2009-01-15 / From Days Gone By

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 26, 1939

'39 Deaths: William Washington Wagner; Joseph A. Warner of Shannon, Ill.; Mrs. William Keefer of Hancock; George Leighty of Hancock.

Fulton County's relief rolls went up sharply for the year ending January 14, with six new cases being added with only two dropped. There are now 10 cases in the county, with 76 persons drawing relief at a cost of $350.70.

The first of a series of quilting parties was held by the Green Hill Sewing Club at the home of Mrs. Thomas Ensley on January 1. The ladies made a friendship quilt, which they presented to Mrs. Ensley.

Fire, which began at the peak of the windy weather on Sunday afternoon, razed the blacksmith shop of W.D. Helman on the Hustontown Road and for a time endangered the entire property. The shop was burned to the ground completely, the loss being estimated at $500.

The newly opened skating rink at the Stone Inn, three miles north of McConnellsburg, is attracting many roller-skating enthusiasts.

Gov. Arthur H. James, in office as the chief executive of Pennsylvania just one week today, is busy at work trying to balance the budget. Department heads, carrying out his orders, have already listed approximately 950 state employees in line for immediate dismissal.

Maxine Heeter of New Grenada has been admitted to the Everett Hospital for a tonsil operation. Treated at the dispensary of the hospital were Robert Hess of McConnellsburg for XFrom rays and reduction of a fractured clavicle and Forrest Middaugh of McConnellsburg for X-rays and laboratory studies.

Both Rev. and Mrs. F.D. Findley have been confined to their home here the past week because of illness.

Fred Wilds of town has accepted a position with the Everett Electric Co., beginning his duties on Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Jas. H. Kendall of McConnellsburg attended the Master Farmers dinner at the Farm Show last Thursday. Mr. Kendall boasts the distinction of being the first Master Farmer from Fulton County.

The sale of the former United Presbyterian Church property, which had been used as a salesroom by W.R. Kendall, has been reported having been bought by the borough of Mc- Connellsburg to be used as a meeting place and as a firehall.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Mellott of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a daughter on January 19 at Chambersburg Maternity Home.

Hon. Walter R. Sloan, a member of the House of Representatives from Fulton County, has been appointed to serve on the following standing committees: Corporations and Industry, Counties, Fisheries, Forestry, Military Affairs and Public Utilities.

Walter Hamil of Knobsville left Harrisburg with about 400 CCC boys, bound for New Mexico.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Brant of Harrisonville announce the birth of a daughter on January 17.

John M. Clegg, editor of the Everett Press, died on Thursday.

A small dwelling on the ridge west of town, owned by Lorenzo Spriggs and occupied by two families, was burned to the ground on Saturday night. All the furnishings of the two families also were destroyed.

Trapped in his home at River Dell, near Juniata Crossings west of Breezewood, Glenn Ritchey, 51, a World War II veteran, was burned to death when fire of undetermined origin completely cremated his body.

Two young bandits from New Kensington who were picked up here last week by state police after robbing a garage at Schellsburg, were sentenced on Monday to serve from two to four years in Western Penitentiary.

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