2009-11-12 / From Days Gone By


20 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 9, 1989 ’89 A crowd of nearly 50 attended the dedication on Monday afternoon of the official state historical marker commemorating Big

Spring Graveyard. Dedication ceremonies were held at the marker, which is located approximately 2.5 miles south of McConnellsburg on Route 522 next to the Nesbitt farm. The graveyard itself is back a dirt lane approximately one mile to the east of Route 522 and can be reached by turning east at the historical marker. The dedication of the marker marks the completion of the restoration of the Big Spring Graveyard, which was begun in 1982 by the Fulton County Historical Society, with John H. Nelson serving as chairman of the restoration project.

Southern Fulton School Board last week agreed to purchase a parcel of land in Bethel Township as a site for its proposed new elementary school, providing there is a clear title on the property.

Pvt. Christopher Ramsey has completed basic training at Fort Dix, N.J.

Margaret McCray of Warfordsburg announces the engagement of her daughter, Lori Ann, to Anthony Lynch, son of Mrs. Nancy Lynch of Hancock and Herbert Lynch of Dumfries, Va.

Teressa Skiles and Garry Miller Jr. were united in marriage on September 30 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, McConnellsburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Fred Skiles Sr., McConnellsburg, and Garry Miller Sr. of Shade Gap and Mary Gress of Knobsville.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Hull of Hancock on October 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Keefer of Mercersburg on October 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mr. David Shives of Mc- Connellsburg on October 31; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Souders of Mercersburg on November 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Clark II of Three Springs on November 1.

Deaths: Frank Strait, Harrisonville; Paul Ebersole, Needmore; Carl Smith, Hagerstown; Viola Johnson, Neelyton; Howard Furman, Warfordsburg; Lee Cutchall, Bremerton, Va.; Merrill Shaw, Hancock; Helen Garrett, Martinsburg, W.Va.; Leda Blair, Hagerstown.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 8, 1979 ’79 Local Boy Scout Kevin Ward was presented with the President’s Environmental Youth Award by President Jimmy Carter

during ceremonies in the White House Rose Garden last Thursday morning. Kevin was one of 16 young people chosen nationwide to receive the environmental award this year. The award was bestowed in recognition of Kevin’s work in the field of energy conservation through local court projects. He is the son of Ronald and Ellen Ward of Warfordsburg.

State police suspect a wood stove was the source of a fire which destroyed a nine-room frame house last Wednesday in Union Township. Damage to the home owned by William W. Hammond, Hancock, was estimated at $50,000.

After the last vote was counted on Wednesday morning, the unofficial tally of votes cast in Tuesday’s election showed that the Republicans had won the majority on the county board of commissioners for the first time in 16 years. Newcomer Donald N. Culler, Republican, culled the most votes in the race for commissioner. The three incumbents, W. Edward Palmer, Delmar A. Mellott and Donald R. Bard, ran a fairly even race, with the final result showing that Bard had been nosed out by a mere 15 votes by Palmer, thereby losing his seat on the board after one term in office. The winners were Culler with 1,541; Mellott, 1,282; and Palmer, 1,222.

A 100-year-old building in Orbisonia was destroyed by fire on Monday afternoon, resulting in a loss estimated at $100,000. The bridge and frame structure located on Route 522 in the center of town housed the S&S Shoe and Saddle Repair Store, owned by Sam Pandolfino, Mount Union, and an apartment occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Kenton Senft. The building, which is owned by Ray Houck of Orbisonia, was built sometime in the 1870s and was one of the first three constructed in the town.

The marriage of Miss Victoria Dawn Kendall and Timothy Wayne Mishler was solemnized on August 25 at Calvary Independent Baptist Church of Mc- Connellsburg. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Kendall of McConnellsburg and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne G. Mishler of Massillon, Ohio.

Kay D. Fraker of Shiloh and Robert K. Free Jr., York, were united in marriage October 13 at Fort Littleton United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Fraker, Fort Littleton, and the groom is the son of Mrs. Robert K. Free Sr., York.

