2009-08-13 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger was submitted by Dorthula (Mellott) Fletcher of Baltimore, Md., and pictures the 1944- 45 Warfordsburg Sr. High School girls basketball team. Bottom row, left to right: Louise Gordon, Billie Jean Covalt, Delphene Sharpe, Jean Manning, Bernice Layton, Charlotte Woodall; back row: George Crouse, Doris Diehl, Georgia Truax, Reba Carlton, Dorthula Mellott, Helen Kirk, Alice Jean Hess, and Kenneth Ernstmeyer. This week's Memory Jogger was submitted by Dorthula (Mellott) Fletcher of Baltimore, Md., and pictures the 1944- 45 Warfordsburg Sr. High School girls basketball team. Bottom row, left to right: Louise Gordon, Billie Jean Covalt, Delphene Sharpe, Jean Manning, Bernice Layton, Charlotte Woodall; back row: George Crouse, Doris Diehl, Georgia Truax, Reba Carlton, Dorthula Mellott, Helen Kirk, Alice Jean Hess, and Kenneth Ernstmeyer. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 10, 1989 '89 Two young men from the Needmore area, Darren Hamil and Gary Bradshaw, are ultra-light enthusiasts and many county

residents have seen them overhead on evenings and weekends - touring the county in their colorful planes.

Southern Fulton School Board last week agreed to pay a $2,000 retainer as part of an option to purchase agreement on a 130-plus acre site for the proposed new elementary school to be constructed in about one year. The board agreed to pay Warren Peck the retainer on the land located off U.S. Route 522, about three miles north of Warfordsburg and will have until October 1 to exercise an option to purchase the site.

The temperatures dropped dramatically from the weekends's sweltering mid-90s readings on Sunday to low 40s in the mornings at the beginning of the week. It has been an unusual summer weatherwise.

Visitors to Lake Raystown will be offered accommodations at a 54-room lodge overlooking the marina next year, according to a plan to construct three buildings of 18 rooms each. Long-range plans call for 300 rooms.

Mac Chesnut of McConnellsburg, will be 75 on August 19.

The Cardinal Little League team was named the Broad Top Area Mountain Little League Champions for 1989. Members of the team are Rick Grissinger, Jason Sharpe, Darin Wright, Yancy Taylor, Matt Shauf, George Connors, Tobey Brown, Wes Howells, Josh Horton, Matt Redenius, Seth Broadwater and Ryan Brown.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Hudgeons of Berkeley Springs on July 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Blacker of Chambersburg on July 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Davis of Dry Run on July 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Tony Rosenberry of Chambersburg on July 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Chesnut of McConnellsburg on July 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sheffied of Fort Littleton on August 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Weller of Needmore on August 2.

Mary Hann, a resident of the long-term care unit at Fulton County Medical Center, celebrated her 91st birthday on July 29 by taking her first boat ride at Raystown Lake. Her daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Dick Horton of Camp Hill, took her for her boat ride at Raystown.

Deaths: Retha Glazier, McConnellsburg; Richard Grissinger, McConnellsburg; M. Ethel Wagner, formerly of Mount Union.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 9, 1979 '79 The Potomac Bend Medical Center in Hancock opened on schedule Monday, August 6, after a dispute over the rent to be charged

the Washington County Health Department was settled.

The Forbes Road School Board hired a new high school principal at a meeting Monday night. After nearly one-half hour in executive session, the board voted to approve Robert Urzillo, 30, of Broomall, Pa., near Philadelphia, as a principal of the Forbes Road High School.

Chief of Police Merrill Seville was admitted to Veterans' Hospital in Martinsburg on Friday, with a blood clot in his leg.

The small town of Saxton in Bedford County has been getting a lot of attention from the news media because of the nuclear reactor which was once in operation there and the investigation being carried out by James A. Elder of Saxton, who believes the high cancer rate in the area is connected to the plant's operation during 1962-72.

Karen Dawn DeShong and Scott Brant Gordon Jr. were united in marriage at McConnellsburg United Methodist Church on June 30.

A surprise 25th wedding anniversary was held for Jay and Helen Souders. The party was held on the lawn at their home in Dublin Mills where they have lived all their married lives.

