2009-06-25 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Lois Hess Klock of Chambersburg, was taken in 1948 at her home across from the old Green Hill High School in Harrisonville and pictures Lois and her brother, Willard Hess. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Lois Hess Klock of Chambersburg, was taken in 1948 at her home across from the old Green Hill High School in Harrisonville and pictures Lois and her brother, Willard Hess. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 22, 1989 '89 The Fulton County Library's move from their former quarters on West Market Street to its newly acquired home in the former

American Legion building on North First Street became official on Sunday, June 18, at the rededication ceremony for the library. The move to larger quarters was made possible through the sale of the old quarters and through fundraising, memorials and gifts from foundations.

Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. set up offices in McConnellsburg late last week in preparation to begin work on replacing the "Little Inch" natural gas pipeline which crosses Fulton County. The $56 million pipeline replacement project received approval following a threeyear review process, clearing the way for the company to upgrade its southern pipeline from Circleville, Ohio, to Phoenixville, Pa. The 231/2-mile stretch of pipeline replacement which will be overseen by the McConnellsburg office site is known as Spread Six, beginning near Needmore along Route 655 and going east into Franklin County at Guilford Township.

Marriage licenses: Raymond Middaugh, Shade Gap, and Tinor Shingler, Mill Creek; Donald Buterbaugh Jr., McConnellsburg, and Melissa Baughman, McConnellsburg; Barry Fletcher, Stephens City, Va., and Julieanne Rowinski, Middletown, Va.; Edwin Souders, Mc- Connellsburg, and Michelle Hoover, McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: boneless chuck roast, $1.69 lb.; Lebanon bologna, $2.39 lb.; cantaloupes, 89 cents each; broccoli, 77 cents a bunch.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Robinette of Waterfall on June 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Winnick of Three Springs on June 11.

Angela Litton and Dennis Douglas were united in marriage March 11 at Needmore Bible Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Lester Litton of Needmore and Brenda Douglas of Hancock and Watson Douglas, also of Hancock.

Yvette Brocco and Bradley Divens were united in marriage April 29 at Forrestville United Methodist Church, Great Fall, Va. Parents of the couple are James and Olga Brocco of Reston, Va. and Roy and Dixie Divens of McConnellsburg.

Navy Seaman Shawn Berkstresser, son of Andrea Berkstresser of McConnellsburg, has completed recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Fla.

Mr. and Mrs. Ced Diffenderfer of McConnellsburg are pleased to announce the birth of a son, Jared Michael, May 26 at Chambersburg Hospital.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 21, 1979 '79 Rev. Dr. David Rishall Hoover of Mc- Connellsburg has been awarded the designation of Knight of the York Cross of Honour,

the highest in the York Rite of Freemasonry. Dr. Hoover becomes one of the comparative handful of about 400 of the over four and a quarter million Freemasons in North America, the Phillippines and Australia, to qualify this year.

Fulton County commissioners last Friday signed a proclamation denouncing a statewide Gay Pride Week scheduled for June 24 through June 30 and called instead for a Family Pride Week to be observed in Fulton County. The action was taken in response to an earlier proclamation issued by Gov. Richard Thornbugh that called for a statewide observance of Gay Pride during the last week of June.

The Fulton County Historical Society's project of restoring the old kitchen at the Fulton House got under way this week with plans to completely transform it into the way it probably looked when it was first built, circa 1730, and served as a tavern before the stone structure of the Fulton House was built in 1793.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hess of Fort Littleton celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on April 22 at an open house held at Hustontown Firehall.

Specials at the IGA: Hawaiian punch, 59 cents, 46 ozs.; Austin bleach, 59 cents a gallon; Esskay franks, $1.19 lb.; Starkist tuna, 65 cents; Mueller's noodles, 3 for $1; Bounty towels, 59 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Trimmer of Harrisonville on June 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary W. Hensley of Hancock on June 14.

