2009-05-21 / From Days Gone By


MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by sisters Judy Knepper Appleby of Waterfall and Harriet Knepper Peak of Carlisle, pictures grades 1-2 at Wells-Taylor Elementary School, Waterfall, during its first year of operation in 1955. Pictured, left to right, back row: Paul Grove, Bob Johnson, Carolyn Cline Peterson, ?, Henry Knepper, Dallas Bard, Linda Earley, Bill Cutchall, ? Mrs. Tritle; front row: Flora Anderson, Cindy Martz Knepper, Leonard Ford, Dennis Lane, Bobby Eisaman, Sandy Appleby Cisney, David Allen Knepper, Gwen Rouzer Seiders, ?, Dwayne Hershey, ? Wright, Peggy Souders Grace MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by sisters Judy Knepper Appleby of Waterfall and Harriet Knepper Peak of Carlisle, pictures grades 1-2 at Wells-Taylor Elementary School, Waterfall, during its first year of operation in 1955. Pictured, left to right, back row: Paul Grove, Bob Johnson, Carolyn Cline Peterson, ?, Henry Knepper, Dallas Bard, Linda Earley, Bill Cutchall, ? Mrs. Tritle; front row: Flora Anderson, Cindy Martz Knepper, Leonard Ford, Dennis Lane, Bobby Eisaman, Sandy Appleby Cisney, David Allen Knepper, Gwen Rouzer Seiders, ?, Dwayne Hershey, ? Wright, Peggy Souders Grace 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 18, 1989 '89 Small games of chance are in Fulton County, tax reform is out here and statewide, and Judge William H. Kaye will appear on both

party tickets in the November election, according to the results of Tuesday's primary election.

Two Indian men were hospitalized when their truck hauling munitions crashed along the U.S Route 30 bypass east of McConnellsburg last Tuesday evening. A Ford box-type truck was traveling west on Route 30 last Tuesday when apparently the left rear brake line of the truck had corroded through, causing the brake system to fail.

Fulton County Historical Society's fifth annual Historian of the Year award was presented to Hazel Seville at the society's dinner meeting on April 29. Hazel spends many hours in the historical library on the second floor of the Fulton House, helping local people on Thursdays as they search for information about their ancestors.

Specials at the IGA: pork chops, $1.39 lb.; Parkay margarine, 59 cents, 1-lb. quarters; Pepsi products, 12 pack, 12-oz. cans, $2.99.

Alta Sprowl, Wells Tannery, celebrated her 93rd birthday on May 6 with a small gathering at her home.

Marriage licenses: Jeffrey Shearer, McConnellsburg, and Julie Richards, McConnellsburg; James Peck, Mc- Connellsburg, and Pamela Lininger, McConnellsburg; Douglas Brown, Hustontown, and Connie Harris, Mc- Connellsburg; Jeffrey Warren, Orbisonia, and Deborah Winegardner, Orbisonia; Theodore Brant, Mercersburg, and Tona Feight, Waterfall.

The home of Rev. and Mrs. Roger Truax in Needmore was the setting for a quiet wedding on April 22 when Robert Guerin, Martinsburg, W.Va., and L. Mae Mellott, Needmore, were united in marriage by Rev. Truax.

Mr. and Mrs. Brent Gordon of McConnellsburg, announce the birth of a son, Garrett Russell, on May 4.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Appleby of Shippensburg on May 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Mitchell of Warfordsburg on May 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Curtis of Warfordsburg on May 9.

Deaths: Elizabeth Kline, McConnellsburg; James E. Witt Sr., Johnstown; Goldie Albright, Camp Hill; Mary Houck, McConnellsburg; Howard DeShong, Chambersburg; Stella Bivens, Huntingdon; Russell Ray, Waynesboro; Helen Stoner, Chambersburg; David Polk Sr., Fort Loudon.

A surprise supper was held for Hettie Sipes in honor of her 85th birthday recently.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 17, 1979 '79A strong 54 percent, 2,711, of Fulton County's registered voters voiced their support of local government in Tuesday's primary, giving

every incumbent candidate for county office a spot on the November ballot. In the major county race, Democratic incumbents Delmar Mellott and Donald Bard again received their party's nomination for commissioner, Mellott earning the most votes, 703 to 576. The three Democratic challengers, Kenneth Lee Glazier, Sara Zechman and Richard Garlock, ran a tight race of their own for third place, Glazier gaining the edge with 414 to Zechman's 384 and Garlock's 362. On the Republican side, incumbent commissioner W. Edward Palmer won the right to seek a third term, but was outdistanced in the primary by newcomer Donald "Pete" Culler. Culler scored an easy victory with 640 votes to Palmer's 455. Thurman Nesbitt, who along with Palmer, earned the Republican nomination in 1975, failed to qualify for the November election this go-around, finishing third with 394 votes. Cecil Fraker, 304, and Lyle Mellott, 183, rounded out the Republican tallies in the commissioner race.

