2009-06-11 / 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 Miss Lois Madden's third-grade class at Wells-Taylor Elementary School, Waterfall, during its first year of operation in 1955. Pictured, left to right, back row: Miss Madden, Larry Appleby, ?, Karen Houck, ? Clippinger, ?, ?, ? Newman, Joyce Hann Bookheimer, ?; front row: Renee Helsel Ritchey, Raymond Lane, Arvid Shaw, ?, Linda Knepper, ?, ?, Linda Martz Black, ?, ?, Pauline Neville, Joyce Fetters Mellott, ?, Linda Cutchall Shaw, ? MEMORY JOGGER This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by sisters Judy Knepper Appleby of Waterfall and Harriet Knepper Peak of Carlisle, pictures Miss Lois Madden's third-grade class at Wells-Taylor Elementary School, Waterfall, during its first year of operation in 1955. Pictured, left to right, back row: Miss Madden, Larry Appleby, ?, Karen Houck, ? Clippinger, ?, ?, ? Newman, Joyce Hann Bookheimer, ?; front row: Renee Helsel Ritchey, Raymond Lane, Arvid Shaw, ?, Linda Knepper, ?, ?, Linda Martz Black, ?, ?, Pauline Neville, Joyce Fetters Mellott, ?, Linda Cutchall Shaw, ? 20 Years Ago

From The Files of June 8, 1989 '89 The groundbreaking ceremony for the Warfordsburg Senior Citizen Center was held June 5. The center, to be located along Rt.

522 just north of Warfordsburg, will consist of a 3,360-square-foot one-story wood frame building with brick facing and installation of a well, septic system, driveway and parking area.

A lone gunman made off with about $246 in cash from the Sheetz store at McConnellsburg, in an armed robbery which occurred June 5. After the clerk turned over the paper currency from the cash drawer, the robber fled on foot, running along the east side of the store toward the rear of the building. Police said it was unknown if a vehicle was used in the robbery.

George DeShong of McConnellsburg met up with a young rattlesnake Wednesday morning as he was outside Hollinshead's Store at Penn's Village Shopping Center. DeShong noticed the unusual shopper as he arrived at the store to make a purchase. No one is quite sure how the lethal reptile arrived at the store.

Troy Trail, a senior at Southern Fulton high School, established a school record in track competition. He posted a time of 15.6 in the 110 high hurdles to nip the old record of 15.7 set by Tom Hoffman in 1979. He set the record at the Hancock Invitational track meet in April.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Peck of McConnellsburg on May 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Middaugh Jr. of Shade Gap on May 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dwane Mansberger of Calvin on June 1.

Cedric and Jocelyn Diffenderfer of McConnellsburg, announce the birth of a son on Friday, May 26, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Lori Smith and Mark McCullough exchanged wedding vows on April 22 at Needmore Bible Church. Parents of the couple are Maxine Barton of Crystal Spring and Ray Smith of Harrisonville and Mr. and Mrs. Martin McCullough of Monaca, Pa.

Marriage licenses: Gary Shoemaker, Harrisonville, April Taylor, Harrisonville; Jeffrey Gress, McConnellsburg, and Debra Spoonhour, McConnellsburg; Randolph Schmeling III, Berkeley Springs, and Sharon Bennett, Berkeley Springs; Eugene Horton, McConnellsburg, and Brenda Harris, McConnellsburg.

Berlyn and Mae Cutchall of Hustontown were surprised on May 27 when their children arrived at their door to celebrate Berlyn's 90th birthday and the couples' 66th wedding anniversary.

Deaths: Mildred Crouse, Hustontown; Edward Langhirt, Hustontown; Roy Barthalow, Mercersburg; Eva Rowe, Hagerstown.

30 Years Ago

From The Files of June 7, 1979 '79 The First National Bank is planning to expand its facilities by constructing an additional building in the parking area to the

west, which will make drive-in banking easier. The building will have a new drive-up window, replacing the one installed 11 years ago, and several remote teller units will be added. Construction is expected to begin within the month with completion set for early fall.

It was a sad end to an enjoyable fishing trip when Wade McCray died of a heart attack while being driven home last Friday by his friend, Bob Shimer, from Chincoteague, Va.

Dr. and Ms. Gerald T. Lorentz are vacationing on a tour of Germany.

