2009-10-22 / From Days Gone By


Years Ago

From The Files Of October 19, 1989 ’89 As summer gives way to fall and balmy daytime temperatures drop, local residents begin to think of all things autumn – harvest

moons, scarecrows, jack-o-lanterns and the incomparable colors of the local foliage as it turns from the summer greens to the oranges and reds that draw visitors to the annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival.

The 16th annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival this weekend will once again feature activities and events in all areas of the county. Parade marshal this year will be Mc- Connellsburg Mayor Max Stenger and area historian and longtime community leader Anne Lodge.

Clem Lake of Needmore will be celebrating his 95th birthday on October 20. He is presently recovering from surgery in the extended care unit at the Medical Center.

Deaths: William Shively, Everett; Julia Shives, Hancock; Edward Carbaugh, Williamsport.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Robinson of McConnellsburg on October 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Black of Warfordsburg on October 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Craig DeShong of Harrisonville on October 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Clevenger of Harrisonville on October 11.

Future Homemakers of America chapter at Mc- Connellsburg High School has been chosen Pennsylvania state winner in the 1989 NutraSweet Giving It 100% Award for community service, a national competition sponsored by the NutraSweet Co. The McConnellsburg chapter award represents all county FHA and 4- H members.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stambaugh of Hatboro announce the engagement of their daughter, Denise, to Rex H. Fields, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack D. Fields of Mc- Connellsburg.

Marriage licenses: Tracy Morris, Big Cove Tannery, and Tricia Swain, Needmore; Gale Rouzer, Harrisonville, and Tracy Williamson, Harrisonville.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 18, 1979 ’79 The early snow, which usually falls during the Folk Festival, fell last Wednesday in parts of the county but was nothing compared

to the up-to-four-inch cover which fell in the tri-state region and other states, causing widespread power outages. The weather outlook is good for the festival this weekend with only a slight change of precipitation being forecast.

Congratulations to William G. McKelvey of McKelvey Oil Co., who was recently married to M. Jeanne Wolford of Salix, Pa., in the McConnellsburg Presbyterian Church.

Deaths: Mrs. Edna V. Matthews, McConnellsburg; Melvin E. Edwards, Big Cove Tannery; Charles A. Wink, Sproul; John W. Peck, Warfordsburg; Alverna Gearhart, Big Cove Tannery; Robert G. Kirk, Warfordsburg; Karl L. Cooper Sr., Fort Loudon; Ernest P. Hockensmith, Lakewood, Oho; Ruth P. Price, Shade Gap.

Engagements: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond G. Hall, Duncannon, Pa., wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sally J., to James C. Hendershot, son of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Hendershot, McConnellsburg; Mr. and Mrs. Norman Doyle Jr., McConnellsburg, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Pamela Louise, to Charles A. Toth, son of Andrew J. Toth and Jean F. Toth of Chambersburg.

Specials at the IGA Charmin bathroom tissue, 79 cents, 4 pack; Crisco shortening, $1.99, 3 lb.; Columbia sliced bacon, 59 cent lb. pkg.; Banquet meat pies, 3 for 99 cents; Del Grosso pizzas sauce, 2 for 79 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George H. Plessinger of Harrisonville on October 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gail Saylor of Todd on October 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Starliper of Chambersburg on October 12.

Wanda Jean Fix and Donald Sipes were united in marriage at the Fairview United Methodist Church in Harrisonville on September 15. Parents of the couple are Frances Fix and the late Walter Fix and Mr. and Mrs. Glen A. Sipes.

Miss Doris Jean Crouse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Troy Crouse of Big Cove Tannery, and Samuel Lewis Simpson, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Simpson of Mc- Connellsburg, were united in marriage on September 29 at the Free Brethren Church in McConnellsburg.

Diane Sipes and Wayne Sowers II were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony on September 9 at Pleasant Ridge Nazarene Church.

Marriage licenses: Bryan K. Kling, Burnt Cabins, and Rita K. Cook, Three Springs; Alan W. Fischer, Crystal Spring, and Debra J. Adelsberger, Needmore.

40 Years Ago

From The Files of October 30, 1969 ’69 The new delivery room in the extension to Fulton County Medical Center, now in the last stages of completion, was put to use on

Tuesday of this week and the occasion was marked by the birth of twins, a boy and a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Myron J. Fish of Three Springs. Dr. Florentica Villa, the attending physician, celebrated a birthday on the same day. Only the delivery room and the operating room in the new wing have been made ready for use to date. The remainder of the facilities will be ready for use within the next two weeks.

Oscar W. Ranck, 62, of Hustontown, died in Bedford County Memorial Hospital on Friday, October 24, at 8:30 a.m., from injuries he received in an accident the preceding Wednesday at 5:20 a.m., eight miles east of Harrisonville on Route 30. The accident marked the fourth road fatality in Fulton County this year.

