2009-04-23 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by the Fulton County Historical Society, pictures the directors of The First National Bank circa 1965. Front row, left to right: H. Lyle Duffey, Paul C. Mellott, George S. Grissinger, Albert Foster; back row: Harry M. Johnston, H .J. Culler, Orville W. Duvall, Henry W. Daniels. Photo was taken by C.B. Chubb. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by the Fulton County Historical Society, pictures the directors of The First National Bank circa 1965. Front row, left to right: H. Lyle Duffey, Paul C. Mellott, George S. Grissinger, Albert Foster; back row: Harry M. Johnston, H .J. Culler, Orville W. Duvall, Henry W. Daniels. Photo was taken by C.B. Chubb. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 20, 1989 '89 The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barnhart of Warfordsburg was the focus of television and news media last Thursday

when Mrs. Barnhart was reunited with a sister and two brothers she did not know she had. She was adopted when she was young and grew up in West Virginia as Barbara Jane Alderton, moving to Warfordsburg when she married. Her natural brother, Michael Curtis of Colorado, has been trying to locate his brothers and sisters for several years and has been successful, except for two brothers, in locating all the 13 children of the late James Sr. and Dorothy Mae Sims of Martinsburg, W.Va., who were put up for adoption almost 40 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Barnhart are the parents of three children and plan to join the Sims at a reunion in Colorado next year.

A Buck Valley man was critically injured in a farming accident which occurred Saturday morning on his farm on Hendershot Road. David Layton, 41, received multiple skull fractures in the accident. He was listed in critical condition in the Shock Trauma Unit, in Baltimore. Layton apparently was riding on his farm tractor with his son, Reuben, just before noon when the tactor ran over a tree or tree branch. Layton and his son jumped clear of the tractor, and it is unclear whether Layton himself tried to jump from the tractor or was thrown from it.

Fulton County Farmers Association presented the first-place check for $100 in the county crow shoot to Neal Oakman of Warfordsburg. Oakman won the competition by turning in 74 crows feet and was present along with other crow-hunting contest winners to receive prizes. Second place went to Mark Mellott, Fort Littleton; third- and fourth-place winnings were split between Lanny Cornelius, Orbisonia, and Marvin Byers, Rock Hill Furnace. Fifth place went to Joe Hollenshead and sixth place to Darryl Heckman.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Pearson of Chambersburg on April 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Newell of Harrisonville on April 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Souders of McConnellsburg on April 12.

Lisa Buterbaugh and Reuben Egolf were united in marriage March 17 at the Church of God in Waynesboro. Parents of the couple are Mary Buterbaugh of Mc- Connellsburg and Harold and Louise Egolf of Greencastle.

Marriage licenses: Darin Mellott, Warfordsburg, and Leslie Caldwell, Warfordsburg; Donald Loetz Jr., Warfordsburg, and Shannon Smith, Warfordsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 19, 1979 '79 A Shade Gap man was killed instantly in an accident north of the Fulton-Huntingdon County line near Burnt Cabins late last

Thursday night. The victim was identified as Edward Bonnema Jr., 21, Shade Gap. Police said the van was northbound on Route 522 when it ran out of control, crossed to the west berm where it ran up an embankment, shearing off several pine trees and uprooting a large tree. The van then dropped down a steep 20- foot bank and came to rest on its wheels, facing south. The wrecked van was seen by passing motorists who saw the lights at about 11:00 p.m. or the fatality may have gone unnoticed.

Work at the Union Equipment plant in Warfordsburg came to a halt Tuesday morning when fellow employees learned of the tragic accidental death of Jim Mellott, foreman on the company's construction job on Interstate 70, east of Hancock. Maryland State Police reported that Mellott, 44, of Hustontown, died instantly when he was run over by a loaded dump truck, which was backing from the shoulder of the westbound lane onto the road where Mellott was supervising the laying of blacktop at the construction site. Mellott was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Mellott of McConnellsburg and married to the former Fern Mort.

