2009-02-12 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 9, 1989 '89 The finishing touches are being added to the inside of the new American Legion building located just north of North Street in Mc-

Connellsburg. The move from the old building to the new is set for around March 15 and April 1 is a tentative opening date for the new post.

The mild winter has the birds confused about their seasonal flights. Jack Fetterhoff reports having seen two robins at his home on Sideling Hill Mountain Road and has heard wild geese on their way north.

Raymond and Blanche Bishop of Knobsville quietly celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on February 4.

McConnellsburg Borough Council members, at their regular meeting on February 1, unanimously adopted a resolution asking the Fulton County Commissioners to place the small games of chance referendum for Mc- Connellsburg Borough on the May primary ballot.

Representatives of the three county school districts have agreed to recommend that research into the possibility of consolidating into a single school district be discontinued at this time. After weighing the pros and cons of the financial situation, it was plain that, in almost all cases, at least two districts would stand to lose major amounts of money by consolidating. All three district board representatives came away from the meeting with the feeling that their district would not gain financially by consolidating.

Glenn Briggs of Needmore and Michael Newell, Harrisonville, trapped three beavers in Licking Creek last week. Beaver trapping is quite a lucrative hobby and Briggs said there is quite a colony of them in Licking Creek. The beavers weighed in at 55, 43 and 22 pounds.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bean of Newport News, Va., announce the birth of their son, Matthew Robert, January 18. Mrs. Bean is the former Lynn Keebaugh of Hustontown.

Lisa Strait and William Mellott were united in marriage on September 10 at Green Hill Sewing Club in Harrisonville. The bride is the daughter of Richard and Nancy Strait of Harrisonville and the groom is the son of Ernest Mellott of Kendall Park, N.J., and Linda Faith of Warfordsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. John Mills of Three Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Pamela Sue, to Ken Cornelius of Maddensville, son of Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Cornelius of Newburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Sipes of Harrisonville on January 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fox of Hancock on January 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Slates of Three Springs on January 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Harr of McConnellsburg on January 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Mumma of Hustontown on January 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Trogleer of St. Thomas on February 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Tim Duvall of Robertsdale on February 1.

Deaths: James Ingram, McConnellsburg; Shirley Myers, Needmore; William Edwards, Hustontown; Joseph Strait, Harrisonville; Robert Caple Sr., Warfordsburg; Ethel Cromwell, Needmore; Leon Trois, Buck Valley; Carl Sheffield, Mercersburg; Mary Cunningham, Chambersburg; D. Ronald Dietz, St. Thomas.

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Suders Jr., McConnellsburg, are proud and happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Drew, to Richard Timothy Kendall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kendall of McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 8, 1979 '79 Three people whose lives have deeply touched this community were singled out for tribute Saturday night at the annual

awards banquet of the Fulton Chamber of Commerce. Mildred Fix became only the second woman since the awards night was inaugurated to receive the recognition usually reserved for the "man of the year." The outstanding citizen award for a lifetime of service to his community went to McConnellsburg banker Henry Warren Daniels. A special award, for outstanding achievement, was created this year to honor industrialist John L. Grove, president of JLG Industries.

Employment rose to a record 5,100 persons in Fulton County during the month of December, but preliminary figures indicate that the county's unemployment rate climbed as well.

The Keystone Kustard Kitchen on Route 522 at Knobsville was burgled twice between January 22 and January 30.

The town will be getting the services of a new attorney next month. Brian Lane, Esq., of Chambersburg, has rented office space in the office building of attorney Albert Foster on the courthouse square. Attorney Foster is recuperating from the effects of a stroke, which hospitalized him in late December.

Specials at the IGA: Kraft macaroni and cheese, 29 cents a box; honey tangerines, 10 for 89 cents; Campbell's tomato soup, 19 cents; Cottonelle bathroom tissue, 79 cents, 4 pack.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Seville of McConnellsburg on January 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Swisher of Needmore on January 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Carpenter of Crystal Spring on January 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marion Mellott of Hancock on January 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Yost of Berkeley Springs on January 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Smith of Big Cove Tannery on January 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Berkstresser of Hustontown on January 30.

Denise Regi, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Regi of Fort Littleton, was united in marriage to Carl Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Johnson of Neelyton, on January 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Deaths: Mrs. Daisy Minnick, Saxton; Reamer F. Deshong, McConnellsburg; Jenny Peck, McConnellsburg; Jennie Morgret, Hancock; Lawrence Swisher, Fort Loudon.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 20, 1969 '69 Dr. J. Frank Alexander, local dentist, was elected president of The Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co. at the directors'

reorganization meeting on February 17.

