2009-01-22 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 19, 1989 '89 Getting around both by car and on foot was extremely hazardous on Saturday night due to icy roads and sidewalks. Traffic

on Tuscarora was backed up from top to bottom due to road conditions.

Dr. and Mrs. James Witt of Burnt Cabins and Emil Mellott and Son of Needmore again captured multiple awards in sheep competition at last week's Farm Show in Harrisburg. Witt and his wife captured 14 prizes, including reserve champion ram and first in fall ram lamb. In addition to those first-place finishes, the Witts captured a second-place finish in yearling ram; thirds in yearling ewe lamb, breeder's young flock; fourths in pair of ram and ninths in yearling ewe and spring ewe lamb. The Mellotts captured 13 prizes in the Corriedale sheep judging. They garnered four first-place finishes, along with several second- through fifth-place finishes. Other county winners were Betty Shelly, a first in crocheted afghans, and Nettie Chubb, in other crocheted items. Southern Fulton High School took 10th place in the school exhibits award, and Brian Lake of Big Cove Tannery paid $560 for the grand champion spotted swine during the two-day swine gilt sale.

George Truax, a member of the Needmore Fire Co. since its beginning, was given the prestigious Fireman of the Year award at the company's 19th annual banquet. Truax lives in Needmore with his wife Mary and has been active in the fire company since its beginnings in 1969.

A former Warfordsburg woman was found shot to death in her home in Antrim Township, Franklin County, last Thursday. Police said that Shawn Reitz, 21, died of massive blood loss after she was shot once in the chest, once in the back and once in the left hand. Police said her live-in boyfriend found her in a bedroom of their upstairs apartment of the stone house which sat back off the road. The couple's three-month-old son was apparently at home during the shooting but was not injured.

M. Eugene Stenger was named Fireman of the Year at the 27th annual banquet of McConnellsburg Fire Co. on January 11.

Deaths: Wayne Goldy, McConnellsburg; Reta McKinley, Hancock; Harold Morton, Needmore; Leona Decker, McConnellsburg; Reuben Worthington, Burnt Cabins; Shawn Reitz, Greencastle; Harold Shope, Hustontown; Dora Keebaugh, Hustontown; Donald Cowan, Fannettsburg; Denver Knepper, Blairs Mills; Robert Zeis Jr., Chambersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clark of Hustontown on January 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Shaw of Needmore on January 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Strait of Warfordsburg on January 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marc Whiteside of Needmore on January 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Seville of McConnellsburg on January 11.

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Barnhart celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 28.

Sandra Clark and Curt Lynch were united in marriage October 15 at Pleasant Ridge Church of the Nazarene. Parents of the couple are Lee and Betty Clark, Warfordsburg, and Donald and Betty Lynch of Harrisonville.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 18, 1979 '79 A capacity crowd at the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Company's annual banquet last Wednesday applauded the choice of 26-

year-old John A. Cutchall as Fireman of the Year, one of the youngest firemen on record to be so honored. Hiley Shimer, who was the recipient of the coveted Chief's Award at the banquet, is a lifetime member of the company, having served more than 36 years.

Stanley Barber accepted the Needmore Volunteer Fire Company's coveted "Fireman of the Year' award Saturday night at the company's annul banquet in the village firehall. Barber has been a member of the company for almost a decade, serving as secretary most of that time, until last spring when he was stricken with a near-fatal illness. Though bedridden for weeks, Barber still managed to help out during the company's annual carnival, where he had been a fixture for years.

For the past several years, Emil Mellott of Needmore has been the big prize winner at the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show and this year the local sheep farmer's exhibits again proved tops in almost every class. Both his Corriedale ram and ewe were judged the champions in their class and the reserve champion ram Corriedale was also shown by Mr. Mellott. Bruce Bivens of Big Cove Tannery was also another first-place winner in the corn growers class. Gerald Culler of Central Fulton FFA was awarded the reserve champion for the Landrace gilt entered in the hog judging and the Central Fulton FFA chapter placed second in the state's chapter exhibits. Others listed as winners at the Farm Show include: Alexa Smith, Patty Suders, Teresa Houdersheldt, Gerald L. Culler and Donald Lake.

