2009-07-09 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Fulton County Historical Society, is a photograph donated to the society by Merrill Bivens. It pictures is a six-eye lime kiln circa 1920 at Webster Mills. The kiln was fired for one week and was burned 24 hours a day. Remains are located on the Ralph Glenn farm south of McConnellsburg. Great Cove farms had good limestone that was in great demand. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Fulton County Historical Society, is a photograph donated to the society by Merrill Bivens. It pictures is a six-eye lime kiln circa 1920 at Webster Mills. The kiln was fired for one week and was burned 24 hours a day. Remains are located on the Ralph Glenn farm south of McConnellsburg. Great Cove farms had good limestone that was in great demand. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 6, 1989 '89 The Big Cove Post Office, which originally began operation on July 1, 1864, celebrates its 125th birthday this week. The current

post office has been in operation for around 100 years, housing both the post office and a general store. Previously, the Big Cove post office was located adjacent to the tannery near the present-day Forrest Mellott property. The post office serves 352 families, including three highway carrier routes.

Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. began work on replacing the "Little Inch" natural gas pipeline this week. The pipeline, which crosses Fulton County, will take two years to replace and when completed will stretch 238 miles.

Great Cove golfers were the big winners at the annual Dr. R.E. Riggs Memorial Open tournament at the local club on Sunday with Emmert Banzhoff winning the trophy with a 66 and Carl Paylor coming in second with a 68.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Sanders of Mercersburg on June 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Clark of Warfordsburg on June 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Mickey of Chambersburg on June 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Morris of Warfordsburg on June 28.

Deaths: Connie B. Hoover, McConnellsburg; Thelma Trail, Hancock; James Waters, McConnellsburg; Rodney Seville, Akron, Ohio; Harold J. Swisher, Waynesboro; John Cunningham, Quincy, Ill.

Gary Duckwall Jr., Needmore, and Rose Shives, Needmore, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week.

30 Years Ago

From The Files July 5, 1979 '79 Tish A. Henry, daughter of Trudy Henry, Fort Littleton, was crowned princess of the Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co. during

ceremonies last Tuesday night at the Hustontown Firemen's Carnival. Runners-up were Mary Thanos, Amy Blair and Karla Barnett.

A five-mile stretch of Interstate 70 between Hancock and Warfordsburg was closed to traffic last Thursday for almost 16 hours following an accident involving a tanker-truck carrying flammable liquid oxygen. Police said the truck skidded 250 feet along the exit ramp from westbound I-70 to Route 40, straddled a guardrail for 91 feet, hit a bridge and then careened 130 feet down an embankment, overturning on the Route 522 ramp below. William Foley Jr., Newington, Conn., driver of the truck at the time of the accident, is listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Washington County Hospital. A second man, Andrew Blue, Rockville, Conn., was reported in fair condition.

The annual homecoming service commemorating the 100th anniversary of the building of White Church, formerly the Associate Presbyterian Church of the Cove, at the Union Cemetery, will be held Sunday, July 8.

Marriage licenses: Scott Brant Gordon Jr., Mc- Connellsburg, and Karen Dawn Deshong, Harrisonville; Morris Benjamin Ramsey, McConnellsburg; and Patricia Lynn Hoffman, McConnellsburg; Harry Benson, Three Springs; and Linda Deshong, Harrisonville.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Vores, McConnellsburg, announce the marriage of their daughter, Lori Lynne, to David Lee Nicholas, son of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Ross Jr. of Peoria, Ill., on June 24 at the McConnellsburg United Methodist Church.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Donald M. Whiteside of Warfordsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Holly Lynne, to Rodney L. Divelbliss, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert E. Divelbliss of Crystal Spring.

Specials at the IGA: Duncan Hines layer cake mix, 69 cents; Borden's vanilla gallon, $1.99; Crisco shortening, $1.99 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marlin E. Schriever of Harrisonville on June 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale O. Humbert of Big Cove Tannery on June 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey E. Heckman of Doylesburg on June 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gracey of Mercersburg on June 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Brown of McConnellsburg on June 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne L. Booth of Hancock on June 24.

