2009-09-03 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Marie Horton of Monroeville, Pa., was taken circa 1921 in Clear Ridge and pictures baby Willis, father A. Elmer, Donald, Wayne (Marie's husband) and Vaughn Horton. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Marie Horton of Monroeville, Pa., was taken circa 1921 in Clear Ridge and pictures baby Willis, father A. Elmer, Donald, Wayne (Marie's husband) and Vaughn Horton. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 31, 1989 '89 The McConnellsburg IGA Foodliner paid $3.15 per pound, or a total of $4,085.55, to purchase "Winston," a 1,297-pound threeway

cross steer owned by David Seiders of McConnellsburg at the Fulton County Youth Livestock Association's 26th annual sale last Saturday night. The First National Bank of McConnellsburg was the successful bidder for the reserve champion steer, a 1,157- pound cross owned by Brad Truax of McConnellsburg. The price on the reserve champion was $3.17, two and a half cents higher than the price for the grand champion. Adrianne Leese's grand champion lamb brought $4.00 per pound from the Greencastle Livestock Market. Representatives from the McConnellsburg IGA purchased the grand champion pig at $4.00 per pound.

The Southern Fulton School District and its teachers' union, the Southern Fulton Education Association, have been negotiating toward a new contract since January. The union's contract expired on June 30, and the teachers have, thus far, agreed to continue working under the terms of the old contract while negotiations continue.

Investigation continues into the origin of the cause of the fire which destroyed McConnellsburg Motor and Implement Inc. building early August 19.

Tammy Seiders and Robert Morgan Jr. were united in marriage August 5 in Needmore Bible Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. John Kendall II of McConnellsburg and the late Dennis Seiders and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morgan Sr., McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Stains II of Orbisonia on August 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Roles Jr. of Chambersburg on August 23.

Deaths: Raymond Mellott, Needmore; John Jamison, Hustontown; Lloyd Black, Waterfall; Calvin Sloan, Greencastle; Melissa Williams, Warfordsburg; Mae Thompson, Chambersburg; H. Lloyd Carbaugh, Mc- Connellsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 30, 1979 '79 The fairgrounds are still and empty once again this week, but last week at the Fulton County Fair they saw some lively action

along the midway and among the various competitors and exhibitors. Donny Varner, Shade Gap, bashed and banged his way to a spot as feature winner for the derby. Frank Reel of Harrisonville won first place in the 4-H and Vocational Agriculture Club's tractor driving contest. There were a total of 463 entries in the fair competition this year and a total of about $16,000 in premiums was paid to exhibits. Top prize winners among the women were Olive Hawkins, Harrisonville, with $110 in premiums and Betty Berkstresser, Harrisonville, with $104 in premiums.

It wasn't a case of "did she fall or was she pushed" when your editor went sprawling while on her way to the bank on Friday. It was the poor state of repair the sidewalk is in by the traffic light on the southeast corner of Lincoln Way. A very painful sprained ankle resulted when her shoe caught in one of the gaping holes at the curb. Others have since voiced complaints of the hazards to pedestrians on sidewalks all over town.

The large, two-story Auction Barn, located in Saltillo and owned by Woodrow Parmer of Needmore burnt to the ground last Wednesday night despite the efforts over 100 firefighters from five communities. It was the biggest blaze in Saltillo's history. Parmer, who arrived at the scene about midnight, told firemen that the barn was loaded with antiques and while the loss of the building was estimated at $15,000, he valued his inventory at over $75,000.

Ray Koontz, owner of the McConnellsburg IGA, was the big buyer at the 16th annual 4-H/FFA Baby Beef Sale at the fairgrounds on Thursday, putting the highest bid on the grand champion and the reserve champion, as well as on three other choice steers.

Constance Elaine Bires and Mark Norman Romig were united in marriage at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in McConnellsburg on August 11. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Bires Jr., Beaver, Pa., and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvus F. Romig of Bechtelsville, Pa.

Specials at the IGA: ground beef, $1.29 lb.; C&C cola, 59 cents, 64 oz.; Tide, $2.39, 84 ozs.; Banquet chicken, $1.79 2 lb.; Nescafe instant coffee, $4.59, 10 ozs.; Silver Label hams, 99 cents lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donna A. Reyan of Everett on August 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Kerr of Hancock on August 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Rosenberry of Burnt Cabins on August 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lester R. Neuder Jr., Harrisonville, on August 23.

Denise Funk and Michael Hess were united in marriage at the Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church on August 4. Denise is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Funk, Warfordsburg, and Michael is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rolla Hess, Warfordsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 11, 1969 '69 Future Farmers of America were successful in their bid for premiums and ribbons at the Fulton County Fair. Gary Decker of Mc-

Connellsburg was active in the dairy and beef shows. Gary won the reserve junior yearling award as well as the fitting championship with his Holsteins. John Cutchall captured a blue ribbon and the reserve championship with a Holstein in the senior yearling class. George Mellott, a member of the McConnellsburg FFA, exhibited his Angus steer at the fair. A Forbes Road FFA member won the grand champion spot. He is Mike Gress and his prize Hereford was later purchased by McKinley's Market of Hancock. Other FFA'ers from Forbes Road were Lester Hawkins, who showed two Angus; Jay Knepper, Hereford and crossbreed class, and Ricky Chilcote, winner of the sixth position in the overall beef show.

