2008-10-09 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 13, 1988 '88 The 15th annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival will feature activities in all areas of the county, including events in Burnt Cabins, Hustontown,

Clear Ridge, Harrisonville, Needmore, Warfordsburg and surrounding the McConnellsburg area. The parade marshal for this year's event are Virginia Mellott and Wayne Schmidt.

Family members of Rodawn Divelbliss of Crystal Spring have begun a fund to raise money to purchase an electric wheelchair for the young girl, who is a victim of cerebral palsy.

Rev. David Hoover is a patient in Washington County Hospital recovering from a heart attack suffered a week ago Sunday.

Glenn Ford of Wells Tannery was awakened early Monday morning by the sound of what seemed like someone tearing down his garage from the inside. On investigating, he found a spiked buck had broken the garage door and was inside rampaging around trying to get out. The deer made its escape when he backed his pickup out.

Specials at the IGA: boneless chuck roast, $1.69 lb.; Banquet fried chicken, $1.99; bananas, 25 cents lb.; potatoes, $1.29, 10-lb. bag.

Janet Denault and Richard Wakefield were married August 27 in Slatersville Congregational Church, Rhode Island. Parents of the couple are Mrs. Pauline Denault of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and Jean Denault of Rhode Island; and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wakefield of Needmore.

Donald Lake and son Brian came home from the 32nd annual Keystone International Livestock Exposition on Friday with three championship ribbons and other awards to their credit competing against over 700 heard of swine entered in the expo. The Lakes breed Landrace swine at their farm in Big Cove Tannery.

Births at the Medical Center: A daughter to Mr and Mrs. Gary Crouse of McConnellsburg on October 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Smith of Breezewood on October 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Clever of McConnellsburg on October 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Booth of Warfordsburg on October 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Ray of Hancock on October 6.

Curt Lynch, Harrisonville, and Sandra Clark, Warfordsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

Crystal Wilt, Shippensburg, became the bride of James Duffey, McConnellsburg, on September 3, during a ceremony at Mount Rock Brethren In Christ Church, Shippensburg. The bride is the daughter of Robert and Sharon Wilt, Shippensburg, and the groom is the son of H. Lyle Duffey, Mc- Connellsburg, and the late Dorothy A. Duffey.

The marriage of B. Maye Layton and J. Lewis Deneen was solemnized at Ebenezer United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 10.

Deaths: Amanda Covert, Three Springs; Julia Kirk, Warfordsburg; Queen Plessinger, McConnellsburg; Kenneth Sowers, Mercersburg; Stanley Schooley, Warsaw, Va.; Fred Murray, Chambersburg; Lorna Gailey, Los Alamos, Calif.; W. Eugene Ommert, Chambersburg; Raymond Shircliff Jr., Lavale, Md.; Willard Golden, Warfordsburg; Donald McCusker Sr., Hancock.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 5, 1978 '78 Carl Johnston, known to his many customers in the area as the "milkman," terminated his association with the Harrisburg Dairies Inc., last

week after 34 years in the milk delivery business. He says he will miss the friendly contact with people on his rounds and has accepted employment with JLG Industries.

Mrs. Jessie Tritle, longtime "News" correspondent for the Center area, died on Friday and her personal items will be missed by her readers.

The Hustontown Fire Co. was called on Saturday to the trailer home of James Taylor, two miles north of Hustontown, after the furnace in the mobile home exploded and started a fire. The trailer and all its contents were destroyed before firemen could get to the scene.

Candace S. Shaffer and Michael L. Keener were united in marriage on September 23 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in York. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shaffer of McConnellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Keener of York.

Marriage license: Noble McKinlay Peck, Needmore, and Nancy Carol Halterman, Hancock; Nathan Oakman, Mc- Connellsburg, and Amanda Harr, Harrison-ville.

Miss Melody Lee Carl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kermit E. Mellott of Needmore, became the bride of Curtis Wayne Hixon, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Dale Hixon of Hancock on September 16.

