FROM DAYS GONE BY
20 Years Ago
From The Files Of February 2, 1989
'89 A fire of undetermined origin caused an estimated $400,000 in damage to a converted wood barn which housed Safari Beverages
Inc., formerly Clevenger's Beer Distributor, along Lincoln Way West in Ayr Township just west of Mc- Connellsburg early Monday, January 30. The alarm was turned in around midnight on Sunday night by an employee of Fulton County Medical Center who happened to notice the flames. The fire apparently began in a room adjacent to the rear of the barn area on the west side of the building and spread quickly into the barn area. Among the items lost in the blaze was an undetermined inventory of beer, business records, a fork lift and tractor stored in an addition on the south side of the building. The building was owned by Herman and Evelyn Clevenger and was insured.
Fulton County's oldest citizen, David H. Franklin, McConnellsburg, died Monday afternoon, January 30, in the extended-care unit of Fulton County Medical Center where he had been a patient since December. Franklin, a former game protector in Fulton and Franklin counties, began working and living in Fulton County in 1950.
Local rock music aficionados will want to take note that the rock group, "Wrathchild," has finished work on their debut album and it is scheduled for release on February 7. "Wrathchild," a Martinsburg, W.Va.-based group, features former countian Brad Divens as vocalist and bass player. Brad is the son of Roy and Dixie Divens of the McConnellsburg area.
JLG employees, management and friends gathered at McConnellsburg headquarters on Friday to celebrate an historical landmark - the 20th anniversary of the founding of what has become one of the best performing small companies in the United States, JLG Industries Inc.
Specials at the IGA: pork roast, 99 cents lb.; Heinz ketchup, $1.19; Kix cereal, $1.69; seedless grapefruit, 4 for $1; bananas, 29 cents lb.
Mr. and Mrs. Leriwyn Glunt of McConnellsburg are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Rhonda Jolene, to Brian Zook, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Zook of Chambersburg.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Pittman of McConnellsburg on January 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Eisaman on January 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Henry of Orbisonia on January 25.
Mr. and Mrs. Reed Feight of Waterfall are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tona, to Theodore Brant of Mercersburg.
Deaths: Peter M. Mellott, Three Springs; Robert Younker, Hancock; Alton Price Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz.; Ross Barton, Crystal Spring; Nellie V. Gordon, Big Cove Tannery; Richard Shives, St. Cloud, Fla.; Alice Franks, New Bloomfield; David Franklin, McConnellsburg; Helen Kylor, Spring Run; Bruce Hauman, Mercersburg.
Pvt. Tony L. Weller, son of Pat Weller of Scotland and Harold Weller of Hustontown, has completed basic training at Fort Dix, N.J.
30 Years Ago
From The Files Of February 1, 1979
'79 Shares of stocks in the two local banks brought record prices Saturday morning at public sale in front of the county courthouse.
Sixteen shares of Fulton County National Bank and Trust went for a record $170 per share, about $5 a share higher than previously paid. Ten-share lots of First National Bank stock went for as much as $137 per share, a good $25 a share better than a sealed bid sale last year. The sale was conducted by Fulton County National Bank and Trust for the Floyd A. Sipes estate. A private individual selling shares in conjunction with the estate sale got $167 per share for his 25-share lot of Fulton County National stock.
Fulton County escaped relatively unscatched by rain and ice storms last week that interrupted utility service and caused families to be evacuated in neighboring counties. Heavy rains last Wednesday caused flooding that resulted in the evacuation of more than 100 families in Franklin County and extensively damaged roads and at least one bridge in Huntingdon County. More than two inches of precipitation was recorded last Wednesday. PennDOT officials in Hollidaysburg reported that a temporary bridge on Aughwick Creek near Maddensville in southern Huntingdon County had been damaged by the rising waters.
The members of a local hunting club lost their lodge in a blaze of unknown origin last Wednesday evening. The three-story brick structure was gutted by the fire. Damage to the building, including contents, is estimated at $25,000. The lodge was located in an isolated area approximately three-quarters of a mile off Route 522 east, four miles north of McConnellsburg. The lodge, a converted farmhouse, was owned by David Andrew Washabaugh III of McConnellsburg.
