2009-01-29 / Features

FROM DAYS GONE BY

20 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 26, 1989 '89 Thomas A. Fite has resigned as administrator of Fulton County Medical Center, effective March 1. Fite has held the post since

June of 1986. According to Margie Taylor, public relations committee chairman for the center, an interim administrator will begin work here February 15. The center reported a $99,000 loss for 1987-88 in contrast with a $276,000 profit reported for 1986-87 and cited decreases in third-party payments and upgrading of hospital equipment and staff salaries as reasons for the deficit.

County Republican Chairman Bonnie Keefer and husband and son and Mr. and Mrs. Pete Ford of Wells Tannery attended the open house at Congressman Bud Shuster's office on Inaugural Day on Friday in Washington, D.C., and were given tickets to view the ceremonies and parade from the Capitol lawn. Others from here who attended the swearing in of President George Bush and Vice President Daniel Quayle included Tom Duffey and several of his photography club students and Perry Daniels of Harrisonville, his son, Johnnie, and friend Kevin Richards.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Carbaugh of McConnellsburg are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Candie Sue, to Richard Diffenderfer of Fort Loudon.

Mr. and Mrs. Leo Swope Sr. of Harrisonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Helen Marie, to Mark Lutz, son of Mrs. Elva Lutz of Hobe Sound, Fla.

Jacqueline Watkins and Christopher Robinette were married November 26 at Bethel Church of God in New Grenada. The bride is the daughter of Marlin and Mary Watkins of Robertsdale. The groom is the son of Mrs. Darlene Fritze and Edward Robinette Sr. of Baltimore.

Mr. and Mrs. Max Stenger celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 8.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Brown of McConnellsburg on January 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Murray of Mercersburg on January 15.

Deaths: Blanche Mellott, McConnellsburg; Clifford Peck, McConnellsburg; Lou Cook, Warfordsburg; G. Maynard Paylor, McConnellsburg; Richard Shives, St. Cloud; Donald Black, Austintown, Ohio; Robert Fraker, Fayetteville; Leonard Martz, Irwin; Mary Vores, Baltimore; Nellie Garns, Chambersburg; Ivan Divens, Troy, Ohio.

Marriage licenses: Charls Breitgam, Sinking Spring, and Marilyn Samsel, Wyomissing; Richard Crouse, Big Cove Tannery, and Dianna Keefer, McConnellsburg; David Greenwalt III, Hustontown, and Lisa Palmer, Hustontown; Bryan Sipes, Warfordsburg, and Doris Doyle, Warfordsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 25, 1979 '79 The weekend ice storm resulted in a rash of accidents on the Bethel Township stretch of Interstate 70 which resulted in several

injuries, none listed as serious.

Roy E. Snyder, the wandering minister who tried to turn the old Cavalier Motel in Fort Littleton into a rest home for the aged, is running for mayor of Hancock. Snyder has since dropped his association with the New Evangelical United Brethren Church and is reportedly working in Pennsylvania on his latest project, the "American Heritage Foundaiton." He will face incumbent Mayor David W. Sowers Jr. in next week's municipal election. It will be Snyder's second try for the mayor's job. His first attempt, in 1971, failed.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Mellott of Hustontown celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on November 26.

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Bires Jr., Beaver, Pa., announce the engagement of their daughter, Constance E. Bires, to Mark N. Romig, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marcus F. Romig of Bechtelsville, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Milford Trail of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Anita Marie, to John McKee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence McKee of Warfordsburg. Mrs. Margaret Lynch of Hancock is proud to announce the engagement of her daughter, Joanna Kay, to Glenn Edwin Mellott, son of Mrs. Mary R. Mellott and the late Hubert Mellott of Warfordsburg.

Specials at the IGA: bacon, 79 cents; bottom round steaks, $2.09 lb.; Miracle Whip, 99 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Mellott of Chambersburg on January 13; a son to Mr. and Mr. Paul Viney of Three Springs on January 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Fischer of Warfordsburg on January 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Souders of Wells Tannery on January 17.

Miss Deborah Kay Snyder of McConnellsburg became the bride of Fred Allen Lane, Hustontown, on January 14. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Snyder and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Lane.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Meyers, Hancock; Albert Smith, New Stanton; Martha College, New Enterprise; Mrs. Clara Linthurst, Chambersburg; Lola Heckman, Hopewell; Ivan K. Gobin, Carlisle.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 6, 1969 '69 John Elmer Mellott, 74, Needmore, known throughout the county as "Johnny Mellott, the stonemason," died in his trailer home on

the Sipes Mill Road when the structure was completely destroyed by fire on Tuesday morning. Dr. Russell McLucas, county coroner, attributed his death to asphyxiation. The flames were first noticed by a neighbor, Mrs. Jack Elvey, who was up taking care of her sick child. She in turn aroused her husband who hurried to give the alarm to people living in nearby trailers in case the flames should spread due to the high wind.

Former Fulton Countian F. Morse Sloan of Murrysville, Pa., whose generosity in the past toward community projects has been more than substantial, last week presented a check for $1,000 to go toward the cost of the new addition of the Fulton County Medical Center.

