2009-08-06 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Laverne Stinson of Three Springs, pictures the obituary of her greatgrandmother, Susanna Kline. Also pictured is a receipt for her funeral, made out to Uriah Kline, her husband. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Laverne Stinson of Three Springs, pictures the obituary of her greatgrandmother, Susanna Kline. Also pictured is a receipt for her funeral, made out to Uriah Kline, her husband. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 3, 1989 '89 Violence was avoided as about 75 Ku Klux Klan members and supporters held a rally at Kirk Wood Park in Hancock last Saturday

afternoon, July 29. The KKK rally was countered by a demonstration and rally by a similar-sized group of anti-KKK protestors. Hancock Council had reluctantly granted the Klan permission to hold the rally in mid-July after Klan members threatened legal action if denied the right to holf the rally.

Corny Shimer, longtime former prothonotary, will celebrate his 80th birthday on August 6.

A total of 20 4-H county delegates and their advisors recently returned form a 14-day trip to Crowell, Texas, under the 4-H Interstate exchange program. The local 4-Hers were treated to some down-home Texas living, residing on ranches or in ranch-type smaller homes, enjoying a chuckwagon dinner, visiting the third and fourth largest ranches in the state, learning the Texas Two-Step and Cotton Eye Joe local dances, a visit to the Santa Rosa Palomino Club and, of course, a rodeo.

Named as the 1989 McConnellsburg Farm League champions are the Rangers with a final record of 10-9. Members of the team are Colin Bard, Morris Suders, Chad Buterbaugh, Greg Ramsey, Gary Ramsey, Nathan Horton, Jeremy Kelso, Dustin Doyle, Allen Shives and Vance Bard.

Frederick, Md., was the setting of a private ceremony in which Lesa Ann Mellott and James Michael Smola were united in marriage on July 14. The bride is the daughter of Ellen Sipes Mellott of Needmore and Maynard Mellott of Dubois, Pa., and the groom is the son of James and Sally Smola of Silver Springs, Md.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Stevens of Three Springs on July 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hockenberry of Broad Top on July 27.

Marriage vows were exchanged on June 10 at New Grenada Church of God between Tona Feight of Waterfall and Theodore Brant of Mercersburg. The bride is the daughter of Reed and Leta Feight of Waterfall. The groom is the son of Beulah Brant of Mercersburg and the late Theodore Brant.

Deaths: Charlotte Peck, Needmore; Rachel Skiles, Lock Haven; John Borzager Jr., Waynesboro; Cora Davis, Williamsport; Joseph Pee Sr., Adams Lake, Ind.

30 Years Ago

From The Files of August 2, 1979 '79 No bear sightings were reported this week, but a wandering deer caused quite a bit of damage to a plate glass window at the "Big

D'" Store in the shopping center on Sunday afternoon. The frightened animal ran across Route 16 into the parking lot and skidded on the west asphalt into the lower window of the store, shattering it, before continuing south toward the wooded area off the Cito Road.

Tom Peck of McConnellsburg took second place in the late model stock car races at Jennerstown Speedway Saturday night.

Shawn Knepper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Knepper of Hustontown, is recuperating at home following brain surgery at Washington County Hospital. Shawn will be 8 years old on Sunday.

Brenda Jean Berkstresser and Michael James Hardwig were united in marriage at Fairview United Methodist Church on June 30. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Berkstresser Jr. of Harrisonville and John C. Hardwig of Pittsburgh and Kathryn W. Hardwig of Harrisburg.

Specials at the IGA: Kraft American cheese singles, 99 cents; chuck roast, $1.39 lb.; Banquet TV dinner, 59 cents.

Twelve-year-old Jeff Garber, a record-smashing Little League player, had his best season ever this past year. Jeff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Loy Garber, McConnellsburg, broke two league records on the way to helping his team, the Pirates, win their first championship in over a decade. Jeff set a new record for the most homeruns per season, belting 24 of the round-trippers in 23 league games. Adding those homers to the ones racked up in three previous seasons, Jeff totals 46 homeruns during his career, possibly another league record. The last homerun record was set by Mark Appleby of Hustontown, with 20 homers in 23 league games during the 1976 season.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Elgie Snyder of Hancock on July 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey Rock of Burnt Cabins on July 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Reed of Willow Hill on July 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Keefer of Hancock on July 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Ehman of Upper Strausburg on July 26.

Death: Wilda M. Bolinger Sr., Wells Tannery.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 14, 1969 '69 Dennis Mosebey of Wells Tannery was the state winner in the Public Speaking Contest during State 4-H Days on the Pennsylvania

State University campus, August 4-6. A member of the Taylor 4-H Club, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Mosebey.

Agriculture will headline the Fulton County Fair which opens next Monday. Good crops, as a result of the abundance of rain, have increased the entries far beyond other years. The fair promises to be one of the best ever held in Fulton County.

