2009-04-02 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Becky Mellott of Warfordsburg, pictures the 1964 spring choral concert queen and her court. Shown left to right are Richard Bernhard and Sharon Ritz Reinwald, Ray Moser and Linda Mellott Clark, queen Ruth Kirk Smith, Carolyn Mellott White and Gary Truax, and Marie Moser and Charles Garland. Front and center are Cathy McKeever Blackburn and Jeffery Ward. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Becky Mellott of Warfordsburg, pictures the 1964 spring choral concert queen and her court. Shown left to right are Richard Bernhard and Sharon Ritz Reinwald, Ray Moser and Linda Mellott Clark, queen Ruth Kirk Smith, Carolyn Mellott White and Gary Truax, and Marie Moser and Charles Garland. Front and center are Cathy McKeever Blackburn and Jeffery Ward. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 30, 1989 '89 Spring is officially here and not just on the calendar. Temperatures have soared into the high 70s and 80s over Easter, and the unseasonably

warm weather has continued this week, sending sports enthusiasts to the golf links and tennis courts and farmers to the fields.

Timothy Noss of Tell Township, Huntingdon County, was recently named by the board of directors of the Fulton Conservation District as the new conservation district manager.

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday at 2:00 a.m.

Included among the thousands of youngsters who gathered on the south lawn of the White House on Monday for the Easter egg roll were Rachel, Kristin and Mandy Ott, daughters of Dr. and Mrs. Jeffery Ott of Greencastle. As well as collecting a souvenir wooden egg, the granddaughters of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ott also got to shake hands with President Bush.

Rumors regarding the possible sale of a large tract of land in Thompson Township and an inquiry by a Massachusetts firm about locating a hazardous waste dump in Fulton County have the county commissioners urging the adoption of zoning ordinances in the county. The firm of WRDC Inc. had phoned the commissioners to ask if there was interest in hosting a hazardous waste dump in the county. The commissioners flatly rejected any notion that the county would be interested in hosting such a dump site.

David Morrison of McConnellsburg was named the 1988 Sportsman of the Year at the Fulton County Ducks Unlimited fourth annual banquet at the American Legion on Saturday.

The promoter of Hagerstown Speedway, Frank Plessinger of McConnellsburg, was recently named Promoter of the Year for the Mideast Region by Racing Promotion Monthly.

Mr. and Mrs. Hayward McLaughlin of Fort Loudon were honored at a 50th wedding anniversary celebration on March 5 at the American Legion in McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Elton Guyer of McConnellsburg on March 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Strub of Big Cove Tannery on March 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Wilson of Needmore on March 21.

Deaths: Raymond Souders, McConnellsburg; Rev. Clarence Bailey, Chambersburg; Millard Divelbliss, Hancock; Harry Glunt Sr., Rockhill Furnace; Wayne DeShong, Galesburg, Ill.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of March 29, 1979 '79 In bicentennial 1976 the people of Fulton County saw the Fulton House, a tavern-hotel dating from 1793, dedicated to them. Since

then, interested citizens and groups in Fulton County have been actively involved in the renovation of the old tavern-hotel, which once sheltered such famous Americans as John and Abigail Adams, Zachary Taylor, William Henry Harrison, James Buchanan and Eleanor Roosevelt. Restoration of the original log structure, the kitchen, is a project of the Fulton County Historical Society, which has been in limbo for a few years. The remodeling committee had to find someone willing to provide 15 hand-hewn logs, someone not only willing to undertake the project, but someone who knew the art of hewing logs. The remodelling committee found an answer right in their own group, Harold N. Rotz. Rotz has had plenty of practice over the years. A broad axe and a long-handled axe are the only tools a man needed to build a house years ago, he claims. The Rotz home was originally built of hewn logs. Mr. Rotz guesses his home dates from the early 1800s, because it was built before the use of manufactured nails. It's an effort which should stand for at least another 200 years, according to Mr. Rotz. The present logs lasted that long and the new ones Mr. Rotz is hewing will also be treated with a clear substance similar to creosote, which should preserve the even longer.

JLG Industries announced that sometime this summer they will be moving the Sizzor lift production operations from the company's headquarters plant at Mc- Connellsburg to a new location in Bedford County.

Specials at the IGA: Chicken of the Sea tuna, 69 cents; bottom round roast, boneless, $1.89 lb.; whole ham, $1.79 lb.; navel oranges 8 for 89 cents; IGA evaporated milk, 3 for $1.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Orville Shaw of Crystal Spring on March 16; twin daughters to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hunter of Berkeley Springs on March 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Milton Knepper of Hustontown on March 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Chester College of Wells Tannery on March 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Moore of Berkeley Springs on March 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Smith of Hagerstown on March 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Brambley of Breezewood on March 23.

