2009-10-08 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Edith Barnett Rhodes, was taken in 1966 and pictures, back row, left to right: Lee Mellott, Barbara Mellott; middle row: Ronnie Bottenfield, Bobby Bottenfield, Yolanda Barnett, Stanley Mellott; front row: “Tink’’ Harty Barnett, Brenda Mellott, Pete Bottenfield, Shelby Bottenfield. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Edith Barnett Rhodes, was taken in 1966 and pictures, back row, left to right: Lee Mellott, Barbara Mellott; middle row: Ronnie Bottenfield, Bobby Bottenfield, Yolanda Barnett, Stanley Mellott; front row: “Tink’’ Harty Barnett, Brenda Mellott, Pete Bottenfield, Shelby Bottenfield. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 5, 1989 ’89 Work on the new McConnellsburg Motor and Implement building began last Wednesday and was framed by Friday and under

roof by Saturday. Company owners received much volunteer help, including from Forbes Road votech students. The new building is being constructed just west of the old site, which was destroyed in an early morning blaze on August 19. Damage estimates of that blaze totalled nearly $1 million.

The 16th annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22.

Former prothonotary Marlin “Corny” Shimer is confined to his home after falling and suffering a panful neck injury last week. His sister, Lena Mellott of Hopewell, is staying with him.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bowers of Fort Loudon on September 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Clark of Mercersburg on September 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Terrance Peck of McConnellsburg on September 28.

Eddie and Dolly Yost of Needmore announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Lee, to Paul Bowers, son of Paul Bowers, Warfordsburg, and Barbara Deneen of Hancock.

Marriage licenses: Donald Rhodes, McConnellsburg, and Delores Lenora, McConnellsburg; Ronald McCarty, McConnellsburg, and Elizabeth Keefer, Mc- Connellsburg.

Deaths: Roger Sipes, McConnellsburg; Lucy Peck, McConnellsburg; Elsie Leabhart, Wood; Gertrude Reeder, Fairview; Donald Helman, East Waterford; Amy Conrad, Hancock; Donald Carbaugh, Burnt Cabins.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 4, 1979 ’79 It was hazardous driving on Route 30 west and east of town at about 9:00 p.m. on Monday night. A leak from a tank truck full

of diesel oil left a wide oil slick on the route going east before the driver discovered he’d lost most of his load.

Roy Witter of Waterfall recently celebrated his 89th birthday.

The marriage of Virginia Palmer to Gary Akers took place on September 1 at Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. W. Edward Palmer of Warfordsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Akers of Quarryville.

Barbara Jean Waltz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Waltz Jr., Hancock, was united in marriage to Brian Lee Deneen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Deneen of Warfordsburg, on September 15 at Hancock Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Ruth Strait Knepper will celebrate her 90th birthday on October 9.

Specials at the IGA: sirloin tip roast, $2.39 lb.; Banquet meat pies, 29 cents; IGA bread, 3 for $1.

Winners in the Lions Club Tennis Doubles Tournament held last Saturday were Lee Oakman and Henry Isban, with Robert Snyder and Robert Ross as semifinalists. Mixed winners were Rena and Paul Ott, and Charlotte Wilt and Roger Seville as semifinalists.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Campbell of Berkeley Springs on September 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Seville of Mc- Connellsburg on September 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Barton of Wells Tannery on September 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Horton of Orbisonia on September 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Lake of Big Cove Tannery on September 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Todd of Greencastle on September 28.

Deaths: Bruce M. Cutchall, Hustontown; Earl D. Brown, Rockhill Furnace; Evangeline M. Johnson, Hancock; Rose E. Mitchell, Berkeley Springs; Carrie A. Divelbliss, Hancock; James E. Clark, Fort Loudon; Arthur R. Drenning Jr., Six Mile Run.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 16, 1969 ’69 The Tuscarora Cycle Club has announced that it will sponsor a half-mile sportsman track championship motorcycle race on

Sunday, October 19, at the Davis Lane Speedway at Hustontown.