Deaths: Clyde B. Blair, Six Mile Run; Marion K. Mellott, Needmore.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 3, 1969 '69 The big annual firemen's parade in Mc- Connellsburg will get started on Thursday, July 10, at 7:00 p.m. instead of the usual

7:30 p.m

Winners of the Crazy Hat Contest held this week as part of the Summer Recreational Program on the local school grounds are: Craig Strait, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover E. Strait; Jacqueline Sheeder, daughter of Mrs. Doris Sheeder; and Cindy Hoffman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Evan Hoffman.

Cisney's Food Market, formerly owned by Foster Cisney and located on Lincoln Way East, was sold at public sale on Saturday to Marlin Hollinshead, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hollinshead of Harrisonville, for the sum of $32,000.

H. Lyle Duffey was re-elected to the office of post commander of Capt. James McKibben Post 561, American Legion, at the annual election meeting on Monday.

Marriage licenses: Terry Mellott of Needmore and Linda Seville of Big Cove Tannery; Robert Lininger Jr. of McConnellsburg and Kay Arlene Dorty of Mercersburg.

Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Riggs celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary at Bedford Springs on June 28.

Mrs. Ida L. Nesbitt was bright and happy as she celebrated her 98th birthday on June 25 at the Decker Nursing Home.

Rev. and Mrs. David R. Hoover and daughter Marilyn are pictured in this issue on board the Grace Line's "Santa Rosa," which sailed recently from New York on a 13-day cruise to Curacao, N.W.I.; La Guaria (Caracas), Venezuela; Aruba, N.W.I.; Kingston, Jamaica; Port au Prince, Haiti; and Port Everglades, Fla. Rev. Hoover was the Protestant chaplain on the cruise for Jaffa Shriners.

The marriage of Sheryl Lee Lanehart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lanehart of Warfordsburg, and Frederic Milton Vogt, son of Mrs. Mary Vogt and grandson of Mrs. Clarence Bain of Hancock, took place on June 17.

Specials at the IGA: Campbell's pork and beans, 15 cents, 16-oz. can; IGA soda pop, 8 cents, 12-oz. can; Waldorf bathroom tissue, 29 cents, 4-roll pkg.

Deaths: Edward W. Souders, Hancock; Marla Danielle Cover, McConnellsburg; Lena M. Richards, Needmore; Barbara Forney Kerlin, McConnellsburg; Terresa Fogal, Chambersburg; Annie Adelsberger, Millstone, Md.; Charles Mellott, York; Clifford G. Scriever, Huntingdon.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Parsons of Orbisonia on June 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Mellott of Fort Loudon on June 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Litton of Hancock on June 26.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 2, 1959 '59 Mrs. Oscar Gress of McConnellsburg was called to Waynesboro Hospital on Saturday due to the death of her sister, Mrs. Maude Little

of Waynesboro, who had been a patient there.

Following many favorable comments about her Decoration Day story in the "News" several weeks ago, Helen F. Rinker of Altoona next week will tell about the Civil War battle in McConnellsburg in 1863. The following week, again through the courtesy of Mrs. Rinker, the "News" will publish a story about a feat years ago which many Fulton countians have heard about but few read about. This will be a story about Mike Cromer and his Herculean feat of cradling 12-1/2 acres of grain in one day.

Local state police reported that they summoned a group of boys from the Fort Littleton area to appear before Judge Sheely in juvenile court on Monday for burglaries at the Baldwin's Mill at Burnt Cabins and at the Gilbert Colledge house and store at Fort Littleton. The boys were ordered to make restitution and pay the costs and the youths, whose names were not revealed, were placed on probation.

When the new addition to the Medical Center was built, it was thought that the annual patient load would be adequately taken care of, but the passage of time has shown that more and more people are seeking the services of the local hospital. At the annual meeting on Thursday night, Woodrow Strait, administrator, announced that during the past year the hospital had maintained an 87 percent occupancy rate. This meant that, many times, beds had to be placed in the hallways or anywhere else where extra space could be utilized. There were 1,188 admissions during the year, accruing a total of 8,074 patient days. The treasurer, W. Russell Kendall, revealed a gross income of $159,542.73, with the hospital operating in the black with $981.02. A bumper crop of 222 babies were born at the Medical Center last year.

