2009-06-18 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Lois Hess Klock of Chambersburg, pictures Lois (center) and her parents, Rev. Levi Hess and Ruth Hess, after Lois' high school graduation from Green Hill in 1950. The photo was taken at their home across the road from the school. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Lois Hess Klock of Chambersburg, pictures Lois (center) and her parents, Rev. Levi Hess and Ruth Hess, after Lois' high school graduation from Green Hill in 1950. The photo was taken at their home across the road from the school. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 15, 1989 '89 Production is resuming slowly at the Overly Raker factory, located north of Mc- Connellsburg, as company owners and employees

continue to restructure their production line following a May 11 order from the Pennsylvania Labor and Industry Department that forced the company to cease its longtime practice of using home workers to sew the Overly-Raker line of soft sculpture. As many as 150 home stitchers had been used over the past 16 years and, unbeknownst to the company's management, that practice was in violation of a 1937 Pennsylvania law prohibiting home industrial work.

Fulton County Medical Center has announced that Edward M. Pfeiffer has been appointed the new administrator at the local hospital to replace Tom Fite, who resigned the position March 1 of this year.

Ann Cavender of Warfordsburg recently graduated summa cum laude from the communications media program at Allegheny Community College in Cumberland.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Pittman of St. Thomas on June 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Talbot Jr. of Three Springs on June 4; a son to Rev. and Mrs. Barron Barley of McConnellsburg on June 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Reed of Spring Run on June 3.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mellott celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday at the Clear Ridge community building with a large crowd of relatives and friends to help celebrate.

Marriage licenses: Jeffrey Ward, Berkeley Springs, and Mary Roland, Berkeley Springs; Richard Kendall, McConnellsburg, and Rebecca Suders, McConnellsburg; Douglas Murray, Hancock,and Melody Pearce, Berkeley Springs; Trevor Deshong, McConnellsburg, and Paula Hock, McConnellsburg.

Deaths: William Mellott, McConnellsburg, while on a fishing trip in Canada; Earl McDonough Sr., Ranson, W.Va.; Catherine Davis, Three Springs; I. Elizabeth Croft, Loysburg; Gary J. Peck Sr., Waynesboro; Frances Weller, Hancock; Robert Campbell, McConnellsburg; Kenneth McFadden, Hancock.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 14, 1979 '79 The eight 12-year-old contestants for the Miss HAFCO princess contest are pictured in this issue. They are Karla Barnett, Teressa

Barnett, Amy Blair, Melissa Bradnick, Pamela Crouse, Michelle Fester, Melissa Hall, Aimee Hann, Robin Hann, Tish Henry, Melissa Hess, Nichole Huston, Roxanne Johnson, Gina Knepper, Carissa Stains, Andrea Taylor, Mary Thanos, Lauri Traxler and Shelly Gracey. The pageant will be the first big event of the Hustontown Firemen's Carnival.

John Landis Grove, president of JLG Industries Inc., of McConnellsburg, was commencement speaker at the graduation ceremonies on Friday night at Forbes Road School for 41 seniors.

Dedication services were held Sunday, June 10, at the recently completed Heralds of Hope radio ministry building on Route 30 west of McConnellsburg. Dr. Yoder and Heralds of Hope were officially welcomed to the county at Sunday's dedication services.

Two Huntingdon County men were killed and three others injured in a boating accident late last Thursday night at Raystown Lake. The dead were identified as Daniel H. Peoples, 21, and Clyde Nelson Leffard, 29, and the injured were Barry J. Filson, 26, Hesston; Robert E. Myers, 47, Tyrone, and Woods Cunningham, 66, Warriors Mark. Police investigating the accident said the center front of the Myers boat struck the port side of Filson's craft while both boats were under way just south of Seven Points swimming area at 10:55 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Sipes of McConnellsburg celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on June 3.

