2009-05-07 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Marion Strait of Buck Valley, pictures the 1979 Buck Valley Little League. Front row, left to right: Chuck Kave, Jody Sheeder, David Gordon, Roger Mills; middle row: Adriel Fletcher, Brian Strait, Ronnie Mills, Kevin Clippinger, Bill Vanorsdale, Roger Black, Ronnie Landers, coach Carl Fletcher; back row: coach Chalmer Strait, scorekeeper Janice Strait, Hoby Sheeder, Curtis Schetrompf and Kevin Ward. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Marion Strait of Buck Valley, pictures the 1979 Buck Valley Little League. Front row, left to right: Chuck Kave, Jody Sheeder, David Gordon, Roger Mills; middle row: Adriel Fletcher, Brian Strait, Ronnie Mills, Kevin Clippinger, Bill Vanorsdale, Roger Black, Ronnie Landers, coach Carl Fletcher; back row: coach Chalmer Strait, scorekeeper Janice Strait, Hoby Sheeder, Curtis Schetrompf and Kevin Ward. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 4, 1989 '89 Praise Animal Products Inc., which has operated out of the former Gordon mobile home site along Route 16 east of Mc-

Connellsburg, has recently expanded, according to company owners. The company began operation at the site in September 1987. The company takes ground rawhide from the McConnellsburg Favor Eats plant operation and forms the rawhide into sticks, biscuits, burgers, fries, pretzels, nuggets, etc., for sale in 48 states and Canada. The products are designed for dogs but have also been found to be popular with pet birds, which use the products to help keep their beaks sharp. The company now employs seven women from Fulton County and hopes to further expand their workforce as business dictates.

State police reported Tuesday morning on an unusual call they received for a trucker in need of assistance along Route 484 in Bethel Township. It seems that a Washington, D.C., area truck had ascended a ridge heading west toward Bedford. He stopped his box-type truck at the top of the ridge and was unable to proceed due to an acute fear of heights. Police found the trucker in the cab with his foot glued to the brake pedal. Hancock Rescue Squad personnel were called to get the man out of the truck and he was taken to the hospital. Apparently he had begun experiencing chest pains caused by his acute fear of heights.

A surprise 25th wedding anniversary party was held last Sunday at the C.B. Restaurant and Lounge for Mr. and Mrs. Robert Earley.

Oliver Deshong, 58, Hustontown, bagged a 23-pound gobbler on April 26 after four days of tracking. This was the first gobbler for Deshong which had an 11-inch beard.

Tom Peck, in the Thomas Racing Olds, finished fourth Sunday in the GM Parts 300 at Nazareth, Pa. He was 17th in points in the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series before Sunday's race.

An 80th birthday party was held for Willard Wible of Wells Tannery at Hustontown Community Building on April 9.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Curt Lynch of Harrisonville on April 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sipes of Harrisonville on April 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Miller of Needmore on April 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Neuder of Robertsdale on April 24.

A 50th wedding anniversary celebration was held April 2 for Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Berkstresser of Hustontown at the Hustontown Community Building.

Deaths: Sylvester Shives, Harrisonville; Gilbert Decker Jr., Hancock; Ronald Cubbage, Hancock; Gladys De- Lancey, Big Cove Tannery; Jobie Smith, Warfordsburg; Walter O'Donnell, Dry Run; Albert Price, Fannettsburg; Frank Calhoun, Breezewood.

Larry and Sue Truax of Needmore have been blessed with a second son, Kevin Andrew, April 19, in Chambersburg Hospital.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 3, 1979 '79 Spartan athlete Tim Davis signed a letter of intent with Hagerstown Junior College recently. Davis joins the select few of Fulton

County high school athletes recruited by area colleges.

Mrs. Mary Lou Taylor has purchased the property on the northwest corner of Lincoln Way and Route 522 from D.A. Washabaugh, which now houses Mrs. Taylor's "Olde Apothocary Shoppe," Friday Shimer's Barber Shop and apartments above. For many years, the old Mary Trout Drug Store was located here. Mrs. Taylor says she has long-range plans to remodel and improve the property.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Snyder were in Philadelphia last Thursday to see their son run in the 5,000-meter race at the 85th annual Penn Relay Carnival. Bobby finished in 13:52.5, coming in fourth and only four seconds behind the winner, Alan Scharsu of Penn State. On Saturday, Penn State's relay team came in third, with Bobby coming in with a time of 3.47 in the four-mile race.

Picketing by workers is still going on outside the Waynesboro Knitting Co. plant on Lincoln Way West, with no sign of a contract agreement having been reached.

Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Reel of Harrisonville have announced the marriage of their daughter, Beth Lorraine, to Eric Dane Souders, son of Mr. and Mrs. James D. Souders, McConnellsburg. They were married April 14 in the Asbury Methodist Church.

