2009-03-05 / From Days Gone By


MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger is the property of the Fulton County Historical Society and pictures the Clem G. Smith family. Back row, left to right: Ann, Allan Lee, Clem G. Smith Sr., Clem G. Smith Jr.; middle row: Faye, Nancy, Patty, Ruth; front row: Leona, Marge, Leon. The photo was taken around 1953 by C.B. Chubb. MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger is the property of the Fulton County Historical Society and pictures the Clem G. Smith family. Back row, left to right: Ann, Allan Lee, Clem G. Smith Sr., Clem G. Smith Jr.; middle row: Faye, Nancy, Patty, Ruth; front row: Leona, Marge, Leon. The photo was taken around 1953 by C.B. Chubb. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 2, 1989 '89 A cooperative law enforcement effort culminated Monday evening, February 27, in the arrest of two men for operating a clandestine

drug laboratory from a Dublin Township, Huntingdon County, farmhouse. Members of the PA State Police Drug Strike Force conducted the raid at a farmhouse about 1.3 miles off Pa. Route 641 or about three miles north-northeast of Burnt Cabins in Huntingdon County. Two men were arrested on two counts each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance. About 15 law enforcement officials moved in on the farmhouse at the same time that the state police helicopter illuminated the house and surrounding area. Police took the men into custody about 20 feet behind the house as they attempted to crawl from the scene. Inside officials found fully functioning drug laboratory with nine cooking reaction vessels being utilized for the manufacture of P2P, a controlled ingredient for the processing of methamphetamine. Officials also found 20 pounds of raw meth in the building.

Nearly 700 people attended the recent open house at McConnellsburg Motor and Implement. Operator Lyle Mellott reports that they served 1,000 hot cakes, 70 pounds of sausage and 20 pounds of puddin.

Two new businesses, The Lumber Yard and Tri-State Trusses, are opening in the former Warfordsburg Building Supply complex along Route 522 just south of Warfordsburg.

Specials at the IGA: sirloin steak, $2.99 lb.; Brawny towels, 59 cents; grapes, 77 cents lb.; apples, 99 cents, 3- lb. bag.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Hunt Jr. of Orbisonia on February 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Weicht of Everett on February 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Vanorsdale of Warfordsburg on February 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Swindell Jr. of Breezewood on February 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Barry Horton of McConnellsburg on February 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Darhl Trail Jr. of Flintstone, Md., on February 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Scott of Chambersburg on February 22.

Deaths: George Paul, McConnellsburg; Harold Mellott, Needmore; Edward Bonneman Sr., Shade Gap; Beulah Sullivan, Little Orleans, Md.; Dale Black, Huntingdon; Chester Roawn, Bedford; Clifford Speer Sr., Hagerstown; Hershall Woy, Everett.

Marriage licenses: Michael Bard, Needmore, and Christina McCusker, Hancock; Dennis Douglas, Hancock, and Angela Litton, Needmore.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 1, 1979 '79 Unlike much of the surrounding area, no major flooding was reported in the county as a result of the heavy rains which followed last

Monday's big snow. At times some of the roads were under water, but none had to be closed.

More than 500 registered voters in Fulton County may lose their voting eligibility, if they do not promptly return their Request for Reinstatement of Registration. A total of 547 persons stand to be purged from the county voter registration records.

Republicans listened to guest speaker Harry Bittle, 89th District Representative at the annual Lincoln Day dinner held at McConnellsburg Firehall last week. Senators Moore, Clarence Dietz and Rep. Terry Punt also spoke.

Debra Kay Kesselring of Hustontown and David Gerald Mitchell of Three Springs were united in marriage at Hustontown Church of God on January 6. Debra is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Kesselring and David is the son of Kazuko Mitchell of Three Springs.

Specials at the IGA: Filberts margarine, 2 lbs., $1; Campbell's tomato soup, 6 cans for $1; sliced bacon, 89 cents lb.; bananas, 5 lbs., $1; Downy fabric softener, $3.59 gal.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Hall of Schellsburg on February 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Harman of Greencastle on February 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Truax of Harrisonville on February 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rotz of McConnellsburg on February 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hughes of East Waterford on February 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Mitchell of Three Springs on February 22.

Deaths: Alden G. Neville, Robertsdale; Frank M. Jackson, Wikieup, Ariz.; Gail A. Reeder, Chambersburg; Mrs. Beulah Schetrompf Williams, Buck Valley; Mrs. Jennie Metcalfe, Mercersburg; Earl Spade, Burkittsville, Md.; Lester L. Hicks, Washington, D.C.; George Albert, McConnellsburg; G. Luke Ritchey, Wells Tannery; John Hendershot, McConnellsburg; Frank O. Gunnells, Chambersburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 13, 1969 '69 Capt. James McKibben Post 561 of the American Legion will mark the golden anniversary of the founding of the American Legion

as a worldwide organization by holding an anniversary banquet this Saturday, March 16, at the post home in McConnellsburg.

