2009-02-19 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 16, 1989 '89 A Scrub Ridge man remained in serious condition in the intensive care unit of Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, following

an accidental fire which destroyed his home February 9. According to McConnellsburg firemen, an alarm was received for a structure fire last Thursday. Firefighters responded to the Melvin Warner residence on the west side of Scrub Ridge near the top of the ridge but found access to the one-story woodframe home limited. Firefighters were only able to get a single pumper back to the structure which they found fully engulfed in flames. It was first reported that Warner was still in the structure, but he was found wandering in the woods nearby and seemed totally disoriented but not burned. He was able to tell that sparks from the woodstove had ignited the blaze, and it was later confirmed that the fire had begun around the stove.

The boyfriend of a former Warfordsburg woman found murdered January 12 in their Antrim Township home was bound over for court on related charges last Tuesday. At a preliminary hearing that day, enough evidence against Richard Simmons, 21, was found to hold him for court. No one has been charged as yet in connection with the apparent murder of Shawn Reitz, 21, a 1985 graduate of Southern Fulton High School. Reitz was found by Simmons in the bedroom of their apartment on January 12.

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Barton, Needmore, announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole, to Clinton Mellott, son of Rick and Trudy Dickerhoff, Mercersburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mooneyham of Needmore announce the engagement of their daughter, Karen, to Neil Covalt, son of Neil and Mary Covalt of Needmore.

Marine Pfc. Bradley Mills, son of Gerald and Bonnie Mills of Needmore, has been promoted to his present rank upon graduation from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

More engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Harris of McConnellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Connie, to Douglas Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Brown of Hustontown. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hoffman, Big Cove Tannery, announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa, to David Cross, son of Larry and Mary Cross of Hancock.

Specials at the IGA: navel oranges, $1.19, 4-lb. bag; pork roast, $1.49 lb.; Post bran flakes, $1.79.

Deaths: Glen Bitner, Greencastle; Ethel Stahle, Lewisberry, Pa.; Myrtle Markey, Neelyton; Truman Kelly, Mercersburg; Harold Thomas, Mercersburg; Lewis Miller, McConnellsburg; Ada Plessinger, Warfordsburg; Iona McKee, Hagerstown; Olive Wible, Mercersburg; Rev. Joseph McFarland, West Virginia.

Marriage licenses: Jeffrey Morris, Warfordsburg, and Iva Diehl, Warfordsburg; Michael Bowser, Fort Littleton, and Wendy Bishop, McConnellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 15, 1979 '79 The Creasey Co. of Hagerstown announced this week that the Country Pantry Supermarket, the former Mecca Market, located in

Penn's Village Shopping Center in Mc- Connellsburg, will definitely be open for business next Wednesday though the official grand-opening date has not yet been set. The Mecca Market went out of business last summer and since then The Creasey Co., which leases the store building, has been looking for a suitable company to sublease it. A local man, Harry Oakman, Mc- Connellsburg, will be the manager.

More than 300 McConnellsburg students were unable to enjoy their unexpected holiday last weekend thanks to a highly contagious virus which temporarily closed Central Fulton schools. On the advice of local physicians, students in the Central Fulton School District were dismissed at 1:00 p.m. last Friday and told they could remain at home until Tuesday.

Commuting workers were hung up on Route 16 east of McConnellsburg for about an hour Monday afternoon before PennDOT crews could clear the snow-covered road.

Daniel Peck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Peck, Warfordsburg, has completed basic training at Great Lakes, Ill.

Specials at the IGA: Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits, 15 cents, 8 ozs.; Esskay bacon, $1.39 lb.; turkey drumsticks, 39 cents lb.; Ivory soap, 59 cents, 4 pk.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Peck of McConnellsburg on February 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Perry Vance of McConnellsburg on February 7.

Deaths: Frank Gilbert Hall, Three Springs; Jacob Clair Leidy, Three Springs; Dorothy Virginia Mellott, Webster Mills; Lloyd Howard Kerlin, Long Beach,Calif.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 27, 1969 '69 The first meeting of the new TV Science Club will come to order in front of home television sets on Saturday, March 1, at 8:30

a.m. over WJAC-TV in Johnstown. According to Fred Thomas, associate county agent, this will be the first meeting of the group, and he reminds members that it is important to view the first session. All students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades at the Fort Littleton Elementary School have enrolled in the TV Club and plan to use the science project manual as a supplement to their science classes.

A petition, signed by 2,000 residents of Franklin and Fulton counties, urging the Department of Highways to give immediate attention to eliminating the danger of Cape Horn Curve on Route 30, was presented to highway officials in Chambersburg last Thursday.

Students spending the weekend with their home folks here included Lindsay Riggs, Drexel Institute of Technology, Philadelphia; Wayne Souders, Potomac State College, Keyser, W.Va.; Ellis Souders, Lycoming College, Williamsport; and Nancy Greathead, Linden Hall, Lititz, Pa.

