2009-04-16 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger was submitted by sisters Judy Knepper Appleby of Waterfall and Harriet Knepper Peak of Carlisle, and pictures the teachers at Wells-Taylor Elementary School, Waterfall, during its first year of operation in 1955. Pictured, left to right, back row: Anna Berkstresser, Alice Alloway, Herbert Knepper, Andy Ciampa, Velma Minium, Eleanor Laidig; front row: Inez Berkstresser, Jessie Tritle, Lois Madden, Althea Jaymes, and Mildred Graeber. This week's Memory Jogger was submitted by sisters Judy Knepper Appleby of Waterfall and Harriet Knepper Peak of Carlisle, and pictures the teachers at Wells-Taylor Elementary School, Waterfall, during its first year of operation in 1955. Pictured, left to right, back row: Anna Berkstresser, Alice Alloway, Herbert Knepper, Andy Ciampa, Velma Minium, Eleanor Laidig; front row: Inez Berkstresser, Jessie Tritle, Lois Madden, Althea Jaymes, and Mildred Graeber. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 13, 1989 '89 Fulton County Chamber of Commerce honored two outstanding citizens and presented a special service award at its 20th annual

awards banquet held Saturday evening at McConnellsburg Firehall. Honored as outstanding citizens for 1988 were Ben Heckman and Roger Elvey, with a special service award going to Harry "Tom" Werdebaugh.

Gov. Robert P. Casey, in his weekly radio address on Saturday, honored local teacher Erma Anderson. In speaking of the necessity for quality teachers, Casey saluted Anderson, calling her a dedicated teacher, and praised her for her outreach efforts to rural science teachers across the state. Anderson, a high school science teacher at Southern Fulton, was a finalist in the 1987 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year awards and was honored at a luncheon at the governor's mansion last year.

The congregation of Buck Valley New Testament Church is happy to have a preacher as dedicated to his calling as Rev. Ralph Kunkle is and to show their appreciation presented him with a new Ford Tempo to mark his fifth year in the pulpit there.

The curtain goes up next Thursday evening for Mc- Connellsburg High School's musical "Calamity Jane." Starring as Calamity Jane is Katrina Seiders and Wild Bill is portrayed by Kirby Knepper.

Marriage licenses: Giacomo Albegianni, Mc- Connellsburg, and Tracie Jo Wetzel, McConnellsburg; Darin Mellott, Warfordsburg, and Leslie Caldwell, Warfordsburg; Parker Hopkins, McConnellsburg, and Barbara Harmon, McConnellsburg; Walter Yanosik Jr., Harrisonville, and Deborah DeShong, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Reed Jr. of Egerton, Ohio, on April 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Devlin of Shade Gap on April 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Pittman of Mc- Connellsburg on Apirl 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Carbaugh of McConnellsburg on April 5.

Jamie Sickles, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. James Sickles of McConnellsburg, and Jeffery Todd Fowler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fowler of McConnellsburg, were united in marriage on Saturday, December 17, at the United Presbyterian Church in McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Bean of York are pleased to announce the birth of a daughter, Sara, on April 3. Mrs. Bean is the former Michelle Price of Harrisonville.

Deaths: Harry Grissinger Jr., McConnellsburg; Reba Bishop, Warfordsburg; Nathan Strait, Needmore; Walter Yanosik Sr., Shippensburg; Kathleen Decker, Fort Littleton; Virgil Smith, Hancock; Ella Martz, Orbisonia; Pearl Twigg, Cumberland, Md.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 12, 1979 '79 Hustontown volunteer firemen have been working Saturdays on construction of a new 36-foot-by-52-foot addition to their firehall.

The new addition will house two truck bays, a hose drying tower and office space. Construction is being done entirely by volunteer labor.

Local Democrats gathered at the McConnellsburg Firehall Saturday for their annual spring banquet.

Five people died of lung cancer in 1977 in Fulton County, according to a release by the state Department of Health or 43.1 per 100,000 population. The statewide rate is 47.3 per 100,000.

Specials at the IGA: Coronet towels, 2 for 99 cents; eggs, 69 cents a dozen; Blue Bonnet margarine, 2 for 99 cents lb.; center-cut ham slices, $1.89 lb.

