2008-10-30 / Features


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 3, 1988 '88 The remains of a Great Falls, Mont., man who disappeared last November while on a hunting trip with the son of Fulton County residents were

found October 10 in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area in Idaho County, Idaho. The remains of James Steging, 24, of Great Falls were found about one-half mile east of the spot where the same outfitter discovered the remains of John William "Billy" Doyle, 24, last July 22. The two men had disappeared last November 13 after apparently leaving their vehicle late that afternoon in pursuit of game near the remote wildernesss area located along the Montana- Idaho border. Doyle was the son of Ralph Doyle of Mc- Connellsburg and Nancy Kyler of Hustontown..

Darius Deshong, 25, newly elected fire chief, was named Fireman of the Year Friday evening at the 21st annual Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Company.

Deaths: Kathryn Shimer, McConnellsburg; Amy Johnson, West Reading, Pa.; Calvin Morgan, Sproul; Lillian Byers, Chambersburg.

Charles and Betty Slates of Three Springs were surprised with a 25th anniversary party at Hustontown Firehall on October 22.

Bertha Laidig spent a memorable 95th birthday with her family and friends on October 6.

Specials at the IGA: turkeys, 99 cents lb;. IGA cake mixes, 59 cents each; boneless chuck roast, $1.69 lb.; grapes, 69 cents lb.; margarine, 2 for 79 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Shore of Shade Gap on October 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Doyle of McConnellsburg on October 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Denis Strait of Burnt Cabins on October 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Waters of Burnt Cabins on October 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Myers of Needmore on October 27.

Michille Lemmert and Darren Martin were united in marriage August 6 at Hancock Assembly of God. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lemmert of Warfordsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Mark Martin of Hancock.

Army Spec. David Gordon Jr., son of David and Catherine Gordon of Warfordsburg, has arrived for duty at Fort Knox, Ky.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 26, 1978 '78 It would be hard to imagine a better set of circumstances for holding a fall festival than the way it was last weekend for the fifth Fulton Fall

Folk Festival. The weather was perfect. Clear blue skies were complimented with languid Indian summer temperatures in the 70s. Foliage was at its peak of color. It was the biggest and most successful festival here since the annual fall extravaganza began five years ago. The Green Hill ladies brewed 22 kettles of their delicious apple butter and still couldn't meet all the demand. They will boil eight more kettles this Friday at noon.

Dairyman Earl Gordon stepped down from his post as secretary treasurer for the Fulton County Farmers' Association last Thursday evening after 22 years as an officer. Gordon operates one of the most profitable, large dairy operations in the county in partnership with his father, C. Kenneth Gordon, along the Thomastown Road south of McConnellsburg. Replacing Gordon will be Carolyn Hollenshead, Needmore, wife of association vice president Frank Hollenshead.

Specials at the IGA: grapes, 89 cents for 2 lbs.; Maxwell House instant coffee, $3.69, 10 ozs.; Pepsi-Cola $1.19 for six cans; Zest bath soap, 37 cents.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. J. Herman Gipe of Mechanicsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Molly Sue, to Timothy Dylan Park, son of Barbara Park of Fort Littleton and the late Clair Park.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Perry Mellott of Warfordsburg on October 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Cline of McConnellsburg on October 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Mellott of Needmore on October 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Carlisle of Berkeley Springs on October 18.

Deaths: Jemima R. Hann, McConnellsburg; Mr. Elva M. Kline, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Ora E. Ward, Warfordsburg; Eugene Marcus Ward, Needmore.

30 Years Ago

From The Files of November 7, 1968 '68 With the bitterly fought 1968 presidential election still undecided nationally early Wednesday morning, vote tabulations in Fulton County

showed that residents here definitely think that "Nixon's the One."

Denny Cisney, 17-year-old son of Foster Cisney of Mc- Connellsburg, whose heart stopped while undergoing a tonsillectomy at Fulton County Medical Center, is reported as showing "some progress" in his slow road to recovery.

According to figures released last week, Fulton County still maintains its lead in percentage of quota attained for bonds sales for the years.

Marriage license: William P. Kagarise of New Enterprise and Judy E. Ramsey of Hustontown.

Sandra Henry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Henry, who is serving in the Peace Corps, will observe her birthday on November 21.

Men in Service: Harry B. Hill is improving satisfactorily following exploratory abdominal surgery at the U.S. Navel Hospital at Subic Bay where he has been a patient since October 25. Sgt. Edward W. Stenger, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Stenger of McConnellsburg, is on duty at Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand.

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Rhodes of McConnellsburg were recently honored on the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary at a party given by their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Souders.

Specials at the local IGA: tomato soup, 12 cents; saltines, 19 cents, 1-lb. box; Robin Hood flour, 5-lb. bag, 39 cents; potatoes, 79 cents, 20-lb. bag.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Lynch, McConnellsburg, on October 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Voss, Harrisonville, on October 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Peck, McConnellsburg, on November 1.

