The following is part of an occasional installment of “old time headlines” compiled by the DuBois Area Historical Society. The headlines were researched by the historical society board member Ken Wiser. Headlines and story samplings appear as they did when they were published in the newspaper.
This installment is from the week of April 14, 1919.
Monday, April 14, 1919
New Drug Store To Open For Business On Tuesday Morning
On Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock the people of this vicinity will be afforded the opportunity of inspecting one of the finest drug stores in Western Pennsylvania when the Harvey & Cary Company opens their establishment in the Commercial building, North Brady street. There will be no normal opening features, the store simply opening for business and continuing in the regular channel throughout the day and evening. It is probable the firm will offer some special inducements for the opening day, announcement of which will be made later.
The public is invited to inspect the new store on opening day, and it is certain that they will see something worthwhile. The fixings of the store are solid mahogany, presenting a rich substantial appearance. The show cases are lined with marble and in their present artistic dressing, are most inviting. The store is along departmental lines, all of the various goods being arranged in groups, with attractive placards labeling each department, so that buying will be done with the least inconvenience. When purchases are made each person is given a check and all accounts are settled at the cashier’s desk near the entrance. The cashier also attends to the cigar case to the left of the entrance, thus assuring prompt service at all times.
The soda fountain is one of the essentials of a modern drug store and in this respect the Harvey & Cary store is fortunate in securing a fountain that is most up-to-date in every particular. It is not a stock fountain but one that is built along lines laid out by that concern. There is reliable refrigerating assured at all times. The fixtures of the fountain are of the best and no expense has been spared. The store has added additions for serving fifty people at one time.
All of the candy, toilet articles and drugs in the main store room are kept in glass enclosed cases, insuring the utmost sanitation.
The store is under the management of Robert Hoover and he is being assisted by Secretary Babcock of the Harvey & Cary company. Mr. Hoover will have as resident assistant manager, John McCracken, a graduate pharmacist.
The store opens under favorable auspices, aggressive and enterprising management and with a stock that will appeal to the people of this community.
Great Crowd Gave Welcome To Returned Soldiers And Sailors
The Avenue theatre was completely filled yesterday afternoon at the mass meeting arranged by the Y. M. C. A. as a welcome to the soldiers and sailors of DuBois who have thus far returned home from the World War. There was a large representation of the veterans present and they could not help but feel the warm generous welcome that was extended to them, and to realize that the people of DuBois are glad to see them back.
Previous to the opening of the meeting, the Boys Brigade band played in front of the theatre, giving a program that was highly appreciated. On the inside, special musical features were furnished by the Male Quartet. The organization is one of the decided class and their singing yesterday afternoon was greatly enjoyed.
The presiding officer was Austin Blakeslee, president of the Y. M. C. A. who first called upon Dr. J. C. A. Borland to deliver the invocation, and later upon Rev. Mr. Carney, who delivered a welcome on behalf of the Ministerial Association. Dr. Carney is a forcible speaker and he emphasized the fact that the church was glad to see the soldiers and sailors back ready to take their places in the churches and in the Christian organizations. Dr. Carney has been in foreign countries and he outlined briefly some of the dangers to which the American boys were exposed, aside from those of war, and he said for this reason he was glad to see the boys returned.
L. E. Weber spoke in behalf of the Red Cross and Y. M. C. A., stating that these two organizations doubly welcomed the boys back. He pointed out that during the dark days when Germany started her tremendous drive a little over a year ago, there was great anxiety in America, not as to the ultimate outcome of the war, but as to whether the American boys could get over fast enough to save tremendous slaughter. Fortunately, they did. He also pointed out the remarkable fact that after the tide had turned the Germans never won a foot of advanced territory. There was no winning and regaining as was the case when the Germans were advancing. When the Allies started to advance, after America got into the war property, it was a steady push backwards towards German soil.
Sergeant P. E. Griesemer responded to the welcome on behalf of the soldiers and sailors, devoting most of his time to the coming Liberty Loan, and the necessity for every boy who is back to get into the work and assist in putting it over.
The concluding speech was by Dr. Chester Birch, who has been conducting special meetings in DuBois for the past two weeks. Rev. Birch delivered his famous Chautauqua address “Bugle Calls From Seven Wars.” Starting with the Indian wars, he traversed from there to the Revolutionary war, the war of 1812, the Mexican War, the war of the Rebellion, the Spanish-American war and World’s War. He gave a bugle call for each war and told some interesting facts in connection with each. Rev. Birch is at all times a speaker that holds the attention of his auditors, as he has a message worthwhile, and those who heard him yesterday afternoon were more than pleased.
Thursday, April 17, 1919
Tyler To Have Fine Community House Gift Of Cascade Co.
Tyler is to have its social center in the form of a Community House, which has already started in erection and which is expected will be completed by September 1. The house is to be a two story building 73 X106, and will cost approximately $35,000. The money for the erection has been given by the Cascade Coal and Coke Co., and while it will be primarily for their workers, yet it will be open for the entire town.
Mr. J. J. Heiges, the local contractor, has the building started, and expects to have it completed in about four months. The building will be used as a town hall containing a large auditorium, and in addition will contain a reading room, baths and other rooms to extend to the betterment of the community.
By the erection of a community house, Tyler will have a neighborhood association formed by a progressive group, so that the best interest of the community may best be taken care of.
The large businesses everywhere are coming to a realization of the necessity of caring, to some extent, to the environment of their workers outside of work hours as well as during them. By such methods class prejudice, labor prejudice, religious prejudices are obviated. To be fit to survive a business must be fit for its environment, and its environment must be brought to as high a standard as possible.
The establishment of the Community House will mean a great deal for the community of Tyler. It is a house that will be used for the benefit of the entire community and will work for the improvement of the community as a whole, by providing a place for meeting of the citizens of that town, giving them a place for recreational enjoyment, as well as a place granting to them an opportunity for meeting in common.