2008-10-02 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 6, 1988 '88 Allen Kelso, antique auto buff, recently acquired what remains of the old bus which was used by the late Max Sheetz for bus service between Mc-

Connellsburg and Chambersburg 1916-1922. Kelso would like to restore the bus.

The 15th annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival will be held next Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, and again the event is expected to draw thousands of visitors to the county to enjoy the food, fun and fall foliage.

Two Chambersburg area pharmacists have purchased MacDonald's Pharmacy in McConnellsburg and took over operation of the drug store and pharmacy on Saturday. Ben Stonesifer, 28, and David Shetter, 29, purchased the business from Paul MacDonald and part-owner David Morrison effective October 1, for an undisclosed sum. MacDonald, who has operated the family pharmacy for the past 20 years, plans to continue to help out in the pharmacy on a limited basis.

Deaths: Paul Colledge, Wells Tannery; Thomas Uttley, Hustontown; Helen Morton, Hagerstown; Wilson French, Mercersburg; Esther Sipes, McConnellsburg; Goldie Hann.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Mellott of Needmore on September 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilson of Fort Littleton on September 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Smith of Fort Loudon on September 27.

Karen Brechbiel, Mercersburg, was united in marriage to Ellis McQuade, McConnellsburg, June 18, at First United Methodist Church of Mercersburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Garry Brechbiel, Mercersburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Dale McQuade, McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Tweedy of McConnellsburg are proud to announce the birth of their son, Joshua Paul, born September 21.

Marriage licenses: Gregory Stains, Three Springs, and Kimberly Try, Three Springs; Dwayne Tritle, McConnellsburg, and Carol Seville, McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 28, 1978 '78 Although Fulton County remains in dire need of more physicians, it looks as though the long search for more doctors to settle here will come to a

grinding halt as a result of action taken by the Fulton Chamber of Commerce, which has spearheaded the search. At last Wednesday's meeting, the Chamber decided against appointing a doctor's search committee for this year, admitting defeat in achieving the purpose for which is was formed two years ago.

Dr. Robert Fry of Chambersburg, and formerly of Mc- Connellsburg, underwent surgery at Chambersburg Hospital last Friday.

HEW Secretary Joseph A. Califano Jr. has recently announced the appointment of Susan E. Foster as deputy under secretary for intergovernmental affairs. Ms. Foster, 30, moves into a position created last year when Califano reorganized the regional offices of HEW. She will be the secretary's primary liaison and point of contact on a daily basis with the department's principal regional officials. Ms. Foster was the director of the Fulton County Office of Services for Children and the Aged, McConnellsburg, and administrative assistant for the Tri-County Community Action Agency. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Foster, live in McConnellsburg, where they conduct a law practice.

Fulton County dairy farmer Kenneth Lee Glazier has been named Outstanding Farmer for 1978 in Pennsylvania.

The United Methodist Church was the setting for the Saturday, August 26, marriage ceremony uniting Glenda Marie McQuade and Patrick Lee Shafer. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale McQuade of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Shafer of Mc- Connellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: Downey fabric softener, $1.79, king size; Hi-C fruit drinks, 48 cents; chuck roast, 98 cents lb.; carrots, 4 lbs. for $1; bananas, 19 cents lb.; slab bacon, $1.19 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Miller of Three Springs on September 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Shives of Hancock on September 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Chess of Harrisonville on September 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Hoffman of Three Springs on September 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Akers of Everett on September 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Atherton of Rockhill Furnace on September 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leland Wilds of East Stroudsburg on September 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob L. Strait of Harrisonville on September 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Steve A. Swain of Hancock on September 21.

Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Everetts of McConnellsburg celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on Monday, September 25, and to mark the occasion, they were taken out to dinner at Pleasant Valley Restaurant by their daughter, Mrs. Harry Pittman.

Deaths: Allison L. Shaw, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Leah V. Miller, Needmore; Miss Marie L. Faith, Hancock; Harry M. DeShong, Greencastle; Mrs. Grace Parsons, Blairs Mills.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 10, 1968 '68 Treasurers in 25 Pennsylvania counties reported to the state Game Commission that their allocations of antlerless deer licenses for 1968 had been

exhausted as of October 4. All other counties are still accepting applications for antlerless licenses.

Last week, state police reported that two county churches, the House of Jacob on the Patterson Run Road and the United Methodist Church on the Peach Orchard Road, had been broken into and robbed. This week, police are investigating a third church burglary, at Sideling Hill Christian Church, where items valued at $112 were taken from the building sometime during the past week.

The draft call for December will be for 17,500 men, including 2,500 for the Marines.

Men in service: Army Specialist Four Lee R. Oakman, 19, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Oakman, and wife Barbara live at Harrisonville, was assigned on September 8 as an equipment repairman in the Communications Section Logistics Support Center in Vietnam.