Christine Elaine Berkstresser became the bride of Ricky Lee Anderson on March 31 at Fairview United Methodist Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Berkstresser Jr. of Harrisonville and Mr. and Mrs. Guy Anderson of Needmore.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin O'Donnell of Willow Hill on March 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Kerns, Warfordsburg, on April 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Fraker of McConnellsburg on April 3.

Deaths: Minnie E. Fletcher, Warfordsburg; H. George Lequear, Greenville, N.C.; Russell A. Cowan, Chambersburg; Pearl E. Truax, Warfordsburg; Frank R. Chesnut, Hustontown; Olive G. Sellers, Orbisonia.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of Apirl 24, 1969 '69 Dale Deneen of Boy Scout Troop 45, Needmore, recently received his Eagle Scout pin from his mother in ceremonies at the Needmore

Firehall on Wednesday, April 16. The Eagle Scout is the highest rank a boy can attain in Scouting.

Approximately 140 stockholders and guests attended the annual First National Bank shareholders' banquet on April 16 at McConnellsburg Firehall.

Fulton countians who won performance awards at Letterkenny Army Depot last week were: Eugene B. Garland, J. Ralph Brown and John R. Buterbaugh.

The recently completed truck pull-off, constructed on the east slope of Tuscarora Mountain above the dangerous Cape Horn Curve, went into operation last Wednesday.

A pair of separate motorcycle accidents on Sunday at the Davis Lane Speedway at Hustontown sent a Lima, Pa., man to Harrisburg Hospital with several head injuries and another cyclist to Fulton County Medical Center. State police reported that William Singley, 25 of Lima, was injured when his cycle upset at the track. Donald Smith, 14, of Frederick, was injured later the same day when his cycle also overturned. He was treated at the Medical Center and then released.

Mrs. Elizabeth Sipes of McConnellsburg held a kitchen shower in her home on April 13 in honor of newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Fagley.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Guyer of Fort Loudon on Apirl 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Myles Hockenberry of Fannettsburg on April 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Hess of Hustontown on April 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Duane Cabaugh of McConnellsburg on Apirl 17; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Saylor of McConnellsburg on April 18.

Men in Service: Roger E. Ward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ward and husband of the former Doris Stotler, was promoted to Specialist Five while serving with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Edgar Keebaugh, who is stationed in Germany, will celebrate his 21st birthday on May 9.

Betrothal told: Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ward of Warfordsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Cheryl Ann, to Calvin Barton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Esta Barton of Warfordsburg.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. William G. Johnson of Hancock announce the engagement of their daughter, Karen Lee, to Richard George Truax, son of Mr. and Mrs. George T. Truax of Dott.

Deaths: Pfc. Charles O. Snyder, Vietnam casualty; Mrs. Zelda O. Giles, Kent, Ohio; Carl T. Shank, Hagerstown; Samuel T. Weir, Iowa.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 23, 1959 '59 Mrs. Elsie Kendall and children attended the wedding of her cousin, Mary Margaret Pyle, in Port Royal, Pa., over the weekend.

Daylight Saving Time will begin here on Sunday, April 26 - officially at 2:00 a.m.

Mrs. Hollis Mellott, Mrs. Lewis Harris, Mrs. Harold Rotz and Mrs. J.R. Guyer are attending the Huntingdon Presbyterial in Altoona.

Mrs. Alice Spangler has returned home after spending the past several weeks in Chambersburg Hospital and Fulton County Medical Center with a fractured hip.

Mrs. Cora Bard has returned home after undergoing surgery in Chambersburg Hospital. Mrs. Retha Glazier is substituting as a grade-school teacher while Mrs. Bard is recuperating.

Announcement was made this week of the recent licensing by the Pennsylvania Securities Commission of H. Lyle Duffey of McConnellsburg as a registered securities representative for the Pennsylvania Funds Corporation, an investment firm in Philadelphia.

A cartoon is printed in this issue which shows two senators talking to each other. One is saying to the other: "Let's abolish taxes, Senator - and just have everyone send us everything they make."

The Fulton County Farmers' Association took action on Monday night to help block legislation which would place farmers under the domination of the state secretary of labor and industry. The proposed bill, entitled "Wage and Hour Act," would force farmers to pay all employees at least $1.25 an hour and would limit them to a 44-hour week. This would include the farmer's own children who receive pay or allowance for work done on the farm. If more than 44 hours of work was done, the farmer would be forced to pay $1.90 for all hours over 44. K. Earl Gordon of McConnellsburg, president of the local association, said the farmers were opposing the bill on a "no compromise" basis. "This bill," he said, "would give the state secretary of labor and industry so much power and authority that virtually every farmer in the state would be ruled by one man."