The afternoon marriage of Carol E. Slagenweit and Earl J. Hendershot was performed April 14 in Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren. Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hendershot of Warfordsburg, and Rev. and Mrs. Andrew H. Slagenweit of Hummelstown are the parents of the bride.

The 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd B. Culler, Mercersburg, was celebrated at the Mercersburg Inn on April 22 at a reception hosted by their children and their families.

Specials at the IGA; Campbell's pork and beans, 4 for $1; fresh roasters, 65 cents lb.; iceberg lettuce, 39 cents; Kraft American cheese, 2 for $1.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory R. Bowser of Everett on April 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Shoemaker of Hancock on April 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Mitchell of Fannettsburg on April 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dodson Jr. of James Creek on April 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael French of Harrisonville on April 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David McMullen of Shade Gap on April 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Mills of Warfordsburg on April 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles True of Hancock on April 26.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Earl Waltz Jr., Hancock, are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Barbara Jean, to Brian Lee Deneen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Deneen of Warfordsburg.

Deaths: Beryl Machimer, Hustontown; Ernest R. Mellott, Hopewell; Jesse R. McCusker, Hancock; Frances Simpson, Harrisburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 15, 1969 '69 The senior class of McConnellsburg High School returned on Monday night from a four-day trip to New York. They were excused from school on Tuesday to "recuperate."

The new highway department building, located along Route 522, two miles north of McConnellsburg, will be dedicated on Friday, May 23, at 4:00 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Knepper, formerly of Center, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on May 25.

Helen Louise Brant, daughter to Mr. and Mrs. M. Dean Brant of McConnellsburg, became the bride of Richard Lyle Duffey, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Lyle Duffey of McConnellsburg, on April 12.

Men in Service: Army Specialist Five Richard L. Bernhard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Bernhard of Needmore, was named an honor graduate upon completion of the Army's Aviation Refresher Training School near Saigon, Vietnam. ATR2 Jerry L. McKee received honors as the Squadron Sailor of the Month for March. Capt. Jerre K. Mellott, son of Mrs. Elna V. Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg, has arrived for duty at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

Specials at the local IGA: Campbell's soup, 10 cents a can; Waldorf toilet tissue, 33 cents, 4-roll pkg.; bananas 10 cents lb.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Deshong, Harrisonville, on May 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Gardner of McConnellsburg on May 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Houdersheldt of McConnellsburg on May 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Mellott of Greencastle on May 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Gallagher of Burnt Cabins on May 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Chesnut of Hustontown on May 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sipes of Harrisonville on May 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Coons, Mercersburg, on May 11.

United in marriage on Saturday, April 5, were Cindy Sue Secrist, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Secrist of Mc- Connellsburg, and Roger Ellwood Black, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Black of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Isaac C. Baumgardner of Marklesburg; Lester Denee Sr., Buck Valley; Preston I. Wilson, McConnellsburg; D. Wallace Wink, Tampa, Fla.; Mabel Harshbarger, McVeytown; Mrs. Ella Mae Harrier, Ravenna, Ohio; Mrs. Gertrude Alice Drake, Orbisona; Miss Reginia Elfreda Speck, Orbisonia.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 14, 1959 '59 On Sunday afternoon, Jamie Greathead, in the role of Fearless Fosdick, climbed a tree to rescue a cat which had sought refuge there

to get away from his noisy gang of comrades The cat, however, turned on him, so Dr. McLucas treated the torn fingers and gave him a tetanus sot. The same afternoon, Johnnie Duffey was treated by Dr. McLucas after he climbed into a pen to play with a cocker spaniel at the home of his grandparents at Hustontown and the dog turned on him.

Richard Ott of town was taken to Chambersburg Hospital last Wednesday with a severe back ailment.

Ensign Eddie MacKinlay left Sunday to join his ship, the destroyer USS Turner.

Miss June Cornelius was transferred from the Medical Center to Hagerstown Hospital last week for observation and treatment.

For the second week in a row, local firemen answered no calls.

Unemployment checks last week totalled $228,090, with a monetary value of $6,218,090.

Constance Hunsecker, a student at the local high school, has been nominated for the annual Achievement Awards Program sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Fraker of Fort Littleton on April 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hawkins of Harrisonville on May 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Briggs of Burnt Cabins on May 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. DeWayne Parson of Burnt Cabins on May 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Mihalick Jr., Hustontown, on May 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brown of Robertsdale on May 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Veryl Spade of Needmore on May 10.

Derwood Orr and Joyce Ann Waters were married on April 30.

Deaths: Russell Frank Hoffman of Three Springs; Abner Shives of Big Cove Tannery; Albert S. Kelso of Fort Littleton; Howard P. Barnhart of Plum Run.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 19, 1949 '49 Seventy-five seniors will graduate from the high schools this year - Green Hill, 11; Taylor Township, 21; Bethel Township, 21; and

McConnellsburg, 22.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry M. Johnston have announced the engagement of their daughter, Alice, to Howard A. Walker of Saxonburg.

