2009-10-01 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Alma Bivens Kinzie was taken in the late 1980s and pictures, bottom row, left to right: Alma’s dad, Frank D. Bivens, Thelma Bivens Fields, Bruce Bivens; back row, left to right: Ike Bivens, Mary Edna Bivens Snyder, Beulah Bivens Paylor, and Clyde Bivens. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Alma Bivens Kinzie was taken in the late 1980s and pictures, bottom row, left to right: Alma’s dad, Frank D. Bivens, Thelma Bivens Fields, Bruce Bivens; back row, left to right: Ike Bivens, Mary Edna Bivens Snyder, Beulah Bivens Paylor, and Clyde Bivens. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 28, 1989 ’89 Hurricane Hugo, which caused such destruction in Charleston, S.C., and continues northward inland last Friday, bypassed Fulton

County to the west. Strong winds and rain were felt in its wake.

Four months after the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry ordered Overly-Raker Inc. to halt their practice of using home workers in their manufacturing industry, the company is still struggling to regroup and restructure their business in order to survive in the marketplace. But late last month, help came from an unexpected place and, according to company President Helen Overly, the offer to help was somewhat of a mixed blessing. The offer came from one of O-R’s colleagues in the gift business when he heard of their plight. The man offered the use of his sewing factory located in the southern part of mainland China. The owner offered to allow Overly-Raker to ship the cut materials to the factory where it would be sewn and returned to the McConnellsburg factory for stuffing, dressing and assembling.

Bargaining sessions have been scheduled for next week by the state mediator in negotiations between the Central Fulton and Southern Fulton school districts and their teachers’ unions, according to the state mediator.

Libbie Martin of Needmore will be celebrating her 90th birthday on October 7.

Specials at the IGA: Pillsbury flour, 89 cents, 5-lb. bag; large head cauliflower 99 cents; Peter Pan peanut butter, $2.99; Bartlett pears, 49 cents lb.

Thirty MHS advanced biology students and three chaperones left McConnellsburg High School for an educational adventure September 6 to Wallops Island, Va. The group will participate in a four-day pre-college coastal oceanography program at the Marine Science Consortium.

Mr. and Mrs. Bart Elbin of Warfordsburg announce the birth of their second child, a daughter, Kelly Eileen, on September 19.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Russelll of Needmore on September 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ling of Waterfall on September 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Middaugh of Doylesburg on September 21.

Marriage licenses: Sammie Peck Sr., Fort Littleton, and Alice Browand, Fort Littleton; James Peterson, Greencastle, and Barbara Sharpe, McConnellsburg; Timothy Jones, Neelyton, and Cynthia Piper, Neelyton; Shane Meyers, Hustontown, and Estelle Ridge, Hustontown; David Miller, Warfordsburg, and Virginia Smith, Warfordsburg.

Deaths: Bessie Gordon, Big Cove Tannery; James Taylor, Hopewell; Harry Brison, Mercersburg; Phyllis Blasy, Hancock; Sidney Lucas, Warfordsburg; Warren O’Rourke, Hancock; Mason Ramsey, Breezewood.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 27, 1979 ’79 The decommissioned Saxton Nuclear Reactor, recently the target of media attention and some local criticism, has now been determined

as the site of low-level radioactive contamination.

County Commissioner Delmar Mellott and other residents of Fulton County attended dedication ceremonies for the Potomac Bend Medical Center in Hancock Sunday afternoon.

Rodney Barton, director of the Franklin-Fulton Child Development Corp., announced that the child daycare center will be moving into the Hel-Mar Restaurant north of McConnellsburg next week.

Specials at the IGA: Kraft mayonnaise, $1.29, 32 ozs.; potatoes,77 cents, 10 lbs.; chuck roast, $1.59 lb.; Lebanon bologna, $2.09 lb.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Hardcore;” playing at the Reality: “Escape from Alcatraz.”

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Denison of Shirleysburg on September 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Adolfa Figueroa of Hancock on September 15; a son Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Royer of Berkeley Springs on September 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Clippinger of McConnellsburg on September 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Babcock of Orbisonia on September 19; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rex Smith of Lemasters on September 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Sullivan of Hancock on September 20.

