2009-07-02 / 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 fourth grade class at Wells-Taylor Elementary School, Waterfall, during its first year of operation in 1955. Pictured, left to right, back row: Teacher Eleanor Laidig, ?, ? Romig, Dennis Ritchey, Tim Mosebey, Clyde Knepper, ?, Pearl Summers, Hope Henry, ?, ?; middle row: ?, ?, Brenda Autobelli, ?, ?, ?, ?, ? Martz, Donnie Eisaman, ?; front row: Joe Helsel, ?, John Fogal, Nancy Johnson, Rhonda Eller, Joyce Knepper, Sandy Doyle, Sherilyn Rouzer, Mary Jane Souders, ? Anderson, Katie Johnson This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by sisters Judy Knepper Appleby of Waterfall and Harriet Knepper Peak of Carlisle, pictures the fourth grade class at Wells-Taylor Elementary School, Waterfall, during its first year of operation in 1955. Pictured, left to right, back row: Teacher Eleanor Laidig, ?, ? Romig, Dennis Ritchey, Tim Mosebey, Clyde Knepper, ?, Pearl Summers, Hope Henry, ?, ?; middle row: ?, ?, Brenda Autobelli, ?, ?, ?, ?, ? Martz, Donnie Eisaman, ?; front row: Joe Helsel, ?, John Fogal, Nancy Johnson, Rhonda Eller, Joyce Knepper, Sandy Doyle, Sherilyn Rouzer, Mary Jane Souders, ? Anderson, Katie Johnson 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 29, 1989 '89 Thanks to the tremendous efforts of about 75 firefighters, under the direction of Mc- Connellsburg Fire Chief Pete Lynch, downtown

McConnellsburg was spared a disaster and, even more importantly, a tragedy, early last Friday morning, June 23. What the downtown area got was the gutting of a landmark and the scorching of two others. It was a disaster for Gerald L. Dupert 27, of Mc- Connellsburg, who had recently purchased the building at 212 Lincoln Way East from Jack Shimer and begun Dupert's Family Restaurant. The fire apparently began in the area of a basement apartment on the west side of the Dupert building.

The past week's violent weather caused problems in several areas of the county and surrounding areas. Last Tuesday night, a violent thunderstorm struck the area, particularly hitting the northern end of the county hard. Sinoquipe Scout Reservation Camp director told the "News" that the Boy Scout camp was flooded last Tuesday night when it was hit by what he estimated was fourplus inches of rain in less than two hours. Last Tuesday's violent storms were just a prelude to those which hit the region Saturday evening. Trees were downed in several parts of the county. But the county may have been lucky Saturday as a tornado struck the village of Cassville in southern Huntingdon County, about 15 miles north of Waterfall. Two dark funnel clouds hit the village, destroying Wright's carwash, tearing the roof off a mobile home and downing many large, old trees and blocking the village's roadways.

This is carnival week at Hustontown Fire Co. There will be entertainment and activities every evening along with rides, eats, etc.

Kelly Glee and Mark Evjene were united in marriage in an outdoor ceremony June 3 at Buchanan State Park in Cove Gap. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Glee of McConnellsburg. The groom is the son of Mrs. June Evjene of Deer Lodge, Mont.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Bonebrake of Harrisonville on June 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Norris of Woodvale on June 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raph Berkstresser of Needmore on June 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Mellott of Big Cove Tannery on June 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Martz of McConnellsburg on June 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Bookheimer of Mc- Connellsburg on June 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Northcraft of Chambersburg on June 22.

Marriage licenses: Marlin Bacher, Fair Play, S.C., and Catharine Brenneman, Harrisonvile; William Hoffman, McConnellsburg, and Marianne Sickles, McConnellsburg; Kevin Hensley, Hancock, and Janet Ebersole, Hancock; Ned Richardson, Crystal Spring, and Karen Pulcine, Crystal Spring; Adam Leavelle, Broad Top, and Andrea Hartman, Hummelstown; Harty Barnett, Mc- Connellsburg, and Annette Guessford, McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Charles Waters, McConnellsburg; Mary Shives, Hancock; Nellie Cromer Brindle, St. Thomas.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of June 28, 1979 '79 Fourteen-year-old Michael D. Seville, Mc- Connellsburg, was slightly injured last Monday when he was knocked from his bicycle

by a car. Police said the accident happened on the Cito Road when the young cyclist made a left turn and was struck by a 1972 Mercury.