Last week's unseasonably high temperatures, which rose in the 90s toward the end of the week, were broken on Sunday by a much-needed rain.

A 21-year-old Bowling Green, Ohio, woman was killed Saturday when the car in which she and six other Bowling Green State University students were riding went out of control on Interstate 70, exit 30, at 10:30 Saturday night.

Specials at the IGA: turkey hind quarters, 59 cents lb.; Clorox, 69 cents a gallon; granulated sugar, 99 cents, 5 lbs.; Pepsi Cola, eight 10-ozs. bottles, $1.59; Era liquid, $1.39, 23 ozs.

Wild turkeys usually have one beard, sometimes two, but very rarely three. The one shot by Gene Stenger, Mc- Connellsburg, on Friday had a nine-inch beard and two smaller ones. Stenger was hunting "somewhere in Fulton County" with Alan Huston, who was doing the calling, when he nailed the 20-pound bird, the first he's ever bagged. Hunting has been good during this spring gobbler season with more turkeys in the woods than have been seen for some years.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Carmack of Mercersburg on May 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Shives of Breezewood on May 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Starliper Jr., Mercersburg, on May 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Fischer of Crystal Spring on May 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Golden of Warfordsburg on May 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michel Stepanik of Warfordsburg on May 9.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Jane Hays, McConnellsburg; Wilbert A. Hall, Shade Gap; Craig S. Smith, North Rose, N. Y.

The afternoon marriage ceremony of Michelle Ann Shafer and Matt Stewart Hill took place April 28 in the United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Shafer of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hill of Big Cove Tannery.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 29, 1969 '69 Dr. Florence C. Villa is the name of the new doctor who will be taking over the practice of Dr. Robert Fry on June 15 when Dr. Fry

leaves the community to take a residency at the Geisinger Memorial Hospital in Danville. Dr. Villa is a native of the Philippine Islands and comes to Mc- Connellsburg from the Wyoming General Hospital in Mullens, W.Va., where he has been a member of the staff since July 1968.

More than 500 people attended the dedication ceremonies for the new Highway Department building north of McConnellsburg on Friday, where state secretary of highways Robert Bartlett delivered the dedication address.

During the latter part of World War II, the late Sgt. Paul Shimer Jr. was recognized by the city of Southampton, England, as the "Millionth Yank" to pass through that city's port on the way to combat in Europe. Sgt. Shimer later lost his life in that combat. In memory of Sgt. Shimer and all other American soldiers who gave their lives in conflict to protect England and other nations from the Nazis, the British Legion annually sends the McConnellsburg American Legion a wreath made by disabled British soldiers to be placed on a memorial to WWII soldiers in Sgt. Shimer's home town. As has been the custom for more than 20 years, the wreath is placed on a memorial near the Fulton County Courthouse by the late sergeant's mother, Mrs. Paul S. Shimer. Again this year, Mrs. Shimer will participate in this ceremony.

Fire of undetermined origin destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Powell, Needmore, on Monday leaving the family of seven homeless.

Marriage licenses: Howard L. Strait of Chambersburg and Leah Taylor of Burnt Cabins; Darl Rohm of Mc- Connellsburg and Victoria Stumbaugh of Chambersburg.

The parents of the graduating students of the Mc- Connellsburg High School were hosts at a party for the class at Tuscarora Summit Inn on Tuesday night.

Men in service: Sgt. Thomas C. Abbott of Mc- Connellsburg received the Vietnamese Psychological Warfare Medal at Nha Trang Air Base in Vietnam recently. Technical Sgt. Donald O. Bard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orland H. Bard of McConnellsburg, is on duty at Tuy Hoa Air Base in Vietnam.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hanks, Warfordsburg, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 27.

Specials at the IGA: franks, 49 cents lb.; IGA soda, 10 cents 1 pt. bottle; IGA potato chips, 49 cents, 1-lb. bag; IGA buns, 25 cents, 12-oz. pkg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Knepper of Waterfall on May 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gordon of Mercersburg on May 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Shearer of McConnellsburg on May 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dale McQuade of Mc- Connellsburg on May 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Mellott of Needmore on May 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Beegle of Beezewood on May 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Johnson of Hopewell on May 21.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: "West Side Story," and "The Lost Continent." Playing at the Hancock Drive-In: 4 big features, Elvis Presley in "Clambake," Dean Martin in "Murders' Row," James Coburn in "Waterhole, No. 3" and Kirk Douglas in "Thunder Road."

