2009-06-04 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by sisters Judy Knepper Appleby of Waterfall and Harriet Knepper Peak of Carlisle, pictures the Wells-Taylor Elementary School, Waterfall, during its first year of operation in 1955. Pictured, left to right, back row: Donald Horne, Roger Winters, David Cook, Marie McQuait, ?, ?, Carl Barnett, ?, ?; Front: ?, Carl Snyder, Brenda Snyder, Linda Bishop Truax, ?, Rodney Wible, Ronald Horne, Faye Witter Butts, Bob Johnson, ? Martz, Bonnie Walker Santana, ? Wright This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by sisters Judy Knepper Appleby of Waterfall and Harriet Knepper Peak of Carlisle, pictures the Wells-Taylor Elementary School, Waterfall, during its first year of operation in 1955. Pictured, left to right, back row: Donald Horne, Roger Winters, David Cook, Marie McQuait, ?, ?, Carl Barnett, ?, ?; Front: ?, Carl Snyder, Brenda Snyder, Linda Bishop Truax, ?, Rodney Wible, Ronald Horne, Faye Witter Butts, Bob Johnson, ? Martz, Bonnie Walker Santana, ? Wright 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 1, 1989 '89 Cmdr. William Hine delivered the memorial address during ceremonies held at Union Cemetery on May 29. Veterans'

graves were decorated at Union Cemetery as well as at McConnellsburg cemeteries as part of homage paid to those who have served our country.

Mike Newman of Forbes Road won the first state track and field medal in the school's history when he placed sixth in the Class AA 1600-meter race at the state track and field meet held last Saturday at Shippensburg University. Newman, a senior, placed sixth in the event with a time of four minutes, 31.38 seconds, allowing him to edge the seventh-place runner by less than a second. What makes Newman's performance so special is that Forbes does not even have field a track and field team. Newman trains himself and runs in Mc- Connellsburg meets in order to qualify for district and state competitions.

JLG Industries has reported the most quarterly and nine months sales and net income of its history. Income for the third fiscal quarter was $2 million. This compares to income of $1.8 million for the 1988 reporting year.

One of the largest employers in the county happens to be a large motel-truck plaza complex located off the Town Hill exit of Intersate 70 in Brush Creek Township. The site of the former Town Hill Motel operated by John and Violet Nebel was purchased by the Ashbridge Oil Co. of Johnstown and Bedford in 1987. Since that time, the company has constructed a Texaco service station truck plaza and the Days Inn Motel to go along with the Four Seasons Restaurant already there.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Crouse of McConnellsburg on May 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beam of Chambersburg on May 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Ward of Warfordsburg on May 21.

Morris and Charlotte Crouse of Hustontown are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Pamela Jurlene, to Edward John Karczewski of Mc- Connellsburg.

Deaths: Lucinda Covert, Orbisonia; Victor Mort, Six Mile Run; Beulah Truax, Burnt Cabins; Hazel Clingan, Boonsboro; Opal Seavolt, Hancock.

Marriage licenses: Jeffrey Shearer, McConnellsburg, and Julia Richards, McConnellsburg; Jeffrey Warren, Orbisonia, and Deborah Winegardner, Orbisonia; Theodore Brant, McConnellsburg, and Tona Feight, Waterfall; Roy Souders, Wells Tannery, and Terry Shumate, Hustontown; Michael DeShong, Harrisonville, and Sheila Shives, Needmore; Marvin Weicht, Warfordsburg, and Rhonda Evereitt, Hancock; Mark Mowry, Virginia Beach, Va., and Tamara Kerr, Springfield, Va.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of May 31, 1979 '79 A fire that began sometime Friday destroyed a two-story log house owned by Fred Waite, McConnellsburg. Five units of

the McConnellsburg Fire Co. responded to the blaze, but were unable to save the structure located on Peach Orchard Road about four miles north of Mc- Connellsburg. The house, valued at $17,000, was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Pennsylvania State Police investigated the fire as a possible arson. However, a report filed by the police listed the cause of the fire as a short in the electrical system and noted that there had been several electrical storms in the area during the time the fire is suspected to have started.

Two men robbed Mellott's Grocery in Webster Mills last Thursday after knocking 87-year-old owner Rankin Mellott to the floor and made off with about $305 in bills from the cash register. According to police, two males, both in their late teens, entered the store and purchased some articles. When Mellott opened the register to make change, one of the men struck him in the left side with an elbow and knocked him to the floor. The men then took approximately $305 out of the register, leaving the change and some one-dollar bills and fled north on Route 522.

