2009-03-12 / From Days Gone By


MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Betty Lou Cutshall Hodgson of Winchester, Va., was taken circa 1925 in front of Frehn's School in Springfield Township. Pictured, back row, left to right: Floyd Snyder, Allen Cutshall (Betty's father), Jayes Hershey, Harvey Snyder, Warren Jones (teacher), Rosella Cromwell, Clarence Moffett and Cleona Stains; front row: Earl Cromwell (on steps), Hazel Cutshall (Betty's aunt), Geraldine Cromwell, Myrtle Stains, Olive Snyder, Zelda Stains and Annie Hershey. MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Betty Lou Cutshall Hodgson of Winchester, Va., was taken circa 1925 in front of Frehn's School in Springfield Township. Pictured, back row, left to right: Floyd Snyder, Allen Cutshall (Betty's father), Jayes Hershey, Harvey Snyder, Warren Jones (teacher), Rosella Cromwell, Clarence Moffett and Cleona Stains; front row: Earl Cromwell (on steps), Hazel Cutshall (Betty's aunt), Geraldine Cromwell, Myrtle Stains, Olive Snyder, Zelda Stains and Annie Hershey. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 9, 1989 '89 Recent spring-like temperatures finally gave way to Old Man Winter on Monday and Tuesday when a winter storm visited the area

dumping 10-12 inches of the "white stuff" over the county, causing school closings and numerous cancellations.

The Fulton County Industrial Development Association recognized the 20th anniversary of JLG Industries and honored its founder, John L. Grove, at its annual meeting Saturday at the American Legion Home in Mc- Connellsburg.

Two recent travelers to Antarctica found, to their surprise, that they both had ties to Fulton County. When Jean (Mentzer) Paul told Jerry Wible that as a girl she'd known Lewis Wible, with a law office on the courthouse square, Jerry replied that Lewis Wible was his great uncle. The 100 passengers board the "World Discoverer" sailed past icebergs the size of 10-story buildings and landed ashore to visit research stations. Jean, daughter of the late John and Marguerite Mentzer of Mc- Connellsburg, and Jerry, who is originally from Knobsville, both agreed that future travel plans will include a weekend trip back to Fulton County for the Fulton Folk Festival and both agreed that indeed it's a small, small world.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Hoover of Berkeley Springs on February 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Souders of Big Cove Tannery on February 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Sipes of McConnellsburg on February 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Faron Weller of Hancock on February 27.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Johnson of Needmore were honored on their 25th wedding anniversary at a surprise celebration at Needmore Firehall on November 20.

Mr. and Mrs. David Kerlin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 1.

Mr. and Mrs. James Shank of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Monica, to Adriel Fletcher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Fletcher.

Deaths: Edna Bivens, Chambersburg; Nellie Sparks, Hopewell; Alda Winegardner, Chambersburg; Catharine Roney, Clear Spring; McFern Shoop, Three Springs.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 8, 1979 '79 Lanny Stains, a 27-year-old crane operator at Letterkenny Army Depot, was named Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co.'s

"Fireman of the Year" for 1978. He was honored at the company's 11th annual awards banquet at the firehall.

Service stations in the area continue to pump gas without any cutbacks in deliveries and as yet no Sunday closings, but all are apprehensive as to how long it will last. Talk is the national level of gas rationing, cutbacks and higher prices, due to the Iran revolution and Middle East unrest, has suppliers and consumers alike wondering how the situation will be handled.

William B. Lane, 27, of Hustontown has established an office for the general practice of law in McConnellsburg located in the complex formerly occupied by attorney Albert Foster on Courthouse Square. He is married to the former Debra Kay Clever of Lemasters and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Lane Jr., Hustontown.

Three Fulton County students are included on the dean's list of Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C., earning at least a B average: Miss Victoria Dawn Kendall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Kendall, McConnellsburg; Miss Melinda Kaye Houck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Houck of Robertsdale; and Miss Ruth Louise Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Ray Anderson of Three Springs.

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Denver Trumpower, Clear Spring, Md., announce the engagement of their daughter, Krista Lynne, to Walter F. Lane Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Lane Sr., McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: Crisco shortening, $1.78, 3 lbs; Bounty towels, 59 cents, big roll; Banquet meat pies, 4 for $1; grapefruit, 5-lb. bag, 99 cents.'