Hubert E. Hershberger, owner of Lynn Chevrolet, Lincoln Way East, has been appointed the official Oldsmobile dealer for this area.

A marriage license was applied for at the local courthouse last week by Gregory Geist of Warfordsburg and Phyllis Jean Wills of Hancock.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hann of Hustontown on September 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Gordon of Needmore on September 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hamil of Mercersburg on September 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Petty-John of McConnellsburg on September 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Weaver of Hopewell on September 5.

Specials at the IGA: round steak, 99 cents lb.; Hills Bros. coffee, $1.29; IGA shortening, 69 cents, 3-lb. can; IGA saltines, 19 cents, 1-lb. box; Bold detergent, 69 cents, 3-lb. box.

Death: Mrs. Ida Hess, Waynesboro; Mrs. Bessie Gift, Mercersburg; Rawle Scott Shore, Turtle Creek; Charles Stahle, Buck Valley; Rev. Dr. Wilson P. Minton, Philadelphia.

Mr. and Mrs. John G.E. DeShong of Harrisonville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 7.

Mr. and Mrs. Clem Deshong celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on September 3.

An open house celebration was held on Sunday, August 3, at the Center community building to mark the 40th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse B. Mc- Clain of Waterfall.

The United Church of Christ in Buck Valley was the scene of the nuptial rites uniting Shirley Diane Hixon of Warfordsburg and Stuart Earl Trueax of Crystal Spring. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hixson of Warfordsburg. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Trueax of Crystal Spring.

Men in Service: Airman John E. Plessinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Plessinger of Warfordsburg, is among the thousands of personnel from Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi who joined the massive effort to help nearby communities recover from the devastation of Hurricane Camille.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 10, 1959 '59 Mack Clevenger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Porter Duvall, is now playing a part in "The Bells Are Ringing" at the Mountain Playhouse in


Walter Deneen of Warfordsburg underwent surgery at the Hagerstown Hospital on Monday.

Mary Jane Knepper of Waterfall was a member of a class of 21 to graduate Friday from Chambersburg Area School of Practical Nursing.

Miss Emma Sloan has gone to Harrisburg where she was called due to the serious illness of her sister, Mrs. Mary S. Walker.

Jay Mellott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Mellott of town, was found to be suffering from a virus infection upon examination at the Harrisburg Hospital and not from a more serious illness as was thought from the symptoms shown.

Fulton County's representative, M.H. Garlock of Mc- Connellsburg, will address the Waynesboro Democratic Club at the Log Cabin Inn at Caledonia tonight.

About 2,000 people spent Labor Day at the Ambros Game Farm and Zoo. About 100 were retired railroad men from three divisions who had gathered for a picnic, coming from as far as Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. The oldest railroad man present was 97 years old.

Donald O. Bard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orlen Bard of Mc- Connellsburg, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on August 21 and is now taking his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

George Rhodes of McConnellsburg suffered a severe laceration of the left hand on Friday night when the handle of a power saw he was demonstrating at the Fulton County Fair broke, causing the machine to jump out of his hand. Besides the severe laceration, it was found that a bone had been fractured and a leading tendon cut. Dr. Robert L. Fry worked three hours on the badly mangled hand, which required 59 stitches. Several years ago, Rhodes lost the fingers of his right hand when a tractor overturned on him.

Raymond Rotz, well-known poultryman of Fort Loudon, was found lying unconscious by a truck on Tuesday. Unloading feed from the truck, he was found by his wife. He did not regain consciousness until about two hours later. Taken to the Chambersburg Hospital, his daughter, Mrs. Arthur Grissinger of McConnellsburg, said that his doctor would not say what caused the incident until complete tests and observations were performed.

Myrna Bivens, 7-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Parker Bivens of Big Cove Tannery, was injured on Thursday when she climbed into a parked pickup near her home to get something and inadvertently released the hand brake. The truck began to drift backwards down a hill and, in her haste to get out of the moving vehicle, she fell, a front wheel passing over her. Dr. Fry reported that she suffered a crushed pelvis and internal injuries.

The nation's flag has now been declared exempt from Pennsylvania's 4 percent sales tax.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Strait of Harrisonville on September 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Lynch of Needmore on September 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lambert L. Clippinger of Wells Tannery on September 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Layton of Breezewood on September 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Purnell of Wells Tannery on September 3; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Deshong of McConnellsburg on September 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Houck of Fort Littleton on September 6.

Deaths: Mrs. Margaret L. Anderson of Wells Tannery; Mrs. Orpha Snyder Winter; Jesse Bruce McClain.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 15, 1949 '49 Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. George B. Truax of Dott on September 10; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald V. Mellott of Needmore on

September 12.