Death: Mrs. Anna E. Taylor, Hustontown.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 17, 1969 '69 Rosalind Williams of Big Cove Tannery was crowned Fulton County Dairy Princess on Friday, July 11, at McConnellsburg firemen's

carnival by Mrs. Bernice Daniels, chairman of the local contest. Barbara Decker of Harrisonville was named first runner-up. Other contestants were Vesta Bard, Joan Beale and Mary Lou McKee, all of Warfordsburg.

William Bryan Lane, 18, member of the Forbes Road Future Farmers of America and a 1969 graduate of Forbes Road High School, on July 2 won the FFA public speaking contest at the FFA convention at the Pennsylvania State University. Bryan then travelled to upstate New York to Oswegatchie FFA Camp where, on July 10, he won the tri-state speaking contest, competing against the state winners from New York and New Jersey. On September 12, Bryan will compete against other contestants in the North Atlantic speaking contest at Springfield, Mass. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Lane of Hustontown.

Four-year-old Mildred Duvall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Duvall of Three Springs, was severely injured on Friday night when she was knocked down by a riding lawn mower which her father was putting away for the night. The injured child was rushed to Fulton County Medical Center where she was given emergency treatment by Dr. McLucas. She was then transferred to Chambersburg Hospital where her condition is listed as satisfactory.

Marriage licenses: Lowell Bernard Barnhart of Needmore and Sandra Mary Harris of Warfordsburg; Emory James Covert of Orbisonia and Carol Faith Miller of Mount Union.

Melinda Wolfe and Barbara Black, students at the Forbes Road High School, recently attended a cheerleading workshop at Juniata College, Huntingdon, where they underwent extensive training in gymnastics, pompom routines, organized yells, crowd motivation and control and learned a mini-tramp cheer and 12 jumps.

Specials at the IGA: Borden's popsicles, 49 cents, 12 pk. asst.; Ivory soap, 25 cents, 4-bar pack; IGA king bread, 25 cents, 1-lb. loaf.

The advertising gimmick seldom seen in recent years - the Goodyear dirigible - was floating over this area last Friday afternoon, causing much excitement among the small fry.

On June 14, Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren was the scene of an impressive wedding ceremony when Miss Mary Wildena Wilkins became the bride of Gary Eugene Truax. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Wilkins of Crystal Spring and Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Truax of Hancock.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Warren Swope of McConnellsburg on July 7.

Deaths: Norman B. DeShong, Needmore; Earl S. Elvey, Smithville, Ohio; E.K. Cunningham, Salem, Ohio.

50 Years Ago

From The Files of July 16, 1959 '59 An intensive manhunt in Brush Creek Township on Tuesday was brought to a happy conclusion about 9:40 p.m., when a 3-

year-old child, missing from his home for more than 12 hours, was found safe and unharmed. The child, Daniel Melvin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Merrill Fischer, was last seen at about 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday by his aunt, Mrs. Harry Kint, who was caring for him while his parents were at work. State police in McConnellsburg were called and they, in turn, called various fire companies to send search parties. At 5:30 p.m. over 200 volunteers were on the job searching for the missing child. Six truckloads of volunteers from Letterkenny as well as Boy Scouts joined the search, as well as neighbors and friends. Bloodhounds were also brought onto the scene. Mr. and Mrs. Bud Grissinger and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Alexander and son Bill drove to the scene to join the more than 3,000 spectators estimated to be there. The local group parked some distance form the actual scene and, when Bud and Bill got out of the car, they heard a child crying for its mother. Going into the woods, they found the Fischer boy safe and unharmed and immediately took the boy home, bringing to a close the intensive manhunt.

Car No. 40, owned by Peckie's Auto Body Shop in Mc- Connellsburg, won two of the main events at the St. Thomas Speedway last Saturday night.