Lois E. Schriever and Arlene W. Morgan were married on August 25 in the Washington, D.C. Temple, Kensington, Md. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levearl Schriever, Warfordsburg, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Morgan of Hazelton, Idaho.

Specials at the IGA: Coco Cola, six 12-oz. cans, $1.29; gingerbread mix, 49 cents; lean ground beef, 98 cents lb.; Jif peanut butter, 89 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Thomas of Hancock on September 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Randall E. Semple of Blairs Mills on September 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Yost of Hancock on September 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Allen D. Cisney of Shade Gap on September 26.

Deaths: Jessie B. Tritle, Harrisonville; Mrs. Ditha Mellott, Needmore; Mrs. Leah Miller, Needmore; George Upton Barthalow, Adamstown; Clarence E. Ryder, Mercersburg; Floyd A. Sipes, Harrisonville.

Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Shore Sr., McConnellsburg, celebated their 25th anniversary with a party on July 22. They were married July 20, 1953.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 17, 1968 '68 A motorcycle/car crash on Sunday afternoon near Shade Gap claimed the life of Richard Edward Devlin, 17, of Shade Gap and seriously injured

a passenger, Larry Snyder, 19, also of Shade Gap. According to state police at Huntingdon, Devlin was operating a Japanese model cycle in the wrong lane of traffic on old Route 533 in Dublin Township, Shade Gap, when it collided with an oncoming car driven by Gary Naugle, 19, of Shade Gap. Police said the Naugle vehicle was unable to avoid striking the cycle.

Huber E. Clingerman, 48, of Warfordsburg, was instantly killed in a three-car pileup two miles west of Clear Spring, Md., on Interstate 70 on October 9. His vehicle struck the rear of a tractor-trailer that was travelling in the slow lane. State police have not yet determined the cause of the collision.

The Fulton County Extension Service is 20 years old this year. To celebrate, an anniversary banquet will be held on Fri- day evening, November 8, at McConnellsburg Firehall.

The following officers have been elected by the Hustontown Fire Co. for the coming year: Willis Heefner and Fred Martz, directors; Clair Miller, president; Ralph Fraker, vice president; Morris Crouse, secretary; Ralph Mellott, treasurer; Scott Fisher, financial secretary; Dale Black, chaplain; R.C. McLucas, M.D., surgeon; Clair Miller, electrician; Clark Brant, chief; Leo Foreman, first assistant; Jim Chestnut, second assistant; Jack Bishop, captain; Leroy Mellott, lieutenant; and Marvin DeShong, training officer.

Dedication ceremonies for the new state police substation, located on Star Route North, McConnellsburg, will be held on Tuesday, October 22, at 11:00 a.m.

Marriage licences: Robert Lawrence Mathern and Joyce Ann Orr, both of Burnt Cabins.

The annual Halloween parade, sponsored by the Mc- Connellsburg Fire Co., will be held on Thursday, October 31, at 7:30 pm.

The marriage of Barry Francis Chaney and Miss Laraine Gordon was solemnized on September 29 at Cedar Grove United Church of Christ.

Men in service: Three planes of the 14th Special Operations Wing at Nha Trang Air Base in Vietnamn scrambled to the aid of friendly forces in contact with the enemy recently, forced the enemy to retreat and located two friendly soldiers who had gotten lost in the jungle during the fighting. Sgt. Thomas C. Abbott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Abbott of McConnellsburg, a crew member on a U-10 Courier, arrived on the scene along Highway 1 between Nha Trang and Quinhon when word was received that two American Army troopers had become separated from their unit and lost in the jungle; SP4 Carl Peck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Noble Peck, is expected home from Vietnam this week, and following a furlough with his wife and family in Greencastle, will report to an Army base in Kentucky; Robert E. Peck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Peck of McConnellsburg, was promoted to Army specialist five on September 25 near Qui Nhon, Vietnam, while serving as a mechanic with the 160th Heavy Equipment Maintenance Co.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wills, Warfordsburg, on October 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Feagley, Big Cove Tannery, on October 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hess, Hustontown, on October 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Kahn, Mercersburg, on October 7.

