2009-07-23 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 20, 1989 '89 A Cumberland, Md., man faces multiple charges in the shooting death of his stepdaughter and the wounding of his wife and

stepson at the family's Black Oak Road summer home in Bethel Township July 16. Winford "Buddy" Melvin Jr., 33, apparently became engaged in some type of domestic argument at the family trailer. He apparently shot and killed his stepdaughter, Tammy Marie Whitacre, 17, and then shot and wounded his wife, Diane Melvin, and his stepson, Mark Shields, all of Cumberland.

Hailstones as big as golf balls fell in the Strawberry Ridge area in a freak storm on Friday morning, leaving a four-inch cover on the ground. The 15-minute storm damaged trees, shrubs and utility lines and interrupted power service to the area for 16 hours.

The body of a Chambersburg area man who drowned in an October 1982 fishing accident was found by fisherman last Saturday morning, July 15. The badly decomposed body was later identified as Harry Leisher, 36, of Chambersburg, who drowned on October 4, 1982, while fishing with a companion between mile markers 16 and 17 in Huntingdon County. A search at the time of the accident was unsuccessful. The body was found by two fishermen Saturday morning near mile marker 17, about eight miles southwest of Seven Points recreation area near Aitch boat launch.

The Red Sox were named the 1989 Fulton County Little League Champions for the fourth year in a row. Members of the team are Jeff Hoffner, Cory Barton, Darin Miller, Ryan Hall, Mark Smith, Josh Hall, J.R. Mellott, Cory Evans, Charlie Glenn, Jason Mellott, Nathan Sipes and Jason Hall.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dunn of Mifflintown on July 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hoffman of Williamsport on July 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Stains of Three Springs on July 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Norris of Orbisonia on July 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Mellott of Harrisonville on July 12.

Connie Harris and Douglas Brown were united in marriage on May 20 at the United Presbyterian Church of McConnellsburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Harris of McConnellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Brown of Hustontown.

Deaths: Luther R. Richards, McConnellsburg; Alice Hauze, Everett; Goldie Woodal, Mercersburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 19, 1979 '79 Tracey Ann Appleby, 17, Hustontown, was killed instantly last Wednesday afternoon in an accident on Route 30 at Breezewood in

Bedford County. The fatal accident occurred at the Pennsylvania Turnpike intersection as the young driver attempted to pull into the eastbound lane on Route 30 from the parking lot of the Gateway Restaurant, where she was employed, on her way home to Hustontown from her summer job. The 1965 Volkswagon she was driving was struck by a westbound Allied Van Line tractor-trailer rig, which crushed the small car, pushing it toward the ramp leading to the turnpike.

Max Donaldson Jr., 18, Martinsburg, one of the two suspects charged with criminal homicide in the death of former Fulton Countian, Janita Kay Hill, 16, also of Martinsburg, was released from the Bedford County Jail on Friday on $50,000 bail. Police and officials connected with the case said on Tuesday the 15-year-old remains in custody in Ebensburg Juvenile Detention Center following his arrest July 8. Janita Hill, the daughter of Mrs. Cynthia Kies Burleson of Martinsburg and Harry Hill of McConnellsburg, was found dead of a gunshot wound of the abdomen on a dirt road north of Saxton in Bedford County on July 7.

A farm tractor owned by Lawrence Buterbaugh, Mc- Connellsburg, was completely destroyed by fire at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at his farm on Route 522 south. The tractor was being used to round up the cows for milking when it started to burn and was destroyed before firemen could arrive at the scene. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Patricia Lynn Hoffman and Morris Benjamin Ramsey Jr. were united in marriage at Knobsville Church of the Brethren on July 7. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hoffman of McConnellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Morris Ramsey of York.

Marriage licenses: Timothy Gunnell and Debra Fehnel, both of Suitland, Md.; Russell J. Rhoads, Creston, Ohio, and Evelyn M. MacCallum, Wooster, Ohio.

Specials at the IGA: Star Kist tuna in oil, 65 cents; Viva paper towels, 59 cents, big roll; Mueller's hearty egg noodles, 3 for $1; Pepsi Cola, 99 cents 64-oz. bottles; Filbert's margarine, 2-lb. qtrs. for $1.

Bobby Snyder, McConnellsburg's All-American track star, placed eighth in the central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10-miler held at State College last Sunday, July 15.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Alan Cowan of St. Thomas on July 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Exline, Warfordsburg, on July 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Seville of Mercersburg on July 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Schmitt of Hustontown on July 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David E. McDonald of Chambersburg on July 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Seville of Big Cove Tannery on July 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David G. Mitchell of Hustontown on July 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Knox of Warfordsburg on July 10.

Deaths: Ralph G. Ritz, Hancock; Steven Tillett, U.S. Army, Germany; Helen E. Robinson, Neelyton; Mrs. Ada S. Gearhart, Greencastle; Edward O. Brown, Fort Littleton; Mrs. Ruth A. Hammond Rosenberry, Chambersburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 31, 1969 '69 The Duvall brothers' dairy farm at Crystal Spring, formerly owned by Ernest H. Duvall, was an interesting highlight last Tuesday

for a group of mayors and other officials from various communities in Germany. Since arriving at the Kennedy Airport in New York on July 11, the group has been taking a tour to the northeastern part of the United States. They stopped at the Duvall farm en route from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.