Deaths: Harry Lee Clevenger, McConnellsburg; Frank Seville, Brodbeck; Micah Taylor, Hustontown; Mrs. Barbara A. Lushbaugh, Mercersburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 9, 1969 ’69 Miss Violet Plantz, former director of Fulton County’s Services for Children and Aging, brought recognition to the county

and honors to herself as a dedicated social worker by being chosen last week to receive the Robert Lonogan Award for showing the most creative and innovative ideas in establishing services for the aged.

The current issue of the Game Commission’s newsletter contained the following comment from Carl Jarrett of McConnellsburg: “In answer to a request from sightseers at the Meadow Grounds Lake, I accompanied them to the area where they reported an animal in some kind of a trap. It turned out to be a small raccoon hopelessly impaled and entangled with a large jointed plug and about 20 feet of line.” In the same newsletter was this comment from land management supervisor William Shaffer, who recently moved to Huntingdon from McConnellsburg: “State game lands No. 99 in Huntingdon County is living up to its reputation for rattlesnakes again this year. To date, there have been more than 60 rattlers either killed or taken alive on a very small area of the game lands and state forestlands nearby.”

The Fairview Methodist Church was the setting for the September 27 wedding of Susan Black, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Black of Waterfall, to Samuel Ranck II, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Ranck of Hustontown.

Specials at the IGA: franks, 59 cents lb.; sirloin steak, $1.15 lb.; strawberry preserves, 49 cents, 2-lb. jar; Libby cling peaches, 29 cents 1-lb., 13-oz. can; potatoes, 79 cents, 20-lb. bag.

Deaths: Ralph M. Shuke, Six Mile Run; Harold Fox, Fort Loudon; Eliza Cook, Fort Littleton; Scott Gordon, Mercersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Kendall of McConnellsburg on September 30; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Brubaker of Warfordsburg on October 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Watkins of Todd on October 3.

When Fulton County was first formed in 1850, one of the products for which it became famous was its fine quality buckwheat flour, ground at the grist mills which flourished in the county. One of the most productive of these mills was the old Baldwin Mill at Burnt Cabins, which remained in operation and in the Baldwin family until nine years ago. It was last operated by the late C. Stull Baldwin, one of Fulton County’s more colorful personages, known for his wit and good humor as well as the miller of well-known buckwheat flour. Upon his death, the mill was sold to John Mellott and was later purchased by John D. Blattenberger of Martinsburg, Pa. Mr. Blattenberger announced this week that the mill is once more in operation, grinding grain in the same way it was ground years ago and packaged under the “Burnt Cabins Grist Mill” label.

News of men in service: as the Firebee target drone enters the firing range, Ground Intercept control orders the waiting pilots to “scramble.” Screaming in to the air, the speeding F-106 Delta Dart jets in for the search, intercept and kill off the “invader.” The scene is the Air Defense Weapons Center at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, where Maj. Harold P. Knepper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Knepper of McConnellsburg, is undergoing three weeks of training with other members of his unit. Maj. Knepper is a flying safety officer in the Aerospace Defense Command’s 318 Fighter Intercepter Squadron, stationed at McChord Air Force Base in Washington.

Mr. and Mrs. Clive M. Hixon of Hancock were honored on their 50th wedding anniversary on September 14.

Miss Brenda Stake and Richard Peck exchanged wedding vows on Saturday, August 16, in the Presbyterian Church of Amberson, Pa. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stake of Amberson. Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Park of Burnt Cabins.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 8, 1959 ’59 Interesting note: pictured in Life magazine last week were President Dwight Eisenhower and Premier Kruhruschev of Russia

standing on the walk leading to “Ike’s” cabin at Camp David. The walk they are standing on in the picture was built by John Mellott and his sons, Carl and Elmer of Harrisonville.

Constance Hunsecker was named semifinalist in the 1959-60 National Merit Scholarship qualifying test.

The first meeting of the Forbes Road Joint Parents- Teachers Association is planned for October 13.

Beatrice Secrist was elected president of the Fulton County Women of Pennsylvania at a meeting on October 1. Other officers elected were Ruth Richards, vice president; Ruth Mellott, secretary; and Gladys Kendall, treasurer.

Fred Mellott was presented with an achievement award and pin for his outstanding work as Cancer Crusade chairman for the past several yeas.

Applications for marriage licenses were made at the local courthouse last week by Edward Benson and Jessie Breward, both of Vernona, Pa., and Neill E. Miller, Hancock, and Audrea Jean Morton, Needmore.

In this issue Fred L. Stenger, a student at the University of Pittsburgh, describes a visit by Soviet Premier Khruschhev to the university.

