Looking Back in Time 090921

Cpl. Craig E. Fleming

Looking back in time

100 years ago

Clarion Democrat

Sept. 8, 1921

William Sansom


uClarion and vicinity was stirred to an extraordinary degree last Sunday when the bodies of two of her choice young men were laid in their final resting places in the Clarion Cemetery. The bodies of Cpl. Craig E. Fleming and Private James Lewis Gathers arrived at Hoboken, N.J., on Aug. 25 and were forwarded to their homes in Clarion arriving here on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Sunday afternoon about 150 members of the Craig E. Fleming Post of The American Legion and other veterans, the Red Men and the Concert Band met at the Gathers home on Grand Avenue where the body had rested in state since its arrival. Almost the whole length of the avenue was lined with automobiles furnished for the family and relatives. The church was filled to its utmost capacity leaving only seats for the family. As soon as Private Gathers had been buried, the members of The American Legion proceeded to the home of the comrade for whom the post received its name and in the presence of hundreds of people placed the casket on the caisson (Which was used by Knapp's battery in the Civil War) and escorted it to the funeral service which was witnessed by over 2,000 people. The procession followed the caisson to the cemetery where the Legion fired a salute and "Taps" was sounded. During the ceremony at the grave Aviation Lt. Parker Cramer flew over overhead and scattered flowers on the monument in the park on which the names of the two dead soldiers appear.

uPennsylvania has 14,503,448 chickens in 1920 compared to 11,895,903 in 1910.

uThe Marienville Glass Company was passing out dividend checks this week to its stockholders. Although shut down for 13 weeks the company stretched the point and paid the regular 10 percent dividend. The company is healthy taking into account the slump in business and other things not to its liking.

uPennsylvania's new gasoline tax of one cent a gallon became effective Sept. 1.

uThe Clarion County Fair is now in full swing. If the weather holds it will probably be the largest in the county's history.

uActual work on the great Clarion River hydroelectric project began yesterday when two groups of drillers started cleaning out test holes and driving others to determine the best foundations for the dam, which will be the first unit of the big power development.

Compiled by Randy Bartley