One of the quietest elections in years was held here on Tuesday, with only a small percentage of the voters turning out. Orben Hebner won the Republican nomination for associate judge with 457 votes, while Democrat Thomas P. Garland garnered 329 votes. In the contest for prothonotary, Marlin C. Shimer scored 486 votes to win the Republican nomination, while Democrat Harvey I. Raker tallied 39 votes.

Following extensive repairs and redecoration, the Burnt Cabins Presbyterian Church will be re-dedicated on September 18.

Paul M. Mellott, 21, of Needmore and his wife are patients in Chambersburg Hospital suffering from injuries they received in a one-car accident south of Mc- Connellsburg on Sunday.

A Dauphin County grand jury returned a true bill on Monday against Stanley A. Dent, 31, of Berryville, Va., for the death of John W. Kelso, local funeral director. Mr. Kelso was killed on May 2 near Carlisle when a heavily loaded tractor-trailer crashed into the Kelso hearse, which was stopped at a toll gate.

"Although not going up by leaps and bounds," the Fulton County Medical Center is now taking definite shape.

Wilmer Laidig and Isabelle Mae Rotz were married on September 10.

Death: Mrs. Samuel H. Hardly of Richmond Furnace

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 14, 1939 '39 Deaths: Mrs. Ella B. Sipes of Hustontown; Pearl H. Miller of Burnt Cabins; Isaac Miller of near Dublin Mills; James F. Boore of Riddlesburg.

A special U.S. postage stamp, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the introduction of printing in Colonial America, will be placed on sale in New York City on September 25.

Tuesday's primary election here, an off-year election, sandwiched between last year's super-heated gubernatorial race and next year's presidential primary, aroused little interest in Fulton County. On the Republican side, these candidates were nominated: John W. Mentzer for district attorney; F. Earle Palmer for county treasurer; J.L. Wright and Cyrus F. Wagner for county commissioner; Porter Duvall for sheriff. On the Democratic side, these men were nominated: John P. Sipes for district attorney; Eugene Chesnut for county treasurer; J.S. Alexander and Ralph Berkstresser for county commissioner and Russell W. Gordon for sheriff.

Robert Henry Long and Dorothy Alma Defibaugh were married on September 2.

The McConnellsburg High School Library has been dressed up with nine new reading tables.

"Fulton County's sweethearts" were married at the Fulton County Fair on Thursday evening, September 7. Ivy Strait, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland Strait of Harrisonville, became the bride of Forrest Sylvester Deshong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bland Deshong of Pleasant Ridge. Rev. H.W. May performed the ceremony on the brilliant lighted stage in front of the packed-to-capacity grandstand. Mrs. Stanley Strait, sister-in-law of the bride, was bridesmaid and Stanley Strait, brother of the bride, acted as best man. Immediately following the ceremony, the Association presented a check for $50 to the newlyweds.

In the most spectacular military cavalcade ever seen in McConnellsburg, the Seventh Brigade of the regular U.S. Army passed through here on Sunday morning. In the brigade were 2,000 men and 600 trucks, tanks, planes and other motorized Army equipment. The 10-mile long procession was escorted by state police from Chambersburg.

A horse belonging to James Bivens of Big Cove Tan- nery was injured so badly it had to be killed on Friday when it trotted into the road in front of a car driven by Neil H. Palmer of Warfordsburg. The radiator and lights of the car were demolished, the front and rear fenders dented, the windshield shattered and the right front tire ruined.

Frank Yost and Esther A. Ray were married August 25.

Miss Beulah Largent, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Largent, left on Monday for Harrisburg where she will take a sixmonth course in styling.

Naomi Marie is the name given to the little girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Strait of Knobsville on September 2.

Ellis Hewett of Big Cove Tannery had the misfortune of breaking his toe while working in the quarry.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Strait of Hustontown last Friday evening, a baby girl.

A wedding trip was rudely interrupted in South Carolina on August 26 when a car owned by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Seiders of Cito skidded 150 feet on the wet pavement and plunged over an embankment into the water. The car was a total wreck and the couple suffered bruises and cuts.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of Sept. 12, 1929 '29 Miss Isabel Patterson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Patterson,

and Miss Katherine Kendall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Kendall, left on Wednesday for Muskingum College, near Concord, Ohio, where they will enter as first-time students.

Death: Robert L. Swope of near Portage.

Merrill Hopkins, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Hopkins, is in Chambersburg Hospital suffering from injuries he received on Saturday afternoon when he fell from a beam in the William Clevenger barn at Back Run, to the barn floor, a distance of 18 feet. Merrill was playing with Billie Spriggs and Charles Clevenger and was up on the beam trying to catch a pigeon. As it flew past, he tried to grab for it with both hands and lost his balance. Both his arms were broken above the wrists and his forehead was badly cut.

A surprise party was held August 27 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Homer L. Sipes in honor of the 60th birthday of Mrs. Sipes and the sixth birthday of their granddaughter, Mary Alice Peck.

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