2009-08-20 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger was submitted by Vivian Reese Reilly of McConnellsburg, and pictures Mary Rosenberry, waitress at Reeses' Restaurant, which was located in Bt. Cabins near the Grist Mill and owned by Vivian's mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Reese. The photo was taken in the 1940s, when rooms were $12 a week and a full course dinner cost 50 cents. This week's Memory Jogger was submitted by Vivian Reese Reilly of McConnellsburg, and pictures Mary Rosenberry, waitress at Reeses' Restaurant, which was located in Bt. Cabins near the Grist Mill and owned by Vivian's mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Reese. The photo was taken in the 1940s, when rooms were $12 a week and a full course dinner cost 50 cents. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 17, 1989 '89 The 68th Fulton County Fair will be held August 20-26. The fair queen contest will be held August 21 at the fairgrounds. Contestants

this year are Marla McElhaney, Adeline Anneski, Terrie Earley and Linda Decker.

Donald Fowler, Fulton County Extension Director and County Agent of The Pennsylvania State University's Cooperative Extension, was one of 103 county agents in the United States who received the distinguished service award on August 3. Fowler was recognized for initiating programs in a variety of program areas dealing with both 4-H youths and adults. He was instrumental in starting a countywide environmental education program, has assisted in the development of two 4-H parks and was a strong youth component of one county fair.

Jana Schooley has returned to Fulton County as the district conservationist at the McConnellsburg office of the Soil Conservation Service for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

McConnellsburg's Mark Plessinger led every lap to win the Ernie's Salvage Yard 100 last Sunday at Hagerstown Speedway. It was the biggest win of Plessinger's career.

A son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hughes of Mc- Connellsburg on August 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Knepper of Three Springs on August 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hockenberry of Fannettsburg on August 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Best of Spring Run on August 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Payne of Three Springs on August 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Sparks of Fort Loudon on August 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frank DeShong of Harrisonville on August 8.

Mr. and Mrs. William Reitober of Needmore announce the birth of their first child, a son, Derek William, July 21.

Deaths: Charles Beltz Jr., McConnellsburg; Margaret Bain, Hancock; Argentina Morgan, Pine Grove; Donald Myers, Mount Union; Elsie Gardner, Bedford; Esther Gobin, Mechanicsburg; Ruth Kohr, Crystal Spring; Nellie Clark, Everett; Martha Atwood, Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Georgia Kesselring, Waynesboro; Thelma Bedford, Philadelphia.

Marriage licenses: Giacomo Albegiana, Mc- Connellsburg, and Tracie Wetzel, McConnellsburg; Robert Finley III, Burnt Cabins, and Mary Byrne, Killiney, Ireland; James Paff, Berkeley Springs, and Evelyn Ingoglia, Berkeley Springs.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 16, 1979 '79 Six young contestants will be judged on appearance, poise, personality and general conservation knowledge, on Monday night at the

Fulton County Fair. They are Vicki Truax, Susan Souders, Virginia Shaw, Joy Landers, Patty Suders and Leda Lashley.

The Rankin Mellott Country Store at Webster Mills changed hands this week, with the elderly store owner transferring it over, lock stock and barrel, to his daughter, Cleo, and her husband, James Donahue of Petersburg, Va. The store, a local landmark, is located opposite the old water-powered mill at Webster Mills and has been in business under various owners, since it was built possibly by David Hunter in 1839. Mellott and his wife, Catherine, have owned and operated the store since 1947.

The 58th annual Fulton County Fair will get underway on Sunday with a vesper service in the grandstand sponsored by the McConnellsburg Ministerium.

Beer can collectors from all over the United States are calling Clevenger's Beer Distributors in Mc- Connellsburg to buy beer. Clevenger's is the exclusive distributor for a special commemorative, 100th anniversary brew, and beer can collectors want it. Clevenger's has a special label beer manufactured for the Waynesboro Fire Department's 100th anniversary. There are just 5,000 cases of this special label beer.

Specials at the IGA: Tetley tea bags, $1.59, 200 count; new white potatoes, 99 cents, 10 lbs.; Banquet meat pies, 3 for 89 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Keefer of Big Cove Tannery on August 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Waters of McConnellsburg on August 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Richards of Mc- Connellsburg on August 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kirk of Blairs Mill on August 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Bowman of Warfordsburg on August 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Pine of Shade Gap on August 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Murphy of Shade Gap on August 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John J. Anderson of Burnt Cabins on August 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kincaid of Needmore on August 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Scott of St. Thomas on August 10.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Troy D. Crouse, Big Cove Tannery, wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Doris Jean, to Samuel L. Simpson, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wallace Simpson of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Smith of Norristown announce the engagement of their daughter, Donna Lynn, to Randall Morton Bolinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilda Bolinger of McConnellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Terry Lushbaugh and Barbara Ensminger, both of Mercersburg; Mark Romig, Bechtelsville, Pa., and Constance Bires, Warfordsburg; Curtis Brant, Harrisonville and Donna Mellott, Needmore; William Gress, Harrisonville, and Annette Hollinshead, McConnellsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 28, 1969 '69 McKinley's Market of Hancock bought the grand champion at the 4-H/FFA Baby Beef sale at the fair last Friday for 64 cents a

pound for the 990-pound Hereford owned by Mike Gress of McConnellsburg.