Marriage license: Norman Bruce Mellott of Needmore and Dolly Jane Chesnut of McConnellsburg.

Men in service: Technical Sgt. Kenneth G. Sigel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Barnhart of Needmore, has arrived for duty at Naha Air Base in Okinawa.

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Clugston of York wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Dottie Kay Drake, to John A. Carbaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Carbaugh of Big Cove Tannery.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Truax of Harrisonville on February 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hamil of Needmore on February 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ross Gordon of Mc- Connellsburg on February 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lemmert of Hancock on February 11.

After spending a 15-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Taylor of Hustontown, Thomas Taylor left Baltimore on Sunday by plane for Fort Lewis, Seattle, Wash. From there he will be sent to Alaska.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: "The Boston Strangler" and "King Kong Escapes."

Deaths: Mrs. Raymond Melius, Hustontown; Anna Mann Fisher, Tulsa, Okla; Harry O. Vanorsdale, Hancock; Oscar Gress, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Edna Souders Rummel, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Effie Shives, Hancock; McClellan E. Pittman of McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 26, 1959 '59 Mrs. Mary S. Walker, who had been critically ill at her home here for the past several months, was removed by ambulance on

Monday to Peck Convalescent Home at Harrisburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Harris of Washington, D.C., spent the weekend here. Frank is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Harris of McConnellsburg and is employed as a management specialist with the Bureau of Aeronaticis. Mrs. Harris, a niece of the late Mrs. George Hays of McConnellsburg, is administrative secretary to the chief atomic physicist of the National Bureau of Standards.

Mrs. Ruth Souders moved on Saturday to her newly purchased trailer along East Lincoln Way, extended.

Mr. and Mr. Jack Fields have moved from the Alexander apartment to the Hamil apartments.

Mrs. Lois Paylor underwent major surgery at Chambersburg Hospital on Monday.

Admiral and Mrs. W.J. McNeil of Washington, D.C., spent Monday in McConnellsburg. Admiral McNeil is the assistant secretary of defense, a position he has held since 1949. He is the son of Mrs. W.H. McNeil, who, before her marriage, was Alice Pittman of McConnellsburg.

Mrs. Russell Deshong is recuperating at her home after being a surgical patient at Chambersburg Hospital.

An all-time record was set by the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. when they were called for nine fires between Thursday and Saturday. Five of the calls came on Saturday between 10:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The Chamber of Commerce, which was to have been held on Monday evening, was unable to proceed when only five members turned up.

The historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal at Hancock was clogged up with sodden wheat and ale on Saturday when a Western Maryland Railway freight train jumped the track. Twenty-six cars of the eastbound 115-car train left the rails and tumbled into the abandoned waterway, which flows between the tracks and the Potomac River.

Earl J. Madden of Big Cove Tannery and Leonard Fry of Mercersburg are pictured in this issue with two amberjacks, weighing approximately 35 and 40 pounds, which they entered in the metropolitan Miami fishing tournament while on a recent vacation in Florida. The catches won the men "yearbook awards" and they will be considered at the end of the tournament in the awarding of trophies and citations.

Rep. Richard M. Simpson, 21-year House veteran, will move up to ranking minority leader of the powerful tax-writing and tariff-drafting House Ways and Means Committee. The 58-year-old Simpson will succeed the late Daniel A. Reed, Republican of New York, who died last Thursday.

Mamie Eisenhower, wife of the president, was one of the many who sent birthday greetings to Mrs. Lizzie Bain Lysinger, dean of Bedford County teachers, on her 97th birthday on February 13. This wasn't the first time "Miss Lizzie," a native of Fort Littleton, was remembered by the White House. Back in 1930, President Hoover sent a personal message to her when she retired after 50 years of teaching school.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr and Mrs. Neil Berkstresser of McConnellsburg on February 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Naugle of Burnt Cabins on February 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Seville of McConnellsburg on February 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Mills of Mercersburg on February 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Duvall of Robertsdale on February 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Davis of Mc- Connellsburg on February 22.

A surprise party was held at the local firehall on Friday evening to celebrate the 15th birthday of Teddy Chubb.

Among the candidates so far who will seek nomination at the May primary are Earl R. Sipes of Licking Creek Township, Democrat for county commissioner; George A. Weaver of Needmore, Democrat for associate judge; Kenneth E. Reeder of McConnellsburg, Democrat for county treasurer; Bernard P. Barnhart of Thompson Township, Republican for county commissioner; Humphrey W. Yaukey of McConnellsburg, Democrat for county treasurer; Brinton C. Wright of Belfast Township, Republican for county commissioner; Malcom (Max) Snyder of Todd Township, Democrat for county commissioner.