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Taylor of McConnellsburg on February 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Clites of Harrisonville on February 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Oakman of Warfordsburg on February 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Hixon of Hancock on February 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kern of Orbisonia on February 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Earl McClure of Three Springs on February 27.

L.D. Keebaugh Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Keebaugh of Fort Littleton, recently enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Mr. and Mrs. Clark Brant of Hustontown were honored February 11 at a surprise 25th wedding anniversary celebration.

Deaths: Frank H. Fletcher, Clearville; James N. Steach, Harrisburg; Ross C. Smith, Little Orleans, Md.; Mrs. Charlotte Lynch, Warfordsburg; Desler I. Black, Three Springs; Daisy V. Aker, Crystal Spring; Debbie Gordon, Fort Loudon; Leslie A. Schetrompf, Tennessee.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 20, 1969 '69 Patricia D. McQuait of the Forbes Road High School, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester McQuait of Hustontown, and Susan

Souders of the Southern Fulton High School, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Souders of Needmore, have been named the 1969 Betty Crocker Homemakers of Tomorrow for their schools as the result of achieving high scores in a homemaking test given on December 3. Central Fulton did not enter the contest this year.

Bishop Herman W. Kaebnick, resident bishop of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, will confirm four new members of the Harrisonville United Methodist Parish on Sunday, March 23. Those to be received into membership are Lodema Maye Sipes, who will be confirmed as a member of the Siloam Church, and Paige Metzler, Clyde H. Deshong III and Robin T. Fix, as members of the Asbury Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Reeder exhibited dogs at the Harrisburg Dog Show on Saturday. Their three entries brought home four ribbons.

Paul Ott, who underwent throat surgery in the Hagerstown Hospital, has been advised by his doctors not to use his voice for at least a week. He is now carrying a notebook and pencil, but was left completely "speechless" the other night when someone took away his pencil.

Application for marriage licenses was made last week by William David Zeger of McConnellsburg and Jonnie Ellen Skvarka of Wells Tannery and Roger Elwood Black of Greencastle and Cindy Sue Secirst of McConnellsburg and Lyle Eugene Reed of McConnellsburg and Thelma Denise Brown of Chambersburg.

News of men in service: Sgt. Thomas C. Abbott of Mc- Connellsburg received the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal at Nha Trang Air Base in Vietnam recently. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Abbott of Mc- Connellsburg and was decorated for meritorious service as an aircraft mechanic at Nha Trang. He was cited for his outstanding professional skill and initiative. Army Staff Sgt. Rush A. Kerlin Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Rush A. Kerlin Sr. of McConnellsburg, was named soldier of the quarter for the U.S. Army Strategic Communication Command Signal Group in Japan on January 29.

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. James Hawbaker of Mc- Connellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sharon Louise, to Specialist Five Roy L. Seiders, son of Clifford Seiders of McConnellsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Black of McConnellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Jane Black, to Terry Marvin Schooley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Schooley of Harrisonville.

Deaths: Mrs. Cara E. Carbaugh, McConnellsburg; F. Morse Sloan, Murrysville; Rose Eva Kling, Carlisle.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of March 19, 1959 '59 Eagles' Eyrie on Tuscarora Mountain, owned and operated by Mrs. L.G. Hockensmith, is open again for business after being closed for

several weeks while Mrs. Hockensmith visited her son, Donald Winegardner, in New Jersey, who had undergone major surgery. Mr. Winegardner is now recuperating in Florida.

Mrs. R.E. Riggs, Mrs. Chester Davis and Mrs. Daniel Grissinger attended a tea last week in Harrisburg, given by the governor's wife, Mrs. David Lawrence, in the executive mansion.

Daniel Trout of Bethesda, Md., is suffering from a broken bone in his foot, the result of an angle iron falling on it.

Albertus Myers, guest conductor for the county band festival held in McConnellsburg on Tuesday night, was a three-day house guest of Mr. and Mrs. John Enck. Mr. Myers is a teacher at Muhlenberg College and is leader of the famed Allentown Band.