A young 22-year-old Pittsburgh man, reportedly wearing no clothes, walked into the path of a pickup camper at 4:35 p.m. on Thursday, two miles west of the Fort Littleton Interchange on the turnpike. He was taken to Fulton County Medical Center and later transferred to Harrisburg General Hospital where he underwent surgery. Reports indicated he suffered multiple head injuries and was considered critical when he was brought to McConnellsburg. State police said he had parked his car a considerable distance from the point where he stepped into the path of the camper.

Wendy Sue, the 14-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bishop of McConnellsburg, has been judged third-place winner in a nationwide baby snapshot contest, sponsored by Family Circle Magazine.

Arnold Sagner, president of Sagner Inc., has donated the use of 10 acres of land to the McConnellsburg Lions Club to be developed into a community park.

Miss Marsha Jean Ray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald F. Ray of McConnellsburg and James E. Bornman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emerson E. Bornman of Summerdale, were united in marriage in St. Paul Lutheran Church of McConnellsburg August 9.

The marriage of Linda Sue Seville, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Seville of Big Cove Tannery, to Terry Lee Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan Mellott of Needmore, took place at the Laurel Ridge Christian Church on July 6.

The marriage of John Wellesley Greathead, son of Mrs. Audrey P. Greathead and the late John W. Greathead of McConnellsburg, and Jacqueline Ann Damon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Damon of Industry, N.Y., took place in Hagerstown on August 7.

Specials at the IGA: IGA layer cake mix, 25 cents; Cheer detergent, 69 cents, 3 lb. 1 oz.; Borden's popsicles, 49 cents, 12 pack.

Grandpa Jones, nationally known country music star, appeared at the Shade Gap Bluegrass Festival on Sunday and was a guest at the Downes Motel.

Deaths: Mrs. Sarah Cutchall, Waterfall; Andrew Heinbaugh, Mercersburg; George W. Detwiler, Mount Union.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Pine of Fort Loudon on August 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Seville of McConnellsburg on August 6.

Engagement: the forthcoming marriage of Stephanie L. Calder to David C. Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Taylor, McConnellsburg, has been announced.

Betrothal: Mr. and Mrs. Warren Black of Waterfall announce the engagement of their daughter, Susan Diane, to Samuel Gardner Ranck II, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ranck of Hustontown.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 13, 1959 '59 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kopec (nee Pauline Cutchall) and two children have moved from Worcester, Mass., to Lancaster.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Mary Frances Heller to Keen Elbin.

Mrs. Elizabeth Mayes is a patient in Elizabethtown Masonic Home Hospital after undergoing hip surgery at the Lancaster Hospital.

At the invitation of Rep. M.H. Garlock, Park Martin, state secretary of highways, visited Fulton County last week for the express purpose of inspecting Route 30. Accompanied by numerous businessmen and representatives of local civic groups, the party toured about 125 miles of county roads. At the close of a luncheon meeting, Martin promised that, within 30 to 60 days, a consulting engineer would visit the county with the express purpose of studying the possibility of relocating Route 30 to eliminate the runaway truck hazard for Mc- Connellsburg residents.

The new post office on Maple Avenue, directly across from the firehall, will go into operation on August 24.

Donald F. Lynch, McConnellsburg native, received his Doctor of Education degree from Penn State on August 7. Lynch is now a mathematics instructor at a college in St. Petersburg, Fla.

A former county man staggered into the police station on Saturday evening and demanded that he be allowed to pay a $1 parking meter fine there. Taken before a local doctor, he was promptly charged with drunken driving and lodged in jail. "A very unusual case," commented the officer on duty.

Rev. Ernest W. Brindle has resigned as pastor of the local United Church of Christ.

Members of the local school band, since the borough has passed an ordinance requiring the numbering of houses, will sell numbers to raise funds for the partially completed bandshell at the courthouse.

William Franklin Frotscher Jr. and Cherry Aurelia Cooper were married on August 1.

Blaine Thomas Gordon and Donna Bard were married on June 13.

Deaths: Max E. Mellott of Burnt Cabins; Charles P. Deck of Fort Loudon; Ernest James Coffin of Hancock.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 18, 1949 '49 Fire destroyed the home of Clyde Swope of Needmore on August 11, claiming the life of 10-month-old Thomas Swope and seriously

burning Ralph Swope, 14, and another son, whose condition is now termed as "worse" at Waynesboro Hospital. The fire started when a kerosene stove exploded.

Robert M. Comerer of Burnt Cabins is a candidate for a degree of Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University on Saturday.

The Fulton County Artificial Breeding Cooperative was one year old on August 16. On that same date in 1948, Wallace Mellott, local technician, bred the first county cow by artificial insemination. Since then, 1,153 cows were artifically bred by him and today there are about 225 calves in the county out of the artifically bred cows.

Dr. S.L. Berlin, veterinarian of McConnellsburg, will close his office here on or about September 1.

Freddie Black, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Black, received brush burns and shock on Sunday evening when he was struck and knocked under a moving automobile.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond C. Mellott of Needmore announce the birth of a son on August 13.

The Fulton County Court approved a charter for the Green Hill Sewing Club this week.

