2009-10-29 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Joanne Kerlin Souders of McConnellsburg, was taken in the early 1900s and pictures the John Ott family. Front row, left to right: Ross, Edna; seated, second row: ? Knott holding child, mother Rebecca (Grissinger) Ott, father John Ott (died April 11, 1921, Union Cemetery); third row: Nellie Ott Knott, Annie, Maude, Quay or Paul, Mary, Andrew, Frank; back row: Clyde, Harry, Quay or Paul. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Joanne Kerlin Souders of McConnellsburg, was taken in the early 1900s and pictures the John Ott family. Front row, left to right: Ross, Edna; seated, second row: ? Knott holding child, mother Rebecca (Grissinger) Ott, father John Ott (died April 11, 1921, Union Cemetery); third row: Nellie Ott Knott, Annie, Maude, Quay or Paul, Mary, Andrew, Frank; back row: Clyde, Harry, Quay or Paul. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 26, 1989 ’89 This year’s Fulton Fall Folk Festival parade featured an outstanding collection of antique tractors. Large crowds braved cloudy

skies and below-normal temperatures to line the streets of McConnellsburg for the annual parade that provided something for everyone. Grand marshals for this year’s parade were Anne Lodge and Mayor Max Stenger.

Ethel Reeder of Hustontown reports that a white dogwood tree in her yard is bearing red berries this year for the first time that she can remember in 33 years.

Specials at the IGA: pork chops, $1.49 lb.; Florida grapefruit, $1.59; iceberg lettuce, 69 cents lb.; Oscar Mayer bologna, $1.89 lb.

Airman Marie Weller has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

John Wesley Tinker, son of Jeff and Shirley Tinker, was presented the Eagle Scout Award during ceremonies at Sinoquipe Scout Reservations.

Deaths: Pearl Brown, Fort Littleton; Clair Strait, North Versailles, Pa.; Chester Kerns, Shade Gap; Ruth Fellechner, Kulpsville, Pa.; Phyllis Rohrer, Hagerstown; Mary C. McDowell, St. Thomas.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Walker of Three Springs on October 14; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Barrick of Breezewood on October 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Petersen of Warfordsburg; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Darin Winegardner of McConnellsburg on October 18.

Sharon Hendershot and Robert Warner were married in the LDS Temple in Washington, D.C., September 2. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Sylvan Hendershot of Warfordsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wagner of Salt Lake City, Utah.

The First United Church of Christ was the setting for a 2:00 p.m. wedding on September 23 for Tammy Fischer and Joseph Richard Payne. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fischer of Crystal Spring. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Payne of Breezewood.

Army Reserve Pvt. Andrea Taylor has completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. She is the daughter of Sandra K. Taylor of Hustontown.

Marriage licenses: Gale Rouzer, Harrisonville, and Tracy Williamson, Harrisonville; Frederick Shives, Big Cove Tannery, and Nancy Lynch, Hancock.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of October 25, 1979 ’79 Rankin Mellott’s old steam engine, with its tooting whistle, added nostalgia to the Old Timers’ Parade on Saturday. People stood

four or five deep on the sidewalk to watch the high point of the weekend’s events.

Mark Brown, 6-year-old son of Rev. and Mrs. Rodger Brown of McConnellsburg, remains in critical condition in the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with severe head and other injuries he sustained when he was hit by a truck on Friday. Police reported that the boy was walking west on old Route 30, with other members of his family, when he darted from the south berm into the path of a westbound 1972 International truck driven by Veryl E. Gray of Mercersburg. The driver was unable to avoid hitting the child, and he was thrown onto the grass on the north berm near the fairgrounds.

Specials at the IGA: boneless chuck roast, $1.49 lb.; Hunts ketchup, 69 cents; Esskay franks, $1.29 lb.; Banquet cookin’ bags, 3 for 99 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Keener of Dry Run on October 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie L. Sipes of Fort Loudon on October 16; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Clippinger of Three Springs on October 17; a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Weaver of Mercersburg on October 17.