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Ellen Thompson, McConnellsburg; Jesse M. Keith, Alexandria; Robert R. Cromer, Newburg; Charles N. Cutchall, Three Springs.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of May 28, 1959 '59 Mrs. Walter R. Sloan, who has been a patient at the Medical Center for the past few weeks, was transferred to Hagerstown Hospital

on Sunday.

Mrs. Olive Mellott was admitted to the Medical Center on Friday.

Mrs. Roy Sheeder of town is a patient in Hagerstown Hospital.

Mrs. Annie Finniff of Chambersburg, only sister of Mrs. Ida Lininger of town, is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital.

Miss Nancy Horton of town, a student at Fairfax Hall in Virginia, won a blue ribbon last week in the Spring Horse Show at the school for her horsemanship (over fences) competition and a white one in the intermediate equitation class.

A strawberry, measuring four by five inches, was picked this week form the patch owned by George Gray of Warfordsburg. The News would be glad to hear of any bigger ones grown by its many readers.

State police were called to the Esso Station on Route 522 north of town after the owner, George Snyder, had locked up on Sunday night and shortly thereafter his son told him there was someone in the office part of the building. Both father and son waited until the intruder came out of the building, grabbed him and then called the police. After the police arrived, the intruder, an 18- year-old Greensburg man, admitted that he had robbery in mind, but Snyder said no money was taken. Further investigation by the police, however, revealed that the intruder was driving a 1959 MG stolen from a South Carolina Air Force base. It was also discovered that the intruder was AWOL from the base. On Monday, police were called to the Mumma Gulf Station near Fort Littleton after the till had been rifled. Two 16-year-old boys from Long Island, N.Y., were picked up as they were hitchhiking on the turnpike and, after questioning, admitted waiting until the garage attendant was busy and then rifled the till. The money was found on the boys and returned to Mumma, and the boys were turned over to the custody of their parents. Also on Monday, two youths from the lower end of the county were picked up by police and turned over to the sheriff of Berkeley Springs, where they were being sought on a burglary charge in West Virginia.

The all-star baseball game between two teams made up of outstanding high school players of Fulton County will be held in McConnellsburg tonight. Selected for the all-star honors were the following boys: Forbes Road - Dale Keebaugh, D. Brown, R. Wright and J. Black; Green Hill - Denny Orth, C. Wible, E. Sipes and J. Fetterhoff; Southern Fulton - G. Booth, E. Hann, P. Bohrer and L. Palmer and McConnellsburg - B. Kendall, B. Alexander, Buterbaugh and L. Ray. The all-stars will be coached by Harry Blaine of Forbes Road and Wayne McLaughlin of Mc- Connellsburg. If the crowd attending warrants, this all-star game will be made an annual event.

Two McConnellsburg High School students participated in the PIAA state championship meet at the Pennsylvania State University on Saturday. Richard Cover won a gold medal for taking first place in the 440 yard run, his time was 51.6 seconds. Larry Ray won a bronze medal for taking fifth place in the one mile run. His time was four minutes, 41 seconds.

Unemployment compensation checks disbursed last week totalled 174,698, with a monetary value of $4,736,059.

Robert "Buck" Weaver, 17- year-old son of Mrs. Jean Weaver of Webster Mills, was rushed by ambulance to the Medical Center last Friday evening after a car on which he was doing some repair work moved and crushed him beneath in a sitting position. Unable to breathe because of the weight of the car, he lost consciousness and remained unconscious for about eight hours. Later, X-rays revealed that four thoracic vertebrae had been fractured. Luckily his friends, Dick Miller and Denny Black, were present when the accident happened. These two boys gave the alarm and, in a matter of minutes, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Black and their daughter, Joyce, were on the scene. Between them, they managed to lift the car enough so that Mr. Black could extricate Buck. Dr. McLucas and the staff at the Medical Center painstakingly worked on the youth to get oxygen back into his body, and he is now expected to make a full recovery.

Six county students received degrees from Shippensburg this year. They are Frederick K. Bolinger of Wells Tannery; Sarah Ann Johnston of McConnells- burg; William McKee Jr. of Amaranth; Richard Claude Price of Harrisonville; Phyllis Arlene Spade of Needmore and Galen R. Winegardner of Fort Littleton.

The Mary Howe Trio will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Friday night.

Two McConnellsburg students will get degrees from Elizabeth College on June 1. They are Earl Mellon and William Hamil.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jobe Harr of Needmore on May 22.