Specials at the IGA: Scot towels, 5 cents, big roll; Banquet cooking bags, 29 cents; Esskay silver label hams, 99 cents lb.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Worthing, Mill Creek, on June 1.

Deaths: Mrs. Beulah Gelvin, Fort Littleton; William D. Ranck, Warfordsburg; Hazel M. Locke, Shade Gap; Ray A. Rubeck, Port Orange, Fla.; Nellie B. Faith, Warfordsburg; Taylor E. Baily, Millsboro, Del.; Elmer Snyder, Mercersburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 26, 1969 '69 To solve the problem of needing space each week for the increased volume of advertising, news coverage, features and pictures

which the News has to offer, starting with this issue, there will be 10 pages published each week instead of the usual eight. At times, perhaps, the size will go to 12 pages.

People who had never heard of McConnellsburg before the Tuscarora Hillclimb was organized flocked here over the weekend for the second annual running of the two-day sports car event. No official estimate was made of the crowd, which reached its peak on Sunday afternoon when the powerful super sports cars reached speeds up to 100 miles an hour as they raced up the mountainside. There were 160 cars entered in this year's climb

Martin Robert Brown, 17, of Hustontown, suffered multiple injuries, including a severe head injury, in a one-car accident near Dublin Mills last Wednesday morning. Brown was taken first to the Fulton County Medical Center and then to the Chambersburg Hospital, from where he was transferred to the Hagerstown Hospital in a critical condition. His condition is now listed as fair.

Mr. and Mrs. F. Edward Hendershot will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on June 24.

Delores M. Hall Christian will take part in the capping exercises at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School on Friday, having completed the practical nursing course offered by the Chambersburg School District.

Marriage licenses: Landis Brent Stains of Hustontown and Virginia Carolyn Hershey of Harrisonville; John Michael Krivak of Green Lyon and Mary Lou Mellott of McConnellsburg; Terry Schooley of Harrisonville and Sara Black of McConnellsburg.

Men in Service: Communications Technician Seaman Apprentice Randall E. McCoy, USN, son of Mrs. Franklin M. Smith of Fort Littleton, was graduated from the Aviation Structural Mechanic Safety Equipment Course at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Memphis, Tenn.

Specials at the IGA: pork chops, 59 cent lbs.; cottage cheese, 25 cents, 1-lb. tub; IGA root beer, 39 cents, 1/2 gallon; Oxydol 69 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hess of Warfordsburg on June 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Junior Custer of Mercersburg on June 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Morton of Big Cove Tannery on June 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bradshaw of Warfordsburg on June 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Swindell of Robertsdale on June 20.

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Bard of Warfordsburg were surprised on Sunday, June 15, when their children and the Ebenezer Sunday School group honored them with a 40th wedding anniversary celebration in the basement of the home of their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Bard, also of Warfordsburg.

Deaths: Robert Strait, Johnstown; Catherine Mellott, Mercersburg; Adaline Hann, McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 25, 1959 '59 Mrs. Mattie Boyer underwent a gall bladder operation on Sunday at the Medical Center. Mrs. Boyer has been a patient there for some

time .

Preston Mellott of Big Cove Tannery sold his farm this week to Jack H. Morton of the same place.

David and Kit Lorentz and Jamie Greathead were taken by their parents on Sunday to Camp Shand, near Carlisle, where they will spend two weeks.

Harvey Unger is resting comfortably at the Medical Center after undergoing surgery on his leg last Thursday.

Mrs. Walter Sloan has returned home after recuperating in the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Wine of Greencastle.

Pennsylvania's August draft call has been fixed at 512 men, down from July's figure of 610.

During a brawl at the settlement on the ridge west of town, one youth hit another man over the head with a club, fracturing his skull. The youth is being held for grand jury action on a charge of aggravated assault and battery, while the man with the fractured skull remains in the Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital in a serious condition.

The Pen Mar Grocery Store, which was established in McConnellsburg 40 years ago, is celebrating its anniversary this week with a gigantic sale.

