2009-03-26 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Dorothy Spade of Needmore, was taken at Ted and Clara Group's in Dublin Mills, circa 1948-49, and pictures, center, Johnnie Group (died at age 12 of polio), and the Knepper sisters: Jane Black, Violet Culler, Shirley Parsons (deceased) and Dorothy Spade. Dorothy says the tires were especially fun. If you were small enough, you could curl up inside and enjoy the ride. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Dorothy Spade of Needmore, was taken at Ted and Clara Group's in Dublin Mills, circa 1948-49, and pictures, center, Johnnie Group (died at age 12 of polio), and the Knepper sisters: Jane Black, Violet Culler, Shirley Parsons (deceased) and Dorothy Spade. Dorothy says the tires were especially fun. If you were small enough, you could curl up inside and enjoy the ride. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 23, 1989 '89 Board members of Great Cove Golf and Recreation Club broke ground for the addition of nine holes on March 18. The additional

nine holes are scheduled to be opened next year.

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 20th annual awards banquet on April 8 in McConnellsburg Firehall.

Former Big Cove Tannery resident Calvin Thomas, who was a patient in Bedford Hospital after being lost in the mountains during last Monday's snowstorm, was discharged last week.

Marriage licenses: Jonathan Selby, Leola, and Maria Knepper, Waterfall; Franklin DeShong, Harrisonville, and Melissa Hess, Harrisonville; Terry Fix, Mc- Connellsburg, and Vickie DeShong, McConnellsburg; Irvin Seburn, Big Cove Tannery, and Julia Hyatt, Needmore.

Monica Sauter and Wade Stotler Jr. were united in marriage February 15. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Sauter Sr., Warfordsburg, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Stotler Sr., Berkeley Springs.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Ramsey of Hustontown on March 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bock of Fannettsburg on March 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Milford Fortney of Mount Union on March 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Myrl Hammond of Dry Run on March 15.

Wendy Bishop and Michael Bowser were united in marriage March 11 at the United Methodist Church in McConnellsburg. The bride is the daughter of John and Karen Bishop of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of John and Sara Zechman of Fort Littleton.

Pamela Fisher and Frederick Wilhelm Jr. were married February 11 in the Methodist Church, Fort Loudon. Parents of the couple are Donald Fisher, Fort Loudon, and Anna Fisher, McConnellsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Wilhelm of Path Valley Road.

Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Keefer Jr. are proud to announce the wedding of their daughter, Dianna, to Richard Crouse, Big Cove Tannery, on February 18 at Pleasant Grove Christian Church.

Deaths: Robert Fix, McConnellsburg; Dennis Maloney, Mill Creek; Walter Leader, Everett; Mary Clugston, Chambersburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 22, 1979 '79 An unusual wedding in which the 97-yearold great-grandmothers of the bride and groom acted as flowergirls was given publicity

recently. Mrs. Viola Stevens of Chambersburg was one of the flowergirls at the wedding of her great-granddaughter, Sherri Lynn Beard, on February 17 in Newark, Del. Mrs. Stevens is known to many in Fulton and lower Huntingdon counties as she was born near Clear Ridge and spent the major part of her life in the Three Springs area. She is the daughter of the late James Barton Stevens and Ann Stevens. Mrs. Stevens lives with her daughter and son-in-law, Annalee and Ralph Gutshall, and is still very active. She travelled 130 miles in one of the winter's worst ice storms to take part in the wedding.

Robert Miller of Hancock narrowly escaped death last Wednesday afternoon when the walls of a sewer line ditch he was working in collapsed, burying him alive for at least 10 minutes under at least two feet of earth. Miller, an employee of Gerl Construction Co., was working in a 20-foot deep, eight-foot wide ditch on Route 30 near Warm Springs Road in Franklin County when the cave-in occurred. Rescuers and construction workers uncovered Miller's head in less than 10 minutes, but it took longer to get him completely free. Rescuers said that Miller's safety helmet created a small air pocket around his head which enabled him to survive. Miller suffered only minor injuries in the mishap and was taken to Chambersburg Hospital, where he was released following emergency treatment. It was the second time in two years that he had been buried in a cave-in of this type.

The Charles Ford family of Whips Cove was left homeless last week as a result of a fire which destroyed not only their home but everything in it and the family car, which was parked in the driveway beside the house. The fire, of undetermined origin, started last Wednesday at 1:00 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Ford and their three small children were awakened by the barking of their two pet dogs in the downstairs, and they were able to escape from the house by climbing onto the second floor porch and jumping to safety. The dogs perished in the flames. No estimate of loss was available, but a spokesman said the old house had just been completely remodelled before the Fords moved in last fall.

Marriage licenses: Daniel Wayne Keefer and Denise Rene Hull, both of Big Cove Tannery; Donald Ray Clippinger and Judy Kay Slates, Three Springs.

