2009-11-05 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files of November 2, 1989 ’89 Christine Bishop was named the 1989 Hustontown Fire Co. Fireman of the Year at the annual banquet October 27. In addition

to receiving the coveted award, she also holds the distinction of being the first female to be named fireman of the year in the 23-year-old organization. She is also the first woman to receive such an award in any of the Fulton County organizations.

JLG Industries Inc. has been named to Forbes magazine’s list of the “200 Best Small Companies in America.” Forbes evaluated more than 4,000 publicly traded companies nationwide with sales in the latest 12 months of $5 million to $350 million for the 10th annual list. JLG’s five-year return on equity as reported by Forbes was 10.7 percent. JLG ranked 195th on the magazine’s 10th annual list reported in the November 13 issue, which went on sale Monday.

A 17-year-old Warfordsburg area youth died last Wednesday morning, October 25, in Washington County Hospital from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident last Tuesday, October 24, along U.S. Route 522 in Bethel Township.

Arlene Wilson Snyder received word following the San Francisco earthquake that her brother, Raymond “Jack” Wilson, who lives in the Santa Rosa area, had not been hurt. He wrote to say that the house shook so much he was nearly thrown from his bed. He moved to California about 32 years ago. He is a double amputee having lost one leg and the foot of the other because of diabetes in the past three years.

McConnellsburg’s boys soccer and girls volleyball teams advanced in District 5 action with wins October 31. The boys advanced with a 5-0 win over Conemaugh Township and the girls advanced with a 2-0 win over Chestnut Ridge.

Lester “Kelly” Sipes of Harrisonville was given a surprise party on September 29 to mark the occasion of his 80th birthday. Mr. Sipes is well known locally for his beautiful handcarved walking sticks.

Marriage vows were exchanged October 7 at Freedom Worship Center between Kimberly Black of Hustontown and Daniel Mack of McConnellsburg. The bride is the daughter of John and Jane Black of Hustontown and the groom is the son of Gladys Mack and the late Thomas Mack of McConnellsburg.

Tricia Lee Glazier and Daniel Dubois were united in marriage in a garden gazebo ceremony August 26 at the bride’s family farm in McConnellsburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Glazier and Mrs. Carol Marquis and Dennis Dubois.

Cedar Grove United Christian Church was the setting of a candlelight wedding September 9 for Marie Weller and John Deneen. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Perston Weller of Needmore and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Deneen of Warfordsburg.

Bertha Laidig celebrated her 96th birthday on October 2. She is a resident of Leader Nursing Home in Chambersburg.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Peck of McConnellsburg on October 25.

Alice Broward and Sammie Peck, both guests at Leisure Living Retirement Home in Fort Littleton, were married October 7 at the home where they met last October and enjoyed a year’s courtship.

Marriage licenses: Frederick Shives, Big Cove Tannery, and Nancy Lynch, Hancock; Kenneth Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg, and Lana Mellott, McConnellsburg; James Keebaugh, Warfordsburg, and Mary Shaffer, Crystal Spring.

Deaths: Thurman Clark, Hustontown; D. Scott Shives, Warfordsburg; Elwood Deneen, Crystal Spring; Porter Duvall, Jennerstown; Helen Gebhart, Altoona; Jane Sharar, Mercersburg; Ellis Hewett, Berkeley Springs; Evelyn Schenck, Wells Tannery.

30 Years Ago

From The Files of November 1, 1979 ’79 Max Donaldson, 19, Martinsburg, was found guilty last Thursday of third-degree murder as an accomplice in the death of former

Fulton Countian Janita Hill. Donaldson and Clair “Jake” Smith were charged with criminal homicide in the shotgun slaying of Hill, 16, who was fatally wounded between July 6 and 7, near the old Huntingdon and Broad Top Railroad right-of-way in Bedford County. The girl was the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Kies of McConnellsburg and Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Hill of Knobsville.

Chief of Police Merrill Seville is able to be up and around again following recent surgery at the Martinsburg Veterans Hospital. He was discharged from the hospital last Tuesday.

On October 28 Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Keefer Sr., McConnellsburg, celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary at their home.

A candlelight ceremony was the setting for the marriage of Debra Jean Adelsberger and Alan Wayne Fischer on Saturday, October 20, at Whips Cove United Church of Christ. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Ray Adelsberger, Needmore, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy H. Fischer, Crystal Spring.

Specials at the IGA: sugar, 59 cents, 2 lb.; Campbell’s tomato soup, 5 for $1; all meat franks, $1.08 lb.; red and golden apples, 29 cents lb.

Robertsdale’s Marlin Watkins won the Latrobe Speedway semi-late point championship this year.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Milton Wink of McConnellsburg on October 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lynch of McConnellsburg on October 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Ramsey of Breezewood on October 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Devlin of Shade Gap on October 24; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Aller of McConnellsburg on October 25.

Deaths: Dean R. Davis, infant son of Grayson and Mary Ann Davis, Harrisonville; Ralph E. Rockwell, Mercersburg; Mrs. F. Marie Wilson, Fort Littleton; Mrs. Freda I. Price, Mechanicsburg.