Union textile workers in McConnellsburg voted unanimously last Friday to end their nine-week-old strike against Waynesboro Knitting Co.

Lisa Mellott, 7-year-old daughter of Mrs. Patricia Mellott of Hustontown, was listed in satisfactory condition on Tuesday following emergency surgery on Monday for partial amputation of her foot, which was mangled in a lawn mower accident. The accident occurred at the home of her grandfather, rural mail carrier Clarence Barnett, on the outskirts of Hustontown, where her 17-year-old brother was mowing the lawn on a riding mower. He did not know his sister was anywhere near the mower.

After a grueling day trial, 25-year-old Richard Allan Milan of Kalamazoo, Mich., walked from the Huntingdon County Courthouse last Wednesday night a free man. Minutes earlier a Huntingdon County Criminal Court jury had found him not guilty of criminal homicide in the shooting death of Michael James Hess, a member of the Lancaster Pagan Motorcycle Club. The killing took place at a bluegrass festival at Harper Memorial Park, near Shade Gap, last July 22.

Marriage licenses: Theodore B. Woodring, Mercersburg, and Deanna Lorraine Atkins, Millersville, Md.; Larry A. Shoemaker, Big Cove Tannery, and Karen Tresa Spade, Needmore.

Specials at th IGA: Royal gelatin, 6 packs for 99 cents; IGA catsup, 3 for 87 cents; Seltzer's Lebanon bologna, $2.19 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Fultz of Berkeley Springs on June 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dougals Watkins of Waterfall on June 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Horne of Shirleysburg on June 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Russell E. Mellott of Needmore on June 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Fogal of Waterfall on June 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terence Powell of Berkeley Springs on June 22.

Deaths: Ira W. Bain, McConnellsburg; Arthur R. Black, Huntingdon; Orrin L. Shaw, McConnellsburg; Miss Leotta Wheeler, Hancock; Lorraine R. Goble, Harrisonville.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 10, 1969 '69 A total of 15 marching bands and majorette groups, 15 fire companies and equipment and numerous floats and other marching organizations

will be featured in the annual firemen's parade, which will get under way in Mc- Connellsburg Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

FFA students from Fulton County were in the spotlight at the 1969 mid-year convention at University Park this past week. Bryan Lane of the Forbes Road Chapter won the FFA public speaking contest and may eventually compete in the national contest at Kansas City in October. Duane Johnston of the McConnellsburg FFA will enter the dairy products contest at Kansas City this fall since he won a second place at Penn State. Rodney Keefer and Gary Decker of McConnellsburg were winners in their respective contests. Rodney won a first place silver certificate in agriculture mechanics, while Gary received honorable mention in dairy judging. Other McConnellsburg FFA members taking in the activities were George Mellott, livestock; Peter Naugle, forestry; and Ronald Martz, FFA State Band. Carl Detwiler and Donnie Truax of the Forbes Road Chapter worked together as a team to win a second place in the small gas engines contest. Other students from Forbes Road were: Mike Keebaugh, delegate; Kenneth Keebaugh, land judging; Dale Drenning, forestry and Glenn Kesselring, machinery adjustment and farm power. Students representing Warfordsburg were David Beale, band; David Smith, band; Dale Deneen, floral design; Lex Mellott, agricultural salesmanship; Tom Strait, forestry; and Bill Shives, forestry.

Marriage license: Dennis Gress and Darlene Keefer, both of McConnellsburg.

Specials at the local IGA: Libby tomato catsup, 19 cents, 14-oz. bottle; fruit cocktail, 25 cents, 1-lb. can; Chef Boyardee cheese pizza, 59 cents; cantaloupes, 33 cents each.

A community swimming pool, which was constructed in two months following a year of planning, was dedicated on June 28 at Three Springs, which has a population of slightly more than 400 residents. The $150,000 swimming complex consists of a "Z" shaped 62,000- square-foot pool, bathhouses and children's wading pool, all entirely fenced in.

Deaths: Dortha M. Evans, Greensburg; Charles H. Mann, Waynesboro.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Clark of Needmore on July 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Pittman of Mercersburg on July 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Seiders of McConnellsburg on July 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Snow of Fort Loudon on June 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Myers of Mc- Connellsburg on June 27.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 9, 1959 '59 Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stadler of Silver Spring, Md., took their daughter, Claire, to New York City where she and friends boarded a plane

for a six-week vacation in Europe. In Switzerland, she will visit her father's relatives.

