of membership, social, publicity and welfare committees should meet with the executive committee as an advisory committee. This will serve to keep all officers and standing committees in closer touch. The chairmen 'are appointed by the president. Costumes, Just a few words in regard to our Equalization. Perhaps a better word would be "leveling," as this is •vtfhat equalization means. Every year the County Land Values committee vis- Its each town to examine tliAassessment roll and inspect suclP"properties as they may wish to see. The town is then given a rating or percentage which is meant to be the percentage of full value at which local propeirty is valued by the as-* sessors. oliairrnan, Mofflamf T anner Mc- Carty and Misses Williamson, Volgstead and Dr. Watson; Finance, Edward Skinner, chairman, Messrs. Philips, Dimmick. King and Mrs. Phillips; Ushers, Harry T.King, chairman, Messrs. Newell. Bothke, Allen. H. E. Clarke and J Clarke. Mrs. C. I. Lott, Chairman of Gj-ecian poses. BARCELONA WATER DISTRICT. During 1024 a movement was started at Barcelona to create a water district, the water to be supplied by contract' with the village. Our Board and Consul investigated thoroughly the legal requirements and practical workings of the water district, as proposed and appeared with the Village Water Commissioners at a special meeting at Barcelona. The cost appeared to be greater than was justified so no action was taken. The line up of officers is a particularly good one and with every Auxiliary member co-operating, 1925 should be the biggest year the Auxiliary ever had. They gave us the choice of two routes:—and only two. One route (Plan 2) was a ''cut off" from Nobles Creek across new right of way on the PeacocK and Foster & Scliultz properties direct into Barcelona. The other (Plan 3) was along the old right . of way to Gale and Lake and directly across to Portage street in the village. In either case the town had to- buy the right of way (except in the village) and build the bridges; as is customary on county highways. The plays are to he given in the Grand Theater, Portage street. Westfield on February 2nd at 8:1-1 p. m. Mrs. Lauglilin in taking over the office spoke with much sincerity saying thta the future growth of the Auxiliary rested with the membership not alone with the president. She reminded those present that they were not Auxiliary women simply for their own pleasure but to be of service to the Legion and to the community. She also pointed out that to have a successful organization members must be present at the meetings^"* Plans weir /'ten outlined for the dinner being M<tld by the Legion Friday evening, January 30th and the meeting jidjourned. Itemized Expenses The "County Average Percentage" is then figured. Then the total assessment for each town is raised or lowered according as the town percentage is above or below the county average percentage, and the result is the equalized assessment- The difference between the assessors total and the equalized assessment is then automatically listed as increase or decrease. Theater . Picture . . Baideme . Vaudeville Piano . . . $125.00 15-00 10.00 5.00 WEST EI ELI) ARISE TO THE COLORS REFORESTATION. I am very anxious that the Town of Westfield shall have the maximum of trees set out. Interested landowners can get information from me as to procedure However, I believe that it should not be entirely left to individual enterprise. Westfield village has a water shed of roughly 25 square miles. A considerable acreage of new timber on that water would decrease the "run-off," conserve the ground water and greatly decrease our future troubles from suaimer drouths or increased consumption. :',.oo Legion Will a Hand $158.00 So much favorable comment has burst forth due to the fact that Total Sale of Tickets $33«.45 158.00 West field's stepped forward to the colors, aind lias adopted a uniform system of displaying "Old Glory," the flag that thousands of the country's best hare died for that she might proudly fly has brought forth this question. Do folks on East and West Main, Portage and I'nion streets. wa,nt to see the irood work go on? If so. will they step forward to the colors? A flag installed before their home the same exactly as the business section have adopted will cost but $4.83 per flap, instalied. Remember in February alone we again commemorate the births of George Washington, father of this great land, and Honest Abe Lincoln, savior of the same, also in the summer the Westfield Fire department brinsr to our city a four county fire convention, beside. W hat could better show Wfestfield's civic pride than to have our village fairly ablaze with "Old Glories" on Memorial. July the 4th, and Armistice Day. If you are of this mind, ring Jenks Lunch advising Eddy Jenks that you are set, or call H. P. Thompson at Xo. 3 and the Legion will do the rest. business section has S 17S.4.> In fact the entire procedure is •largely a question of mathematics after the percentages have been established by the land values committee. It is, therefore, imperative that our percentage be correct in comparison with the other towns. Unless offset by changes in other factors, a raise in percentage automatically lowers the equalization and reduces the taxes paid by any towji. Careful computations of the cost of right of way, the difficulty and delay incidental thereto, the comparative cost of the bridges, and an analysis of traffic and requirements, were greatly in favor of the old route (Plan 3) to Gale and Lake and across the Cochran bridge to Portage, afe compared to Plan 2. Just the extra cost of Plan 2 over Plan 3 could not be estimated at less than $30,000 to $40,000 to the ttfwn. Profits Donations 21.55 Total relief $200.00 The committee take this opportunity of sincerely thanking any and all who may have had