Deaths: Wylie Erby Booth, Hancock.

50 Years Ago

From The files Of October 16, 1958 '58 Attending the football game from here at Penn State University on Saturday were Mr. and Mrs. Donald Reeder, Albert Foster, Dr. Frank Alexander,

George Grissinger Jr., Daniel Grissinger, Ray Sprenkle, Jack Kelso, Paul Ott, Jim Culler, H.P. Kies and Elwood Mellott.

John K. Gordon of McConnellsburg was inducted into the armed forces at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Miss Bessie Reese of Burnt Cabins was honored Sunday for having completed 50 years of Sunday School teaching at Burnt Cabins Methodist Church.

A 20-year-old California college student is fighting for his life in a hospital in Florida after being critically burned when the boat he was working on exploded at Bradenton Marina on Wednesday, October 8. The youth, Larry Waltz, of Inglewood, Calif., was saved from death by his 40-year-old father, John Waltz of Bradenton, Fla., and Needmore, who braved the searing flames to rescue him. The father is confined to the same hospital with second-degree burns of one leg and minor burns of the face. B.E. Waltz, 65-year-old father of John and grandfather of Larry, suffered minor burns of the arms and has been released from the hospital. B.E. Waltz resides at Oneco, Fla., and Needmore and is pastor of the Free Brethren Church of Webster Mills.

Sunday was a bad day for road racers near McConnellsburg. Troopers Wheeler and Kell arrested four young county drivers, ranging in age from 8 to 21, for racing on county roads, two of them north and two south of McConnellsburg.

William H. Decker, 43, of Crystal Spring, died on October 7 of injuries he received on October 5 when his car hit a utility pole, below Warfordsburg. Taken to Hagerstown Hospital from the Berkeley Springs Hospital, he died of a fractured skull about 10 hours after his admittance there.

The portrait of the late Dr. Edgar H. MacKinlay arrived last Thursday, but was returned to New York for repairs. The portrait itself was not marred but the frame was broken in two places.

On November 4, the votes of the townships comprising the Southern Fulton schools and the Forbes Road schools will decide at the polls whether or not new schools should be built in the districts. If the vote is favorable, the townships of Belfast, Bethel, Brush Creek, Thompson and Union will merge into one district, as will the townships of Dubin, Taylor and Wells.

Almost 264,000 game birds have been liberated in Pennsylvania by the Game Commission so far this year.

Several Fulton County farmers took top honors at the third annual district hay show at Penn State on October 9. Honored were Dennis Shaffer of Crystal Spring; Charles Walker and Harold Rotz of McConnellsburg; Webster Fischer of Crystal Spring; Robert Knepper of Three Springs; Guy Hixon of Crystal Spring; Kenneth Gordon of McConnellsburg; Glenn Mosebey of Wells Tannery; and Edwin Brant of Waterfall.

Trooper John J. Hayward of the local state police substation has been transferred to Phillipsburg. Replacing him here will be Trooper Aaron D. Sutton from Hollidaysburg.

Robert Richards of McConnellsburg was painfully injured on Monday when his hand became caught in a corn picker which he was cleaning. Held in the mechanism of the machine for almost one-half hour, he was finally released by employess of his brother's garage in McConnellsburg, who dismantled the machine. Seven stitches were required to repair the damage to the first and second fingers of his right hand.

Bob Thomas and his orchestra will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.

A Three Springs area young man, a relative of a number of Fulton countians, was accidentally drowned in a 60-foot limestone quarry at Cockeysville, Md., on September 25. The victim of the accident was Norman Wilmer Drenning, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Drenning of Three Springs. It is believed that Drenning slipped and fell into the water without being seen. Better known as "Pete," he had worked at Cockeysville since his graduated from Saltillo Area High School.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Denver Deshong of Harrisonville on October 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Deneen of Warfordsburg on October 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Barton of Warfordsburg on October 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mellott of McConnellsburg on October 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert E. Stahle of Amaranth on October 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Appleby of Harrisonville on October 11.