Miss Connia Kay Hann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester W. Hann of Harrisonville, and Lynn Strait, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Strait of Harrisonville, were united in marriage on August 31.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Hendershot of Warfordsburg on September 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Payne of Breezewood on September 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Carnell of Warfordsburg on October 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hill of Needmore on October 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Smith of Big Cove Tannery on October 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Helman of McConnellsburg on October 3.

The members of Green Hill Sewing Club will boil their first apple butter of the season on October 12.

Specials at the IGA: rib roast, 69 cents lb.; sirloin steak, 95 cents lb.; potatoes, 29-lb. bag, 79 cents; Pillsbury flour, 30 cents, 5-lb. bag.

Marriage licenses: James Edgar Mellott of Needmore and Alice Marie Keefer of Big Cove Tannery; Howard Lynn Seburn of Big Cove Tannery and Frances Elizabeth Sipes of Mc- Connellsburg.

Deaths: Louis T. Hiles, Amaranth; Roy F. Gress, St. Thomas; Olive M. True.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 9, 1958 '58 Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Mellott of Wilmington, Del., moved last week to their home on South Second Street in McConnellsburg.

Mrs. Maye Miller has gone to Chambersburg to help take care of her aunt, Miss Kate Sheets, who suffered a broken hip recently in a fall.

John Kendall of town was the only successful bow and arrow hunter locally, according to reports received by the News. "Jack" bagged his deer early last Wednesday.

At a service in the Presbyterian Church tonight, the recent organic union of that church with the Cove United Presbyterian Church, located three blocks apart in McConnellsburg, will be happily and publicly commemorated. The Rev. William H. Galbraight, D.D., stated clerk of Carlisle Presbytery and pastor at Shippensburg, will speak on "The Opportunity Confronting the new United Church." The Rev. Rodney T. Taylor, pastor at Chambersburg, will speak on "the Contribution Each Church makes to the Union." Dr. Francis Shunk Downs, retiring after three years as pastor of the two churches which are now one, will preside at the service.

The Nelson Fox all-star baseball team, made up of players from the major leagues, will play against a local all-star team on the local diamond next Thursday. Included on the Fox team will be "Nellie" himself, the star second basemen of the Chicago White Sox, who is always one of the top hitters in the American League, and two Pittsburgh Pirate pitchers, Elroy Face and Ronnie Kline, as well as Chuck Tanner of the Chicago Cubs, Dick Graoth of the Pirates and Jerry Lynch of Cincinnati.

The portrait of the late Dr. Edgar H. MacKinlay has arrived and the presentation program will be held, tentatively, at the Medical Center's main entrance on October 19.

Arthur T. McGonigle, Republican candidate for governor, will speak at the local courthouse on Friday afternoon.

State Trooper Peter Migatulski of the Huntingdon substation will be transferred here today, while Trooper Albert F. Pistone, now stationed here, will go to Huntingdon.

Next to grass, corn is the most important crop grown on Fulton County farms. So that farmers can obtain more information on this crop, county agent H.P. Kies and Charles Lutz have arranged meetings and demonstration and population plots on the two county farms on October 16, the first in the morning at the Frank Palmer and Webster Hess farm on the Sipes Mill Road and the second in the afternoon at Joel Knepper's farm in Taylor Township. Population plots will be shown at the first farm, while demonstration plots with 16 different hybrids will be shown at the second farm.

The Crop Reporting Service says that this is the best crop year that Pennsylvania has had since the keeping of records was started in 1866.

Radio equipment for both the local fire company and the Civil Defense Unit of Fulton County was received on Saturday. Without charge, the Cumberland Valley Electric Co. will erect a pole on top of Tuscarora Mountain for the antenna, according to George Albert, director of civil defense in Fulton County.

John P. Martz of Hustontown reported this week that he had found another giant breadloaf mushroom. This one measured 38 inches in circumference and was 10 inches high. He gave it to the Taylor Elementary School for study. Earlier, Mr. Martz found a similar mushroom which he displayed at the Fulton County Fair.

William H. Decker of Crystal Spring is a patient in the Berkeley Springs Hospital as the result of an automobile accident early Sunday morning. Travelling north on Route 522 below Warfordsburg, his car hit a utility pole and turned over.

In the "News" story last week which mentioned two Fulton County natives who were awarded the 33rd Degree in Masonry, another native was omitted. The late Dr. L.W. Swope was also honored by receiving the highest Masonic degree.

In reports of condition in this issue, The Fulton County National Bank reports total assets and liabilities of $4,244,284, with The First National Bank reporting assets and liabilities of $2,970,359.

Dorothy Ann Layton of Warfordsburg and Doris Duvall of Crystal Spring were two of the 100 representatives of youths who were invited by Gov. Leader to attend the Governor's Committee on Children and Youth held in Harrisburg.

Dale Hess, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rolla Hess of Warfordsburg, has enrolled as a freshman at Shippensburg.

A total of 301 spots of oak wilt have been found in Pennsylvania this year, the highest since 1955 when 660 cases were reported. Of these, 28 are located in Fulton County.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hartmire of Spring Run on September 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Hockenberry of Doylesburg on October 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James King of Waterfall on October 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Denver Deshong of Harrisonville on October 5.