A former Warfordsburg man, Airman John E. Plessinger and his wife survived Hurriance Camille's disaster. Airman Plessinger had been stationed at Keesler Air Force Base for two months, but they were living off base in Biloxi, Miss., since his wife joined him. Their house was a total loss, and they were only able to salvage a few articles from the storm's aftermath, such as dishes and pans.

The 40th annual Ford reunion was held on August 16 at the Wells Tannery Community Park.

Marriage licenses: William Lee O'Donnell, Burnt Cabins, and Mary Catherine Elmes, Spring Run; Kenneth Earl Doyle, McConnellsburg, and Sharon Ann Schooley, Chambersburg.

Specials at the IGA: potatoes, 98 cents, 20-lb. bag; granulated sugar, 59 cents, 5-lb. bag; PA Dutch birch beer, 59 cents, 6 pk.; Furman's pork and beans, 29 cents a can.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Grover Souders of McConnellsburg on August 18; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Sipes of McConnellsburg on August 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Toby Mellott on August 22.

Deaths: Charles Huston Sr., Mount Union; Harvey A. Stains, Three Springs.

Sgt. Lester Hoover of the McConnellsburg State Police substation retired from the service on Wednesday after serving 31 years and five months as a policeman, and for the past 16 years has been the officer in charge of the local substation.

Exchanging wedding vows in the double-ring ceremony on Saturday, August 16, were Maureen Eleanor Morton and Robert Carroll Crouse. The bride is a daughter of Mrs. Eunice H. Morton of McConnellsburg and Kenneth Morton of McConnellsburg. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Crouse of McConnellsburg.

Wanda Kesselring DeShong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Kesselring, graduated from the York Hospital School of Nursing on Saturday, August 16.

St. Stephen's Catholic Church was the setting for the July 5 wedding of Mary Lou Mellott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Mellott of Webster Mills to John Michael Krivak, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Krivak of Glen Lyon, Pa.

The Bethlehem United Methodist Church was the setting for the wedding of Miss Nancy Faye Layton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Layton of Mc- Connellsburg and Dan Rene Chamberlain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mont Chamberlain of Wells Tannery on Saturday, June 28.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 27, 1959 '59 Doris Duvall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Duvall of Crystal Spring, has accepted a position with the Department of

Botany and Plant Pathology at the Pennsylvania State University.

John M. Carbaugh, 17, of near Cito, was killed instantly of a fractured skull on Friday night when the car his brother was driving ran up an embankment and turned over twice after failing to straighten up after coming out of a curve. The accident happened near Hustontown. The brother was thrown out of the 1949 Chevrolet convertible and, although he suffered lacerations of the scalp and abrasions of the arm, he was able to walk to the car to try to save his brother.

A stranger who might have walked into the borough's new post office on Monday when it opened for business may have thought he had walked in on a gang of safe crackers. With determined mutterings, the box patrons were trying to open the combination locks. Fortunately, Postmaster George Paul was on hand to give help to those who were fast approaching the gibbering stage. Otherwise, the opening went as smoothly as he had hoped for, but, he added: "there were times he could easily have used a dozen pairs of hands.

Unemployment compensation checks last week totalled 162,867, with a monetary value of $4,532,911.

Bond for these tax collectors has been approved: Herbert Powell for Thompson Township; Goldie C. Palmer for Bethel Township and Junia Hann for Union Township.

Jake Lynch of Big Cove Tannery suffered several broken ribs Thursday night when he was unable to stop his car and rammed into the rear of a parked out-of-town car whose owner had stopped to ask directions. The accident happened on Route 522 close to Brantner's Motor Sales.

The Fulton County National Bank added the finishing touches to its remodelled building last week when a Baltimore firm installed large FCNB initials on the front of the building, name signs on two sides and a large sign on the lawn area in front of the drive-in window facilities.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Zittle of Fort Littleton on August 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charlie M. Wheeler of McConnellsburg on August 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willard F. Deshong Sr. of Needmore on August 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold S. Hill of McConnellsburg on August 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James N. Sipes of Mc- Connellsburg on August 22.

Deaths: John Wilhelm Pott; Mrs. Roberta Isabell Heath of Broad Top City; Lillie Ott Clevenger of Ayr Township; Mrs. George F. Mellott of Ayr Township; Mrs. Oscar N. Comerer of near Harrisonville.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 1, 1949 '49 Friends and organizations from Fulton and surrounding counties are coming to the aid of the Cloyd Swope family of Needmore with

donations of cash, home furnishings, food and clothing, which the family desperately needs since their home was completely destroyed by fire a couple of weeks ago. An infant son perished in the fire and another son, Ralph, 13, is now convalescing in Waynesboro Hospital from severe burns.

Death: Mrs. Harry Kline of Waynesboro.

A dinner was held Sunday for Mrs. Sara Catherine Layton of Breezewood in honor of her 86th birthdy.