Terrie Chilcote and Steven McCue were united in marriage on September 29 at noon in Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, Altoona. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Chilcote of Robertsdale and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCue of Broad Top City.

Specials at the IGA: Esskay silver label hams, 99 cents lb.; Joy dishwashing liquid, 76 cents; buttermilk or homestyle biscuits, 15 cents, 10 count.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gene S. Barron of Three Springs on October 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Morris Ramsey of McConnellsburg on October 29; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Mellott of Hancock on October 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Corrie Jr., Orbisonia, on October 30; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Strait of Shippensburg on November 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Aller of McConnellsburg on October 25; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Robinson of Lemasters on November 1.

Molly Sue Gipe of Harrisburg and Timothy Dylan Park of Fort Littleton were united in marriage at Wesley United Methodist Church, Marysville, Pa. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Herman Gipe of Harrisburg and Mrs. Barbara A. Park of Fort Littleton and the late Clair I. Park.

Deaths: Virgil Lynch, Needmore; Mrs. Ruth M. Smith, Fort Loudon; Zola Alloway, Chambersburg; Benjamin R. Rotz, Chambersburg; Chester D. Grove, Mercersburg; Scott McKinley Gerringer, Three Springs; Harvey R. Mellott, Baltimore.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 20, 1969 ’69 Veterans Day was observed in all the Fulton County high schools this year with the cooperation of the American Legion. Speakers

from the local Legion post participated in assembly programs honoring the nation’s servicemen.

The Fulton County School Board met on Monday evening of this week and named Roy D. Wilson of Lewistown as acting superintendent of schools for Fulton County, pending approval of the secretary of education in Harrisburg.

Nancy Elaine Bivens of Big Cove Tannery, Cheryl Ann Crouse of Big Cove Tannery and Linda Kay Vannette of McConnellsburg will receive their Bachelor of Science in Education degrees at commencement exercises at Shippensburg State College November 21.

Carl Thurman Younker of Hancock and Nancy Elaine Bivens of Big Cove Tannery applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse.

Specials at the IGA: IGA butter, 79 cents lb.; Carnation evaporated milk, 16 cents; Hills Brothers coffee, $1.39; IGA king-size bread, $1, 4 loaves.

Airman Mona A. Seiders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Seiders Jr., McConnellsburg, has completed her U.S. Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

Deaths: Marshall Layton, Warfordsburg; Clyde Hixon, Hancock; Maye Charlotte Peck, Lemasters; Rev. James Pittman, Hedgesville; J. Kenneth Beatty, Mercersburg.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Chilcote of Marion on November 8; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bivens of Mercersburg on November 10.

The marriage of Sue Ellen Duvall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Duvall of Warfordsburg, and Dennis Kaye Golden, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Robert Golden of Hancock, took place October 4 in Cedar Grove Church, Warfordsburg.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 26, 1959 ’59 Four Fulton County men left on Monday for induction into the armed forces. They were: Joseph Earl Blankley, Matthew Truax and

Virgil Wallace Truax, all of Hancock, and John Alexander Edwards of Waterfall.

Reuben A. Ramsey, Hustontown, enlisted in the Marine Corps for four years and will take basic training at Parris Island, S.C.

The dedication of the new McConnellsburg Post Office on West Maple Street is scheduled for Sunday, November 29, and a brief history of postal service in this area provided by local historian, Walter R. Sloan, appears in this issue.

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Bard of New Haven, Conn., announce the birth of a daughter, Sarah Lynette, on November 19.

The home of Robert Doyle along Route 16 was destroyed by fire last Thursday and the home of Bill Lucas in the Black Oak area was extensively damaged by fire last Wednesday.

County Treasurer Gerald Peck reports that of the 3,750 quota of doe licenses, 800 remain to be sold.

Due to the lack of assistance, the local firemen’s committee on Christmas lights has decided it will not be putting the decorations up this year.

Al Larsen, borough engineer, was a guest speaker at the meeting of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce on November 18, and spoke on sewerage disposal problems in the borough and gave a rough estimate of the cost of installing a municipal sewerage system as between $300,000 to $450,000 and the annual cost of maintenance between $10,000 and $15,000.