Death: Mrs. Mattie Hutchison, McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 6, 1958 '58 Although no official information is available yet, it is reliably reported that Allen Henry, 18- year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Henry of Clear Ridge, has signed a major league baseball contract with the Chicago Cubs. Young Henry caught the eye of Cub star Chuck Tanner when that luminary was barnstorming with the Nelson Fox All Stars this fall in a game on the local field. Henry pitched against the All Stars and made a favorable impression on both the players and fans. It is rumored that the ex-Hustontown pitching star signed a Class A contract last Sunday in the presence of his father and baseball promoter Ed Cornelius. Henry will probably go to the Cub's baseball school in Florida.

Mrs. Bess Mayes of the Masonic Home at Elizabethtown is suffering from a broken hip. Her doctor hopes to have her back on her feet in about six weeks.

Dr. Harold Castleman of Chambersburg announced last week that he will close his office in McConnellsburg after maintaining an office here for four years.

A record number of countians turned out to vote on Tuesday with over 4,000 of the 5,926 eligible voters going to the polls. Following the statewide trend, they helped elect David L. Lawrence, the present mayor of Pittsburgh, as governor. Although Hugh Scott was elected to the U.S. Senate, Fulton countians favored Gov. George M. Leader by a vote of 2,102 to 2,061. Richard M. Simpson was re-elected a representative in Congress, and J. Irving Whalley was returned as senator in the General Assembly, but Fulton countians favored their opponents, Ross E. Hershberger and Leland W. Walker, by close margins. In the only purely local contest, the present incumbent, Marl H. Garlock, defeated his Republican opponent, Merrill W. Kerlin, by a vote of 2,226 to 1,950.

Miss Shirley J. Smith of McConnellsburg has taken her oath of enlistment into the U.S. Air Force. A former employee of Fulton County Medical Center, she was immediately flown after her enlistment to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas for eight weeks of indoctrination and training.

Born: a son, Richard Malcolm, to Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Lake Jr. of Mechanicsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Satcho of Champion, Pa., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary over the weekend.

Vance Swope, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Swope of Needmore, has assumed the duties of pastor of Sideling Hill Congregational Church. He is a graduate of Fort Wayne Bible College, class of 1958.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Maxine Alma Fix to Maynard Henry Bard.

Rev. David B. Reams, pastor of the Harrisonville Methodist Charge, has been assigned to Orbisonia, effective November 15. Rev. Sherwood Thomas of Dayton, Ohio, was appointed to the Harrisonville Circuit.

Pfc. William H. Fisher, son of Mrs. Mary B. Fisher of Amaranth, is presently serving with the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune.

Army Pfc. James P. Wible, son of Mrs. Myrtle Wible of Fort Littleton, has returned to his regular assignment with the 18th Infantry in Augsburg, Germany.

Deaths: William Herbert Decker; Mrs. Albert N. Doyle of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Harry E. Mort of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Webster A. Mellott of Needmore.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 11, 1948 '48 The Warfordsburg seniors will presnt a play, "Cracked Nuts," on November 19. Taking part will be Eileen Elbin, Shirley Duvall, Dorothy

Schultz, Richard Smith, Estalene Bottenfield, Doris Jean Truax, Gene Shives, Marvin Northcraft, Vesta Crist, Paul Spade, Charles Miller, Patsy Meyers.

Charles Shotts and Grace Barnett were married on October 30.

These Hustontown seniors will present "Tattle Tale" on November 12-13: Nellie Nier, Joan Alloway, Bill Stevens, Earl McClain, Bob Wright, Barbara Funk, Joanne Fields, Ronnie Fraker, Betty Kogh, Stella Ramsey, Foster Park, Ken Helman, Jim Sweger, Dorcas Hann, Emma Lee Winegardner, Lois Henry, Martha King and Alice Newman.

Deaths: Mrs. Jennie M. Wilson Bolinger of Wood; Mark Sloan Dickson of Buffalo, N.Y.; Jobe C. Hess of Bethel Township; Mrs. Martha R. Heinbaugh of Mercersburg; Mrs. Emma Florence Cromer of Saint Thomas.

A little girl came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Appleby of Clear Ridge on October 27, their fourth child but the first daughter.

Harold Eugene Laidig and Elsie M. Hill were married on October 30.

Death: Mrs. Minnie Stauffer of San Antonio, Texas.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 10, 1938 '38 "The Beauty Contest" is the name of an operatta to be presented by the music students of MHS on November 17. Directed by Miss Virginia Beach

and backed by a chorus of 50 voices, the following will have speaking parts: Lela Baldwin, Mary Jane Hamil, Carolyn Clevenger, Mary Ann Gordon, Joan Mellott, Eleanor Stevens, Robert McClain, Robert Raker, Wilson Truax, Paul Henry, Paul Ott, Lewis Largent, Mark Clevenger, Jack Fore and Lyle Duffey.