40 Years Ago

From The Files of November 13, 1969 ’69 The new north wing of Fulton County Medical Center is now nearing completion and will be placed in full operation in the near

future. Open house for inspection tours of the new facilities at the hospital will be held November 16. When the new facilities are put into full operation, the following entrances will be used in order to provide more efficient service to the various types of outpatients: clinic room, main entrance; X-ray, main entrance; laboratory, entrance from front parking lot; and emergency room, emergency ramp at the rear of the building. This latter entrance will be used strictly for emergencies.

H.P. Kies, Fulton County agricultural agent, on November 5 received the 1969 statewide Master Educator Award for Extension Service personnel of the Pennsylvania State University, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of Farmers Cooperatives.

Carolyn Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walker of McConnellsburg, was among 32 Cadette Girl Scouts who were honored for having reached First Class and meeting all the challenges.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Smith of McConnellsburg on November 2.

Mr. and Mrs. Gaily Paylor of Mercersburg were honored on Sunday, October 26, with a surprise dinner party at the home of their son, Harold, on the occasion of their 35th wedding anniversary.

Specials at the IGA: Robin Hood flour, $1.79, 25-lb. bag; IGA soda, 10 cents, 16-oz. bottle; Libby pumpkin, 25 cents, 1-lb.,13-oz. can.

Deaths: Sara Harris, Chambersburg; Abbie Wink, Waynesboro; Clementine Peterson, Burnt Cabins; Ralph Semple, Mapleton Depot; Denver Oakman, Spencerville, Ohio; John Yeakle, McConnellsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 19, 1959 ’59 Postmaster George Paul announces that McConnellsburg’s new post office will be dedicated on November 29. He quotes the

increase in mail business revenue in the past 10 years as $24,200 as compared to $13,270.

“News” editor Audrey P. Greathead left on Monday to meet her mother, Mrs. E.H. McCabe of Wimbledon, England, who arrived by ship in New York for an indefinite stay in her daughter’s home here.

The Chamber of Commerce urges all McConnellsburg residents to affix house numbers as required by Borough Ordinance for mail delivery.

The home of Mrs. James Reed, Needmore, was severely damaged by fire on Friday at noon.

The Chamber of Commerce announces the opening of a new two-hour public parking lot at the rear of the VFW Home on Lincoln Way West.

A mystery comedy will be presented by the Forbes Road Joint High School on November 20 and 21 entitled “Aunt Susie Shoots The Works.” The cast will include Betty Malot, Mary Hall, Wanda Foreman, Peggy Earley, Nancy Knepper, Judy Fraker, Donald Brown, Dennis Martz, Garey Sprowl and Larry Mort.

Paul T. Ott has been appointed agricultural chairman of the Fulton County Savings Bonds Committee. “The new 3 3/4 percent interest rate on U.S. Savings Bonds makes them more attractive than ever as one of the best and safest investments in the world,” Ott said.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Sloan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at the Alexander Hotel in Hagerstown.

Rev. and Mrs. David R. Hoover entertained 110 members of his congregation and other friends at an open house at their home on Sunday.

Myrna Bivens, the victim of a truck accident several weeks ago in which she suffered a broken pelvis, is now home and able to walk.

Mrs. Mayme Helman underwent surgery at Chambersburg Hospital on Monday.

The marriage of Julia Mae Johnston of Mercersburg and John Smith Ward of Burnham, Pa., on October 31 is announced.

Auditors of eighth-class counties will get a pay boost from $10 to $12 daily under a bill which cleared the Senate last week.

Frank Gable Jr. and Carol Mae Bierbower, both of Pittsburgh, and Arthur Lee Fisher of Fort Loudon and Sandra Ann Alderson of McConnellsburg applied for marriage licenses at the local courthouse last week.

Deaths: Elmer S. Hann, 73, McConnellsburg, on November 9; Mrs. Zenda R. Hoover, 66, McConnellsburg, on November 3.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 17, 1949 ’49 The newly organized Legion basketball team, sporting new black and white uniforms, will make its debut on December 5 by

playing the Hagerstown Business College team in the local auditorium. Members of the new team are Lyle Duffey and Eugene Earley, co-captains; Jake Clevenger, Herb Crouse, Bill Cunningham, Reed Cutchall, Benny Fisher, Bill Hamil, Donald Hamil, Nhyle Helman, Jack Mellott, Carl Paylor, Eston Paylor, Jack Shimer and Jack Wildoner. The team trainer and coach is Rev. Loren Jones.

Births: twin sons on November 15 to Mr. and Mrs. Luther Barthalow of McConnellsburg; a daughter on November 15 to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Weller of Big Cove Tannery.

Robert Saylor of Roaring Springs has been named teacher at Hustontown to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Donald Born. He will teach English and coach basketball and softball.

Robert “Brady” Hayes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Hayes of town, is making an extended tour of European countries.