Deaths: Amy Bard, Chambersburg; Pearl Warsing, Hopewell; William Parson, Shade Gap; Mrs. Sylvia Lockard, Wells Tannery; Mrs. Cora Bard, McConnellsburg; M. Eugene Kelso, McConnellsburg.

Lorrie Ann Buterbaugh and Ricky Lee Pack were united in marriage at the United Methodist Church of McConnellsburg on October 6. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. John Buterbaugh of McConnellsburg and Mrs. Mary Raia of Hagerstown and Jack Pack of Dayton, Ohio.

Cindy Lee McQuait and Stephen Craig Berkstresser were united in marriage on October 6 at Fairview United Methodist Church.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 6, 1969 ’69 The ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police were increased by 118 on Wednesday, November 5, when class number 24 graduated

from the State Police Academy at Hershey. Among the new graduates was Robert M. Black, 22-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Black of Mc- Connellsburg. The new trooper, who with his wife, Pamela, lives at Altoona, is a graduate of the Mc- Connellsburg High School and Pennsylvania State University.

Alton James Doyle, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Doyle of McConnellsburg, was struck by a car on Friday on the McConnellsburg schoolgrounds and was taken to the Medical Center in the firemen’s ambulance. His injuries included a chipped bone in his right knee and a lacerated lip where a tooth was knocked out.

Dr. Florencio Villa received a telephone call on Monday from his home in the Phillippines which informed him that his mother had suffered a heart attack and was listed in critical condition.

Multiple births seem to be the order of the day since the new delivery room at the Medical Center was first put to use last Tuesday. On that day, twins, a boy and girl, were delivered by Dr. Florencio Villa, to Mr. and Mrs. Myron Fish of Three Springs. On Friday, Dr. G.T. Lorentz delivered a pair of boys to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hess of St. Thomas. Mrs. Hess is the former Charlotte Everts of Fulton County. The twins have been named Danny and Dale.

Specials at the IGA: Libby corn, 19 cents can; Libby fruit cocktail, 25 cents; Mrs. Filbert’s margarine, 25 cents, 1-lb. pkg.

Deaths: Ira B. Lake, Waynesboro; Donald W. Sipes, McConnellsburg; Netti V. Barton, Lewistown; Harry W. Schooley, Mercersburg; Tad Mclaughlin, McConnellsburg; Winona B. Markley, Swarthmore; Glen E. Kough, Flourtown; Carl James Wright, McConnellsburg; Clifford H. Helman, McConnellsburg.

Men in Service: Army Private First Class Lloyd G. Hann Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd G. Hann of Needmore, was assigned as a cannoneer with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam on October 9. Clair P. Traxler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Traxler of Blairs Mills, was promoted to Army Specialist Four on October 7 in Korea, where he is serving with the 2nd Infantry Division.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Everts, McConnellsburg, on October 24; twins, a boy and a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Myron Fish of Three Springs on October 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Carbaugh of Three Springs on October 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Hoopengardner of McConnellsburg on October 27; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Downin of Fort Littleton on October 29; twin sons to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hess of St. Thomas on October 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Luke Bowers of Hancock on October 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Carbaugh of McConnellsburg on October 31.

Terry McGowan of the U.S. Navy spent the past weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Mcgowan and Randy of Hustontown.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 5, 1959 ’59 At the municipal election on Tuesday a Democratic-controlled board of county commissioners was voted in with Earl R.

Sipes (1,721 votes), Wayne W. Mellott (1,644 votes), both Democrats, and Republican Brinton C. Wright, (1,796 votes), being elected. Benard P. Barnhart was the losing Republican. Other officials elected were Humphrey W. Yaukey (D) for treasurer; Fred “Mutt” Fisher (R) for sheriff; Bruce Paylor (D) for associate judge; Bruce E. Mellott (D), Howard Sipes (D) and John Beatty (R) for county auditor and Dr. R.C. McLucas for county coroner. More than 3,000 voters turned out, with a vast majority of them casting split ballots.

Troopers Ronald L. Shimes and Maxwell D. Rockwell, both from Phillipsburg, and Howard R. Parlett, from Hollidaysburg, were transferred to the McConnellsburg state police substation this week.