even a small part in making the much needed relief posible. CHRISTIAN* EXPERIENCES FOR 1925 It would be a real public service if some group, organization or department -would organize to put timber on our water shed. Many landowners would join the movement and up for a quantity of Irers, who would take no action if left to their own initiative. What will yours and mine be for 1925? Shall January 1926 find us a little farther along than January 1925 did? It is impossible to stand still—we either go forward or lose ground. Harry Hickey, Dave Wallace, L. j A. Williams, C. B. Thompson, J. M. | Culver, V. B Card, C. E. Peck. C. i A. Anderson, II. J. Franklin. Ralph | Xorton, E. X. Skinner and Rex Cran-1 dall, a few of Westfield busy folk i met at the Kenyon Monday noon, and after a tatety lunch had a half j hour's pow wow concerning a "Mov-j ine Westfield." It was decided to, close the sale of tickets for the , Chamber of Commerce Community. Banquet which is to be held on Feb- \ ruary 4th, after Saturday evening of this week, then advise the Grangers members who will be present. Be wise. Get your tickets early so you will be in on the fun. ur" i the'r all ladies are earnestly invited to attend. Tickets will be on sale at! Williams Drug store. Bob Franklin's, and Julia Pooles, also from any of the ticket committee. Tentative program as follows. Real eats, peppy entertainment, splendid musical numbers and a man with a stirring message for all, after the program. Prof. Anthony Baideme and hia band will furnish the strains that just make young and old alike slide out for a little dance. Get your tickets now. Come sind look 'em over—Be young again. BOOSTERS MEET For 1919 Roll our percentage was .78 and the county percentage .785. For 1922 our percentage was .72. For 1923 we raised our assessed value nearly a half million dollars and got credit for 2 per cent, on our percentage bringing it to The increase in total county assessment that year was about $2,- 300,000. ; A solution can seldom be ideal- Our disappointment on finding Plan 1 eliminated is shared by the-people of Barcelona. There were some who did not. understand that this route could not be considered and this confusion was unfortunate. I believe that with all the facts before theni the gcsAt majority would agree that our choice of Plan 3 was logical, considering that Plan 2 was the only alternative. Rev. Chap. Thompson has a special series of sermons for the month of February and a special effort is being made to have everyone present. Plans to have the several classes in the Sunday school attend as a unit are under way. The church needs the young people for on then} the hope for the future depends.February 1— February 8— February 15— (Note). I have learned later that the Village Water Board is seriously considering reforestation on a larse scale. That would be an ideal solution of this problem. Our present roll is $70,000 above 1923. The increase for the entire county is more than $5,800,000. I While many matters have not been ! mentioned in this letter, it does cover the more important activities. Respectfully submitted, John P. Welch, Supervisor. I .December 27, 1924. "Faith in God." "Life in Christ." "Power Through The Land Values committee made only two changes in town percentages this year and those were small ones. The Westfield percentage was made .74 the same as before. • In 1925 the county will inaugurate a new five-year highway ' construction program, providing for a total of about 76 miles. On that program Westfield is allotted 4.1 miles on the East Lake Road and 5.5 miles on the Sherman Road extending from the Main Road to Volusia. the Spirit." February 22—"The Conquest of Sin" In the ruFh and push of affairs, we are apt to neglect Jhe things of OPTIMIST CLUIi •Coming Fobrury 4tli, the Dramatic Club of Fredonia Normal. Let's move today as February 12th. will soon be upon us. TOWN HIGHWAYS. At the start of 1924 the principal items in our inventory of highway machinery were: Great SIGHT On 4ast Saturday our citizens had a great treat in being able to witness the total eclipse of the sun. "While Buffalo had cloudy weather, Westfleld had ideal weather for viewing the eclipse, a treat that they wHl never have the privilege of seeing again. Do you remember the very at- j lhe SI,irit. Shall we'not have a tractive progrm they gave us last j ieast one hour a week when we shal year? Yes, they will be with us jet our SOUis have a chance tc again, Wednesday night, February breathe 4th, with two modern plays under _____ the capable direction Misses. Cran- PUBLIC AUCTIOV ston and Dubert, Predonia Normal. Havillf? 30id our farm at East Be sure to see them. This is under cemetery, we will sell at aucthe Optimist Club and open to all Saturday, January 31, 1925, be- Optimist Club members at the Y. W. lnnIng at 10:00 a. m. all stock and C. A.. Others are Invited to enjoy all °ool h fltraw and grain.. of the splendid numbers for the fee t U j Morgenstern & Son. of 10 cents each. Avery Road Razor. 2 (8-16) International Tractors. 2 Ford Trucks. 2 Trailers. • The Westfield-Barcelona County Aid Highway was completed late in 1923 and was therefore a charge against the Town of Westfield in 1924. Our share was $2760.79. No expense for bridges or right of way. It was necessary to re-equip our Highway department, and at the same time keep our costs down to a minimum. We bought two Graders at a total cost of $1060 and a 22-40 Tractor on the lease plan. When We are now getting the county roads that public sentiment and the public interest have been demanding for many years. They will be prac- —Baled Hay, $18.00 a ton. G. W. Husted.
|Title||Westfield Republican, 1925-01-28|
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|Date of Original||1925-01-28|
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