Marriage licenses: Larry Snyder and Kay Swope, both of Wells Tannery; Robert Black of McConnellsburg and Pamela Diane Fraker of Fort Littleton; James Bormann of Summerdale and Marsha Ray of Mc- Connellsburg; Robert Rhines of Waynesboro and Beverly Schooley of Harrisonville.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reeder attended a dog show at Williamsport last weekend. Their male min-pin was "winner's dog" and won two championship points.

Official game harvest figures compiled by the Pennsylvania Game Commission show that sportsmen in the commonwealth are continuing to take wildlife at the near-record pace established during the past few years. Only two species, ruffed grouse and black bear, showed a statistically significant decrease during the 1968 season. All other game species continued to be harvested at a rate comparable with the preceding year.

Specials at the IGA: sliced bacon, 69 cents lb.; Scott bathroom towels, 29 cents; ice cream, 59 cents, half gallon; Furman pork and beans, 29 cents, 2-lb., 8-oz. can.

Dr. and Mrs. James H. Shultz and children are vacationing this week in Wildwood, N.J.

Deaths: Jacob Funk, Mercersburg; William Lane Sr., Cassville.

Darlene Layton of Fort Loudon became the bride of David Thomas of McConnellsburg on July 30 in St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Hagerstown. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Edith North of Burnt Cabins. The groom is a son of Mrs. Glenn Kimmey of Camp Hill.

On June 28, the Walnut Grove Church of God was the scene of an impressive wedding ceremony when Miss Virginia Carolyn Hershey became the bride of Landis Brent Stains. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hershey of Harrisonville and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Stains of Hustontown.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Appleby of Greencastle on July 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Seville of McConnellsburg on July 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg on July 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Warren White of Hancock on July 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hann of McConnellsburg on July 22.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of July 30, 1959 '59 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fix and family, who recently sold their restaurant business in Chambersburg, have moved into his mother's

home at Breezy Point. Mr. Fix is now district manager for the Valley Pride Bakeries.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Reeder are moving this week from McConnellsburg to Chambersburg.

Mrs. Dorothy Hamil Browne has accepted teaching position in the York Country Day School.

Sally Grissinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Grisinger, underwent minor surgery at the Medical Center on Friday.

Ronald Edward Richards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Richards of Webster Mills, has accepted a position in the Lemaster branch office of the Valley National Bank of Chambersburg. He is a 1958 MHS graduate.

Last week, 152,674 unemployment compensation checks were distributed, with a monetary value of $4,166,583.

After 42 years in the schoolroom, Miss Maudleen Stevens of McConnellsburg retired last week from the teaching profession. For the past 38 years, Miss Stevens has taught third- and fourth-grade students at Mc- Connellsburg. She started teaching as a young girl at the Woodburn School located in the Narrows.

The Chamber of Commerce reported that the free parking lot beside the Fulton Theatre is now graded and stoned and ready for use.

Clair Park, 26, of Near Fort Littleton was bitten by a large copperhead snake while working in the garden late Saturday afternoon. He killed the snake and then drove to the Medical Center where he was treated, admitted and then released on Sunday.

The wife and brother of the truck driver who was found dead during the search for missing Danny Fischer arrived in McConnellsburg last week to claim the dead man's personal belongings. The brother drove the truck back to Indiana and the case is now officially closed.

William J. Gouba has been appointed as district fish warden for Fulton and Franklin counties. He replaces Bryce Carnell of St. Thomas, who has been promoted to regional warden supervisor in the northeast region.

Marriage licenses were issued at the local courthouse to Shannon Barton Jr. and Leila Irene Vanpelt, both of Breezewood, and Ralph E. Swope of Needmore and Peggy Sheeder of Robertsdale.

Raymond C. Shoemaker and Josephine Rouzer were married on July 10.

Sylvester Cunningham of Knobsville was severely injured on the right side of his head and face on Saturday evening when the car he was driving collided with one driven by Harrison Ramsey. The accident happened on the turn south of the Hessler barn.

Mrs. J.M. Lynch, wife of rural mail carrier Jennings M. Lynch, had a narrow escape from serious injury last Tuesday morning when a spark from a match ignited her hair while he was lighting her oil stove.

Harry Morton of Clear Ridge is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital, the result of having a bone broken in his foot on a logging job below McConnellsburg.

Death: Elmer Horton of Pitcarin.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell B. Akers of Ambridge announce the birth of a son at Chambersburg Hospital on July 29.

Miss Helen Bohn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bohn, left on Wednesday for Columbus, Ohio, where she has accepted a position as medical secretary in White Cross Hospital.

Death: Mrs. Peter C. Forner of Lemoyne.