Bonds have been approved for these tax collectors: Robert C. Snyder, Emma Lodge Gordon and Fred W. Funk.

Finlay Wible has resigned as junior high mathematics teacher in the local school.

With one cow for every two citizens in the county, the dairy industry's income has been pegged at $1,884,000.

Fire last Thursday destroyed the sawmill of Herman Smith in the woods near Needmore.

Fire of undetermined origin completely destroyed the barn owned by Roy Barton of Crystal Spring on Saturday morning, causing a loss estimated at $16,000.

A program has been inaugurated for the care and treatment of the handicapped in Fulton County.

Recent weddings: Harry L. Garland and Mary Anne Chesnut on June 7; Raymond L. Snyder and Joan B. McKee on June 6; Bruce Harris Jr. and Joyce M. Gallagher on June 6; Radford Lerwyne Crouse and Miriam Louise Statler last Monday afternoon.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mellott of Knobsville on June 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lester M. Detwiler of Hustontown on June 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Deshong of Mc- Connellsburg on June 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley L. Wright of Six Mile Run on June 28.

Jack L. Wink, airman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Wink of Needmore, is now serving at the naval base in Spain.

Deaths: Mrs. Annie Finiff of Chambersburg; Donald M. Souders of near McConnellsburg; Ralph Baer Kell Sr. of Chambersburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 7, 1949 '49 Forrest Mellott has enrolled for the summer camp at the Military Academy and his sister, Kay, has registered at the Lake Greeley

Camp for Girls, located in the Poconos.

D.A. Washabaugh, local Ford dealer, started construction this week on his new showroom on Lincoln Way West, located between the Lodge and Trout properties, where the former home of The Fulton County News stood.

Sixty-two young people have enrolled thus far for Red Cross swimming lessons. Instructors this year will be Mrs. George Reisner, Mrs. Harvey Cunningham and George Hannenberger.

Miss Betty Gracey of Waterfall has been elected as a teacher in the Huntingdon Borough schools.

Death: George Emory Smith of near Warfordsburg.

Barbara Shore, 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Shore of Knobsville, has returned home after undergoing an operation for appendicitis at Chambersburg Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. James McCormick and two small sons sailed last Friday for their home in Venezuela, after spending two months at her home in Ayr Township.

Mr. and Mrs. Tad McLaughlin moved last week into their new home in Ayr Township.

Miss Dora Deshong became the bride of Herman Swope and her twin sister, Miss Doris Deshong, became the new Mrs. Harold Ritchey in a double wedding ceremony in the Asbury Methodist Church on June 11.

Recent births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Mellott of Needmore on June 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Richards of Big Cove Tannery on June 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Hann of Needmore on June 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Martz of Knobsville on July 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Berkstresser of Hustontown on July 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Hawbaker on July 5.

Final figures place the accidental death toll over the Independence Day holiday at 663.

Lloyd O. Evans and Mabelle Beatty were wed June 11.

Tom Cromer, who spent the winter in Mount Union, has returned to his home at Burnt Cabins.

Death: Mrs. Samuel S. Kapp of Allentown.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 6, 1939 '39 Deaths: Mrs. James R. Henderson of Tarkio, Miss.; Herbert W. Jackson of Brush Creek Valley; Myrtle Mellott of Steubensville, Ohio.

Auditor General Warren R. Roberts this week approved the different series of payments in which Fulton County will receive $36 for each mile of township road. Under this, the county will receive $1,650 from the license fees paid by the state by liquor licenses. Under the third, the county commissioners will receive $4,193.20 from the liquid fuels tax.

Local firemen were called to the George Richards home at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday when a straw stack was destroyed by fire.

In a pitching duel on Saturday between Wicks of Mc- Connellsburg and Smith of Chambersburg, the local baseball team was defeated by a score of 3-1. On July 4, the locals had little trouble in defeating Hustontown by a score of 8-2. L. Fraker and R. Laidig were the pitchers for the two teams, respectively.

Last Thursday, Rev. and Mrs. Snyder Alleman entertained the Lutheran Pastors' Assoc. of this area. A total of 18 pastors and their wives were present and after a morning of discussion, the group took dinner at the Harris Restaurant.