A surprise party was held for Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Downes of Fort Littleton in honor of their 43rd wedding anniversary on March 17 at their home.

Deaths: Cecil Mellott, White Plains, N.Y.; Mrs. Lucinda Pyles, Neelyton; Effie C. Carbaugh, Lititz; Mrs. Laura Mellott, York.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 10, 1969 '69The local teenage organization, TAB (Teenagers Against Boredom), will present its first dance of the spring season this Saturday

night in the McConnellsburg High School gym. This will be no ordinary dance - it's special. The proceeds are earmarked for the benefit of a local young man, Denny Cisney. Denny has made a remarkable comeback from a serious operation and this will be an opportunity for the teenagers of the county to demonstrate their support for his continued recovery by "Dancing for Denny."

Mrs. Marilyn Blevins, science instructor at the Mc- Connellsburg High School, is just one of several area teachers and social club members taking advantage of audio-visual aids provided by the American Cancer Society and the Fulton County Unit of the society.

Damage totalling $102,700 resulted from a fire of undetermined origin which started in a truck parked at the South Midway Service Station on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last Thursday. The fire damaged 10 other rigs in the jammed parking lot, but no injuries were reported.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Greathead, McConnellsburg, on April 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Barnett, Hopewell, on April 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Kagerise, New Enterprise, on March 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Hann of McConnellsburg on March 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Seville of Mc- Connellsburg on March 31.

Specials at the IGA: premium saltine crackers, 35 cents; Oreos, 49 cents; Tablerite ice cream, 59 cents; oranges, 69 cents dozen.

Marriage licenses: Gerald L. Smith of McConnellsburg and Trudy Lee Keefer of Big Cove Tannery; Robert Lee Vores of McConnellsburg and Norma Carolyn Mellott of McConnellsburg; Charles E. Oswald of Bridgeport, Pa., and Bonny Lee Ramsey of Wells Tannery.

Men in Service: Sgt. Larry D. Brown, who is stationed in Germany, will celebrate his 23rd birthday on April 12.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: "Shalako" with Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot in "Berserk."

Deaths: Mrs. Pauline D. Comerer, McConnellsburg; Richard A. McCulloh, Greencastle; Mrs. Maye Snyder, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Louise Varden, Mercersburg; Grace B. Wagner, Knobsville; Howard A. Clark, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Olive N. Swick, Ohio.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 9, 1959 '59 David Snively Mellott, who has been a patient in Chambersburg Hospital for the past two weeks, underwent surgery on Wednesday for

a bladder condition.

Mrs. George Bard was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday and underwent major surgery on Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Souders have moved to the Flood apartment on East Lincoln Way.

Miss Martha Lodge left on Wednesday to attend the International Auto Show in New York and to visit Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schmidt in Glen Rock, N.J.

Mrs. Shirley Tedesco and son left on Monday for Pittsburgh en route to visit her husband, a sergeant stationed in Okinawa. Mrs. Tedesco is the former Shirley Taylor, daughter of Mrs. Lauren Taylor of McConnellsburg.

Mrs. Alice Spangler is now a patient at the Medical Center, recuperating from a fractured hip she received in a fall in Chambersburg several weeks ago.

Borough Council has decided to buy street signs for the town with the $800 set aside in the budget for that purpose. In other action, the councilmen sent a letter to the light company requesting them to install three new lights on South Second Street for those properties along Route 522 recently taken into the borough, as well as one light on the street where the factory is located.

The McConnellsburg Sportsmen's League Inc. has gone on record as being opposed to Bill 412, which would require the registering of all firearms.

Local firemen answered six calls during the past week, four for brush fires and two for chimney fires, one of the latter causing considerable damage to the home of Raymond Mellott at Needmore.

Vincent T. Sweigert has been named superintendent of Cowans Gap State Park. Mr. Sweigert, a Civil Service employee, comes from Mechanicsburg. He, his wife and five children will move into the superintendent's residence at the park within the next few days.

Robert James Fleming, 78, died Sunday morning at Fulton County Medical Center. He had been in failing health for about a month with heart trouble. R. Fleming had followed the blacksmith trade since early manhood but he was just as well known to Fulton Countians as the burgess of McConnellsburg, which office he had held for the past 20 years.

Sen. J. Irvin Whalley is seeking state appropriations totalling $235,540 for aid to hospitals in his district. Included in his bill is the Fulton County Medical Center, which would receive a total of $45,000.

Robert C. Snyder has been appointed to serve as tax collector for the borough of McConnellsburg.

An important and convenient service has been added to the facilities of The First National Bank of Mc- Connellsburg with the installation of "Day and Night Depository."

The "Music Masters" will provide music for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Johnson of Wells Tannery are the proud parents of a son born at Chambersburg hospital last week.