Cadet Maj. James R. Sloan of the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps at Penn State University has completed his first solo flight at the University Park Airport. Upon graduation from Penn State, Cadet Sloan will be commissioned, a second lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve and will be sent to a primary flight training school where he will begin training for his jet pilot wings. Cadet Sloan is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sloan of Zullinger and a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Sloan of McConnellsburg.

Mrs. Chester Mellott underwent surgery last week at Chambersburg Hospital.

Unemployment compensation checks dispersed in the state during the week ending March 6 totalled 321,739, with a monetary value of $8,898,914. This compares with the previous week's 324,356 checks worth $9,029,463.

Mrs. Alice Spangler of McConnellsburg fell while leaving a store in Chambersburg on Monday, suffering a slight fracture of the hip. She is now in traction.

Two Democrats, Kenneth E. Reeder and Humphrey W. Yaukey, have filed petitions for the nomination for treasurer, while no Republicans have yet filed. One Republican, Fred S. Fisher, and two Democrats, Robert Lininger and Don Chesnut, have filed for sheriff. For county commissioner, two Republicans and four Democrats have filed. The Republicans are Bernard Barnhart and Brinton C. Wright. On the Democratic side, the candidates are Malcolm A. Snyder, Wayne W. Mellott, Willis H. Mellott and Earl R. Sipes. Two Democrats have filed for associate judge: George W. Weaver and Bruce Paylor. No one has filed for the office of district attorney.

The Fish Commission will stock 23,559 trout in the streams of Fulton County before the opening of the season on April 15.

Death: Miss Elma Stahle.

Denver Divens of Franklin County has leased the M.H. Garlock farm near Knobsville and will take over its operation next week. Mr. Garlock, Fulton County's representative in Harrisburg, has not been enjoying a perfect health for the past year and judged it wise to lease the farm to give him more time for his other work.

Firemen were called to the John Divens farm, tenanted by Kermit Fittry, on Monday when a short circuit in the electrical system started a fire which burned a large hole in the ceiling before it could be extinguished.

A group of Fulton countians were members of a delegation of 175 of the state's top farmers who met with Pennsylvania congressmen in Washington on Monday and Tuesday to urge lowering of price support and subsidies. Included in the local group were Webster Fischer of Crystal Spring; Nhyle Bivens of McConnellsburg; A.B. Ruppenthal of Hancock and Earl Gordon of Mc- Connellsburg. G.A. Bigg of McConnellsburg, president of the Pennsylvania Farmers Association, served as general chairman of the meeting.

Gov. David Lawrence last week said that the Howard Johnson restaurant chain has expressed a "willingness and positive interest" in the use and promotion of Pennsylvania fruit and other produce on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Clint Matthias of Burnt Cabins was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital last week, suffering from a light stroke.

The largest snowfall of the season fell here on Monday.

Beth, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clark, and the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Tice underwent surgery at the Medical Center the past week.

Deaths: Mrs. Emma E. Hess of Fort Littleton; Mr. Amos C. Finkey of Shippensburg; E. Carl (Alec) Fraker of McConnellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 24, 1949 '49 Three-year-old David Thomas of Mc- Connellsburg received a fractured skull, fractured left leg, lacerations, contusions and

abrasion of the right knee and hands when he darted into the path of a car near Hail's Tobacco Shop on Saturday. He was rushed to Chambersburg Hospital, where his condition is listed as serious.

Merrill Kerlin, local attorney, has been elected commander of the local VFW Post.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Leese of Needmore on March 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lininger of McConnellsburg on March 16.

Deaths: James W. Mellott; Clifford Allen Walls of Needmore; Lewis Franklin Stahle of Amaranth; Mrs. Wilson Clippinger; Mrs. Cora L. Sipes of McConnellsburg.

New officers elected by the local Woman's Club on Friday were Miss Grace Shimer, president; Mrs. Paul Shimer, first vice president; Mrs. William Selser, second vice president; Mrs. Clarence Bender, recording secretary; Mrs. W.H. Greathead, corresponding secretary; and Mrs. Thad Shimer, treasurer.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 2, 1939 '39Deaths: Mrs. Maggie Ott Gilbert of Chambersburg; Lewis Henry Cook of near Burnt Cabins; John H. Mort of Six Mile Run; Mrs. L.

