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Category:  Did You Know?
Published:  July, 2009

Did You Know?

Did you know that the wearing of “proper” footwear in Uniontown nearly became a matter of public policy?

The Modesto (Ca.) Evening News reported in its July 7th, 1919 edition that the Uniontown City Council was asked to work on an ordinance that would have given men the sole right to wear “half stockings” – which we commonly refer to as socks.

It seems a young woman had been spotted on a street car one day wearing a “hug-me-tight skirt” and the half stockings.

There was no further report that the ordinance was ever written or passed.

Did you know that only a few years later, in August of 1934, Fayette County received another national mention for its completely different perspective on the apparel worn by women?

On August 10th, the La Crosse (WI) Tribune and Leader Press carried a mention of the rather progressive appeal by Leo Heyn (the manager of the Summit Hotel) to women wanting to golf at the hotel’s golf course.

“Shorts for women golfers may be out of the question elsewhere, but they are at a premium on the course of a suburban hotel,” the article said.

Women wearing shorts would be exempted from paying green fees.

Did you know that the funeral procession for President Warren G. Harding made a stop in Connellsville in 1923?

While Harding had visited Fayette County twice during his presidency, upon his death 15,000 people turned out to greet the train carrying his body when it passed through Connellsville on August 7th.

According to the Uniontown Daily News Standard, “women fainted in the jostling mob as the huge crowd moved to and fro.”

But, perhaps, the strangest sight may have been how the “hundreds of small boys who placed pennies on the rails to be stamped into priceless pocket pieces lent a priceless caste to the crowd.”

Did you know there really is something to that old saying that “records are made to be broken?”

A Fayette County couple was thought to have been county’s youngest grandparents in February of 1920.

William Albright was a 36 year-old railroad man who happened to have become a grandfather when his 16 year-old daughter had a baby that month.

It was so noteworthy that it made an edition of the Charleston (W.Va) Daily Mail on February 3rd.

But the January 2nd, 1959 edition of the (Butte) Montana Standard carried the story of a Fayette County woman who’d become a grandmother at the age of 31.

The 16 year-old mother and the 31 year-old grandmother, were pictured as they smiled lovingly at the newborn baby girl – Tammy Lynn Raymond.

Tammy Lynn’s great-grandmother was only 56 years-old.

Did you know that in 1921, the National Pike was thought to have been so hazardous that signs based on Bible verses were placed on them as reminders to motorists to drive carefully?

That fact gained nationwide attention.

The September 21st edition of the Oakland (Ca.) Tribune reported that at the most dangerous stretch of the highway, the verse “Prepare to meet thy God” was placed on a sign.

Did you know that a decision by a Uniontown school student to postpone a serious surgery, eventually led to international news in 1939?

According to the Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada) on June 2nd of that year, a 17 year-old was scheduled to graduate with her class, so she decided to postpone her operation for appendicitis.

But shortly before the commencement exercises, she had to be rushed to the hospital because her appendix had ruptured. She later died.

Did you know that a Fairchance druggist once made national news after he bartered with a robber who’d tried to rob his drug store?

The May 3rd, 1932 edition of the Titusville (Pa.) Herald contained the story of the “youthful robber” who stole $90 from the cash register of Dr. W.V. Kerwin.

Dr. Kerwin apparently stopped the thief and issuing the terse reprimand, “A boy your age shouldn’t be doing this sort of thing. Here give me that money.”

At first, according to the article, the bandit offered a compromise. “I will if you let me have $5,” he replied.

Dr. Kerwin, who was obviously better at negotiations than the young man was accomplished at robbery, shot back, “Not a cent over $1.”

That was apparently good enough for the young man. He mumbled, “Oh, alright.” He then took the bill and left the store.

Did you know the man who helped make Lawrence of Arabia famous, once visited Uniontown?

I’ll have the details next week.