Hossain gives speech, farmer plows over telephone lines & Route 601 work
75 Years Ago (1943): “The peoples of the Near East look to America with an expectancy that is pathetic in its intensity,” Dr. Syud Hossain, outstanding authority on conditions in the Near and Far East, told his audience at the morning session of the 54th annual meeting of the Somerset County School Directors association, held in joint session with the teachers institute at the Somerset High School. “America is a country rooted in tradition of the freedom of democracy, you take it as commonplace, to others, the recovery of this freedom is the problem, the recovery of a lost birthright and the people of India look to America for help.”
• Racial and religious difficulties and problems were taken up at the first session of the 84th annual meeting of the Somerset County Teachers Institute held at the high school auditorium. Dr. Everett C. Clinchy, of the National Conference of Christians and Jews Inc., referred to persecution of the Jews by the Nazis, in which we did nothing until the persecution extended to all. “Let us use teamwork in schools, let us immunize ourselves against prejudice, let us work as a crew, make a study of interrelations, in protecting other nations from oppression we protect ourselves,” he said.
50 Years Ago (1968): Thomas Schultz, division manager for General Telephone Co., said that a farmer who was plowing on his farm between Somerset and Boswell accidentally cut a telephone cable. The incident disrupted long distance and local services for patrons of the Boswell area. General Telephone workers were quickly on the scene and service was restored.
• A four-touchdown outburst by Meyersdale’s Don Haer against Turkeyfoot boosted him into first place in the Somerset County individual scoring race with a total of 60 points. The “Big Red” halfback moved ahead of Berlin’s Jack Weighley, who had led the race since the season opener.
25 Years Ago (1993): Route 601 and North Center Avenue would be completely open to traffic by Thanksgiving, according to Jim Bittner of the project field office for the state Department of Transportation. The work on the widening project was about 80 percent completed. “We still have to do a lot of paving on the northern section; we have to put a lot of courses down before the weather gets bad; three more at the far end of the project,” Bittner said. “But when you get closer to Lake Road to the K-Mart area, we only have to do one more.”
• Teachers traveling to remote areas of the school district in camper-style vans for the purpose of instructing both preschoolers and their parents may have been an unheard-of-concept a few years before, but the federally funded Even Start program has made an educational impact so far. “This is like a refresher course for me,” said Judy Perts, a mother from Kennells Mill who was involved with the Even Start program. “I’ve been out of school for 15 years and being a housewife, I don’t get to use these skills very often.”