H. Seymour Fowler, program director of the Pennsylvania Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, has notified two seniors of the Southern Fulton High School that they will be participating in a symposium to be held on November 2, 3 and 4 at the PA State University. The two selected students are Marilyn Gordon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Gordon of Needmore, and Larry Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Williams of Big Cove Tannery. They will represent the Southern District, which is composed of Bedford, Franklin and Fulton counties.

Pennsylvania’s regular small game season will open on Saturday, November 1, at 9:00 a.m.

Clarence Edgar Martz of McConnellsburg and Jane license at the local courthouse last week.

A surprise open house in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary was held recently for Mr. and Mrs. Herman C. Hixson, Hagerstown, by their son, Robert C. Hixson and family. Mrs. Hixson is the former Ada Fischer of Waynesboro and Mr. Hixson’s home was McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: pork chops, 69 cents lb.; jumbo bologna, 59 cents; french fries, 33 cents, 2-lb. pkg. apples, 3-lb. bag, 39 cents.

Deaths: Tad McLaughlin, well-known local pharmacist; Carl J. Wright, McConnellsburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James J. Black of Waterfall on October 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Shirk of Hustontown on October 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hoffman of Mc- Connellsburg on October 23.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 29, 1959 ’59 John Powell of Needmore was the winner of a Shetland pony awarded by Cornelius Furniture Store on Saturday, October 17. He is

pictured with Davey Oliver, who took care of the pony before the drawing.

Rudy J. Mihalick of McConnellsburg and Merrill Glen

Stains of Star Route, Three Springs, were the drivers in a two-car accident at Clear Ridge on October 24. Roxie Stains, a passenger in the Stains’ car, was injured, suffering a fractured knee and cuts and bruises.

There will be a record hop for teenagers at the local American Legion home on Wednesday evening with Ken Robertson and his Record Hop in Hi-Fi, providing the music.

Pfc. Lawrence R. Plessinger of Warfordsburg has completed a field radar repair course at Fort Gordon, Ga.

Donald Martin flew to Denver, Colo., to attend the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. Jessie B. Royer, on Saturday.

Mrs. W.M. Lodge underwent major surgery at Chambersburg Hospital on Monday. Her daughter, Mrs. Irene Woodruff, R.N., and Dr. Jean Abondo of Cheverly, Md., assisted in the operation.

Carl Ellsworth Hinkel of Saxton and Beulah Audrey Heister of Six Mile Run applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse last week.

Mrs. Michael Black fractured her left wrist in a fall in her husband’s carpentry shop last week.

Recent births at the Medical Center; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Rouzer, Harrisonville, on October 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Ritz, Warfordsburg, on October 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fittery, Big Cove Tannery, on October 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Matthews, Carlisle; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Saylor, McConnellsburg, October 18; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hixon, Crystal Spring, on October 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barnard, Hancock, on October 22; twins to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Curfman, Three Springs, on October 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Dickinson, Harrisonville, on October 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Carbaugh of Mercersburg on October 25.

There will be an ox roast at the McConnellsburg Firehall. Tickets for the meal will be $1.50 adults, 75 cents for children under 12 years.

Sharleen Henry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Henry, underwent a tonsilectomy at the Medical Center recently.

Word has been received by the Fraker family of Fort Littleton of the death on Sunday of Mrs. Minnie Maloen of Mt. Jewett. She was born and raised in Fort Littleton. Her brother, Beaver Fraker, passed away October 8.

The Fulton County WCTU gave a farewell party to the Rev. and Mrs. Ernest Brindle at the Presbyterian Church in Mc- Connellsburg on Saturday.

Sympathy is extended to John R. Sipe in the death of his wife at his daughter’s home, Mrs. Bud Hill, near Knobsville on sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Newman of McConnellsburg have moved into the home owned by Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Cook in Hustontown.

An old clipping sent by Edna Kirchner tells of the death of Capt. John Sands McDowell of Smith Center, Kan., who grew up in Fort Littleton. A Civil War veteran, the clipping tells of regaining possession of his ceremonial sword which was taken from him when he was taken prisoner at Chickamauga on September 19, 1863.

Deaths: James Chalmer Appleby, Clear Ridge, October 21; Mrs. Myrle Laura Wible, Waterfall, October 22; Mrs. Maud Booher, Three Springs, October 23; Morris W. Ramsey, Wells Valley, October 22.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 3, 1949 ’49 The newly organized ladies’ auxiliary of the McConnellsburg

Volunteer Fire Co. now boasts a membership of 73. It is aiming for 100.

Donald H. Miller and Reba B. Jay were married on September 28.