In relation to the above story, a new mystery was "shoved into the laps" of local state police. Two Everett youths, Gerald Harclerode and Joseph Ritchey, discovered the tractor section of a tractor-trailer rig parked along an abandoned township road near where the search was being conducted. Underneath the tractor, they found the skeleton of a man, apparently dead for several months. The tractor, a Mayflower vehicle out of Indianapolis, still had the ignition turned on. Police are now trying to unravel that mystery.

More than 150 friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Tritle of Harrisonvillle recently to help celebrate this silver wedding anniversary. George had been associated both with The Fulton County News and the Fulton Democrat, but, for the past 20 years, has served as jobwork superintendent for the Bedford Daily Gazette newspaper office.

This year, Fulton County has been allocated 3,750 licenses for the three-day doe season, December 14-16.

Extensive work has been going on all summer at the Branter bowling alleys, getting ready for the regular reopening in early August.

Loren R. Brown has been named as the new service forester in the Buchanan State Forest District.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Frances E. Hunter to Stanley J. Dodson.

The story is told in this issue of Michael Cromer's superman feat of cradling 12-1/2 acres of grain in one day.

Recent weddings: Elmer E. Hann and Joan M. Seiders on June 27; W. Dale Kendall and Martha Anne Okeson on July 4; Floyd Dean Truax and Phyllis Arlene Spade on June 6; Morris E. Crouse and Charlotte R. Barnett on June 12; Richard D. Horton and Gale Faith Hann on June 6; Frederick Bolinger and Judith Mulkey on June 24; Jay Ross Moors and Laura Jill Johnson on June 28.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. David E. Mellott of Needmore on July 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Metz on July 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin C. Snyder of McConnellsburg on July 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Chesnut of Mc- Connellsburg on July 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ross Deshong of Needmore on July 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Bard of McConnellsburg on July 10.

A marriage license has been issued at the local courthouse to Charles Matthew King of Three Springs and Linda Jacqueline Foor of Saxton.

Deaths: John R. Bolinger of Wood; Henry Layton of Breezewood; Mrs. Raymond L. Gingrich of Mercersburg; Mrs. Charles F. Truax of Warfordsburg.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 21, 1949 '49 A hearing will continue next week before the Public Utilities Commission to determine if the McConnellsburg Borough Municipal Authority

should purchase the McConnellsburg Water Company. The proposed purchase has been in the "making" for several years, following a spontaneous protest signed by about 150 people, plus every civic organization, including the fire company, demanding better protection from fire for the borough.

"A community is just what we make it," was one of the appropriate remarks made by Judge W.C. Sheely on Saturday when he spoke at the groundbreaking ceremonies at the Fulton County Medical Center. A picture on the front page of this issue shows those taking part in the service, including the county's three doctors: Dr. J.J. Palmer, Dr. E.H. McKinley and Dr. G.T. Lorentz.

Bernard J. Truax and Dorothy Hilda Weller were married on July 10.

In response to an announcement by Dan Winter that men would be interviewed for work on the construction of the new Medical Center, about 85 applicants were interviewed on Saturday.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Claude W. Hendershot of Amaranth at Chambersburg Hospital on July 14.

In another story on the Medical Center, Dan Winter, local contractor, says that excavation for "Fulton's greatest project" will be finished this week. Shovel operators who donated their services include Ellis Peck, Glenn Wildoner, Milford Hann and Porter Duvall. Orrin Shaw hauled the stone for the concrete and Charles Clevenger and M.H. Garlock had trucks on the job - all donated services.

Claude L. Ward and Caundell J. Deneen and Sgt. John J. Deneen and Vivian M. Mellott were married in a double wedding ceremony on June 18.

Harry McElhaney returned to his home at Hustontown on Wednesday from Waynesboro Hospital where he had X-rays and was placed in a cast for a broken vertebrae which he received when he was thrown from a load of wheat July 4.

Deaths: Helen Jane Harr of Needmore; Bertha Jenette Sharpe Hess of Whips Cove; Mrs. Mary J. Campbell of Bedford.

