2009-05-28 / From Days Gone By


MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Chalmer Strait of Warfordsburg, pictures the 1978 Buck Valley Little League team. Front row, left to right: Curtis Schetrompf, Ronnie Mills, Gary Sheeder, Randy Carpenter, Lee Kump, Adriel Fletcher; middle row: Bill Vanorsdale, Grant Diehl, Brian Strait, Gary Wills, Chris Munson, Wilber Peck; back row: Coach Chalmer Strait, Eric Stahle, Dwayne Northcraft. MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Chalmer Strait of Warfordsburg, pictures the 1978 Buck Valley Little League team. Front row, left to right: Curtis Schetrompf, Ronnie Mills, Gary Sheeder, Randy Carpenter, Lee Kump, Adriel Fletcher; middle row: Bill Vanorsdale, Grant Diehl, Brian Strait, Gary Wills, Chris Munson, Wilber Peck; back row: Coach Chalmer Strait, Eric Stahle, Dwayne Northcraft. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 25, 1989 '89 Cove Creek, like all county streams, swelled over its banks during this month's endless rains.

Helen Overly, president of Overly-Raker Inc. of Mc- Connellsburg, has announced that effective May 17, the Overly-Raker manufacturing factory has been temporarily closed due to a Pennsylvania Labor and Industry statute prohibiting in-home sewing. Overly-Raker subcontracted with as many as 150 workers who sew in their homes and provide the factory with the materials needed to produce the line of soft sculpture. An inspector visited the local factory on May 11 and inquired as whether or not the company uses in-home workers. Such practices were in violation of a 1937 law entitled the Industrial Homework Law.

William Hine of Harrisonville will be the guest speaker at Memorial Day services to be held at Union Cemetery on May 29.

An accidental fire has left a Licking Creek Township family of five temporarily homeless. The call was received last Friday for a structure fire at the home of Edgar Mellott on Cherry Lane Road and Breezy Point. The fire apparently began in an upstairs bedroom of the wood frame home.

McConnellsburg Jaycees held its annual awards banquet on May 6 at the American Legion. K.G. Richards was presented with the "Boss of the Year" award, and Dwight Washabaugh was named the Jaycee of the Year.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sokes of Hancock on May 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Chilcote of Greencastle on May 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Richards of Breezewood on May 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Diehl of Warfordsburg on May 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Rainwater of Chambersburg on May 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Miller of Hustontown on May 17.

Denver and Dorothy DeShong announce the engagement of their daughter, Jill, to Kent Stains, son of Earl and Goldie Stains of Hustontown.

Deaths: Luella Mellott, McConnellsburg; Delmar Ramsey, McConnellsburg; Paul Truax Sr., Waynesboro; Paul Truax Jr., Waynesboro; Dennis Ulsh, Needmore; Stella Exline, Hancock; Charles Heath, Broad Top City.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 24, 1979 '79 Election night saw quite a crowd waiting around the courthouse for the results 'til the wee hours of the morning, 3:00 a.m. to be

exact, but nothing like it used to be years ago; never an election night went by that the courthouse was not overrun with rabid partisans and it never failed, someone would have to be thrown out bodily when the arguments would get too boisterous. That does not seem so long ago either, but perhaps my mind deceives me.

Children and even a few adults began to gather at the McConnellsburg Fairgrounds early Saturday morning to watch as The Great American Circus prepared for two Saturday afternoon performances. Spectators say it was one of the best circuses to come to town in recent years. Both shows were packed.

The gasoline shortage has begun to bother more than just the motorist out for a Sunday drive. Locally, there have been reports of a moderate slump in business, and the businessmen are blaming it on the gasoline crunch. Downes Motel near the turnpike at Fort Littleton reports that business has been slow this May compared to past years. Several local restaurants are blaming the price of gas and the shortages of gasoline available for a drop in the number of their out-of-county customers. Most local gas stations have not yet decided whether to close the pumps on Memorial Day or not, and say that the decision will depend on their gasoline supplies.

Bolstering the News' effort to provide current and complete coverage of Fulton County events, Dwight Harvey, 26, has recently joined the News reporting staff.

A tractor-trailer of corn syrup overturned last Tuesday morning at the truck runoff on Sideling Hill in Licking Creek Township. The Lafayette, Ind., driver was descending U.S. 30 on Sideling Hill when the brakes of his 1973 Peterbilt tractor-trailer began to overheat and he pulled onto the truck runoff. The vehicle began to drift backwards and he lost control. The tractor and a tanker containing 40,000 pounds of corn syrup overturned.

Jana Faye Brown and Donald H. Keebaugh were united in marriage in Walnut Grove Church of God on February 24. Parents of the couple are Ralph and Erma Brown of Orbisonia and L.D. and Jean Keebaugh of Fort Littleton.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Lynch of McConnellsburg on May 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Bowman of Hancock on May 16; a son to Mr and Mrs. Steve Briggs of Fannettsburg on May 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Reed Gordon of Mercersburg on May 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Miller of Mercersburg on May 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Rosenberry of Greencastle on May 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ferron Cromwell of Needmore on May 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Peck of Mc- Connellsburg on May 17.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Morrow Kendall of Mc- Connellsburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Michele Ann, to Andrew Karl Horton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Horton of McConnellsburg.