Local people who attended the builders' show in Harrisburg on Friday included Mr. and Mrs. Albert Foster, Dr. and Mrs. G.T. Lorentz, Mrs. R.E. Riggs, Mrs. D.M. Grissinger, Mrs. John Greathead and Mr. and Mrs. Max Stenger.

The Jake Lynch Store at Big Cove Tannery was purchased recently by Galen Winegardner of Needmore and Baker's Diner at the Y on Route 522 by Nelson Brown of Fort Littleton.

Forbes Road School closed early on Tuesday and the school buses were used to take students to watch their star basketball team play against Laurel Valley High School in Johnstown.

Application for a marriage license was made at the local courthouse last week by Charles Wm. Mellott of Mercersburg and Dorothy Mae Mellott of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. D. Kenneth Morton Jr., Big Cove Tannery, were honored Sunday afternoon, March 2, with an open house on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary, held at the McConnellsburg Firehall.

Deborah Kay Ward and Robert Lynn Gordon were married in a February 15 ceremony at Needmore Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Ward of Needmore and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gordon of Big Cove Tannery.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Stumbaugh of Chambersburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Victoria Elizabeth, to Darl Melvin Rohm, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin C. Rohm of McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Strait of Hustontown on February 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Winegardner of Fort Littleton on February 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Horton of McConnellsburg on March 2.

Miss Cindy Barton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barton of McConnellsburg, completed her studies at the Maryland Medical Secretarial School in Hagerstown on March 8. She received her diploma in the 18-month medical secretarial course.

Men in Service: Army Specialist Four James E. Mellott, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond C. Mellott of Needmore, was assigned on February 3 to the 19th Artillery, First Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas, as a mechanic.

Deaths: infant son of Lester R. and Glenda A. Didawick Garland, Warfordsburg; Isabell C. Shaffer, Indian Head; Josephine Fix, Chambersburg; Wilson Mellott, Greencastle.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 12, 1959 '59 Death: Dr. William Yeager of Phoenixville, Pa. Dr. Yeager was formerly dean of education at the University of Pittsburgh.

Miss Emma Sloan left Friday for Harrisburg where she will stay in the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Walker and visit her sister, Mrs. Scott Walker, who is a patient in the Peck Nursing Home at that place.

Dick Ott, Ross Ott, Harry Ott and Mrs. Elsie Lamberson left on Wednesday for Greene, Iowa, to attend the funeral of Paul Ott.

Harry Comerer of Emsworth, Pa., spent Monday here. Mr. Comerer, a native of Fulton County, plans to return to McConnellsburg upon his retirement from the railroad. He and Mrs. Comerer will occupy one of the newly remodelled apartments in The Fulton County National Bank building.

Another longtime subscriber reported to the News this week. Blaine Bergstresser of Waterfall says he has been reading and enjoying the News since the time of B.W. Peck, over 50 years ago.

Donald Daniels of Harrisonville was rushed to the Medical Center last Wednesday, suffering from a badly crushed chest, the result of a state truck running over him. The accident happened when Daniels lost his balance and fell from the truck. He also received a punctured lung and broken ribs, as well as bruises about the shoulders and arms. On Thursday, his wife, the former Audrey Glee, was brought to the hospital where she gave birth to a baby girl. All three members of the family are now progressing nicely.

The Franklin-Fulton County Band Festival will be held in the McConnellsburg auditorium next Tuesday. The 135 student musicians will play under the direction of Albertus L. Meyers, director of the famous Allentown Band and Muhlenberg College Band.

The Fulton Chamber of Commerce, which has been rather dormant for some time now, was fully re-activated at a meeting on Tuesday night. Albert Foster was elected chairman, with Willard Shore as secretary. Three of the projects the chamber will work for are free home mail delivery, number on the houses in town now that the Town Council has put up street signs and a public parking lot.

Forty-six new parking meters have been purchased by the Town Council to be installed as soon as all pavements are improved, which most property owners plan to do this spring.

The nation's new 49-star flag will get its official inauguration at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, where the "Star Spangled Banner" was born. President Eisenhower has requested that the new Stars and Stripes, with Alaska's star on it, be hoisted over the fort at 12:01 a.m. on July 4. Francis Scott Key wrote the words of the national anthem while being held on a British man-of-war, which took part in the September 12, 1814, bombardment of Fort McHenry.

Clyde Deshong of Harrisonville has taken over the management of Albert's Atlantic Station on Lincoln Way East. George Albert, the former manager, will continue to operate the station temporarily.

Born: a son on Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ray of Amaranth.

Sgt. First Class Marion E. Foster, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Foster of Wells Tannery, participated recently with the 40th Armored Division in Exercises Free Play, a large scale Seventh Army field training exercise in Germany.

Marine Pfc. Gary R. Tritle, son of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Tritle of McConnellsburg, took part recently in the 18th anniversary celebration of the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The division was formed in San Diego, Calif., on February 1, 1941, and has been based at Camp Lejeune since 1946.

Born: a son, David Lee, on March 2 to Mr. and Mrs. Willard Northcraft of Tucson, Ariz.