Specials at the IGA: Crisco shortening, $1.89, 3 pounds; Kraft Parkay margarine, 2 for 99 cents lb; Banquet fried chicken, $1.99, two pounds; pork quarter loin chops, $1.39 lb.; canned vegetables, 4 for $1.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Galen D. Wright of Wells Tannery on March 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Pine of Mercersburg on March 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis A. Kendall of McConnellsburg on March 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ramsey of Breezewood on March 14.

Deaths: Mrs. Ruie C. Anderson, McConnellsburg; Robert W. Mellott Sr., Mapleton Depot; Guy E. Taylor, Hancock; J. Ralph Edwards, Waterfall; Chester C. Clark Sr., Three Springs; Mary Ann Watkins, Robertsdale; Ronald L. Davis Jr., infant son of Ronald and Gale Younker Davis, Hancock.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 3, 1969 '69 Audnia Shaw, a senior at Forbes Road High School, won first place in the recent Hallmark contest for paintings sponsored by

the McConnellsburg Woman's Club. All senior high students graduating in 1969 were eligible to enter the contest. Miss Shaw is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Shaw of Hustontown.

Commissioners' clerk Amos Stouteagle owns a document which will in time be of great historical value. His discharge papers following World War I were signed by Lt. Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who died on Friday. Monday, the day of the former president's funeral, was proclaimed a day of national mourning. Flags flew at half mast; the local courthouse post office and other government offices were closed; and school students paid special tribute to the famous general in impromptu services held Monday morning in the local schools.

The Fulton County Democratic Party held a spring dinner rally at McConnellsburg firehall on Saturday, March 22.

Marriage licenses: Richard L. Duffey of McConnellsburg and Helen Brant of McConnellsburg; Randy Hoffman of Three Springs and Glenda Ford, Hopewell; Paul E. Gehr and Winifred I. Seville, McConnellsburg.

Men in Service: Sgt. John James Peck, who is now stationed with his family in Bamburg, Germany, was recently promoted to staff sergeant. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Peck of Needmore.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Enos Ray, Hancock, on March 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Sheffield of Waterfall on March 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Weller of Mc- Connellsburg on March 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Price of McConnellsburg on March 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Alvey Mellott of Big Cove Tannery on March 22.

Deaths: James F. Sheeder, Todd; Miss Mary Alice Gayman, Decker Nursing Home.

Specials at the A&P: rib roast, $1.09 lb.; small turkeys 49 cents lb.; sharp cheddar cheese, 79 cents lb.; navel oranges, 69 cents dozen.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reeder attended the dog show at Pittsburgh on Saturday. Their two miniature pinschers won six ribbons and one point toward a championship.

Despite the cold weather, a number of the more hardier golfers teed off on Saturday and Sunday, the official opening days of the Great Cove Golf and Recreation Club.

Deaths: Lewis F. Largent, McConnellsburg; Alvin D. Dalbey, New York; Harry D. Zeis, Fort Loudon.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 2, 1959 '59 Mrs. Jane Grissinger is a patient in Fulton County Medical Center, suffering from pneumonia.

Miss Jane MacKinlay, daughter of Mrs. Helen MacKinlay, left Sunday to resume her studies at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Local firemen were called six times during the past week, three times for grass fires, twice for flue fires and once to the turnpike when a tractor-trailer caught fire.

Bryce Carnell of St. Thomas, who has served as district fish warden in this area since 1950, on Monday began a new assignment with the State Fish Commission. He has been promoted to the position of regional fish warden, serving the 13-county northeast area, with headquarters in Honesdale.

According to George Albert, county Civil Defense director, a 200-bed emergency hospital unit, worth about $30,000 and consisting of surgical instruments, X-ray machine, medical supplies, beds, sterilizing machine, etc., arrived at the Medical Center on April 1 for the use of Fulton countians in the event of a national emergency.

Denver Mellott, tenant farmer on the M.H. Garlock farm, was taken to Chambersburg Hospital after he was injured in a tractor accident. His trouser leg became caught in the shaft of the tractor and at the hospital it was found that his leg was fractured in two places.

W. Clarence Sheely, president judge of the 51st Judicial District, which comprises Adams and Fulton counties, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during a special liberal arts convocation at Gettysburg College on Saturday. President Dwight D. Eisenhower will look on as Judge Sheely and Fred A. Seaton, U.S Secretary of the Interior, accept the degrees. Later, the president will speak briefly.

Robert Hunter of McConnellsburg has bought the home on the Medical Center Street belonging to W.H. Brooke. Mr. Brooke, who has no plans yet as to where he and his family will live, plans to continue his plumbing business here.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvey Gordon of Thompson Township will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday.

During the last registration period, 71 new voters were enrolled in Fulton County. Broken down, 57 are Democrats, 13 Republicans and one nonpartisan.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Dr. and Mrs. James Shultz of McConnellsburg on March 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Tice of Hustontown on March 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ira Heinbaugh of Mercersburg on March 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Deshong of Big Cove Tannery on March 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Yale of McConnellsburg on March 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Deshong of Mc- Connellsburg on March 28.