An Illinois man was killed Thursday when he apparently fell asleep and drove his car into the rear of a tractor trailer parked along I-70 near the Pennsylvania- Maryland state line. Police reported that the Mustang driven by William J. Foertsch, Champaign, Ill., was eastbound on I-70 when it drifted onto the south berm and collided with the parked truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Russell C. McLucas. This was the third fatal accident to occur on Interstate 70 since May 12 and marks the fourth highway fatality of the year in Fulton County.

Specials at the IGA; macaroni and cheese, 5 for $1; turkey drumsticks, 49 cents lb.; longhorn cheese, $1.49 lb.; Crisco shortening, $1.00, 3-lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Corbett of Chambersburg on May 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Noble Peck of Needmore on May 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Saylor of Mc- Connellsburg on May 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Gordon of Mercersburg on May 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edsel Eaton of Fannettsburg on May 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Appel of Hancock on May 25.

Three students from Fulton County received degrees from Bob Jones University of Greenville, S.C., on May 30. They are Victoria Kendall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Kendall; Daniel Leese, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Leese of Needmore; and Ruth Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Ray Anderson of Three Springs.

Deaths: Harry S. Knepper, Three Springs; Mrs. Maude Hess, McConnellsburg; Joseph Gates, Cavetown; Henry S. Davis, Baltimore; Omer L. Sullivan Sr., Little Orleans, Md.; John Norris, Shady Grove; Miriam J. Greenland, Three Springs.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 12, 1969 '69 Two little girls were struck by motor vehicles in separate accidents in Fulton County last Wednesday evening. The first mishap occurred

at 6:30 p.m. when 3-year-old Valerie Lee Zittle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clem House of Hustontown, was struck by a pickup truck in the driveway of her home, driven by her 17-year-old step-brother. The child was taken to the Medical Center by her parents and then transferred to the Hagerstown hospital, suffering from a severe head injury. Her condition is listed as "fair." Prior to the accident, three of the Houses' small children had been in the back of the pickup truck and had been lifted out by the 17-year-old boy and told to go into the house. The 3-year-old was hit on the head by the rear bumper of the truck as the youth was backing the vehicle out of the driveway. On Wednesday evening at 8:45 p.m. Beatrice Lucille Tyler, 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mills of Warfordsburg, was hit by a car after alighting from a bus at Palmer's Store in Warfordsburg. The bus was being used to transport children home after attending Bible School at the Bethel Mennonite Church and was stopped with its red lights flashing. The child suffered brush burns and bruises and was taken to Berkeley Springs Hospital, where she was treated and released.

A two-day bear season and an approximate 25 percent reduction in the number of antlerless deer licenses are among the most significant changes in the official 1969-70 hunting season established last Tuesday by the PA Game Commission.

The second annual Tuscarora Mountain Hillclimb will be held June 21 and 22 at McConnellsburg.

Max Stackhouse, Dick Cover and Tom Howells returned Wednesday from a five-day camping and fishing trip.

Mr. and Mrs. James Ingram of McConnellsburg observed their 30th wedding anniversary on Wednesday of this week.

Marriage licenses: Gary Truax of Hancock and M. Wildena Williams of Crystal Spring; Roy Knepper of Hustontown and Sandra Kling of Burnt Cabins; Robert Fagley of Harrisonville and Alice Betts of Warfordsburg; Clarence Cooper of Chambersburg and Sandra Knepper of Waterfall.

Men in Service: Airman William H. Woodal, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold R. Woodal of Needmore, has graduated from a U.S. Air Force Technical School at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois. Airman John E. Plessinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Plessinger of Warfordsburg, has completed his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Souders, son of Charles Souders of McConnellsburg, has received the Air Medal at Seymour Johnson Air Force, North Carolina, for air action in Southeast Asia.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Elden Grissinger of Dublin Mills wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Karen Lynn, to Dennis Lee Long, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Long of New Grenada.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Seiders of McConnellsburg on May 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Weller of Hancock on May 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Clippinger of Waterfall on May 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shipley of Everett on June 2.

Miss Ann Margaert Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Walker of Harrisonville, became the bride of Grady Howard Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Grady Howard Sr. of York in a ceremony performed at two o'clock Saturday afternoon, May 10, at Center United Methodist Church.