Henry Edward Golden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Golden of Hancock, was graduated on Sunday from Montgomery Junior College, Takoma Park, Md.

Unemployment compensation checks disbursed last week totalled 161,981, with a monetary value of $4,398,131.

The soft drink machine in front of the Cornelius Furniture Store is now being operated for the benefit of the Little League baseball teams.

Marriage licenses were issued recently at the local courthouse to Kenneth Charles Deshong of Harrisonville and Jane Louise Hall of Burnt Cabins and Elmer E. Hann and Joan Seiders, both of McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Millard Shives of Amaranth on June 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Locke of Fort Littleton on June 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Hawbaker of Mercersburg on June 20.

Deaths: Lydia Bard; Denton Everts of Thompson Township; Lawrence Shoemaker Sr., Big Cove Tannery; Mrs. Barton Starr of Mercersburg; Lilli Mae Sipe of Mc- Connellsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 30, 1949 '49 Carl Paylor, local athlete who was signed by the Cincinnati Reds and sent to a farm team at Sunbury, remained there more than a

week and was then optioned to Lockport, N.Y., in the Pony League. In his first game with the Lockport Reds, Paylor hit two homeruns and a single, driving in four of the five runs his team made. To his teammates at Lockport, Paylor is now known by the nickname of "Pinky."

Unemployment benefits have been raised to a maximum of $25 a week, effective July 1.

William Hayward Horsey and Dorothy Anne Runyan were married on Saturday evening.

C.B. Chubb has been installed as president of the McConnellsburg Lions Club, with Harold Rotz as first vice president, Howard Hannegan, second vice president; Harold Welsh, treasurer; Elwood Mellott, secretary; Boyd Fore, lion tamer; and Dr. G.T. Lorentz, tail twister.

A total of 183 students in Fulton County passed the recent eighth-grade exams. High score for the county was made by George Resiner of McConnellsburg, who finished with a score of 366.

David Nace of Milroy was elected as trustee of the Lewistown Hospital last week. He was also elected as president of the Lions Club of Milroy.

George F. Mason and Mary Jane Smith were married on June 25.

Samuel Wible, 68-year-old farmer of Harrisonville, suffered a possible neck fracture and a fracture of the right shoulder on Saturday when he fell from a loaded hay wagon.

An advertisement in this issue informs the public that the Kelso Funeral Home will continue the business of the late John W. Kelso under a widow's license granted to Mrs. Mabel Kelso and supervised by a licensed funeral director.

Births: a son on June 18 to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Mellott of Needmore; a daughter on June 20 to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Sharpe of Harrisonville; a son on June 21 to Mr. and Mrs. Willard Deshong of Harrisonville; a son on June 23 to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hunter of McConnellsburg; a son on June 27 to Mr. and Mrs. George Shives of Mc- Connellsburg.

Death: Mrs. Wilson W. Litton, formerly of Needmore.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 29, 1939 '39 Deaths: Samuel Chambers Gracey of Mount Union; Jesse Horton of Everett; John Calvin Miller of Bellwood; Edward Rowland Austin

of Los Angeles, Calif.; Merrill Clifford Henry Jr. of New York City.

Rev. John W. Obee of Westminster is the newly appointed pastor of the Warfordsburg Methodist Circuit.

With L. Fraker pitching and M. Fraker catching, the local baseball team defeated the strong Everett team on Saturday by a score of 10-5.

The McConnellsburg firemen defeated the Mercersburg firemen in a donkey baseball game on the local diamond on Wednesday.

The following members of the McConnellsburg Woman's Club attended the State Institute of Women's Clubs at State College on Tuesday: Mrs. George Resiner, Mrs. Kenneth Glazier, Mrs. Earl Madden, Mrs. Herman Mellott, Mrs. Mary Kirk, Mrs. Harold Welsh, Mrs. F.D. Findley, Mrs. Earl Madden and Mrs. Dan Stiffler.