George, Fred and Francis Barber are helping in the construction of Don Hill’s large chicken house.

Deaths: Mrs. Emma Laura Taylor of Dublin Mills; David Samuel Strait of near Waterfall.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 16, 1939 ’39 Deaths: William Strait Clevenger of Mc- Connellsburg; Mrs. Harvey Bivens of Wells Valley; Henry Thomas Greiser of Salisbury;

Orville Dale Ranck of Altoona; Samuel D. Stevens of Philadelphia.

The local Woman’s Club accepted the following new members at its regular meeting on Friday: Mrs. Joseph Shelly, Mrs. L.G. Curtis, Miss Jeanne Greathead, Mrs. Lewis Largent and Mrs. Daniel Grissinger.

At a meeting at Green Hill last Thursday evening, teachers in vocational agriculture in Fulton and Franklin counties formed a two-county organization, with these officers: J.G. Allen, president; Miss Sheely, vice president; Guy W. Gienger, treasurer; and George L. Reisner, secretary.

Payments of $984 for Bethel Township and $853 for McConnellsburg were authorized this week by the auditor general for vocational training.

The local American Legion and the Legion Auxiliary joined in the observance of Armistice Day on Friday with a dinner at the Fulton House. About 60 members and friends attended.

Donald J. O’Rourke and Inez Freda Deshong were married November 5.

Mrs. Frank Stinson entertained on Friday evening in honor of the 15th birthday of her daughter, Erma Louise.

John Bradnick of Knobsville lost control of his car while driving through Knobsville Saturday night and ran into a telephone pole. Damage to his car was estimated at $25.

Walter Rosenberry of Fort Littleton received lacerations of the forehead and body bruises when he lost control of his car three miles north of McConnellsburg and ran into a pole.

Merrill Snyder and Loeletta Varner were married October 28.

A total of 118 persons, the largest ever, attended the annual Masonic ladies’ night and banquet at the Mellott Hotel on Thursday evening.

The Fulton County Unit of the Interstate Milk Producers Cooperative met on November 1 and elected these officers: W.E. Brewer, president; George Bard, vice president; Robert F. Purnell, secretary and treasurer; George A. Comerer, delegate; and George Bard, alternate.

Mrs. Lloyd Ray, who has been a patient in Chambersburg Hospital for several weeks, expects to return home this week.

Guy Benson of Hustontown broke ground last week for his new home.

Among the lucky turkey hunters in Thompson Township last week were Wilbur Comerer, Dennis Seburn, Harold Winters, Mosser Shives, David Gregory Jr., Thomas Gregory and Marvin Crouse.

Death: Dr. James Fleming of Blairs Mills.

William Keebaugh of Hustontown received a broken leg in an accident last week. No details were given, however.

Stork news around Cito: sons to Mr. and Mrs. Don Chesnut and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Carbaugh and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bud Hill.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 14, 1929 ’29 Deaths: Mrs. David C. Ward of Chambersburg; Mrs. Caroline Elizabeth Peffer of Todd Township; William T. Hayes of Clinton, Iowa.

Clint Matthias of Decorum was one of the “Dads” who were entertained at Shippensburg State Teachers College on Saturday.

Andrew P. Oyler, who has served as highway superintendent here for more than six years, left on Tuesday to begin similar duties in Mifflin, Juniata and Perry counties. Steward E. Vance, for the past 10 years in charge of highway work in Cumberland and Perry counties, will be the new superintendent here. In addition to being a highway superintendent, Mr. Vance is an ordained minister and has been pastor of the Newville Church of God for eight years.

Recent births: a son on October 30 to Mr. and Mr. Preston I. Wilson of near Fort Littleton; a son on October 26 to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Feagley of near Big Cove Tannery; a daughter, Betty Katharine on October 13 to Mr. and Mrs. John Bain Jr. of near McConnellsburg.

John C. Goyne and Lucille Johnston were married November 8.

Gladys Hendershot of Lashley celebrated her 16th birthday on October 26.

Marcus Downes returned home on Friday after working for eight months in Cumberland, Md. He is now working for Nicholas Roettger.

The John Foster property at Wells Tannery was sold at public sale on Saturday to David Gladfelter for $425.

Rufus Miller of Three Springs was shot November 1 by a hunter from Greensburg who mistook him for a fox. Sixty-one pellets entered Miller’s body, from his waist to the top of his head. He was taken to Huntingdon Hospital.

Boardyard School is progressing very nicely under the care of Thomas Gregory.

A party was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Black of near Waterfall on November 7 in honor of Harper’s 18th birthday.

Samuel Ranck, a son of William Ranck of Hustontown, narrowly escaped fatal injury while hunting on Saturday. His gun accidently went off, the shot striking him in the hand, neck and face. The shot was removed at Chambersburg Hospital.

Alice Hauman of near Sipes Mill marked her 11th birthday on November 10.

Robert Purnell of Knobsville marked his 24th birthday on November 9.

Born: a son, Samuel Gordon, to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Winters of Warfordsburg on November 2.

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