Deaths: Mrs. Olive Mellott, McConnellsburg; S. Raymond Cromer, Lewisville.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 11, 1959 '59 Mr. and Mrs. Jack Grafton of Hidden Valley Ranch, Arock, Ore., visited Col. and Mrs. Chester A. Davis following their attendance

at graduation exercises at Annapolis. Charles Davis, son of Col. and Mrs. Dave, has been employed on this ranch in Arock for the past three years.

Don Henry Chubb, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Chubb, who graduated from Stevens Trade School in Lancaster on May 21, has accepted a position with a Lancaster building contractor.

Hon. M.H. Garlock became suddenly ill in Harrisburg on Monday while attending the Assembly sessions. A doctor was called to render aid and, after resting at his hotel, Mr. Garlock returned to his home here on Wednesday.

Nancy Naugle received her degree from Fairfax Hall in Waynesboro, Va., last week.

Those from here who attended the spring 4-Council meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary at the Upper Path Valley Presbyterian Church on Thursday morning were Mrs. Fred Lamberson, Mrs. Bess Guyer, Mrs. Vallie Lowe, Mrs. Mary Morton and Mrs. Lou Hockensmith.

Shirley Ott and Nancy Horton have secured employment at the Howard Johnson restaurant at Breezewood for the summer months.

Larry Cisney, who was visiting his brother and sisterin law, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Cisney, in Pittsburgh, underwent an emergency appendectomy at the Pittsburg Hospital on Monday.

A letter from Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Lininger in Pittsburgh to his mother, Mrs. Ida Lininger, informed her that thieves broke into their apartment, stealing about $300 worth of jewelry, money and clothes.

Mrs. William Ingram of Hancock celebrated her 80th birthday on May 30 at the home of her brother, A.R. Williams of Big Cove Tannery.

Letters will go out all over the county this week to doctors, ministers, business leaders and organization heads to learn their interest in the continuance of the Red Cross' various programs in Fulton County, most of which have failed to spark any degree of cooperation from the community.

James F. Sloan of Zullinger, a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Sloan of town, received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State last week. The same day, he was sworn in as a second lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve, having completed the program of the Reserve Officers Training Corps. He is also a graduate of the Valley Forge Military Academy.

Marriage licenses were issued this week to these couples: Elton Marshall Bequeath Jr. of Everett and Helen Keebaugh of McConnellsburg; Blaine Thomas Gordon of Needmore and Donna Jane Bard of Harrisonville and Kenneth L. Glazier and Sharon A. Mellott, both of Mc- Connellsburg.

The Federal Aviation Agency has installed a Vortac station on a large cleared area on top of Tuscarora Mountain which will send out radio signals to aircraft flying on automatic pilot which will direct them to the next Vortac station. The station, which is completely enclosed by a heavy wire fence, has aroused such curiosity among Fulton countians, it was explained on a guided tour last week by District Forester Fred W. Shearer to Mrs. Greathead, editor of the News and a reporter from the Waynesboro Record Herald.

Eliza M. Corbin, home economist, has returned to the states for a vacation after two years in far-off Saigon as a home economics extension advisor with the International Cooperative Administration's Mission to Vietnam.

Herman Carbaugh of McConnellsburg and Carolyn Benedict of Mercersburg were married on June 6..

Harry J. Okeson, son of Mrs. Anna Okeson of Burnt Cabins, was recently awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Indiana Techncal College at Fort Wayne. More than 250 young men received degrees.

A dinner was served on the lawn at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Ward on Sunday, celebrating the birthday of Mrs. Marcus Layton on May 31 and Gene Ward on June 1.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Melius of McConnellsburg on June 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Smith of Cashtown on June 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kylor of Shade Gap on June 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson of Mc- Connellsburg on June 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Powell of Warfordsburg on June 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Branche of McConnellsburg on June 4; a daughter to Rev. and Mrs. W. Sherwood Thomas on June 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer Hann of Harrisonville on June 3.

The total number of unemployment checks issued this week was 220,694, with a monetary value of $5,983,008.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Cherry Auarelia Cooper to William Frostcher Jr.

Deaths: Cletus R. Deneen of Warfordsburg and Samuel Logan Wible of McConnellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of June 16, 1949 '49 "God's Challenge To The Rural Church" was the title of an address which won a gold medal for Earl Gordon of McConnellsburg at

Future Farmers Week at State College.

Almost $3,400 was spent by the Borough Council last week to resurface the streets of McConnellsburg.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mayford Brady of Mc- Connellsburg on June 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mellott of Needmore on June 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Lequear of McConnellsburg on June 10.

Harvey H. Clevenger, former representative, was unanimously elected Republican County chairman at a meeting of township committeemen in the courthouse on Saturday night.