Schools in the county were closed last Tuesday due to the ice-covered roads.

Tim McGarvey, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Mc- Garvey, fell while playing basketball at school on Friday, breaking his left arm.

The accident toll at the Cape Horn Curve on Route 30, east of McConnellsburg, should be decreased considerably when plans currently being formulated by state and county highway officials go into operation to reduce the hazards of the dangerous turn. A runoff ramp and new signs were also included in the plans following the onsite inspection tour, which came as a result of public concern shown by residents of both Franklin and Fulton counties.

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Frey of Chambersburg have made known the engagement of their daughter, Miss Marie Elizabeth Frey, to William Lee Kuhn, son of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Kuhn of McConnellsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond R.W. Bennethum of Womelsdorf, Pa., wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Janice Rae, to Max Theodore Fraker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max T. Fraker of Fort Littleton.

Men in Service: Airman Stephen P. Houck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard G. Houck of McConnellsburg, has completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Airman First Class Leonard D. Black, son of Mr. and Mr. Cloyd P. Black of Waterfall, has graduated from Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois from the training course for U.S. Air Force technical instructors.

Specials at the IGA: chuck roast, 69 cents lb.; applesauce, 15 cents; IGA fruit drinks, 25 cents; Ultra Brite toothpaste 59 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ray M. Shoemaker of Hancock on January 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Barnhart of Hancock on January 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Angle of McConnellsburg on January 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Elwood E. Lewis of Needmore on January 31.

Deaths: Mrs. Helen Elizabeth Mellott, Harrisonville; Grace Z. Taylor, York; Myrtle Hann, Harrisonville; William C. Ritchey, Waterfall; Walter M. Wenger, McConnellsburg; Bertha Heeter, New Grenada.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 5, 1959 '59 Evelyn Gray, 11-year-old daughter of Mrs. Esta Gray, underwent an appendectomy in Chambersburg Hospital on Tuesday. Her

mother is a patient in the same hospital.

Mrs. Jennie Wible entered Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday to undergo further treatment.

Ronald Wagner left last week for Daytona Beach, Fla., to visit his sister who operates a supermarket there.

Mrs. Gerald A. Biggs of McConnellsburg is recuperating in the Cumberland Hospital after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.

Miss Bonnie Cornelius entered Chambersburg Hospital this week to undergo minor surgery.

The Rev. Victor B. Hann, superintendent of the Methodist Home for Children, Mechancisburg, is the new president of the National Association of Methodist Hospitals and Homes. For a number of years, Rev. Hann has come to Fulton County to preach the memorial sermon at the old Presbyterian Church at Green Hill. He was reared in Licking Creek Township and attended the church in his early years.

Assemblyman M.H. Garlock is undergoing treatment at the Chambersburg Hospital.

A valentine dance will be held at the local legion home on February 14, with music by the group gaining wide popularity in this area, "Frankie and His Polka Knights," from Steelton.

Mrs. Leo Fields underwent surgery in Chambersburg Hospital last Wednesday.

Many people listening to a Chambersburg news commentator last week heard the report that the Mc- Connellsburg High School would be closed following an inspection by the Department of Labor and Industry, because of fire hazards. "Not so," says M. Shearer, supervising principal, who said that a petition would have to be forwarded to the department within four hours, which was done but did not reach Harrisburg in time because of the tardiness of the mail. The state inspector found that it would be necessary to build an outdoor steel fire escape from the second floor of the school and that special types of fire extinguishers would be needed. This will be done, according to Shearer, feeling sure that the high school will remain in use during the time of installation.

Sheriff Humphrey Yaukey quiets a rumor which has been spread all over the county. Many people believe that the county paid the expenses of Yaukey and Trooper Eiker to travel to Salem, Ore., a few weeks ago to take custody of an out-of-county fugitive from justice. Sheriff Yaukey explains that the fugitive was fined a total of $1,231 - $500 of which was a fine and the balance taking care of the court costs and the officers' expenses.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will add three more ambulances to its fleet to provide more efficient service on the toll road.

Walter H. Palmer of Warfordsburg has been awarded membership in the American Tree Fam System for growing timber as a crop on taxpaying land.

Richard Rotz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rotz of Todd Township and a senior at the local high school, has been commended by the National Merit Scholarship, Corp. for his outstanding performance on a nationwide test of educational development.

Harold Young and Karole Sue Fowler were married on January 15.

60 Years ago

From The Files Of February 10, 1949 '49 Notice was served this week that unless the proposed Fulton County Medical Center gets under way by July the federal funds

granted in 1943 would be withdrawn.

Four townships in Fulton County will be 100 years old in 1949. Thompson, erected on February 12, 1849, was named in honor of Judge Thompson. Todd, erected on March 20, 1849, was the last division of the original township of Ayr. Wells was erected as Aughwick Township on September 1, 1849. It was changed to Wells in honor of a Wells who came from Baltimore in 1760 and owned land in Wells Valley. Taylor, erected in November 1849, was named in honor of President Zachary Taylor.