Death: Dr. Oscar L. Metzler of Sellersville.

The Dramatic Club of Green Hill High School will present a play, "Hot Water," on November 18. Taking part will be Esta Decker, Ted Cutchall, Winifred Strait, Izora Deshong, Reuben Mellott Jr., Robert Fix Jr., Leah Mellott, Ramon Bishop Jr. and Grace Oakman.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lodge are planning to move to Harrisburg where he is employed in the Department of Education.

Mrs. Grace Sheets and Mrs. Hanse Lamberson returned home on Wednesday after serving on the jury at Frederick Court in Scranton.

The Missionary Thank Offering at the United Presbyterian Church on Sunday amounted to $121.81. At the service, Miss Alice Johnston was given a life membership certificate by her aunt, Miss Ella Johnston.

A three-act comedy, "I'll Explain Everything," will be given by the Hustontown seniors on November 18-19. Taking part will be Robert Gwaltney, Merrill Kerlin, Earl Lake, Thomas Waters, Wilmer Knepper, Bernita Cutchall, Betty Barkman, Anna May Laidig, Reba Mellott and Anna Maye Mellott.

The Fairview Ladies Aid will hold a roast chicken supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Edwards on November 16. The price for roast chicken and all the trimmings will be allyou can-eat for 25 cents.

Frank Thomas of New Grenada killed a wild turkey on Wednesday.

Deaths: Mrs. Minnie M. Miller of Fort Loudon; Calvin Levi Mellott of Needmore; James N. Creek of Cumberland.

The McConnellsburg Lions Club will again sponsor a series of bingo games on Saturday nights during November in the Jefferson Harris building on Lincoln Way East. Turkeys and chickens will be awarded as prizes.

Thad Shimer, president of the local Lions Club, and brother Paul attended the Halloween parade at Chambersburg on Tuesday evening, having been asked to represent Mc- Connellsburg on the judges' stand.

The oldest hunter in Fulton County to secure a license this year is Amos Plessinger of Warfordsburg, who is 91 years old and is still quite nimble in the field. County Treasurer Hayes Richards reports that 1,750 licenses have been issued to date.

Core drillers, who will determine the strata of rock through which the South Penn's proposed tunnels will pass, began work this week. Confirming the fact that work on the "Dream Highway" will be pushed right ahead, these men have started to drill at Sideling Hill and Rays Hill. This work is preliminary to contracting for excavations.

George Stoll visited over the weekend with his sister, Olive Stoll, who is a patient in Butler County Hospital.

Harry Trout has been transferred from the Hollidaysburg office of L.M. Hutchison to the office at Newburg. Hutchison has the contact for the first 10 miles of the all-weather highway.

Hiley Shimer and Kenneth Spangler, students at Gettysburg College, spent the weekend with their home folks here.

S.W. Dorna of Chicago, who had been spending some time with relatives at Burnt Cabins, left on Sunday for St. Petersburg, Fla., where he will spend the winter months.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 8, 1928 '28 Deaths: Maxine Ruth Brown of Maddensville; James A. Deavor of West Chester; Mrs. Sarah Austin of Linwood, Calif.

Herbert Hoover was elected president of the United States on Tuesday. The victorious candidate polled tremendous majorities in all the normally Republican states, broke down enemy resistance in doubtful territories and capped one of the most eventful campaigns in the nation's history by capturing New York, home of Democratic opponent Gov. Alfred E. Smith. In Pennsylvania alone, Hoover received a plurality of more than 700,000 votes, 150,000 from Philadelphia.

Democratic Harper P. Barton was elected state assemblyman at Tuesday's election.

Deputy Sheriff Roy Sipes killed a wild turkey last week.

G.W. Sipe of Wells Tannery called to see his neighbor, J.N. Duvall, one day last week and found him very ill. Earl Chamberlain took him to Roaring Spring Hospital.

Mrs. W.B. Stunkard of Wells Tannery remains very ill at the home of her daughter, Nellie Wilt of Breezewood.

Uncle Davy Strait of Andover has been confined to his bed for the past three weeks.

Born: a son, Donald Eugene, to Samuel and Alice (Shore) Laidig of near Three Springs on October 30.

Warren Foreman and wife of Burnt Cabins are rejoicing over the arrival of a daughter on Saturday night.

Death: William F. Laidig of Hustontown; Henry Levering Garland of Clarendon, Va.; John Douglas Hunter Chesnut of Hustontown; Phillip Doyle Hixson of Brush Creek Township; Mrs. Elizabeth Denisar of Cameron, Ill.

Clarence Boller of Hustontown is seriously ill at this time.

Blaine Mellott of Sipes Mill and Evan Hawkins of Hustontown were uninjured last Thursday when their cars collided head-on at Harrisonville. Both cars were damaged heavily.

W.M. Lodge spent last week in Philadelphia and New York, purchasing a fine lot of Christmas goods for his store.

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