Cherry Dawn Fraker Hale of Fort Littleton was among 70 seniors graduating from Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Fraker of Fort Littleton.

Deaths: William Conn, McConnellsburg; Samuel Ramsey, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Mary E. Peck, Mc- Connellsburg; Nellie Everetts, McConnellstown; Mrs. Mary Hardesty, Willow Hill; Harry Hanks, Big Cove Tannery.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 5, 1969 '69 Mrs. Richard Hockensmith, the former Mary Estelle Sponsler of Harrisonville, died in Chambersburg Hospital on Saturday as

a result of injuries received in a one-car accident on Friday evening. This was the third fatality in Fulton County this year. Mrs. Hockensmith, a resident of Seabrook, Md., was visiting relatives in the county and was being driven by a foster son, James Miller, 22, home on leave from the Army, to a baseball game at Wells Tannery.

Arson is suspected in a fire which resulted in a loss estimated between $75,000 and $100,000 at the Robert Keefer lumber mill, located near Big Cove Tannery, at approximately midnight on Friday. The owner told firemen he did not carry any insurance on the property because of the exorbitant rates on that type of operation. Three families living near the mill reported hearing muffled explosions before the fire started and that two five-gallon and two two-gallon gasoline cans were found in the debris.

An estimated 10,000 people spent the Memorial Day holiday at Cowans gap State Park, including 1,500 campers who made use of the 300 campsites and other available space until there was no more room for camping and the park superintendent had to turn many away. Even though the park facilities were crowded, the weekend passed without incident except for an alarm sounded for a 6-year-old boy on Friday afternoon when he became separated from his parents on the beach. Fearing that he may have drowned, the beach and swimming area were cleared and volunteers formed a "chain" to search the water. The boy was later found at the campsite where he had gone to look for his parents.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hershey wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Virginia Carolyn, to Landis Brent Stains, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Stains.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Helser of Fort Littleton on May 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bradley of Chambersburg on May 25; a daughter to Mr and Mrs. Thomas Strait of Warfordsburg on May 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Butts of Fort Loudon on May 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jay Mellott of Big Cove Tannery on May 27.

The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. David Hoover entertained approximately 400 guests at an open house held at Mc- Connellsburg Lutheran parsonage on Sunday, May 18, in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Dale Black of Mc- Connellsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sandra to Marvin Richards, son of S. Lee Richards of McConnellsburg.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Leo Foreman of Hustontown wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Patricia Kay, to Ross H. Walters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Walters of Crystal Spring.

Deaths: Herbert R. Zilch, Chambersburg; Warren G. Sample, Orbisonia.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 4, 1959 '59 Dr. and Mrs. D.L. Hohman of Hagerstown announce the birth of a daughter, Rebecca Mae, on May 12. The Hohmans now have

four daughters.

William Hamil received his degree in business and public accounting from Elizabethtown College over the weekend.

Bond has been approved for Cletus Hann as tax collector for Licking Creek Township.

Bob Weaver, who was pinned beneath his automobile last week and narrowly escaped death when his breathing was cut off, returned home from Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday, fitted with a body cast from the chest to the hips. His doctor hopes the four broken vertebrae will be mended in about two months.

David Duncan, guidance counselor at the local high school, is working as an extra driver for Greyhound this summer.

Merril Frank Starr and Treva Mary Mellott were married on April 4.

McConnellsburg Board of Health has instructed Lewis F. Largent, local sanitarian, to make a complete inspection of all food and liquor establishments. He will be accompanied by a representative of the state Department of Health. Operators of such businesses who did not comply fully with state laws will not be issued a license.

Richard H. Rotz of McConnellsburg has won the state scholarship this year. This scholarship amounts to $200 for each of the four years of college work.

Sally Johnston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morrow Johnstown of McConnellsburg, has received her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Shippensburg State Teachers College. She majored in mathematics and English.

These marriage licenses have been issued at the Fulton County Courthouse: Herman Carbaugh of Mc- Connellsburg and Carolyn Benedict of Mercersburg; Reed Richards of McConnellsburg and Nellie Shimer of McConnellsburg; Carl Urban and Barbara Zeger, both of McConnellsburg; Richard Duane Horton of Burnt Cabins and Gail F. Hann of McConnellsburg; Floyd Dean Truax of Hancock and Phyllis Spade of Needmore; Harry Lee Garland of Needmore and Mary Anne Chesnut of Warfordsburg.

Miss Ruth Gordon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. Gordon of McConnellsburg, began her duties on June 1 as extension home economist in Fulton County. She graduated from Indiana State Teachers College on May 26.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank S.Thomas quietly observed their 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday at their home in New Grenada with a few members of their family present.

