2009-09-10 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Janet Hoover Richards of Bethany Beach, Del., was taken in 1960 at Forbes Road High School, the first year it opened. Left to right: Naomi King Roberts, Miss Fredith Nolan, Dorothy Newman Jones, Judith McDaid Rusak. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Janet Hoover Richards of Bethany Beach, Del., was taken in 1960 at Forbes Road High School, the first year it opened. Left to right: Naomi King Roberts, Miss Fredith Nolan, Dorothy Newman Jones, Judith McDaid Rusak. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 7, 1989 '89 Pennsylvania State Police from the Mc- Connellsburg station, in cooperation with the state police aviation patrol of Harrisburg,

discovered a plot of 141 tall marijuana plants in Thompson Township last Friday, August 31. Police said the plot was spotted from the state police helicopter on land owned by the Fulton County Sportsmen's League within about 200 yards of the site of a plot of 156 plants discovered by police on August 24. Police played a hunch in returning to the area of the August 24 find and were able to spot the second plot from the air. No arrests have been made as yet but the investigation is continuing.

McConnellsburg's Busch Grand National driver Tom Peck took fifth place in Saturday's Gatorade 200 for Busch Grand National cars at the Darlington International Speedway in Darlington, S.C. Tom's super finish earned him $5,350 and also moved him into 10th place in the BGN point standings.

A Berkeley Springs couple were given a $5,000 reward last week after turning over to the FBI, a bag containing $50,000 they had found in the Valley Mall in Hagerstown. The bag had fallen off a Loomis Armored truck while it was being transferred from the Farmers and Merchants Bank branch at the mall.

Sixteen-year-old Mike Banzhoff became the youngest champion of Great Cove Golf Club on Monday with a low total of 224 in championship play. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmert Banzhoff of McConnellsburg. Named as woman's champion was Lorraine Milroth.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Huston Richards on July 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Dixon of Riddlesburg on August 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sponsler of McConnellsburg on August 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Beegle of Crystal Spring on August 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hoover of Breezewood on August 31.

Deaths: Alvin T. Lynch, Mercersburg; Ernest Snyder Sr., Six Mile Run; Madeline Buterbaugh, Warfordsburg; Merle Gutshall, New Oxford; Estalene Wink Gregory, Big Cove Tannery.

Melissa Hoffman and David Cross were united in marriage July 15 at Hancock Methodist Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hoffman of Big Cove Tannery and Mrs. Carol Kuykendall of Mc- Connellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Cross of Hancock.

M. Rebecca Culler and William C. Miller Jr. were married June 3 at Warminster, Pa. The bride is the daughter of Fred and Violet Culler, Chambersburg. The groom is the son of William and Barbara Miller of Stamford, Conn.

Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Snyder of Burnt Cabins announce the engagement of their daughter, Gladys, to David Carns, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carns of Newport, Pa.

Marriage licenses: Kent Stains, Hustontown, and Jill Deshong, Harrisonville; Robert Geedy, Fannettsburg, and Effie Locke, Fannettsburg.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 6, 1979 '79 Labor Day weekend, usually a final chance for relaxation for the summer, was a busy weekend for Tom Peck, who entered seven

races in four days and managed to pick up a championship along the way. Peck started out the weekend on Friday evening at the Williams Grove Speedway. But Peck's late model Camaro lost oil pressure in the qualifying heats and he had to drop out of the race. Saturday was much luckier for Peck as he placed first in two of the three feature races held at Jennerstown Speedway. In a third feature race at Jennerstown, Peck was almost bumper to bumper with the lead car when he spun out and still came back to place sixth.

Labor Day weekend must have had a special significance this year for Ida Litton of Thompson Township. After the holiday, Ida returned on Tuesday, like most of us, to her job. But for Ida, Tuesday was the last day she will ever sit down to work at the Waynesboro Knitting Co. On Tuesday, Ida became the first retiree at the Mc- Connellsburg plant. She began work for the Sagner Co. making finished pockets 23 years ago. When the company moved to new quarters on the northeast end of town, Ida moved with them. And when the company left the area, Ida went to work for Waynesboro Knitting. She returned to the building where she had begun employment in 1956. And that's where co-workers held a party Tuesday celebrating her retirement.

Specials at the IGA; Spam luncheon meat, $1.09; Maxwell House instant coffee, $3.99, 10 ozs.; Red or Golden Delicious apples, 99 cents, 3-lb. bag; Charmin bathroom tissue, 79 cents, 4 pack.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Detwiler of Hustontown on August 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Iden of Greencastle on August 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Gordon of Mc- Connellsburg on August 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Swope of McConnellsburg on August 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ramon Santos of Greencastle on August 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Carmean of Warfordsburg on August 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Swope of Harrisonville on August 31.