Robert and Mildred Fix and Omar and Margaret Mongold were among those from here attending Governor Richard Thornburgh's inauguration ceremonies on Monday and Tuesday.

Randy McGowan, Hustontown, and Shirley Reed, Orbisonia, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse last week.

Specials at the IGA; Parkay margarine, 48 cents; Robin Hood flour, $3.39, 25 lbs.; chicken legs, 79 cent lbs.; Del Monte fruit cocktail,69 cents.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael G. McCauley of Fort Loudon on January 10.

Engagements: Frances Fix wishes to announce the engagement of her daughter, Wanda "Jeanie" Fix, to Donald E. Sipes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Sipes of Needmore. Mr. and Mrs. James Swain of Hancock announce the engagement of their daughter, Pamela Kay, to Gregory James Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Smith of Big Cove Tannery.

The marriage of Sheila Mae DeShong to Kermit Paul Swope took place on Friday, November 17, at Antioch Christian Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Baltzer Deshong of Needmore and Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Swope.

Deaths: George O. Plessinger, Warfordsburg; Mae Duvall, Mount Union; Gertie H. Stanley, Hancock; Alice Hull, Williamsport; Max Edwards, Mechanicsburg.

40 Years Ago

From the Files Of January 30, 1969 '69 The State Weather Modification Board is organizing a system of ground observers and high speed aircraft for detection of cloudseeding

activities in southern counties of the state.

A letter of commendation honoring her for her high performance in the 1968 National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Tests has been awarded to Janice Eichelberger, a senior at Forbes Road High School. Miss Eichelberger is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Eichelberger of Wells Tannery.

Sgt. and Mrs. Lester Hoover Jr. of Camp Lejeune, N.C., announce the birth of a son, Christopher Philip, on January 16. Mrs. Hoover is the former Frances Keebaugh of Hustontown.

Woodrow Strait, administrator of the Fulton County Medical Center, has announced that the restrictions on visitors to the hospital have been lifted. However, it is requested that relatives and friends of patients limit their numbers to two visitors per patient during visiting hours.

A little son was born on January 20 to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mellott of Hustontown at the Medical Center. There are now two little boys in the Mellott home. Mrs. Mellott is the former Doretta Knepper.

A marriage license was applied for this week at the local courthouse by Robert L. Gordon of Big Cove Tannery and Deborah K. Ward of Needmore.

Specials at the IGA: turkey drumsticks, 25 cents lb.; Libby corn, 1-lb. can, 19 cents; Crisco, 79 cents, 3-lb. can; Campbell tomato soup, 12 cents, 10-1/2-oz. can.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mellott of Hustontown on January 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Charles Lane of Greencastle on January 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willard E. Hann of Needmore on January 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Shaffer of Crystal Spring on January 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Merle Gordon of Mercersburg on January 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Fluke of Everett on January 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Neil Covalt of Needmore on January 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Peck of Mercersburg on January 18.

Charles Gobin III, after returning from a visit to the home of a school friend in Venezuela, left Saturday to begin studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Deaths: Mrs. Goldie Baker, Pittsburgh; Mrs. M. Pearl Fischer, Buck Valley; twin daughters of Harold and Mary Hunsecker of Cumberland, Md.; Harry A. Grissinger, Chambersburg; Lillian E. Deneen, Buck Valley; Mrs. Mary Peightel, McConnellsburg; Ahimaaz Mellott, Shippensburg; Mrs. Elnora Straley, Mercersburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 29, 1959 '59 Mr. and Mrs. Albert Foster spent three days in Philadelphia last week where Mr. Foster attended the meetings of the Pennsylvania Bar


Denny Richards, son of Mr. and Mrs. K.G. Richards, has returned home from the Medical Center where he was quite ill with glandular trouble.

Dr. and Mrs. Francis Shunk Downs of Swarthmore visited friends in McConnellsburg a day this week on their way to a Presbytery meeting at State College.