Berland of Enterprise, Ore.

W.H. Greathead of McConnellsburg was named Republican County chairman at a meeting of the Fulton County Republican Committee in the courthouse on Monday night. He was elected to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Harry L. Baumgardner of Wells Tannery, who has assumed the superintendency of the local highway department. Thirty-four of the 36 county commissioners voted, one each from Ayr and Belfast being absent. The final tally of the secret ballots showed 14 votes for Mr. Greathead, 13 for Paul Shimer and 7 for Earl Morton.

The Robert Schumann Music Club, conducted by James C. Anderson, elected the following officers: Paul Ott, president; Betty Lea Washabaugh, vice president; and Jean Cutchall, secretary. At the same meeting, a recital was held, the following members rendering piano numbers: Alice Johnston, Jean and Martha Kendall, Leona Mellott, Mary Ann Harris, Marian Rotz, Nancy Glazier, Julia Grissinger, Jean Mentzer, Kathryn and Dorothy Shimer, Calvin Glazier, Paul Mellott, Billy Logan Kendall, Robert Hays, Paul Ott, Virginia Fields, Reba Crouse, Jess Cutchall, Sara Morton and Betty Lea Washabaugh.

Fulton countians admitted to Everett hospital last week included James Mellott of Harrisonville for a tonsil operation; Ethel Rotz Hershey of McConnellsburg for treatment of cerebro-spinal meningitis; G.R. Wagense, McConnellsburg, for a tonsil operation and Mabel E. Strait of Waterfall for an emergency appendix operation.

Treated at the dispensary were Hez Summers of Mc- Connellsburg for X-ray of the lumbar spine and Mrs. Emma Ritchey, Wells Tannery, for removal of a needle from her third finger.

Cars driven by Samuel L. Wink of Needmore and Callie Truax of Hancock sideswiped on Saturday two miles south of Webster Mills. Damage was estimated at $90, but no injuries were reported.

A four-car collison, which caused only $100 damage, occurred in the borough on Saturday. Ross Spade, with his vision obscured by an icy windshield, entered the Lincoln Highway and struck an eastbound car driven by Prof. L.H. Hinkle of Bedford. Hinkle's vehicle then struck the car of George Shaw of McConnellsburg. Chester A. Decker of Harrisonville, unable to stop as the cars were piling up, then ran into the Hinkle car. The only injuries were to Prof. Hinkle and wife, who suffered lacerations, abrasions and shock.

The Ladies' Aid Society of the Zion Methodist Church of Waterfall will serve an Easter supper on April 8. The menu will include roast chicken, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, Easter salad, cranberry sauce, pie and coffee. The price for all-you-caneat will be 25 cents for children and 35 cents for adults.

The farm survey, part of which was printed recently, shows 4,130 dairy cows in the county last year, valued at $239,540. Fulton County produced 1,790,000 gallons of milk, valued at $381,610. Practically all farms are classed in dairy and poultry, with 1,296 poultry and 1,1146 dairy farms.

Donald F. Lynch, a junior at Shippensburg, has been initiated into the Omicron Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi, national honorary fraternity.

A birthday party was held on March 4 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Hollinshead in honor of the fifth birthday of their son, Connie.

Death: Mrs. Esther (Black) Baker of Benedict, Neb.

Alvey, 10-year-old son of Russell Gordon of near Webster Mills, suffered a ruptured spleen on Sunday when he slipped off a plank.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of March 21, 1929 '29 Deaths: Mrs. David H. Fore of near Knobs-ville; Estella

Oakman of near Harrisonville. The ladies of the Golden Eagle of Wells Temple No. 168, will celebrate their 20th anniversary on March 27.

Deaths: Miss Madeline Kell of Shade Gap; Mrs. Rachel Strait Hill of Thompson Township.

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Ott of Ayr Township celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on March 7.

The stork visited the Emery McQuait home at Clear Ridge on Thursday, leaving a baby girl.

Death: James Sipe of Pittsburgh.

Richard Mellott has purchased the Kellner farm on "Pickle Ridge."

Births: a daughter on March 10 to Mr. and Mrs. James Bender; a son on March 11 to Mr. and Mrs. William Carbaugh.

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