Rick Newman, former resident of Fulton County, was named recording artist for the month of October at Jamboree Recording Studios in Wheeling, W.Va.
Mr. and Mrs. Ulysses G. Keefer of Big Cove Tannery were honored by family and friends on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary on December 24.
Specials at the IGA: Banquet meat pies, 4 for $1; Blue Bonnet margarine, 48 cents lb.; Betty Crocker frosting, 85 cents; smoked ham, $1.09 lb.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Souders of Wells Tannery on January 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Farrell Jr., Mc- Connellsburg, on January 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard C. Kern of Mapleton Depot on January 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mellott, Warfordsburg, on January 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Watkins of Chambersburg on January 21; a daughter to Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Wolfe, McConnellsburg, on January 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Kegerreis of St. Thomas on January 23.
Engagement: Madeline DeShong of Harrisonville wishes to announce the engagement of her granddaughter, Karen Dawn, to Scott Brant Gordon Jr., Mercersburg, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Scott Gordon.
Deaths: Mrs. Bessie Wilson, Bradford, formerly of Fort Littleton; Mrs. Beulah Munson, Hancock; William Shaw, Hancock; George W. Wink, Hancock; Mrs. Venie Zeger, Mercersburg; Dr. John Neill, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Jessie Mellott, Biglerville; Marie E. Charlebois, Ontario, Canada; Robert L. Swope, Harrisonville; Ray C. Rockwell, Crystal Spring; Mrs. Burton Wagner, Hustontown.
40 Years Ago
From The Files Of February 13, 1969
'69 Wilson Montgomery Clippinger of Three Springs will celebrate his 100th birthday on Thursday, and family, friends and neighbors
have planned a card shower to mark the event, which will make him the only centenarian living in Fulton County. Familiary known as "Gom" Clippinger, he has lived his entire life in Fulton County, much of it on the same farm where he now lives with his daughter, Alberta, located near the Center Church. Mr. Clippinger was born near Waterfall on February 13, 1869, and was married to the former Mary E. Knepper, who died in 1949. Together, they reared 12 children, all of whom are living. They are: John of Mechanicsburg; James of St. Thomas; Mrs. Elizabeth Cutchall of Waterfall; Mrs. Nora Appleby of Hustontown; Samuel of Dublin Mills; Alberta Clippinger, at home; Mrs. Margaret Mellott of Newbug; Montgomery of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Myrtle Knepper of St. Thomas; Lester of Knobsville; Mrs. Laura Wogan of Chambersburg and Mrs. Millicent Ruth of Martinsburg. Mr. Clippinger is still active and enjoys good health, except for some impairment of hearing. He is the oldest member of Center Methodist Church.
Walter Reed Sloan of McConnellsburg announced on Tuesday that he would retire as president of The Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co.
Kevin E. Starliper, 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Starliper of Mercersburg, is listed in satisfactory condition at Chambersburg Hospital where he was taken on Friday afternoon after being hit by a car. The boy was crossing Route 16, two miles west of Mercersburg, to board a school bus and was pinned between the bus and a car operated by a Knobsville woman. He suffered injuries of the left upper arm, wrist and nose and underwent surgery on Friday evening.
Application for a marriage license was made in Franklin County last week by Roger Lee Sipes of Mc- Connellsburg and Beverly Christine Waidlich of Mercersburg.
Betrothal told: Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel W. Walker of Harrisonville wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ann Margaret, to Grady W. Howard Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Grady W. Howard of York.
Specials at the IGA: enriched wheat bread, 4 loaves for $1; cheddar cheese, 85 cents lb.; iceberg lettuce, 2 heads, 39 cents.
Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Carbaugh of McConnellsburg on February 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Rouzer of State Line on February 6.
Deaths: Charles H. Lynch, Lewistown; Kathryn Hettie Hill, Harrisonville; Jennie C. Beck, Mercersburg; John D. Keefer, Berlin; Merrill C. Wible, Three Springs.
50 Years Ago
From The Files Of February 12, 1959
'59 Barbara Ann Horton, daughter of Mrs. Alma Naugle and the late Doyle Horton of Mc- Connellsburg, enrolled on February 5 for the
second semester of the freshman year at Fairfax High School for Girls at Waynesboro, Va.