Harper C. Cline of McConnellsburg suffered back and hip injuries on Friday when he fell approximately 15 feet to the base of a waste-water pumping station construction job near Chambersburg where he was working. He was taken to Chambersburg Hospital and later released and is now getting around with the help of crutches.

One hundred sixty-five seniors will participate in ceremonies as members of their respective county high school classes for the last time this week. McConnellsburg High School graduated 73 at the commencement exercises last Friday. Last Monday, 51 seniors received their diplomas in the Southern Fulton auditorium. Friday the Forbes Road High School will hold commencement exercises honoring their 41 graduating seniors.

Recent weddings: Mitzi Jo Keefer, daughter of John and Norma Keefer of Hancock, and Troy Dalton Large Jr., son of Troy and Elizabeth Large, Warfordsburg, were united in holy matrimony on May 12 at Rehobeth United Methodist Church, Hancock. Dena Kaye Ritz and Tracy James Mellott were united in marriage at Buck Valley United Church of Christ on May 25. Parents of the couple are John and Hope Ritz of Buck Valley and Delmar and Lois Mellott of Warfordsburg. Miss Debbie Marie Martz and Timothy Russell McGarvey were united in marriage on May 19. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Martz of Hustontown. The groom is the son of A. Kay McGarvey and Chauncey J. McGarvey, both of McConnellsburg. Trudy Smith and Anthony Exline were united in marriage on April 21 in the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Ms. Virginia Smith, Hancock, and Glen R. Smith, Warfordsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Exline of Hancock.

Specials at the IGA: Star Kist tuna, 65 cents; Maxwell House instant coffee, 10 ozs., $3.99; Borden's ice cream, $1.19, half gallon.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marlyn Younker of Hancock on May 25.

Deaths: Edward W. McCray, Easton; Olive F. Wilson, New Cumberland.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 19, 1969 '69 An estimated 200 or more sports car drivers and thousands of sports car enthusiasts are expected to converge on Mc-

Connellsburg this weekend with the second annual Tuscarora Hillclimb, an event which was initiated last year and which has put McConnellsburg on the map as one of the few towns in the state able to offer a stretch of mountainous road suitable for race car competition of this kind.

Mrs. Erma Anderson of Needmore, a member of the faculty of the Southern Fulton High School, is attending the 11th annual Summer Science Institute at the College of William and Mary, which began on June 16. Her field of special interest is chemistry.

A tractor-trailer truck descending Cove Mountain lost its brakes as it entered McConnellsburg on Route 16 east of town last Thursday morning and ran through the sleeping town at a high rate of speed. The runaway finally came to a stop after jackknifing in the road a mile west of the borough. This was the first incident of a runaway truck from Route 16 in approximately five years. The last incident involved a coal truck which wrecked in the center of town.

Mrs. Ida Nesbitt, a guest at the Decker Nursing Home, will observe her 98th birthday on June 25.

Harry D. (Sonny) Johnston graduated recently from the Des Moines Osteopathic College of Medicine in Iowa, gaining five awards in various fields.

Men in Service: Airman Darl L. Hixon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford M. Hixon of Warfordsburg, has completed basic trianing at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He has been assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for training as a medical services specialist.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lake of Shade Gap on June 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Souders of McConnellsburg on June 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wilkinson Wright Jr. of Everett on June 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sherwin Mellott of Harrisonville on June 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Statler of Berkeley Springs on June 13.

Specials at the A&P: Jane Parker white bread, four loaves for $1; cantaloupes 2 for 79 cents; sliced bacon, 79 cents lb.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: "Gone with the Wind."

Deaths: Catherine Mellott, Mercersburg; Lloyd Mellott, Breezewood; Margaret Everts, Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Olive Layton, McConnellsburg; Hartford Howell, Annandale, Va.; Mrs. Annie Aller, Hiawatha; Clarence E. Pine, McConnellsburg; Jesse A. Barnett, Oxnard, Calif.; Mrs. Annie Kuhn, Mercersburg; Hazel Querry, Mapleton.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 18, 1959 '59 Mrs. W.R. Sloan was discharged from the Hagerstown Hospital last week and is now recuperating at the home of her daughter, Mrs.

John Wine, in Greencastle.

Darel E. Sipes of town received a $95 suggestion award last week from Letterkenny Ordinance Depot where he is employed.