70 Years Ago

From the Files of July 20, 1939 '39 Deaths: William Randolph Palmer of Needmore; Grant Bowman of Bedford County; James Morrow Bolinger of Mount Union.

An extension to June 29, 1940, has been granted for the completion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, to allow for settling of the roadway and to prevent pouring concrete in freezing weather.

Fulton County's assistance rolls dropped by two cases during the past week, with $261.20 being spent for relief.

Ira W. Mellott of Harrisonville and Mary Alice Fields of Clear Ridge were admitted to Everett Hospital last week for tonsil operations. Treated at the hospital dispensary were Guy Crippen of Wells Tannery for X-ray of the right wrist; Mrs. R.B. Regi, McConnellsburg, for Xray of the ankle; Marlene Oakman of McConnellsburg for X-ray of the jaw; and Virginia Ann Thomas of Wells Tannery for X-ray of the left elbow.

A number of improvements are being made to business places in McConnellsburg this summer. A new addition is being built to the Pen Mar; new booths and a partition have been installed in the new portion of McLaughin's Drug Store; new booths added at the Rexall Store; a Fleetwing gasoline station added to the Mc- Clain's Garage; and even The Fulton County News is benefitting, new paint being applied to the Krug building

Rev. William J. Lowe, a member of the Synodical Council of the Mercersburg Synod, assisted in the installation service of Rev. Nevin R. Franz of the Cashtown Charge on Sunday evening.

Dale Keebaugh and Frank Fix are spending 10 days at Camp Anderson at Indiantown Gap, guests of the Lions Club and the American Legion, respectively.

Petitions circulated by the Anti-Saloon League have resulted in a vote on local option in Thompson and Brush Creek townships at the election on September 12. All other townships voted on the question two years ago, at which time Ayr, Bethel, Taylor, Union and Wells outlawed the sale of beer and liquor. The townships which voted before cannot vote on the issue this year, since the question can be up only once in four years.

Miss Jeanne Greathead has returned to her home here from a five-week trip to the Pacific Coast.

New changes in the school law set the upper limit of school attedance at 17 years, but employment certificates on farm and domestic work may be issued at the age of 15.

Mrs. Elizabeth Booth of Clear Ridge remains in critical condition.

Mrs. Mary J. Duffey of town underwent an operation at Waynesboro Hospital on Monday morning.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 18, 1929 '29 Recent births: a daughter, Ida Arlene, to Mr. and Mrs.

Sam R. Helman of Fort Littleton on May 31; a son, John Thomas, to Mr. and Mrs. George W. Scandlen of Knobsville on June 11; a daughter, Myrtle Ada, to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Dewey Souders of Cito on April 23; a daughter, Elizabeth Belle, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Sipes of Ayr Township on June 14; a son, Raymond Clair, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fix of Todd Township on June 20; a son, Glenn Ira, to Mr. and Mrs. Ira R. Mellott of Dublin Township on June 23; a son, their 13th child, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wilson of Dublin Township on June 19.

Deaths: Jacob S. Hill of Belfast Township; James Ross Vallance of Mckeesport; Andrew W. Schetrompf of Everett; James C. Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tenn.

A.G. Deshong announces that Shady Brook Camp, one mile west of Harrisonville, is free to anyone wishing to hold a picnic, reunion, etc.

Residents of McConnellsburg were shocked on Monday evening when it was learned that Harvey O. Unger had dropped dead at his post as a watchman on a highway project near John Lake's property.

Wires are now being placed for electricity at the village of Fort Littleton.

A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gary F. Hill of Whips Cove on June 29 in honor of the 16th birthday of their daughter, Gladys.

Frederick, 11-year-old son of Mrs. Ethel Truax, is critically ill with typhoid fever. He is under the care of Elva Beam, a registered nurse.

John P. Martz was in Mc- Connellsburg on Tuesday and reported that he and his sons have so much hay this year that they don't expect to get it all harvested.

On Friday, the dwelling and storeroom of the late Jacob W. Winegardner at Clear Ridge were sold to D.B. Newman.

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