Pleasant Leroy Deshong of Harrisonville, son of Mrs. Emma M. Deshong of St. Thomas, enlisted in the Marine Corps on January 29. Private Deshong is presently undergoing recruit training at Parris Island, S.C.
The Forbes Road Joint School Board has requested the Fulton County School Board to operate a class for the mentally retarded in that district.
Luther Sixeas has been appointed constable of Todd Township to fill the unexpired term of Lewis Strait, who resigned recently.
Finlay J. Wible, a teacher in the local high school, and his wife were injured in a two-car accident on Friday while on their way to visit his mother, Mrs. Jennie Wible, a patient in Chambersburg Hospital. The accident happened near Chambersburg when a car driven by a St. Thomas man entered the highway in the path of the Wible car. Mrs. Mable Wible, a passenger in her husband's car, was taken to Chambersburg Hospital for treatment of facial cuts and abrasions and was later released. Mr. Wible entered Fulton County Medical Center the next day for X-rays and observation and was released Monday. The driver of the other car was uninjured. Damage to each car was $150.
Mr. and Mrs. Parker Crouse of McConnellsburg were informed on Monday of the death of their 2-year-old grandson, Edward Schooley, who had been killed by an automobile. Edward, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schooley, was killed near his parents' home at Jupiter, Fla., early Monday evening. Edward's body will be brought to Fulton County for burial.
The Cornelius Furniture Store on Lincoln Way West took on a new appearance this week when the front part of the store was converted into a ladies' dress department. Ed Cornelius, the owner of the store, plans to continue his furniture business as usual with the furniture showroom now located in the rear of the store.
Because of the hazardous driving conditions on Monday, only four applicants passed their driver's exams in McConnellsburg on Monday. The four successful applicants were James Mack Shaffer of McConnellsburg; Roger E. Ray of McConnellsburg; Daryl Hendershot Warfordsburg; and Oliver W. Hardesy Jr. of Harrisonville.
A special meeting of Southern Fulton Joint School Board was held at Warfordsburg on February 3, when procedures were discussed to establish that area as merged school district on July 6, 1959. All township school directors now serving in the district will continue as members of the merged school board for the remaining period for which they were elected. After that time, there will be seven members on the merged school board - one from each township and two elected at large. The merged district will officially be known as the Southern Fulton School District.
Robert A. Hamil of town was admitted to the Medical Center on Sunday night after he collapsed in Hail's Smoke Shop, which he operates in conjunction with his brother, Ross. "Sharkey," as he is familiary known, was found by his wife at about 10:45 p.m. At the time he was found, his legs seemed to be paralyzed and examination at the hospital disclosed he was suffering from a circulatory ailment. He is now progressing well, able to use his legs and is expected to return home this week.
Virgil Keebaugh, 9, Needmore, is listed in critical condition at the Medical Center as the result of an accident south of Webster Mills on Saturday. Keebaugh, travelling north, attempted to try to pass a milk truck owned by James Culler and operated by Robert Mellott. Keebaugh cut in too short and caught bumpers with the truck, sending his vehicle through the guardrails. Rushed to the Medical Center, he was found to be suffering from a crushed chest, fractured shoulder, multiple lacerations and abrasions and chemical burns about the face caused by gasoline.
A Neelyton woman, well known in Fulton County, was injured in a one-car accident near Shade Gap last Tuesday when her car skidded off the left side of the highway. Mrs. Alice Cutchall Harper, 66, sustained injuries to her hand, left leg and left ankle in the crash.
A surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Sipes on February 7 in honor of the 12th birthday of their daughter, Penny.
Carole Marie Smith, 18-year-old senior at Mc- Connellsburg has been named the 1959 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow at the local school.
Frank Hollenshead of Warfordsburg FFA Chapter received the Keystone Farmers Degree during the annual Farm Show in Harrisburg.
Death: George A. Wishart of Chicago.
Mr. and Mrs. Bard McAfffee of Mercersburg announce the birth of a daughter, Denise, at Chambersburg Hospital, on February 8. Mrs. McAffee is a nurse at Fulton County Medical Center.
Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter "Jack" Marshall of McConnellsburg on January 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Hershey of Mc- Connellsburg on January 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Max McQuade of McConnellsburg on January 31; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Noel Mellott of Hustontown on January 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Willard Houck of McConnellsburg on February 1.