Former McConnellsburg Chief of Police Mont Mc- Cormick was feted at a birthday party at the Glen Nell Hotel to celebrate his 83rd birthday last week.

Deaths: Mrs. Marie Adams, 82, of Hustontown, on November 12; Mrs. Mae Rebecca Wible, 74, McConnellsburg, on November 20; Joseph Guy Vance, 63, Hancock, on November 10; Mrs. Jennie Mae Watkins, 83, Robertsdale, on November 10.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mellott of Hustontown gave a farewell dinner for their daughter, Frances, and grandson David, who will be leaving on November 17 to join her husband, Sgt. Jerry Mellott, serving with the U.S. Air Force in England.

Leonard Keebaugh, Hustontown, left for Washington, D.C., on Monday where he has found employment.

Mrs. D.K. Alloway underwent surgery on Tuesday at the Columbia Hospital in Wilkensburg.

Mrs. Sarah Everts, Needmore, is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital after breaking her hip in a fall at her home.

A new furnace was installed in Needmore Church and new carpet laid.

Farm machinery and livestock in the estate of Ward Barnhart, late of Thompson Township, will be sold on December 5 and the household goods and real estate in the estate of Anna J. Mellott, late of Belfast Township, on November 28.

Recent births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Carnell, Warfordsburg, on November 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Truax, Mc- Connellsburg, on November 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Pistone, Huntingdon, on November 13; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Fraker, Fort Littleton, on November 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Elden Grissinger, Three Springs, on November 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Snyder, Everett, on November 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Matthew King, St. Thomas, on November 14.

Specials at Carmack’s Store include bacon at 39 cents a pound and mixed nuts at 49 cents a pound.

Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Horton, Wells Tannery, announce the birth of a daughter at Bedford Memorial Hospital on November 21.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of November 24, 1949 ’49 A cutting torch, hoses, connections and gauges, as well as about $70 in cash, were stolen from Fleming’s Blacksmith Shop

some time Friday night.

Lawrence E. Seburn, 34, of Webster Mills, died suddenly of a heart attack last Thursday night while hunting coons along the Old Hunter Road near Cito.

Dr. J.J. Palmer, who has served Fulton countians for 46 years, has been named president of the medical staff of the new Fulton County Medical Center. Dr. Gerald Lorentz was elected vice president and Dr. E.H. MacKinlay secretary.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Seville of Cito on November 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Sipes of Harrisonville on November 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Harris of Big Cove Tannery on November 19.

Carl S. Johnston and Jean Harris were married November 9.

The first “name” band will appear in McConnellsburg next Tuesday night when Glen Gray and his world famous Casa Lomoa orchestra plays a one-night engagement at the local American Legion home. The band will be en route from the Meadowbrook in New Jersey to the Surf Club in Virginia.

The Walter Knable home on Strawberry Ridge was completely destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.

The infant Medical Center took a big step forward on Saturday when Harry and Dan Trout out of Washington, D.C., former McConnellsburg boys, and seven of their employees contributed a day’s labor to the building. When they finished their day’s work, the entire north wall had been completed.

Others who have given freely of their time and services to the Medical Center construction were: Leonard Fraker, Ellis Peck, Porter Duvall, Harold Hann, Milford Hann, Glenn Wildoner, a Mr. Keebuagh from Hustontown, Walter Smith, George Lynch, Kenneth Richards, O.J. Shaw, Chester Mellott, James Culler, C. Johncour, M.H. Garlock, H.B. Mellott Estate and an anonymous well-wisher who donated gasoline to run the equipment.

Deaths: Samuel Calvin Secrist; Mrs. Henry Truax of Knobsville; Mrs. Alice Mary Leidy of Waterfall; Leonard Bivens of McConnellsburg; George A. Reeder of Stratton, Colo.

70 Years Ago

From The Files November 23, 1939 ’39 Deaths: Harry John Mumma of Burnt Cabins; Harriet Mellott Ashkettle of Little Orleans; Mrs. Pearl A. Cutshall of Altoona.