Marriage license: Norman Lee Schetrompf of Hancock and Patricia Seburn of Big Cove Tannery.

Specials at the IGA: Downy fabric softener, $2.69; Heinz ketchup, 99 cents; Crisco oil, 99 cents; Nittany Lion franks, $1.09 lb.; smoked pork chops, $1.59 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Golden of Big Pool, Md., on July 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Anderson of Needmore on July 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Ebersole of Hancock on July 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Nikitakis of McConnellsburg on July 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lake of Harrisonville on August 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Wagner of Hustontown on August 2.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 21, 1969 '69 A Hereford steer, owned by Mike Gress of McConnellsburg, was named Grand Champion of the sixth 4-H and FFA Baby Beef

Show on Monday afternoon at the Fulton County Fair. Eugene Horton of McConnellsburg showed the reserve grand champion, an Angus steer.

The Fulton County Fair will sponsor the first real All American Sports Spectacle on Friday, August 22, at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 23, at 2:30 p.m., when the United Rodeo Co. will present a full program of thrilling wild west contests.

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Sagner plant in McConnellsburg on Tuesday, September 2.

Marriage licenses: Larry Hann of Harrisonville and Teresa Everetts of McConnellsburg; Charles William Stevens of Hustontown and Ruth Ann Moore of Omaha, Neb.; David A. Knepper of Waterfall and Gayle Carbaugh of McConnellsburg; Robert Glee and Darlene Shore, both of McConnellsburg.

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Mellott of Warfordsburg wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Shirley Ann, to Steve Harris, son of Mrs. Violet Harris of Warfordsburg. Mr. and Mrs. George B. Fagley of Harrisonville wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Carolyn Sue, to SP-4 Daryl L. Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Voss of Windemere, Fla.

Specials at the A&P: boneless chuck roast, 18 cents lb.; Jane Parker apple pie, 30 cents; cheddar cheese, 89 cents lb.; Ann Page ketchup, 14-oz. btl., 19 cents.

Pictured in this week's issue are newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Trueax of Silver Spring, Md., on their honeymoon in the picturesque capital of the Bahamas. The bride is the former Shirley Hixson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hixon of Warfordsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Trueax of Crystal Spring.

DeKalb Chesnut, 79, Hustontown, became ill at his home on Thursday morning. He was taken to the Medical Center where he was examined by Dr. McLucas. He was sent to the Chambersburg Hospital, where he was admitted and placed in the intensive care unit, where his condition remains unchanged. Mrs. Chesnut and Emma have been making daily visits to his bedside.

Mrs. Terry Chilcote of Hustontown and Mrs. R.C. McLucas of McConnellsburg are anxiously awaiting news from relatives living in the Gulf Coast area of Mississippi where Hurricane Camille hit on Sunday, causing loss of life and tremendous property damage.

Deaths: Mrs. Pearl Cutchall, McConnellsburg; Preston E. Lanehart, Hagerstown; C. Brady Cisney, Blairs Mills; Mrs. Viola Fields, Three Springs; Mrs. Mildred Mongold, McConnellsburg; Larry Miller, Chambersburg; George Mellott, Needmore; Samuel Chamberlain, Portland, Ore.; Ada Mary Jeanette Sipes Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy S. Pittman of Big Cove Tannery on August 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hess of McConnellsburg on August 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ferman Wright of Hustontown on August 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Snyder of Rockhill Furnace on August 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Egolf of Mercersburg on August 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Taylor of Riddlesburg on August 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Taylor of Hustontown on August 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Daniels Jr. of McConnellsburg on August 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Shore of McConnellsburg on August 9.

Deborah Jo Gearhart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Edward Gearhart of Chambersburg, and James Stephen Knepper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don C. Knepper of Wells Tannery, were united in marriage on August 8 in the Trinity Lutheran Church of Chambersburg.