Death: Mrs. Agnes Rachel Lynch Seville of Mc- Connellsburg.
60 Years Ago
From The Files Of February 17, 1949
'49 District Forester C.A. Bittinger, who had been stationed here for eight years, has been transferred to Clarion County.
The driver of heavily-loaded runaway truck drove the vehicle safely through town on Monday morning after brakes failed on Tuscarora Mountain.
Four young people were injured in an automobile accident near Knobsville on Sunday when their car skidded and upset. Suffering cuts and bruises were Harry N. Fix and Leroy Sheeder, both of McConnellsburg; Leota Duvall of McConnellsburg; and Catherine Bivens of Webster Mills.
A son, Richard Lee, was born to Abram and Dessie Peck of Upper Strasburg on February 6, 1949.
Deaths: Harry Wagner of McConnellsburg; Harvey James Comerer of Thompson Township; Mrs. A.J. Rotz of McConnellsburg.
70 Years Ago
From The Files Of February 16, 1939
'39 Deaths: Walter D. Rotz of Chambersburg; James E. Fryman of Ayr Township; Linn Alexander of Webster Mills; Ella Sigel of Buck Valley; William T. Tate of Hollidaysburg.
"Rotten cabbage in the basement soon becomes rotten cabbage all over the house." That was one of the statements chattered by all the ministers of Mc- Connellsburg on Sunday, when they preached a sermon prepared by the Ministers' Association of McConnellsburg concerning their attitudes and certain practices in the town and country.
David Thomas Shatzer and Eileen Orpha Wible were married on February 8.
Little Dorothy Cromer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cromer of Fort Littleton, was pleasantly surprised on February 10 when 13 of her friends gathered to help her celebrate her 10th birthday.
Russell H. Richards of Mc- Connellsburg and a companion from Mercersburg were instantly killed and a third youth was injured when their car left the Mont Alto road and curve and struck a tree at 1:25 on Tuesday morning. Richards, who was 21 years of age, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Richards of Mc- Connellsburg. He was the owner and operator of the car. His companion who was killed was Mary E. Armstrong of Mercersburg. The injured youth was Travis W. Taylor of Mercersburg.
James K. Reeder, after spending three months with relatives and friends in Johnstown and Pittsburgh, has returned to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ross Barkman of Hustontown.
Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Wilson of Clear Ridge have moved to the Henry Wilson home which they recently purchased.
Don McQuait, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard McQuait of New Grenada, was taken to Roaring Spring Hospital the past week for mastoid trouble.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Souders of McConnellsburg are receiving congratulations on the birth of a daughter on February 12.
Rev. and Mrs. George M. Shimer celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on February 7.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hann announce the birth of a daughter on January 26.
80 Years Ago
From The Files Of February 14, 1929
'29 Deaths: James W. Cutchall of near Waterfall; James Strait
of Sideling Hill; Robert A. Barnhart of Chambersburg; Mrs. Charles Funk of Republic, Ohio; Charles Lewis Bard of Belfast Township; Mrs. David Henry Gumbert of Huntingdon County; Mrs. Benjamin F. Daniels of Hancock; James Frank Hershey of Huntingdon County.
George Bard of Knobsville reported the loss of 15 or 16 fine young hens by theft on Monday night. A year ago, Mr. Bard had a penful of laying hens stolen.
Mrs. W.R. Keith marked her 88th birthday on February 8.
More deaths: E. Davidson Flora of St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Sarah Olive (Sharpe) Mellott of near Sipes Mill; Adam D. Wright of Monte Vista, Colo.
Thomas B. Stevens remains in serious condition in Chambersburg Hospital where he has been a patient for the past three weeks.
James Kelly fell off the porch of his home at Burnt Cabins last week, breaking a couple of ribs.
Recent births: a daughter on February 7 to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oyler of Ayr Township; a son, Leroy Anderson, on January 27 to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Schooley of McConnellsburg; a son on February 7 to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Truax of Pleasant Ridge.
The yellow tag reading "Measles" is on a large percentage of the homes of Fulton County these days.
A surprise party was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Purnell on January 15 in honor of the 17th birthday of Viola Purnell and George Sipes.