2008-11-20 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 24, 1988 '88 The 62-year-old Needmore Elementary School building may be vacated under a proposal by the Southern Fulton School Board. One option being

considered by the board calls for construction of a new elementary school building; placing the district offices, storage space and some high school classes in Warfordsburg Elementary building; and renovating the high school. Another option calls for renovating all three district buildings.

The three county school boards last Thursday formally adopted a resolution calling for the establishment of an area vocational technical school status for Fulton County, although the program will continue to operate without its own building.

Officials of Fulton County Medical Center reported a loss of $99,000 for fiscal year 1987-88 at its annual meeting Monday evening.

An accidental fire Saturday evening caused an estimated $30,000 in damage and left a Harrisonville area couple homeless. McConnellsburg Fire Chief Pete Lynch said his company responded to a fire at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Fagley along Lick Hollow Road. The fire apparently began in the wall behind a woodstove in the home's living room.

Specials at the IGA: pork chops, $1.19 lb.; celery, 59 cents a stalk; yams, 39 cents lb.; whole hams, $1.49 lb.

Mr. and Mrs. Todd Strait announce the birth of their daughter, Danielle, on October 29.

Deaths: Pearl Harvey, Needmore; Isaac Norris, Warfordsburg; Amanda Lemar, Durham, N.C.; Helen Clipp, Hancock; Edward Schooley, Harrisonville.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 16, 1978 '78 A family of three escaped with their lives and little else early Tuesday morning when their frame home along Patterson Run near Harrisonville

burst into flames. Larry J. Allen, his wife, Shirley, and 15-year-old Melanie were alerted by the barking of their pet dog at 1:00 a.m. and were able to make their way to safety. The cause of the fire could not be immediately determined. Allen, a Chambersburg tire dealer, bought the home and moved his family in only six months ago.

Mrs. Maggie Riggs and family will move on Friday to their home on South Second Street, the former Lewis Harris property.

Two charter members of the Fulton County Cooperative Extension Service were honored last Thursday evening in a special ceremony during the annual meeting of the local farm agency. Glenn Mosebey, Wells Tannery, and Kenneth Gordon, McConnellsburg, were awarded plaques for distinguished service with the agency since its inception in 1947.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph C. Brown of Orbisonia are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jana Faye, to Donald Harry Keebaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Keebaugh of Fort Littleton.

A 55th wedding anniversary was held in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Rouzer at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Brant of Harrisonville on November 5. The occasion was planned by their five children and their families.

Specials at the IGA: Duncan Hines layer cake mix, 58 cents; Filberts margarine, 2 lbs., 97 cents; turkey, 69 cents lb.; bread stuffing, 2 for 89 cents; boneless hams, $1.79 lb.; Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits, 5 for 99 cents.

Deaths: Melvin R. Deshong, McConnellsburg; Alvin D. Fletcher,Warfordsburg; Lynn S. Covalt, Cortland, Ohio; Ross R. Ott, McConnellsburg; George R. Snyder, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Bertha V. Mellott, Mercersburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 28, 1968 '68 Five local women were delegates to the 46th annual state convention of the Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women which was held the beginning

of last week in Harrisburg. Those attending were Mrs. Robert Fix, president of the Fulton County Council of Republican Women; Mrs. Eugene Golden, county chairman; Mrs. Clinton Lister; Mrs. Daniel Winter; and Mrs. Merrill Culler.

Private First Class Gerald Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith of McConnellsburg, after being wounded in action three times in Vietnam as a member of the Airborn Rangers, has been transferred from the Army Medical Center in Oklinawa to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. His parents and his sisters, Mrs. Phyllis Bard of Needmore and Mrs. Joanne Cauffman of Harrisonville, visited him at the hospital last Tuesday and reported him in good spirits and he was given permission to visit his family over the past weekend. Pfc. Smith's right arm was amputated above the elbow in a hospital in the Philippines on September 20, eight days after his arm was riddled with bullets fired by a Viet Cong soldier armed with an automatic weapon during a surprise encounter in which the enemy soldier was killed.

The Fulton County Jaycees will sponsor a Big Buck Bonanza again this year for the hunters of Pennsylvania. Deer must be Pennsylvania whitetails and must be legally tagged.

Marriage licenses: Thomas Gary Hill of Hancock and Elaine Ann McCray of Warfordsburg.

Men in service: Airman Roger L. Souders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Souders of McConnellsburg, has received his first U.S. Air Force duty assignment after completing his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Yeoman Third Class Allen E. Yost, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Yost of McConnellsburg and husband of the former Miss Brenda G. Pruitt of Griffin, Ga., returned recently to Long Beach, Calif., aboard the destroyer USS Alfred A. Cunningham, after six months in the western Pacific.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Junior Wagner of Harrisonville over the arrival of a baby girl, who has been named Kimberly Dawn.

Specials at the local A&P: turkeys, 29 cents lb.; cranberry relish, 39 cents, 13-oz. cup; sweet potatoes, 1-lb., 2-oz. cans, 2 for 59 cents; oranges, 5-lb. bag, 59 cents.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in "The Odd Couple."

Deaths: Mrs. Jessie Meulendyke, Stanton, Calif.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 27, 1958 '58 Mrs. Bruce Paylor was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday where she underwent surgery on Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Wheeler and family will move from Mc- Connellsburg to Ebensburg on Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Stanislaw Rembski were recent guests of Mrs. William Barton. Mr. Rembski, a nationally known portrait painter, resides in Baltimore.

Leland Cisney has returned to his home here after six months duty with the U.S. Army. On Sunday, he will leave for his employment in Erie.