Marine Acting Cpl. Jim Chesnut, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Chesnut of McConnellsburg, is now serving with the Second Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C. This division is a part of the Atlantic Fleet Marine Force.

A mugging and robbery of a Warfordsburg man was thwarted in Hagerstown last Saturday night when the man ran into a house, police reported. Two patrolmen were called to the home of Charles Smith, on Charles Street in Hagerstown, who told the police that a rock was hurled through his front window just as Charles Caldwell of Warfordsburg ran through the front door. Caldwell told Smith that two men were trying to rob him and requested Smith to call the police. Caldwell told the police that he was walking on Jonathan Street when two Negroes came up behind him and asked if he had any money. When he said he didn't, the two replied, "We'll see for ourselves." At that point, Caldwell started running up Charles Street and, seeing the light in the Smith residence, burst into the front room.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willis L. Sipes of McConnellsburg on March 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Sipes of McConnellsburg on March 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Yingling of Three Springs on April 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sharon Wilson of Shade Gap on April 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Snow of Fort Loudon on April 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rhodes of Mercersburg on April 5.

Don Spidel of St. Thomas was admitted to the Medical Center last Tuesday for treatment of a fractured left foot, which he received in a 10-foot fall from a scaffold at Hustontown High School building, now under construction.

Deaths: Mr. C. Stull Baldwin of Burnt Cabins; Robert E. McKee, postmaster at Amaranth for many years.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 14, 1949 '49 Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Golden of Warfordsburg on April 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Barnett of Hustontown on April


Lewis W. Taylor and Doris R. Snyder were married April 8.

Harry Kay Doles Jr. and Ellen Dolores Booth were married on March 12.

Deaths: Grace Lamberson Eicher of Hustontown; Josephine Helen Bergstresser of Waterfall; Donald A. Palmer of Turtle Creek.

D.A. Washabaugh of town has purchased the Howard Wible farm, north of McConnellsburg.

Edward W. Carl Jr. and Lydia M. Truax were married on March 26.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 13, 1939 '39 Three county men - James Herbert Christian of Webster Mills; Dale Thomas Black of Webster Mills; Dale Thomas Black of New Grenada

and Arthur Strait of Harrisonville - were assigned to Camp S70 at the Civilian Conservation Corps at Waynesboro on April 1.

Death: John Branche of McConnellsburg.

James Clark and Hazel Irene Gallaher were married on April 8.

Willard Shore and Thelma Woodall were married April 1.

A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Wilson of Clear Ridge last Tuesday morning, making two boys for the couple.

Leon Stevens and Lois Fraker were wed last Wednesday.

Lloyd Bergstresser of Hustontown has been honored by Juniata College by being elected to the highest office the student body can confer, that of president of th Juniata College Senate. The newly elected president has been an outstanding campus personality since going to Juniata three years ago. He is active in baseball, football and basketball and is a member of the a cappella choir, the J Club and the band.

On March 22, members of the Warfordsburg Methodist Sunday School met at the home of Mrs. S.M. Andrews for a miscellaneous shower for Mr. and Mrs. Blair A. Gregory.

Glen Winters and Thelma Gordon were married March 26.

Mr. an Mrs. Melvin Deshong of Andover announce the birth of a son on March 16 at Everett Hospital.

Harry Grissinger Jr. has returned to his home here after an extended visit with relatives in Oklahoma and Colorado.

Mr. and Mrs. William Nace of Chestertown, Md., announce the birth of a son, William Dickson Nace.

Mrs. Alice Cooper and family have moved from the Rummell house to the Mrs. Minnie Richards house on South Second Street.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of April 11, 1929 '29 Deaths: Jacob Bishop of Bethel Township; Mrs. Alvin May

North of Mount Union; David Strait of Licking Creek Township; Abner Bishop of Bethel Township.

Sherd Ramsey has purchased the Mrs. Mary Ramsey place.

Clarence Hamil and Leota Divens were wed April 4.

The first annual scholastic and athletic meet of the county schools will be held in Mc- Connellsburg on April 20.

Roy Roderick and Thelma Barton were wed March 20.

Howard Ridenour and Rosalie Burton were married recently.

Born on April 8, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hewett of Big Cove Tannery.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mellott of Pleasant Ridge are the proud parents of a new farmer.

Leonard Shelty of Mays Chapel has treated himself to a new 1929 buick.

Mumps, measles, whooping cough, scarlet rash and something that smells like sulphur have hit the valley around Saluvia.

Four-year contracts for mail routes out of New Grenada were awarded last week, as follows: Frank Thomas, to Wells Tannery; William Shaw, to Robertsdale and Alva Hershey, to Saluvia.

William C. Ritchey has moved from the Roswell Stains farm to a farm near Cassville.

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