50 Years Ago

From the Files Of August 20, 1959 '59 A new veterans' organization, the Fraker- Waite Chapter, No. 122, has been approved by the National Executive Committee of the

Disabled American Veterans. The charter will be presented by state commander Anton M. Miller, M.D., at the September or October state meeting to the following charter members of the local group: Dale W. Winegardner, Alfred C. McCoy, W. L. North, P.L. Hamil, Wm. H. Montauge, Wendell P. Orth, Jack E. Cooley, Donald Divens, C. Stull Baldwin, Wilmer D. Laidig, William R. Peck, Elwood J. Gallagher, Porter E. Watters, Lindbergh Appleby, Harold I. Miller, James L. Gatins, Royal N. Clevenger, D.H. Peck, Wayne A. Wilson, James H. Christian, Howard W. Carlin, Lawrence Snyder and Clem J.E. Bowman. Eligibility requirements for membership include the following: veterans with service-connected disabilities, veterans who were former prisoners of war, veterans who hold a medical discharge or veterans who were awarded the Purple Heart. The new chapter was named in honor of two Fulton County men who were killed in action: Ralph E. Fraker Sr., who was killed in World War I and Kenneth E. Waite, killed in Korea.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Harvey moved this week to New Castle, Pa., where Mr. Harvey will be employed as history teacher and coach at the new Shenango High School.

State unemployment compensation checks distributed last week totalled 166,466, worth $4,596,682.

Word was received here on Sunday of the accidental death in Seattle, Wash., of Paul Dale Hunter, son of Mrs. Frances Hunter and the late Gilbert Hunter. According to the limited information available, he was helping to pull a one-engine seaplane out of the water and was struck on the back of the head by the propellor. He died of a compound fracture of the skull.

These four young men left on August 19 for Pittsburgh for induction into the armed forces: Thurman Edgar Nesbitt Jr., of McConnellsburg; Blair Eugene Aller of Needmore; Gerald John Pool of Burnt Cabins; and Harold Eugene Martz of McConnellsburg.

Application for a marriage license was applied for here by Clyde O. Booth of Warfordsburg and Madeline Carol Litton of Hancock.

Franklin R. Linton and Yvonne Louise Peck were married August 4.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Shade of Chambersburg on August 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Clugston of McConnellsburg on August 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reffner of Lorton, Va., on August 12; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Park of Fort Litteton on August 15.

Detah: Mrs. Mary Marietta (Breakall) Barnhart of Hancock.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 25, 1949 '49 The 28th annual Fulton County Fair will get under way on Wednesday of next week with what promises to be "one of the best such affairs

ever held in McConnellsburg."

A new law going into effect September 1 states that all vehicles following or approaching a school bus in Pennsylvania must stop 10 feet from the bus when it is taking on or discharging passengers.

Fred Hamil of McConnellsburg is a patient in Waynesboro Hospital suffering from a concussion, received when he was "beaned" by a baseball in a practice session on the local field on Monday night.

The Wells Tannery Bums will play the Junior Colored team of Mercersburg at Wells Tannery Saturday afternoon.

Sgt. Edwin Merrill and Joyann Lorraine Hunter were married on August 20.

A freak pig - with six feet - is being exhibited at the farm of S.A. Metz of Breezewood. Metz said there were three such pigs in a litter of eight, but two died.

Birth: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fix of Warfordsburg on August 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Hendershot of McConnellsburg on August 23.

Barbara Glunt, 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Glunt of Burnt Cabins, was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Saturday for treatment of several lacerations of the face and body, received when she was attacked by a vicious dog. Her condition is listed as "fair."

Mr. and Mrs. Erby Booth held open house on August 21 in honor of their daughter, Nena, and husband, who recently returned from Austria.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Seiders of McConnellsburg celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary at Jerry Springs Park on Sunday.

Deaths: John W. Brown of Garden Heights; Orville Wink of Robertsdale; Ella James Beale of Amaranth; Clarence Russell Colledge of Dublin Township; John Truax of Hancock.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 24, 1939 '39 The 1939 hunting season in Pennsylvania will be more liberal than for a number of years. Sportsmen will enjoy a full month of

hunting for most game species and bag limits will be larger.

Deaths: Mrs. Annie B. Mills Carmack of Chambersburg; Rush Henry of DeWitt, Ark.

Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Mellott will celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary tomorrow.