Mrs. Helen Bender left on Tuesday to enter the Pittsburgh Diagnostic Center.

Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Washabaugh have returned to their home here after a trip to Florida and New Orleans.

In renewing their subscriptions to the News, Margaret Tritle of Spirit Lake, Iowa, says she has been reading this paper since B.W. Peck founded it, and Mrs. Etta Stains of Three Springs, who is 91 years old, says she has been a subscriber to the News for 59 years.

Clair Lininger has entered the employment of the Fulton County News to learn the printing trade. "Buster" is a son of Mrs. Goldie Lininger and the late Harry Lininger, who was also a printer.

Dolores Bivens left Monday to enter Shippensburg State Teachers College.

Judge W.C. Sheely made an official order of appointment on Monday, naming Merrill W. Kerlin, Mc- Connellsburg attorney, to fill the unexpired term of the late John W. Mentzer as district attorney of Fulton County. Kerlin will serve until January 1960.

Flames completely destroyed the home of David Seville on the Peach Orchard Road last Thursday. Lack of an adequate water supply prevented firemen from saving any part of the building or its contents, which were already engulfed in flames upon their arrival. Mrs. Joy Merrell, manageress of the White Swan Restaurant here, is heading a drive for donations to help the burned-out Seville family and has offered her place of business as a collection point. Some insurance was carried, but not enough to cover the loss.

A 1949 truck, owned and operated by George Lynch of McConnellsburg, swerved to the opposite side of the road south of Needmore and collided head-on with a car driven by a Delaware man. Lynch was taken to the Medical Center and kept 24 hours for observation and the Delaware driver was treated the next day for three broken ribs. Lynch told police that he had fallen asleep and thus lost control of the truck. Damage was set at $400 to the car and $200 to the truck.

High honors came to the Forbes Road High School during State Farm Show Week. Fred D. Lamberson, supervising principal, received the coveted Honorary Keystone Farmer Degree from the Future Farmers of America State Association, leaders who help to advance vocational agriculture and who render outstanding service to the FFA and the people they serve. Wilkie Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Mellott of Harrisonville, and Harry Hawkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Hawkins of Harrisonville, received the Keystone Farmer Degree. All three recipients are pictured on the front page.

A mistake made in The Fulton County News has originally been corrected - after 30 years. In the 30-year ago items in the Remember column a few weeks ago, it was told how Junior Black escaped injury when run over by a truck driven by Wells Peck. Last week, Mr. Peck told the News that someone 30 years ago had made a mistake, saying that he didn't drive a truck at that time. He said he didn't know who the driver was but he was certain that it wasn't he.

The Army has issued a draft call for 8,000 men for March, 1,000 fewer than the first two months of this year.

Death: Clyde Barr of Pittsburgh.

Mike and Mark Fraker, twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fraker, and David and Eddie Sheffield, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Derald Sheffield, all of Fort Littleton, have been ill with the chicken pox.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Kahn of Mercersburg on January 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Shives of McConnellsburg on January 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Deshong of Mc- Connellsburg on January 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Keefer of Warfordsburg on January 23.

Mrs. Leon McCray of Warfordsburg has been a patient in the Medical Center where she underwent major surgery.

Word was received at Knobsville last week that Lucius Hann had been injured while at work. His family went to see him on Sunday.

Ralph McKee of Amaranth was taken by ambulance to the Veterans Hospital in Pittsburgh last Sunday night.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Gail Faith Hann to Richard D. Horton.

Deaths: Howard A. Truax, Needmore; Mrs. Eward Yonker of Little Orleans; Mrs. George M. Fisher, Chambersburg; Riley Truax of Chambersburg; Mrs. Sarah R. McQuade of Altoona; Dr. Carl Spencer Lashley of Davis, W.Va.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 3, 1949 '49 If President Truman's proposed $41.9 billion budget of 1950 is approved by Congress, the share of the bill for every man, woman and

child in Fulton County will be $152.36.