Deaths: Edward Eugene Schooley, who died of injuries after being struck by an automobile at Jupiter, Fla.; James E. Appleby of Huntingdon; Walter C. Feagley, Toledo, Ohio; Mrs. Francis E. Akers of Warfordsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 3, 1949 '49 At the regular meeting of the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. last Tuesday, Max Stenger was elected president and Jacob

Clevenger was named chief.

Births: a daughter on February 25 to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin R. Seville of McConnellsburg; a daughter on February 21 to Mr. and Mrs. Darl B. Long of McConnellsburg; a son on February 25 to Mr. and Mrs. Willard Oakman of McConnellsburg; a son on March 1 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Black of McConnellsburg; a daughter on March 1 to Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Mellott of McConnellsburg.

Thomas G. Waters and Marjorie L. Radle were married on February 21.

Death: Floyd C. Hammon of Ayr Township.

Other recent births: a son on February 17 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carbaugh of McConnellsburg; a son on February 17 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Oakman of Harrisonville; a daughter on February 20 to Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Bishop of McConnellsburg.

Another report from Harrisburg shows that 118,858 tons of coal were mined in Fulton County during 1948.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 2, 1939 '39 Deaths: John Allen Nesbit of Chambersburg; George Wilds of Fort Littleton; Mrs. Lewis T. Seylar of Mt. Pleasant; Mrs. Barbara Jane

Brown Mack of Mercersburg.

The annual MHS senior play, "Minnie Breezer," was presented on March 21 with these seniors taking part: Alan Gress, Carolyn Clevenger, Robert McClain, Lela Baldwin, Helen Miller, Daniel Winter and Wilson Traux.

Death: Amos Wieson of near Shade Gap.

Theodore Brant and Beulah H. Strait were wed Saturday.

Melvin R. Strait and Mildred Alexander were married on February 22.

The last call letters - "MG, MG" - went out from Mc- Connellsburg's emergency landing field at 10:00 a.m. yesterday. Immediately after this, the crew began dismantling the equipment for transfer to Martinsburg, W.Va., where a new station is being established to serve the revised routes.

Death: Mrs. Esther Clymans of new Burnham.

Births: a daughter on February 26 to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Black of Cooks Station; a son on February 26 to Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Polk of Center.

Following their deliverance of the prepared statement from all the pulpits of the town churches late Sunday, McConnellsburg Ministerium was invited last Thursday to meet with the district attorney and the state police to file complaints against the supposedly evildoers of the community and to name witnesses who would testify in court. However, the ministerium stated that they had no personal knowledge of crimes being committed and could not name witnesses. The ministers explained that their sermons were aimed at calling attention to the evils of drinking, games, etc., rather than as a reference to any specific volations. Following the general newspaper story on this meeting, District Attorney John Mentzer issued a statement of his own, explaining the law and its limits. One point he mentioned were the Sunday Blue Laws, stating that the sale of cigarettes, tobacco, cigars, Sunday papers, etc., and even driving an automobile for pleasure are violations of these laws. He added that if the violation of one should be prosecuted, then all should be dealt with according to the old laws. He then said, "Who is to decide the difference?"

In Fulton County, six new cases were added to the public assistance rolls last week and $443 was spent to aid 297 needy persons.

Fulton countians admitted to Everett Hospital include Roland McMonigal of Needmore for a major abdominal operation and Hope Souders of McConnellsburg for medical treatment. Discharged from the same hospital were Maynard Sheffield of Fort Littleton and Mrs. Ada Mellott of Needmore.

Mrs. Agnes Weimer and Grace Barton of Crystal Spring were admitted to Nason Hospital at Roaring Springs. Miss Pauline Wible, who is employed with the editing force of Strayers Business College in Philadelphia, enjoyed a birthday dinner given by a friend there on Sunday evening in honor of her 22nd birthday.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 28, 1929 '29 Deaths: Joseph Hixson Covalt of Fort Littleton;

Leonard Neiper Schultz of St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Daniel Laidig of Laidig; Sarah Ellen Glee of McConnellsburg.

Earl Mann and Verna Beatty were married last week.

The Peoples Fuel and Supply Co. has closed its coal mine near Wells Tannery, saying it cannot pay the $1.01 scale. If the workers will agree to mine coal at 80 cents a ton, the mine will be reopened.

Born: a son last Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Luther Stinson of Burnt Cabins.

Gov. Fisher signed Senate Bill No. 1 which gives senators and representatives $3,000 a year, plus 10 cents a mile for travelling expenses, plus $150 for postage and incidentals.

Other births at Burnt Cabins: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hockenberry on Tuesday and a daughter to Rev. and Mrs. O.R. Williams on Friday.

James Bender and Ella Keyser were wed February 15.

Harvey McQuait moved on Wednesday into part of the house he recently purchased from Frank Thomas of New Grenada.

Bert Brant of McConnellsburg was called to Huntingdon last week due to the serious illness of his brother, Clem.

Deaths: Elmer Aikens of Pitciarn; Mary Edith France.

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