Mrs. Amy Mellott has returned to her home here after having the bone in her ankle set at Chambersburg Hospital.

The Akersville Methodist Church is marking its 100th anniversary with special services all this week.

Air Force investigators at Linestone, Maine, probed the ashes on Sunday in an effort to find out what caused a B-47 jet bomber crash in which Capt. Robert L. Shaffer, 37, of Everett, was killed with his three crewmen. Capt. Shaffer was a brother of Mrs. Harry Brantner of McConnellsburg. The McCoy Air Force plane, out of Orlando, Fla., crashed on Saturday while taking off from Loring Air Force Base. Witnesses said the plane was airborne, about 8,000 feet down a 12,000-foot runway, when it suddenly veered to the right and crashed. The bodies of all victims have been recovered.

A surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Sipes of Harrisonville on Saturday in honor of the ninth birthday of their daughter, Kathy.

Mr. and Mrs. Merrill W. Kerlin of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a son on November 18 at Chambersburg Hospital.

Marine Pvt. Raymond L. Chamberlain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Chamberlain of Wells Tannery, has graduated from an intensive four-week infantry training course at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bain of McConnellsburg on November 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Hayes Lynch of Harrisonville on November 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William A. Stains of Three Springs on November 23.

Pvt. David H. Welsh and Dorothy Jean Deshong were married October 4.

Harold Fred Sheeder and Doris Jane Smith were married on November 8.

Deaths: Thomas Gilmore Mellott of Memphis, Tenn.; Mrs. Ida A. Mellott of Biglerville; Mrs. Lester Howard Decker of Buck Valley.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 2, 1948 '48 Recent births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Peck of McConnellsburg on November 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Howard J. Fix of Harrisonville

on November 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mack Chesnut of Harrisonville on November 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Seiders of Cito on November 24.

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Morgan attended the funeral of her grandfather, D.L. Ward, at Leechburg, Va., last week.

Robert Thomas and Mae Winegardner were married on November 24.

Ralph Fraker of Fort Littleton received a chest wound on Monday when he shot at a deer and his rifle exploded.

The Fulton County Dairy Herd Improvement Association has completed its first month's work. According to the records of Ray Robinson, the supervisor, the highest producing cow of the 19 members belongs to William Swope of Needmore. It is a Holstein, which produced 1,516 pounds of milk and 63.7 pounds of butterfat.

Born: a daughter on November 23 to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Keebaugh of Calyps, N.C.

Don R. Okeson Jr. and Betty Louise Goshorn were married on November 27.

Deaths: Mrs. Herbert B. Duvall of Wells Valley; George Clark McGovern of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files of December 1, 1938 '38 While attending the funeral of Mrs. H.E. Chesnut in the Methodist Church at Hustontown last Monday, Mrs. Mazie Helman suffered a cerebral

hemorrhage. Although able to leave the church unassisted, she soon became unconscious and was removed to the office of Dr. H.C. McClain and then to her home in Mc- Connellsburg where she died that night.

Death: Mary Elizabeth Gordon of Hopewell.

Thelma Akers of Crystal Spring has been admitted to Everett Hospital for a tonsil operation.

Twenty persons were left homeless in freezing weather when a $100,000 fire levelled a business block in Huntingdon early Sunday morning.

This is an Epochal year in the history of the Bible. During this year, the scriptures were translated into the 1,000th tongue.

Fulton County had its heaviest snowfall in 50 years on Thanksgiving Day, 12 to 14 inches blanketing the county.

Two new directors, Samuel Alloway of New Grenada and Ralph Deshong of Needmore, have been named to the board of the Fulton County Fair Association.

The Hays Store will continue to operate under the management of Miss Nellie G. Hays.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Thomas of town.

Paul E. Kerlin of Hustontown and Beulah Daniels of Needmore have secured a license to wed.

After being confined to her bed for six weeks with a heart attack and blood clots, Mrs. A.L.Wible is now convalescing at her home on Lincoln Way East.

Mr. and Mrs. Clair Strait of East McKeesport are receiving congratulations on the birth of a son on November 15. She is the eldest daughter of Charles E. Knepper of Center.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 29, 1928 '28 Mrs. Ella Garland of Cumberland, widow of Job Garland, has sold her farm at Back Run to Eward Keyser for $2,400. The deed covers five tracts with

a total 65 acres. The principal homestead is now tenanted by Bruce Paylor, who will stay another year as farmer and blacksmith. Mr. Keyser is presently the tenant farmer on the Conrad Glazier farm just south of town.

Death: Richard Hollinshead of Dickey's Mountain.

Jeff Harris, while hunting on Saturday, killed a 6-foot, 5-inch blacksnake on top of Sideling Hill Mountain.

Recent births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Reeder of Todd Township on November 25; a daughter, Helen Marian, to Mr. and Mrs. James E. Peck of Ayr Township on November 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Harr of Todd Township on November 17.

Ten forest fires, burning nearly 50 acres, have occurred in this district during the fall season.

Thomas G. Ramsey of Clear Ridge had his left thigh broken and received cuts of the right leg and face last Saturday at the state quarry at Fort Littleton. He was injured when a large stone rolled on him.

The new A&P store will open here on Friday with Scott Runyon as the manager.

Lewis F. Stahle marked his 41st birthday on November 16.

Frank Bratton and Elizabeth Cline were married on November 21.

Mrs. Martin Souders of Cito was injured on Monday evening when the three lesser fingers of her right hand were cut by a revolving wood saw.

Norris, the youngest son of George Regi of near Knobsville, is seriously ill with pneumonia.

Mrs. Irwin Kerlin of Fort littleton is suffering from an attack of diphtheria.

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