Lamont Oakman of the U.S. Marine Corps at Indianhead, Md., was injured by an accidental shot from a revolver. No other details are given except that he is recovering in the Naval Hospital at Bethesda.

Howard Arthur Walker and Martha Alice Johnston were married on June 7.

Deaths: Joseph C. Fisher of Big Cove Tannery; Amos Stephens of Waterfall; Cheryl Elaine Stonge of Port Matilda and Mary Alice (Funk) Mellott.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 15, 1939 '39 Construction of the South Penn super highway across Pennsylvania is nearing peak level. Last week, the Turnpike Commission awarded

the contracts for the excavation of the Rays Hill tunnel to Mason and Hanger Inc. of York at their bid of $1,540,718.50.

Deaths: John J. Mumma of Laidig; Hiram Y. Reese of Cove Gap.

Rev. and Mrs. William J. Lowe received a telegram Wednesday announcing the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Black of Oklahoma City.

Robert Earley of Mc- Connellsburg was admitted to the Chambersburg Hospital on Monday and Martha Harr of Big Cove Tannery was discharged the same day.

At a recent special meeting of the local school board Joseph Shelly was elected agriculture teacher to replace Dave Jones. At the regular meeting on Tuesday evening, Evelyn Louise Boger was elected home economics teacher to replace Mrs. Walter Woodal, who has asked for a leave of absence for one year.

During the past year, 70 arrests were made for game law violations in Fulton County and 69 convictions were obtained with 12 defendants being committed to the county jail to serve a total of 146 days. During the same period, the local game protector received 221 compliants of violations, all of which he investigated.

Norris Elmer Hoover, 50, for many years the editor of the Fulton Democrat, died suddenly Tuesday morning, following a stroke. Employees of the newspaper found him in the small room above the printing office, suffering from the effects of a severe stroke, and, although aid was summoned immediately, he passed away within a few minutes. Thus was ended a career which brought Mr. Hoover in close contact with public life in Fulton County for many years. He served two terms as representative in the General Assembly from Fulton County, being first elected in 1922. An astute and lifelong Democrat, he assumed the editorship of the Fulton Democrat in 1926.

Russell C. Eadie and Elizabeth Findley were married on June 9.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Hill of McConnellsburg announce the birth of a daughter on June 13 at Chambersburg Maternity Home.

Roy Daniels and Mary Barnett were wed June 1.

In Fulton County last week, eight applicants were added to the relief rolls, making a total of 58 cases handled at a cost of $361.90.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has called for bids to be opened June 20 for the first paving on the super highway between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. The first paving will be done in Cumberland County.

Misses Bess and Lillian Grissinger entertained at a garden party last Friday evening in honor of the 12th birthday of their niece, Marjorie.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of June 13, 1929 '29 Harrison Hoover received his degree of Master of Laws on

June 4 from the city College of Law and Finance in St. Louis. He is now with the United States Auditor's Department of Missouri.

Ray's Bakery has bought a new delivery car from the R&G Motor Co. It is being driven on the local route by Walter Ray.

Lines have been laid out for the new home of David A. Washabaugh Jr. on Lincoln Way West, next to the Tom Johnston residence.

Elwood Mellott and Emma Harris were wed June 1.

The Farmers Supply Co. of Everett has purchased the agricultural implement business of T.J. Comerer on South Second Street. M.W. Hauger of Somerset will be the manager.

J.K. Johnston and daughter Beulah left on Thursday for New York and on Friday sailed for England on the steamer Majestic.

R.M. Cline advertises the Marqwuette, the "most complete car ever offered," for $965.

Specials at the Pen Mar: oleo, 25 cents; seedless raisins, 8 cents; 3 cans of peas, 25 cents; jumbo fish, 10 cents; coffee, 31 cents; fly swatters, 6 cents.

Milo E. Underhill and Ethel Flo Trogler were married on May 19.

Veteran Scott Hann, one of Fulton County's few surviving veterans of the Civil War, was in town on Wednesday. He walked here from Webster Mills.

Bernine June Bivens marked her eighth birthday on June 4.

Death: Charles Durland of Watkins, N.Y.

Word has been received here that Mrs. Charles Schaadt of the United Daughters of the Confederacy of Richmond, Va., will come to McConnellsburg on July 2 for the unveiling and dedication of the monument on the graves of T.A. Shelton and W.B. Moore, the two Confederate soldiers who were killed in action here on June 30, 1863.

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, 1863. 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.

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