A rock, weighing about 200 pounds, fell from the arch of the Tuscarora Tunnel near its western portal at Burnt Cabins on Monday morning and crushed out the life of Frank Shoap, 23, of Fannettsburg, a miner’s helper. The rock, which fell about 25 feet, crushed Shoap’s facial bones, neck and chest and fractured his left leg at the thigh.

Ruth Richards, 18, daughter of Mrs. Minerva Richards of McConnellsburg, sustained severe lacerations to the scalp and forehead and abrasions of the hands, knees and feet when she fell from a moving automobile on November 14. Miss Richards fell from the car when she attempted to open the glass in the car door and mistakenly opened the door.

The Grissinger Meat Market is installing the latest in meat saws this week. The machine is a power Jim Vaughan band saw which will cut all meats at uniform thickness.

County Treasurer Hayes Richards was the lucky member of a local party of hunters who made a trip to Sullivan County last week. On Friday the group was hunting near Hill Grove and Hayes bagged a 275-pound bruin. Other members of the party were William J. Hines, Clyde Deshong, William Batdorff, Orgen Mellott, Jerry Knepper and Paul Knepper.

Stewart Hicks, 19, of York, employed by the Arundel Corporation at the Sideling Hill Tunnel on the all-weather highway, met instant death on Thursday morning when his car left the road near Wells Tannery and crashed into a telegraph pole. Hicks sustained fractures of the skull and neck and had severe lacerations of the face.

Six-year-old Charles Wright heard his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Wright of Johnstown, discussing President Roosevelt’s proclamation changing the date of Thanksgiving. On Sunday morning, November 5, young Charles was astonished to see snow on the ground. “Gee,” the youngster cried, running to his mother, “did Roosevelt change the date for winter, too?” Both Mr. and Mrs. Wright are former Fulton countians.

Practically all radio sets in and around McConnellsburg were tuned to WJEJ on Tuesday morning for the McConnellsburg “Buy Now Broadcast.” The special feature of the program was a concert given by the Mc- Connellsburg High School Glee Club, under the direction of Miss Virginia Beach.

Seth Campbell Gordon and Doris Mae Gracey were married October 28.

The Little Farm Products show, held last week under the sponsorship of the Lions Clubs of McConnellsburg, Chambersburg and Waynesboro, exceeded all expectations when 229 young farmers entered exhibits. Fred Martz, a young Dublin Township farmer, won two of the top prizes.

James Woodal is a patient in Chambersburg Hospital, suffering from pneumonia.

Mrs. Emory Glunt left on Saturday for Philadelphia where she is a patient in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

Miss Tillie Sloan celebrated

her 14th birthday on Sunday. Sunday

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Black of Center are the proud parents of a boy, born November 15.

Mrs. Sloan Warthin is confined to her bed following a heart attack the early part of last week.

80 Years Ago

From The Files of November 21, 1929 ’29 Deaths: Mrs. Lydia Jane Martin of Ayr Township; Maxwell

G. Shives of Washington, D.C.; Lee Price of Snake Spring Valley; William T. Hays of Clinton, Iowa; Mrs. Hettie England Mellott of near Breezewood; Mrs. John A. Hamil of Knobsville; W.V. Hart of Whips Cove.

Featured at the Fulton Theatre on November 30 will be Hoot Gibson in “The Winged Horseman.”

Ralph Fore Kerlin and Ruby Marie Bard were married November 15.

Andrew McClellan Miller and Hazel Marie Flood were married November 13.

Death: Luther Edwards of California.

The stork soared around the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Alloway of New Grenada last week and left a new baby girl.

The Green Hill Cemetery Association was organized at Harrisonville on November 16 with the following office: H.S. Daniels, McConnellsburg, president; T.S. Metzler, Harrisonville, vice president; W.R. Speer, Everett, secretary; and George A. Harris, Washington, D.C., treasurer.

The Charles Black home near Waterfall burned on Friday evening.

Death: Mack R. Johnson of near Big Cove Tannery.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brown of Fort Littleton are the proud parents of a baby boy born November 18.

Deaths: Mrs. Russell E. Mc- Clain of Mount Union; Henry U. Motter of West Decatur, Clearfield County.

Return to top