The number of unemployment compensation checks disbursed in the state during the week ending April 17 totaled 264,168 with a monetary value of $7,325,908. This compares with the previous week's 304,690 checks with a value of $8,451,884 or a decrease of more than 40,000 checks and a savings of more than $1,000,000.

Hearings were held in the courthouse on Tuesday for those residents of the county who had filed an appeal to their tax assessments. The results of the hearings, however, were not released for publication.

The State Teachers' College at Shippensburg has established for the first time a dean's list for those students who have received a "B" average or more in their college work. The following Fulton County students attained the dean's list for the first semester: Sarah Johnston of McConnellsburg; Allen Lee Smith of Amaranth; and Donald Gracey of near Three Springs.

Donald Morningstar's 1955 Pontiac skidded on the wet highway near Harrisonville on Monday and ran into a utility pole, knocking it down. Both the driver and a passenger, Lee Sheffield of Fort Littleton, were taken to the Medical Center where, after treatment for lacerations, Sheffield was released. Morningstar is being treated for lacerations and possible concussion. Damage to the car was set at $750.

George Albert of McConnellsburg, director of Fulton County's Civil Defense organization, said that the county's participation in last Friday's Operation Alert 199 was "excellent." He said that - thanks to the police chief, state police and high school boys recruited as a Civil Defense auxiliary - not a car was seen to be moving during the 10 minutes of practice attack and that the streets were clear of pedestrians, giving the realistic effect of a town under enemy bombardment. He also said that the Medical Center's staff preparations for evacuation of patients was well under control. Plans for another alert are now being made.

Chief Merrill Seville warns parents of children owning "BBC" guns that they will be held responsible for any damage done with these guns. Chief Seville points out that "BBC" guns can be very dangerous and it is up to the parents to see that they are not used wrongfully.

Local firemen were called five times during the last week, once for a car fire and four times for brush fires.

Dr. Robert L. Fry, who bought the Barmont property on the north edge of town, expects to move to his newly remodelled offices in this building today. All the equipment and supplies he bought when he took over the practice of the late Dr. E.H. MacKinlay will be moved to the new location. Dr. Fry, his wife and two children plan to move to the apartment above the new office in the near future.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Max McQuait of Hustontown on Apirl 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Fletcher of Amaranth on April 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frederick McCammon of Hustontown April 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Sheffield of Mc- Connellsburg on April 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Veryl Fletcher of Warfordsburg on April 19.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ardys Carson of Amaranth on April 14 at Berkeley Springs Hospital.

A-1C Leroy Ray and Dolores Eleanor Ritz were married on April 4.

Miss Maxine Spade was honored on her 13th birthday on Apirl 14 by a surprise party given by her school friends from Akersville School at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Spade, at Crystal Spring.

Deaths: Mrs. Walter Stead of Detroit, Mich.; Philip Clay Sonner of Wells Tannery.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 18, 1949 '49 Recent births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Golden of Warfordsburg on April 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Shives of Mc-

Connellsburg on Apirl 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Fleming of Clear Ridge on April 23.

At a meeting Monday night, the board of directors decided that Fulton County Medical Center would be built without waiting for federal aid. To date, $66,000 has been donated or pledged for the project.

Carl Paylor, local high school athlete, set a new pole vault record of 11 feet, 5 1/2 inches at Shippensburg State College on Saturday. Donald Ott, also of the local school, was third.

Judy Zdrosky, 5-year-old daughter of Paul Zdrosky of Newark, N.J., and Mrs. Pearlene Hann of McConnellsburg, was seriously injured on Wednesday when she was struck by a truck while riding her tricycle across an intersection in McConnellsburg. She is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital.

Fred Sheeder marked his 10th birthday recently.

Deaths: Jenne Eva Helsel of Wells Tannery; Martha Comerer of near Hancock; Clarence M. Miller of Harrisonville.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 27, 1939 '39 The Ministers' Association of McConnellsburg gave a farewell dinner last Friday evening at the Blue Ridge Restaurant in

honor of Rev. and Mrs. F.L. Pannebaker and children. Rev. Pannebaker has been assigned to a pastorate at Airville in York County.