John Beatty, a Future Farmer from Bethel Township, showed the grand champion barrow at the hog show held at the livestock pavilion in Martinsburg last Tuesday. The barrow weighed 240 pounds and was bought by a Martinsburg butcher for 50 3/4 cents a pound.

Glenn Eugene Barnett and Helen Grace Taylor were mar- ried on October 26.

Judy Mellott, 7-year-old daughter of Chester Mellott of McConnellsburg, was accidentally shot in the foot by her brother, Jack, when he returned from hunting on Tuesday. The .22 bullet passed between the toes but did not hit any bones.

On the first day of hunting season, Carl Hann of Laidig was hit by stray pellets, one grain entering his left wrist, two grazing his left knee and one grazing his right leg.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. John E. Wink of Needmore on October 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Reed Shives of Needmore on October 28.

A dinner was served at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Watters of Burnt Cabins recently in honor of Mrs. Watters’ 32nd birthday.

Harold Marshall Schultz of Buck Valley is a surgical patient in Berkeley Springs Hospital.

Death: William Morrow Patterson, prominent Pittsburgh industrialist.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 2, 1939 ’39 Deaths: Rev. Ahimaaz Runyan Garland of Belle Grove,

Md.; John G. Gress of Needmore; Mrs. Samuel Scott of St. Thomas; Clarence E. Gobin of Wells Tannery; George W. Fix of Kearney, Bedford County; Mrs. Margaret J. Ambrose of McConnellsburg; infant son of Chester and Geneva Mellott Robinson.

Police investigated two sideswipe accidents during the past week. On October 24, a Chevrolet coach driven by Bruce Clevenger of Harrisonville sideswiped a Chevrolet truck driven by Lewis Glazier of Hancock, about a mile north of Needmore. The same day, a Ford sedan driven by David Lane of Ayr Township sideswiped a Nash sedan driven by Russell Hull of Mc- Connellsburg at the east end of McConnellsburg. There were no personal injuries in either accident.

A dinner was served on October 29 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gordon in honor of the silver wedding anniversary of Mrs. Gordon’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey H. Clevenger.

Mr. and Mrs. Buhl Roher and daughter Imogene and Verla Deane and nephew Ronald Black, all of near Hustontown, escaped injury in an accident in York on Sunday. They were en route to visit Mrs. Roher’s sister and had stopped at a through stop sign. When Mr. Roher started slowly across the street, a large army truck, travelling at a higher rate of speed, bore down on them and struck their car. The car was considerably damaged, but there were no injuries except for a slight abrasion suffered by Verla Deane.

Births at Big Cove Tannery: daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Smith and to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Everts. On October 24, the following were initiated into the Warfordsburg Chapter of Future Farmers: Claude Hendershot, Edmund Hann, Milton Deneen, Claude Sigel, Earl Effland, Boyd Mellott, Jack Layton, Lloyd Mc- Cray, Clyde Fletcher, Richard Bottonfield, Burhl Booth, Mack Leasure, Carl Deneen and Isaac Peck.

Vernon Mellott and family of Needmore visited the Cumberland Hospital on Sunday to see Mrs. Chester Robinson of Artemas who had been seriously ill for several weeks.

Mrs.Clair K. Decker has returned to her home after recuperating for six weeks at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy M. Kendall, following a major operation in Everett Hospital.

Lyle Duffey attended the mass meeting for youths on Sunday at Wilson College in Chambersburg.

Born: a daughter on Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Sipes of Cito.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 31, 1929 ’29 Heavy rains created havoc in Wells Tannery last Tuesday.

Several bridges and a large portion of the dam were washed out.

Born: a son to Rev. and Mrs. Charles McClay of Burnt Cabins.

Miss Clara Schultz of Mays Chapel recently graduated from the Mont Alto Training School for Nurses. A large crowd gathered last Thursday to help Scott Hershey raise his new barn.

Richard McClain and Harry Trout, students at Williamson Trade School, spent the weekend at their homes here.

The Playground Committee of the local school has purchased a new sliding board for the children. They bought it from Rev. Ernest W. Brindle, chairman of a similar committee in Fort Loudon.

Mrs. Noreen McMahon, a graduate nurse from the Women’s Homeopathic Hospital in Philadelphia, has taken charge of the Sipes’ Emergency Hospital in Everett.

Shelley Harold Mellott and Ruth Esther Bradshaw were married on October 19.

A surprise party was held at the home of Walter Stockman on Thursday evening in honor of Walter Smith’s 18th birthday.

Mike Northcraft of Northcraft has discovered a new toilet preparation. He says poultry powder on his hair is the best thing he ever used to make it “lay.”

A fine memorial was erected last week in the Mc-Kibbon Park in Buck Valley in honor of Dr. J.M. Mc-Kibbin, who lost his life while serving as a captain in France during the World War. The memorial was erected by his widow, Mrs. Mary McKibbin.

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