In this issue readers are given illustrated instructions on how to make “do-it-yourself” fallout shelter put out by the office of Civil Defense Mobilization.

The 60th Fulton County reunion of people residing in and around Seneca County, Ohio, was held on September 20 in Clyde, Ohio. There were 56 people present.

The statement of ownership and circulation, as required by the Postal Service, printed in this issue shows the “News” has a circulation of 1,500 as of October 2, 1959.

The home and personal property of Mrs. Daisy D. Washabaugh and Mrs. Mildred Strait, McConnellsburg, are advertised for public sale on October 10.

William B. Johnson, Wells Tannery, suffered a broken jaw in an auto accident near Waterfall on October 4.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Border of Cleveland were called to her home at Wells Tannery due to the death of her uncle, Glenn Foster.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the House Funeral Home, Hustontown, for Mrs. Mary Agnes (Kirk) Lamberson, 90, who passed away on Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ferne Foster, Turtle Creek, Pa.

Specials at Carmack’s Store feature bacon at 33 cents a pound and Coca Cola, 24 bottles at 85 cents.

Mr. and Mrs. Orville Duvall Jr. announce the birth of a daughter on October 1. Mrs. Duvall is the former Sarah Mellott.

Chamber of Commerce members, at a meeting on September 30, voted unanimously in favor of Central Sewerage facilities following complaints of the offensive odor coming from the creek west of town.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 13, 1949 ’49 A front-page story in this issue calls attention to the fact that the News is now 50 years old. As a part of the story, these items

were reprinted from the first paper printed by B.W. Peck on September 21, 1899: “Harry S. Hamil, son of Alex Hamil of Fort Loudon, was one of the recruits enrolled at Chambersburg last week to go and help whip the Philippines,” “George O. Lynch, Crystal Spring’s heavyweight merchant, spent Sunday with his brother, Prothonotary Frank M. Lynch,” “In the J.K. Johnston advertisement, men’s strong black suits were listed at $1.90; suits for boys 7 to 14 years, at $1.00;” “The price of the News was $1 per annum in advance.” The story also tells of the first obituary printed in the News, that of a next-door neighbor, Dr. Wm. F. Trout, who died at his home on September 7, 1899.

Rev. Burton C. Bastuscheck, local Methodist pastor, has been assigned to Van Buren County, Iowa, where he will organize and head a countywide rural church program.

Mrs. H.P. Kies, who was stricken with polio in September, returned home from the Harrisburg Hospital on Saturday. Her arm and throat are responding to the treatment.

Mrs. Benjamin Lane, 22, of Hustontown, was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday for treatment of burns of the abdomen, left arm and hand and right forearm she received when a pressure cooker exploded while she was preparing dinner.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Shotts of Laidig on October 11.

A motion was adopted by the Borough Council on Tuesday to apply at the commonwealth for permission to install street lights at the intersections of First and Second streets with the Lincoln Highway.

Gerald Stunkard and Joan Fields were wed October 1.

Dale Ramsey, 23, of Clear Ridge, was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Monday for treatment to injuries he received when a motorcycle he was driving collided near Knobsville with a 1947 Cadillac driven by Paul L. Truax of McConnellsburg. He received brush burns, lacerations and possible fracture of the little finger.

Billie Alexander, son of Dr. and Mrs. Frank Alexander, celebrated his fourth birthday on Saturday.

Deaths: Mrs. George B. Evans of Thompson Township; Mrs. William Knepper of Three Springs.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 12, 1939 ’39 L.A. Sipes and sister, Miss Ella, have returned to Billings, Ind., after spending several weeks with the one remaining member of

their family, Mrs. Newton Edwards and husband of Wells Tannery. This was their first visit back to Fulton County in more than 30 years.

Death: Mrs. Ella Mae Shugarts Worrall of Reedsville.

Mary Alice Velbneter has been elected president of the Young Peoples’ Choir of the local Methodist Church. Other officers are Christine Pearson, vice president; Dorothy Paylor, secretary; Jean Paylor, treasurer; Erma Knouse Stinson, librarian; Marian Morton, director; and Jean Paylor, pianist.

A Little Farm Products Show for farm boys of Fulton and Franklin counties is now being planned by the Lions Club of McConnellsburg, Waynesboro and Chambersburg. The exact date will be announced late.

The MHS soccer team won its third of four games on Friday when it defeated Dry Run by a score of 4-2. Local scorers were Paul Henry, with a two-goal credit, Dave Lynch and Herman Mellott.

