2009-11-26 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Hess Gladfelter of Wellsville, Pa., was taken in the mid-1960s and pictures the groundbreaking of the Dublin Mills Church. Pictured, left to right, kneeling: Howard Stains, Linda Stains, Annette Hoffman, Helen Souders, Clara Group; back row: Sharlet Hodge, Helen Runk, Ora Hess, Karen Grissinger, Amy Grissinger, Mary Grissinger, Nina Souders, Ray Hess, Carl Hess and Emma Miller. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Ruth Hess Gladfelter of Wellsville, Pa., was taken in the mid-1960s and pictures the groundbreaking of the Dublin Mills Church. Pictured, left to right, kneeling: Howard Stains, Linda Stains, Annette Hoffman, Helen Souders, Clara Group; back row: Sharlet Hodge, Helen Runk, Ora Hess, Karen Grissinger, Amy Grissinger, Mary Grissinger, Nina Souders, Ray Hess, Carl Hess and Emma Miller. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 23, 1989 ’89 Fulton County Chamber of Commerce plans to hold its Christmas lights lighting ceremony at the Fulton House on Friday, December

1, to coincide with the lighting of the courthouse Christmas tree.

Fulton County Medical Center officials reported a $212,000 loss for the fiscal year 1988-89 at the annual corporation meeting held on November 20 at the Medical Center. It was the second consecutive year and the third time in four years that the center has reported losses.

JLG Industries Inc. announced that letters of intent had been signed to acquire two local companies with combined sales of about $20 million. The first of these, U.S. Truck Cranes, based in York, markets successful lines of trolley-type, boom truck cranes and articulating truck cranes, which are used principally by the concrete block, brick and wallboard industries. The second proposed acquisition is D.L. Martin Co., a machining company located in nearby Mercersburg with sales of approximately $11 million.

John and Vera Hollenshead, Mercersburg, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on November 5 at a dinner held in their honor. They were married November 5, 1924, in Fulton County.

Marriage licenses: Kelly Fogal, Harrisonville, and Michele Clark, Shirleysburg; Kenneth Mumma, Mc- Connellsburg, and Terrie Earley, Fort Loudon; Michael Kosmaczewski, McConnellsburg, and Helen Blank, Piscataway, N.J.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Appleby of McConnellsburg on November 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Keefer of McConnellsburg on November 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jayson Waite of Three Springs on November 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Grady Starliper of Warfordsburg on November 16.

Pvt. Craig A. Shore has graduated from the U.S. Army armor crewman courses at Fort Knox, Ky.

A surprise party was given for Fred and Donna Dodson in honor of their 40th wedding anniversary on August 26.

Deaths: Harold Carbaugh, Big Cove Tannery; Theodore Hendershot; Violet Ashway, Newburg; Bertha Jordan, Port Orange, Fla.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of November 22, 1979 ’79 Reports have reached the “News” office of sightings in the county of helicopters fitted with seismic equipment. Seismic equipment

is used to test underground geological stratra and is often associated with oil and natural gas exploration.

The issuance of antlerless deer licenses this year touched off a wave of controversy that was finally taken up this week by a state House subcommittee. The problem is that there just aren’t enough licenses to go around. About 1 million hunters apply for the license, but the number issued is limited to 423,000 to control the size of the deer population.

Waynesboro Knitting Co. has expanded operations into the revamped first floor of its plant in Mc- Connellsburg and has hired 60 new employees for a total of 155 now working at the company’s Fulton County site.

On November 11, four Cub Scouts of Pack 49, Warfordsburg, were presented their God and Family Award. Accompanied by their parents, their awards were presented to them by Rev. Doug Poffenberger in the Sunday morning worship service at Needmore Bible Church. The boys receiving this award were Roger Leasure, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Leasure; Greg Duckwall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Duckwall; Wally Yanosik, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Yanosik, and Steven Spinoe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Spinoe.

Specials at the IGA: Robin Hood flour, 89 cents, 5- lb. bag; Filbert’s margarine quarters, 49 cents lb.; ground beef, $1.59 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Preston Carbaugh of McConnellsburg on November 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Pool of Chambersburg on November 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Ansell of Wilmington, Del., on November 9; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Shaffer of Breezewood on November 11; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hornbaker of Hancock on November 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Knepper of Three Springs on November 16.

Deaths: Jobe Peck Jr., Hancock; Georgia Dean, Hancock; Odessa Noden, Nokomis, Fla.; Mrs. Claribelle Sipes, Little Orleans; Mrs. Leonard D. Denisar, Knox County Nursing Home.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 4, 1969 ’69 Mrs. Beryl M. Palmer of Warfordsburg, who is currently the directress of nurses at the Fulton County Medical Center, has been

selected as one of the “Outstanding Young Women of America” of 1969 and will appear in the annual biographical compilation by that name.

Tickets for the third Christmas tour of decorated Mc- Connellsburg homes, sponsored by the local Woman’s Club, are now on sale by the club members and at the One Hour Cleaners. The homes to be visited include those of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Koontz, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barton, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Richards, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Grissinger and Rev. and Mrs. Edward S. Hays.