The local Woman's Club will hold its annual picnic at the Nace walnut grove on July 13. Hostesses for the evening will be Mrs. G. Russell Glazier, Mrs. Charles Stevens, B.F. Henry and Mrs. Grace Mock.

Harry Wayne Decker and Georgia Claire Bard were married on June 25.

At a recent meeting of the Fulton County Assistance Board, the following officers were chosen: Edward Palmer, chairman; George Grissinger, vice chairman; Mrs. Paul Shimer, secretary, plus these other members of the board: Wilson Nace, David Washabaugh, Harper P. Barton and Edgar Hann.

Prothonotary Harvey I. Raker issued 16 marriage licenses in June this year, compared to 12 last June.

Local firemen have added 700 feet of large hose to their equipment.

Mr. and Mrs. Mack Morton of Hagerstown have announced the birth of a daughter.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 4, 1929 '29 An unusual event took place in Mc- Connellsburg on the afternoon of July 2 when the Big Cove was again invaded by the South - but this time not for conquest. The Southern visitors this time were members of the delegation who came for the unveiling of the Confederate memorial at the graves of the two soldiers buried east of town.

Born on Thursday: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Kerlin of Burnt Cabins.

Recent weddings: Meade Davis and Laura E. Hoke on June 26; Harold Snider and Helen Vores on June 29; J. Marshall Phillips and Anna Thelma Glazier on Friday morning; Rolla H. Laidig and Ruth C. Huston on June 12.

On July 1, his contract with the government to carry mail between Burnt Cabins and Mc- Connellsburg having expired, Frank Stinson purchased a onehalf interest in the Raker Meat Market in McConnellsburg.

Born: a son on Wednesday to Mr. and Mrs. James Metzler of Decorum, their first child.

Death: Mrs. Campbell Peterson of Burnt Cabins.

Wayne Q. Taylor was among the American Legion members who attended the 10th anniversary celebration of Paris, France, in 1927. A few days ago, Wayne received a package from France. In it was a bronze medal made by the French government in honor of the Legion visitors.

Dr. E.S. Krug, son of Editor and Mrs. E.M. Krug, left on Sunday to begin his internship in the Bryn Mawr Hospital.

G.C. Fields has purchased a new Whippet from Linn Motors.

Someone "lifted" 20 chickens on Saturday night from Mrs. R.S. Wilson of Big Cove Tannery. She had 27 chickens roosting in the coop, but on Sunday morning there were only seven.

County Superintendent H.M. Griffith is sporting a new Wilys- Knight sedan, purchased from Linn Motors.

Death: Dr. John Fletcher Stevens of Monte Vista, Colo.

More weddings: William Lewiston Charlton and Mary Gladys Winter on June 26; Jere Baldwin and Margaret Fisher on June 12.

Mark Clevenger is spending this week with Kenneth Spangler in New York and attending the World's Fair.

Fifteen children completed the courses at the local Bible School this year. They were Rudolph Vores, Sara Morton, Betty Marie Grissinger, Betty Faye Snyder, Irene Goes, Grace Raker, Virginia Layton, Neva Irene McQuade, Jack Fore, Martha Clevenger, Dorothy Keebaugh, Matilda Sloan, Mildred Mellott, Kathryn Shimer and Estalene Lake.

Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Layton have announced the birth of a son.

A New York waitress, on her way to spend the holiday with a friend, was killed here Sunday when her car crashed into a telephone pole at the Nesbit Hotel corner. The young woman, Anna Polinak, 22, died of fractured skull and a broken neck.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Spangler of town celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on Friday. Their sons, John of New York and G. Rudolph of Harrisburg, together with their families, were home for the occasion.

James, 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Gress, is recovering at his home here after an operation at Waynesboro Hospital for tonsils, adenoids and a tumor on his leg.

Helmeted workers, armed with drills and dynamite, began this week to blast through the mountain for the Sideling Hill tunnel for the super highway.

On July 2, the children of Mr. and Mrs. William Knepper gathered to surprise their parents with a picnic in honor of the 63rd birthday of their mother which was on July 4.

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