Marriage licenses issued at the local courthouse during April and May included the following: Bruce Harris of McConnellsburg and Joyce Gallagher of Clear Ridge; Johnnie Clugston and Ruth Murphy, both of Shade Gap; Sheldon D. Deshong of Harrisonville and Ann C. Miller, McConnellsburg; Derwood T. Orr of Severa, Md.; and Joyce Ann Waters of Burnt Cabins; James M. Stahle and Oneda S. Paylor, both of Mercersburg; Lewis Paul Harntan Jr. of Hagerstown and Marie Watkins of Robertsdale; Harold McClellan Sipes and Catherine Alice Gress, both of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Carl E. Sheeder of Everett; Mrs. Della Everts of Wood; George B. Evans of Big Cove Tannery; Grace Lake of McConnellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 2, 1949 '49 Borough Council awarded a contract to K.G. Richards of

McConnellsburg on Monday evening for building Main Street in the southeast section of town. His bid totalled $2,150.

Mrs. Ida Hawkins of Hustontown underwent an operation at the Everett Hospital last Friday.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Max Edwards of Harrisonville on May 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Garland of McConnellsburg on May 30.

An unexpectedly large crowd turned out last Thursday for the first appearance of the Mc- Connellsburg Band in the school auditorium and left feeling amazed at what they had seen and heard. The band is currently directed by Forrest Hunsicker, teacher of instrumental music at Bedford.

Deaths: Charley J. Mann of Hancock; Sylvanius Brown of Detroit, Mich.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 1, 1939 '39 Almeta Brown, 16, Hustontown, received lacerations of

the left knee last Wednesday when she turned her bicycle into the path of a car while on her way to the Taylor Township School.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Ann Aller of Camp Hill; Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Runyan of Chambersburg.

The annual convention of the Fulton County Sabbath School Association will be held this Friday and Saturday in Warfordsburg.

On an outdoor stage, decorated with green pine and roses, county students were graduated from the Taylor Township High School at Hustontown. The service, held on Tuesday evening, was witnessed by about 400 people. This was the largest class ever graduated from this school.

Mr. and Mrs. H. Johnston of Webster Mills have uncovered the grave of Mrs. Johnston's great-grandfather, Abraham Lesher, in the Lutheran Cemetery in McConnellsburg. Mr. Lesher was buried on May 19, 1839, at the age of 82 years. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, enlisting in Berks County as a private. The Johnstons placed a flag on the grave, which hitherto had been unmarked.

A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Brown of Fort Littleton last week.

Jean Mentzer and Charles Goes were the winners this year of the eighth-grade school award given annually by the Mc- Connellsburg Woman's Club. They each received $5 in recognition of their fine record the past year. The awards were also given on the basis of scholarship, citizenship and athletics. Mrs. George Reisner, president of the club, made the awards on Monday morning. Howard Peck is the eighth-grade teacher.

Miss Reba Crouse, honor student of the McConnellsburg School, was awarded the John M. Spangler scholarship at the commencement exercises in the high school auditorium on Friday evening. The scholarship, valued at $300 in any Pennsylvania College giving degrees, was presented by Harold C. Welsh, superintendent of the schools.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mellott of Hustontown at Chambersburg Maternity Home last week.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of May 30, 1929 '29 Deaths: Morgan M. Barton of Bedford County, a Civil War

veteran; Lloyd A. Mellott of Altoona; Mrs. Charles C. Philips of Detroit, Mich.; infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Morton of near Andover; Prof. David C. Stunkard of Pleasant Valley.

The Fulton Electric Light, Heat and Power Co. has filed with the Public Service Commission a new tariff schedule which will reduce rates here, effective June 1.

Recent births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Reed Clugston of Ayr Township on May 21; a daughter, Laure to Mr. and Mrs. Mac Elmer Lynch of Ayr Township on May 11; a son, George Vincent, to Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Edward Hewett of Ayr Township on May 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg on May 12; a daughter, Mildred May, to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Richards of Ayr Township on May 12.

Cloyd Naugle of Burnt Cabins is nursing a broken finger.

A memorial window has been placed in the church at Nossville in memory of John Kling, husband of Mrs. Amanda Kling of Burnt Cabins.

Leonard Holland and Gladys Tice were married recently.

The eight graduates of the local school this year are Isabel Patterson, Alma Kendall, Beulah Henry, Kermit Bard, Ernest Harris, Katherine Kendall, Colonel Keefer and Richard Fraker.

Born: a son on Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Steach.

Deaths: Miss Vera Jones of Piney Plains, well known for her excessive weight. At a very early age, she weighed 400 pounds.

Edgar S. Krug has completed his medical course at the Jefferson College.

A double surprise party was held on Saturday evening in honor of the birthdays of George Glunt and his daughter, Mrs. Rouzer, his 55th and her 24th.

Lewis Garlock, who last fall purchased the Glenn Ritchey store, filling station and campgrounds in the east end of town, has purchased the triangular piece of ground at the intersection of the highways. This lot is about a half-acre in size and the price paid was $5,000. Mr. Garlock is now building a garage there.

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