William Lyle Shifflet and Sandra Lee Nave were married on September 14.

Deaths: Hollis W. Maun of Dover, Ohio; Oliver Oakman; John Russell Fix of Six Mile Run.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 21, 1948 '48 T. Frank Sloan and sister Miss Harriet have closed the home here and have moved to an apartment in Hagerstown for the winter months.

Kitty Mellott Lohr fell down the cellar steps of her new home at Mercersburg last Wednesday and received two black eyes, several severe cuts of the head and an injured shoulder and arm.

Irl J. Palmer of Sipes Mill died suddenly of a heart attack on Tuesday evening while working on a bridge near his home.

Tom Richards suffered a crushed left leg on Monday in an accident at a coal mine at Broad Top when he was caught between two mine cars.

Death: Howard S. Mellott of Hancock.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 20, 1938 '38 Deaths: Mrs. John L. Walker of Mercersburg; Kenton H. Washabaugh of Waynesboro; Walter A. Fallon of Schenectady, N.Y.

Calvin Mellott, a passenger in a truck driven by Herbert Koontz of Needmore, suffered lacerations of the brain on Friday afternoon when he was hurled against the front steel panel of the truck when it collided head on with a car driven by Ralph Ramsey of Everett. The accident happened on Route 30, one mile west of Saluvia. Both Ramsey and Koontz suffered lacerations and bruises.

Final registration figures for Fulton County show that the Democrats lead the Republicans by a margin of 431. There are 2,716 Democrats registered in the county as compared to 2,285 Republicans. There are also seven Prohibitionists, four Socialists and 33 nonpartisans.

J.B. Runyan has received several letters from his son, R.H. Runyan, who was in the heart of the hurricane zone at Sterling, Mass. He reports that communications are being restored rapidly, with lineman from all over the United States assembled for the task.

McCauley Lynch is the proud owner of a 1938 V-8.

Death: Mrs. Maggie Jones of Ebensburg. Local Masons are now making plans for their 14th annual ladies night and banquet on Thursday evening, Nov. 10.

Leon Newman and Maud Bergstresser were married on October 8.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Emanual Shaffer of Crystal Spring at Everett Hospital, a baby boy.

Eldon Fetter was treated at the dispensary of Everett Hospital last week for the repair of a laceration of the skull. No details were given.

Eldon Russell and Bernice Glunt were wed Saturday.

Floyd McQuade of McConnellsburg has received a certificate form the Public Utility Commission, entitling him to haul farm products and machinery.

Harvey I. Raker has been appointed chairman of the Veterans Committee of Fulton County.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 18, 1928 '28 Deaths: Henry L. Lodge of Emmaville; Mrs. Nancy Jane Divens of Knobsville; George Washington Seylar of Cove Gap. Weddings: Calvin John Hershey and Ruth H. Evans on Oc- tober 10; John R. Rhodes and Frances Kerlin on October 13; William D. Harr and Margaret M. Hann on October 10.

Over a hundred farmers gathered at the Earl A. Jackson farm at Akersville on Monday and watched Mr. Akers better his outstanding potato crop of last year. Under the supervision of specialists from Penn State and several county agents, 511 1/2 bushels were raised from a measured acre.

R.O. Shaw, accompanied by his brother, Melvin, went to York on Monday to look at some trucks that were for sale and were in use in a stone quarry. While at the quarry, a blast was exploded without any warning and a large rock struck Mr. Shaw, breaking his collarbone.

A daughter, Hazel Irene, was born to Mr. and Mrs. William Hess of near Clear Ridge on October 19.

A little daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Ramsey of Knobsville on October 16.

The big U.S. Navy dirigible, Los Angeles, passed over McConnellsburg last Wednesday evening.

Howard Warsing of Wells Tannery was badly injured last week while making cider at Charlie Schenck's mill. A pulley broke and a piece hit Howard on the arm, cutting a big piece of flesh out and scaling the bone. He is now being treated at the Nason Hospital. Some pieces of the pulley were thrown through the roof of the building.

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