Deaths: Mary E. Runk, Hustontown; Esther Heefner, Mount Union; Edna Shatzer, Chambersburg; Erma Plessinger, Warfordsburg; Ruth N. Croft, Mercersburg; Harry Kint, Crystal Spring; Emma E. Miller, Three Springs; Ruth C. Harley, Mount Union.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 18, 1969 '69 At 12:50 a.m., on Saturday, John Bivens of McConnellsburg, janitor at the local school, was held at gunpoint and robbed of $765

after his hands and feet were trussed and a pillowcase was pulled over his head. Chief of Police Merrill Seville told a News reporter that Bivens was sleeping on the bed in the nurse's room in the elementary building after completing his night duties when he was awakened by a noise in the adjacent secretary's room. Bivens was able to free himself after about 15 or 20 minutes and drove to the state police barracks, at which time Chief Seville was called to investigate. The investigation showed that the men had entered the school shop building by breaking a window on the west side of the south section, where they took an electric drill and a wrecking bar. They then entered the elementary building by breaking a window on the east end. Chief Seville said that this was the first armed robbery investigated in the borough in the 21 years he has served in the police department.

Marriage licenses: Dale Everett Harvey of Fayetteville and Anna K. Peck of Greencastle; Howard E. Kelly Jr. and Bonnie I. Crouse, both of McConnellsburg.

Pvt. James Schriver, son of Mrs. Hilda Schriver of Warfordsburg and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Richards, will leave soon for 13 months of duty in Korea.

Specials at the A&P: country-style spare ribs, 89 cents lb.; Ann Page peanut butter, 69 cents 1-lb. jar; smoked fully cooked hams, 49 cents lb.; Maxwell House instant coffee, $1.39 3-lb. cans.

Miss Ruthann Morse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Morse of Pendes, Neb., was married on August 14 in the Hustontown Methodist Church to Sgt. William Stevens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Stevens of Hustontown.

Deaths: Tammy Sue Cromis, infant daughter of Robert and Estalene R. Cromis of Hagerstown; Ida Hess of Waynesboro; Clarence O. Slates, Three Springs.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David A. Wright of Needmore on September 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Smith Jr. of McConnellsburg on September 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Stains of Needmore on September 11.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 17, 1959 '59 Sometimes there are 53 weeks in a year, or at least part of weeks. This happens to be one of those years, with 53 Thursdays, which

means that readers of the News will gt 53 issues of the paper this year for only $2.

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Johnston of Mercersburg took their son, Roy, to Penn State on Sunday where he enrolled as a freshman in the College of Agriculture.

Mrs. Audrey Greathead and family drove to Ligonier on Sunday to see the gathering of the clan MacDonald and to watch the Highland games, kilted pipe bands and dancers.

Harvey Unger is now a guest at the Decker Nursing Home, having been transferred from the Medical Center.

The Rev. David R. Hoover will leave on Saturday for Buffalow, N.Y., where the Supreme Council of the Northeastern Masonic Jurisdiction will confer on him the honor of being accepted as a 33rd Degree Mason. This is the highest Masonic honor that can be attained.

Stephen Harris, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Harris of McConnellsburg, was injured on Friday evening when he darted in front of a moving car. Examined by Dr. Lorentz at the Medical Center, he was found to have a fracture of the small bone in the left arm, a deep cut on the back of the head and bruises.

An exciting meeting of the local Lions Club was held at the Narrows Gun Club when a 4-foot rattlesnake with 16 rattles and a button "crashed the party." Spotted by the president, Marlin A. Shearer, it was quickly annihilated by Thad M. Shimer with a stout club. The members were then entertained by Dr. Frank Alexander and Jack Kelso, who skinned and dissected the reptile, giving a short discourse on the snake's anatomy. A good time was had by all!

William Shaffer Jr. of McConnellsburg has enrolled at Penn State to study forestry.

Anne Sutherland Foster has enrolled as a sophomore at the Charles E. Ellis School for Girls, Newton Square, Pa.

Next week, The First National Bank will have on display an exhibit of a rare, ancient coin, made during biblical times. The coins will be loaned by the Federal Reserve Bank.

The Fish Commission on Friday disclosed plans to convert the Meadow Grounds into a large lake.

Mr. and Mrs. William L. Kendall of the Virgin Islands announce the birth of a daughter, Rebecca Laura, on August 24. Mrs. Kendall is the former Pat Shockey of Chambersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Sanbower of Rouzerville on September 8; twins, a boy and girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Clark M. Brant of Hustontown on September 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clemmie Chilcote of Harrisonville on September 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Richards of Mc- Connellsburg on September 13.

Unemployment compensation checks issued last week totalled 158,232, with a monetary value of $4,546,859.