The cost of hunting licenses in the state goes up today - from $2 to $3.15.

McConnellsburg firemen lost their bingo rights at the Fulton County Fair this year. Pioneer Shows contracts for the midway and, since they have their own bingo stand, they refused to give the firemen the right to set up such a stand. Instead, the firemen will conduct an eating stand this year.

Nearly 100 members and guests attended the third anniversary banquet of the Fulton Manufacturing Co. at the Tuscarora Summit Inn on Thursday evening.

Orben L. Hebner of Union Township has announced his candidacy for the office of associate judge on the Republican ticket.

Death: Augustus Krugh.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 31, 1939 '39 The war crisis in Europe has prompted the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to order contractors on jobs on the super highway to

work their men in three shifts in order to speed up completion because of the "emergency" created by conditions abroad. Some 10,000 men are now at work at this project and the number will be stepped up to 15,000.

The 19th annual Fulton County Fair will open on Wednesday.

King George of England, Queen Elizabeth, their two children and other members of the royal family will be quartered in a bomb-proof, gas-proof subterranean shelter in Windsor Castle if war breaks out. More than a mile of deep tunnels under the castle has already been completed.

Two accidents were reported last week. A Ford roadster operated by Warren C. Keebaugh of Hustontown collided with an Autocar truck driven by Carroll Wills of Ridge Spring, S.C., just east of Tuscarora Summit. There were no injuries. The second accident occurred north of Waterfall when cars driven by Albert Deshong of Andover and Walter Logan of Broad Top City sideswiped on a curve. A number of passengers were treated for lacerations and bruises.

On the first day of school here 304 students were reigstered, 186 in the grades and 118 in high school.

Mrs. George Lodge and daughter Laura Kirk attended the Park-Petrovic nuptials at Valley Forge Chapel Saturday.

Harry Grissinger Jr. is now employed at the Heinz plant at Chambersburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Gress moved to Richmond last Sunday where Mr. Gress is employed.

Recent weddings: William Hagan Layton and Myrtle Glenn on August 16; Paul J. Seiders and Margaret Kirk on August 21; Charles T. Ramsey and Ora R. Helman on August 28.

H. Lyle Duffey and Marshall Helman and Misses Marie Fleming and Marjorie Fields attended the auto races at the Bedford Fair on Saturday.

Miss Marian Mellott left on Monday to resume her duties as home economics teacher in the schools at Kresgeville, Pa.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Williams of New York City, Miss Mazie Hamil and Miss Laverne Hamil arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hamil on Sunday after a 5000-mile motor trip to the Pacific Coast.

Mrs. Clara Miller, who is hale and hearty at the age of 89, is spending some time with her daughter, Mrs. William Henry, at Clear Ridge.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith Henry of Clear Ridge are the parents of a daughter, born on Sunday.

The New Enterprise Electric Co. now has wire strung from Three Springs, through New Grenada and up Coles Valley to the N.L. McClain farm.

Mrs. Carl Wright of Wells Valley was taken to the Nason Hospital at Roaring Spring on Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Fix of Fairview are the proud parnets of a baby son, born at their home last Tuesday.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 29, 1929 '29 Rev. H.L. Jarrett, pastor of the Mc- Connellsburg

Methodist Charge for more than eight years, has been assigned to the Millerstown Charge.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hamil of Knobsville are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on Auto gust 22. She has been named Doris Laure.

Miss Mary Divens, who is training in Philadelphia to become a nurse, is visiting her parents at Knobsville.

Thoams Cromwell and bride have returned to his home near Clear Ridge.

An ordinance was passed by the Borough Council on August 19 and signed by Burgess Nesbitt on August 20 giving the Manufacturers' Light and Heat Co. of Pittsburgh permission to enter the borough by laying a pipeline for the introduction of gas service.

Mrs. John F. Deshong of Harrisonville, who was bitten by a copperhead snake two weeks ago, was brought home from Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday but is still in a serious condition. She was bitten when she reached to the top of a stone wall in the barn, the snake's fangs entering her left hand. "The reptile hung to her and had to be flung off."

The Rev. William J. Lowe was the guest speaker on August 18 at the church in Baltimore where his son, David, is the director of one of the finest church choirs in that city.

Recent births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hebner of Buck Valley; a son on August 17 to Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Seiders of Ayr Township; a daughter, Dolores Maine, on August 1 to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Shoop of Burnt Cabins; a daughter, Betty Arlene, on August 15 to Mr. and Mrs. Warren Mentzer of Burnt Cabins; a son, Bruce Sellers, on August 2 to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Sipes of McConnellsburg; a daughter, Dorothy Laverne, on July 30 to Mr. and Mrs. Raymnond Wible of Knobsville; a son, Grover Keefer, on July 23 to Mr. and Mrs. Rankin Mellott of Webster Mills; a son, Earl Richard, on July 10 to Mr. and Mrs. Chalmers Keebaugh of Hustontown; a son, Donald, on July 7 to Rev. and Mrs. Parker Heller of Hustontown; a son, Melvin Richard, on June 27 to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Kerlin of Dublin Township.

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