Wayne, little son of Albert Clark of Needmore, was taken to Chambersburg Hospital last Friday night, suffering from pneumonia.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Daniels of Harrisonville on March 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Deck of Fort Loudon on March 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Washabaugh of McConnellsburg on March 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Seiders of McConnellsburg on March 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Souders of Warfordsburg on March 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gordon of Big Cove Tannery on March 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Armand Parent of Harrisonville on March 8.

Obie Snyder, a 32-year-old Bedford County farmer, has been named Pennsylvania's Outstanding Young Farmer for 1959. Snyder operates a 651-acre farm at Imler.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 17, 1949 '49 Russell Souders of McConnellsburg, lost the sight of his right eye last Tuesday. He was removing trash from a barrel when a wire

snapped, the end piercing his eyeball.

Two new foresters, Ralph Schmidt and Wilson Wheeler, have been assigned to Fulton County.

Deaths: Mrs. William S. Mellott of Sipes Mill; Mrs. Rebecca Fraker of Fort Littleton.

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Ott of near McConnellsburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 6.

Paul Wible returned on Wednesday to his work with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Walter Black expects to return to his work at Fairchild next week, after being ill since October.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 16, 1939 '39 Local firemen are busily engaged these days renovating the community building recently purchased by the Town Council. Large

double doors have been installed, a siren erected, a driveway laid and the fire engine is now housed in the building. On the recreation side, a counter has been installed, magazines contributed, a radio has been donated by Mr. Snyder of Mercersburg and 75 to 100 theatre seats have been contributed by W.M. Lodge. Throughout the building, renovations are under way. The firemen donated their time and labor for the project.

Deaths: Beatrice LaRue Sheffield of Back Run; Amos Shaw of near Hustontown.

E.V. Lynch of McConnellsburg has been appointed a notary public by Gov. Arthur H. James.

Miss Mary K. Hoke, who has been in the surgical foundation garment business in Chambersburg for 16 years, will retire on April 1 and will make her home in Mc- Connellsburg with her sister, Mrs. B.F. Henry.

Harry M. Elvey was re-elected president of the local fire company at a meeting on March 7. Other officers elected were Donald Helman, vice president; John McLucas, secretary; Ralph Johnston, assistant secretary; Wilmer G. Hays, treasurer; Dr. E.H. MacKinlay, surgeon; Mack Helman, hose captain; John McLucas, hose lieutenant; Frank Cutchall, hook and ladder captain; Roy Gordon, hook and ladder lieutenat; Aulden Cutchall, first assistant chief; and Ralph Johnston, second assistant chief.

Friday evening has been set by the fire company to make one of its trial runs, this time to Needmore. The purpose of these trial runs is to locate satisfactory water sources in the various communities. The goal for the run on Friday will be the consolidate school building in Needmore.

The new officers of Green Hill Civic Club are Miss Ruth L. Woodal, president; Mrs. William J. Hine, vice resident; Mrs. Claude Mellott, treasurer; and Mrs. Thomas Ensley, secretary.

Application for a marriage license was made last week in Mercersburg by Hayward V. McLaughlin, 24, of Fort Loudon, and Madeline B. Ott, 24, of Mc- Connellsburg. They were married on March 11.

Harry L. Baumgardner has resigned as county chairman of the Republicn Party to assume the superintendency of the local highway department. A new county chairman will be named at a Republican meeting on March 20.

Fred A. Shelly and Mary Secrist were wed Thursday. Oran Cook and Oletha Brown were married March 11.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph F. Earley announce the birth of a son on Friday at Chambersburg Maternity Home.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 14, 1929 '29 Deaths: Phillip Ott of Lakemont; James H. Chamberlain of

Wells Tannery; Caleb Mellott of near Hustontown; Sylvester H. Kelso and Geraldine Kelso, his grandmother, both of whom died at the home of the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kelso of near Burnt Cabins on March 1, only 10 hours apart; Job H. Mann of Warfordsburg; Hon. Horace W. Cromer of Pittsburgh.

Dr. H.C. McClain expects to build a double house soon on a lot on East Lincoln Way which he purchased from Benj. H. McLucas.

William Miller of Webster Mills received a broken right wrist recently while cranking a car.

Mrs. David Woodall of Todd Township went to Philadelphia on Friday to undergo an operation at the University Hospital.

The high wind on Thursday night blew the top off Conrad's tenant house in Ayr Township. The house is occupied by the Bill Cutchall family. The same wind blew the top off Mr. Cutchall's car.

Death: Henry Martin of Mercersburg.

Mrs. John Coulter of Clear Ridge is critically ill at this time with pneumonia.

Editor Fred Unger of the Mercersburg Journal, whose Reo Flying Cloud was stolen a week ago, has received word that it has been found in Wash- ington, D.C.

Juniata College has announced that a local girl, Ruth Kirk, ranks fourth in the senior class there with an average of over 91.

Mrs. Gathwaite Mellott of Cito celebrated her 34th birthday on March 6.

Lois Winegardner of Fort Littleton celebrated her eighth birthday on February 28.

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