In 1887, a private partnership banking business, to be known as The Fulton County National Bank with an authorized capital of $15,000 was drawn up in Mc- Connellsburg. Partners in the new banking venture were J. Nelson Sipes, B.M. Lodge, Wm. A. Kendall, A.U. Nace, Wm. H. Nelson, D.B. Nace and George J. Pittman, with B.M. Lodge as president and D.B. Nace as cashier. All the others served as directors. On February 24, 1887, in the D. B. Nace building (which is where The First National bank now stands), the bank opened its doors for business and continued in that location until 1906 when it was moved to the A.U. Nace residence, now owned by D.A. Washabaugh. From there, in 1914, the business was moved to the building it now owns and occupies. From such modest beginnings grew The Fulton County National Bank, which is now laying plans for its open house celebration next Wednesday when the newly remodelled quarter will be inspected by the public. The open house celebration will mark the completion of the remodeling of the old building into a new, up-to-theminute banking house which now lends a definite air of prosperity to McConnellsburg.

F. Morse Sloan, former Fulton Countian and brother of Walter R. Sloan and Miss Harriet Sloan, was honored at a dinner last week given by the school board of Murrysville when it was announced that a new elementary school, to be built on 20 acres of land given to the school board by Mr. Sloan, will be called the "F.M. Sloan School."

Last week, 182,207 unemployment checks were distributed with a monetary value of $4,951,131.

William Max Wright of Harrisonville and George Willard Black of Waterfall left for Pittsburgh on Wednesday for induction into the armed forces.

Purchase of the historic Knox property across from the Bedford fairgrounds was made recently by J. Minnick and Sadie F. Mellott from Miss J. Dorothy Henning of Pittsburgh. The brick dwelling on the property was constructed more than 150 years ago from bricks made on the property, which for many years was the site of Bedford's Wagonworks. The old building stands on a tract of land of about two acres. The Mellotts have not announced their plans for the development of their new property. Mr. and Mrs. Mellott were Bedford's pioneers in the motel business. They started the use of the name when they constructed the first one near Bedford, now known as the Bedford Village Motel. After they sold the business, they acquired ground and constructed a 40- unit building at the Somerset Interchange, now known as the Somerset New Motel. Mr. Mellott was elected sheriff of Fulton County in 1929 and was the youngest sheriff ever elected in the state of Pennsylvania.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl L. Knable of Needmore wish to announce the birth of a son on June 8 at Berkeley Springs Hospital.

The home of Louella Wible of Clear Ridge was completely destroyed by fire on Tuesday.

The Mercersburg Inn, with all its furnishings, was sold for $66,000 at public sale on Saturday, but the name of the purchaser was not revealed.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Aaron D. Sutton of McConnellsburg on June 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Mellott of McConnellsburg on June 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Bremer of Three Springs on June 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James D. Souders of McConnellsburg on June 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Simon A. Mellott of McConnellsburg on June 14.

Deaths: Julia Ann Starr; Mrs. Sarah Ellen Barney of Path Valley; Harry Barnhart; Dr. Homer Edwin Tabler.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 23, 1949 '49 Three television sets are now in Fulton County. Sid Leech has been entertaining customers with shows on his set. It was the

first set in the county for more than a year. Last week TV sets were installed in homes of Herbert Koontz of Harrisonville and another at Clevenger's Mountain Inn on Scrub Ridge and all report excellent results.

Harold Noble and his orchestra will play at the local Legion home on Friday night. On Saturday night, Bill Jones and his popular colored orchestra will return to the Legion.

Gerald L. Lake and Edith E. Smith were wed June 14.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Agnes Kelso of Mercersburg; Mrs. Rose Ann Mills of near Hancock.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 22, 1939 '39 Deaths: Barton William Logue of Mc- Connellsburg; Catherine Mellott Keyser of Ayr Township; Albion M. Seavey of near

Dixon, Ill., who was killed when he fell a distance of eight feet while making repairs on his barn, striking his head on the stone step. His wife, the former Elizabeth Comerer, was born and reared in Ayr Township.

In a loosely played baseball game on Saturday, Mc- Connellsburg defeated Shade Gap 14-7. Wickes pitched for the locals and Fraker caught. For Shade Gap, Lake pitched and Flood caught.