Fulton County's oldest citizen, John W. Comerer, quietly celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ott.

More than 75 percent of the 200 pupils now attending the Fort Littleton School are now eating in the school cafeteria, which is in its third year of operation.

William Logan Kendall, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Kendall of the Cove, has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Barton of Knobsville on January 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. Sipes of McConnellsburg on January 31.

Hanse Lamberson and Walter Taylor of Hustontown are painting the interior of the new home of Mr. and Mrs. George Bard of McConnellsburg.

Death: J. Harvey Mellott of McConnellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 2, 1939 '39 Police travelled almost as far as if they had gone way around the world in patrolling Fulton County in January. According to records at the local substation, mileage

record of the month was slightly more than 11,000 miles. Patrolmen spent 1,066 hours on patrol.

Deaths: George Newton Bell of Cove Gap; Rev. John Bennett of Artemas; Wilson Litton of Hancock.

The Juniata College a cappella choir started its annual tour of eastern cities on Friday, January 27, under the direction of Prof. C.L. Rowland. Marian Morton of McConnellsburg and Lloyd Bergstresser of Waterfall are among the members making the tour.

To Wilmer Mellott, a pupil at Warfordsburg High School, enrolled in the Department of Agriculture, goes the honor of being the first Fulton County boy to win an award in the competitive exhibits at the State Farm Show. Wilmer exhibited a peck of Katahdin potatoes, which won first place in in his district comprising 22 counties and then went on to have them judged as the best whiteskinned potatoes in the vocational class. Wilmer will receive a $5 cash award and two blue ribbons, one of which will be a sweepstakes ribbon.

Harold Rotz of Todd Township took five of the 10 places in the open class of capons at the Farm Show last week. These were the first capons ever to be exhibited at the Farm Show from Fulton County.

William Edwards has returned to his home in McConnellsburg after being a patient in Chambersburg Hospital.

Miss Nellie Mellott of Webster Mills, who for several years has been secretary to the chief underwriter of the Tate Workmen's Insurance Fund in Harrisburg, has accepted an appointment under Civil Service with the Farm Credit Administration in Washington.

A minor accident was reported on Sunday near Harrisonville when two Fords, driven by James Fisher and Marshall Mellott, met on a grade where there was no room to pass. Damage was negligible.

Marriage licenses have been issued here to George K. Carbaugh of Chambersburg and Virginia E. Deshong of Big Cove Tannery and to David Kerlin of Knobsville and Hazel Craig of Big Cove Tannery.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 31, 1929 '29 Deaths: James R. David of Hustontown; William Emery Deshong of Mercersburg; David S. Snyder of Peoria, Ill.; Joseph T. Horton of Huntingdon; Mrs. Izora Resley of

Hancock; Mrs. Drucilla (Crouse) Yeakle of Dayton, Ohio; Christian Wolff of Horton, Kan.

Billie Mentzer and M.S. Nesbitt of Burnt Cabins both have lots of visitors these days since they treated themselves to new radio sets.

About the middle of this week, current will be turned into the new line of the Fulton Electric Light, Heat and Power Co. to Webster Mills, thereby fulfilling the ardent wish for years by residents of the Cove for electric service. About 20 families will take immediate advantage of the service, with many more expected to follow.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. R. Chester Mellott of Ayr Township on January 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Buterbaugh of Ayr Township on January 25.

Comparative tabulations issued this week by the State Department of Education list Fulton County as No. 63 under the heading, "Total illiteracy rank order by counties for Pennsylvania." That means there are but three counties in the state less troubled with illiteracy. Philadelphia and Allegheny counties head the list. Under female alien population, Fulton is No. 67, meaning it is practically all-American.

William Sheffield of Fort littleton is getting around on crutches these days, the result of a piece of an old building he was tearing down, falling on him.

On Monday, Omert Hershey moved from the Irwin house in Mc- Connellsburg to the vicinity of Dublin Mills.

Ellis Plessinger, bus driver between here and Chambersburg, has been off duty for some time with lumbago.

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