A special service will be held by the local VFW Post on February 18 when the flags that draped the caskets of John C. Bishop and Norman C. Raker will be presented to the post. These two men died in World War I and are the ones for whom the post is named. John W. Bishop of Chambersburg will present his father's flag and Mrs. P.B. Foreman of McConnellsburg will donate the flag of her brother.

Archie E. Akers, 4, of Carlisle, formerly of Fulton County, was killed on Saturday when he fell from the second floor of a barn to the bed of a truck about 15 feet below.

Births: a son on February 5 to Mr. and Mrs. Ira Daniels of Harrisonville; a son on February 6 to Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Peck of McConnellsburg; a daughter on February 6 to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin H. Kerlin of Knobsville; a son on February 7 to Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Mellott of Needmore; a son on February 7 to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Comerer of McConnellsburg; a son on February 7 to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Martz of Knobsville, the 37th grandchild of John Martz.

Deaths: James Edwards of McKeesport; Donald Mackey of Lemasters; Mrs. Sarah Ellen Eley of Mares; Ira Wink.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 9, 1939 '39 Deaths: David Miller of near Burnt Cabins; William Barnett Strait of Cairnbrook; Miss Mildred Melissa Crum, Huntingdon County; Willis Leroy Ritchey of Wells Valley; Edward S. Hoke of Chambersburg.

A special meeting was held on Monday at which time the Borough Council took final action in purchasing the United Presbyterian Church property for $1,500. The borough's new property will be used as a firehall, meeting place, community hall, etc. Work on remodelling the building will begin immediately by the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co., which has agreed to make the necessary changes. Any work done will be subject to approval by a council committee, composed of Burges, Fleming and D.A. Washabaugh, council member.

Fulton Grange will meet on Monday evening and an interesting program has been planned. Included will be a talk by Russell Kendall, followed by William Brewer telling of "How We Used to Celebrate Washington's Birthday." Kenneth Morton will compare farming methods of today with those of Lincoln and Washington's time. Also on the program will be a recitation by Martha Kendall.

Miss Della Johnston was pleasantly surprised last Friday when the ladies of the United Presbyterian Church entertained in the church in honor of her 80th birthday.

Howard Culler of Breezewood was a member of a fishing party at Palm Beach, Fla., last Tuesday which caught seven sailfish, one more than seven feet long, together with seven bonitos and a needlefish.

The first issue of "The Turn- pike News," official publication of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, appeared last week.

Homer Peck, 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Peck, is convalescing at the Hagerstown Hospital following a serious mastoid operation on February 1

Dr. D.L. Hohman has returned from Toledo, Ohio, where he took a two-week course in the application of gas as an anesthesia for dental surgery. He is now securing a new shipment in order to be thoroughly equipped for this type of work.

Mrs. Harry Mort, who had been a patient in Waynesboro Hospital for more than two months, was brought to her home in Clear Ridge on Sunday in a hospital ambulance.

Mrs. Scott Walker was called to Chambersburg on Friday on account of the illness of her grandson, Dickie.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Johnson of Wells Tannery are the proud parents of a second son, born on February 4.

Leonard McKee of Needmore is suffering intensely these days from a carbuncle on his wrist.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 7, 1929 '29 Deaths: Mrs. Matilda S. Mellott of Williamsport; McKendre

Gardner Lamberson of Hustontown; Mrs. Sheridan Hershey of Back Run; Mrs. Sarah Mellott of Sipes Mill; Jacob McClellan Newman of Mount Union; Miss Abbie Hann of Atlantic City; James Cutchall of near Waterfall.

Mrs. Jacob Schultz of Warfordsburg broke her arm last week.

Wm. B. Mellott of Warfordsburg, who received a broken leg some time ago, is slowly improving.

The tenant house on the W.E. Bivens farm was badly damaged by fire on Sunday afternoon. The fire caught from an overheated stove pipe. The tenant, John Naugle, was away at the time, and Mr. Bivens and his wife fought the flames until help finally arrived.

Scott Dunlap of Coles Valley suffered a paralytic stroke of his entire left side last Thursday morning.

John Conrad, for many years a clerk in the local post office and who for the past month has been sick with the flu and pneumonia, was taken to Chambersburg Hospital on Monday to undergo an operation for the removal of pus from his left lung.

Death: Lizzie Hebner of Hancock.

Walker Mellott of Needmore butchered a 17-month-old "runt" on Groundhog Day that dressed 582-1/2 pounds.

Dealer R.O. Shaw of Mc- Connellsburg advertises the new 1929 two-door Oldsmobile sedan for $875.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hann have announced the birth of a daughter.

Mrs. A.L. Wible recently entertained a number of young people at a turkey dinner in honor of the 21st birthday of her son, Finlay.

Death: Miss Nellie Crum of Saxton.

Births at the Medical Center: a 10-pound boy on January 17 to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Purnell; an 8- pound daughter, Rachel Ann, to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Crippen on January 18; a 12-pound son to Mr. and Mrs. L. Souders on January 30.

Death: Jacob Reunion of Bellecenter, Ohio.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Deshong of Harrisonville announce the birth of a daughter, Theda, on December 21.

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