Deaths: Paul W. Stevens of Carpenteria, Calif.; Wilbur C. Stevens of Canton, Ohio; Mrs. Reuben B. Mellott of Needmore.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 22, 1949 '49 Twelve ladies attended a meeting on Friday night for the purpose of forming a ladies auxiliary to the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire

Co. A goal of 50 members has been set and a committee from the fire company will serve a "surprise" luncheon to the ladies at their next meeting.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Norma M. Mellott to H. Richard Ott.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Seville of Big Cove Tannery on September 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Reasner of McConnellsburg on September 20; a 9-pound son, Howard Lester, to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Plessinger of Warfordsburg on August 28.

Mr. and Mrs. William E. Buterbaugh of Wilmington, Del., will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on September 28. Mr. Buterbaugh, a brother of George Buterbaugh of town, and his wife left here 35 years ago.

At a special meeting of the Borough Council on Tuesday evening, the lands of the Fulton County Medical Center, M.C. and Helen Morton and W. Russell and Mabel H. Kendall were annexed to the borough.

Two 16-year-old Fort Littleton boys were injured last Friday when their 1941 Plymouth ran off the road and hit a light pole. Walter E. Knowles, the driver, suffered lacerations of the left wrist, left side of his face and nose. Fred R. McCoy, a passenger, received injuries to the left elbow and left hand.

Local coin collectors would be interested in an 1897 one-cent piece which Thomas Cromer of Burnt Cabins carries as a good luck charm.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 21, 1939 '39 Dr. Lorenzo W. Swope, one of western Pennsylvania's best-known surgeons, died on September 14, 10 hours after a heart attack. He

was 76 years of age. A descendant of the Revolutionary War figures, Dr. Swope was born at Sipes Mill in 1863. He was president of the Medical Board for West Penn Hospital since 1933. The heart attack came late at night at his home in Homewood.

Deaths: Dr. R.M. Hunter, prominent Huntingdon dentist; Clyde W. Rabenstein of Saluvia.

A huge display, depicting the bountiful crops in Fulton County this year, formed an appropriate setting for the annual harvest home festival in the local Reformed Church on Sunday.

Two men, one from Colorado and the other from Missouri, were instantly killed on Monday morning when their heavily loaded Chevrolet tractor-trailer ran off the Lincoln Highway on a steep grade a short distance west of Fort Loudon.

The only son of Gov. Arthur H. James died Sunday following an emergency operation for appendicitis.

Sponsored by the McConnellsburg Lions Club, the Everett Lions Club received its charter at a charter night banquet on Friday. A large group of local Lions and their wives attended.

Millionaire Charles M. Schwab, 77, died on September 19. He was chairman of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, which he founded.

Dr. William J. Campbell, veteran Mount Union physician who was well known locally, was injured Sunday evening when he was struck by an automobile while on his way to church. He was badly bruised and cut and is suffering from shock.

Dr. D.L. Hohman, while working on his cottage in Allen's Valley, was painfully injured when a splinter of wood imbedded itself in his eye. Dr. MacKinlay sent him to an eye specialist in Chambersburg where the splinter was removed.

Frank Alexander has enrolled in the School of Dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh.

John Mentzer Jr. of town is confined to his home suffering from scarlet fever.

Clyde Ott of Knobsville was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Saturday where his condition is reported as "serious."

Mary Mellott of Atlantic City has been called home due to the serious illness of her father, Jacob Mellott, of Ayr Township, who is a patient in Everett Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Helman of Cito are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on September 18.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stenger of Hagerstown announce the birth of twin sons Sept. 15 in Hagerstown Hospital.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of Sept. 19, 1929 '29 Deaths; John R. Foster of Altoona; George D. Piper of

near Shade Gap; Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Duncan of Greencastle; Mrs. Fanny Rachel Sipes of Siloam.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Nelson left on Sunday for St. James School, Md., to resume their teaching in this noted preparatory school for boys.

David Woodall is building a cistern at his new barn. It is situated so as to operate by gravity, the flow to be regulated by spigots.

The corn crop in this area is much below average.

Death: W.L. Johnston of Huntingdon.

William E. Robinette and Vi- vian D. Eichelberger were married on Saturday evening.

Death: James Grere Alexander of McConnellsburg. He was a former sheriff of Fulton County, elected in 1905 and was one of the two men ever elected to that office by the Republican party in this county.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Divens of Knobsville.

J.K. Johnston and daughter Beulah arrived home last Wednesday after spending three months in Europe.

Larkin Bolinger of Shore Valley received a broken leg last week when a tree he and his father, George Bolinger, were cutting, fell on him.

Death: Joe Addison Cunningham of Englevale, Kan.

Miss Sue Orth fell of the porch at her home at Fort Littleton last Friday, badly injuring her hand.

Rev. Jarrett preached his farewell sermons on Sunday.

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