The annual firemen’s Halloween parade in Mc- Connellsburg will be held on Thursday, October 30, at 7:00 p.m.

Terry McGowan of the U.S. Navy is spending a 10-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy McGowan of Hustontown.

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 561 held its regular meeting at the post home on October 8 with a covered dish supper, after which offices were installed. Officers for the coming year are: Mildred Fix, president; Mrs. Mae Mann, first vice president; Mrs. Mildred E. Rubeck, secretary-treasurer; Mrs. Blanche Hess, chaplain; Mrs. Janet Fore, membership chairman; Mrs. Catherine Stine, sergeant-at-arms; and Mrs. Ann Divens, poppy chairman.

The Hustontown Fire Co. held its annual election of officers on October 8 with the following members being named to office: Clair Miller, president; James Chesnut, vice president; Morris Crouse, secretary; John Hann, assistant secretary; Ralph Mellott, treasurer; Albert Corman, financial secretary; Dale Black, chaplain; Ralph Fraker, assistant chaplain; Clair Miller, electrician; Albert Wible and John Hann, assistant electricians; Dr. R.C. McLucas, surgeon; Clark Brant, fire chief; Leo Foreman, captain of big hose; Ronald Bishop, lieutenant of the big hose; Marvin Deshong, training officer; Ralph Mellott, assistant training officer; Clark Brant, chief of fire police; Leroy Mellott, captain of fire police.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vores of McConnellsburg on October 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. H. Paul Waite of Mapleton Depot on October 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James H. Sipes of Mc- Connellsburg on October 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar H. Sipes of Harrisonville on October 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Junior H. Decker of Everett on October 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sherman J. McFadden of Hancock on October 9.

Lieut. Richard “Lefty” Shearer, after a year’s tour of duty in Vietnam, is spending a month’s furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Shearer, before returning for reassignment duty at Camp Lejeune, S.C. Lt. Shearer is serving with the U.S. Marines.

Men in Service: Airman First Class Terry W. Chilcote, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Chilcote of Hustontown, is on duty with the 4258th Strategic Air Wing at U-Tapao Air Field in Thailand.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Frehn of Orbisonia announce the engagement of their daughter, Susan, to En. 3 Paul Schmidt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Schmidt of Oxon Hill, Md.

Specials at the IGA: Libby pumpkin, 25 cents, 1-lb. 13-oz. can; Austin’s A-1 bleach, 29 cents gal.; Duncan Hines cake mix, 33 cents; sugar, 59 cents, 5-lb. bag.

Deaths: C. Walter Fix, Mercersburg; Ray F. Bolinger, Wells Tannery; Resley H. Weller, Hagerstown; George Meyers, Needmore; Boyd D. Kling, Knobsville; Norman B. Mellott, Needmore; C.V. Houpt, Baltimore.

Jim Hawbaker is holding down one of the positions on the Red Raider soccer squad at Shippensburg State College during the current season. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Hawbaker of McConnellsburg. Roy Herbert Cline Jr. will hold down the position of right fullback on the Red Raiders squad this year. Roy is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cline of Harrisonville and a graduate of Forbes Road High School.

The wedding vows of Miss Cheryl Catherine Palmer and Clemente Andy Ciampa were solemnized in Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church on September 14. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Palmer of Warfordsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ciampa of Three Springs.

The Mount Olivet United Brethren Church was the scene on October 3 of the marriage of Katrina Sharon Bain, daughter of Mrs. Edith Bain of Mercersburg, and Ralph Edward Sipes, grandson of Mrs. Esther E. Sipes of McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 15, 1959 ’59 Fred Lamberson, supervising principal for the Forbes Road Joint School, in discussing the newly constructed senior high school, recently

opened for the 260 pupils enrolled this year, described it as “a school to be proud of.”

Mrs. Wayne McQuait, the former Marty Ann Martz, gave birth to twin sons on Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Martz are the proud grandparents.

An Ohio man, Glen W. Bittel, 74, of Norwalk, Ohio, was killed in an auto accident near Needmore on Monday.

Marine Lance Cpl. Alvin P. Doyle, son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Doyle, is serving with the 10th Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune, S.C.