Rod Barton, Roger Horton, Barry Shafer and Pat Shafer went to Potter County to do their fishing and between the four of them took 80 trout out of Kettle Creek, which they returned to the stream. Other are fishermen who spent the first day in Potter County included Greg Peck, Randy Beatty, Jay Lanehart, Neil Oakman, Will Whiteside, Rich Eader and Rick Mellott.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Willard Mellott of Needmore wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Donna Kaye, to Curtis A. Brant, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Brant of Harrisonville.

Marriage licenses: Ricky Lee Lake, Big Cove Tannery, and Teresa Lynn Barnett, McConnellsburg; James Eward Strait and Vicki Lynn Earnest, Warfordsburg.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Roy Barnhart of Harrisonville wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Helen Marie Souders, to Dwight Edward Schooley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Schooley of Harrisonville.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kerns of Warfordsburg on April 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Price Jr., Shade Gap, on April 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Randall Piper of Shade Gap on April 7.

Deaths: Edward G. Bonnema, Shade Gap; Rev. Charles Bollinger, Rochester, N.Y.; Mrs. Jean Reynolds, Corpus Christi, Texas.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 1, 1969 '69 Injuries received in an accident at the Letterkenny Army Depot on Thursday resulted in the death early Friday of Clyde Alton

Frain, 42, Hustontown, in Washington County Hospital. Mr. Frain, an auto mechanic in the vehicle branch of the General Supply Division, fell from an M4- 1A1 combat tank at Building 17 at the depot.

The office staff of Fulton County Department of Highway moved from the old quarters in McConnellsburg on Tuesday of this week into the new building along Route 522 north.

Dr. Robert L. Fry will leave Friday to attend a threeday post graduate course at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Spring turkey hunting season will open May 3 and close on May 10. Only bearded turkeys will be legal game, and the shooting hours will be from one-half hour before sunrise until 10:00 a.m.

Marriage licenses: Charles E. Miller of Fort Littleton, and Carol G. Cornelius of Orbisonia; Mark Strait and Shirley Funk, both of McConnellsburg.

Mrs. Ida Lininger, a guest at the Decker Nursing Home, will observe her 91st birthday on May 3.

The junior class of Forbes Road High School will persent its annual play to the public in one performance on Saturday, May 3, beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the gymnatorium.

Damage totalled $15,000 when a tractor-trailer truck plunged over a 25-foot embankment and burst into flames on the turnpike near the Fort Littleton Interchange on Friday evening. The driver, Emlyn Mitchell of Ruffs Dale, was released from the Medical Center after treatment for multiple facial abrasions and cuts.

The sixth-grade pupils of Dublin Township elementary school and Forbes Road enjoyed a bus trip to the Shrine Circus at Altoona on Tuesday of last week. They were accompanied by Miss Shaw and Miss Madden from the Dublin Township School; Mrs. Berkstresser, Mrs. Snyder and Mrs. Hoover from Forbes Road; and Ralph Helman was the bus driver.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Mellott of Harrisonville on April 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel King of Three Springs on April 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Kerns of Warfordsburg on April 24.

Men in Service: Airman Gary E. Stevens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stevens of McConnellsburg, has completed his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He has been assigned to Chanute AFB, Ill., for training in aircraft maintenance. Hospital Corpsman Second Class Roger W. Akers, WSN, son of Mrs. Hazel Akers of Needmore, is serving aboard the attack cargo ship USS Multiphen at Norfolk, Va. John B.W. Davis, son of the late Col. Chester A. Davis, completed his active duty time with the Army on April 17, having served his last 13 months with the 7th Infantry Division in the Repubilc of Korea.

Deaths: Kenneth S. Glazier, McConnellsburg; Mrs. T. Mae Bennett, Flintstone; Kenneth E. Mellott, Needmore; Mrs. Lacea Larue Shore, Three Springs; Henry S. Ramsey, Orbisonia; Carol Jo Hann, Mount Union; Benjamin Mills, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Rose Deshong, Needmore; Mrs. Anna Brant, McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 30, 1959 '59 Mrs. William J. Lowe spent the weekend in Reading where she attended the 75th anniversary service of St. Stephen's Reformed

Church. Mrs. Lowe and the late Rev. Lowe were both confirmed in this church at the age of 16 years, and Mr. Lowe went on from the church to study the ministry in 1909.

Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Kindelan of Mercersburg visited friends in town on Sunday. Mr. Kindelan was the former manager of the local G.C. Murphy store.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Martin will move into their newly redecorated apartment above the Fulton County Bank.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Merrell have bought the Harvey Raker home on North Second Street and plan to move there in a few days. Mr. and Mrs. Merrell manage the White Swan Restaurant at the west end of town.

A penny, dated 1829, was found last week by Mrs. Carl Jarrett while she was digging around the old house at the Patterson farm, south of town.

Mr. and Mrs. William Nesbitt of McConnellsburg have announced the birth of a daughter on Friday at Chambersburg Hospital. Mrs. Nesbitt is the former Arlene Paylor.

The 1-1/2 hour concert by the McConnellsburg Joint School Band received a warm round of applause from the large audience after each number on the diversified program.

Local firemen were called twice last week, once for a brush fire and once for a chimney fire.

Mrs. Eugene Golden has been installed as the new president of the War-Nee-Do Club. Other new offices are Mrs. Floyd Truax, vice president; Mrs. Gordon Charlton, secretary; and Mrs. Raymond Chesnut, treasurer.

Unemployment compensation checks disbursed last week totalled 252,567, with a monetary value of $6,940,769.

Mrs. Ida Lininger of town will mark her 81st birthday on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Merrill W. Nace of town quietly celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on April 19.

The Polka Knights will furnish music for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.

George R. Rohrer, work unit conservationist of Mc- Connellsburg, reports that 2,500 feet of diversion terraces were built last week on the Henry Gordon farm in Thompson Township.

Kenton B. Senft of Orbisonia is making plans to salvage a 1957 Mercury from the bottom of the lake at Cowans Gap. The driverless car sank in about 30 feet of water near the breast of the dam on Friday evening after it crashed through a chain-link fence and bounced down the dam breast. Senft, who was fishing nearby, looked on helplessly.

At the graduation exercises on Friday at the U.S. Naval School at Newport, R.I., Edward H. "Eddie" MacKinlay will receive his commission as ensign.

Robert Jones has leased the Atlantic Station on Lincoln Way East from Clyle Deshong.

Iris Virginia Martin,daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Martin of Warfordsburg, has been awarded an extension homemaker's scholarship at the State Teachers College at Indiana, Pa. She is a senior in home economics.

Delores Barnhart has been selected as the Queen of Spring at the Southern Fulton High School.

Mr. and Mrs. Alva Bennett Gordon of Hancock marked their golden wedding anniversary over the weekend with a family dinner on Saturday and a reception on Sunday.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Cromer of McConnellsburg on April 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Keebaugh of Fort Littleton on April 21.

Deaths: Harry Cornelius Bishop of Hancock; Mrs. Gertrude E. Raker of Everett; Archie Miles Watkins of Robertsdale; Charles Henry Williams of Coalmont; Mrs. Mary Stains of Three Springs; Lillian Octavia Deneen of Hancock; Mrs. Beulah M. Stevens of Hustontown; Mrs. Clarence Cooper of Chambersburg; Mrs. Mona Margaret Henney of Alexandria.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 5, 1949 '49 John Wesley Kelso, 58-year-old Mc- Connellsburg funeral director, was instantly killed early Monday evening when his hearse

was struck from the rear by a tractor-trailer at the Carlisle Interchange on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. He died of a broken neck, crushed chest and internal injuries. Calvin B. Chubb, 39, of McConnellsburg, a friend of Kelso's, who was riding with him, was thrown from the hearse and suffered a fracture of the right collarbone and abrasions. He also suffered severe burns of the hand when he pulled Kelso's body away from the burning hearse, which burst into flames after the crash. The tractor driver, from Berryville, Va., escaped injury and he was released under $1,500 bail on charges of aggravated assault and battery by a moving vehicle. He said the brakes of his rig had failed.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Helen Louise Deshong to Clarence R. Bard.