Mrs. Emma Trout was hostess to about 30 friends last Friday night at a "hick party" at the Fulton House, the guests wearing costumes of bygone days. The party started with a grand march to music furnished by Jimmie Black and D.L. Hohman. Prizes were awarded to Mrs. Harry Johnston and Miss Rose Fisher for the best costumes.

Deaths: Randy Eugene Hann; Mrs. Virginia Mae Laird of Robertsdale.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 4, 1949 '49 Old Mister Stork just wouldn't wait - so a baby was born in Dr. MacKinlay's office in McConnellsburg on Monday. Mrs. Elwood

Sampson of Cove Gap had gone to the doctor's office for an examination, which revealed that there wouldn't be time to get to a hospital, so within 15 minutes the cries of newborn baby were heard in the doctor's office. Mother and daughter were then removed to their home in the Gress ambulance - and both are now doing fine.

Other births: a son on July 27 to Mr. and Mrs. Harold McFadden of McConnellsburg; a son on July 31 to Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. Stevens of McConnellsburg; a son on August 2 to Mr. and Mrs. D.F. Trout of Mt. Rainer, Md.

Death: Robert Baylor of Windber.

Paul Ott and Rena Munro were married on July 28.

Walter Black of McConnellsburg was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital last Saturday where he underwent his third major operation in less than a year.

A surprise party was held at the Chalmer Peck home in Needmore on July 20 in honor of the 16th birthday of Mack Peck.

John Theodore Van Horn Jr. and Rhoda Breckbill were married on Thursday evening.

A full busload of children have been registered for a trip to Altoona on August 11 to see the state police rodeo, according to Chief M.W. McCormick, the organizer of the outing.

The Stanley Co. and Letterkenny Depot closed its doors Friday due to the extreme heat.

Gilbert Cook marked has 71st birthday last Sunday.

Deaths: Alvin S. Glass of Chambersburg; Austin Lynch of Gem; Charles M. Jackson of Altoona.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 3, 1939 '39 Admitted to Everett Hospital during the past week were Pauline Wible of Mc- Connellsburg for medical treatment; Raymond

Deshong of Harrisonville for X-ray study; Rachel Deshong of Needmore for medical treatment; Frank Gallagher of McConnellsburg for a minor operation; Jessie Strait of Sipes Mill for medical treatment and observation; Linnie Deshong of Needmore, Xray and laboratory tests; Clyde Akers of Crystal Spring for incarcerated hernia; Mrs. June Schenk of Wells Tannery for a major operation.

Deaths: Mrs. Rose A. Dalbey of Wilkinsburg, widow of Alvin D. Dalbey; Abner Truax of Timber Ridge.

Ray's Bakery was entered sometime Monday night and although employees have not been able to determine the amount, pastries and bread were taken. The intruder made his entrance by punching two small holes in the screen and inserting a wire to unlock the door.

Asa Hall of Mexico, Mont., who is rollerskating and walking to the New York World's Fair, called at the News on Wednesday morning. Hall has travelled about 1,500 miles of the 1,766-mile journey and so far has worn out about 14 wheels. While at the fair, he will be a guest of Grover Whalen and Major Bowes. In his conversation, Hall stated that he has been rollerskating since 1917 and that, when he reaches Harrisburg, he will have visited 33 capital cities and 47 states.

Prothonotary Harvey I. Raker issued 10 marriage licenses in July as compared to seven in July 1938. The average age for this year was 25 for men and 21 for women. Last year, it was 25 for men and 25-1/2 for women.

Mrs. James Swope of Wells Tannery received a badly scalded foot last week when she upset a kettle of boiling water.

A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Wible of McConnellsburg last Saturday in honor of the 10th birthday of their daughter, Dorothy.

The worst drought in eight years is wreaking havoc with the farmlands.

On Monday evening, George Nagy of Mount Union was travelling north on Route 522 , ran off the road and hit a telephone pole. John Temian, a passenger, was resting his arm on the window sill when the car hit the pole. About six inches of bone was torn from his arm, three above and three below the elbow.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 1, 1929 '29 A new business, Wolf & Co. Inc., has been established in

Mercersburg. The firm will handle coal, feed, fertilizer, etc. It will be managed by George L. Wolf and associated with him will be Thomas L. Smith and M.C. Morton of Hagerstown.

Deaths: Harry Carl Karns of Northcraft; Jesse C. Bolinger of Huntingdon County.

During the past week, Grant Hann of Hiram killed three copperhead snakes and two rattlesnakes and he wasn't looking for them either.

Death: Mrs. Demaris Davis.

A student-teacher reunion was held on Tuscarora Summit last Thursday. During the afternoon, the following officers were elected: H.B. Hege, Mercersburg, president; B.N. Palmer, Portage, vice president; and B.C. Lamberson, McConnellsburg, secretary treasurer.

David Hollenshead has purchased a valuable tract of timber from Northcraft Bros. and a cutting crew has already started to work on the job.

Carpenters are now busily at work on the new dwelling house for Marshall Sigel, rural mail carrier of Buck Valley.

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