President Dwight Eisenhower announces to the country that the interest on E and H Series Savings Bonds has been increased from 3-1/4 percent to 3- 3/4 percent retroactive to June 1

Carl Carbaugh and Donald Richards won the contour and level county plowing contests held on Friday. Runners up were Richard Carbaugh and Lee Glazier.

Residents of McConnellsburg area warned by the secretary of health of Pennsylvania to cease and desist the emptying of sewerage into the streams from private sewers. Residences will be inspected and violators will be given 60 days to make corrections.

Emil Mellott, Needmore, will exhibit sheep; Earl Sipes, Harrisonville, a steer; and Jerry McKee, Amaranth, an Angus cow, at the third annual Pennsylvania Livestock Exposition to be held in Harrisburg in November.

Barbara Ann James and Leland Charles Cisey were married on September 12.

Norma Jean Sigel and Seibert Strait of Amaranth were wed on September 10.

The election proclamation for the municipal election to be held on November 3 lists the following candidates for county office: Humphrey W. Yaukey (D) and Charles H. Croft (R) for treasurer; Earl R. Sipes (D); Wayne W. Mellott (D); Brinton C. Wright (R); Bernard P. Barnhart (R) for commissioners: Don Chesnut (D) and Fred S. Fisher (R) for sheriff.

Don Hill of Needmore underwent surgery at Hagerstown Hospital last week.

The Mason Mellott home at Needmore burned down early Sunday morning.

Mollie Garland will offer for public sale on October 24 a home in Needmore and personal property.

Births at the Medical Center: a son on September 28 to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd E. Powell, Hancock; a son on September 29 to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd E. Chilcote, Mercersburg; a son on September 30 to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Johnson, Hustontown; a son on October 1 to Mr. and Mrs. Bob Wright of McConnellsburg; a daughter on October 4 to Mr. and Mrs. Huey Mellott, McConnellsburg.

Lewis Largent, director of Veterans Affairs for the county, urges all Korean veterans to pick up their bonus application forms.

Beaver Fraker, Fort Littleton, died suddenly of a heart attack last Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Young announce the birth of a son at the Bedford Memorial Hospital last week.

Deaths: Adam Wirth, 76, husband of Mrs. Jessie Deshong Wirth, on October 5; Beverly Jean Orr, 2-dayold baby of Mr. and Mrs. Derwood Orr, Burnt Cabins, on October 23; Mrs. Loretta A. Lashley, 86, of Buck Valley, and Mrs. Ella Foff, 88, of Buck Valley.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 20, 1949 ’49 James McKelvey Jr., present administrator of the Chambersburg Hospital, has been named as administrator of the Fulton County

Medical Center, which is now under construction and which is expected to open in late spring or early summer.

Calvin Glazier of McConnellsburg has been chosen to appear with the Juniata College Chapel Choir.

Clarence Bender of McConnellsburg took top place in the fall meeting of the muzzleloader shooter at Shartlesville last Sunday.

Miss Jeanne Haxton has been named as home economist extension representative for Fulton County.

Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Denver Mellott of Mercersburg on October 14; a son, Gerald Monroe, to Mr. and Mrs. James F. Lake of Baltimore on September 30.

Mr. and Mrs. George King of Fairview celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

The choir form the Center Church, with Mrs. Merrill Cook as pianist, was the guest of three churches of the Port Matilda Charge on Sunday, where Rev. Forest R. Stong is pastor.

Seibert Barnett of Center has returned home from the Chambersburg Hospital where he was treated for a broken nose.

Leo Foreman, who has been stationed in Guam, received his discharge and returned home last week.

Howard Barnett of near Waterfall celebrated his 80th birthday on October 13.

Deaths: Mrs. Thomas J. Foor of Wells Tannery; Mrs. John W. Evans of Weyers Cove, Va.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 19, 1939 ’39 Deaths: Mrs. Isabel (Beatty) Hixson of Huntingdon; Mrs. Margaret (Stoler) Bossler of Saxton; Tobias Glazier of McConnellsburg.