Recent births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Doak Anderson of Wells Tannery on May 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wilds of McConnellsburg on May 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Alloway of McConnellsburg on May 3.

The body of Clyde Alfred Mellott has been returned to this country for burial. He died at Ie-Shima on June 10, 1945.

Taylor Township High School and Dublin Township Consolidated School won the 18th annual Fulton County track meet on Saturday with 77 and 35 points, respectively.

Mrs. Mahala Seburn of Thompson Township celebrated her 87th birthday on April 24.

Mrs. Mary Rhinedollar, one of McConnellsburg's most esteemed citizens, marked her 93rd birthday last Thursday.

Deaths: Pleasant Mary Sipes of McConnellsburg; Frances Melius of Hustontown; Elizabeth Brown Ramsey of Clear Ridge.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 4, 1939 '39 Deaths: Thomas Mayne of Fort Littleton; Jack Stevens of Pittsburgh; George M. Seiders of Ayr Township; James Williams of

Everett; Mrs. Annabelle Charlton Truax of Baltimore; Mrs. William S. Hixson of near Akersville; Mrs. William Lodge of Langdondale.

Because of the interest shown in conservation by those at a meeting on Monday evening, another meeting will be held on May 11, at which time W.H. Stevenson, chief of the Soil Conservation Service, will tell of the benefits of the service and explain how it can be made available to Fulton countians.

Under the sponsorship of the Music Study Group of the McConnellsburg Woman's Club, a program of sacred music will be presented in the local school's auditorium on Sunday afternoon. Choirs of the Methodist, Presbyterian, Reformed and Lutheran churches, as well as the McConnellsburg High School Chorus, will take part in the program.

Charles Bathalow, 68, Todd Township, was found on Friday evening by Sheriff Hamil after having wandered for two days and nights in the Meadow Grounds. He was suffering from exposure.

Investigation into the dis- covery of the body of a premature baby is being made this week by the sheriff's office and the county coroner. The tiny body was found on Saturday, wrapped in a sack on Tuscarora Mountain not far from the highway. The discovery was made by Roy Kendall when he was getting topsoil for a flower garden. Police revealed no clue as to the identity of the child.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 2, 1929 '29 Deaths: Michael E.H. Bard of near Pleasant Ridge;

John D. Finley of Burnt Cabins; Oliver Hill of Bethel Township.

Recent births: a son, Garven Omar, on April 23 to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Edwards of Ayr Township; a daughter on April 25 to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Cutchall of Ayr Township; a son, Eugene Foster, to Mr. and Mrs. George Earley of McConnellsburg on April 14; a son on April 27 to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Souders of Ayr Township.

Albert Nesbitt burned a three-eye kiln of lime last week, producing 1,000 bushels. Chickens roasted in the kiln were one of the delicacies last week in the Nesbitt home. Lime burning, once frequent in Ayr Township, is now a rare operation.

Robert S. Romig and Bessie M. Wagner were married on April 25.

Herman Viper and Freda Gillian were wed April 25.

Henry Sharpe opened a green grocery in his building on East Lincoln Way on Friday. His brother, James, is manager.

Harold, 14-year-old son of Samuel Strait of Saluvia, was brought home from the Hagerstown Hospital last Saturday. He underwent a mastoid operation.

Mrs. Roland Sipes had the misfortunate of having a door blow shut on her, breaking her arm above the wrist.

Mr. and Mrs. Clay Wible of Altoona are the proud parents of a new son, Harold Edison, born on April 22. Mrs. Wible is the former Mae Shore.

Bill Mellott, the handyman of Northcraft, built and installed a "kitchen silo" for Mrs. Agnes Northcraft.

Mrs. Will Snyder of Knobsville fell from a stepladder at her home on Tuesday, breaking her arm.

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