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CONEMAUGH SOCIAL CLUB LIQUOR LICENSE. (CONEMAUGH CLUB LIQUOR LICENSE CASE.) (05/18/51)

May 18, 1951

IN RE CONEMAUGH SOCIAL CLUB LIQUOR LICENSE. (CONEMAUGH CLUB LIQUOR LICENSE CASE.)


COUNSEL

Charles J. Margiotti, Atty. Gen., Horace A. Segelbaum, Deputy Atty. Gen., Ernest F. Walker, Special Deputy Atty. Gen., for appellant.

No book or appearance for appellee.

Before Rhodes, P. J., and Hirt, Reno, Dithrich, Ross, Arnold and Gunther, JJ.

[ 168 Pa. Super. Page 590]

PER CURIAM.

This is an appeal by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board from an order of the Court of Quarter Sessions of Cambria County reversing the Board's refusal to issue a new club liquor license to the Conemaugh Social Club, and commanding the Board to grant the license.

On November 24, 1947, the Conemaugh Social Club filed with the Board an application for a new club liquor license for its premises at 501 Railroad Street, East Conemaugh, Cambria County.

At a hearing before an examiner for the Board on February 6, 1948, it was stipulated and agreed that the quota for the municipality in which the applicant club was located was five licenses, and that there were six licenses in effect. The applicant club contended that the Quota Law of June 24, 1939, P.L. 806, 47 P.S. ยง 744-1001 et seq.,*fn1 did not apply to clubs.

The Board on February 27, 1948, made its order refusing the application for license.*fn2

[ 168 Pa. Super. Page 591]

The applicant club appealed to the Court of Quarter Sessions of Cambria County. It was agreed to accept the record of the proceedings before the Board. That court sustained the appeal in its order of October 30, 1950. In directing the issuance of the license by the Board, the court below stated that its action was based on the fact that it had previously been of the opinion and had decided that the Quota Law of 1939, P.L. 806, did not apply to clubs.

Obviously, the court below failed to recognize and follow the decisions of this Court which had definitely held that clubs were subject to the Quota Law. In Goodwill Fire Company of Bethlehem License Case, 166 Pa. Super. 42, 47, 70 A.2d 706, we said that a club is subject to the Quota Law whenever it asserts a right to a license for the retail sale of malt and brewed beverages. In Pine Grove Hose, Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 Liquor Case, 167 Pa. Super. 194, 196, 75 A.2d 15, we again said that a club liquor license may not be issued in a municipality in which the quota of retail licenses, under the Act of 1939, P.L. 806, has been filled. Both decisions were rendered months previous to the order of the court below. Reference is made to both decisions in Walter L. Hagelgans Post No. 8253 V.F.W. of U.S. Home Ass'n, 168 Pa. Super. 260, 77 A.2d 643, where the contention that clubs were not within the statute was again rejected.

In Re Townsend's Estate, 349 Pa. 162, 168, 36 A.2d 438, 441, the Supreme Court, ...


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