The home of Clem Leroy Smith of Whips Cove was completely destroyed by fire of undetermined origin on Monday afternoon.

The congregation of the Antioch Christian Church feted Rev. T.P. Garland on October 25 in honor of his 88th birthday.

Rosalie Hixon, 14-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Hixson of Crystal Spring, was diagnosed on Saturday by Dr. Russell C. McLucas a victim of polio and was admitted to the Harrisburg Hospital. This is the first case of polio in the county this year.

Acting Sgt. Robert L. Bookheimer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bookheimer of McConnellsburg, has been assigned to the Marine Corps recruiting office in Altoona.

McConnellsburg firemen were able to bring under control a fire which threatened to destroy the home of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Cleveland Neil at Hustontown last Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Culler moved on Monday to their home on Route 522, which they purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Robert Raker.

Lt. J.G. and Mrs. George H. Reisner of Norfolk, Va., announce the birth of their first child, Kimberly Nelson Reisner, on October 31.

Robert Black and family moved over the weekend to Baltimore, where he is employed.

Mr. and Mrs. Arch Keyser moved on Friday from the Washabaugh apartments to the house on South Third Street, recently vacated by Mrs. Thesa Crouse.

Subjects discussed at the Fulton Chamber of Commerce meeting on October 28 included the offer by the local Lions Club of approximately 10 acres of ground in the eastern part of town for industrial development, sewerage disposal problems in McConnellsburg and the possibility of establishing a credit bureau in Mc- Connellsburg.

Richard Bernhard of Needmore had the misfortune to break his arm.

The Needmore correspondent writes “quite a number of people watched the old post office building, purchased by Robert Kirk, as it was being moved by truck from our village to West Virginia.”

Both local banks announce in this issue that they will pay 3 percent interest on all savings deposits.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barnard, Hancock, on October 22; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Williamson, St. Thomas, October 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Caldwell, Warfordsburg, October 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Harmon, Big Cove Tannery, on October 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Kerlin, McConnellsburg, October 29.

The marriage of Emma Grace Campbell Shope to Theodore R. Hixson of Huntingdon on October 28 is announced by her aunt, Mrs. Olive Marcum of Mt. Union.

Scott J. Oliver of McConnellsburg and Mary E. Leonard of Chambersburg applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse last week.

Deaths: Mrs. Jessie Brewer Royer, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Martha Clingerman, Artemas.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 10, 1949 ’49 At the election on Tuesday, Republican Orben L. Heber defeated Democrat Thomas P. Garland for the office of associate judge by

196 votes. Marlin C. Shimer, for prothonotary, and R.J. Fleming, for borough burgess, both opposed, were re-elected to the office.

Peter McFerene Mellott and Hilda Grace Metzler were married on October 30.

The first European DP family (dispossessed persons) arrived in Fulton County last week. Coming to Hancock on September 4, George Okateyj, his wife, Fedosla, and their 2-year-old son, Anatolia, of Camp Kuvstein, were met by Don Hill of Warfordsburg, who took them to their home – the tenant house on his farm.

Recent births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William McCoy of McConnellsburg on November 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Varian Miller of Fort Littleton on November 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Guy L. Deshong of Needmore on November 6; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Swope of Harrisonville on November 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Keefer of Fort Loudon on October 29.

The W.H. Dively family of York has purchased Shorty’s Place, formerly owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kelso.

Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Chesnut of Hustontown held a surprise party on Friday evening in honor of the 21st birthday of their daughter, Evelyn.

Deaths: Daniel Fore Trout Sr. of McConnellsburg; Ephriam Mellott of Needmore; Mrs. R.W. McKibbin; Mrs. S.W. Cunningham of Knobsville.

70 Years Ago

From The Files of November 9, 1939 ’39 Deaths: Dr. Jacob Mark Covalt of Hancock; George Wilson Foreman of Wells Valley; William Elsworth Batdorff of near Mc-

Connellsburg; Mrs. Frances Rebecca Gutshall of Three Springs.

