2009-09-24 / From Days Gone By


This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Janet E. Mellott Guyer, was taken circa 1889 and picture Jacob Winfield Mellott, local businessman. He was a charter member of Lokins Gun Club in southern Fulton County. His wife was Margaret Barmont Mellott. This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Janet E. Mellott Guyer, was taken circa 1889 and picture Jacob Winfield Mellott, local businessman. He was a charter member of Lokins Gun Club in southern Fulton County. His wife was Margaret Barmont Mellott. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 21, 1989 '89 For 22 county high school junior and senior boys, school has taken on a whole new meaning. That's because these students

are enrolled in the new Fulton County Vocational Technical School's house building project under the building trades program. Each day, the boys are bused to and from the vo-tech's house building site along U.S. Route 522 in Ayr Township to spend three class periods building a house which will be sold at an auction in June 1990.

Former deputy game protector David Layton, 41, of Buck Valley, has finally returned home after months of hospitalization following a serious tractor accident at his farm off Hendershot Road near Route 484 on April 8. He spent 12 weeks at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore and nine more weeks at Altoona Rehabilitation Center.

Jennifer Lynn continued her BMX winning streak on September 17, taking first place at the Pennsylvania State championships held on her home track in Mc- Connellsburg. Her first-place win also gave her the number one ranking in the state in her 8-9-year-old girls' class. She is the daughter of Robert and Pat Lynn of Mc- Connellsburg.

A surprise retirement dinner was held Friday night at the American Legion Home for Trooper Larry Good of the McConnellsburg state police.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Eichelberger recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 10.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Benson of Shade Gap on September 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Carbaugh of Mercersburg on September 13.

A. Kay McGarvey and Chauncey McGarvey announce the engagement of their daughter, Terri, to Michael Blumenthal, son of Mike and Margie Blumenthal, all of McConnellsburg.

Deaths: Naomi Everts, McConnellsburg; Samuel Swope, Saxton; Billie McCoy, Baltimore; Daniel Carriero, Burgenfield, N.J.; Theodore Stevens, St.Thomas; Cora Booth, Ravenna, Mich.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 20, 1979 '79 Gail Alan Goes, 31, McConnellsburg, died of multiple injuries on Friday in an accident on Route 522, three miles north of Mc-

Connellsburg. Goes was the fifth person to die in road accidents in Fulton County this year.

McConnellsburg state police said this week that Peter Charles Smith, known as "Wolfman Jack," who stayed here after the carnival left, causing headaches for the population in general and the town's law enforcement, was judged to be competent following psychiatric examination in Harrisburg last week. He was handed over to Somerset County Court authorities, who said he had skipped bail, and he was taken to Somerset to face a drug charge. Before leaving he told police in Mc- Connellsburg, "I shall return."

Donna Kaye Mellott and Curtis Allen Brant were united in marriage at Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren at Needmore on August 18 at 2:00 p.m. Donna is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Mellott of Needmore, and he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean L. Brant of Harrisonville.

Lisa Ann Palmer and Kevin Leon Mellott were united in marriage at Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church on September 8. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Palmer of Warfordsburg and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard L. Mellott of Needmore.

Specials at the IGA: Birds Eye Awake, 39 cents; elbow macaroni or spaghetti, 99 cents, 3 lbs.; Canadian bacon, $2.49 lb.; jello pudding, 4 for $1.

Gene Stenger took a first place with the highest aggregate bench rest score Saturday during a muzzleloader match at the Fulton County Rifle and Pistol Club grounds. Stenger also took a second place in the 50-yard bench rest and a third place in the 100-yard bench rest.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Picking of Mercersburg on September 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Perry Bradnick of St. Thomas on September 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Clark of Rockhill Furnace on September 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Souders of McConnellsburg on September 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Strait of Harrisonville on September 13.

Deaths: Frank M. Skiles, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Ora M. Yeakle, Mercersburg; John H. Bennett, Mercersburg; Harry R. Deavor, St. Thomas.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 2, 1969 '69 Norman Mellott, 19, died on Saturday, September 27, in Chambersburg Hospital where he had been taken on Friday suffering

from severe internal injuries which he received at Fulton Industries, McConnellsburg, where he was employed. Mellott was unloading sheet metal from a flat-bottom truck when some of the heavy sheets of metal slipped and fell on him.

A Fulton County banker has been chosen as an officer in the American Bankers Association. The newlyelected ABA president has announced that H. Lyle Duffey has been named vice president of the American Bankers Association for the state of Pennsylvania.

In addition to Kerry DeShong, who was named a semifinalist last week, two more Central Fulton High School students have been cited for their high performance in the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Letters of commendation have been awarded to Ada Jane Adams, daughter of Mrs. Ida L. Adams, and David Michael Metz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Metz, all of McConnellsburg.

News of men in service: Army Specialist Four Robert Q. Golden, 23, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Quentin Golden and wife Barbara live at Warfordsburg, was awarded a letter of commendation on September 5 while serving with the 56th Transportation Company in Vietnam. U.S. Air Force Sgt. Thomas C. Abbott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Abbott of McConnellsburg, has arrived for duty at McCoy Air Force Base in Florida.