Deaths: Mrs. Lois Nace of McConnellsburg; James Edwards Bishop of Baltimore; Ms. Peter M. Guillard of Wells Tannery; Robert George Bishop of Galion, Ohio; Mrs. Edmund Soter of Knobsville; Mrs. Elizabeth Brewer of La Porte, Ind.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 7, 1949 '49 The body of Pfc. Herman F. Knepper of Mount Union has arrived in New York for reburial in this country. He was born at Clear


Deaths: Mrs. Mary E. Laidig of Hustontown; Wallace Lewis Hess of Dott.

A picture of the new American Legion home is pictured on the front page of this issue. The caption describes it as "One of the finest in Pennsylvania."

Mrs. John Gillis of town suffered a severe heart attack late Tuesday night.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 6, 1939 '39 Deaths: David Luther Cooper; Ralph E. Taggert Jr., Radnor; Robert Hunter Early, Wallingford, Conn.; Walter Lynch of Princeton,

Ill.; Mrs. Della Layton of Whips Cove; Mrs. Esther Baker of near Benedict, Neb.

One of the largest crowds ever to attend a funeral in Fulton County was present for the services of Dr. H.C. McClain at the Methodist Church in Hustontown last Friday. Conducting the services were Rev. Nelson Frank, Rev. Paul Helman of New Jersey, a former pastor at Hustontown; Rev. Edgar Heckman, superintendent of the Methodist Home for the Aged at Altoona. A delegation of about 30 members from George Washington Lodge No. 143, Chambersburg, conducted the graveside services.

Twenty farmers from lower Fulton County, under the direction of G.W. Gienger, supervisor of vocational agriculture at Warfordsburg High School, made a tour on Saturday of soil practices now being carried out by farmers of Washington County.

Tad McLaughlin and Helen Ott were married recently.

Death: Albert Grove of Hustontown.

An unofficial low bid of $2,445,851 has been submitted at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission by the Arundale Corporation of Baltimore for the huge task of excavating the Sideling Hill Tunnel in Fulton County.

Mr. and Mrs. David D. Kendall of McConnellsburg are receiving congratulations on the birth of a son, David Kendall Jr., on March 29.

Two 15,000-gallon tanks were installed this week by the East End Service Station as part of a series of improvements being carried out by M.H. Garlock.

Robert Taylor Thompson and Maxine Johnson Stains were married March 19.

The possibility of electricity for the rural areas of Fulton County was brought closer to reality this week with the announcement that $250,000 has been allotted to REA Cooperative at New Enterprise. This corporation is to extend its lines through many parts of Huntingdon and Bedford counties and into the upper end of Fulton County.

Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Mort and family have moved from the Bert Knepper farm to the S.C. Henry farm, which was recently vacated by D.C. Brantner and family.

"Happy" Kirchner, popular fish warden of Fulton County, is living up to his name this week. He has received a telegram stating that his ticket in the Grand National at Aintree is placed on one of the racing entries. This means that the minimum that "Happy" will receive is $2,500 and if his horse proves a winner, he might receive $150,000.

Death: Mrs. George H. Grubb of Clearville.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 4, 1929 '29 Deaths: Mrs. Andrew D. Swope of near Sipes Mill;

Lewis Yonker of near Warfordsburg; Mrs. John Gress of Knobsville; Percy Clarence Hixson of Crystal Spring.

Miss Orpha Kerlin of the Juniata College force has been called to her home at Burnt Cabins to help care for her mother, Mrs. Louisa Kerlin, who has been seriously ill.

Howard Miller of Burnt Cabins has lost his voice due to the flu.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clifty Reeder of Hustontown.

Death: Mrs. John North of Mount Union.

Walter Scott Cooper, 42, of Williamson, was fatally injured on Monday when he was thrown off a truck while at work at Quarry No. 2 of the J.E. Baker Co. at Williamson. The truck ran over Cooper, who died of a fractured skull, fractured neck and contusions of the chest.

Death: Jesse L. Rohm of Rockville, Ind.

Scott and Jerry, sons of Mrs. Nettie Sipes, are out again after a siege of pneumonia and mumps.

Death: Mrs. Mary B. Mellott of Northcraft.

Robert Bowers and LaRue Wible were married March 17.

Clem, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert House of Hustontown, had one of his legs fractured in two places on Thursday evening when he was run over by a car.

Paul Erb and Joseph Schooley are both sporting new 1929 Fords.

R.L. Alloway of New Grenada received bruises all over his body last week when a tree he was cutting fell on him. The tree pinned him to the ground and he was freed by Harold Lockard and Waldon Stevens. Unconscious, he was taken to his home where a doctor found no broken bones, only the bruises.

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