An FFA Chapter has been organized at the Taylor Township High School with these officers: Sheldon Hess, president; Edwin Wright, vice president; Ralph Locke, secretary; Ernest Gladfelter, treasurer; and Earl Alloway, reporter.

Ten-year-old George Oliver of Harrisonville is a pa- tient in Everett Hospital suffering from a fractured leg he received on Sunday when a horse he was leading fell on him.

G.C. Fields, local barber, is suffering from a very sore ear. When going through his garden last Saturday, he brushed his head against a clothesline and a piece of wire, where the line had been spliced, pierced and tore the lobe of his ear. He was taken to a local doctor, where four stitches were required to repair the damage.

The “Buy Now Broadcast,” the radio series sponsored by local businessmen, was heard over WJEJ for the first time last Tuesday. Winners of the free awards were Leo Fields, box of chocolates form McLaughlin’s Drug Store; Robert Alexander, a grease job from R&G Motor Co.; Raymond C. Wible, knitting bag from Fulton Furniture Store; Charles Ott and Oscar Unger, free passes to Fulton Theatre; Mrs. Emma Bivens, sack of flour from Kendall’s Mill; Harold C. Welsh, shirt from Morton’s Men’s Shop; Walter Shaw, cake from Ray’s Bakery; and Kenneth Spangler, flashlight from Harvey Bergstresser.

Judge W.C. Sheely will be the guest speaker at the rally day services on Sunday in the local Reformed Church.

Harold King and Ethel Roher were wed September 30.

Mrs. Harry Hamil has been elected president of the American Legion Auxiliary. She will be assisted by these other officers: Mrs. Ray Guyer, vice president; Miss Nellie Hays, second vice president; Rheue C. Barmont, secretary; Mrs. Boyd B. Fore, treasurer; Mrs. Louise Swope, sergeant-at-arms; and Mrs. C.R. Spangler, chaplain.

The local Lions Club celebrated its third anniversary on Tuesday evening with a ladies’ night celebration at the Fulton House.

Harry Woodall and sisters, Miss Blanche and Mrs. Small, of Chambersburg, were renewing acquaintances here last week. Miss Blanche taught school at Chambersburg for a number of years but resigned recently. Their father, H.H. Kendall, taught school in Fulton County and was superintendent back in the 70s.

Harvey I. Raker of town fell on Tuesday, tearing a ligament in his shoulder.

Freda Warthin, 8-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Warthin of McConnellsburg, received a broken arm last week while rollerskating.

80 Years Ago

From the Files of October 10, 1929 ’29 Mrs. Lavina Hill, who will celebrate her 91st birthday in

December, suffered a broken arm and wrist in a fall on Saturday. Mrs. Hill, who is as agile as one much younger, was baking a cake at her home when she accidentally fell.

Deaths: William Bedford of St. Thomas; Miss Carrie Sterrett Greathead of McConnellsburg.

Luther Stinson of Burnt Cabins received a crushed foot last week while moving an engine.

Walter Oppel and Emma Grace Campbell were married on September 14.

Dr. Paul K. Evans and Jane Emmett were married on September 21.

Kenneth Glazier has purchased a portion of The First National Bank lot in Mc- Connellsburg and will build a feed store and residence.

Recent births: a daughter on September 29 to Mr. and Mrs. David W. Harr of Ayr Township; a son on September 7 to Mr. and Mrs. John Culler of Ayr Township; a son on September 23 to Prothonotary and Mrs. Charles W. Mellott of McConnellsburg; a son on October 1 to Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Bivens of McConnellsburg; a son on September 19 to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Helman of Ayr Township; a son, Berlin Edwards, on September 15 to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Divens of Todd Township; a son on September 13 to Mr. and Mrs. Levi Seville of Ayr Township.

John E. Geissinger and Helen Edythe Horton were married on September 26.

J. Willard Snyder sold his residence and garage on Lincoln Way East to A.L. Wible on October 4 for $4,100. The Snyders have rented the Dr. Robinson house.

This year marks the beginning of the 31st year of The Fulton County News. During that time, there have been two editors, B.W. Peck, who founded the “News” and remained as editor for 22 years, and E.M. Krug, who has wielded the pen for eight yeas.

Joseph Palier and Rhoda Cowan were married October 4.

Helen Shafer marked her ninth birthday on September 21.

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