Death: Mrs. Harry E. Everts of Hancock.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 14, 1948 '48 A Fulton County jury on Friday found an 80-yearold Buck Valley farmer guilty of second-degree murder in the "pumpkin ball," slaying of his neighbor,

Amber W. Fischer, 57. His attorneys, however, are preparing an appeal for a new trial and it is reported that a mistrial may be declared. A current rumor being circulated says that sometime Friday afternoon, before the jury returned its verdict, a nearby radio station broadcast the story that the accused had been found guilty of second-degree murder. If this is true, attorneys say, a mistrial will be declared.

Billie, little son of Dr. and Mrs.Frank Alexander, celebrated his fourth birthday on Saturday.

A Baltimore truck driver was killed early Saturday morning when his tractor-trailer ran wild on Tuscarora Mountain and then ran into a home and service station in th eastern section of McConnellsburg. The house, occupied by George Stenger, was damaged and Morris Suders' service station was demolished.

Deaths: Rachell Grace Layton; Edison Smith; Mrs. Mary Louise Barmont of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files of October 13, 1938 '38 At the conclusion of the second performance of the local firemen's play, "Glad Rags," the votes in the baby contest were counted. Little Nancy Mentzer,

sponsored by Jean Mentzer, won the contest with a total of 2,371 voters. Dixie Lee Ray, sponsored by Helen Miller, was second with 2,338 votes and Joan Snyder, sponsored by Thelma Black, was third with 1,693 votes. Other babies entered in the contest were Nancy Johnston, Harry Daniels Johnston, Carl Peck, Bobby Reeder, Donald Sipes, Nancy Mellott, Walter Grissinger, Judy Elvey, Forrest Mellott, Esther Warthin, Doris Jean Sipes, Eddie Shaw, Peggy Ann Clevenger, Shirley Ott, Forrest Weight, Billie Ott, Ruth Gordon, Lois Wible, Patsy Ann Cutchall, Walter Lane, Jeanice Secrist, Herbert Alan Hull, Joan Paylor, Shirley Taylor, Jackie Glazier, Billie Morton, Albert Bowers, Carl Horton, Josephine Alleman and Ruth Pannebaker.

Deaths: Ambrose N.B. Norris of Little Orleans; Mrs. Elizabeth A. Johnson of Chambersburg.

A Thompson Township man is being held in the Fulton County Jail, facing charges of manslaughter and hit-and-run after confessing to state police and the district attorney that it was his car that ran down and killed two young boys near Webster Mills on Sunday. Harry Gordon Course, 16, and Lemuel Truax, 15, were killed when the speeding car struck them as they were walking along the highway. The car then sped away from the scene, retuned after a while and then disappeared again on another road, but not until several persons had seen it. In the next six hours, a thrilling bit of detective work was done by state police, aided by District Attorney John Mentzer. Checking all cars in the area fitting the description given by the witnesses, they finally located it, matching pieces found at the scene of the accident with broken parts on the car. The man, said to have been drinking heavily, struck the boys when his car careened to the wrong side of the road. A third boy in the group, Huston Richards, 19, escaped uninjured because he was walking near the bank. Richards told this story: "We were walking almost side by side; I was nearest the bank. Suddenly this car whizzed by, real close. I saw something going through the air and said, "that crazy fool must have lost his spare tire.' Nobody answered. Then I saw Lem and Harry."

Warren, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kerlin of Knobsville, is seriously ill with pneumonia.

A kitchen shower was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Naugle of Burnt Cabins last Thursday evening in honor of their son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Naugle.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 11, 1928 '28 Deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth Steckman Smith of near Petersburg, W.Va.; Mrs. Reynold Cooper of Ayr Township; George Leroy Daniels of Struthers, Ohio.

Wellesley Greathead, postmaster of McConnellsburg, left last Thursday for Harrisburg to join a train bearing veterans of the Spanish-American War. The veterans were on a trip to Cuba for their 30th annual encampment. Mr. Greathead served with the 49th Iowa Infantry under General Fitzhugh Lee in 1898-1899.

On account of the serious illness of her father, William Laidig, Mrs. H.C. McClain returned from Philadelphia last week.

Aaron Knepper and daughter Miss Fannie of Waterfall were in town on Friday, closing the deal whereby Mr. Knepper purchased the Frank Mel- lott property, adjoining the Seylar place, for $2,500.

Runyan's Store and the post office were both broken into Monday night by persons yet unknown. Taken from the Runyan store were $13 in change, a revolver and a bottle of milk. About $1,000 was reported missing from the post office.

B. Frank Wible of Knobsville, who is employed in the state highway quarry, received a badly injured foot on Friday when a rock fell on it.

Mrs. Catherine Vores of East Lincoln Way marked her 82nd birthday last Friday.

McKee's Gap literally roared with shouts and noises last week when serenaders paid tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Cavender.

G.D. Fields' Garage and the Reichley Garage were both broken into Tuesday night, but nothing was reported missing.

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