Joseph Miller Jr. and Sandra Lee Shaw were married on May 16.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mueller of Paw Paw, W.Va., on May 25.

Deaths: Mrs. Gertrude R. Brewer Zimmerman of Mercersburg; William Lewis Barmont of Shippensburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 9, 1949 '49 Pictured on the front page of this issue is Blanche Fix, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fix of McConnellsburg. She is holding a 12-

hour-old calf, the first calf out of an artificiallybred cow ever to be born in Fulton County.

Merrill W. Kerlin was admitted to the Fulton County Bar during a court session here on Monday.

Carl Paylor, outstanding 18-year-old local athlete, has signed a baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds. For the present, he will play with the Reds' farm team at Sunbury at a reported salary of $250 a month.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Mellott of Warfordsburg on June 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Fraker of Burnt Cabins on June 6.

Deaths: Thomas C. Hess of Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Jennie Divens of Knobsville; Mrs. Ida Jane Kline Hawkins of Hustontown; Abram J. Pittman of Mc- Connellsburg.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 8, 1939 '39 Mrs. Herbert Helman of town underwent an operation in the Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia last Wednesday.

Ben Shimer and family moved to Webster Mills last week, where he is assisting Mrs. Olive Crouse in running the store.

Mrs. David Kendall and Miss Mary Louise Grissinger entertained at a party at the latter's home on Thursday evening in honor of the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Grissinger.

Deaths: Mrs. Verna P. Bergstresser of Waterfall; Claude Cuft of Franklin County; Mrs. Mary Ann Aller, wife of Rev. Ellsworth M. Aller of Camp Hill.

The senior farewell party by the Warfordsburg Alumni Association will be held on June 11 at the State Park near Berkeley Springs.

John A. Shelly and Marian Florence Chesnut were married on June 2.

Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Lodge returned home Sunday after a five-week trip through the Western states, during which they drove 8,000 miles in 25 states.

Grant W. Shaffer of Everett, formerly of Rays Cove, was fatally injured in a two-car crash at the Narrows Bridge near Everett on Saturday morning. He died of a crushed chest, fractured neck and internal injuries. Among his survivors is a sister, Mrs. Hays Bivens, of Wells Tannery.

Charles Edward Deavor and Rosa Pearl Mellott were married on June 4.

Fred Hamil, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Hamil of town, was awarded his Mercersburg Academy "M" in baseball by headmaster Boyd Edwards on June 2.

More than 40 persons attended the prayer meeting last Thursday evening in the home of Mrs, Minnie Elvey. These area old-fashioned prayer meetings are conducted by the Church of the Brethren.

The score of the Buck Valley - Hustontown baseball game on June 3 was 15-1 in favor of Buck Valley.

Robert Fleming, Paul Morton, Lawrence Shimer, Thornton Morton, Harry Grissinger, Arthur Leuhers, Paul Shimer Jr. and Robert Shimer attended the auto races at Williams Grove on Sunday.

Junior and Johnnie, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Wright of Johnstown, are spending their vacation with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Wright of Center.

Miss Evangeline Dyer is employed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Funk in Thompson Township, Mrs. Funk having been very poorly for the past two weeks.

Floyd Palmer, Melvin Dougals, Wallace Wertz and Misses Thelma, Marietta and Lucille Douglas of Thompson Township attended the barn dance at Hagerstown Saturday night. The Douglas sisters won the $5 first prize in the barn dance contest.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 6, 1929 '29 John B. Runyan is busy getting the foundation ready for

the marker on the graves of the two Confederate soldiers killed here in the skirmish of June 30, 1883. Of interest in this connection is the fact that John Sheets, a lifelong resident of this place, saw these two soldiers buried 66 years ago.

Deaths: Henry Taylor of Mc- Connellsburg, a Civil War veteran; Mrs. Abigail Morse of Everett.

Born: a son, Robert Franklin, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Peck of Maple Shade, N.J., on May 26. The proud father is the son of Mrs. Nellie Peck, a former resident of McConnellsburg.

Marshall Kelly and Margaret Naugle were wed June 1.

Two McConnellsburg girls, Miss Ruth Kirk and Miss Mary Knauff, are among the Juniata College graduates this year.

At a meeting of the Town Council last Friday night, the tax millage for the current year was reduced two mills, making the levy this year 12 mills, which will net about $3,200.

Clyde, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Beatty of Buck Valley, received a broken arm last week when he fell from a coaster wagon.

Death: Miss Emma Hebner of Buck Valley.

Friends and neighbors of Edwin Brant of Hiram gathered on May 30 to help him raise the frame of his new 46x56 foot barn.

R.O. Shaw, enterprising auto salesman, is opening an auto accessory and radio store in the Stoner building.

H.O. Unger has announced his candidacy for associate judge. He says there have been Ungers in the Cove for 150 years, but he is the first to ever run for

county office.

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