Pennsylvania this year will give her 2,000,000 automobile drivers 15 months of motoring for the 12 month license fee. On Monday, Gov. James signed an act extending the motor licensing period from January 1 to April 2. Motorists may drive on their 1939 tags until April 1, 1940.

John Covalt and Hazel Garland were wed June 25.

The Pennsylvania Manufacturer's Association Casual Insurance Co. has opened an office in the former Stoner building, recently purchased and renovated by Wilson Nace and Max Sheets. This branch office was opened mainly to handle claims of people along the super highway who are insured by the company.

Miss Emma Sloan has returned home after a trip to the New York World's Fair in company with a teacher friend from Johnstown.

At the end of the first week, 185 children were enrolled in the McConnellsburg Vacation Bible School.

John E. Bowen and Virginia Cline were wed June 24.

Edwin S. Brant of Waterfall has been appointed dog law enforcement officer for Fulton, Franklin and Huntingdon counties.

Dr. Edgar H. MacKinlay has been appointed as Fulton County medical officer by the state Department of Health. The position involves part-time duties and pays about $750 a year.

Miss Lois Madden of Center is attending the summer session at Shippensburg State Teachers College.

W.R. Foster of Wells Valley lost a valuable horse last week when it fell and had to be shot.

L.A. Lamberson of Fairview also lost a horse last week when it was struck by lightning. A few years ago, he lost several cattle the same way.

Hubert L. Elvey and Ruth Khor were wed Friday evening.

Leslie Strait of Harrisonville was admitted to Everett Hospital last week for a tonsil operation. Treated at the hospital dispensary were Rex Moon of Hustontown for X-ray of the right arm; John D. Thomas of Wells Tannery for treatment of lacerations and contusions of the right hand; and John Stewart of Wells Tannery for X-ray of the spine.

Jack Shimer is attending the fair at New York this week as a guest of the Harrisburg Evening News.

Ray Kelso has been elected a teacher in the Johnstown Schools.

Virginia Fields, Erma Louise Stinson and Lewis Largent Jr., are spending this week at Newton Hamilton Camp. They were taken there on Sunday by Misses Kate and Inez Fields and Junior Fields in the Fields family's new 1939 Chevrolet.

The Penn Economy Oil Co. has reopened the McClain Garage with George Paul in charge.

Caude Reeder of Lemasters, brother of C.M. Reeder of town, is improving after falling from a hay wagon on Friday, breaking his neck.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 27, 1929 '29 The funeral of Mrs. Christina Allison was held in the local Reformed

Church on Monday morning. Her death occurred last Thursday evening after she fell down a flight of stairs at the Milton Wright Home for the Aged, near Greencastle, where she had been living for several years.

Charles F. Scott is having a heating plant installed in his home on East Lincoln Way. The vapor vacuum plant is being installed by plumber Nicholas Roettger.

Harold Reese of Burnt Cabins wired A.C. McCoy's home last week for electric lights.

Miss Edith Wilds of Fort Littleton left Sunday to attend the summer sessions at Shippensburg State Teachers College.

Rebecca Stunkard and Martha Earley of Wells Tannery were admitted to Roaring Springs Hospital last week for tonsil and adenoid operations.

George Wilson and Mary Walker were wed June 19.

Jay Piper and Margaret Sipe were wed on June 20.

All the citizens of Mc- Connellsburg are urged to make good display of colors next Monday and Tuesday in honor of the visitors from the South who will be here for the dedication of the Confederate monument along the pike east of town.

The mines at Woodvale and Robertsdale are working four days a week at the present time.

Death: Miss Mary Ritz of Buck Valley.

The barn of Wilbur Deshong near Amaranth was struck by lightning and burned on Saturday evening.

Full line of dress trousers at Johnston's - 98 cents.

Death: Simon Garland of Whips Cove.

A party was held last week in honor of the 22nd birthday of Preston Rider.

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