Death: Mrs. Nellie Taylor Ramsey of Clear Ridge.

James M. Rodgers and Velva Kirk were married April 23.

Fire of undetermined origin destroyed the smokehouse behind the home of Harry Hamil on East Lincoln Way on Monday. Seventeen hams and four bacon slabs burned.

A contest is now open to all 1939 graduates in Fulton County to vie for a scholarship at one of four Pennsylvania colleges, sponsored by the McConnellsburg American Legion.

Ralph Berkstresser and Thelma Mellott were married on April 23.

New officers of the local Woman's Club were installed on Friday afternoon in the following order: Mrs. Scott Aexander, treasurer, Mrs. J.E. Thomas, recording secretary; Mrs. Dan Stiffler, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Wilmer Hays, first vice president; and Mrs. F.D. Findlay, second vice president. Following this, the outgoing president, Mrs. Russell Glazier, presented the gavel to the new president, Mrs. George Reisner.

Continuing to reflect gains in private employment, state assistance showed a net decrease of 1,448 cases last week. In Fulton County, however, 10 applications were received, two over the previous week, making 59 cases handled locally at a cost of $321.40.

Receipt of a pound note from London, a gift from Dr. Jean Johnston to the club's community fund, was announced at the local Lions Club meeting on Tuesday evening.

On May 1, more than 100 congregations of the Evangelical and Reformed churches in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Perry and York counties will be organized into the Mercersburg Synod, with a membership of more than 22,000.

In northern Fulton County the biggest construction contracts ever to be executed in this territory were in full swing last week. Massive machinery for tunnel excavation and grading was arriving and starting to work on the gigantic task of cutting the right-of-way for the South Penn super highway. Bulldozers, scraping tons of dirt ahead of them, were levelling the hills and valleys to make the roadbed for the dream highway. Work on the South Penn has really begun in earnest.

Local Odd Fellows attended the celebration at Hollidaysburg on Saturday marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of Odd Fellows in America.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rummell are making extensive improvements to their newly purchased property on East Lincoln Way. P.B. Foreman, local contractor, is doing the work.

Paul N. Morton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morton of Mc- Connellsburg, is employed at Butler.

Miss Naomi Roettger and Miss Ruth Harris are trading positions. Miss Roettger has accepted a position in the local office of the Department of Forests and Waters, and Miss Harris will take Miss Roettger's place as clerk in the local post office.

Thomas Mayne of Fort Littleton was taken to Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday.

Kerosene is advertised at 8 1/2 cents per gallon at Garlock's Esso.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 25, 1929 '29 Deaths: Mrs. Emma Melissa Lodge of Mc-

Connellsburg; Mrs. Matilda Akers of Sipes Mill; Mrs. Elmira C. Lodge of Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Nancy Jane Spriggs of near McConnellsburg; Mrs. Elsie B. Smith Adams of Berkeley Springs; Mrs. Coreena B. Williams of Akersville.

Thirty-nine of the 42 oneroom schools in Fulton County will close this week. The consolidated schools will close the first week in May.

The first annual scholastic and athletic meet of the schools of Fulton County was held in Mc- Connellsburg on Saturday. Hustontown won the Class A scholastic contests, while Ayr Township (Road and Laurel Ridge) won the Class B scholastic competition. In the athletic division, McConnellsburg won the Class A division and Green Hill the Class B.

George D. Piper and Ruth Carbaugh were wed April 20.

Death: Mrs. Belle Kelly Hensel of Richmond, Calif.

Recent births: a son, Clifford Eugene, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert House of Hustontown on April 13; a daughter on April 19 to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Gordon of Ayr Township; a son, Donald Guy, to Mr. and Mrs. Guy E. Beatty of McConnellsburg on April 20.

Hilda Crist of Warfordsburg is a patient in the Martinsburg Hospital for treatment of inflammation of the brain.

Deaths: Thomas E. Wink of near Tonoloway Baptist Church; Army Peck of Bethel Township.

Goldie, only daughter of M.S. Nesbitt of Burnt Cabins, received various cuts and bruises on Tuesday when she stepped from a school bus directly into the path of a passing car. It will be remembered that Mr. Nesbitt was badly injured and his older daughter killed in an accident in McConnellsburg shortly before Christmas.

Clarence M. Gelvin and Beulah L. Fogal were married on April 20.

Jeanne Helman marked her 19th birthday on Saturday.

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