Specials at the IGA: Joy detergent, 39 cents; Viva towels, 25 cents, 2-roll pkg.; chuck roast, 69 cents lb.; ground beef, 69 cents lb.

Deaths: Vera M. Swindell, New Grenada; Harold Fox Sr., Fort Loudon; Florence Fix, McConnellsburg; Roy Gordon, Mercersburg; Roy Smith, Lemaster.

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. George Mellott of Harrisonville wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Dianna Leah, to Douglas Melvin Keebaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin E. Keebaugh, also of Harrisonville. Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Sponsler of Harrisonville wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sylvia Helen, to Joe E. Smith Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Smith of Everett.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Martin of Mercersburg on September 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Bookheimer of Mc- Connellsburg on September 24.

Vesta Bard of Warfordsburg has enrolled as a freshman at Messiah College.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 1, 1959 '59 An article on tax assessment in Fulton County written by Chief Tax Assessor Albert Larsen quotes the assessed information of

Fulton County for the calendar year 1959, based upon 50 percent of market value, as $9,285,000.

The first meeting of the McConnellsburg Joint PTA was held on September 28 with 60 members present.

The fourth annual Districit Hay Show was held at Penn State on September 22 and 14 of 18 Fulton County entries placed in the show, including entries by Nathan Hixson, Dennis Shaffer, Elmer Carpenter and Webster Fischer, all of Crystal Spring; James Hollenshead, Needmore; James Purnell, Wells Tannery; Robert Knepper, Three Springs, and Charles Walker of McConnellsburg.

Ralph Golden was elected chairman of the ASC Committee.

Industrial statistics for Fulton County showed a decrease from 1957, according to statistics released by the secretary of Internal Affairs. There was a decrease of $24,000 in wages and production decreased by $71,000.

Betty Greenleaf, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Greenleaf of Chappaquaa, N.Y., entered Wilson College as a student last week.

Roger Elvey is attending electronics school at Fort Momouth, N.J.

Walter Spade of Harrisonville was admitted to the Medical Center on Monday with severe back injuries he received when he fell from an apple tree.

Robert Mellott of McConnellsburg and Margaret E. Erwin, Robertsdale, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse.

At the Crusade for Christ, sponsored by the Hancock Ministerial Association, Rev. John Woodhouse of Petersburg, Fla., gave a challenging address entitled "Will Russia Take The World."

Bob Barber, Needmore, had his right thumb amputated at Chambersburg Hospital after mangling it in a cornpicker.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Brant of Harrisonville on September 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Roher of Wells Tannery on September 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Fischer of Amaranth on September 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ordean Miller of Harrisonville on September 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Strait of Harrisonville on September 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Englert of Pittsburgh on September 4.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Beatty, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hendershot and Sylvan Hendershot of Amaranth left last week for a two-week trip to Wyoming hunting big game.

The first killing frost of the season came on September 18, the Knobsville correspondent reports.

Mrs. Ada Stinson of Knobsville suffered a severe stroke and is a patient in the Medical Center.

Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Waltz of Needmore advertised the sale of their property and household goods on October 3.

Charles Croft announces his candidacy for county treasurer in the November 3 municipal elections.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Knowles of Bedford announce the birth of a son on September 25.

Edith Mae Koontz of Hopewell and Larry Ray Fischer of Wells Tannery were married on September 12.

Julie Mae Johnston of Mercersburg graduated from the York School of Nursing and has enrolled at the Shippensburg State Teachers College.

Registration figures for the November 3 election show a total of 4,866 with 2,739 Democrats, 2,100 Republicans and 27 nonpartisans registered to vote.

Deaths: Thomas J. Horton, 72, Lewistown; Mrs. Jennie Campbell, Mount Union.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 6, 1949 '49 A second polio case and possibly a third were reported in Fulton County this week - both in McConnellsburg. Mrs. H.P. Kies is

in the Harrisburg Hospital, where she is suffering from the dreaded disease. She is suffering from paralysis of the throat and one arm. The possible third case is Frankie Spriggs, who was taken to Chambersburg Hospital on Monday and transferred to Harrisburg on Tuesday for observation. The first county case was 9- year-old John Group, who is reported in very serious condition in a Johnstown Hospital. On Tuesday of last week, he was placed in an iron lung.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Seiders of Knobsville are the proud parents of a baby boy. He has been named Dennis Lee.

The remains of a young war hero from Fulton County were interred last week in a national cemetery in Louisville, Ky. The remains were those of S.Sgt. Hoard B. Swope Jr., who was reported "missing in action" on November 14, 1943. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard B. Swope Sr. of McConnellsburg.

The members of the newly organized ladies' auxiliary of the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. elected officers on Thursday evening. The first officers are Mrs. Roy Gordon, president; Mrs. J. Raymond DeShong, vice president; Mrs. Donald McQuade, treasurer; Mrs. Charles Cutchall, recording secretary; and Mrs. Vallie Lowe, chaplain.