Miss Harriet Sloan left on Saturday on a conducted bus tour out of Baltimore which will take in the Grand Canyon, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Chief Merrill Seville issued warning to motorists that parking against traffic is a violation of the law, adding that offenders in the future will be prosecuted.

Mrs. C.B. Chubb is recuperating at home after undergoing oral surgery last Thursday at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Miss Martha Lodge is spending this week in New York City on a buying trip for her store.

Ensign Eddie MacKinlay is now stationed at Mayport in Florida.

David Kendall, Allen Cover, Dale McQuade, Dick Ray and Bob Kendall were released from the armed forces recently after serving their two-year compulsory service.

An ordinance has been passed by Borough Council to bring into the borough limits the annex of the Mc- Connellsburg Joint School property.

Work was begun this week on a rollerskating rink at the Ambrose Game Farm and Zoo.

Gene R. Mellott, aviation structural mechanic second class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon L. Mellott of Needmore, is scheduled to graduate from the Parachute Rigger School on July 16 at the Naval Air Technical Training Unit in Lakehurst, N.J. One of the prerequisites of the school for graduation is for a student to make a freefall jumping a parachute personally packed by himself.

Larry Royce Smith and Doris Laverne Chesnut were married on June 21.

Ten families with homes on the Medical Center Street joined together on July 4 for a community picnic supper on the lawn of the home of Dr. and Mrs. G.T. Lorentz. A total of 35 adults and 16 children attended.

A Broad Top City man and a 16-year-old Saxton boy were struck dead by lightning last Wednesday afternoon while observing a timbering operation near Woodvale. E. Clair Shore, Huntingdon County coroner, said that Franklin Figard, 25, and Michael B. (Nick) Brennan were killed instantly when a bolt of lightning crashed down through a tree and bounced over to a chain saw that one of the victims had picked up.

State unemployment checks last week totalled 134,720, with a monetary value of $3,647,731.

The Warfordsburg Lions Club, in conjunction with the Fulton County Red Cross Chapter, will sponsor swimming lessons this year for youths in the lower end of Fulton County. The classes will be held at Berkeley Springs.

The local school board has accepted the resignation of Ronald Chaney, geography and science teacher in the junior high school.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Terry L. Higgins to Vaughn L. Hoover.

Elton Marshal Bequeath Jr. and Helen Deanne Keebaugh were married on June 6.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bard of McConnellsburg on June 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hann of Harrisonville on July 1; twin sons to Mr. and Mrs. John Witner of Warfordsburg on July 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald McQuait of Hustontown on July 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clark of Hustontown on July 5.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Parson of Pleasant Hill are the new proprietors of the Atlantic gas station at Burnt Cabins.

Mrs. Catherine Appleby of Burnt Cabins, who had been living alone since the death of her husband, Bruce Appleby, is now living in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Foreman of Carlisle. Although Mrs. Appleby, who is approaching 90, was still able to do her own household chores, her relatives felt it necessary that she have a certain amount of care.

Mrs. Sarah Everts of Needmore is seriously ill.

Homer Mellott of Needmore was injured when his tractor upset, breaking his collarbone and ribs.

Ralph Ritz of Amaranth is up and around after a week in bed due to a bad case of mumps.

William Ott, an aged man who lives in the home of Mrs. Bessie Glunt, received a bad cut on the leg by a power saw, which required seven stitches to close.

Deaths: Walter Scott Smith of Warfordsburg; the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wayne Regi.

60 Years Ago

From the Files of July 14, 1949 '49 The efforts and dreams of many hard working Fulton countians will begin to materialize on Saturday of this week when ground

will be broken for the Fulton County Medical Center. The ceremonies will be held on the 1-1/2-acre of land donated by Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Morton of Hagerstown. Credit for the original movement to build a medical center goes to the Green Hill Civic Club, which advanced the idea on November 4, 1946.

Births: a son, John Emeron, on June 13 to Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Plessinger; twin daughters on July 12 to Mr. and Mrs. George L. Sponsler of Harrisonville.

Lyle Duffey was elected commander of the local American Legion on Monday night.

Russell Carnochan, manager of Austin's Furniture Store here, has set up two television sets in the store, both of which will be operating well off an antenna.

The state will have a one-day doe season this year.