The Little Farm Products Show for Franklin and Fulton counties will be held on November 16-17 in Washington Township High School at Wayne Heights. The show is being sponsored by the Lions clubs of Waynesboro, Chambersburg and McConnellsburg, and every farmer and farm boy of the two counties are invited to enter exhibits.

The Hustontown Men’s Chorus will present a concert for the general public in the POS of A hall on November 24. The chorus was organized in the spring of 1938 under the guidance of Rev. Nelson Frank, former Methodist pastor at Hustontown; Miss Alice M. Snyder, music teacher at Hustontown; and Bruce Sheats, principal at Hustontown. The chorus is now under the leadership of Rev. Marcus Randall.

At the election on Tuesday, one of the largest votes polled was received by Porter Duvall, Republican of Todd Township, who was elected sheriff by a majority of 283 votes over the Democratic nominee, Russell Gordon of Needmore. Duvall is the third Republican ever to be elected sheriff of Fulton County. In the contest for county treasurer, Eugene Chesnut, Democrat of Mc- Connellsburg, scored a 253 majority over F. Earl Palmer, Republican nominee. In the bid for county commissioner, J. Scott Alexander, Democrat of McConnellsburg, was high man with 1,999, the largest number of votes received by any of the office seekers. Ralph Berkstresser of Taylor Township was next with 1,749, and Cyrus Wagner, Republican, Todd Township, placed third, nosing out his Republican co-nominee, L. Wright of Taylor Township, by a vote of 1,645 to 1,591. John W. Mentzer, unopposed, was elected district attorney; Webster Mellott, Retha M. Glazier and Harry L. Divel, county auditors; Ira Lake, county surveyor; and Dr. E.H. McKinlay, county coroner.

Miss Goldie Fields fell in the yard at her home on Monday, fracturing a bone in her leg. She was taken to Chambersburg Hospital for treatment.

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Aiden of New Jersey announce the birth of a son on October 26. Mrs. Aiden will be remembered as the former Miss Eliza Motter.

L. Donald Harris has accepted a position with the National Carbon Co. of New York City.

Those who helped to celebrate the seventh wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Huston of Hustontown on October 29 were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Huston and Mr. and Mrs. John Helman and son Don.

Eight inches of snow fell on parts of the county on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Berkstresser of Fairview are receiving congratulations on the arrival of a daughter November 1.

“Aunt Susie Shoots The Works” is the name of a play the seniors at Warfordsburg will present on November 17. Included in the cast are Mary Eve- lyn Fisher, Marian Palmer, Iva Mellott, Geraldine Hill, Eleanor Barnhart, Betty Lynch, Miffin Carnell, Ernest Truax, Warren Palmer and Eugene Hixson.

Mrs. Ross Hamil, who was stricken with a heart attack on Monday, was taken to Altoona Hospital on Tuesday.

80 Years Ago

From the Files Of November 7, 1929 ’29 In the election on Tuesday, only two county offices were

up for contest. J.Charles Fore, Democrat nominee, was elected associate judge. For jury commissioner, John C. Garland and Jacob A. Hann were elected.

Deaths: Mrs. Sarah A.V. Stern of Bedford; Miss Esther Drenning of Everett.

Charles Brown of Clear Ridge bagged a 16-pound turkey the first day of the season.

John Richard Miller and Wava Maudeline Deshong were married on October 30.

Burgess W.H. Nesbitt used a bit of well-considered discipline on four high school boys on Tuesday. On Monday, the boys attempted to tear the Halloween costumes off two girls, and the girls complained to the burgess. After school on Tuesday, he summoned all six to appear before him and, as their punishment, ordered the boys to apologize.

Herbert William Baronner and Lillian Margaret Stoner were married on October 30.

Charles M. Shank has moved his family from the farm of A.C. Schetrompf to the home he recently purchased from William Hendershot, near Lashley.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Miller have sold their house and lot on East Market Street to Mrs. Ruth Cooper, widow of Walter Cooper, who was killed in an industrial accident at Williamson.

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