The Franklin-Fulton Little Farm Products Show, sponsored by the Lions Club of this area, will be held in Washington Township High School near Waynesboro on November 16 and 17. The presidents of the three surviving clubs are: Sam Breth of Waynesboro; Charles Ross, Chambersburg, and Harold Welsh of Mc- Connellsburg. They will serve as an executive committee for the show.

The ladies of the local Lutheran Church will hold a chicken supper on October 28. The menu will include chicken, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, carrots, salad, pickles, gingerbread with whipped cream and coffee. The price will be 50 cents.

Mrs. E.N. Akers of Sipes Mill attended the 39th annual convention of the National Association of Postmasters in Washington, D.C., last week and was one of the 1,500 ladies who, by special invitation, attended a tea and reception by Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House on Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Akers is the postmistress at Sipes Mill.

George Oliver Deshong of Harrisonville has been admitted to Everett Hospital for treatment of a compound fracture of the right leg.

On Monday afternoon Campbell Patterson addressed the senior agriculture boys of the local high school. As the first highway superintendent in Fulton County, he discussed the early history of roads in Ayr and Todd townships and told of the hard-surfaced road in Fulton County – in the early 90s – which extended from Warfordsburg to Hancock.

Donald Paxton McPherson Jr. and Janet Lewis Russell were married on Saturday.

William J. Mellott and Beatrice Kelso were wed October 10.

The Pennsylvania Manufacturer’s Casualty Insurance Co., which has been located in the Nace-Sheets building, moved on Monday to the Nesbit Hotel. The office vacated by the insurance company will be occupied by the district office of the Pennsylvania Department of Forest and Waters, which will move from the Stevens building.

Douglas Layton of Warfordsburg is spending this week at State College, attending a poultry short course and the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania State Poultrymen’s Association.

Rev. and Mrs. William J. Lowe returned home last Thursday after a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Black of Oklahoma City. They spent three weeks on the trip and travelled more than 2,900 miles.

Mrs. Bessie Cooper was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital last week for observation and treatment.

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Morgan have moved into the property of the late Henry Comerer, recently purchased and renovated by C.F. Scott.

Death: Harry Miller of Burnt Cabins.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 17, 1929 ’29 Deaths: Harry E. Skipper of Blue Mound, Ill.; Mrs. Albert

Johnson of near Saluvia; Marvin Earl Truax of near Sipes Mill; Mrs. Helen Ora (Lear) Naugle of near Knobsville; Sarah Ellen Rhodes of Todd Township; the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Foreman of near Knobsville.

William Weller, a son of Mrs. Clara Weller of Thompson Township, was drowned at the beach at Los Angeles, Calif., on September 2. He was 31 years of age. With his wife and only child, he had gone bathing at the beach and the outgoing tide carried him away from the shore. He drowned before assistance could reach him.

Glenn Foster’s dwelling in Wells Valley was completely destroyed by fire on Wednesday morning.

Carl Becker and Hazel Elvey were married October 1.

Merrill Murphy and Alda V. Cowan were married October 10

Ronald McDonald, a Civil War veteran and native of Mc- Connellsburg, observed his 84th birthday on October 14 at the home of his granddaughter in Chambersburg. Before going to Chambersburg, Mr. McDonald served as prothonotary and clerk of the courts of Fulton County.

David Washabaugh Jr. and family are moving into their new home on Lincoln Way West this week. Plumber N.H. Rettger has just finished installing a vacuum vapor heating plant in the new home.

“Here’s pleasant news for the ladies! Fred Ray of Northcraft has purchased a Ford roadster.”

Mr. and Mr. Ben McLucas have moved into their new home at the intersection of Lincoln Way East and the Cito Road.

Wilbur Grissinger has started the foundation of his new home on Lincoln Way East.

Dr. Grover Cleveland Kirk and Marguerite Vandermark were married September 25.

Mrs. Isaiah Kline of Saluvia has one pumpkin vine. From it she has taken 11 fine pumpkins with a total weight of 190 1/4 pounds.

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