The McConnellsburg Bowling Center, which failed to find a buyer earlier in the year when it was offered at public auction, was sold recently to Arthur Gelsinger of Chambersburg.

Lois Helman Benedick of McConnellsburg and Willard Thomas Cypher of McConnellsburg will be among the 175 students who will be awarded degrees at the commencement exercises for the winter term at Shippensburg State College on Saturday, March 1.

Among the college students who spent the weekend with their home folks here were Margo Winter, West Chester State College; Jean Snyder, West Virginia University; and Carol Mellott, a student nurse at the Lancaster School of Nursing.

Marriage license: Robert Carey Weaver of Mc- Connellsburg and Patricia L. Clever of McConnellsburg applied for a marriage license last week.

Dan Chamberlain from Wells Tannery is now home after serving a year with the army at Vicenza, Italy.

Congratulations and best wishes to the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gordon of Needmore.

Specials at the A&P: Jane Parker white bread, 5 loaves for $1; cheddar cheese, 79 cents, any size piece; grapefruit, 5-lb. bag, 49 cents; A&P coffee, 1-lb. can, 79 cents.

Men in service: Ted L. Chubb, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Chubb of McConnellsburg, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Army.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Watkins of Three Springs on February 8.

Deaths: Mrs. Rachael Miller, McConnellsburg; Raymond Rash, Hancock; Lois Amy Mellott, Bloomdale, Ohio.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 19, 1959 '59 A.W. Grissinger left by plane on Sunday for Miami, Fla., where he is visiting his brother, Dr. Raymond Grissinger, and niece, Miss

Betty Grissinger.

Mrs. Jennie Wible is recuperating at her home here after undergoing further surgery at Chambersburg Hospital.

Alan Krug, son of Dr. E.S. Krug, who at one time practiced medicine here, is studying wildlife biology at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute at Blackburg, Va.

Mrs. Dolly Adams has returned to her apartment in the Mary Trout building after a month's stay in the Medical Center.

Nelson Comerer now has a number of antiques on display in his hardware store here.

At the insistence of the state and despite the protests of citizens, especially the property owners, the shade trees along Lincoln Way West in McConnellsburg were felled the early part of this week. The job of removing the trees was done by the local Department of Highway, together with the Cumberland Valley Electric Co. Employees of the electric company trimmed the branches away from the power lines before the trunks of the trees were cut. In use was a new machine, a "brush hog," which was purchased recently by District 9 of the Highway Department. The brush hog, operated by David Carbaugh, was able to grind into one load of chips and dust what ordinarily would have required 10 trucks to haul away. After the trees were cut down, it was found that they were dangerous as many of the limbs were rotten. All the trees were removed from McLaughlin's Drug Store to First Street.

The Fulton County School Board met on Monday and it was decided to establish and operate an elementary class for slow learners at Forbes Road and Mc- Connellsburg.

Dennis Shaffer, Brush Creek dairyman, has been elected president of the Fulton County Agricultural Extension Association and Glenn Mosebey of Wells Tannery as vice president.

Employees of the Mercersburg Tannery last Thursday cast 9 ballots against and 57 for representation by the Amalgated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, AFL-CIO, as their bargaining agent.

Pfc. Willard L. Hess, son of Rev. and Mrs. Levi L. Hess, now of North Bend, Pa., has returned to Germany, where he was stationed for a year, after spending a 30-day furlough with his parents and relatives over the holidays.

Webster Fischer of Crystal Spring has been named as Fulton County's director of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Artificial Breeding Cooperative.

Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Greenland celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home at Bedford Heights on January 25. Both are natives of Wells Valley, Fulton County.

Preliminary reports of the local 1959 March of Dimes indicate that contributions are slightly ahead of last year.

Billy L. Ward has been transferred from Arlington to the West Point Military Academy where he will be an instructor.

Mrs. Ralph McKee was back at her school at Amaranth last week after spending the week before with her husband in a Pittsburgh hospital.

A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Blair Schetrompf of Amaranth last Sunday in honor of the 18th birthday of their daughter, Yvonne.

Death: Mrs. Benson Akers.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. M. Donald Fornwalt of St. Thomas on February 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Hopkins of Big Cove Tannery on February 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Gelvin of Fort Littleton on February 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Waltz of Big Cove Tannery on February 14.

Secretary of Forests and Waters Maurice K. Goddard has announced that more than 850,000 people visited Pennsylvania's state parks in 1958 than in 1957. He said that total attendance last year reached 19,987,000.

Prof. S. Earl Dubbel of Huntingdon has retired as stated supply pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Wells Tannery after serving there for 27 1/2 years.