Deaths: Florence V. Hess of Needmore; Ms. Margaret Bradnick of near Knobsville.

70 Years Ago

From The Files of July 13, 1939 '39 Deaths: Henry A. Comerer of McConnellsburg; Roy Waite of Three Springs; James Albert Ensler of Martinsburg.

A report issued this week from the county superintendent's office shows that 85 students graduated this year from the four high schools in Fulton County.

Dr. D.R. Sipes has returned to Everett Hospital after completing an intensive post-graduate course in general traumatic surgery at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Ill.

To curb the excessive speed through town, new 25- mile speed limit signs have been purchased by the borough and will be placed along routes 30 and 522 within the borough and will be placed along routes 30 and 22 within the borough limits.

WPA layoffs have accounted for an increase of 22,260 cases in the relief rolls in the state since April 15.

Mrs. Anna Mumma of Laidig has been admitted to Everett Hospital for observation and study. Treated at the hospital dispensary were J.F. Stenger of Mc- Connellsburg, x-ray of the right knee; Daniel Winters of McConnellsburg, x-ray and treatment of a fractured rib; Cloyd B. Souders of McConnellsburg, treatment of contusions of the chest; Aubrey B. Hicks of Wells Tannery, treatment of lacerations and fracture of the nose; Norman Hess of Saluvia, lacerations of the left elbow.

Sheriff Ross W. Hamil noted this week that there have been no sheriff sales in the county since January 1, 1939.

Inez Fields, Bernice Fields and Marian Morton of McConnellsburg and Evelyn McElhaney of Lurgan left this week on a trip to Chicago, Canada, the World's Fair and other points of interest.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ray of East Lincoln Way are receiving congratulations on the birth of a son on Wednesday.

A minor accident occurred on Sideling Hill on Saturday when cars driven by Clarence Johnson of Wells Tannery and Beatrice Parsons of Saluvia collided.

Prof. Harold C. Welsh was installed as president of the local Lions Club on Tuesday evening at a ladies' night dinner. He succeeds Thad M. Shimer of the Fulton Motor Sales. Close to 50 Lions and their ladies assembled for a delicious dinner and interesting program.

Hildebert Smith and Mary Smith were married on July 9.

The Enterprise Electric Co. is now building a line from New Grenada at Three Springs.

Miss Helen Truax of Warfordsburg is a patient in the Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore where she underwent a serious spine operation.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 11, 1929 '29 Two representatives of the Manufacturers Light and Heat Co. called on Burgess W.H. Nesbitt on July 4. After some discussion, the gentlemen left with the burgess an agreement to be signed by the council and an ordinance which must be passed. If the agreement is signed and the ordinance passed, then the company will install a pipeline over the mountain and supply McConnellsburg with natural gas. The agreement gives the company the right to dig up the borough streets and alleys to install lines, but it stipulates that the company restore the streets and alleys to as good a condition as it found them. If the company is given the permission to install "the fuel of the future" here, the service charge will be on a graduated scale to each consumer, the cost getting smaller in proportion to the amount used.

Deaths: Simon H. Garland of Brush Creek Township; Mrs. Charles Mellott of Pleasant Ridge.

Raymond McCleary and Lillian A. Burkett were married on June 29.

Albert Miles Latshaw Jr. and Lorella Hollenshead were mar- ried on July 2.

The local school board has elected Miss Alegra Gluck of Chambersburg as teacher of art and music in the borough school, completing the teaching roster for the coming year.

During the electrical storm last Friday afternoon, lightning struck the home of Elbert Lake in the East Extension, doing considerable damage. The bolt also struck 7-year-old Estalene Lake, knocking her unconscious for some time and rendering her hand and foot useless until the next afternoon. The same bolt set the house afire and only through the prompt work of Vernon Schooley, who was working nearby, was the Lake home saved. During the same storm, lightning struck the cupola of the Lutheran Church and a falling board just missed Jeanne Greathead, daughter of Postmaster and Mrs. W.H. Greathead.

A contract for $1,140 per year for four years has been awarded to Clyde Sponsler for daily delivery of mail between Everett and McConnellsburg.

Marshall Sigel is erecting a new dwelling house on his farm near Amaranth.

Miss Cora Oakman, a nurse in training at Chambersburg Hospital, is spending her vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. Oakman.

Because of a slumping work, Clarence Bender is home from his job in Michigan. He drove a new motorcycle home, traveling almost 500 miles in one day.

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