Charles Henry Pyles, 79, of Shade Gap, died in Huntingdon Hospital on Friday night from injuries he received when he fell backwards down a flight of stairs at his home.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kendall of McConnellsburg on September 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Anderton of McConnellsburg on October 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Barthalow on September 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Keefer of Hustontown on September 29.

Dr. E.H. MacKinlay has moved his office into the former Mosser property on the square, which he purchased recently.

Death: infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fox of town.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 5, 1939 '39 Deaths: Hartman Anderson of Wells Valley; Roy Adam Rice of Jeannette; Dr. G. Howard Wilson of Dalton City, Ill.; Charles Leon Awkerman

of Mount Union; Sarah Mae Barton of Kearney; Virginia Cuff of Cito.

Fulton countans admitted to Everett Hospital during the past week include Harry Baker of Wells Tannery for treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning; Elmo Smith of Wells Tannery, for treatment of severe contusions of the right shoulder and arm and repair of a laceration of the scalp; Beulah Carbaugh of McConnellsburg, for medical treatment. The following were admitted for tonsil operations: Mrs. Frances Wible, Freda Miller, Gladys Miller and Hazel Miller, all of Three Springs, and Billie Mae Lininger of McConnellsburg. Charles Ray of McConnellsburg was treated at the hospital dispensary for incision and drainage of the left index finger

A "Buy Now Broadcast," sponsored by the businesses of McConnellsurg, will be held weekly over WJEJ, Hagerstown, starting next Tuesday.

Two Hagerstown men have been charged with manslaughter in the death of Aria Carbaugh, 45, of Funkstown. Relatives of the dead man say he had about $10 in cash on his person the evening before his death, and an autopsy showed that he died of a fractured skull. One of the men being held has admitted striking Carbaugh, but the other denies any part in the affair. Hagerstown detectives, however, say they have a witness who saw the second man kick Carbaugh on the head. Carbaugh was a brother of Mrs. Ethel Gearhart of Mc- Connellsurg.

While working in her kitchen on Saturday, Mrs. Jack Clevenger of town received severe burns of her face and body when paraffin she was heating became too hot and ignited. She attempted to carry the blazing liquid outside and, when it got too hot to hold, gave it a toss. In so doing, she slipped and fell into the burning paraffin. With the help of a daughter, she was finally able to free herself from the burning liquid.

Paul D. Mellott and Violet Tedrow were married on September 30.

John Comerer and Olive Ferne Wink were married on September 28.

Local fireman were called to the R&G Garage on Saturday morning when a motorist ran into a gasoline pump, broke it off at the base and a short circuit set the gas on fire.

A Plymouth sedan of Huston Richards of Webster Mills was demolished on Saturday when a front tire blew out and the car overturned on the Cito Road. Three of the seven occupants of the car were treated for lacerations, but none of them was seriously hurt.

Lashing rains, high winds, thunder and lightning caused heavy damage throughout Fulton County on Friday evening. Crops were ruined, fruit trees uprooted, straw stacks blown over and at least one barn burned, that on the J.C. Kirk farm in Wells Valley.

Fred Hamil left on Friday for Salisbury N.C., where he has en- rolled as a freshman at Catawba College.

Kenneth R. Eichelberger of Hopewell and Dorothy I. Warsing of Wells Tannery were granted a marriage license in Bedford last week.

"Sharkey" Hamil has gone to New York City to attend the first two games of the World Series.

Hancock's million-dollar bridge will be dedicated on Saturday. Four governors will be present - James of Pennsylvania, Holt of West Virginia, Price of Virginia and O'Connor of Maryland.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 3, 1929 '29 Wit from the Northcraft writer: "Don't mean to put

up a kick about the fall primary but it don't look like the Republicans are getting a square deal. The Democrats are running "Fore" for associate judge and the Republicans only one and he's "Little."

Deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth Emory McKibbin of Everett; Dortha Ann Booth of Bethel Township.

The additional land recently purchased by the Union Cemetery Co. has been fenced and laid out in lots.

Mrs. Earl Clingerman of Northcraft is now teaching at the Purcell School in Bedford County.

Death: T. Elliott Patterson, prominent attorney of Philadelphia.

George Person and Clementine Peterson were married on September 18.

Herman Richards and family are moving from the Big Cove Tannery area to Hopwood on Monday where he is working on a sawmill job.

After an absence of 28 years, U.S. Grant Mann of Burlington, Colo., is visiting relatives and friends in the county.

Mr. and Mrs. A. Wible have sold the West End Restaurant to James J. Harris. The deal was effective on September 30 when Mr. Harris paid $4,000 cash and possession was given to his recently married daughter, Bessie, and her husband Oral Cooper.

Carl Fraker and Evelyn Fix were married September 27.

George Mellott and Gladys Mann were wed August 31.

Born: a daughter on September 16 to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Burchardt of Pittsburgh.

Death: Miss Annie M. Mc- Dowell of Chambersburg.

The daily milk route, which C.R. Shore has been operating in McConnellsburg, has been sold to Harvey I. Raker.

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