George Stenger of McConnellsburg suffered severe second- and third-degree burns of the face and arms when a plumber's furnace exploded on Tuesday morning.

Charles Clevenger has been unanimously elected as the president of the newly formed Wolves Club of Mc- Connellsburg.

Recent births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Edwards of Big Cove Tannery on May 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Truax of Cito on May 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon K. Strait of Needmore on May 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Hollenshead of Harrisonville on May 15; a son to Rev. and Mrs. David R. Hoover of Mc- Connellsburg on May 15.

Deaths: David Garfield Shives of McConnellsburg; Ralph Bergstresser of Pittstown, Pa.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 18, 1939 '39 Deaths: Frederick Scott Tritle of Mc- Connellsburg; Sharon Ilene Benson of Three Springs; Benjamin Hollenshead of Thompson

Township; Freddie Black of Chambersburg; George B. Finiff of near Mercersburg; Mrs. Rheuanna Lane of near Breezewood; Mrs. Bessie B. Gutshall of Martinsburg.

The children of the late Thomas R. and Maria (Morgret) Palmer attended Mother's Day services in Sideling Hill Baptist Church on Sunday, the first time they had met together in this church in 34 years. Their parents are buried in the adjoining cemetery.

Miss Sadie Michaels, who for many years taught the first grade of Everett Public Schools, was honored with a memorial service last week. The Everett High School Alumni Assoc. and the Everett Parents Teachers Assoc. joined in honoring the memory of this beloved teacher, who was a former resident of McConnellsburg. Among the Fulton countians who attended were Miss Nellie Hays and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Duffey.

Izora Deshong will be the salutatorian of the Green Hill graduating class this year; Ralph Strait, the class orator; and Lewis Fix, the valedictorian.

H.E. Chesnut has been appointed to serve as a director of the Chambersburg Motor Club, to replace D.H. McClain, who died in March. The appointment was made by H. Rush Hafer, president of the club.

McConnellsburg seniors will leave for their annual trip to New York City on May 28.

"Calm Yourself" is the name of a thee-act play to be staged by the Warfordsburg juniors on May 12. Taking part are Franklin Sadofsy, Beverly Carnell, Evelyn Palmer, Jessica Covalt, Nhyle Hess, Warren Palmer, Mary Evelyn Fisher, Wilmer Mellott, Robert Schriever and Viola Garland.

Herman Schooley of Harrisonville was admitted to the Everett Hospital this week for an emergency appendicitis operation.

A daughter was born at Everett Hospital on May 16 to Mr. and Mrs. Omar D. Tice of McConnellsburg.

Fully armed squads of local state police guarded the highways on Tuesday night when it was reported that robbers who staged a holdup in Pittsburgh were headed this way. No bandits were encountered, however.

Negotiations having finally been completed, the coal mines at the Broad Top area began full operations this week.

Nelson Kendall was a recent visitor to the World's Fair in New York.

Mrs. William Hopkins entered the Altoona Hospital to undergo an eye operation.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy H. Smith of Northcraft are the proud parents of a new baby girl.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martin and son have moved from Needmore to McConnellsburg.

John Bivens returned to his home in Wells Tannery on Saturday, much improved in health after eight weeks of treatment in the Roaring Springs Hospital.

A double birthday celebration was held in Todd Township on May 10 in honor of the 77th birthday of Jane Berkstresser and the 86th birthday of William McClain. From Days Gone By

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80 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 16, 1929 '29 The Public Service Commission will hold a hearing on

May 22 on a new bus route through McConnellsburg. The new company, the East Broad Top Transit Co., proposes to operate buses from Huntingdon to Hagerstown via Chambersburg.

Deaths: Jacob Winegardner of Clear Ridge; Mrs. Robert E. Ramsey of Maddensville; Pryor Harold Knepper of Shade Valley; John Gordon of Plum Run; James Keith of New Grenada.

Thomas Cromwell of Clear Ridge has gone to Pittsburgh where he will stay indefinitely.

Charles Appleby and Mervin Mort of Clear Ridge have gone to Virginia where they gave found employment.

Herman Keyser has moved from the vicinity of Needmore to the George Morton farm in Todd Township, recently vacated by Calvin Long, who moved to the Magsam house.

Raymond Gracey of Enid was scalded last week when one of the "plugs blew out of a sawmill."

Walter Hudson of Cumberland recently purchased the John Sheetz farm on Huckleberry Ridge near Northcraft.

County Commissioner Isaiah Sipes said he did not accompany the other commissioners on a recent trip to Harrisburg because he thought the taxpayers could not stand the expense.

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