100 years ago
Dec. 14, 1922
u At about 7 o'clock last Friday evening, December 15, about 60 enthusiastic citizens and businessmen of Clarion County assembled at the Clarion Hotel for the purpose of organizing a Kiwanis Club under the sponsorship of the Brookville Kiwanis Club of which about 40 members were present. This new club, the Clarion Kiwanis Club is composed of men who are interested in some 30 different lines of work and business, but every one of them is especially interested in the one job of making Clarion a better place in which to live and that is in back of all the Kiwanis stand for. Just as individuals are taken into the Kiwanis Club by invitation and not by application so are clubs organized by invitation and not application. The organization of the Clarion Kiwanis Club links up the towns along the Lakes-to-Sea Highway in a very close way because Erie, Meadville, Oil City, Franklin, Brookville, Reynoldsville and DuBois all have energetic and powerful Kiwanis Clubs.
The whole party was seated at tables spread and served with the choicest foods in the best style of the New Clarion whose menus are just right.
Harry M. Rimer was elected president, R.L.R. Snyder vice president, Joe Smith, treasurer and Harry Kriner, secretary. Dr. George Megahan was selected as the Trustee and Clyde Clough, Charles Imel, Frances Mahey, Harry Stahlman, Sam Wilson, J.W.F. Wilkinson and Milo Smathers were elected to the board of directors.
The spirit and enthusiasm displayed at the meeting on Friday night augurs well for the Kiwanis Club of Clarion. Young and old alike agreed that it had been a great evening and that they were sure Clarion would be better for having organized such a club.
u The Burnham Gas Co. has brought in a good well on the Harrison Smith farm in Limestone and have located another preparatory to drilling.
u Under the dog law, owners have until Jan. 15, 1923 to secure a license. Squire James in Limestone can furnish you with dog, fish, turkey, gobblers, automobile and last, but not least, marriage licenses.
u Since the completion of the Lakes-to-Sea Highway, the baseball for the coming summer has been revived on a large scale. Many of the old players and fans have made suggestions that there be a league or association formed among the towns in this section to be composed all of local talent. It should be easy as most of the towns had their city league games last season. It was also suggested that no club be allowed to play at any time more than three "class men" or players who had ever played league base ball. This method will eliminate the playing of high salaried players, which has been the downfall of base ball in the Mountain League. A meeting will be held at one of the towns in the near future to formulate plans for the carrying out of this association.
u Fire from an overheated stove pipe damaged the building occupied by John T. Saxton on Greenville Avenue Thursday morning. The fire company was promptly on the job but the neighbors hade made such a good job of putting out the fire that the company did not need to go into action.
u An organization known as the League for the Enforcement of Law has been effected in Clarion and from now on it is not only a duty but a privilege to show your "100 percent Americanism" by backing this organization. Now let every good citizen in Clarion stand right up and be counted on the right side. Let us join hands in putting down bootlegging and all other violations of law.
u Two men, who are alleged bootleggers, were arrested in Emlenton last Sunday afternoon. They were driving a five passenger Jordan car and it is reported that their cargo was about 46 quarts of high test Canadian liquor. They were taken to Franklin and after a hearing were held for court under $1,000 each. They will no doubt receive a salty sentence for their bootlegging.
u A gentle reminder to our deer hunters: Our successful hunters like to read the news of their success in the newspapers; it gives them a desirable notoriety and is pleasing to them. The editors love very much a nice venison roast or steak but haven't seen or tasted any since Jimmy Hannold got a fine buck a couple of years ago. Wonder if the hunters have the idea that the editors would get too fat and get swelled up to much if they are a little venison? Don't you believe it!
u Although no official figures are yet obtainable it is figured by the State Game Commission that not less than 7,000 buck deer were killed during the first 15 days of December in this state. That is some record for a state that is supposed to have the next to the largest population of any in the Union and shows that the present system of keeping the Game Commission out of politics is the proper way to run things. We hope the new governor will take notice and not allow his political friends to persuade him to make a blunder. n
Compiled by Randy Bartley