Fulton County did itself proud last Thursday by sending 119 children to the state police rodeo in Altoona, the largest pro rata group of any county in the state.

For the second consecutive year, Clarence M. Bender, local muzzleloading rifle expert, last Sunday won the trophy awarded by the Chambersburg Rod and Gun Club.

One of the completely new observation deck buses, on a trial run, passed through McConnellsburg on Tuesday.

George P. Taylor and Caroline Giambra were married recently.

Death: Arlington Guy Deshong of Harrisonville.

70 Years Ago

From The Files of August 17, 1939 '39 Deaths: Albert C. Colledge of McConnellsburg; Mrs. Anna Strait of Harrisonville; Clyde Franklin Barnhart of Black Oak

Ridge; Elizabeth Anne Smith of Bedford County; Mrs. Walter Goughler of McConnellsburg.

Lewis Harris and Zoe Mellott Kahre were married on August 11.

Elam W. Shoemaker and Thelma Snyder were married on August 4.

A number of relatives and friends gathered on Saturday to help Miss Mary Knauff celebrate her 83rd birthday.

Arnold Deshong and Hazel Truax were wed July 30.

Raymond Bolinger of Allenport was injured on Monday while working on the super highway near Burnt Cabins. Operating a big Euclid scoop on an elevated turn, he attempted to pass another scoop and collided with it. Bolinger was knocked from his scoop and under the other, which ran over him, fracturing his leg between the hip and the knee.

Weighing only 125 pounds but in the best of health, because "he just don't eat too much," Henry Ford marked his 76th birthday last week.

A large number of new books were added to the school library last week due to the generosity of John M. Spangler of New York City and Lewis Harris of Mc- Connellsburg.

Miss Woot Tsuen Wu of Cantoon, China, a former classmate of Laura Kirk Lodge at Penn State, visited her on Monday and Tuesday.

Mrs. Wesley Mellott was brought home on Sunday after being a patient in the University of Pennsylvania hospital in Philadelphia.

Miss Rose Fisher, who had been a patient in Altoona Hoshas pital, was also brought home on Sunday.

John Mentzer, commander of the local American Legion, attended the state convention in Williamsport last week.

Miss Alma Gress is a delegate to the summer assembly of the Pennsylvania Christian Endeavor Union at Wilson College in Chambersburg this week.

Robert Thomas' home at New Grenada had an unwelcome visitor last week when a large copperhead was found rolled up and resting comfortably on the pantry floor. It was soon "dispatched."

Death: William Miller of Bellwood.

John Coulter is presently building a new house for Clarence Colledge at Fort Littleton.

The birthdays of Verla Dean and Imogene Roher being August 6 and 17, their mother, Mrs. Burhl Roher, planned a surprise party for them on August 13.

Ned Knepper, who was injured while dynamiting in Taylor Township, has returned home from Chambersburg Hospital.

Bud Shives of Big Cove Tannery received a badly cut arm last week while working at a sawmill.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 15, 1929 '29 On Monday afternoon, an airplane, piloted by a Mr. Grove

of York, crashed while attempting to land on the James Kendall farm in Ayr Township. The pilot and his passenger were uninjured but the plane was badly damaged when it somersaulted.

Deaths: Frank Robert Morrow of Pleasant Hill, Huntingdon County; Mrs. Vallora Pittman of Washington.

Robert Alexander Eichelberger and Helen Caldwell Nace were married on August 10.

Death: Mrs. Clell Swope of near Saxton.

John Peck took his little daughter, Martha, who is badly ill with typhoid fever, to Chambersburg Hospital on Monday.

W.E. Bair of Green Hill has been in Cumberland Hospital for the past two weeks, taking treatment for lockjaw.

Fred Shoop and family of Burnt Cabins are rejoicing over the arrival of a little girl in their home.

Mildred Alma is the name of the little girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Hayes Richards at Chambersburg Hospital on August 6.

Walter Herbert Ray and Beulah Mildred Bishop were married on August 7.

A R&G advertisement reads that less than eight weeks ago the first Chevrolet Six was delivered to its new owners, and already there are more than a million on the road.

A surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Appleby on August 3 in honor of the 18th birthday of their son, Bruce.

A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Helman on August 3 in honor of the 18th birthday of Emma Hopkins.

A few specials at the Pen Mar: cider vinegar, 38 cents gallon; 2 dozen double lip jar rings, 13 cents; 2 pounds good fresh ginger snaps, 25 cents; growing ash, 4 cents lb.; 4 pounds macaroni 25 cents; Ourico coffee, 39 cents.

Russell H. Ott has moved from Plainfield to Carlisle. In a letter to the News, they said they had a very sick little boy whom they scarcely expected to live through an attack of spasms.

Mrs. Lydia Aller is suffering form a great deal of pain in her side. She was injured when a board she was standing on gave way as she was lifting a bucket over the fence to feed a calf.

The 19th anniversary date of Hoffman Orphanage, near Littlestown, will be observed on Thursday, August 29.

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