The first draft lottery in 27 years was held in Washington Monday night, sending men born on September 14 to the head of the line for the 1970 draft calls.

Application for a marriage license was made in Chambersburg last week by Edgar Ramsey of Harrisonville and Margaret Smith of Mercersburg.

News of men in service: T-Sgt. Donald O. Bard is now serving in Vietnam; Terry Chilcote, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Chilcote of Hustontown, has been promoted to sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He is a navigation system repairman at U-Tapao Airfield, Thailand. Aviation Electronics Technicain Second Class Jerry L. McKee, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence McKee of Warfordsburg, completed a deployment in the Atlantic with Patrol Squadron 24 at the Naval Air Station, Patuxtent River, Md.

Deaths: John Suders, Chambersburg; Allen Elbin, Fintstone; Herman Booher, Mill Creek; Clyde Carbaugh, Fayetteville.

Specials at the A&P: Eight O’Clock coffee, 3-lb. bag, $1.79; Jane Parker apple pies, 1-lb., 6-oz. pie, 39 cents; round steak, 97 cents lb.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 19, 1959 ’59 Gwin Engineers Inc. of Altoona has been awarded a state contract of $4,192 to make an alernate location study for a Route 30 bypass

of McConnellsburg.

Mrs. Virginia Nave, Warfordsburg correspondent, due to moving with her family to Breezewood, will no longer be sending in her weekly items.

Mrs. G.C. Fields of McConnellsburg was honored on her 70th birthday on Sunday, December 6, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Keebaugh.

Five does were seen on the courthouse lawn and running through town on Saturday evening.

Borough Council approved an ordinance annexing the properties of D.A. Washabaugh and C.M. Reeder to the borough at Monday’s meeting.

Two Fulton County FFA boys, Robert Weaver of Mc- Connellsburg and Donald Bard of Needmore, have been awarded the Keystone Farmer Degree and will be presented with their awards at the State Farm Show in January.

Marine Cpl. Alvin P. Doyle, McConnellsburg, is presently serving with the Second Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Mary Bradshaw of Needmore, whose illness was diagnosed last week as spinal meningitis, was transferred last Monday from Chambersburg Hospital to the polio isolation ward in Harrisburg.

Several Needmore residents enjoyed seeing home movies of homecomings, weddings, etc., shown by Duffey Mellott, at the home of Rev. and Mrs. David Hollinshead.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Harris, McConnellsburg, on November 23; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ferman Wright, Warfordsburg, on November 23; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Beatty of Needmore on November 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Barnett, Hustontown, on November 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Gordon, Mercersburg, on November 25; twins to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Stains, Three Spirngs, on November 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clippinger, Three Springs, on November 26; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bivens, McConnellsburg, on November 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Morningstar, Wood, Pa., November 29.

The cast of the play, “Stranger in the Night,” presented last Thursday by seniors at the McConnellsburg High School included Linda Richard, Guynethia Bard, Kenny Wible, Linda Mellott, Wanda Souders, Ralph Sipes, Elizabeth Yost, Jerry Harness, Martin Sprenkle, Martha Cline, Dick Doyle, Joyce Mellott and Eddie Anderson.

Mrs. Laura Keebaugh of Knobsville was taken to Harrisburg Hospital on Monday.

Deaths: Mrs. Dorothy Locke Murphy, Shade Gap; infant daughter of Mrs. Genieve Shoop Houch, Orbisonia; Mrs. Carrie Belle Welch, Burnt Cabins; Lee Bazzill Catlett, Needmore; Mrs. Gilbert Deshong, Harrisonville; William Edward Beatty, Buck Valley.

Billy Zilch has organized a Boy Scout Troop in Fort Littleton.

Lt. and Mrs. Billy Ramsey, Wells Tannery, left Monday to resume his duties overseas. Both had been called home due to the death of their fathers.

There will be dancing at the Glen Nell Hotel on Friday to the music of the Blue Sky Ramblers, Ray, Ernie and Billie.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 8, 1949 ’49 Births: a son, Paul Allen, to Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Vensel of Bedford on November 26; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mack Chesnut Jr.

of McConnellsburg on December 5; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Chilcote of Hustontown on December 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Foster Weller of Mc- Connellsburg on December 7; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Strait of Hustontown on December 5.

A recent memorial gift of $2,600 from Mrs. Lena Mc- Clain of Hustontown, in addition to a previous gift of $1,000, has been announced by the new Fulton County Medical Center. A private room in the hospital will be in memory of her late husband, Dr. Harry Clement Mcclain, who practiced medicine and surgery at Hustontown for 37 years until his death on March 28, 1939. A second memorial gift was also announced – $800 from Mrs. H.B. Mellott to be added to the previous gift of $4,000 from her late husband. The sum will provide two bedrooms to be dedicated in memory of Mr. Mellott, who died in a plane crash in 1948.

Charles J. “Joe” Mellott has registered at the Bowling Green College of Commerce at Bowling Green, Ky. Joe is the son of Mrs. Olive Taylor of McConnellsburg.