Local firemen will sponsor a parade this evening in McConnellsburg, the first firemen's parade ever held here. On the athletic field at the schoolhouse, there will be a midway with many attractions.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike - 160 miles long now being built between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, is the largest single highway project ever attempted in the United States. Besides the highway itself, 13 buildings will be erected and there will be no crossroads the entire length of the pike.

Local talent will reign supreme at the Hustontown grove on Saturday night when the Hustontown Southernaires will sing and present dramatic skits at the church festival.

A public wedding will again be one of the outstanding features of the Fulton County Fair this year. The names of the couple will not be revealed until the night of the wedding. The ceremony will take place on the platform in front of the grandstand.

According to figures released by Amos Stouteagle, clerk of the county commissioners, there are 5,060 people registered to vote at the primaries in September, with the Democrats having a majority of 395.

In a reorganization of the Gazette Publishing Co. of Bedford recently, H.K. Frear, editor of the News and managing editor of the Gazette, was advanced to a management partnership capacity in the Bedford corporation. Because of increase responsibilities there, the Frears have resumed their residence in Bedford. There will be no changes in the policies or publication of the News, which will continue its progressive growth of the past year under the management of Kenneth Shaw and George E. Tritle, both lifelong Fulton Countians.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Truax of the Truax Poultry Farm in Dott, attended the worlds' poultry Congress in Cleveland

James N. Morton, son of Mrs. Peter Morton of McConnellsburg, has written an interesting article in the August issue of the Game News of Pennsylvania, entitled "Stepping Up Game Production in Pennsylvania."

Miss Dorothy Hamil recently returned from a cruise on the SS Roma to New York, Boston, Bar Harbor and Bermuda.

Mrs. Mervin Mort of Clear Ridge met with an accident that required three stitches in her face.

Harold Baumgardner of Wells Tannery is ill with intestinal flu, with a trained nurse in attendance.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shaw of Wells Tannery are the proud parents of a new girl, born on Sunday night in Altoona Hospital.

Death: William Miller of Tyrone.

Alex Edwards of Fairview was injured last week when he fell from a ladder while picking apples.

Mr. and Mrs. Edgar H. MacKinlay announce the birth of a daughter, born last Wednesday at Everett Hospital.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of August 22, 1929 '29 Deaths: Mrs. Mary A. Abbott of Tyrone; Mrs. Louisa Hull of

Sharpsburg; Mrs. Hannah C. Foor of Friend's Cove, Bedford County; George W. Burtsfield of Shippensburg; Mrs. Demaris Foreman Davis of Hiram.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer G. Hays and son of Lombard, Ill., will arrive here Sunday to visit for two weeks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Hays.

Carl Fraker has returned to his home at Fort Littleton after undergoing an operation of appendicitis at Chambersburg Hospital.

The emergency landing field at McConnellsburg is practically a sure thing now. An optional lease has been secured by the U.S. Department of Commerce from W.A. Secrist for two fields of almost 55 acres of his farm, known as the Pittman homestead just south of McConnellsburg. If approved by authorities in Washington, the lease will be in effect for 10 years, dating from October 1.

The supervisors of Brush Creek Township have awarded a contract to build a bridge over Brush Creek near Akersville to A.B. Gordon at his low bid of $4,625. The highest bid was $5,600 and the next to the lowest was $5,290. The bridge will be of two 28-foot spans, each 28 feet wide.

Marcus Aurelius Markley and Dorothy Mildred Sleicther were married on Saturday.

Raymond Mann and Lucy Flowers were wed August 3.

Ross Hamil, a former AEF man, underwent an operation recently at the Marine Hospital, at League Island, Philadelphia, for the removal of his tonsils. Andrew Gearhart of Dickey's Mountain is all smiles since a new log chopper came to his house.

David Humbert of Dickey's Mountain received severe face and head cuts when the car he was driving went out of control and ran into a bank.

Raymond Carlson of near Erie is a new resident of Mc- Connellsburg, acting as assistant to District Forester Byers.

The new paper money is now being issued everywhere. The old style money, which was first issued in 1861, will not be retired, but will be used until it wears out.

Wilbert Helman marked his 38th birthday on Friday.

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