Rede Mellott and Albert Clark of Needmore are recuperating after surgery at the Medical Center.

Charles Mellott of Needmore is improving at Hagerstown Hospital after undergoing major stomach surgery.

Mr. and Mrs. Alton Kelly of Burnt Cabins announce the birth of a daughter at Huntingdon Hospital last week.

Mrs. S.M. Pittman of Knobsville is suffering from an attack of pneumonia and Mr. Pittman is not too well.

Mrs. Bennett Mellott of Knobsville is a patient in Bedford Memorial Hospital.

Deaths: Brice M. Lindsay of Mechanicsburg; William Carmack of Waynesboro; Mrs. Nannie May Cisney of Shade Gap; Herbert E. Cromer of Mount Union.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 24, 1949 '49 Deaths: William Thomas Divelbliss of near Warfordsburg; Grace Adeline Crouse of Byrn Mawr.

A report from Harrisburg this week shows that Fulton countians spent $53,026.05 for bottle spirits last year.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pittman of Sandusky, Ohio, announce the birth of a son, William Lee, on February 3. The Pittmans formerly lived at Warfordsburg.

Franklin Fix marked his 51st birthday on February 7.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 23, 1939 '39 Deaths: Joseph A. Chesnut of Hustontown; Eldon Sipe of Iowa; Mrs. Verda Akers Van Boden of Philadelphia; Mrs. James G.

Clymans of Mifflin County; Mrs. Leonard O. Clower of Warren, Ohio; Ella Sigel of Buck Valley.

Maynard Sheffield of Fort Littleton was admitted to Everett Hospital last week for medical treatment. Harold Richards of McConnellsburg was treated at the hospital dispensary for X-ray and reduction of a fractured right wrist.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Ott entertained at a party on February 9 in honor of the 16th birthday of their son, Paul.

The 70-year-old dwelling on the Duvall homestead in Brush Creek Township was completely destroyed on Wednesday morning. The owner of the farm and home is Blaine Hixon whose wife is a granddaughter of Duvall who constructed the house.

Dr. and Mrs. E.H. MacKinlay motored to Baltimore on Sunday, taking Pete Garlock to a hospital for observation.

Mrs. Katie L. Nelson is enjoying her annual visit to Pittsburgh, the guest of her sisters, Mrs. W.J. Moore and Mary Hull.

More than 115 people gathered at the home of Samuel Mellott on Saturday evening in honor of his birthday.

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd T.D. Hart of West Chester are rejoicing over the arrival of a daughter in their home.

More than 150 FFA boys from seven schools in Fulton and Franklin counties met in the McConnellsburg auditorium last Thursday evening for a carnival of sports and judging. Warfordsburg won the meet; Fannettsburg was second; and McConnellsburg was third.

Removing the last obstacle in the path of the proposed super highway, Gov. Arthur H. James announced that he would extend his fullest cooperation to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in its work of building the $65,000,000 toll road.

The barn on the farm of Hiram Mellott near Harrisonville was destroyed by fire on Thursday evening. Mr. Mellott was pitching down hay, using a lantern for light. In that manner, the lantern became dislodged, fell to the barn floor and scattered flames, which quickly spread.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 21, 1929 '29 Deaths: Mrs. Lester R. Mellott of Philadelphia; Maynard

Seville of near Knobsville; Edward Barnhart of Swissvale.

On Saturday night, Sheriff F. Glen Yonker, Roy M. Sipe, Rudolph Spangler and Fred Fisher went down to Bethel Township where they made two liquor raids. At one they got 12 gallons of applejack and, at the other, they found a 35-gallon still. While they were gone, they were not quiet here. Two prisoners took French leave from the local jail, one of whom is still at large. The other, however, returned voluntarily in about 15 minutes.

Crist Golden, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Golden of Warfordsburg, is recovering from an attack of pneumonia.

Helen, John and Willard Golden of Warfordsburg are recovering after treatment of throat and ear troubles at Martinsburg Hospital.

Curtis Browell and Josephine Bridentein were married on February 16.

Mrs. Bruce Clevenger of Burnt Cabins is getting an unexpectedly long vacation with her parents at Sipes Mill. Visiting them last week, she contracted measles and is now quarantined there.

Robert Golden of Warfordsburg is getting rather mixed up in his liquid and dry measure. When he stopped for gas the other evening on his usual trip to Needmore, the station man asked, "How much?" to which Robert replied, "I'll take a peck."

Frank Bivens and Florence Mellott were married on February 2.

County commissioners Hoard H. Peck and Annie Harr were married recently.

Samuel Mickey and Hazel Pennell were married on February 16.

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