George Glatfelter was elected recently as worthy master of the Fulton County Pomona Grange.

Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Mellott are now preparing their storeroom in the center of town for a new luncheonette, which will open for business on Friday, December 16.

A 1947 Ford sedan was demolished and the front porch and siding of the Don Headley home were badly damaged Sunday when the car left the road and crashed into the house. The car then burst into flames and the porch and part of the siding burned before Mc- Connellsburg firemen extinguished the blaze.

Deaths: Mrs. Myrtle E. Everhart of near Webster Mills; Mrs. Ella Jane Keebaugh of Orrstown.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 7, 1939 ’39 The death of Rev. William J. Lowe, minister of the Federated Reformed and Presbyterian Church in McConnellsburg, on Wednesday

evening, November 29, came as a profound shock to the entire vicinity and to Fulton County. Mr. Lowe had suffered from a touch of influenza but apparently was improving in health and started to midweek prayer services at the Presbyterian Church on Wednesday evening. As he and Mrs. Lowe were leaving the house to go to the services, he was stricken with a heart ailment, which rapidly became more severe. He was assisted into the house by Mrs. Lowe, who summoned a doctor at once. However, Rev. Lowe passed away before the physician could reach the home.

Other deaths: Mrs. Anna Rebecca McClellan of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Samuel Crawford Middaugh of Burnt Cabins.

The McConnellsburg School Board held its reorganization meeting on Monday evening, re-electing the following officers: H.E. Grissinger, president; Lewis Harris, vice president; Charles B. Stevens, secretary; and The First National Bank, treasurer. Dr. E.H. MacKinlay and H.S. Alexander were appointed to serve on the inside committee, and Dr. John L. Neill and Lewis Harris on the outside committee.

Fred Malcolm Cornelius and Eva Luella Grissinger were married on November 23.

On December 1, the Harris Hotel, which for many years has been a popular landmark for the citizens of Fulton County, made a change in management. It is now a unit of the Grenoble Hotels Co., and Raymond E. Zwiebel has been named as resident manager. It will still be known as the Harris Hotel, and Mr. Harris, the retired manager, will maintain his residence there. The Harris Hotel, as known to the community, is the history of the business career of the owner, James J. Harris, and his wife. Elected sheriff in 1911, Mr. Harris waited until near the end of his term before looking around for a new home. In 1914, he acquired the old Duffield house and, the World War increasing traffic, he launched his hotel business, using the old stone house for several years. Keeping pace with his growth, he started a program of improvements in 1923 with the Harris Hotel, as we know it, the result.

Mr. and Mrs. Merrill W. Nace have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Elizabeth Dickson Nace, to Thomas L. Livingston, son of Rev. and Mrs. Thomas J. Livingston of Merton Park, London, England.

Two hunters died in Fulton County on the first two days of the 1939 big game season as the result of being in the path of rifle bullets fired by fellow huntsmen. Silas Mellott of Hustontown was killed instantly in the woods not far from his home in Taylor Township. Walter C. Mellott, 39, Breezewood, was killed near Akersville on Saturday, December 2.

A house in Brush Creek Township, owned by Mrs. Amanda Hart, was destroyed by fire last Wednesday morning. The house was occupied by two families, those of Mr. Wagner and Mr. Hess.

Lynn Bard of town is confined to his bed with scarlet fever.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Johnson of Warfordsburg announce the birth of a son, Donald Richard, on November 25.

Walter Ray killed a 10-point buck on Saturday. Lucky deer hunters around Knobsville were Orgen Mellott, Cloyd Kerlin and Bruce Garland.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 5, 1929 ’29 Deaths: William Harvey Bender of McConnellsburg;

Mrs. P.J. Burton of Normal, Ill.; Paul Luther King of near Hustontown; Mrs. Sadie Daniels of Winfield, Kan.; Jacob Daniel Kuhn of Ayr Township.

The following interesting information was printed in the Bender obituary: W.J. Bender and his boyhood companion, William Hull, started in the merchandising business in the storeroom now occupied by the Pen Mar Grocery. The firm of Hull and Bender was successful from the start, the receipts from sales amounting to $5,500 during the first year of business in 1897. During 30 years, these two young men were associated in conducting the Racket Store. The best year brought them sales amounting to $67,000. Three years ago, Hull and Bender, on account of failing health, sold the business to the present owners, Morton and Harris.

Born: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ross Kling of Burnt Cabins.

J. Wayne Potter and Sarah Catharine Cliser were married on November 20.

Born: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Locke of Shade Gap.

Q. Quinte Ensley and Gertrude Miller were married on November 28.

Daniel M. Cromer and Florence Cromer of Burnt Cabins celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on November 25.

George Snyder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Snyder of Todd Township, received severe injuries on Saturday while working for the Highway Department. While attempting to start a gasoline pump, his coat sleeve caught in the cogs and his right thumb and ends of his first two fingers were crushed so badly they were amputated at Chambersburg Hospital. The skin was also torn along the forearm.

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