Fulton County's assistance office received only two applications for help last week, spending only $26.80, a reduction of $95.10 from the previous week.

Harry Reisner Jr. and Blanche Justice were married on June 15.

George C. Sipes has purchased the property of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hoover on South First Street. Mr. and Mrs. Hoover purchased the Blue Ridge Restaurant, which they have operated for the past four years, from Mrs. Lillie Wible, who recently retired after a number of years in the restaurant business in Chambersburg.

At the monthly meeting of the local American Legion on Saturday evening at the Fulton House, arrangements were made to send a boy to the Keystone Boys Camp at Indiantown Gap and a committee was named to make arrangements for the annual veterans picnic to be held again at Allen's Valley.

On Saturday, Claude Batdorff of Harrisonville was forced off the road by an oncoming car, damaging his car to the extent of $15. The other driver was not apprehended.

On Saturday the McConnellsburg firemen were called to Hustontown when a haystack burned on the Ned Knepper farm. The firemen immediately sprayed the barn to keep it from catching on fire.

The children of Mrs. Anna B. Cutchall of near Waterfall surprised her with a birthday party on June 1, it being her 80th birthday.

Merrill Kerlin of Hustontown High School won a scholarship contest sponsored by the American Legion.

Two memorial gifts were dedicated during the morning service on Sunday in the Reformed Church. A polished brass cross was given by Mrs. Olive Crouse in memory of David E. Crouse, who was an elder of the congregation. Altar vases of polished brass were placed by Mrs. John Vores in memory of her mother, Mrs. Mazie Helman.

Virgil Sharpe of McConnellsburg won the individual crow shooting contest last Wednesday, bringing down 25 birds in the hunt sponsored by the Everett Chapter of the Isaac Walton League of America. He won a hunting knife and hatchet as first prize. William C. Wakefield of Bill's Place won a hunting knife as second prize for bringing down 21 birds.

Mr. and Mrs. George Harr of Webster Mills announce the birth of a daughter on June 6 in Chambersburg Maternity Home.

The body of Victor Hess, 22, was found Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., near the Hustontown highway, by residents of the community. The young man had died of a gun wound some time Friday afternoon, according to Dr. E.H. MacKinlay, county coroner. He was found lying about 1,000 feet from the highway, along an old lumber road, holding a .32 calibre revolver in his hand.

The Community Vacation Bible School in McConnellsburg has now been in progress for 15 years, having been organized in 1924 under the leadership of the Lutheran pastor, Rev. M.S. Miller. During that time, the enrollment has totalled 1,716, exclusive 20 workers and teachers.

John Fegley of Hustontown and Mrs. Theodore Keyser of Cito were admitted to Chambersburg Hospital over the weekend. Raymond Seville of Cito was discharged.

Miss Inez Fields has been appointed school nurse at Gettysburg, where she will have charge of five schools.

A marriage license has been issued to Clair F. Foor of Hopewell and Mary J. Spade of Crystal Spring.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 20, 1929 '29 Deaths: Miss Charity Wink of Needmore; Harry Pine of

Ohio, a brother of Mrs. John A. Peck of Mc- Connellsburg, who was run over by several cars of a train while doing his duties as track patrolman on the Toledo-Mansfield division of the Pennsylvania System.

The monument at the graves of the Confederate soldiers near town was erected by John B. Runyan last week. At the top of the monument is the CSA emblem, followed by this inscription: "Confederate Soldiers - W.B. Moore of Virginia - F.A. Shelton of North Carolina - killed near here in first battle in Pennsylvania, June 30, 1863 - erected by Elliott Rays Chapter, Richmond, Va., and North Carolina Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy - 1929." It is hoped that this community will show the south every courtesy when the monument is dedicated on July 2.

John Conrad is back at work in the local post office after a long and serious illness, which started with pneumonia last December.

Thurman Nesbitt of Ayr Township is out again after a siege of mumps, which followed a bealed tooth. His wife and little daughter also had the mumps.

The new, small size paper money, which will go into circulation the first of July, is now on display at The First National Bank of McConnellsburg.

Miss Zoie Mason, now living in Akron, will sail on Thursday evening for a tour of Europe.

Oscar Aller, who contracted typhoid fever in March from water which he drank while en route to Washington, D.C., to attend the inauguration, returned to his employment in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Mrs. Will Sipes marked her 42nd birthday on June 8.

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